Reading Recommendations – January 2020
Reading Recommendations – January 2020

Reading Recommendations – January 2020

Reading Room - Music, Economy and more (1)

Fresh food for thought – handpicked by our followers!


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.

Cherie Hu via NPR

‘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.

Nastia Voinovskaya via KQED

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

Cherie Hu via Hot Pod

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?


Ziemba via The Creative Independent


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