Music

"Want You Back"

By Haim.

The song's kinda catchy, but the video raises a question: the sisters are walking down Ventura Blvd.--one of the main drags of the Valley and "the world's longest avenue of mom & pop businesses"--that is utterly deserted for several blocks--from Beverly Glen to Van Nuys--from 6 to 8 a.m. No cars, no pedestrians, no anything. What does it cost, I wonder, to get a permit to do that? And just for a music video??


"The Streaming Problem: How Spammers, Superstars, and Tech Giants Gamed the Music Industry"

Interesting piece. But I'm an enthusiastic Spotify user and I have never encountered the issues mentioned. And I'd bet very few users have. Further, I'm not surprised: by training and experience I expect that after you design the rules for almost any interaction you can bet some folks will try to exploit those rules.