Article on CMU covering a conference in Dubai in which music bizzers talked The Death Of The Album. People are still buying music (hooray) but what they’re buying is singles (erm…)
Don’t worry, say attendees, the album is still neccessary, because it structures the rest of the release cycle: promotional bursts, long tours with breaks to write, the cycles of an artist’s creativity.
But on the other hand all that stuff arose because of albums - the album wasn’t some kind of ideal response to those conditions. Things like 18 month tours between albums, or 4 month bursts of publicity, happened because they were the most efficient ways of profiting from a business model centred on the records, surely? If the album stops being the most important element of that model, everything changes around that.
Is there a model in pop or rock music for a singles-driven release, tour, and promotion schedule? Yes, absolutely: for years that’s what a lot of performers had. Look at James Brown’s early career - single after single, round after round of the chitlin circuit. It might not be an attractive option but it was a viable one.
1. Intro 2. David Banner vs Fujiya & Miyagi - Get Like Pterodactyls 3. The Beastie Boys vs Matt And Kim - Good Ol’ Fashion Rump Shaker 4. Kanye West vs Cage & Aviary - Touch The Television 5. Lil Wayne (feat. Babyface) vs Royksopp - Comfortable Up Here 6. Passion Pit vs Juvenile - Back That Sleepyhead Up 7. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince vs Daft Punk - Summer Circuit 8. Public Enemy vs HEALTH vs Nosaj Thing - Bring The Tabloid Sores 9. AZ (feat. Ghostface) vs The Golden Filter - Solid Gold From New York 10. Modest Mouse vs Kanye West - Floating Paranoia 11. Clipse vs Yuksek - Kinda Like A Big Break 12. Weezer vs Glass Candy - Buddy Holly’s Imagination 13. Bangers & Cash vs Bag Raiders - Bang Raiders 14. Amanda Blank vs VEGA - No Reasons To Like You Better 15. Michael Jackson vs Ratatat - Billie “Wildcat” Jean 16. Kid Sister (feat. Pitbull) vs Phonat - Free Control Ocho 17. Twista (feat. Erika Shevon) vs Boys Noize - Wetter And Jeffer 18. Flo Rida (feat. Ke$ha) vs MSTRKRFT - 1000 Times Right Round 19. R. Kelly (feat. Keri Hilson) vs Sally Shapiro - Number One Christmas 20. Drake vs The Rapture - Best Jealous Lover I Ever Had 21. Bon Iver vs Friendly Fires vs Aeroplane - Lump Sum Of Paris 22. Jeremih vs Handsome Furs - Birthday Furs 23. Yung LA vs Solid Gold - Who Ain’t I Gonna Run To? 24. Major Lazer (feat. Santigold) vs Dirty Projectors - Hold The Stillness 25. Dead Prez vs Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks Of Hip Hop 26. Soulja Boy vs Joe Jackson - Swaggin’ Out 27. OJ Da Juiceman (feat. Gucci Mane) vs Discovery - Make The Loop Aye 28. Glasses Malone vs Chromatics - A Moment To Remember Haterz 29. Paper Route Gangstaz vs Animal Collective - Animals Collecting Money 30. B-Hamp vs Little Boots - Ricky Bobby Boots 31. Ghostface Killah vs Beirut - Save Me Concubine 32. Keri Hilson vs The Glitch Mob/TVOTR - Red Dress Turnin Me On 33. Dorrough vs Bibio - Fire Ant Paint Job 34. Outro
How am I supposed to deliver the newspapers around campus, if the person who delivers them to campus never shows up?! The newspapers are always here by 7AM. Where are they today?! Certainly not here. I’ve been waiting for 40 minutes. I’m so tired. I’m aggravated!
“Sentimental music has this great way of taking you back somewhere at the same time it takes you forward, so you feel nostalgic and hopeful all at the same time.”—~ Nick Hornby (via suzywire) (via gatekeeper)
This documentary explores the reason why so few companies currently control the music played on the radio and for sale at retail stores, and whether corporations really have the power to silence musical innovation.
“Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you’re riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake up and live.”—Bob Marley (via copulatedkiss) (via rawrxja)
I had an amazing 20th birthday weekend. I spent the whole weekend with some of my favorite people. Saw “Paranormal Activity” on Friday night and thought it was awesome. Partied hard on Saturday night and had a great time. Slept so late today, went to the supermarket with friends to shop for my birthday dinner, we took a walk in the lovely fall weather with our neighbors adorable puppy. Then we all hung out for the rest of the day and had a delicious dinner and sweet birthday cake. We watched the Yankees win their way into the world series, which was by far the best birthday present and when it was all over I was happy and drove back to my apartment.
I entered the apartment complex and immediately smelled a horrible smell. I opened my apartment door and the smell got much worse. Long story short, MY ROOM MATES are complete, total slobs! I stayed at my friend’s apartment this weekend for my birthday and all three of them went home this weekend (they leave every weekend, why go to school away from home if you’re just going to go home every weekend?) Any way, all of them failed to wash any of the dishes they used before they left on Friday, (which added up to like two mountains of dishes in the sink complete with dirty, smelly food caked on) all of them completely ignored that the garbage was full and not one of them bothered to take out any of the recycling which was stacked so high with plastic bottles and cardboard boxes it was about to take over the entire kitchen.
If I never cleaned our apartment, this place would be THE BIGGEST SHIT HOLE EVER! I’m the only one who knows how to clean and be sanitary. They cook meals, eat what they want and then just leave the rest on the stove or where ever they want. I could go on and on about all of their nasty habits but that would be pointless because they are so unclean!
Anyway I just cleaned they entire kitchen and bathroom. They are both spotless and while I did it I made sure I was extra loud. If they could come back and see how dirty the kitchen was and how bad it smelled and just lock themselves in their rooms and not do anything about it then they can be awake while I clean it up. From now on, I’m going to be the biggest neat freak ever. I’m not living in filth. I can’t wait to move out of here next semester.
“Music is a moral law.
It gives soul to the universe,
wings to the mind,
flight to the imagination,
a charm to the gaiety, and
fire to everything.
It is the essence of order and leads
to all that is just and beautiful.”—Plato (via grace-notes) (via quote-book)
I have these dreams, filled with the melodic singles of rock bands, blank pages and words pouring out of plants, rabbits in top hats singing lullabies to lost love, golden dragons circling the grave of their mother, roaring fire and flame in defiance of death, barristers and black knights doing battle in city streets, trains to hell and elevators to heaven, somewhere in an ocean of skin, somewhere in a sky filled with sin (bring them all to bear).
And though you might not have witnessed them, I believe it all to be as real as anything else I’ve ever seen.