Amon Tobin ISAM tour — stunning stage setup

Must watch. The creativity present here is… wow. I’d love to see this level of creative thinking involved in our scene for stage shows. Sure, this idea is pretty over the top (budget wise too) but it might be the coolest thing many audience members will have ever seen. That’s fantastic marketing.

Two videos… watch them both. Big fan of the track “Slowly”.

Amon Tobin ‘ISAM’ Live (Extended Trailer)

Amon Tobin – Slowly (ISAM Live at Sydney Opera House)

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The Real Effects of Internet Music Piracy

Over the years I’ve spent a lot of time talking to advocates on both sides of the fence. Some that wish people couldn’t have their music without some sort of commercial “transaction” (payment, email address, a social media endorsement etc) and others that feel that “if I can download it, cool. I don’t see how this is costing anyone anything.”

The reality is that the activity DOES have a cost. Beyond the monetary implications it makes it difficult for hard working artists and bands to do what they do. There is a segment of the artist/band talent pool that has to exist off of music sales alone. They don’t tour much (ex. family reasons, jobs etc) so they aren’t able to sell merch and so forth. If those artists aren’t seeing enough support to pay for recording, mixing, mastering, replication of CDs and other necessary costs of bringing an album to market… they get discouraged and give up the ghost. Rare are the jack-of-all-trades artists that can do everything in house and absorb the costs through their own time.

It’s a shame. I personally know dozens of people in this situation that had to quit doing music entirely because they were essentially robbed of their ability to do so.

This goes even a bit deeper and in a broader context. Read this article (Legal or Illegal Download Costs: Which Can You Afford?). It’s an interesting analysis of what clicking that download link means.

Another article I read recently is on point:

“The Internet could easily stop this situation but there are darker farces at work and the value of music hits rock bottom. It should be up to the musician if they want to give their work away for free and many do. The days of the fifteen quid CD are, thankfully over. It was a hideous format and somebody was making a lot of money from it but there has to be some sort of bottom line as many creative people are giving up and releasing new music becomes a pointless exercise.” (louderthanwar.com)

My hope is that you continue to support your favorite acts by purchasing their music. If you cannot legitimately afford to buy music, enjoy the free music they release or use some sort of streaming service that they offer. Share the word amongst your friends about your favorites.

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Outerattik “Who Are Your People?”

Got an email from this artist this week. It’s pretty fresh. If you’re into instrumental / downtempo type stuff, check it out.

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Cas Metah & Wonder Brown “Drowning Man” (feat. Elias & Copywrite) music video

Beat by J. Rawls. New video from “The Darke Bros.” album available now via ILLECT Recordings. Shop for “The Darke Bros.” album at SphereofhiphopStore.com.

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JustMe “No Lie” music video

New music video from JustMe from his album “Full Disclosure” out now via ILLECT Recordings. Pick up your copy of “Full Disclosure” at SphereofhiphopStore.com.

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Tall Black Guy Presents… Tempo Dreams Vol. 1 [TRAILER]

This is dope. Always been a fan of TBG’s beats.

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Souls Rest “Her City” (video)

Digging this. Creativity on a budget that turned out well!

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RELIC “Out of the Blue” (feat. Hundred Faces Group) live video

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Facebook Pages get a makeover

On March 30, 2012 Facebook is converting all Pages to the new timeline style format shared by personal profiles.

I’m not 100% sure I dig every change being made and wish a few options had… options. At any rate, I’ve started to mess with the Sphere of Hip-Hop Facebook page to see what I can do with it.

One new feature I really dig is the cover photo at the top of pages. It’ll help keep the page looking fresh and allow (finally) for some personality. However, I’m waiting for the first artist to whine about their page getting axed for not following the rules. The rules…

Cover images must be at least 399 pixels wide and may not contain:

a. Price or purchase information, such as “40% off” or “Download it at our website”
b. Contact information, such as web address, email, mailing address or other information intended for your Page’s About section
c. References to user interface elements, such as Like or Share, or any other Facebook site features
d. Calls to action, such as “Get it now” or “Tell your friends”

All cover images are public, which means anyone visiting your Page will be able to see the image you choose. Covers must not be false, deceptive or misleading, and must not infringe on third parties’ intellectual property. You may not encourage or incentivize people to upload your cover image to their personal timelines.

I suspected they would have some standards in place and for the most part I think these are reasonable.

Another nice feature is the ability to pin and star your Pages posts:

“The new Facebook Pages include many of the same elements that individual users have: They include a large cover photo, a smaller profile photo and apps with photos, videos and places. It also gives brands and organizations to “pin” posts, which will hold them at the top of the Page timeline for seven days, and to “star” them, which will make photos and videos available in a double-wide format. Organizations can also set milestones, such as when they were founded or when they reached a certain number of users or likes.” – GIGA OM

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Wes Pendleton – Your Way (Instrumental) feat. DJ Aslan

Great free download from Illect Recordings and Wes Pendleton.

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