According to Slate, the compact disc is down but not out. Thankfully, Starbucks somehow fits into the equation.
This may be a little late, but in keeping with my absolutely DIY trip (I had no badge, no wristband, no hotel room and no plane ticket) it's appropriate that my SXSW recap was delayed all last week by Internet issues.
Read my entire belated take on the annual Austin insanity after the jump.
Rick Whetsel, who runs local booking/promotion company Great Big Shows and books and promotes a buttload of shows around town, recently spoke to the City Paper about the biz:
On the state of downtown shows in Nashville:
"One of the things no one wants to admit but our patrons always complain about regarding shows downtown is the lack of affordable parking space," Whetsel said. "Then we have what I feel are some legislators and laws that work against live music, especially when it comes to beer laws and the regulation of licenses. It seems like some people here — despite what they say — truly don't understand that when there's a concert in downtown Nashville you're bringing in tourist dollars from Kentucky, Knoxville, Memphis, anywhere outside the market. Economically, live music can be a very potent contributor to the city, but it seems no one understands that except for country. I'm not putting down our country music heritage. It is fantastic. But there is so much other great music happening here, and it seems like that music isn't always as equally supported."On Nashville's rock scene turning heads outside the 615:
"In fact I don't think there's any doubt right now that this city's live rock scene is exploding," Whetsel said. "It's amazing when you have bands like Be Your Own Pet or Paramore that I'm getting calls about from promoters outside the city. We've got people calling us asking what we think about these bands and telling us there's enormous interest nationwide in a band like Kings of Leon. Now it's just a question of everyone else in the city getting on board and understanding what we've got going here."
Billy Block is spreading the word:
Starring Jon Bon Jovi and Ritchie Sambora, Big and Rich, Jewel and Billy Currington for my good friend Buck Jones' family. Doors open at 6:30pm show at 8pm.
Advanced tickets available at www.mercylounge.com or at the door.
Buck was the talented young man that (Walt Wilkins produced and) I managed and co-produced who was tragically killed by a drunk driver last week.
Tickets are $50 and all proceeds go to his 7 mo. old son Walker and his wife Amy-Beth. Amy-Beth is the elementary school music teacher at Franklin Road Academy.
If people can't make it to the show they can contribute to the Buck Jones Memorial Fund at any 5/3 Bank.
Thanks and God Bless,
WESTERN BEAT ENTERTAINMENT
Athens indie label Happy Happy Birthday to Me has announced a series of limited edition split 7" singles, which includes tracks from such notables as Of Montreal, The Apples in Stereo, Poison Control Center and Murfreesboro's own Velcro Stars. The run is limited to 450. Word on the street is there are 164 left.
Today's typical batch o' mailers:
Ridley linked to this New York Times article on the death of the album on Pith, but I thought it was well worth reposting here. I remember someone commenting on this board recently that they didn't remember when music stopped being about albums.
...fans are buying fewer and fewer full albums. In the shift from CDs to digital music, buyers can now pick the individual songs they like without having to pay upward of $10 for an album.
Last year, digital singles outsold plastic CD's for the first time. So far this year, sales of digital songs have risen 54 percent, to roughly 189 million units, according to data from Nielsen SoundScan. Digital album sales are rising at a slightly faster pace, but buyers of digital music are purchasing singles over albums by a margin of 19 to 1.
One of the biggest reasons for the shift, analysts say, is that consumers — empowered to cherry-pick — are forgoing album purchases after years of paying for complete CD's with too few songs they like. There are still cases where full albums succeed — the Red Hot Chili Peppers' double-CD "Stadium Arcadium," with a weighty 28 tracks, has sold almost two million copies. But the overall pie is shrinking.
In some ways, the current climate recalls the 1950s and to some extent, the 60s, when many popular acts sold more singles than albums. It took greatly influential works like The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and the Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds" to turn the album into pop music's medium of choice.
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