Bandcamp

Quick disclaimer here: I’ve been asked to join Bandcamp as a member of an advisory board. I’ve said yes. Bandcamp is a platform for musicians to promote and sell their music online. They say their job is simply to power a site that’s yours. No banners, ads...

Is the album dead?

I’m going to go out on a limb and say ‘no’ to this one, just as I said ‘no’ to the one about the CD being dead. That said, I think we’re going to have to redefine our notion of what constitutes an album. There is no longer any...

Are CDs dead?

When things are new, and people are making a name for themselves by making bold assertions that sound futuristic, doom-laden or revolutionary, sometimes they fall into the trap of talking nonsense. “CDs are dead!” is one example of this phenomenon. Think...

Thanks for playing – here's your prize

Well, whatever you make of the Aqua vs Radiohead thing, it’s fair to say (as Maurice points out in the comments) it’s a dead end that, had it been a promotional exercise for Sebastiaan’s band, it would have been one that “would give Krusty the...

Subscriber music

I said I’d do some short blog posts, so here’s one. I signed up to eMusic in January. Love it to bits. £8 a month, give or take, and I get around 3 or 4 albums (30 tracks). Used up my first 80 downloads (50 freebies to get me on board, plus the standard...

Aqua > Radiohead

In response to a comment that Sebastiaan from the band Ridinghood made elsewhere on this site today, that “the cultural significance of Aqua far outweighs that of Radiohead”… It’s an assertion that warrants a lot more careful consideration than...