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I meant to blog about this a couple days ago. Warner Music Group is starting an e-label:

Edgar Bronfman Jr., Warner Music’s chairman and CEO, said Monday that the new mechanism will be called an “e-label,” in which artists will release music in clusters of three songs every few months rather than a CD every few years.

Magnatune owner John Buckman has some good observations as this is basically what Magnatune has been doing for a few years now.

The article claims that artists signed to the e-label will keep the copyright to their master recordings, which John says is a less evil agreement. But I’m assuming that all the major perks of getting signed: advances, promotion, etc, are all out the window as well. Which makes it another digital store with a decent brand name. I’d be like “I’m signed to Warner‘s e-label. Can I borrow ten dollars?”

It’s a good idea and an e-label would give them flexibility and let the label experiment more with what might catch on with the kids these days without losing a bundle of money. It could work as a minor league for artists that aren’t quite ready to be called up to the real Warner Music and have some money invested in them. If they do it right — like pick bands with good songs for instance — they could develop a neat little Internet alternative scene. But in my mind I picture a half-broken, basically unusable website covered in flashing ringtone ads, forcing DRM on you, pushing established bands and three song sets of watered down clones of them. But who knows.

Posted on - August 24, 2005 [at] 12:36 pm by Brad
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Google Talk – the long-awaited Google instant messenger is out. It’s got VOIP and it’s tied to your Gmail account. I’m “bradsucks”.

Posted on - August 23, 2005 [at] 11:26 pm by Brad
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altered books – “Cut the bindings off of books found at a used book store. Find poems in the pages by the process of obliteration.” I really love these.

Posted on - August 22, 2005 [at] 3:17 pm by Brad
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Bob Moog Dies – read his Wikipedia entry.

Posted on - August 22, 2005 [at] 10:25 am by Brad
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World’s Largest Band converts webpages to MIDI files. I did up three of my sites:

The In4mador one is probably my favorite, though it gets pretty repetitive. Stripcreator’s not bad either. Brad Sucks though is boring and I don’t see any hit potential in there.

Posted on - August 21, 2005 [at] 12:25 pm by Brad
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Tod Maffin’s doing a great job covering the CBC strike. I realize the CBC is Canadian, so not of much interest to people outside of here, but this labour dispute is taking place on the net, with blogs and podcasting thrown into the mix, which gives it more nerdy global appeal.

Tod has a list of locked-out CBC worker blogs and locked-out producers are apparently starting their own podcast/news site at CBCUnplugged.com.

Robin Rowland has a good entry where he says “The CBC blog war, I predict, will go down as one major step in the changing media landscape.”

It definitely looks that way from here, but I’m wondering if there are jobs for all these CBC workers in the new landscape. I certainly hope so.

Posted on - August 20, 2005 [at] 4:45 pm by Brad
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MixtapeTorrent
– a tracker full of mixtapes.

Posted on - August 20, 2005 [at] 4:25 pm by Brad
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Hulk Hogan: Real American – IFILM has posted the Hulk Hogan: Real American video from 1986, brother.

Posted on - August 19, 2005 [at] 12:00 pm by Brad
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WordPress WYSIWYG editor preview – a demo of the post editor coming to WordPress 1.6. Resizable, WYSIWYG, very slick. I hope it uploads images nicely.

Posted on - August 19, 2005 [at] 10:42 am by Brad
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(The Other) Top 10 Most Ridiculous Black Metal Pictures of All Time – the sequel to this one. Ah, pig heads.

Posted on - August 18, 2005 [at] 4:04 pm by Brad
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