Yeah, yeah, this article is a week old, but still a good piece on how revolutionary the iPod really is (answer: not that revolutionary yet). The author partly picks a bone with a new book on the iPod's import, The Perfect Thing, offering that the beauty of the iPod is ultimately in the earbud of the user, representing something entirely different to baby boomers than, say, teenagers.
"Most of the tectonic music-industry shifts that cultural commentators ascribe to the iPod—the rise of the single, the downfall of the album—can be more precisely pinned to the digitization of music."
The iPod seems like a revolution because there was a brief gap in the march of personal stereo products. As the sales of Walkmen and cassette tapes declined, Sony was ready and waiting with the Discman. But the early models were prone to skipping, and CDs were never as portable as cassettes. Also, you couldn't comfortably fit a Discman in your pocket. So, for a few years, there was dip in the number of people running around with headphones on. In 2006, more than 50 million iPods are in circulation, and the media love fest is in full bloom. Still, the iPod does not match the star quality of the Walkman in its heyday. To take one cultural field: The Walkman served as a plot device in Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, The Goonies, and (insert your movie here). The Walkman was also first—the original king. Before Sony introduced Model TPS-L2 in 1979, the only person experiencing personal music was a German visionary strolling through the woods with his "stereobelt."
Who doesn't love monster porn!
The Pull The Strings Players are debuting their sixth annual Halloween puppet show at the Basement tonight.
Rumor has it, there's going to be a special surprise guest...
The Turncoats are playing an in-store at Grimeys today at 6 p.m. in celebration of the release of their debut 7-inch (the first release on Grand Palace Records). Their exuberant, old-school rock will be the perfect soundtrack to today's Halloween festivities.
I'm going as a Panic! At The Disco fan—can you think of anything scarier?
The Turncoats — "Let Me In" (2388k m4a file)
Here's some Halloween costume ideas for the young, discerning music consumer.
Once again "sexy" costumes for men and women are "all the rage" this year, so for fun let's play the "I'm a sexy xxx for Halloween" game!
I'm a sexy Jason Moon Wilkins for Halloween!
...more fun at the expense of Carson Daly.
(Special kudos for the appearances of Tom and the Dharma logo.)
We are very happy to announce the return of Nashville's most successful indie/electronic/rock/punk/etc dance party! Left Can Dance, after being forced to find a new venue when Ombi Bar/Le Peep turned into the Ombi Restaurant, is going a bit more underground and a bit more rock n roll, just across the street! LCD2.0 will premiere at THE END on Elliston Place on Saturday, November 11. Expect better sound, cheaper drinks and a visual media aspect. The party will start at 9pm and go til 3am. Left Can Dance for more info.
+ Jensen Sportag CD Release Show on Dec 8 at the End (Left Can Dance DJs will spin between acts and host an after show party)
+ New Years Eve party at the End! Dec 31
+ January 12 at the End
Return of the Left Can Dance
Saturday November 11
The End, Elliston Pl
9pm - 3 am.
Free before 10pm; $5 after
The following PSA is from Above the Influence, the same group who runs that tv commercial with the little kid that says, "I smoke clowns like you on the b-ball court."
Listen: Now I'm not pretending to like indie rock PSA
UPDATE: Read the transcript if your computer doesn't have sound.
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