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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 ...

Will Robots Disrupt Live Music? How Artificial Intelligence, Algorithms Could Boost Ticket Sales

Will Robots Disrupt Live Music? How Artificial Intelligence, Algorithms Could Boost Ticket Sales

Artificial intelligence may be set to disrupt the world of live music. Using data driven algorithms, AI would be able to calculate when and where artists should play, as well as streamline the currently deeply flawed means through which fans discover concerts happening in their area. Guest Post by Cortney Harding on Medium A few weeks ago, ...

Streaming Will Never Be The Savior Of The Music Economy

Streaming Will Never Be The Savior Of The Music Economy

While many are predicting that streaming will be the future of the music economy, the fact that services like Spotify and Apple Music typically only engage users at a base level and usually fail to effectively monetize them bodes poorly for streaming, suggesting it's not a business model to be relied on. By Bas Grasmayer, from the ...

Artificial Intelligence And The Music Industry: Will Robots Replace Musicians?

Artificial Intelligence And The Music Industry: Will Robots Replace Musicians?

With companies like Jukedeck allowing users with little to no musical knowledge to construct songs using an algorithm, some questions are being raised over how artists, particularly those without much personality, will fare should such automated songs become the norm. By Cortney Harding of Hypebot's Music Biz Podcast and author of How We Listen Now: Essays and Conversations ...

My New Year’s Resolution: No More Fans

My New Year’s Resolution: No More Fans

Artist and performer Shannon Curtis explains her distaste for the term “fan" and how house concerts put musician and listener on equal ground in a way which is beneficial to both. Guest Post by Shannon Curtis. A version of this article first appeared in Pyragraph. Yes, you read the title correctly. I’m an independent singer-songwriter, and my resolution ...


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