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I’ve been enjoying the new Personalized Google homepage. It’s quick and doesn’t piss me off, which must be a Google design mantra. I’m experimentally adding it as my browser homepage and I haven’t had one of those for at least five years.

This would be a perfect place for them to put a to-do list and a calendar that integrated with Gmail. If it had that I think I’d finally be forced to ditch Outlook for Gmail.

Posted on - July 27, 2005 [at] 7:16 pm by Brad
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My first thought when reading about the Sony payola settlement was that maybe they’re just diverting their payola funds to bribing blogs and this is a nice way to put a positive spin on that. So cynical! This CNet article called ‘Indie record labels seeing gold‘ lifted my spirits though. Apparently the 5 cent per song raise we just got from iTunes was due to some intense activism. Sweet.

I like all the dirty payola scams and emails that are coming out, someone should be saving them all. Such as:

The payments often came in creative forms, such as providing the station with “contest prizes” such as digital cameras, laptop computers or concert tickets, which sometimes found their way to DJs. In one case, an executive suggested getting a DJ’s shoe size, sending one Adidas sneaker right away, and sending the second shoe of the pair after a particular song had been played at least 10 times.

That’s fantastic! Also:

“WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO GET AUDIOSLAVE ON WKSS THIS WEEK?!!? Whatever you can dream up, I can make it happen.”

“HELLO IS THERE ANYONE I CAN BRIBE IN THERE”
“HELLO”
“ANYONE??”
“OKAY I’M GOING TO LEAVE A STEAMER TRUNK FULL OF MONEY ON THE PORCH”
“BE BACK LATER TO SEE IF YOU TOOK IT”

Update: here’s a decent PDF full of payola emails.

Posted on - July 26, 2005 [at] 4:21 pm by Brad
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Top 50 Favorite Game Ending Songs – includes MP3s of the songs.

Posted on - July 26, 2005 [at] 7:30 am by Brad
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Source for my song Time To Take Out the Trash (41 mb) off I Don’t Know What I’m Doing.

Posted on - July 25, 2005 [at] 9:39 pm by Brad
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Eerie Sounds of Saturn’s Radio Emissions – spooky WAV from Saturn.

Posted on - July 25, 2005 [at] 9:12 pm by Brad
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Apple iTunes raises wholesale price to 70 cents in USA – CD Baby artists now make 63.7 cents per song through iTunes USA after CD Baby’s 9% cut. The price is still 99 cents for consumers. Very nice.

Posted on - July 25, 2005 [at] 10:37 am by Brad
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An interview I did with Dave Slusher for his July 23rd Clambake podcast is online now.

Posted on - July 25, 2005 [at] 9:50 am by Brad
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Here’s a video history of the Amen break. It’s an interesting story and then it turns into an anti-copyright rant at the end which I’m not feeling.

I’m not sure how The Winstons all quitting music and getting nothing while countless artists and companies get rich using their recording is supposed to be some happy ending that everyone trying to make a living in music should be shooting for. “Hey kids, give up the copyright on your music and you too can bust out of the music business and wind up with a PHD in political science!”

Without some sort of success story for The Winstons I think all the example does is serve as a musician horror story: how you can make something that impacts millions of lives and still not be able to support yourself. Spooky!

Posted on - July 19, 2005 [at] 2:38 pm by Brad
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Electronic Mods for Guitar – a good resource for modifying the guts of your guitar.

Posted on - July 19, 2005 [at] 7:55 am by Brad
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Ableton Live 5 beta – get a fully functional beta version of Ableton Live 5 here. [via]

Posted on - July 18, 2005 [at] 2:38 pm by Brad
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