Future Islands — Ran

Future Islands has a new album dropping in April, here’s the traditional pre release tune for your enjoyment:

Purchase at Itunes:


Kristin Thomson and Erin McKeown on Making it as a Musician in an Increasingly Networked World

Many of my friends are in the arts & music, and almost without fail they are compensated less than they deserve for the value they add to our lives. Here’s the Berkman Center on the modern music scene, the devilish deals, and revenue streams.

Newly empowered musicians now find themselves juggling dozens of career-related responsibilities, from booking their own shows to composing witty tweets. How are today’s musicians balancing it all and, even more critical, how have these changes impacted their earning capacity?

Kristin Thomson — independent record label owner and Consultant for the Future of Music Coalition — and Erin McKeown — internationally known musician and Berkman Fellow — discuss the changing landscape for musicians and music fans, focussing on how musicians are managing their assets, building teams and allocating their time in an increasingly networked world, and drawing on data collected through FMC’s groundbreaking Artist Revenue Streams project, a multi-method, cross-genre examination of musicians’ and composers’ revenue streams in the US.

More here

via Kristin Thomson and Erin McKeown on Making it as a Musician in an Increasingly Networked World – YouTube.

Wow: Reign of Kindo – Just Wait

Candyrat records at Youtube posts a lot of great tunes, and here is their latest from Reign of Kindo:

If you like this you can get RoK’s latest album at Amazon or at Itunes or you can order direct from CandyRat here.

Ship of Fools

Ship of Fools

This is Robert Plant’s song from the 9 lives box set, and there’s some nice guitar work here.

Palm PRE is Here This Weekend

Palm PRE is Here This Weekend

The long awaited Palm PRE debuts this weekend, and it looks extremely exciting – Engadget has several reviews, and the book on WebOS comes out soon. This will be an “open” platform, with javascript, html, and all the programming goodies you would expect from a true web device.

Ten minute Palm Review:

Magic Misdirection and Music

Magic, Misdirection, and Music

Ok so it’s Penn on a bass with a bit of beat cadence…

You can see Penn and Teller in Las Vegas

For Fans of Muffed Drum Kits and Wang Bars

For Fans of Muffed Drum Kits and Wang Bars

A classic from the Sweet.

Don Ross and Andy Mckee – Dolphins

Don Ross and Andy Mckee – Dolphins

Time for some tasty counterpoint

Artists Have Rights; Did Coldplay Copy Their New Hit? [updated]

The product of your creativity belongs to you, and you are by law entitled to profit therefrom. In a cut ‘n paste world where sampling and remixing are the norm those lines become blurred. This however looks egregiously wrong to me if it’s true: [see update below, the Youtube vid could be a scam. – editor]

Update: more on this from AOL

UPDATE: Coldplay comes out with strong Denial:

“We totally refute their claims, and there are two facts that make it easy to disprove them,” said the band’s spokesman Murray Chalmers.

“First, on the night in October when the band say Chris Martin was watching them, he was actually working at the Air Studio in London, and we can prove that. Second, even if he had been at the gig, Viva la Vida was written and demoed seven months before the night in question, so it couldn’t possibly have been copied.”

Since there aren’t suits flying this ends up being either coincidence, a smart publicity scam, or … something. Look for more of the same in the future, as melodies can sometimes come to several people completely isolate from each other.