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To The Left Of The Mainstream – new music recommendations

February 25th, 2008 · 4 Comments

I’ve written before about the need for filtering in the online music world – there’s just too much music and not enough time to leave it all to chance. As Jeff Schmidt just expressed it on twitter – “curation is vital”.

Which is why I’ve just started To The Left Of The Mainstream – a twitter-based music recommendation feed. I’ll post at least once a day, sometimes more, with links to great artists, with the proviso that all the sites will provide full track on demand streaming tracks or downloads. They’ll mainly be from Myspace, last.fm and Reverb Nation

So if you’re on twitter (you should be), you can ‘follow’ TTLOTM on there, or just click the link and then grab the RSS feed to follow it in google reader or safari or wherever. I’m sure you’ll find loads of great new music through it.

Stylistically, it’ll run the gamut from singer/songwriters to ambient music, rock bands to chamber works, electronica to nu-jazz. All the kinds of things I love. There’ll be no ‘buy-ons’, as it’s only going to be of any value at all if the sole criteria is quality…

That doesn’t mean I’m not taking recommendations – make those in the comments below please (rule #325, you can’t recommend yourself! ;o)

Tags: cool links · Geek · New Music Strategies · tips for musicians · website recommendations

She won't stop believin'

February 10th, 2008 · Comments Off on She won't stop believin'

Via the Guilt By Association compilation album, I headed over to Petra Haden’s MySpace Page which features three utterly blindingly amazing a cappella cover versions that you absolute HAVE to hear. She’s magic, go and listen!

Then you can go and have a listen to The New Standard stuff that Julie McKee and I did a couple of years ago, and the version of Black Hole Sun on Lobelia’s myspace page

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Sleeveface.com …

February 9th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Found via the the lovely Susan Enan’s myspace blog

sleeveface.com – a wonder to behold.

It’s amazing – the internet is often a breeding ground for all that is icky in humanity, bringing out the worst in so many people, but then occasionally something like this comes along, utterly frivolous, joyous and hilarious. It’s magical.

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Jonatha and Woody…

February 1st, 2008 · Comments Off on Jonatha and Woody…

Just saw this on Jonatha Brooke’s Myspace blog – she’s working on a bunch of Woody Guthrie songs, with access granted to the archives by Woody’s daughter, Nora.

As a HUGE fan of what Billy Bragg was able to do on the ‘Mermaid Avenue’ records, and a huge fan of what Jonatha does on her own material, I’m very excited to hear how this turns out – keep an eye on Jonatha’s blog for updates.

Tags: cool links · Musing on Music · website recommendations

Facebook for musicians – a jumbled mess?

November 25th, 2007 · 10 Comments

One of the massive challenges facing the world of social networking and how it interfaces with marketing (in our case, marketing music) is the area of integration – simply put, how can information uploaded be spread across MySpace, Facebook, Last.fm etc. without us needing to add everything to all of them individually… How can the data from one site be output to be processed by another… The formats and web-standards are there for it to work in the form of RSS/XML, Microformat mark-up and feeds, but very few sites will ACCEPT information that way. Some output it – Reverb Nation generate RSS feeds of gig dates for artists, and last.fm generates ical feeds of the gigs you’ve added to your profile etc. but neither of them will accept input from an hcal formatted page…

Anyway, all of that stuff is lightyears away for the increasingly lumbering behemoth that is Facebook because they cant even get integration to work within their own f-ing site!!!

“What’s the problem?”, you ask, perfectly reasonably. Well, at the moment, there are number of tools for musicians on facebook, their ‘flagship’ idea being Pages – that is, public pages that you can create for a band, product, service, whatever. You create your band page, then folks add themselves as ‘fans’.

However, they also have an excellent app. for ordinary facebook profiles called ‘My Band’ – created by the lovelies at Reverb Nation, it puts your reverb nation player onto your facebook profile (note, not your ‘page’), and even has a separate page for each artist within facebook, and allows your friends to sign up as ‘a fan’. Can you see a huge crossover in purpose here? Of course.

“Wouldn’t it be great if there were a way of connecting the two?” Yes it would, good question, well done.
“Well, is there?” It would appear not.

And to make matters worse, there’s also no link between your Reverb Nation My Band app. fans on facebook and your fans that are actually on your Reverb Nation page.

So what needs to happen? Well, it would be great if Facebook did a proper hook up with Reverb Nation and started to allow embedding the ‘My Band’ player into the page – they could make it the heart of the page in the way that the myspace player is the thing that made that site work so well. That may well entail Facebook buying Reverb Nation – I’m not sure that the corporate side of the Facebook machine would be all that happy about that close a hook-up with a partner rather than a subsidiary – but either way, it’d make it work much better, and would definitely be a giant leap towards Facebook’s aim of finishing off MySpace… It would then mean that there would be proper integration between the embedded Reverb Nation widgets that litter all kinds of pages, and the Reverb Nation Facebook plug-in for fans.

For now though, here are the resources you need to get started, and have the stuff in place when it all starts. These are also the links to follow if you want to check out my music on facebook, and become a fan (which you’ll have to do at least three times for blanket coverage! :o) – you’ll need to log-in to Facebook to access any of the pages there…

My ReverbNation.com page
My Facebook artist ‘Page’

The reverbnation listener plugin for Facebook – for anyone else wanting to add my music to their page, to help spread the word.

If you’re on Facebook, please do add yourself as a fan.

Tags: Geek · New Music Strategies · tips for musicians · website recommendations

Early Christmas presents – your virtual gifts here…

November 20th, 2007 · Comments Off on Early Christmas presents – your virtual gifts here…

It’s something we’ve done in a small way over in the forum for a couple of years, but I thought I’d copy it over here as a comment thread this year – giving Christmas presents is often expensive and perhaps almost as often, pointless. You spend ages trying to find something that is adequate as a gift, not that is either useful or of benefit, or something where the purchasing in the first place is for the greater good…

We can talk about fair trade presents (and beautiful solo bass cds) later but for now, we’re looking for free online pressies. They can be as simple as recommendations for cool websites, or links to sites with free (legal) MP3s, or cartoons, films. Please don’t post links to anything where the legality or morality of the derivation is questionable, like MP3 blogs not sanctioned by the artists etc. but links to last.fm pages with free mp3s are good, or even last.fm pages where albums are streamable if not downloadable.

This is your chance to offer a free gift of something fun and useful and artsy and cool to all the readers of this ‘ere blog…

So here are my three for you – one or two of which I may have mentioned before –

The End of Control – on ongoing ebook, readable as a blog or downloadable as PDF chapters, on the changes in the music industry.
Free Culture – another e-book about the nature of copyright, ownership and the proliferation of ideas and content in a digital age.
New Music Strategies – a third e-book about the changes in the music industry. More deeply thought out stuff on where it’s all going.

So there you go, three books for Christmas (or for you Americans, you can see them as a Thanksgiving present too, should you wish to, along with this thought and this thought about what Thanksgiving is).

So post away, comments are open – give a freebie web-gift for Christmas! :o)

Tags: cool links · New Music Strategies · Random Catchup · tips for musicians · website recommendations

Free documentaries to watch online…

November 18th, 2007 · Comments Off on Free documentaries to watch online…

Lo. just found this site – FreeDocumentaries.org – loads of streamable/downloadable docs, including SuperSize Me, Fahrenheit 9/11, Bowling For Columbine and a couple of episodes of Morgan Spurlock’s ’30 days’ series. Plus lots of other great stuff, and a couple of things that look like crack-pot conspiracy movies which should be good for a laugh.

Days and Days of quality brain food!

Tags: cool links · film/tv · website recommendations

HiRes, good price BritJazz downloads from Babel…

October 13th, 2007 · 1 Comment

The Babel Label now have their own download store – Babel have been at the vanguard of what’s interesting and important in UK Jazz for many years, and have one hell of a catalogue – Polar Bear, Acoustic Ladyland, Partisans, Huw Warren, Ingrid Laubrock, Christine Tobin, Billy Jenkins… loads of really fantastic music.

The MP3s are 320kbps, DRM free, and the whole album price ranges from about a fiver to about seven quid. Not bad at all! head over there and have a browse!

Tags: cool links · Musing on Music · website recommendations

Trip Wamsley's blog…

September 21st, 2007 · 1 Comment

Sometimes bloggers just get on a roll. Sometimes people who blog on myspace get lost in Myspace. Trip Wamsley’s myspace blog is far too entertaining just for myspace. Trip, cross post to a proper blog thing, so more peoples can read your excellent rantings and ravings.

Go and have a read, it’s a wonderful insight into a world where endless creativity and benign insanity meet.

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