Transmissions from Mars – A soundtrack for the Republican Debates

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

Serendipity is my friend: here’s how I got around to making this “song” or “track.” I was checking email yesterday around 4:50 and noticed in my Gmail window that there would be yet another of what seems to be an interminable procession of Republican debates, being streamed online by CBS. So at 5:00 I tuned [...]

The End of The Music Album as The Organizing Principle

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

It doesn’t seem that long ago since Radiohead did what was once unimaginable – release an album without being signed to a major record company. On the long march to digital ubiquity as the means of music delivery Radiohead avoided the tar pit that seems to be major label thinking and came out clear winners. [...]

Beastie Boys Adam Yauch, MCA y’all, drops basketball doc

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

From – the best part of “Gunnin’ for That #1 Spot” is the actual Elite 24 game. (This year’s tournament will be held on Aug. 22.) Taking up at least a third of the film, the game is a supercharged, fast-paced, immersive experience that celebrates the players’ showmanship and true talent. Yauch replays, rewinds, [...]

A2IM Announces Final Independents Day Digital Album Lineup, Additional Auction Items

Monday, June 16th, 2008

A typical Portland scene I’m certainly not alone in understanding that independent music of all stripes and shades is a huge part of the overall music business economy. One of the biggest reasons this blog exists is because of my passion for independent music. I may occasionally get cranky about this particular chunk of the [...]

grand theft auto iv, let’s put music sales into perspective

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

Grand Theft Auto IV sold 6 million copies in its first week at $60 a pop in the USA. Globally it brought in $500 million. That outstrips all of the first weeks music CD sales from top artists since 1991. Here’s the top 5 list of those week one sales in units not dollars: 1. [...]