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Sonicbids

Sonicbids

This is just by way of information to any bands/musos out there.  The following press release came across my desk this afternoon and it looked like it was worth passing on. If you have any further information, feel free to let me know: Sonicbids is the website the helps bands get gigs and promoters book […]

A new song can make your day

A new song can make your day

There are few things I like more than discovering a new artist. I hadn’t heard of Joni Davis until @genrobey mentioned her, but I’m glad to have found her.  I’m in the process of tracking down a review copy of the album, so for now all I have go on is her MySpace page and […]

Wake up!

Wake up!

If you’re having trouble waking up this morning, this might help

Dark side of the why bother

Dark side of the why bother

CD Review The Flaming Lips & Henry Rollins & Peaches Dark Side of the Moon (thru Warner Music) They’re taking the piss, right?

Bad news for musicians (again)

Bad news for musicians (again)

First up, let me highlight this story about music industry revenues: The record industry was thrown a reality check at the NARM conference this week. 2 percent of releases made up 91 percent of sales from the 98000 releases of 2009. What is even more of a concern, only 2.1% of releases managed to sell […]

PBS Radio Festival (guest post)

PBS Radio Festival (guest post)

Lou Risdale, who handles a number of artists whose work Johnny’s has reviewed, asked if we could mention the upcoming PBS Radio Festival and I said sure.  This is a guest post on the subject. PS: Note the live-streaming link at the bottom ================================ PBS Radio Festival by Lou Risdale For over thirty years Melbourne’s […]

T-Bone Burnett: a mystery

T-Bone Burnett: a mystery

Just a passing observation.  I happened to be listening to T-Bone Burnett’s 2006 solo album, The True False Identity, and a thought occurred to me again, something I wondered about when I first heard the album. Burnett doesn’t put out a lot of solo albums and is better known — nay, revered — for his work as a […]

How much do musos earn?

How much do musos earn?

Ever wondered how much money a musician can make through the various traditional and “new media” outlets?  Information Is Beautiful have put together this revealing chart that shows how many units from a given source it takes for a musician to earn the average wage (US figures).  Makes for interesting comparison.

Worst. Cover. Ever.

Worst. Cover. Ever.

Nice little site collecting together some horror album covers from years past.  I remember a bunch of these very well from record retailing days, particularly the Heino.  Anyway, I’ve popped up a couple below, but click through to see the rest.  And feel free to contribute any others you know of.

Vale Alex Chilton

Vale Alex Chilton

Big Star singer and all round music legend Alex Chilton has died, most likely of heart failure.  Bummer.  Somewhat amazingly, his death became a trending topic on Twitter yesterday as twits mourned his passing.  Pretty interesting measure of…what?  Popularity?  Importance? Anyway, he was responsible for some pretty amazing songs over the years, not least  ‘September […]