1986 And Their Rock and Roll Ponzi Scheme

Friday, March 5th, 2010

1986 and their Rock ‘N Roll Ponzi Scheme. Here’s why I like this – it’s funny and self-deprecating, but more importantly it’s a great way of building an email list and a fan base. The reward for fans doing this? A free album… Thanks for the link, Lee Cohen..

Aardvark and RealNetworks – Two Companies, Two Differing Technologies

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

Aardvark Founders. Pic: Jim Wilson/The New York Times I have written here often of how technology only shortens the distance between people on the social web. In other words, using social web tools to communicate with friends and family is an extension of our social activities offline. As I write this on July 5th, I [...]

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. [...]

Pampelmoose Partners with WOXY.com for New Music Hour Program

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Dave Allen of Pampelmoose and Joe Long of WOXY.com I’m very pleased to announce that I have struck a deal to have the Pampelmoose New Music Hour featured each week on WOXY.com – here’s the official announcement. Dave Allen, founding member of the critically-acclaimed post-punk band, Gang of Four and blogger at Pampelmoose.com, a music, [...]

iTunes DRM-Free Still Has Handcuffs

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

I’m surprised that there wasn’t a lot of outrage about the fact that the new DRM-free files on iTunes actually include your iTunes account information in the meta-data. Put that fave song up online and you’ll be hearing from someone…but who? CNet UK has the story but even they gloss over it: Be warned: your [...]

MTV Music Gets It Right

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Simple user interface, giant database of videos, easy search that works…and all built on the back of free content handed to them by the recording industry. Ha! MTV Music

Lil Wayne, a milli, deconstructing hip hop’s groove

Friday, August 29th, 2008

I’m always interested in what Sasha Frere-Jones has to say about music, especially hip hop, as he has a great knack at being clear and concise in his overviews. I recently read his take on Lil Wayne’s single A Milli. That’s the link to the whole piece but here’s the relevant clip – “Lil Wayne’s [...]

Independents day today

Friday, July 4th, 2008

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 long tail [see Coldplay [...]