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The More Things Change…(Or Do They?)

The More Things Change…(Or Do They?)

The following post appeared on Rifftides nine years ago this spring. What thoughts does it stimulate in readers now? Have there been significant changes in jazz since 2008? Originally posted on March 4, 2008 Rifftides reader George Finch sent this message in reaction to a ten-year-old article in The Atlantic. There has been so little essential ...

Do Albums Ever Die? How Make Old Music Relevant Again

Do Albums Ever Die? How Make Old Music Relevant Again

Just because an album has been around for awhile doesn't make it irrelevant. The streaming age and the rise of playlist culture has provided a unique opportunity for artists to breathe new live and relevancy into their back catalog of work. Guest post by Chris Robley on DIY Musician 3 things you can do to breathe ...

Why Can We Still Buy Music? [Thomas Euler]

Why Can We Still Buy Music? [Thomas Euler]

In this piece, Thomas Euler ponders the question of why it is that we can still purchase music. Will we soon live in a world where music cannot be bought. but only accessed, and what this would mean for not only labels but also the industry in general? Guest post by Thomas Euler, originally published on his ...

Survival Of The Shortest: Did Streaming Kill Song Intros?

Survival Of The Shortest: Did Streaming Kill Song Intros?

While lengthy, dramatic intros used to be commonplace in the power pop ballads of a few decades ago, a recent study has revealed that the hits of today have significantly more truncated, something for which consumers shortened attention spans are likely to blame. Guest post by Misti Crane of The Ohio State University “It’s survival-of-the-fittest: Songs that ...

James McMurtry On State of Texas, State Of The Music Business Plus The Digital Tip Jar [INTERVIEW]

James McMurtry On State of Texas, State Of The Music Business Plus The Digital Tip Jar [INTERVIEW]

In this interview Brad Auerbach speaking with singer-songwriter and proud Austin resident James McMurtry about the rapid evolution of the music industry, and his thoughts on digital “tip jar" and artistic philanthropy in general. Guest post by Brad Auerbach on Forbes James McMurtry is one of America’s songwriting treasures. Too often just out of the mainstream spotlight, ...

Ghostship Fire: Mourn The Dead, Fight Like Hell For The Living

Ghostship Fire: Mourn The Dead, Fight Like Hell For The Living

In this recent article, Marc Ribot explores how the tragedy at jny: Oakland's GhostShip lofts is indicative of a broader issue concerning the marginalization of working artists. Guest post by Marc Ribot on The Trichordist Marc Ribot is an American Musician and a member of NYC artists rights group MusiciansACTION musiciansaction.org. The initial horror evoked by Oakland’s GhostShip ...

More Christmas Classics from JazzWax

More Christmas Classics from JazzWax

Now meet the rest of the JazzWax Vintage Holiday Album Hall of Fame family, in order of their induction and linked to Amazon... 2015—Two albums with the same name: Bobby Timmons' Holiday Soul and Don Patterson's Holiday Soul. Both trio albums were recorded for Prestige in Nov. 1964—the former on the 24th and the latter on ...

In Defense Of The Digital Album

In Defense Of The Digital Album

As the popularity of playlists grows, and music consumption habits gradually change in favor of the single, many artists are gravitating away from full-length albums, something which could have negative consequences for both artists and fans. Guest Post by Heather Willensky on Medium What’s the best band you discovered on a streaming playlist? Go have a ...

When Rappers Are Affected By White Fragility [Talib Kweli Greene]

When Rappers Are Affected By White Fragility [Talib Kweli Greene]

In this essay, Talib Kweli Greene takes on the complex issue of how 'white fragility' affects rappers, as he walks us through Twitter battles and unfounded accusations of racism from fellow hip-hop artists Remedy and Diabolic. Guest post by Talib Kweli Greene Let’s deal with the facts. Hip-hop was primarily created by black and Latinx youth living ...

Why The Music Industry Needs Fewer Lawyers, More Innovators [CD Baby CEO Tracy Maddux]

Why The Music Industry Needs Fewer Lawyers, More Innovators [CD Baby CEO Tracy Maddux]

Here CD Baby CEO Tracy Maddux weighs in on the recent wave of litigation which has swept through the music industry, suggesting that the recent string of lawsuits against companies like Spotify and TIDAL discourages innovation in the industry and sets a poor tone for the future of digital music. Guest post by Tracy Maddux, CEO ...


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