Archive for the ‘music’ Category

fake musicians?

April 10, 2007

The rocker, who underwent an operation in New Zealand last year after reportedly falling out of a tree in Fiji, also took a swipe at some of the big musical acts of today.

“Everyone’s a load of crap,” he said. “They are trying to be somebody else, and they ain’t being themselves. Libertines, Arctic Monkeys, Bloc Party? Load of crap, load of crap. Posers, rubbish.”

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17933669/

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the RIAA on music economics

April 6, 2007

The cost of recording and promoting a major album can easliy top $1 million, and only one out of every ten ever turns a profit.

http://www.musicunited.org/4_shouldntdoit.html

note: yes, easily is spelled wrong above

The quote above is from the RIAA. According to the RIAA: “The Recording Industry Association of America is the trade group that represents the U.S. recording industry.”, although it only represents some of the US recording industry.

He went on about how record companies need money to do “research and development,” and that they’re essentially “venture capitalists” who will sign somewhere around 20 new artists per season, lose money on 17 of them, break even on 2, and make a lot of money on 1. It’s that 1 artist, the Britneys and Jessicas, that make a ton of guaranteed money that allows the record company to sign less successful artists.

http://www.garone.net/anthony/archive/blogpost/386

Slacker Radio

March 23, 2007

I was in the kitchen starting to cook something, and I randomly thought of a song that I wanted to hear; an event that hardly ever happens.

I briefly thought about the types of people who would, in a similar situation, get on iTunes and buy the song for 99 cents.
I am not that type of person.

I remembered hearing about a free music service called Slacker.

So I went to slacker.com, searched the band name, and found two links for the band for some reason.

I clicked on the top one and a seemingly random song by the band started playing. The song was not the one that I wanted to hear, so I pushed the skip/next button, and a song from a different band started playing. A band that I don’t like playing a song that I don’t like. (The bad song was by a band with a similar sound to the band whose song I wanted to hear, however.) Then I hit the next/skip button again and a seemingly unrelated song started playing. I clicked around a bit, but could never find the song that I wanted to hear, so I left.

Also, the entire time that I was at slacker.com, my browser window was slow and annoying. I realize that it was loading music, but most of the time it was unexpected music that I didn’t want to hear that started loading automatically.

Here’s some advice for future Internet companies: make it simple, fast, and free; unlike Slacker, which was free, but annoying.

“Christian” music

February 11, 2007

When at a “Christian” concert, what type of dress and behavior would you expect to see in the audience?

I do not like the style or music of Jars of Clay.
I think that the current rotating photography on michaelwsmith.com looks like some metrosexual dating site or clothes commercial.

[I have edited this blog post, so the comments below do not match exactly anymore]

anti-rap radio commercial?

December 2, 2006

Hoover, a company owned by Maytag that makes vacuum cleaners, has a short radio commercial.

In the commercial, there is supposedly a man singing a rap song, and then a presumably “white” woman turns on a vacuum cleaner and sucks up the rest of the man’s words.

UPDATE: basic lyrics

“I’m cruising in my ride, with sixteen switches (?); I’ve got to get my [ ? ] on while checking out the … (sucking vacuum sound).

quote: “… Michael Jackson is a fag.”

November 29, 2006

“I pledge allegiance to the flag, Michael Jackson is a fag.”

Do such rhymes get said at your child’s elementary school?
That one may not get used so much anymore.

I would not call him that.

musician nicknames

November 8, 2006

Britney Spears: pop princess
Madonna: Queen of Pop
Michael Jackson: King of Pop
Elvis: the King

skeezers

October 16, 2006

“Mommy, can I just say something?” she asked. “You think every time you hear a black guy’s voice it’s automatically going to be something bad.

They came for the skeezers but I didn’t speak up because I’m no skeezer, they came for the freaks, but I said nothing because I’m not a freak. They came for the bitches and the hos and the tricks.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/13/AR2006101301426.html