2011: That was a year that was

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Karenn Mix – Xfm 24/12/11 by Mary Anne Hobbs on Mixcloud [NB: If you're on the iPhone I recommend the Mixcloud mobile app. Not sure if it's available for other smartphones.] I’ve been incredibly slothful in getting my year-end thoughts together. Here we are 6 days into the New Year and I’m just starting to [...]

Who Owns The Words? There’s No Such Thing as Originality Anyway..

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Author Helene Hegemann “As Adam Smith observed, the two commodities absolutely necessary for short-term human survival – air and water – are virtually free. From a survivalist viewpoint then, everything beyond air, water, and berries and nuts can be considered a luxury good. Do you recall the luxury good of milk, in bottles, delivered to [...]

Dear Musicians – The Web Is Not A TV Channel

Monday, January 4th, 2010

On David Foster Wallace, the Social Web and How We Watch Now First, Happy New Year to all of this blog’s readers. Second, I am going to sorely test your patience. For just over four years I have been posting here about the state of the music industry, especially its ridiculous attempts to understand how [...]

Just in case you are wondering…Watching the Watchers

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

I haven’t written a lot here lately but that’s only because I have embarked upon writing a massive post, tentatively entitled “Landscape and Memory: The Social Web and The Watchers.” It’s an epic one I promise you, in fact it could be the end of me. It begins like so: The Cross and the Cathedral [...]

Some Books For Your Trip to the Beach and Why the iPhone is Killing Music

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

If I were to go out today and buy the latest iPhone, the one with a 32gb capacity, I could travel with an untold amount of music files; days and days worth in fact. The mobile ubiquity of music [NB: not as in the cloud] creates a post-music dilemma for me – i.e, too much [...]

Remembering the Music of the 90s

Friday, June 19th, 2009

The music scene of the 1990s was confused. At the turn of that last decade, Hip-hop was displacing Metal as the top-selling genre, and Nirvana was allegedly setting off the so-called “alternative revolution,” yet Guns ‘N Roses was all over MTV with opulent, twelve-minute videos and all over the charts with an epic double CD. [...]

My Reading List for The Holidays and Beyond

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

Since I became an Amazon Prime customer the books have been stacking up at Moose manor. Much to read over the holidays and into the New Year. Here’s the stack that stares at me each morning: Dexter Filkins – The Forever War Buy The Forever War here Roberto Bolaño – 2666 A Novel Buy 2666: [...]