Wired News: Music Is Not a Loaf of Bread: “Giving away an album online isn’t the way most artists end up with gold records. But it worked out that way for Wilco.”
Last night, I caught Chris Potter playing at 55 Bar, with Craig Taborn, Craig Taborn, Wayne Krantz and Nate Smith. Except for getting home after 2 AM on a Monday night, it was excellent.
Potter is one of the leading sax players on the NY scene and perhaps my favorite to listen to. He plays with a distinctive tone– warm and rich with a bit of edge. What sets Chris apart is not his technical playing (which is excellent), but how artfully he shapes his solos to build gradually in intensity and avoids unnecessary repetition.
Lift: Live at the Village Vanguard is Potter’s latest album (with a different band) and excellent.
Randomly, I ran into a high school classmate at the show, after I walked in and we ended up sitting across the table from each other.
Previously, I caught Chris lead a different band at 55 Bar last year and play as a sideman with David Binney last month.
Next week, NYC hosts the CMJ Music Marathon, with hundreds of artists playing in various clubs around the city as well as a variety of panels, including some interesting ones.
The Bosch is playing a CMJ showcase on Thursday, Oct. 14, at Northsix Downstairs at 11 PM.
Since I will have a badge, which other bands should I be going to see?
Gothamist: CMJ Preview
The iTunes Music Store now has over one million songs available for download in the US, becoming the first and only online digital music service to offer consumers a million song catalog. The iTunes Music Store features music from all five major record labels and over 600 leading independent labels from around the world. With more than 100 million songs downloaded and more than 70 percent market share of legal downloads for singles and albums, the iTunes Music Store is the world’s number one online music service.
Yesterday, the Cato Institute held a conference on Law and Economics of File Sharing & P2P Networks. According to Digital Music News, this was “one of the best [conferences] in digital music this year,” so it might be worthwhile checking out the webcast.
Cato’s Adam Thierer suggests forgoing copyright legislation for judicial resolution of copyright claims:On Drawing Lines in Copyright Law
But how we call in the cops and who the IP cops are makes a big difference. In particular, we shouldn’t expect Congress or regulatory agencies to legislate on every problem that creeps up or ban or mandate specific technological solutions in an attempt to solve IP debates. But when certain parties are egregiously violating the rights of copyright holders, they are certainly justified in seeking redress in the courts. Common law resolution to copyright disputes has the advantage of avoiding a hasty, ham-handed legislative quick fix. As has been the case throughout most of copyright’s history, courts can sort through rival claims to determine where the creators’ concerns have merit and where the rights of consumers should instead carry the day
(via Joe Gratz)
As part of the music industry price-fixing class action settlement, the music industry agreed to donate CDs to schools and libraries, at an estimated cost of $76 million. What are some of the CDs that the libraries are receiving?
One 10-library system received 1325 CDs. 482 of those CDs are:
57 copies “three mo’ tenors” (2001)
48 copies Mark Willis “loving every minute” 2001 (country)
47 copies “corridos de primera plana” by “Los Tucanes di Tijuana” (2000)
39 copies of “Christmas with Yolanda Adams”
37 copies of Michael Crawford’s “A Christmas Album” (Phantom of the Opera Broadway guy)
34 copies of the Bee Gees’ “This Is Where I Came In ” (2001)
34 copies “The Collector’s Series, Vol. 1” by Celine Dion
27 copies of a recording of Puccini’s Madam Butterfly
24 George Winston’s December (1982) (solo piano, jazz or new age)
23 copies of Aerosmith’s “Just Push play” (2001)
23 copies “A smooth Jazz Christmas” by Dave Koz and friends
21 copies of Son by four’s “Purest of Pain” (Latino pop band)
20 copies “symbols of Light” by Greg Osby (jazz)
20 copies “My kind of Christmas” by christina Aguilera
18 copies of Thalia’s “grandes exitos” (Latina artist, means “greatest hits”)
10 copies “A New day has Come” by Celine Dion
Nothing but the best.
MSNBC: Librarians: Free CDs too much of a good thing
iTunes is available in the UK, France and Germany. Prices are £0.79/£7.99 in the UK ($1.44/$14.61) and €0.99/€9.99 ($1.20/$12.14) in France and Germany. iTunes now has 700,000 tracks.
BBC News: Europe launch for Apple’s iTunes: “ITunes will be in direct competition with Napster in the UK and OD2’s European services. ITunes music store for other European countries will launch October.”
BBC News: Apple iTunes ‘set for UK launch’: “ITunes is due to be unveiled in London on 15 June, according to sources. Apple’s rival Napster launched a legal download service in the UK on 20 May.”
Today, Apple released AirPort Express and AirTunes. The $129 device enables the wireless streaming of music from a computer to a stereo.
Sony settles patent suit with inventor of the “Sterobelt,” a portable music player which preceded the Walkman. The inventor now plans to go after Apple. News.com: Sony pays millions to inventor in Walkman dispute
Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Hank Shocklee discuss how copyright law affected the creative approach of rap: How Copyright Law Changed Hip Hop
Back in the day, things was different. The copyright laws didn’t really extend into sampling until the hip-hop artists started getting sued. As a matter of fact, copyright didn’t start catching up with us until Fear of a Black Planet. That’s when the copyrights and everything started becoming stricter because you had a lot of groups doing it and people were taking whole songs. It got so widespread that the record companies started policing the releases before they got out.