Rolling Stone just posted an item about FMC’s upcoming CD, Rock the Net: Musicians for Net Neutrality, in which they call it “one of the sexiest compilation albums in some time.” With artists like Wilco, Aimee Mann, They Might Be Giants, Bright Eyes, The Wrens, Portastatic, Palomar, BC Camplight, David Miller, DJ Spooky, Guster, Matthew Shipp, The Classic Brown, David Bazan and Vernon Reid’s Free Form Funk Freqs, you can see why. read more
We just sent a quick w-mail update to members of our Rock the Net campaign, letting them know about the upcoming RTN benefit CD that comes out on Thirsty Ear Recordings on July 29. We figured we should share the news with you blog readers, too. (And if you haven’t already, you should visit the Rock the Net site and sign yourself up!) read more
A few weeks ago, we told you about a pair of Raleigh, North Carolina memorial concerts for Drew Glackin, the multi-instrumentalist and bassist for Americana heroes The Silos. Drew passed away last January from a treatable illness that didn’t get diagnosed because he lacked health insurance. Organized by Drew’s friends, the shows raised more than $3000 for Drew’s family and FMC’s Health Insurance Navigation Tool (HINT). read more
Radiohead to Prince: Unblock ‘Creep’ Cover Videos
After word spread that Prince covered Radiohead’s "Creep" at Coachella, the tens of thousands who couldn’t be there ran to YouTube for a peek. Everyone was quickly denied — even Radiohead. All videos of Prince’s unique rendition of Radiohead’s early hit were quickly taken down, leaving only a message that his label, NPG Records, had removed the clips, claiming a copyright violation. But the posted videos were shot by fans and, obviously, the song isn’t Prince’s. Stereogumread more
Here’s the final installment of renowned hip-hop journalist Eric K. Arnold’s story on urban radio ad media consolidation. You can read previous entries here and here. The full article is also available for viewing on our main site.
What Has Consolidation Done to My Community? read more
Here’s the first installment of an excellent article by hip-hop writer Eric K. Arnold that examines the effects of media consolidation on the urban radio format.
Arnold is an authority on this subject; his recent cover story for SF Weekly, “The Demise of Hyphy,” looked at the role of commercial stations in local communities and the impact they have on music and culture. The article has sparked a great deal of conversation in the Bay Area and beyond. (A full author bio can be found at the end of the post). read more
The internet is crucial to musicians and other creators. It lets everyone have a voice and is a powerful engine for free expression, creativity and commerce. Creators must be able to compete on a level technological playing field alongside the biggest companies. This is why we need basic rules to ensure that all users can access the lawful content and run the legal applications and devices of their choice. read more
As we’ve mentioned before, musicians are among the most under-insured segments of the American public. Many artists simply assume they can’t afford health insurance; others think it takes too much time to figure out. Especially when most of their focus is on making music and making a living.
Unfortunately it only takes one major health crisis to prove that going without insurance is a risky proposition. We’ve all heard about the benefit concerts to help artists who have taken ill, but they often come too late. read more
Here’s an interesting item we got from our friends at Columbia University’s Research Center for Arts and Culture. They’ve put together a survey aimed at composers of all styles and backgrounds, in order to get a sense of the needs of this particular musical community.
Here’s the official spiel:
New Music Needs Your Voice
The American Music Center (AMC) and American Composers Forum (ACF) have teamed up with Columbia University’s Research Center for Arts and Culture to conduct the first major study of living composers. The study aims to gather important data to guide our efforts in better serving and advocating for composers of all styles and backgrounds. read more