March 22, 2013

Marvelous Band + Game Show to Tour Again

March 19, 2013

Jon Brion on Songs vs. Performances

Jon Brion

In 2006 whilst on a relatively rare appearance outside Los Angeles, Greg Kot & Jim DeRogatis of SoundOpinions interviewed Jon Brion.
The Full Show • Interview with Jon starts at ~ 20 minutes in. See also the Footnotes.

TL;DR edited version: An illustrated YouTube excerpt of  Songs vs. Performances

February 22, 2013

Cross Bones Style • Cat Power

Inspiration for the song is said to be from Chan’s visit to South Africa where she met children orphaned by the diamond trade.   However, she didn’t write the song until later.  From Wikipedia (emphasis mine): 
Marshall wrote “Cross Bones Style,” along with five other songs from Moon Pix, one night in the fall of 1997, after awaking from a hallucinatory nightmare while alone in the South Carolina farmhouse she shared with then-boyfriend, Bill Callahan. “My nightmare was surrounding my house like a tornado,” she explained. “So I just ran and got my guitar because I was trying to distract myself. I had to turn on the lights and sing to God. I got a tape recorder and recorded the next sixty minutes. And I played these long changes, into six different songs. That’s where I got the record.”
Oh to be struck by such a muse. 

Listen on Rdio Cat Power • Cross Bones Style

June 29, 2012

Philip “Pud” Kaplan

Why am I writing about Philip Kaplan? Pud founded AdBrite and Fucked Company.  In retrospect, Fucked Company may have best thing I ever experienced on the internet (perhaps except for 4chan, about which I cannot and shall not comment).  This is perhaps astounding because FC was nothing like the internet of today.

FC was all text.

Were such a forum to exist today, one might exclaim: “Fucked Company is the well-spring of tomorrow’s poetry, yet also the definitive locus of the internet’s largest anarchist cesspool.”  A bizarre prototypical social network. I spent what seems like a lifetime reading FC during its brief existence, whose era was pre-Y2k to post 9-11.  The “Happy-Fun-Slander” board, purportedly authored by vetted employees, was a momentum trader’s wet dream. I found my tribe among the free-for-all non-elite mosh-pits – a treasure-trove of unbounded raw emotion. The rumor was many comics and writers both tested and gathered material from the message boards there. When Pud finally shut it down (there were tears, lawsuits, and worse), I asked him if it’d be possible to curate a Best-Of book. I don’t think anything was ever re-constituted from its ashes, though Pud did sell a book about the experience of running the joint.

To be clear: FC was the antithesis of web properties today – anonymity was essential to its existence. As such, it was an elaborate sock puppet theater whose sophistication has not been replicated in the transparent, post-Facebook era. The only openly verified in-real-life FC persona was Pud.

Cut to today. I just asked Pud about his newest venture, Fandalism. I told him I’m a fan and I loved the concept, but I’d like to talk about what happens after the “dates” hook up .. ya know: getting tabs, rehearsal schedules, lyrics, finding the right key signature for the singer, remembering your unique arrangement, and so on.

If something wonderful results, I’ll let you know, but I feel very confident about approaching the domain defined by the intersection of “practical technology” and “musical practice”.



May 17, 2012

Meet The New Boss, Worse Than The Old Boss? -Full Post


look for Lady Kier’s comments ..

Originally posted on The Trichordist:

By David Lowery

(Copyright in the author, used by permission)

What follows is based on my notes and slides from my talk at SF Music Tech Summit.  I realize that I’m about to alienate some of my friends that work on the tech side of the music business.  These are good well intentioned people who genuinely want to help musicians succeed in the new digital paradigm. But if we are gonna come up with a system to compensate artists fairly in the new digital age we need an honest discussion of what is going on.  The tech side of the music business really needs to look at how their actions and policies negatively impact artists,  just as they have pointed out the negative effect record company actions have had on artists.

Too often the debate has been  pirates vs the RIAA.  This is ridiculous because the artists, the 99 percent…

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March 27, 2012

Actual Bill Gates Story Exceeds Any Prior Fantasy

I read this Business Insider story just before going to bed.  I had to pinch myself as I thought had already started dreaming.  This story exceeds all of my @billg fantasies.

November 17, 2011

In SocialBookFace, the Music Plays YOU!

[originally posted on Rdio] I’m afraid the road ahead for digital music purveyors will continue to be bumpy. Expect the multi-billion dollar social media investment bubble to get serious about demanding returns from advertising, entertainment, gaming, and publishing revenue streams.  Maybe it’s already started with the arrangements made between Facebook, Spotify, MOG, Pandora, Rdio, et al.

big brotherPerhaps as an appropriate seque – what about that☟&✖% SOPA bill in the House? Run any kind of a web site, link to the wrong place and have your DNS pulled and payment processors turned off, just like they do in China and Iran. Regard who’s giving supporting testimony: the Register of Copryights, the MPAA, Pfizer, MasterCard, and the AFL-CIO. Certainly no friends of the kind hosts here.

Ugh. Sorry. I’ll include ponies and rainbows in next post.

September 1, 2011

Rust Wall

Rust Wall by Lex LeChef
Rust Wall, a photo by Lex LeChef on Flickr.

July 6, 2011

I think it’s on with Google+

I read this snippet in Business Insider regarding Facebook’s troops defending their turf against the limited introduction of Google+Zuckerberg's Google+ profile

Everybody’s on Facebook already. Philip Su, the engineer who worked on Facebook video chat, said it’s a one button click to any friend “on the social network that already HAS all your friends.” That’s definitely not the case with Google+ yet.

I commented:  Yes, “everybody’s” on Facebook already .. but so many of my cohorts don’t really want to be there. I don’t need Facebook for work but I couldn’t do business without Google, GMail, Google Apps, Reader, and such. If Google+, LinkedIn, and Twitter can provide all required social interactions, I heartily welcome having one less presence to maintain. Had Google acquired LinkedIn, it might have been game-over.

If you’ve got a Google+ account, what do you think?   Does this resonate with you?

April 28, 2011

Dear Metacafe ..

Hello Site Architect, Security Officers, CTO, and other potentially suspicious characters at Metacafe –

I landed at your site today as result of searching for a video showing the best music making applications for tablet computers.   I was shocked and dismayed when I noticed that underneath the first video I clicked on was a comment box awaiting my input displaying my Facebook profile picture.   You might wonder why I thought this was a serious problem.  Well, for starters, I’ve not enabled Facebook Connect with your site.  Actually, I’ve never even registered at Metacafe.  Geez, I wasn’t even logged into Facebook on any computer and hadn’t been for days.

So my question is this: why is my %)*&^ Facebook identity showing up on your site?   I know this probably isn’t all your doing and I ought to be pestering the alpha geeks over at Facebook as well, but, honestly, I am just a little bit sick of Facebook detritus following me everywhere, and the less time I spend there, the better I feel.  Besides, I’ve no patience for another  “oh my gosh .. we’d never do anything like that” response.

I understand that Facebook is not going away any time soon.  And there’s little chance of me erasing my Facebook account as my elders unfortunately have irrevocably and mistakenly substituted it for the telephone. But I really think there is room in the universe for healthy population of Things Not Connected To Facebook. So is there any chance you could not line up like the millions of other lemmings and just say no to auto-magic, opt-in by default, creepy stalking technology?

So, in closing: I now hate your web property.  How do I delete any and all association with my information from your site?

Thank you.


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