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Artists are not happy (part 12,304): John Robb gives out yards about crowd-funding and having to deal with your fans. Some zingers here, especially the moaning about “trying to record music with 25 funders sitting in the control room as …

Wed, Oct 10, 2012, 09:37


Artists are not happy (part 12,304): John Robb gives out yards about crowd-funding and having to deal with your fans. Some zingers here, especially the moaning about “trying to record music with 25 funders sitting in the control room as part of a treat day”. Well, dude, would you prefer a couple of numptie record label execs saying that they can’t hear the single? Seems to me that many musicians are just giving out about having to do some work which they believe is below their pay-grade. Next thing, they’ll be having lengthy union meetings, making placards and going on strike. Actually, here are some payslips for musos. Is this why 41 per cent of musicians have called it a day?

Speaking of record label execs who’ve turned up in a refreshed state in recording studio control rooms from time to time…. Alan McGee talks and talks and talks and talks.

Our new favourite waste of online time is now Rap Genius (sorry, Broadsheet, you’re so 2010) and we’re not alone in our crush because some people with fat wallets have invested $15 million in the site. Holy cheddar!

Meanwhile, who exactly are the folks who fund those Kickstarter and other Fund It Yourself projects and why?

Lady Gaga’s manager and internet entrepreneur Troy Carter looks into his tea leaves to predict what’s next for the music and entertainment business.

Beancounting dept: inside Spotify’s financials and here’s the analysis. Seems like there’s plenty of work to do for new Spotify hire – and our favourite music biz economist – Will Page.

Where everybody knows your name: ace oral history of Cheers 30 years after it was first broadcast.

#IHMJJ: 10 rules of thumb for live tweeting at conferences.

Blogging is dead, Twitter is dead and now, indie music is dead (again). Some interesting points between the snarks, especially after a weekend of too many “alright” bands at HWCH12.

Graph of the day: the most shared acts on Twitter.

Superb read about football violence and gangs in Argentina. Hat-tip to Warren for the link.

The evolution of the logo: the design life of 100 famous brands from initial sketch to now.

Email is not dead: the power of email newsletters as Trigger Media launches InsideHook to join its stable of mailouts including Thrillist and Daily Candy.

Contrary to the aul’ rubbish we were talking about at HWCH12 last week, radio is not dead either. Here’s how a couple of NPR stations in the United States help to break bands. Maybe we need some NPR action over here. You know “public service broadcasting”…cough.

Gig alert: Fennesz plays Dublin’s Unitarian Church on October 20 with support from Cian Nugent, Withering Zithering and visuals from Donal Dineen. Tickets are €19.50 a pop.

For Sean Sherlock’s Instapaper feed (he does have one, right?): why copyright may not be needed to make money.

New York Times music writer Jon Caramanica on what gets covered – and why – in music journalism today.

Jeff Mills: artist, producer, DJ, entrepreneur and Forbes mag pin-up.

Hip-hop fans in work looking for something to occupy their time today other than spreadsheets, memos from the office manager and Facebook updates from your ex are in luck. Here’s Scratch, Doug Pray’s excellent documentary on the history of turntablism.

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