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For one last time, Philly’s combo batting cages/concert venue Everybody Hits packs the house.
The Philadelphia Inquirer / Cassie Owens via Andrew Tasselmyer
Chinese Tech Giant Tencent Wants A Piece Of The World’s Most Successful Record Label
I wrote for @NPR about how Tencent now owns a piece of the world’s biggest record label (UMG) AND the world’s biggest paid music-streaming service (Spotify), and how that reveals that labels and tech companies rely more on each other than ever, not less.
‘Fake Artists’ Have Billions of Streams on Spotify. Is Sony Now Playing the Service at Its Own Game?
Found this interesting article while researching
Rolling Stone / Tim Ingham via Van Sounds
No One Wants Your Used Clothes Anymore
the global used clothes market
Bloomberg / Adam Minter via Drone Theory
Casualty Of Genius: The Sacrifice Of Mileva Maric-Einstein
Her name was Mileva Maric (1875 – 1948), once Mileva Einstein, and there was a time, long ago, when she was the mathematical heart of a startling revolution in physics.
Women You Should Know / Dale Debakcsy via Jamie Lawson
I Heard God in a Grain of Sound
A few thoughts about the minimalist-music deity Terry Riley.
The Stranger / Dave Segal via Ben
San Francisco’s 49-Year-Old Russian Bookstore Opens a Progressive New Chapter
SF’s Russian bookstore is opening a new chapter under new ownership, embracing the diversity of the Russian-speaking community. I wrote about the role of this store in my family’s immigration story, generational divides w/ in the Russian community and more.
Five Record Labels Fueling The Italian Underground According To Elena Colombi
Discover a new world of proggy, synthy and ’80s-indebted Italian record labels courtesy of NTS Radio Host and eclectic DJ Elena Colombi.
Electronic Beats / Elena Colombi via Sonofmarketing
Your online activity is now effectively a social ‘credit score’
Especially when the Morality Police get acquired.
Engadget / Violet Blue via Tariq / furtherfield
The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It
A little-known start-up helps law enforcement match photos of unknown people to their online images — and “might lead to a dystopian future or something,” a backer says.
The New York Times / Kashmir Hill via Callan Bignoli
Nightmares on wax: the environmental impact of the vinyl revival
From toxic wastewater to greenhouse gas emissions, the boom in vinyl has dangerous effects – but streaming isn’t as clean an alternative as it looks
The Guardian / Kyle Devine via Colman Jones
The Economics of 24/7 Lo-Fi Hip-Hop YouTube Livestreams
For Hot Pod, I dove into the harsh economics of 24/7 “lofi hip-hop radio – beats to relax/study to” livestreams (I have yet to meet an artist who got paid from them) and how the scene is getting increasingly commoditized
Cursive’s Tim Kasher on Two Decades of Domestica
I talked to Cursive’s Tim Kasher about their latest record, the anniversary of Domestica, and the struggle to make art without letting money dictate your creative decisions.
Ashley Naftule via Phoenix New Times
How to build the future music industry we want and need
6 months ago, @brandonstosuy suggested I write a guide for @thecreativeindp called, How to Build the Future Music Industry We Want and Need. I remember thinking, 𝙒𝙃𝙊 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙩𝙤 𝙖𝙣𝙨𝙬𝙚𝙧 𝙖 𝙦𝙪𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩?