SXSW 2012 panel: More thoughts on music and technology

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

A prelude to a panel discussion at SXSW Music 2012 Or: Follow the money.. This is an edited and updated version of a post from last year titled Should Pandora, Spotify, Rdio, Mog etc Even Exist? This time around my good friend David Ewald is my co-moderator on our SXSW panel, and we are joined [...]

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 [...]

SXSW Thoughts and Thanks To The Local Austin Crew

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Moonrats – one of my new discoveries at SXSW. Photo by: Vaneesa Campbell When you hang out with the locals in Austin during SXSW you get an entirely different perspective, being away from the madness and all. Of course, the first things the locals bring up is that they’re pissed over the price of beer [...]

Context-Removal Machine: SXSW 2010

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

Guest post by Roy Christopher. Having never been and having skipped the bedlam of SXSW last year (the first since I moved to Austin), I decided I’d jump in with both feet this year. I registered for the Interactive side and just hoped my music friends could take care of me on the Music side. [...]

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 [...]

Moldover’s New CD Package

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Moldover has reinvented the CD package with his new release. It’s a CD case, a circuit-bending musical instrument, and a ingenious design piece. Check the video: YouTube – Moldover

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 [...]

The Eternal Sonic Youth

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Sonic Youth is not a band. It is an institution. Where other bands who manage to stay together for over a quarter of a century (or much less) become legacy bands (i.e., bands that are only known and revered for a part of their careers long past), Sonic Youth continue to push themselves and their [...]