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eMusic: growth vs credibility (Part Two)

eMusic: growth vs credibility (Part Two)

Part One of the story is here and offers some background and thoughts on the site itself. In a nutshell, the deal is this: a popular and seemingly well-run online music store finds itself with a lot of angry customers and a bit of a PR nightmare on its hands. How did this happen? The […]

alt.Adelaide

alt.Adelaide

True story.  My friend Django has been at me for years to listen to Adelaide band, The Yearlings.  Django lives in Melbourne and goes and sees the band every time they visit and he’s a big fan.  Now Django is the person whose taste in music I’d trust more than almost anyone, so it’s kinda […]

eMusic: growth vs credibility (Part One)

eMusic: growth vs credibility (Part One)

And: are eMusic planning on opening an Australian sister site? eMusic is an online music site where you can access music in mp3 form (sans DRM) by subscribing to their service via a number of monthly plans. Pay X dollars per month and get X downloads: that sort of thing. According to most accounts they […]

Vic is coming

Vic is coming

This takes some of the joy off my planned trip to the US in July.  Having spent the last five-odd years wishing that American indie star, Vic Chesnutt, would tour this country, I discover that he is going to be here while I’m away. Bummer. Anyway, if you don’t know his work, my advice would […]

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Pet sounds

Pet sounds

This is pretty cool.  The BBC is running a project aimed at creating an archive of endangered sounds.  It is called Save Our Sounds and they are looking for people to help them record and preserve sounds from around the world.  Apart from being a neat project in its own right, the way they are […]

Who do we think we are?

Who do we think we are?

Okay, Crikey demographic.  Tell me what you think of this. It’s a new site that hunts out what music people are listening to online and aggregates it into a chart.  IMHO, it’s an incredibly pretty place to visit, not to mention interesting and useful.  Go take a look: We Are Hunted There’s even a dedicated […]

Little help from the PR department

I guess I’ll watch ABC2’s program on songwriting (Songbook, Fri 10:20pm), but explain to me how this works; from their website: The magic of songwriting is explored with some of the most successful songwriters of our day. In this episode songwriter Jarvis Cocker discusses his career, his creative process, and then performs one of his […]

Your birthsong

Billboard offers this site where you can check what the number one song was on the day you were born.  I just love how it says at the top, “NEW! Listen to the ENTIRE SONG as far back as 1960.” Wow! As far back as 1960! Did they even have music then?  (Actually, the charts […]

Dead Wednesday

Dead Wednesday

I was working in a record shop the day John Lennon died.  In fact, I was on an afternoon break when I heard the initial report that he had been shot.  I went straight back to work and almost instantly people were coming into the shop, asking us if we’d heard the news.  The guys […]

The rest is noise

Review Alex Ross The Rest is Noise (Farrer, Girroux, Strauss) Alex Ross, the music critic for the New Yorker magazine and the author of this book, was, I noticed, in Sydney at the Writers’ Festival. Wish I’d been there, cause I’d like to hear him speak.  (Anyone catch it?) I’ve just started this book but […]