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10Apr/081

Too Much Iron City For Steely?

I'm sure quite a few Steelers fans have wanted to reach for a drink while contemplating the team's new mascot. Evidently, it's a sentiment shared by said mascot, who was arrested for DUI and stripped of his ceremonial duties.

Never fear, though. It evidently takes two people to shoulder the weight of this incredibly lame icon, so there's a spare. Maybe he'll see the error of Steely's ways and we can put all of this behind us. I can see a "Steely Curse" coming a mile away, and it needs to be avoided right now.

New podcast is up - download it here or listen on the site.

20Mar/081

New Podcast Is Up and some K-Tel Hits!

Please feel free to download it or listen at the website.

In the podcast, one of the songs we played (taken from the artist's MySpace site) actually went into a commercial about his other releases about halfway through the track.  It was just like the old K-Tel days where the audience would just happen to catch the artist mid-song, and the singer would launch into his or her "Hi, I'm *INSERT NAME HERE*, and I'm so proud to bring you my newest collection of songs, including such hits like . . ."

. . . and then there'd be a montage in soft lighting from different angles.  Real classy stuff.  It's nice to know some old tricks never die.

13Mar/080

New Podcast Up

The new IMN podcast is up - listen here or download it directly, should you desire.

I already geeked out a bit on the show, but I'm really looking forward to the Mike Doughty show next Wednesday. Soul Coughing hooked me, and I guess I've been along for the ride since then. I'm guessing this show won't be as loud as the SC days (where a Vogue visit required a prayer to the feedback gods after experiencing possibly the loudest blast of unintentional noise I've ever heard - full PA squeal at concert volume) but engaging nonetheless.

5Mar/080

There’s a New Podcast . . .

You should go get it at this link.  Or listen to it on the Flash player.

Also, the super deluxe version of the Trent Reznor "Clouds" collection has sold out.  Not bad, although I suspect we'll see some copies on eBay in the near future.

I'm going to go take care of my dog now. 

28Feb/080

New Podcast Up and the new Erykah Badu

The new IMN podcast is up. Download it or listen on the Flash player.

I'm also getting into the new Erykah Badu album released on Tuesday. It's not just the music that's impressing me here, but the impressive release plan. The CD and digital download of "New Amerykah" is the first stage, with a USB drive release following later that includes video extras and such. It also lets the buyer access the next reound of tracks, due in July. That release also coincides with the second disc and a magazine called "Freq."

The USB drive strikes me as kind of a novelty idea - it seems to occupy the same space as Blu-ray does right now as a different but ultimately obsolete step towards direct digital distribution by network. The magazine will have to stand on its own, although pairing it with a release from a multi-platinum artist isn't a bad way to start a publication run. The physical issue of the magazine, again, may soon be an unnecessary step between the creator and the reader (judging by the amount of digital subscription requests I'm receiving from the folks I already send my magazine dollars to), but that has to play itself out, too. Is it bad form to read your laptop in the dental office?

Finally, it just surprises me that somebody convinced a major label (Universal/Motown, in this case) to release two full LPs so close together, especially considering the artist hasn't released a full album in around 5 years or so. Is it a consideration to the whims of the artist or a desperate move to get anything out there and see if it sells?

21Feb/080

New Podcast Up

The new IMN podcast is up and ready for download.  You can also listen to it on the Flash player at the main site.

I also stumbled across this quick interview with George Porter from a Denver publication.  The interesting parts of this article include the fact that he's still owed quite a bit of royalty money (please pay up - he made a lot of musical careers possible) and that the jam band folks have adopted the Meters and associated music as their own.  On one hand, it's nice to see these acts with large crowds that give them a decent living.  On the other hand, please take a shower before you go to the shows, and stop twirling into me.

13Feb/080

New Podcast Up For Grabs

There's a new episode of the Indianapolismusic.net podcast available for download.  Get it from this link or listen to the site's Flash player.I ranted a little bit on this podcast - it was taped on Monday, same day as the Fox blog.  I'd forgotten that they'd put forth a little bit of fear-mongering about Google Street on the air over the weekend.  The angle was that because people were occasionally photographed in these views, their privacy had been violated by posted their image on the Internet.  More than a little bit of overreaction to me, given that there's much more potentially damaging information on the 'net than somebody pushing their baby carriage.  I do wish Google had managed to catch the house down the street in a more complete state of renovation, but again, that's just me.

24Jan/080

Crank That Podcast!

The new IMN podcast is up and running - you can download it from the link or listen via the Flash player on the main site. You may thank Soulja Boy's appearance at Conseco for the blog title.

On a somewhat-related topic, I was perusing a Techdirt article regarding the value of free music (Soulja Boy, of course, catapulted to fame via the appropriation of his song and accompanying dance on YouTube on other online sources) - although I'm uncomfortable with the way some of the statements and statistics are thrown around, such as:

"the numbers suggest more bands than ever before are performing live and making more money than ever before performing live" (I'd like to see a larger sample and further data on how fuel costs and other factors are eating into that higher payday - at least anecdotally, I'd suspect folks on the lower end are feeling a huge pinch)

and

"In fact, more people are making money from music today than at any time in history" (Although I understand that the writer is using this to point out a shift from selling CDs to other revenue streams, this statement begs for more context and a larger sample of artists)

Despite my quibbles, I understand what the writer is saying here, and I'd agree with his displeasure with the hopefully-soon-to-be-dying DRM model. I'll even back his assertion that recorded music can be an effective loss-leader, if you will, for other parts of the artist's career, like live shows and merchandising. Technology has forced musicians to adapt before - recordings in general, jukeboxes, and synthesizers all forced them to change and modify how they play.

It's the difference between the ability of music to be distributed freely versus the attitude that the listener is entitled to receive those recordings for free. Although, in an earlier post, the Techdirt author noted that he did not endorse the unauthorized downloading of recordings, there are obviously quite a few other folks with the opposite opinion. And the theoretical models of using free tracks as loss-leaders only works when the listeners actually goes forward with the artist. While my experience may be anecdotal, the vast majority of unauthorized downloaders take the recordings because that's all they want (even if it was never offered by the artist). And this story always gets me.

My concern ends up at a weird intersection of economics and ethics - I can see how the money part works, but it's dependent on behavior that I've observed as unreliable at local and mid-size levels (and the jury still seems to be deliberating at the national and international level). Finally, not every artist is going to have a dance to back up their recordings - there can be only one Soulja Boy, after all.

17Jan/082

New Podcast Is Up

Feel free to check it out at IMN's Flash player or download it directly.

One of my co-authors is having some trouble finding the book in stores near him, although the good folks in Maine seem to be covered. I didn't find any copies in the new Barnes and Noble on campus, but I get the feeling that their selection is minimal because they also have to act as a school bookstore. It's a geeky little thrill to see them there, though - I took a picture when I found the bass book in a Borders near me.

10Jan/080

New Podcast Up

Feel free to download the latest podcast-y goodness or listen to it at the site's new flash player.

I also recently received my copy of the "Second Life For Dummies" (which looks fantastic, BTW - full color!) just in time to hear about the ban on Second Life Banking. Wisely, the authors stayed out of this and hence, their work remains utterly current and relevant. Well played. It's terribly difficult to publish a book (a large, unwieldy depository of knowledge) about all things digital and Internet-related (things of a zippy nature that tend to make large, unwieldy depositories cower in fear of advanced obsolescence), and I think they did a wonderful job of sticking to the foundation of SL and offering helpful advice without getting into areas that could change at a moment's notice.