Posts Tagged ‘YouTube’

Play an instrument, improve your brain

November 2, 2014

Willie Nelson's guitar

Scientists watched brain activity using FMRI and PET scanners. Multiple areas of the brain light up when the subject is listening to music. Even more so for a musician playing music. While playing, musicans’ brains are “simultaneously processing different information in intricate, interrelated and astonishingly fast sequences” according to neuro-scientists.

To watch the whole 4 minute Ted video, click here.

Do you really listen to full albums?

May 20, 2013

poodle DJ with headphones and 4 turntables

I used to love listening to complete albums – a set of songs meant to be listened to together and in a specific order. I hadn’t thought about that for a while until I saw this NPR blog post which asks,

When was the last time you really listened to an album all the way through, from start to finish without interruption?

And my answer, I’m ashamed to say, is a long, long time ago. Not only would I listen to an album all the way through way back then, but I would listen again and again, not only to those that I fell in love with at first listen, but also to those that didn’t grab me right away. And many of those non-grabbers grew on me with multiple listenings.

Now, I listen to single songs, jumping from iTunes to YouTube, in between answering emails and doing a million other non-musical things. If I can give my full attention for an extended period of time to a movie or a concert, why not an album?

What about you? Do you ever listen to a full album, start to finish?

See the full NPR post:

Gangnam Style, an explanation

October 12, 2012

I don’t know what the lyrics to this song mean, if anything. But if you think the US music industry is strange, you should hear how they do it in Korea.

According to a recent report, there are three reasons South Korean pop music is taking over the world:

1) Korea decided to produce pop music like it produces cars. Industrialize and focus on exports. South Korea is a relatively small country — any industry that wants to get really big has to look outside. So music moguls in the country created hit factories, turning young singers into pop stars and sending them on tour around Asia.

2) Korean record labels transformed the way music was released. From the beginning, new songs debuted on national television, not on the radio, like was done traditionally over here. That means the moment Koreans started listening to Korean pop music, they were listening through their screens. They were watching their music.

3) Korea is one of the most wired countries in the world. So early on in their development, record labels had to get good at YouTube. And they kind of perfected it. YouTube videos by Korean record labels were so good, they got tons of views overseas. And that’s how the record labels knew where to tour their acts. They knew their customers wanted them before they even got there.

Listen to the full report from NPR here.

Is Rolling Stone Dead?

August 25, 2011

From Hypebot. Is Rolling Stone magazine dead? A very unscientific study determined that, among other things, music journalism is all but dead. Why listen to a music critic when you can hear the music for yourself on Spotify or see the band on YouTube?

The author counted ‘likes’ to the Sheepdogs’ Facebook page, following a cover story on them in the Rolling Stone and concluded that getting on the cover of the magazine is not as huge as it once was and by extension, music journalism is relevant. He further states that middlemen in the music industry have been replaced by a ‘middle machine.’

Finally, he makes a statement about major labels manufacturing acts.

The Sheepdog issue of Rolling Stone stands testament to the fact that the days of manufacturing Rock stars are numbered. The Major labels try and get a piece of whatever emerges in the new industry, however, unless they realize that manufacturing artists is what is killing the value of music, they will never recover from the pit they have created for themselves.

CD sales are no longer the measure of success

December 17, 2010

From the pages of the Wall Street Journal online, an article written about the new paradigm in the post record label world.

Damian Kulash, Jr. from the band OK Go (treadmill video), says that most musicians can’t make a living just selling studio recordings anymore (the old paradigm). He shares examples of how his band and others are dealing with that reality. Short answer: corporate sponsorships (patronage), live performances, other sources of revenue (live recordings, merch, fan donations and fan purchases of special ‘packages’ such as lunch with the artist).

Read The New Rock-Star Paradigm.

Succeeding in the music business isn’t just about selling albums anymore. The lead singer of OK Go on how to make it without a record label (treadmill videos help)

Other artists working the new paradigm, including Corey Smith, Amanda Palmer, Bonerama and Killolaand are profiled.

David Wilcox – Crude Greed

June 13, 2010

Accept credit cards offline

May 26, 2010

Until today, I thought I had found the best solution for indie musicians who want to accept credit card payments for CDs and merch at shows: CD Baby.

CD Baby has a sweet deal, way better than any merchant account you get from a bank. And my band, Soulpajamas, has been using CD Baby’s credit card solution for years. It works and it’s a fair deal. Check it out for yourself.

But today I read about a slick new player in the market, called Square. It’s also geared toward small businesses that can’t afford minimum monthly fees.

With Square, you get a tiny card reader that plugs directly into any device with an audio input jack (like your iPhone). No monthly or hidden fees, no contract or merchant account required. The buyer signs on the touch screen of your smart phone. Receipts can be emailed to the customer.

Don’t get me wrong, Soulpajamas is still selling our CDs and downloads online using CD Baby. They offer great services for independent recording artists and we have no plans to leave. But for credit card payments at gigs (and anywhere else we sell CDs in person) we’re now testing Square.

Why isn’t every indie musician doing this?

David Wilcox teaches on YouTube

August 14, 2009

David Wilcox

In a previous post, we reported that David Wilcox had made available the guitar info (tuning, capo position, etc) for every song on every one of his albums. This is a text listing in pdf format.

Now I see he has a David Wilcox YouTube channel. Learn how to play his songs. He shows you the tunings he uses, the capo positions, the chords, the licks, everything! Fun.

For baseball and music fans alike

August 7, 2009