Consuming Music

Content related to how the average consumer finds, hears and consumes music.

Exploring Wolfgang's Vault and the Live Concert Vault

Music can be a difficult addiction based on the "intensity." I might be able to effectively fund my album habit... CDs are relatively cheap... but collecting everything by a band can get pricey (and don't even get me started on collective musical instruments and recording gear). Live bootlegs, out of print rarities and other items can tap a collectors resources rather quickly. And then if you want to really become a collector, you move into music memorabilia, which can really get out of hand if you're talking about some of the biggest names in rock and roll history.

Thoughts on the Radio Royalties Ruling

It's been busy times in the music industry recently. I have unfortunately been a little busier still, and busier than I would have liked. Isn't it annoying when your day job gets in the way of what's really important? Like going to concerts, finding new bands or spending entire an day listening to free form jazz fusion and the progressive styling of Frank Zappa...

The Cycle of Mediocrity in Mainstream Music

As someone who spends way too much of my day immersed in music, thinking in depth about the music industry itself seemed to come as a natural extension. I can't say it's always an enjoyably tangent to dwell on, as usually I end up thoroughly frustrated by all the greed, unethical practices and general lack of artistic vision that are a big part of the music industry, but overall it's pretty productive and has led to some interesting insights.

Thoughts on the New Metallica Album, Leaks, Downloads, Fan Reactions and Why Record Labels Should Take Notice

As some of you may be aware, it's been exciting times in the world of rock recently. Rumors are flying left and right and there's been plenty of controversy as well, what with certain political parties deciding to use some "unlicensed" music as part of their campaign. Amongst all of that though, there was an album, first leaked and now released from a little metal band called Metallica. Death Magnetic is the name of the new album and Metallica fans have been clamoring to hear the new music, especially after it was unfortunately leaked shortly before the release date.

Thoughts on Copyright Lawsuits out of Control and the Definition of Personal Use

I happened upon a little news story today that struck a chord with me and has since spawned a little bit of a rant. You see, the story was about how this woman posted a video of her kid walking to a certain video sharing website... a video that just happened to have a song by a certain artist playing in the background. There were letters sent to have the video taken down due to copyright infringement or something etc etc.

Thoughts on Tours, Tickets, Festivals and More

As it's almost summer, it's almost time for the summer tours, festivals and all the other great musical events that come about when the weather gets warm. It seems that with society and the music industry evolving though, things like touring, concert festivals and even tickets must find new ways to fit in with the times and so the same old summer concert series we're used to might go away and evolve into something new. Although I'm a huge fan of any sort of concert event, they certainly can use some improvement.

More Free Music from Nine Inch Nails

As the music industry continues to shift away from label focus and towards a more artist centric viewpoint (at least in my view), we're seeing more and more music released online where the fans can get it directly from the band. Leading that charge are many of the more progressive bands including a certain hard rockin' industrial band that is the project of a certain Mr. Reznor.

Nine Inch Nails Making Big Money with Online Release, More Bands to Follow?

Earlier this month another forward thinking band released a new album online ala the Radiohead mold. Nine Inch Nails latest 36 track instrumental project called Ghosts I-IV was released online March 2 with the first 9 tracks available for free, or the entire album available for a tide sum of $5. A $10 double CD set is set for release on April 8th, with a $70 deluxe edition and $300 autographed version following close on it's heels around May 1st.

Neil Young Sees Plenty of Protest Songs to Check Out Online: They Are the Songs of Our Times

Although one of the qualities of a good song is a feeling of being timeless, many of the best songs ever written were written in response to specific events and might even be referred to as "protest songs." Music seems to go along with protesting very well because of its emotional charge, wide reach and and ability to bring people together. The current tumultuous times we live in are no exception and so it seems only obvious that new protest songs are being written to help people get their message out.

UK to Ban Illegal Music Downloaders from the Internet?

Apparently the UK has come up with a way to prevent all the illegal downloading that's going on... cut the downloaders off from the Internet. That's right, in case you missed this bit of music industry news, a new Green Paper from the UK government is "supposedly" in the works that says ISP's should be required to implement a three strikes rule against those who use the Internet for acquiring pirated material and illegal file sharing. First strike would be an email warning, second a suspension and third a termination.

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