Category Archive: Music Business

Apple and Personality-Based Marketing/Publicity in the Music Space

Posted on | February 26, 2015 | Comments Off on Apple and Personality-Based Marketing/Publicity in the Music Space

I was on Facebook earlier today and came across the comment below from Tim Quirk. It’s apparently about Apple’s new streaming music service, which is slated to launch later this year. Tim’s a musician and has also spent time working at Rhapsody and Google Music, amongst other places. WHO’s telling you to listen is far, […]

Five Reasons The Music Industry Hates Pandora The Most

Posted on | December 5, 2014 | 1 Comment

Note 1: I’ve been chipping away at this post for about eight twelve months off and on. I finally managed to bring it in for a landing yesterday night. File it under #slowblogging and #longreads. Sam Lefebvre’s recent cover story on Pandora in the East Bay Express overlaps some of what I discuss here, and […]

Recap: the Beastie Boys Vs. GoldieBlox–A Drama in Four Acts

Posted on | June 11, 2014 | Comments Off on Recap: the Beastie Boys Vs. GoldieBlox–A Drama in Four Acts

Back in March, the Verge reported that the Beastie Boys had settled their lawsuit against educational toy company GoldieBlox. That suit alleged copyright infringement, trademark infringement, false advertising, false endorsement, and unfair competition, stemming from GoldieBlox’s unauthorized use of the band’s song “Girls” in the company’s popular Internet promotional video. According to the Verge, “[a]s […]

Trichordist Claims 45% Drop in Working Musicians. BLS Data Tells a more Complicated Story.

Posted on | May 28, 2013 | Comments Off on Trichordist Claims 45% Drop in Working Musicians. BLS Data Tells a more Complicated Story.

Please Note: An earlier version of this post attributed the blog post discussed below to David Lowery. Subsequently, I have learned that Lowery is not the author of this post. I have revised this piece to remove references to David Lowery, and I sincerely apologize to Mr. Lowery for any misunderstanding. A recent post on […]

Going to SXSW? 8 Quick Tips

Posted on | March 14, 2011 | 1 Comment

I’ve been to every SXSW since 1995. Sadly, my streak ends this year. Since I can’t be there, I thought I’d share a few things I’ve learned through the years with those of you lucky enough to be going. If you’re playing down there, I assume you’ve already gotten some extra day party shows booked, […]

Seth Godin on the perils of the Magic Lottery Ticket

Posted on | June 13, 2010 | 1 Comment

Over on his blog, Seth Godin just made this post about the perils of spending all your time looking for a magic lottery ticket. More than most people, Seth has the ability to really distill things down to the essence. He had a post a while back called Barry Bonds. It’s a favorite of mine, […]

The Allure of Air Power

Posted on | January 25, 2010 | 1 Comment

During the early days of the first Iraq War, a video seemed to run continuously on television. In this video, a jet fighter launches a smart bomb. Moments later, it hits a ground target the size of a doorway, as the audio backing track explodes with the celebratory sounds of the American pilots and ground […]

In school, if you’re right 60% of the time you’re a failure. In the music business, if you’re right 60% of the time, you’re a genius (unless you’re starting an indie label).

Posted on | January 17, 2009 | Comments Off on In school, if you’re right 60% of the time you’re a failure. In the music business, if you’re right 60% of the time, you’re a genius (unless you’re starting an indie label).

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Navigating Fog: Thoughts on the Music Business

Part 10 of 10 in the series Navigating Fog: Thoughts on the Music Business It’s true. Picking winners in the music business is a lot like hitting major league pitching: Most people strike out a lot. For every band on a major label that succeeds, a far greater number fail. This means that the A […]

Usually, being an asshole does not help you

Posted on | January 2, 2009 | Comments Off on Usually, being an asshole does not help you

This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series Navigating Fog: Thoughts on the Music Business

Part 9 of 10 in the series Navigating Fog: Thoughts on the Music Business On the surface, this seems obvious. But if you take some time to think about it, it gets more complicated. There are many levels to being an asshole. Some are very obvious and easy to spot. Others aren’t so obvious. Why? […]

Sometimes it helps to be enigmatic

Posted on | December 16, 2008 | Comments Off on Sometimes it helps to be enigmatic

This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series Navigating Fog: Thoughts on the Music Business

Part 8 of 10 in the series Navigating Fog: Thoughts on the Music Business While it seems like the straight line is the most effective way to achieve your goal, this is not always the case. Sometimes, it is better to keep people wondering a little bit about who you are and what you’re intentions […]

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