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    Friday, February 07, 2003

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    Thursday, February 06, 2003

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    Wednesday, February 05, 2003

    I had actual work to do today, so no updates. But I'll be back tomorrow in full effect, I promise.

    posted by Randy on 4:11 PM | permanent link to this entry

    Tuesday, February 04, 2003

    • Why Don't DJs Just Name That Tune?
      Very good article in the L.A. Times detailing the reasons why radio DJs don't "back-announce" (i.e. give identifying information about the song they just played) anymore. Short answer- the five seconds it takes to do that adds up after a while and staion owners figure that eliminating the back announcing equals more air time to sell to advertisers. This, of courde, is a good argument for satellite or internet radio, where the songs are almost always identified is not by the DJ then by the software/equipment.

    • Courtney Love Arrested After Flight to London
      Memo to Courtney: Honey-darling, these days you've gotta be out of it something awful to cause a distrubance on a flight. One might hope that this is you "bottoming out" and getting help-- but somehow I doubt it.

    • H Town Lead Singer Dies
      Keven A. Conner, better known to R&B fans as Dino, lead singer of the group H-Town, was killed in a car accident on Tuesday. In an interview with The Houston Chronicle, Shazam, Dino's twin brother and groupmate, said the trio had just finished an H-Town reunion album. I still listen to H-Town's classic "Knockin' The Boots" about once a week thanks to the miracle of random on the ol' Mp3 player. My fave H-Town song is their contribution to the now-out-of-print Christmas at Luke's Sex Shop (dude, it is so out of print it can't even be found on eBay or!) It was called "Knockin' Da Boots for Christmas" and was essentially "Knockin' Da Boots" with the word "Christmas" whispered after every time they sang the chorus. Anyway, R.I.P. Kevin A. Conner from all of us here at Show your love and pick up H Town's Fever For Da Flava by clicking here.

    • Help "Freaks & Geeks" Get Released On DVD
      Sign the petition! Do it! If a legendary under-performer like Sports Night" can find an audience on DVD, than so can "Freaks & Geeks." This petition isn't even some fan-boy thing, it's from the creators of the show, who are trying to convince DreamWorks to do the right thing. The main bone of contention seems to be having to pay for the music used in the show.

    • Underworld Leads Ultra Festival Lineup
      For 50 bucks, this is a pretty nice line-up: Underworld, Paul Oakenfold, Sasha, John Digweed, DJ Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk, Junkie XL, Goldie, Roni Size, Timo Maas, and Josh Wink. Usually you pay 50 bones and get one or two of those guys plus a bunch of unknown scrubs. Mark your calendars and get your travel plans in order: March 22 at Miami's Bayfront Park. Here are some pics from last year's festival.

    • Universal Breathes New Life Into Crue Classics
      Devil horns up! Universal Music has signed a deal with glam-metal giants Motley Crue to reissue their entire catalog with bonus tracks-- even more bonus tracks than when the albums were re-released in 1999. April 1st is the date, metal-heads. Also hitting the stores that day: the Crue's infamous edition of "Behind The Music" on DVD.

    • Concert Behemoth Clear Channel Accused of Not Playing Fair
      At this point, I think the point has been made, but you can never get the message out too much. This is a very excellent piece in The San Antonio Express News about Clear Channel's 400-pound gorilla tatics in the radio and concert promotion industries and the effects it has on business and culture.

    • Jeff Stryker Is Working On A Country Album
      Yes, that Jeff Stryker. The link above will take you to a page that has some sample clips. For mature audiences only-- especially the most excellent "Pop You In The Pooper."

    posted by Randy on 12:53 PM | permanent link to this entry

    Monday, February 03, 2003

    • Music Legend Arrested In Connection With Homicide
      Legendary producer Phil Spector allegedly shot a woman in his home and his now in custody. Tragic, but not completely unexpected considering that Spector has been off his rocker for years now. Death (or killing in this case) As A Career Move: Click here to pick up his awesome boxed set Back To Mono

    • Urban Radio Rage: How Clear Channel Ruined KMEL
      Pretty on point article in the San Francisco Bay Guardian about how radio giant Clear Channel has basically eliminated politics and local artists from urban radio stations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Reading about the KYLD and KMEL battles made me misty eyed for the days of yore. Each station pusjed the other to new heights, but now no such competition exists.

    • Embrace File-Sharing, or Die
      There's nothing in the above linked Salon article that is radically new, but it is good to hear it coming from someonle like John Snyder , president of Artist House Records (Which doesn't have a web-site! So much for Mr. Snyder net-savvyness!), a board member of The National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), and a 32-time Grammy nominee. What follows is my fave quote:

      "It could be argued that MP3s are the greatest marketing tool ever to come along for the music industry. If your music is not being downloaded, then you're in trouble. If you can't give it away, you certainly can't sell it. Daniel Bedingfieldrecently had a top 3 song on the radio, with "Gotta Get Thru This." However, his music was hardly available through any of the P2P networks. His record lasted on the Billboard Top 200 for less than a month, even though the single had been on radio playlists all over the country for several months. It's also been widely reported that the most downloaded album of all time was The Eminem Show by Eminem. It was downloaded so heavily that Interscope took the unusual step of releasing the album a week early due to the rampant online sharing of tracks from the album. Fast-forward to the end of 2002, and The Eminem Show is the best-selling album of the year. This seems to indicate the opposite of what the RIAA would have you believe. When people share MP3s, more music is sold, not less."

    • RIAA's Statistics Don't Add Up to Piracy
      Shocked, I am, shocked that the R.I.A.A. would twist the numbers and mis-analyze and so on and so forth. Long piece and a bit egg-headed, but worth slogging through.

    • Don't Sever a High-Tech Lifeline for Musicians
      Janis Ian writes in the L.A. Times that distrubitg her music via MP3 has been beneficial to her career, contrary to popular belief.

    • Rapper 50 Cent's Album Release Pushed Up
      50 Cent's Get Rich or Die Tryin will now hit store shelves on Thursday, Feb. 6 in an effort to blunt the effects of bootlegger and file-sharers. Judging by my referrer logs, which show me that a lot of folks have visited my humble little blog looking for 50 Cent tracklistings and MP3s, it is probably the right thing to do. You can pre order Get Rich or Die Tryin here and get a bonus DVD.

    • Yahoo's Launch To Offer Subscription Radio Service
      For $3.99 per month or $35.99 per year beginning Wednesday, Launchcast Plus will carry commercial-free radio that will also offer the users the chance to customize their own Web stations and tune in to 24-hour programming on 50 niche channels devoted to everything from show tunes to one-hit wonders.

    • Mandy Moore's Plans For 2003: Covers Record, Three Movies
      Ack. Though still in the process of being recorded, her cover album is likely to include performances of songs originally made famous by artists likes of Elton John, Cat Stevens, Joan Armatrading and The Waterboys(?!?!?!?). Mandy Moore, big 80s college rock fan-- who knew? Here's something else you might not have known-- Mandy Moore's "A Walk To Remember" did better at the box office than Britney Spears' "Crossroads"? It's true!

    • Bone Thugs Say Bizzy Is Out For Good This Time
      Bizzy Bone is once again not a member of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. The above linked MTV News has a lot of the sorted details-- kudos to them for getting both sides of the story.

    posted by Randy on 12:41 PM | permanent link to this entry

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