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Look Out iTunes! Here Comes Amazon! September 26, 2007

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Amazon’s MP3 beta page has finally gone live and it looks like they have quite a list of albums under their belt.  They have 120,000 artists and 20,000 labels involved in the DRM-free MP3 venture.  The site is pretty easy to navigate as a whole and they even offer the top downloads / albums of the day.   It even goes as far as suggesting MP3 ala eMusic style according to previous purchases on the site. Check out for yourself here.  Feel free to send them your opinions on tweaking the site.   I wonder how iTunes will be affected out of all this.

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CMJ gets Spooned September 6, 2007

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Thinking of going to CMJ this year? Well I might hit up a few shows myself, so check out the line up below and visit CMJ’s site for more info!

Band Of Horses
Bouncing Souls
St. Vincent
Lifetime
Z-Trip
Professor Murder
Georgie James
Matt & Kim
Octopus Project
Imperial Teen
A-Trak
A Band Called Pain
Aa
American Steel
Apollo Heights
Black Tie Revue
Blackpool Lights
Blammos
Bloodhorse
Bowerbirds
Bring Back the Guns
British Sea Power
Bryan Scary + the Shredding Tears
Catfish Haven
Clockcleaner
Danava
Deerhunter
Del The Funky Homosapien
Dengue Fever
Dynasty Handbag
Fake Problems
Fight Amp
Flosstrodamus
Fog
Forget Cassettes
Frank Jordan
Get Him Eat Him
Ha Ha Tonka
Holly and the Italians
Hopewell
Hornet Leg
Innerpartysystem
Irepress
Japanther
Javelina
Jay Reatard
Jennifer O’Connor
Joan As Policewoman
Josie Cotton
King Of Prussia
Le Loup
Lewis & Clarke
Made In Mexico
Meat Puppets
Miss Georgia Peach
Monotonix
Monty Are I
Mud
Nikki Corvette And The Stingrays
O’Death
Papercuts
Permanent Me
Pre
Prince Paul / Baby Elephant
Professor Murder
Rosetta
Ruby Isle
Schoolyard Heroes
Scissors for Lefty
Scotland Yard Gospel Choir
Shellshag
Sightings
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club
Smoke or Fire
Speck Mountain
Spouse
Takka Takka
The Alarmists
The Apes
The Carter Administration
The Chapin Sisters
The Falcon
The Forecast
The Little Girls
The Loved Ones
The Lovemakers
The Mall
The Matches
The Melismatics
The Nobility
The Photo Atlas
The Silos
The Teeth
Thunderheist
Tim Barry
Torche
Total Fucking Destruction
Tulsa
USSR
Vampire Weekend
Willie Wisely
Wizardzz
Wooden Shjips
Yip Yip
Yo Majesty

And those previously announced…
Spoon
UNKLE
Justice
British Sea Power
Mates Of State
Coheed And Cambria
Rodrigo Y Gabriela
Xiu Xiu
Del Tha Funkee Homosapien
Dirtbombs
Mute Math
Jesu
Devin the Dude
The Ponys
Islands
Tiny Masters of Today
Eisley
VietNam
Little Brother
Mickey Hart & Zakir Hussein
Brother Ali
Marnie Stern
No Age
Crystal Castles
MSTRKRFT
Chromeo
The Brunettes
1990s
Ruins
A-Trak
Foreign Islands
Kavinsky
Simian Mobile Disco

Vegoose Initial Line Up July 24, 2007

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Ahhhh dammit!  First Austin City Limits had to go there with their kick ass line up….and now this?  Check out the Vegoose line up below….I WANNA GO!

Vegoose Line Up (so far)
Rage Against The Machine
Daft Punk
Iggy & the Stooges performing the album Fun House
Muse
The Shins
Cypress Hill
Queens of the Stone Age
Public Enemy
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Umphrey’s McGee
Thievery Corporation
STS9
Ghostface Killah & The Rhythm Roots Allstars
Blonde Redhead
Gogol Bordello
UNKLE
Ghostland Observatory
Pharoah Monch
Battles

“Controversy” – Oh Prince July 2, 2007

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Genius or not genius? Prince teamed up with a local newspaper to give away 100’s of copies of his cd for free. Well this definitely po-ed the music executives, because they dropped his ass. Maybe Prince is on to something to be honest. I mean it would have leaked before then anyway.

Suicide or Not – Uni Pulls the Plug on Apple July 2, 2007

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According to this article, Universal has threatened to not renew their contract for the mp3 service.  Instead of opening up their catalogue, they will market their music at will.  If Universal actually pulls the plug, Apple will lose out on one out of every 3 releases sold within the US.  No more Amy Whinehouse and Akon for you…

The Big Decline Within the Music Industry… June 28, 2007

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For those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to read the article in the most recent Rolling Stone issue (yeah the one with The Police on the cover and Sting looking older than ever), please check out the link here. It has everything from Nielsen stats of the major decrease in album sales over the past years (even though digital is on the rise, we’re still in the red folks) and “anonymous” quotes from Senior Executives that paints a very ugly picture on where the industry is headed. Not to mention how many record label folks who’ve been “laid off” over the past few years. As I argue just about every day of my life when discussing the industry’s demise, it’s time for a change and by change I mean a new business model and pushing the dinosaurs and their old frame of thought (cough radio cough) out! Enjoy the article and I hope that someone comments with their thoughts.

If You Don’t Make Money Selling Albums, How About Drinks? June 27, 2007

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Interscope is attempting to make money by teaming up with a beverage company to brand drinks with their rosters faces. So when you are drinking one of those fine beverages, you can stare into the eyes of your beloved Dr. Dre or Queens of the Stone Age….maybe the labels should focus their efforts on new business models. That would be beneficial for their artists…..just saying.

Lala = Sampling June 6, 2007

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Warner Music Group is going all out in attempt to stay in touch with technological changes within the music industry.  They’ve started lala.com where you can stream WMG acts and a whole slew of Indie label acts for free before you decide to make your purchase.  I think it’s an interesting take on things right now and a pretty good move.  Although, I’m sure someone will be able to crack the code on how to rip their whole catalogue.

DRM-Free Yet Watermarked? June 1, 2007

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Think twice before paying the extra 30 cents for those DRM-free tracks on iTunes and then sharing the songs.  What the fine folks over at Apple failed to mention was that the songs are all watermarked with your name and email address.  Be careful or the they will find you….Click here to read the story.

Tickets via Texting… May 30, 2007

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CMJ reports that the Knitting Factory will be one of the first venues to offer ticketing-by-text.  The system is powered by ShopText mobile so when you see a flyer hanging up with a list of upcoming shows, you can text there on the spot for which show you wish to see.  I think this is a pretty snazzy idea, although I do think there will be some loop holes that will need to be fixed, but overall pretty cool!