Jim Carroll

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Album leaks, popularity, New York City street photography, Nate Silver, abandoned record warehouses, journalism, film festivals, notebooks, US college marching bands, We Jam Econo etc

Easy Rider 2013 by Mark Weber. See http://weber-street-photography.com for more

Tue, Oct 1, 2013, 09:27


The popularity charts: what was, is and probably will be popular.

“I was a singer, not a saleswoman. Not everyone wants to be an entrepreneur.” Why the rise of forced entrepreneurship in the music business means the end of the right to be quiet and not be involved in incessant self-promotion. Hat-tip to Shane for the link.

Terms And Conditions May Apply: trailer for Cullen Hoback’s documentary on digital privacy (and a piece by the director on why he made the film)

Putting the ecstasy into EDM: how the drug and dance music have evolved over the years.

Photos (take one): superb collection of four decades of New York City street photography by Mark Weber, including the one at the top of this post. You can lose yourselves for hours looking at these snaps.

The journalism department: excellent musings from Darren Hemmings on how journalism could be more profitable offline (Darren is in town to host some panels at Hard Working Class Heroes Convention this weekend), more on the same from a slightly different online-advertising-is-killing-music-hackery angle from David Johnson-Igra and how brands are going to kill real journalism. Add this post to the pile and you have an ideal reading list for any first year journalism student. Hey, you might still have time switch to something else.

CSI album leak: a step by step guide to how leaks happen and what could be done about them

Photos (take two): extraordinary snaps, like the one below, of an abandonded record warehouse somewhere in France by Frédéric Thiphagne

Memo for Spotify whingers: artists should stop giving out about Spotify’s pennies and focus on their uber-fans.

For the many notebook fans in the audience: Michael Bierut’s 85 notebooks accumulated (and kept) over 26 years.

For the Bowie and book fans in the audience: David Bowie’s Top 100 books. Hat-tip to Sinead Gleeson, who will be hosting The Book Show on RTE Radio One from November.

Dead music streaming services of our time.

10 US college marching brass bands do ace cover versions. This is our favourite from the Western Washington University Viking Band

FYI on investing in music

Thought-provoking piece by Lauren Mayberry from Chvrches on online misogyny from the bottom half of the internet. “What I do not accept, however, is that it is all right for people to make comments ranging from “a bit sexist but generally harmless” to openly sexually aggressive.”

So, you want to set up a film festival, do you? Here’s Una’s guide, based on setting up the excellent OneTwoOneTwo music documentary fest which happens next weekend, on how to do so.

MusoAid: why a culture shift is important for musicians.

Curtain’s up for Arata Isozaki and Anish Kapoor’s Ark Nova, a 500 capacity inflatable concet hall inspired by plums.

List of the day: “the 13 most insidious, pervasive lies of the modern music industry”

Interesting Q&A with Nate Silver on mentors, data, statistics and not hanging around in one job forver

Smells like teen spirit: Billboard’s 21 hottest under-21 year olds. No sign of Shane O’Donnell, mind. But he’s still eligible for inclusion next year. And the year after.

The death of the home stereo system: the ways in which technology has changed how we listen to music at home

And finally….here’s We Jam Econo, Tim Irwin’s magnificent film on punk rock heroes The Minutemen