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Monday, October 30, 2006

Panel on Artist Friendly Record Labels/Distribution Outlets - Nov. 6 in Philly

Well, it's a little late to be sharing this info since today is the RSVP deadline, but maybe you can still talk your way into this interesting panel program:

Professional Development Program:
Artist Friendly Record Labels/Distribution Outlets

Monday, November 6, 2006
Settlement Music School
Presser Auditorium
416 Queen Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

The Philadelphia Music Project convenes a panel representing innova, Artistshare, Emusic, and the American Music Center, all of which have developed artist friendly business models for recording and distributing music. Panelists will present an overview of their work, discussing donor and fan cultivation opportunities, copyright ownership, and financial investment and control of recordings. The panel will also explore the capabilities and impact of emerging technology on the music industry, including internet radio and online digital retail outlets.
“Some of my close friends—mostly Jazz musicians— were being pushed around by unethical record companies. It made me angry to see my friends being taken advantage of—I just felt like there had to be a more musician-friendly way.” Brian Camelio, Founder and Director, Artistshare

9 – 9:30 am Registration 9:30 am – noon
Roundtable noon – 1:30 pm Lunch
FeaturingPhilip Blackburn (moderator), innova, American Composers Forum
Rick Reed Emusic
Jane Ira Bloom Artistshare Recording Artist
Lyn Liston American Music Center

RSVP Deadline: Monday, October 30
To RSVP for this event, please call PMP at (267) 350-4960Download the RSVP form for this event
Free parking is available.For more information, please call (267) 350-4960.Download the flyer for this event


Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Interesting Interview with Coltrane

The interviewing asks Coltrane if he's angry, because his music is 'unbeautiful' now!

The interviewer sounds goofy!

Benny Goodman talks about the art or improv.

Hear Benny talk about improv.

Actually I think he messes up the head at one point! That's Live TV.

And as my friend Ronnie Reuben said, the whole thing seems a little odd.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Build Your Own Artist Playlist

Cool site, another of the build your own personal song lists and play them on your computer.

If you haven't figured it out, one great way to use this is to see if they have artists you're unfamiliar with and then check the artist out. I think build 45 or 50 songs on the playlist!

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Goodbye Tower

Tower Records to Be Liquidated

October 7, 2006

Tower Records, the long-troubled music retailer which filed for bankruptcy for the second time in late August, was purchased at auction yesterday by Great American Group, which will begin liquidating the company immediately.

The Associated Press reports that a federal judge in Delaware approved the sale of Tower to Great American yesterday afternoon following a two-day, 30-hour auction. The liquidation process, including going-out-of-business sales, will start today.

According to AP, Great American's winning bid of $134.3 million was only $500,000 more than that of Trans World Entertainment, which had intended to continue operating at least a few of Tower's stores.

A member of Tower's legal team told the AP that the company's assets will be sold for a total of $150 million, including the sale of various leases and properties. Tower operated 89 stores in 20 states and owes creditors approximately $200 million.

Tower Records was founded in 1960 when music enthusiast Russ Solomon began selling records out of his father's Sacramento drugstore basement. Tower eventually built multi-level stores staffed by expert staff and was a dominant American music retailer during the 1980s — valued especially by aficionados of classical, jazz, world music and other genres that were difficult to find in most pop-oriented music stores.

The company ran into financial trouble after a mid-1990s expansion was less profitable than expected due to competition from retailers such as Wal-Mart and from online stores such as, as well as from the revolution in downloading music in digital files rather than purchasing it on discs.

In August, The Los Angeles Times reported that Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and EMI Music had suspended shipments to Tower after it stopped paying its bills.