State of the Arts: Music sweet music

Jeff Blake – What’s Missing from Music

Music is no longer the touchstone of America’s youth. It no longer propels us to do anything or to feel anything…Today, it is culture that drives music…Music is just the vehicle that gets you to where you want to go.

USA Today – Can rap regain its crown?

The music industry is suffering across-the-board drops in CD sales, but rap is in a steeper slide…

Rap pioneer KRS-One, who just released Hip Hop Lives with fellow legend Marley Marl, offers a blunt explanation.

“The music is garbage,” he says. “What has happened over the past few years is that we have traded art for money, simple and plain, and the public is not stupid.”


The Times (UK): Suzanne Vega – Still in the Spotlight (with audio)

Listening to Suzanne Vega’s new album, Beauty and Crime, it’s hard to believe that this is the sound of a woman who released her first big hits, among them Luka and Tom’s Diner, exactly 20 years ago. Ringo goes digital

The music will be available to all existing digital music services currently carrying EMI content, including in unprotected MP3 formats.

The Starr move raises further speculation that the Beatles catalog is next in line for digital release.  McCartney told Billboard recently that a deal was “virtually settled” but declined to reveal specifics.


Dennis the Peasant: A new, annoyingly pretentious blog trend

And what has now come our way – like so many locusts – is the blogger’s Very Pretentious Friday YouTube Music Video Madness. You know what I’m talking about here: It’s Powerline putting up clips of Billie Holliday for you to savor… It’s Pammycakes putting up clips of people singing Cole Porter songs for you to savor… Edith Piaf... Frank Sinatra


Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi – Where Everything is Music (via Tangier Sound)

The strumming and the flute notes
rise into the atmosphere,
and even if the whole world’s harp
should burn up, there will still be
hidden instruments playing.


Professor Heebie McJeebie – The Universal Language of Music

The difficulty of communication, especially in Third-World Africa, has led me to the conclusion that the only universal language is the language of music. For example, every tribesperson in Africa understood the basic tone of the tune, “There’s a hole in my bucket, Dear Liza.” They knew from the musical inflections and melodic contradictions that it was a song about conflict and disease.


Suite 101: The Benefits of Music Education


Help me find an online music criticism community?

What’s Noo? – Is DRM truly free?


Wondering if there is a catch? Well. kind of. Techies were quick to point out that while there is nothing now preventing you from distributing a song you purchase to all of your friends or posting it on the Internet, each DRM-free song has your user ID and email address embedded in the song file making it easy for authorities to determine the source of the illegally distributed song file.


Reuters – Digital Music no environmental cure (via WaPo)


Environmental groups claim the music industry’s transition from physical to digital has no discernible benefit to the environment and, in the short term, is actually causing more harm than good…


When Greenpeace targeted Apple, it pointed out two concerns — how electronics devices are made, and what is done with them after they expire.

Hip Hop Congress – Why music is too loud


Dad was right all along – rock music really is getting louder and now
recording experts have warned that the sound of chart-topping albums is
making listeners feel sick…

Record companies are using digital technology to turn the volume on CDs up to “11″.

Madalyn Sklar (Go Go Girls) – Indie Music: Getting Motivated

Associated Content: How to Spot a Scam in the Music Business

After a brief tour of the studio, we all sat down and they made us an offer. I was so excited. They gave me a copy of the recording contract to take home with me, so I could read it over a few times before I signed it. That’s when I realized the whole thing was a total scam.


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