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In case anyone whose ever read my blog hadn't noticed...I’ve been on a long blog drought. And, in case I haven’t mentioned it’s because I work for Apple. I used to to love to write about the music business and music technology...and my 20+ year love affair with all... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2012 at Roll & Rock:
Guardian: The Cat Starter Project from Guardian Crew on Vimeo. I have not blogged in a long time. It seems like the world has condensed down into Facebook burts and Twitter tweets. Another key reason for not blogging much these days--is that I work for Apple--and I do respect the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2012 at Roll & Rock:
My compadres are muy talented. Check this out! (you have to wait through the brief intro...but it's worth it...BRILLIANT!) Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2010 at Roll & Rock:
Even though they age...some people never lose it. Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2010 at Roll & Rock:
This band was way ahead of their time. This was 1973. I remember having the 45 for this song. Wish I had kept all of those! I was known to make some rock faces in my day...but this guy is the best! Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2010 at Roll & Rock:
I try to avoid inflammatory rhetoric. I really do... Tonight I read this quote on the newswire: "It is the duty of Muslims to react," said Mohammad Mukhtar, a cleric and candidate for the Afghan parliament in the Sept. 18 election. "When their holy book Quran gets burned in public,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2010 at Roll & Rock:
My sense of humor is offensive to some people. I apologize in advance if this is offensive to you...but this has brought me great joy over the last couple weeks. This is contemporary creativity at it's best. It's important to view these clips in sequence for maximum impact. Obviously, there... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2010 at Roll & Rock:
Some great rare Stones footage from Australia in 1966. This is about the most animated I've ever seen Bill Wyman. He's even smiling! Rolling Stones on Australian tv, 1966 from towersopenfire on Vimeo. Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2010 at Roll & Rock:
While I'm on a 70's rootsy roll...check out the MC5 jamming at Wayne State University in 1970. Nothing more needs to be said, except that...rock & roll in it's pure essence...remains untouched. Here's lookin' at you, kid! Kick out the jams! I was hipped to this vid by the great... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2010 at Roll & Rock:
It's been a long time. I've! Not to mention that I now work for one of the world's most tight-lipped technology companies. But I recently stumbled across this on BoingBoing...and deemed it worthy of sharing I love documentaries about the making of classic songs. The production of this song... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2010 at Roll & Rock:
And now…a word from our sponsor: I haven’t posted much lately. There’s a good reason for it. I am now working for Apple! For those who know what an Apple geek I am…it’s definitely a “pinch me…I’m dreaming” moment! I have been in training for much of the last 6... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2010 at Roll & Rock:
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Mar 15, 2010
I am a big Seth Godin fan. For those of you who's a no-brainer. For those of you who don't know who Seth Godin is...I would attempt to describe him as a self-help business guru coming from a slightly tech viewpoint. That really doesn't do him justice. All I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2010 at Roll & Rock:
You knew this was coming... There are lots of cool emerging point-of-purchase payment systems for the iPhone...but this is my favorite! It will soon be fashionable to boast about having a small dongle. Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2010 at Roll & Rock:
“Strangers in the night exchanging glances Wondering in the night what were the chances We'd be sharing love before the night was through” A friend turned me on to a new Internet sensation called Essentially, it lets you chat anonymously with strangers worldwide. This is either super-brilliant or super-creepy.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2010 at Roll & Rock:
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Feb 20, 2010
This is brilliant. I'll let the music do the talking... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2010 at Roll & Rock:
I try to avoid public sparring...AKA "pissing contests". But today, there was a dialog on a Linked-In group that I could not ignore. Content creators everywhere are up in arms about copyright piracy. As they should be. I am a content creator too...and like to get paid for my work.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2010 at Roll & Rock:
I love T-Bone Burnette. Not only is he a great musician...he is a great music fan as well. Any film he does the soundtrack for is going to move you musically. It's because he is a great listener. Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2010 at Roll & Rock:
I try not to cuss...but sometimes it slips out. Fortunately, I have not yet cussed on Twitter. This should be avoided by artists and bands. Let your road manager cuss out the promoter...never let it be you! (I jest on the road manager—most issues are solvable without profanity...or violence—haha!) You... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2010 at Roll & Rock:
Never has scolding felt so good. This Oatmeal post rocks! My spelling is decent but as far as correct usage and punctuation...I always hope to get better. This is a great blog. Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2010 at Roll & Rock:
The public beta of Band Metrics was just announced today at MIDEM. For bands and artists to have a accurate reading of all of their social market presence combined...that will be pretty amazing! I am just now diving in, but if this really works as claimed...then I am definitely backing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2010 at Roll & Rock:
This guy (Lewis Howes) may not be a music industry guy...but he reiterates everything I have posted prior about the best use of Social Media. He mentions Linked-In as well—which I use extensively in business, although it may not be the best application for bands and musicians...yet. I especially loved... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2010 at Roll & Rock:
Soundscan numbers have NEVER been accurate anyway. When I worked for the big labels, we knew that the "weighting" could actually pull sales numbers up or down at a multiple of as much as 6X! Just like Alexa is used to" chart" the popularity (by visits) of a website...Nielsen is merely a barometer—and a creaky one at that. Jeff--you make a great point...if a band is doing business—even just regionally...then, that can never be dismissed. If someone likes your music at any level and there is any type of financial transaction glad...and keep going! David Bach
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Leave it to Brian Eno to put it all in perspective: "I think records were just a little bubble through time and those who made a living from them for a while were lucky. There is no reason why anyone should have made so much money from selling records except... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2010 at Roll & Rock: