Category Archives: Music Biz 2.0

Writing Songs With – Charles Dickens: What Would Dickens Say?

With downloading we listen to everything in bits. Could you imagine what Charles Dickens would say if you said, ‘Could I just have one chapter?’ You’re creating a short story culture. What happened to narrative? Tori Amos: Mojo Magazine May … Continue reading

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Naming Your Band – In 10 Easy Steps

Having been through the naming process so many times, either with my own bands or ones I’ve taught, I’ve learned that trying to find THE GREATEST BAND NAME EVER is a fool’s errand. The best you can hope for (and … Continue reading

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Good Thing We Brought The Glock

Lots of editing and overdubbing kid’s songs, a little frisbee* with the fam, and a few quotes. Oh, and I bought a glockenspiel on eBay! There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. Leonard Cohen The … Continue reading

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Free Beef

I don’t want to sell my music. I’d like to give it away because where I got it, you didn’t have to pay for it. – Captain Beefheart

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Signing The Great To Attract The Successful

Derek Sivers has an interesting insight into Elektra records founder Jac Holzman. After recounting a story where Jac was able to get permission from the Beatles to license something because he signed an artist they respected… “[He] told me that it … Continue reading

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What Is An Album Anyway?

It was interesting to read Michael Corcoran bigging up albums (and Jake Bugg‘s new album in particular) on the Village Voice site.  He concludes “The album is far from dead, it’s just that they’re not making very many great ones … Continue reading

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Who Needs Comments?

  Art is not born in a vacuum… but it’s not born inside a tornado full of shrieking trolls, either Do we need to encourage people to comment on everything we create? Oatmeal has a funny take on it

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Why You Should Give Your Music Away: Derek Webb

  Singer/songwriter/indie-christian-maverick Derek Webb was recently interviewed by The Music Biz Weekly Podcast about NoiseTrade, the music sharing website he set up. It’s fascinating stuff. Check it out here

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Duff McKagan Gets Ripped Off

In 1998, a year after leaving Guns N’ Roses, Duff McKagan was working on his second solo album ‘Beautiful Disease‘ for Geffen. He was told, “We’re backing you, Duff. This album will be our top priority for the first quarter … Continue reading

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Major Label Bad. Internet Good.

I don’t think it’s any secret that I think the record industry is flawed in the same way a business model built on indentured servitude and embezzlement is ‘flawed’. Here are two more witnesses for the prosecution… Tom Waits The … Continue reading

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