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Are Tech Companies The New Record Labels?

Are Tech Companies The New Record Labels?

[PIAS] co-founder Michel Lambot looks at how the economic structure of media consumption has shifted over time to one of renting vs. owning; and how tech companies bypassing record labels to make direct deals with artists is the next logical step in this progression. Guest post by Michel Lambot. This article originally appeared on the [PIAS] blog ...

Steve Lacy and Whitey Mitchell

Steve Lacy and Whitey Mitchell

Mention the soprano saxophone, and most people think first of Sidney Bechet, Lucky Thompson, Pony Poindexter, John Coltrane and Dave Liebman. But in the 1950s and beyond, the artist who did more to demonstrate the instrument's versatility across multiple jazz styles was Steve Lacy. He began in the early 1950s as a New Orleans-style player, using ...

Do Playlists Kill Album Sales Or Multiply Them?

Do Playlists Kill Album Sales Or Multiply Them?

Michael Foster weighs in on how streaming and playlist culture is effecting album sales for niche genres including ambient, electronic, new age and electronica; and whether they could spell out the end of conventional albums or actually multiply sales. Guest post by Michael Foster of Ambient Visions I read an article about how playlists were going ...

Pandora, Snapchat Partner For Song Sharing, Snap Kit Developer Launch

Pandora, Snapchat Partner For Song Sharing, Snap Kit Developer Launch

Pandora has teamed with Snapchat as the music streaming launch partner for Snap Kit, Snap’s new platform for developers.  Pandora users will soon be able to share  songs using 'song cards' that include album art on top of an animated background. Song receivers can up swipe up to listen directly on Pandora after watching a 15 ...

Dixieland Goes Progressive

Dixieland Goes Progressive

Ever sit down to a meal and find yourself loving food you never liked before? Your change of heart often is the result of an ingredient or a special preparation that makes the dish downright delicious. It could be fish with an amazing mustard sauce or broccoli with caraway and toasted almonds. I'm that way with ...

What Does AT&T, Time Warner Deal Mean For Music? A Lot.

What Does AT&T, Time Warner Deal Mean For Music? A Lot.

A Federal Judge yesterday ruled that AT&T could complete its $85 billion takeover of Time Warner, including HBO, CNN, DC Entertainment and all of its popular media properties. With no major music companies in either company's portfolio, the impact of the mega-deal on the music industry would seem to be minimal.  Think again.  According to a ...

Spotify Eyes Strategy Shift Music Industry Won't Like

Spotify Eyes Strategy Shift Music Industry Won't Like

A recent report hints that Spotify may soon be pursuing a strategy which could potentially anger partners which it needs to stay in the business, with the streaming giant considering offering certain indie artists advances and direct licensing deals. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski from Forbes A new report suggests that Spotify is embarking on a new ...

Senator Ron Wyden Falsely Claims To Be 'Pro Artist'

Senator Ron Wyden Falsely Claims To Be 'Pro Artist'

Here David Lowery thoroughly debunks Oregon Senator Ron Wyden's claim that he is somehow pro artist, both by a thorough look at his voting history, as well as numerous writing by the Senator. Guest post by David C. Lowery of The Trichordist Sen Rony Wyden has just posted a medium blog in which he makes the rather astonishing ...

Tony Adamo and Roger Smith of Tower Of Power Collaborate on "Rain Man Make it Rain Love my Way"— Becomes All About Jazz Top Track

Tony Adamo and Roger Smith of Tower Of Power Collaborate on "Rain Man Make it Rain Love my Way"— Becomes All About Jazz Top Track

Tony Adamo on his collaboration with Roger Smith... My Tower of Power (TOP) connection goes back more than 20 years to a recording session in Dave Hartel’s studio in Half Moon Bay, California. Hartel was the organ player for Lydia Pense and Cold Blood at the time, and brought in Mic Gillette and Skip Mesquite to ...

African American Music Month Turns 39

African American Music Month Turns 39

It's been almost forty years since president Jimmy Carter established African-American Music Month to recognize the cultural contribution of black musicians. Here William Glanz explores the origins of the month, and the effect it's had on music consumption and beyond. Guest post by William Glanz of Soundexchange Something funny happened in the 39 years since President Jimmy ...