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Cut Me Some Slack

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And they did. The major labels are finally learning. The internet is not your enemy. You just have to find a way to harness it. Even if you kill a few start ups in the process of learning this tale, it’s nice to know that someone somewhere is listening. A whole heap of start ups are renegotiating their licensing terms with the major labels to positive effects. Even though I left Imeem in the wake of LastFM (and will be moving again soon…wait and see on the right nav), it’s good to see that they are not dissolving. And it’s good to see that record labels are trusting start ups to secure a longer term vision of the music landscape and the way we all will interact.

Here’s to new best friends. May they learn to love one another, even if they have occassional cat fights (oh Napster…).

Written by TopDrop

May 27th, 2009 at 11:22 pm

New Issue: Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga, The Fame – Yeah. You are seeing this correctly. Even I have to give it up for Yonkers. Gaga is taking over the world little by little. And you know what? I don’t actually mind. I mean, she’s not artist-of-the-decade material. But I cherish her showmanship. Plus I can’t wear unitards and admire anyone who chooses to solely wear them.

Is it bad that I thought she was Swedish for the longest? I’ve been known to enjoy Swedish pop and well, who else would spawn a Lady Gaga? And the lyrics ( “Let’s have some fun/This beat is sick/I wanna take a ride on your disco stick”)? Did I mention she only wears unitards? If that doesn’t scream Norse, what does? Even if she is American (and from New Jersey), she definitely has her own aesthetic as an electro/dance siren. Now, this aesthetic gets a bit tired for an entire album. But for those first 5 or 6 songs, it’s entirely listenable. And if you happen to be at the gym or say running 26.2 miles for the fun of it, sometimes you can use a helpful 14 song dose of club reality.

Go ahead, give “Womanizer” a run for its money. But feel free to skip “Just Dance” as we’ve all heard quite enough.

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May 27th, 2009 at 11:20 pm

New Issue: The Pains of Being Pure At Heart

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The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, The Pains of Being Pure At Heart – Has it been two months already? Well, there is no excuse. Especially since I’ve had at least 5 posts sitting in my queue with at least 5 more albums to review. What can I say? Life has been..life. But I still do care. And I’m still listening to music (and seeing shows – thank you Bimbo’s). And now summer is upon me with my myriad periods of vacating. Thus, I better put SOMETHING on this blog or all may be lost. So here, a remnant from the not so distant past. Complete with the header sentence and I had pretyped.

You should get an award for just typing the name of the band and the album. Remember the Cure? Yeah, we ALL do. And yet TPOBPAH try to slip one on us here in the first decade of the new millenium. Admittedly, some of us were fooled, especially since so many artists are gently stealing from the late ’80s/early 90s and repurposing as “the future” (Kanye, please, the robotic singing, skinny jeans, and flat top hair style is not genius. You can find most of these elements in a good Cosby Show episode. I recommend the seasons with Lisa Bonet). But their sound is consise enough to find little room for mistake for futuristic progression. Rather, it delves into a bit of mimcry that is tough for me to digest.Enjoyable? Mostly. Pushing any new boundaries? Hardly. I guess that’s why it’s so painful to be this pure.

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May 10th, 2009 at 11:24 pm

German Know-How and Pastries

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So the only things I love more than music are baked goods. It’s true. I went on a baking tear in London and never looked back. Last week – two strawberry rhubarb crumbles. For real (both are in season, what’s a girl to do?). So what could be better than music or a baked good? A musical service with a baked good name. Leave it to the Germans – a demented sense of humor. But I like it. Like last.fm and and the Pandora’s of the world, Mufin has many tools to help sift through the plethora of music available and provide relevantt recommendations. What I like most about Mufin is that 1) the main technology behind all of their applications was developed by Joseph von Fraunhofer. What a name. and 2) it’s a back end application. Thus you are tied into one application and resentful whenever a new technology or site pops up.

Budding developers, have at!

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May 10th, 2009 at 10:05 am

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