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May 30, 2014

What Queen Bey probably would have sounded like had she recorded 45 years ago

The Flirtations, "Nothing But a Heartache". (Link via Metafilter.)

May 29, 2014

"What People Don’t Want To Believe"

From Bob Lefsetz, claims about the music business:

1. Only blockbusters count and make serious dough. Either you’re a superstar or you’re starving. Yes, the Internet allows old folks and some young ‘uns to troll on on a subsistence budget doing house concerts and maybe playing theatres, which have now all been relabeled “clubs,” but the dream of paying your dues and breaking through is just a dream.

May 25, 2014

"Paul Simon Looks Back on the Anniversary of the Amazing “Graceland”"

One of my favorite albums, ever, and surely one of the best rock albums by an artist over 40. (With a great little anecdote about what Simon found traveling in the Amazon.)

May 21, 2014

"Here's How Pop Stars Make Money Now That People Don't Buy Music"

Including one revenue stream you might not have thought of.

May 16, 2014

"This Random Rock Star Has Secretly Written Tons Of Pop Songs You Love From The Last Decade"

I don't know about "secretly," but I learned something.

May 11, 2014

"Hava Nagila: The Movie"

My wife and I really enjoyed this

The documentary introduced me to the lovely Hebrew word davka

April 23, 2014

"You Go Down Smooth"

Live in concert from Town Hall in New York City, Lake Street Drive. Link courtesy of Michael Greenspan.

Gorgeous. Guaranteed to make you smile or your money back.

(Here's Rachel covering Aretha.)

(And for Raleigh-area readers, they're coming to Booth Ampitheatre in Cary June 13.)

April 18, 2014

". . . the world's most important 6-sec drum loop"

Almost certainly as much as you'll ever want to know about the "Amen Break".

"Let's Just Listen to Marvin Gaye's Isolated Vocal Tracks All Day Long"

"All day" is a bit much, but it's certainly worth one listen or two

April 17, 2014

"Untold Tales of the 1%"

"The Top 1% of Recording Artist Superstars Capture 77% of All Revenues From Internet-Based Sales; the Remaining 99% Divide the Remaining 23% of Revenues".

Who's up for taxing the hell out of those filthy rich musicians?


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