Copyright Criminals – Free Movie Screening and Q&A with Dave Allen and Kembrew McLeod

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

The University of Oregon in Portland is showing a free screening of the documentary ‘Copyright Criminals’ and I have been invited to interview the director, Kembrew McLeod, afterwards. The documentary takes a look at the many hurdles that hip hop artists, DJs and producers have to overcome to use samples of other peoples work in [...]

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 [...]

Music, Brands and Marketing Plans Redux

Monday, December 29th, 2008

My original post, Music, Brands and Marketing Plans, whipped up a quick response and the comments were all very thoughtful – it is after all a bit of a thorny issue. [I realized that I had written about celebrities and brands before and the post includes an interview on the subject with former LA Times [...]

Pampelmoose, 14 Portland Bands, a 2008 New Music Hour Year End List

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Little Hunks This is the final 2008 Pampelmoose edition of the New Music Hour on Portland’s 94.7FM. Tonight will be the last show of the year and it’s time to take stock of all the great music that I’ve been able to play from Portland’s vibrant music scene. I have 14 songs tonight from some [...]

Thievery Corporation, a strange iLike video

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Thievery Corporation on iLike – Get Sidebar I’m looking forward to the new Thievery Corporation album and it’s nice of the guys to post a video introduction to each song on the new album…problem is, there are no songs. Check it out, it’s so existential…… The guys seem to have clamped down on the availability [...]

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 [...]

FBI arrests man for streaming Guns and Roses tracks

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

If this is just a PR stunt by Axl Rose’s handlers I have a feeling that the public image of the RIAA will once again be badly damaged. The story here doesn’t even make sense. It appears that a takedown notice was sent to Cogill in June and the songs were removed. Cogill was streaming [...]

Bonde do Role, Gasolina feat The 87 Stick Up Kids and Micah James

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

Bonde Do Role My pal in L.A. the producer known as Troublemaker [surely in 2008 that should be TRBLMKR, no?] has dropped a new track in the Moose inbox. Brazilian outfit, Bonde Do Role originally produced by Diplo, have their song rapped over and remixed by The 87 Stick Up Kids and Micah James and [...]