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Archive for December, 2008

Other Top Drops: NPR

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In spite of my infrequent posting, you love me. You really love me. Or at least 3 of you occasionally see new posts. And I thank you. Better yet, you’ve even sent me suggestions which I cherish. My latest shoutout goes to Diana who dutifully sent me a nudge towards the lower end of the FM dial. Since I was out of the country or most of the year, I often find myself at a loss for understanding where America is musically. NPR seems like a great path towards redirection, albeit slightly mainstream (that’s for the “N”). And they let you listen to each artist to make up your own mind. Something ALL lists should do (except for slow, unreliable bloggers like me…). My only catch – why so mopey? Lots of downtempo hits – and they are hits – but weren’t we happy until the economy collapse in August?

Thanks again Diana for the prod. Keep ’em coming.

Read and weep – for joy of course.

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December 25th, 2008 at 7:20 pm

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It’s Oh So Quiet…and Profitable

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Would you hand over your investment capitol to a woman who beat up a reporter in Bangkok? The bankrupt island of ice is betting on it. For some time, Bjork has dabbled in the politics of a green world. Now she is chairing a VC to put her proverbial money near her mouth.

Hopefully, this will remain a Iceland only phenomenon with international hipsters staying out of the fray. I could easily see American youngins continuing the trend of trusting artists over sound financial advisers for their activist financial pursuits. Just make sure you tip your vintage Ray Bans towards the fine print and check the annual returns.

A non Homogenic portfolio

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December 23rd, 2008 at 11:18 pm

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YouTubed Me Out of My Money

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Another slight set back in the record industry embrace of technology. Warner steps away from their YouTube contract for streaming artist videos. Sad. I really was hooked on YouTubing that 4 Minutes video, Madonna. Warner is still honoring the video streaming contract at MySpace though. So, it seems like a bit of a personal grudge with the unquantifiable and suprisingly low monetizeable video sharing pinnacle.

I can’t say that I am totally siding with the Google folks since I don’t hear of any company making lots of money from any of the video sharing sites. A definite future prospect. But suspiciously slow for the marked advancement of streaming technology.

No brotherly love for Warner

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December 23rd, 2008 at 12:46 am

Other Top Drops: NYT

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More in the series of what other people love. Decidedly more safe and high art. Except Ne-Yo as a pick for unforgettable songs.

NYT Hit List

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December 20th, 2008 at 2:37 pm

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