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Not Afraid: The Shady Records Story

COMPLEX has just uploaded the Shady Records documentary to their YouTube channel. Hate him or love him, he founded one of the more dominant labels of the 2000s.

Watch Eminem, Paul Rosenberg, Dr Dre and 50 Cent reflect on the rise of Shady Records.

The 50th Anniversary of John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme”

The Religious Experience of John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme”

A Love Supreme is an important musical work, jazz or otherwise. The dedication, urgency and singular vision of this record can be inspiring to anyone, not just musicians and not just jazz lovers.Jon Irabagon

A Love Supreme is now 50 years old. It’s still untouchable. It’s still just as impactful from the moment that tenor sax sends its first note down your ear canal.

Go listen to it today.

Venues: Do Better Shows

This Week in Music Tech — How to Make Live Music Suck Less

Fundamentally, the live music space is broken for many of the same reasons most of the music industry is broken — strip away all the apps and new distribution channels and nothing has changed for the past forty or so years.

Call me an old fart, but I’m with Cortney on this stuff. Start shows earlier, make the transitions smoother, give me a place to sit, and—for the love of God—standardize around some sort of events feed/notifications. I love live music and check venue sites pretty often and still manage to miss some great ones.

Unsurprising Headline: Blondie Still Totally Rad After All These Years

Debbie Harry on punk, refusing to retire and sex at 69 | The Telegraph

Now music is a lot more about marketing, Harry says, and about building a brand identity. It has both good and bad sides, she goes on, shrugging – refusing to be drawn into criticising younger artists. It is healthy that they are far more business-savvy, she points out.

This is a great read, especially if you’re enthused by great women making great art and helping great young girls everywhere find their voice. Also, please click through if for no other reason than to read how Harry casually mentions ALMOST BEING ABDUCTED BY TED BUNDY.

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That “Seven Nation Army” Riff

Stupid & Sophisticated: The Rise & Rise Of The Seven Nation Army Riff

Kyle has always been a huge White Stripes fan, and it took me a while to understand what the big deal was. They seemed raw, bluesy, and fun, but the radio just seemed to reveal something that fit right alongside The Strokes at a time when low-fi was becoming sentient.

Then I finally dug into their catalog. Then I heard some of the deep cuts. Then I saw what they were doing live. Jack White was a historian in disguise, sneaking the blues in the back door to a rock scene that had forgotten its roots.

At any rate, it’s stories like this one about “Seven Nation Army” that reminds me it’s alright to get caught in deep thought about a White Stripes riff. It’s got soul to it. It sticks to your ribs. And this one, somehow, managed to cross national borders and become an anthem for people far and wide.

Lefsetz on “Global Release Day Fridays”

Records are not movies. Not made for one weekend only. Music, when done right, is forever. And now that streaming services rule, the drop date, the release date, is just a moment in time. Everything will change. All the front-loaded publicity, all the inane coverage of the horse race, it’s irrelevant. Now it’s all about whether people listen and continue to listen.
Bob Lefsetz (Release Day Blues)

Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü

Eventually, an artist dropping an album without a previously-declared release date will no longer be called a “surprise”. We’re not there yet, apparently. Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü got “surprise-released” last night during an attempted 24-hour DJ set that ended… Continue Reading →

Goodbye, Wondering Sound :'(

The Best of Wondering Sound

This sucks. Wondering Sound is one of the best music editorial blogs around, and now they’re getting shuttered.

Just take a look at  the quality of work in their own ‘best of’ list here at the link.

We’ll miss you, WS.

On Human Curation and Finding New Music to Dig

Robots vs. pop stars: Who is better at curating your music? | Gigaom

The answer to the question in the aforementioned article’s headline is “neither.”

Though “the debate over human versus automated curation is almost as old as online music itself,” most services (especially those from emergent and established tech companies) opt to remain within this binary – even the ones we admire, who are working to glean insights from trillions of data points.

We founded TuneDig upon the premise that you’re most likely to discover new music you’ll dig from people you already trust – your friends, your local record store clerk, or Kurt Ballou (maybe that last one’s specific to me). Therefore, we agree with Tim Quirk:

We also appreciate the recent perspective of Jon Maples and so many others in this space. Thankfully, there are lots of people talking about – and trying to solve the problem of – what to do with all the music at our fingertips, which is the best possible problem to have. We’re committed to making music lovers’ lives better, and we’re glad so many others are, too.

Arcade Fire’s Will Butler is Writing Current Events Songs

Will Butler: Clean Monday – hear the first of his tracks written after reading the Guardian

Dude is writing a song a day this week, each based on a specific story from The Guardian.

This seems like something that would be easy to make fun of—but I’m actually finding it’s pretty cool.

Here’s Monday’s, based on the Greek debt crisis:

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