Feature: The Sound Of Change

November 11, 2010

I wrote a feature for The Linc on bands changing their style, whether it’s an evolution of music or a search for money.

It has become a common theory amongst music fans nowadays: “their older stuff is better”. The tracks on the first album have been carefully crafted for years and played to death at various pubs and clubs around the country, until the perfect sound is discovered.

Then the band gets signed. The demand for material is much higher and much quicker and things start to sound different. But is it because they have less time to hone their skills and alter their original sound to be more creative? Or is it just the pursuit of making more money?

Craig Hamilton, owner of Birmingham based record label Commercially Inviable Records, says: “Some of the best groups in history were shape-shifters and some of the dullest plodded down the same safe paths.”

Read the rest of the article here: http://thelinc.co.uk/2010/09/the-sound-of-change/

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Move Along, Nothing To See Here…

January 8, 2010

Welcome to 321 words about nothing. That’s right there is literally nothing to report. Not that there is nothing going on in general, but according to the usual music news sources there is nothing happening. Yes there’s a few tours being announced here and there, some band you’ve never heard of is releasing a supposedly ‘long awaited’ debut album, but there’s no actual news. Read the rest of this entry »


US Student Fined Over £400k For Illegal Downloads

August 3, 2009

A student from Boston University has been ordered to pay $675,000 (£404,000) to four record labels for downloading and sharing songs on the filesharing network Kazaa. Joel Tenenbaum admitted to downloading the 30 tracks brought to issue in the case.

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Twitter To Replace Music Critics

June 29, 2009

This video comes via Hypebot and is a clip of freelance music critic Christopher R. Weingarten giving a talk at the 140 Characters Conference (basically a conference about Twitter and its uses/downfalls). It is though a very laidback afair and not some random no-faces in suits talking about Web 2.0 and how hashtags can be used for marketing, most speeches come from people in rather interesting jobs giving their opinion on this internet phenomenon.

In this video Christopher R. Weingarten gives an honest view of how Twitter and the Blogosphere is killing the job of a music critic. He also talks about how people have now become stuck in one way of thinking and aren’t discovering anything new – which to be fair is just sad.

Watch the video here: http://blip.tv/file/2250992/

I would embed the video in to this post, but for some reason BlipTV doesn’t like WordPress.

Christopher R. Weingarten’s 1000 Times Yes Project


Spotify vs iTunes

May 8, 2009

Back when Spotify began it was seen by many as another rival to We7 and LastFM, but now it’s trying to challenge the online music titans of iTunes.

Spotify has been rumoured to be extending its current £9.99 ad-free service to also include unlimited music downloads which can be stored on your hard drive. Currently music can only be streamed in a ‘radio’ style.

The premise of paying a subscription fee for mp3s could pose a threat to iTunes, which currently charges 79p for each song. A charge of 79p equates to 12 songs for £9.48, whereas Spotify will allow unlimited music downloads for 51p more.

However Spotify does not have the extensive library that iTunes boasts, although it is growing day-by-day. Were Spotify’s library to increase to the full extent of iTunes then we could see the online music market change dramatically. Although Apple will more than likely combat Spotify somehow, the whole idea of online music is still in its early stages and no-one knows exactly what the best course of action is in terms of customer satisfaction and artist’s being paid.

What’s your opinion?

Download Spotify here: https://www.spotify.com/en/

Music On The Mind’s April Playlist: http://open.spotify.com/user/lukemorton/playlist/48IJDoqlRcVkMBvUz8lnXw