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Written by | August 18, 2013 0:06 | No Comments

Remember when John Hammond was discovering Bob Dylan and Ahmet Ertegun was finding Aretha Franklin and Led Zeppelin, and working out their albums and Clive Davis was making Janis Joplin the face of Columbia. Well, forget about it, man. It doesn’t happen any more

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Written by | July 3, 2013 0:08 | No Comments

They come on stage late, they lip synch, they insult the audience, they whinge about the fans taking pictures. They charge huge prices for terrible seats.

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Written by | June 28, 2013 0:06 | No Comments

Success is much more important on the singles charts where a song can hang out for months on end (look at “Mirrors”) and keep an album in the public eye. That’s why Bowie sunk and Justin didn’t

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Written by | May 24, 2013 0:08 | No Comments

I am not a huge National fan, if I were I would have bought it on Tuesday when it was released, the same way I did with Vampire Weekend. Tuesday is new music day and there is so much on Spotify I won’t usually buy much off Itunes

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Written by | May 11, 2013 0:03 | No Comments

While I didn’t like High Flying Bird all that much, many people did, and I did love Noel’s first three albums tons and to be honest I envy him the ability to do nothing

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Written by | April 20, 2013 0:09 | 2 responses

Other formats sound like an annoying frequency if listened to repeatedly, whereas vinyl has a much fuller organic sound. Also I think the sleeve and artwork on some records are just amazing and nice to have as a collection

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Written by | April 15, 2013 0:07 | No Comments

If you have are an opening band with one hit you must play the one hit. If you have three hits, play all three. People don’t really know who you are, it is up to you to sell the product and hard. If the audience recognizes a song, so much the better.

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Written by | April 10, 2013 0:07 | No Comments

I forgive him his Romney endorsement even though I haven’t forgiven Springsteen his Obama endorsement. This is capitalism with a conscious, capital that appreciates that you can price yourself out of the business with $150 tickets for mid-level seating.

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Written by | March 6, 2013 0:03 | No Comments

I ran right home, recorded it onto a cassette tape, went to a bar called “Uncle Sam” and the bartender played it all night long while me and my friend Jean Jacques got trashed on Almaza beer and shots of Southern Comfort while chain smoking Gauloise and Marlboro Reds, sometimes dosed with hashish

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Written by | February 27, 2013 0:04 | No Comments

But where does that leave those of us (wrongly, perhaps) who see music as an XTreme sport with winners and losers, or, to put it another way, how do we know what people are actually spending money on?

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Written by | February 23, 2013 0:07 | No Comments

‘We’ve been doing this a few years and in the course of buying stuff at our trade counter we’ve found some amazing vinyl artifacts that, [we’ve discovered] through our research, are not available digitally’.If most of the material is licensed, the problem is that Henderson has admitted that some is not.

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Written by | February 20, 2013 0:03 | No Comments

He probably realizes he is the only one doing this, every band in the world is posting a song or two for free download on their website, every album can be previewed on many websites before being streamed on Spotify, but you have to buy Prince’s stuff if you want to listen to it!

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Written by | February 10, 2013 0:09 | No Comments

Why am I being conned into doing business with Jann Wenner? Why should I have to cancell anyuthing? This is horrible and disrespectful to LiveNation’s clients, doesn’t the company make enough money without hoodwinking customers iinto subscribing to a magazine they have expressed ZERO interest in?

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Written by | February 7, 2013 0:03 | No Comments

It was a busy Tuesday morning by anybody’s standards. 16 new releases, all some degree of major, all important for your music fan to have an idea about. And if he it wasn’t for Spotify, very very expensive.

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Written by | January 24, 2013 0:02 | No Comments

There are no limits to what Morrissey could do, he could build the cost of the album into the cost of a ticket. Can you imagine if Morrissery started a kickstart account? He could handle the US deficit singlehandedly. But Moz is an old fashioned fellow and he balks at changing his ways. More is the pity.

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Written by | 0:05 | No Comments

Some small pop up place with Mercury Lounge size bands performing three sets a day, Saturday and Sunday 10a, 12p, 2p, separate admission. I can’t think of a better idea than getting out of bed Sunday morning and rushing to a concert I really wanna see.

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Written by | January 10, 2013 0:05 | No Comments

Because in Europe there is a “Use it or lose it law” that states if you own recorded music and haven’t released it within 50 years, you never will release it and so it becomes public property.

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Written by | December 21, 2012 0:04 | No Comments

The answer is obvious. Shorter albums. Cut out the crap if it is crap. Better quality control. Stop filling space. It is like everybody has become Prince in the 1990s, they won’t stop releasing music. And stop with the remixes. Perhaps the music biz would make more money if they changed the recording music paradigm.

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Written by | December 4, 2012 0:04 | No Comments

I found these figures rather surprisingly low. The order of value even more confusing Who would ever imagine that selling headphones for $110 million bucks. All he had to do was swing a pen around for that wad. Poor Adele.

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Written by | November 10, 2012 0:05 | No Comments

According to Future of Music co-authors David Kusek and Gerd Leonhard, who I guess know this kinda stuff, here are the top ten truths of the music biz. After running a blog for nearly four years, all I have to add isI am fucking exhuasted… However, here is the top ten and here is my opinion of them

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Written by | November 6, 2012 0:07 | No Comments

The platinum edition contains a number of exclusive items that won’t be available to buy separately. It includes a copy of the album, along with a 2GB credit card-style USB, a unisex T-shirt with a Michael Muller photo printed on, and seven art print 12×15 lithographs

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Written by | November 5, 2012 0:13 | No Comments

If you wanted to buy a Keith Morris doll, a Stone Throw poster or a Diplo t-shirt, this was the place to be on Saturday! In this day and age when music is downloaded (or stolen), streamed and does not have a physical life anymore, this was a way to restore this loss of identity, this was a way to restore a contact between the consumers and the producers

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