18. feb. 2010
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16. feb. 2010
Last.fm + Twitter (musicians + bands) - Group on last.fm for musicians that use Twitter & Last.fm to get their music out there!
If you're a musician with a Twitter profile + a Last.fm profile and you have your music on Last.fm, preferably available for full preview and/or free download (at least some of it, you might highly benefit from it), then this group is for you!
Remember to post your Twitter username (or @______) and link to your music page at Last.fm in THIS discussion thread!
Then your music might just end up in the artist connections (If you're already in the group, and you've left your Twitter name and last.fm music page in the discussion thread and your still not in the connections or the tag station ... give me a shout at twitter @siggidori)
You can also enjoy the Group Radio (It's great! ... of course!)
I'll then try to tag all the artists with the "twitter lastfm" tag..... then you can also enjoy that tag station (work in progress)
If you fail to apply to the group (but you posted your links) or you fail to post your Twitter name and last.fm music page (but applied to the group).... then you might get rejected from the group or your links removed.
While you're at it ... why not become a friend with those artists an last.fm and follow them on twitter as well. :)
I'll then probably welcome new members on twitter via the comments on this post (and perhaps on last.fm as well).
Any questions, comments or suggestions ? Add them in the comments!
Hope you enjoy and discover some new music and musicians!
15. feb. 2010
From the Emmy nominated series, Song of Songs, comes the feature film "How Will We Love?". This documentary explores romantic love, relationships, and the challenges and rewards of long term commitment.
"This is one of the most beautiful and meaningful documentaries to come out in a while." - Santa Fe Film Festival
I feel there is a great awakening on the horizon. My hope is that this project inspires our culture to become more conscious about love, relationships and commitment. Become more trusting in our intuition while centering our hearts. Pushing our egos aside while allowing love to flow and love to go at the perfect times...
But getting more conscious requires effort. It requires commitment. And, most of all, I now believe that it requires having the most honest conversations with the people we love.
Over the last 5 years, I have interviewed hundreds and hundreds of people from all walks of life. Including, so many wonderful experts that have spent years and years trying to help people. I feel so blessed and grateful for their participation. I truly hope that you find something worthwhile from this project.
13. feb. 2010
12. feb. 2010
Back when we first started working on Bandcamp, we had no desire to create another online music community. Like many fans, we were turned off by the way the noise in those communities often drowned out the thing that matters most: the music. So we decided instead to focus on being the best possible home for that music, setting aside many of the social features that seemed mandatory for any consumer internet startup at the time.
Apparently a lot of you were also suffering from thanks-for-the-add fatigue, because over the past year and a half, artist signups have steadily accelerated, and today we host a large and diverse pool of music. But every Bandcamp-powered site is still an island, and not surprisingly, one of the most frequent questions we now get is "How do I find out about other [industrial mariachi | new-age horrorcore | death ragtime | etc] artists on Bandcamp?
When there were just a few hundred artists using the system, our answer was "Why on earth do you care?" When there were a few thousand, it was, "Uh, use Google?" But by the time there were tens of thousands, it was clear we were neglecting a big opportunity: the opportunity to leverage the power of every individual artist's site to help fans discover new music - your music.
So we sat down and pondered whether there was a way to seize that opportunity without completely screwing up the good thing we had going. Could we somehow activate this large, dormant community while keeping the integrity of every Bandcamp site intact? We think the answer is an emphatic YES, but we'll describe how it works, and then you can decide for yourself and let us know.
Starting today, you can specify your genre and location, and tag up your tracks and albums with relevant keywords, and fans can browse all the music on Bandcamp by those attributes. You set genre and location in the Account Details section of your Profile page, right here:
Note that location is geocoded, meaning every artist on Bandcamp will have a real location. Stuff like "Mars," "stepdad's garage," "back of beyond," and "the ionosphere" is fun and all, but only puts you at a disadvantage in terms of fan discovery. So here you enter your city, state, province or country (even misspellings are AOK), and we map that to a discrete, browsable location.
Tags are set on the individual edit pages for both tracks and albums, here:
and finally those tags are displayed on your track and album pages, just below your cover art, here:
When a fan clicks one of those tags, they're taken to its page, where we show other music by you with that tag, as well as a sortable list of music across the system with that tag:
By clicking the "browse all tags" link, fans can browse by popular tags and locations, like this:
And that's about it. Pretty simple and obvious really, but we think it has the potential to build a community in the best possible sense of the word, where every individual contributes to its strength. It won't, of course, be built overnight. At the time of this writing, there are exactly zero tags in the system, but with your help (and the help of the screaming yellow nag-bar that you'll see next time you log in), it shouldn't be long before the solitary goal of these new features is realized: make every artist on Bandcamp more successful, by making it easier for fans to find you.
P.S. Search is coming soon.
P.P.S. If you're one of the many generous artists who have recently released Haiti relief fundraising records, please tag your album with "Haiti relief" and we'll promote the centralized tag page for it shortly.
[This is great news. I love Bandcamp!]
11. feb. 2010
10. feb. 2010
Back with a scratch ... Peter Gabriel
For his first studio album in eight years, Peter Gabriel came up with an audacious plan. He decided to cover the work of his favourite artists and, in exchange, they would do the same for him. Scratch My Back is the first instalment of this project, and sees the 59-year-old, ex-Genesis man cover the likes of Radiohead, Talking Heads and David Bowie. The artists whose songs you hear here will be returning the favour by performing Gabriel's songs on a forthcoming album, I'll Scratch Yours.
You can hear Scratch My Back using the widget below. So has Gabriel improved on the originals here? Let us know in the comments section!
9. feb. 2010
Yes - another Brian Eno post ! But it’s completely worth it. This Arena documentary about possibly my favourite music producer is simply outstanding - partly because it contains plenty of Eno snippets for the enthusiast, but also because it’s beautifully made and put together - fascinating, intelligently chosen visuals and audio accompany the interviews throughout.
It’s also great for me to see Eno in his Suffolk habitat, because that’s where I grew up, too - and seeing the familiar serene, slightly surreal landscapes accompanied by his music and words somehow makes perfect sense in a way that hadn’t registered with me before.
Favourite moments ? Learning that Eno comes from a family of “postmen with passion”; what the first important musical experience of his life was; what digital technology has in common with plasticene; what some of his favourite productions of all time are; how his Catholic upbringing influences his music; peeking at his bookshelves (and how they are categorised); watching him frustrated by technology (yes, it’s not just us !) including a synth that’s so heavily modified it doesn’t work any more; which 70s book on corporate management gave him the tools to understand a new form of music; how to always hit a bulls-eye with whatever you’re working on; why he loves gospel… well go on then, what are you still reading this for ?!?
Want more ? Get yourself a copy of the Oblique Strategies, watch Eno interviewed by Paul Morley and download a copy of Bloom for your iPhone. Then go and buy all his albums plus an old Revox on eBay, and start making your own tape-loops.
Or, just stop for 5 minutes and listen to what’s going on around you. I’m sure he would approve.
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