Tuesday, January 24th, 2006
Love And Mathematics
I finally found an image from that American Analog set t-shirt I’ve gone on about in the past. And it’s topical!
The University of Leicster in the UK reports something that I’ve believed for some time now – music downloading creates listener apathy. It can’t be any surprise that the ease with which people can constantly access and download new music without any real effort has devalued, at least for many, music. If something doesn’t cost you anything, be it money or energy, why should you ascribe any real value to it? Combine that with the fact that we’re mainly now talking about something without any tangible, physical form and you’ve got a recipe for who gives a fuck. This isn’t to suggest that the advent of digital music has been a negative thing – no, it’s hard to argue that the great decline of the major labels is anything but a plus, but nothing comes without a price, and in this case that price is the
commoditization commodification of music. There’s a generation of kids growing up now who have no concept of ever paying for music, and I have to wonder what it will mean when they become the primary consumer demographic. Will artists still find a way to get paid? One of The Big Takeover’s blog-columnists offers his thoughts.
I’ve rounded up a few more links of late that address some facet or consequences of the increasing insubstantiation of music. PopMatters ponders what it means to completists now that pretty much everything – rarities, demos, live shows – is essentially available to everyone, everywhere. I for one have basically stopped caring about live show recordings, unless it’s one that I was actually at. In the distant early days of the internet, I remember hunting down and treasuring every live recording, no matter how poor, as precious and rare. Now I could care less, to be honest. Though I can’t really explain why, even though every live Wilco show is seemingly available on bit torrent 24 hours after the curtains come down, I still felt compelled to buy the live album…
And more – Angry Robot wonders if the increasing popularity of downloads might somehow spark a reaction/revolution in interesting packaging to renew interest in the physical product, while Canada.com wonders the same thing, but in regards to album artwork. Sterophile eulogizes the independent record store (done in by the internet, natch), and you may recall my own personal reaction to today’s download culture – vinyl.
And a final iPod question – while mine no longer does the refuse-to-play thing (yay for reinstalling the whole OS), for whatever reason it refuses to play certain songs. Maybe three out of a few thousand on the iPod so not a great percentage, but annoying nonetheless. If I play the album, it just sits on that song for a second, then skips ahead to the next track. Reimporting the tracks don’t work. I haven’t tried re-ripping or re-naming to try and fool it, but that seems dumb. Any ideas?
B(oot)log has rounded up a slew of Feist’s radio performances in MP3 form for your listening pleasure, but unfortunately doesn’t have the Red Demos, from which much of Let It Die sprung forth from. They’re worth hunting down – they sound great and “Intuition” is still one of her best songs ever while the version of “Leisure Suite” is almost sinister-sounding.
The Scotsman talks to Scotswoman Isobel Campbell about her new album Ballad Of The Broken Seas. She’s at Revival on March 4 and while Mark Lanegan won’t be touring with her, her band will include some heavyweights including Eugene Kelly (of The Vaselines and Eugenius), who will handle Lanegan’s parts. Now THAT should be interesting.
Some more shows – Stars will be performing at The Docks on March 1 as part of CMW’s Indie Awards. Admission gets you into the awards ceremony to see all the artists not show up to accept their awards, followed by a full set from Stars. And quietly buzzy UK popsters Field Music will be at Sneaky Dee’s on March 11 for a show before heading down to Texas for SxSW. That night will be a mini British invasion in Toronto shows – in addition to The Subways at The Mod Club that night, Billy Bragg will finally be making good on his promise to come back and sing for us at the Opera House. I’m gonna have to go with the old guy.
Here’s a follow-up to yesterday’s expansive Jenny Lewis roundup – a couple more interviews with Paste and Chart. There’s also a video for “Rise Up With Fists”, but it’s a MySpace exclusive and apparently that means exclusive territorially too – I can’t see it since I’m in Canada, and I think the rest of the world (and some parts of America) are shut out as well. Can you say “bullshit”?
24: I want to punch the President. Oh surprise, the baddies have someone “on the inside” at CTU. It’s nice to see that they’re maintaining their high standards of employee screening and are placing a greater emphasis on interpersonal skills and overall professionalism. And evidently they’re grooming Chloe to take over from Curtis as chief interrogator – that woman is ice cold! And there’s nothing like a good old fashioned infirmary knockdown scissor-fight to liven up an otherwise talky episode. That final scene? That;s Walt’s spider-sense tingling.
np – Metal Hearts / Socialize