Convenience Wins, Hubris Loses and Content vs. Context, a Presentation for Some Music Industry Friends

….. But in the middle I gave a brief, twenty minute presentation to some friends in the music industry about why it’s time we pay closer attention to consumer needs when it comes to digital music. I thought I’d share my presentation in case others were interested. Hello. My name is Ian Rogers. I’ve been building digital media applications since 1992, dropped out of a Computer Science PhD program to tour with Beastie Boys in 1995, and have been purchased by both AOL and Yahoo! in the ten years since then, with a stint running the new media department for…

Must see addition to hip hop blogs – Jay Smooth,long-time radio host on WBAI, posts a series of short videos dealing with hip hop etc. Funny, to the point and very watchable.

Music industry types say "Stop us before we compress again…!"

Today I spotted a disc by someone called John Ralston. It is called “Sorry Vampire” and is due in stores in the US on October 2, 2007. It was completely unremarkable except for a note on the back: This record is intentionally quieter than some to preserve the dynamics of the original performances. Visit for more information. Apparently, the official copy now reads like this: To preserve the excitement, emotion and dynamics of the original performances this record is intentionally quieter than some. For full enjoyment simply Turn Me Up! ( I’d be interested to see the list of…

Sgt Pepper must die!

Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated? It’s meant to be a classic album, but all you can hear is a load of boring tripe … we’ve all felt that way. And so have the musicians we asked to nominate the supposedly great records they’d gladly never hear again Sgt. Pepper Must Die! (Guardian UK)

Spinning Into Oblivion

The major labels wanted to kill the single. Instead they killed the album. The association wanted to kill Napster. Instead it killed the compact disc. Spinning Into Oblivion

village voice > pazzandjop06

The copycats over at the Voice have their own PoOPlist out: village voice > pazzandjop06 Chris Ott wonders if we need it: The Sheep Take a Buffalo Stance (but i liked Timbuk 3)…