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Music streaming services unleash a torrent of digital playlists - LA Times
It's a question we pose daily, and with increasing frequency in an age of digital bounty and instant entertainment: "What am I in the mood for?" We ask it of office mates at lunch, friends before taking in a movie, with family on weekends. We stare at the search window in iTunes, dumbfounded, and wonder. When sitting before the television, no longer flipping a finite number of channels or abiding programmer timelines, we ponder myriad services and platforms and then utter to ourself or significant other, "What are you in the mood for?" Movie, TV series or webisode? Drama, comedy, action/adventure or foreign film? Tethered or untethered? Time Warner? Apple TV? DirectTV? Amazon Prime, Google/YouTube or Netflix recommendation? Hulu Plus? iPad app? Yikes. Maybe let's just play "Two Dots" on the Samsung Galaxy X5? No. Let's read and listen to music. Kindle or analog? Vinyl, disc, MP3 or stream? New bestseller, old unread download or public domain Mark Twain? The stack of unread New Yorke
Summer  2014  August  notes  trends  music  streaming-music 
august 2014 by ahasteve
SXSW 2014: The decline and resurgence of indie music retail - latimes.com
To wit: Despite their rumored demise, new stores are sprouting up throughout the country and survivors are having banner years. In 2013, School Kids Records in Raleigh, N.C., for example, had its best day ever in 40 years of business, owner Stephen Judge said during the panel. That day, of course, was Record Store Day, the annual spring celebration of independent music retailers that served to reinvigorate the market. Carrie Colliton, the "crew chief" of Record Store Day, said that the media pile-on in 2003 and 2004 left a lot of stores wounded. "It was a sexy topic. Everybody wanted to jump on the 'record stores are dead' bandwagon," she said. Those stories served to further a decline prompted by the death of national retailers such as Tower Records and Borders, the rise of Napster and the gradual decline of the compact disc. All of a sudden, a huge chunk of youth culture had little exposure to, or desire to possess, physical product. "We lost a whole generation" of record buyers,
Spring  2014  March  notes  USWest  Texas  Austin  SXSW  MusicFestival  indie  music  record-stores  trends 
march 2014 by ahasteve
Don Henley 'thrilled' with Forum, talks about Eagles concerts there - latimes.com
A new era for the Forum in Inglewood begins Wednesday night when the Eagles play the first of six shows over the next 10 days. I haven't read it but I read his previous one and I really like how his thinking has evolved, particularly as it pertains to the techno-utopians and the damage they've done to our culture, including the arts — specifically music and film and the people who work in those fields. In the technocratic world of Google (which owns YouTube), my musical brethren and I are no longer artists; we're not creators — we are merely "content providers." Copyright and intellectual property mean nothing to the technocracy. They've built multi-billion-dollar, global empires on the backs of creative, working people who are uncompensated. They're wrecking entire industries. The genie is so far out of the bottle that there's really no putting it back in. There might be a legislative fix, but there seems to be no political will. Google alone has about a dozen lobbyists on Capitol Hi
Winter  2014  January  notes  Eagles  TheEagles  DonHenley  music  digital-music  LifeStyleBiz  JaronLanier 
january 2014 by ahasteve
Album review: John Mayer's redemptive "Paradise Alley" - latimes.com
Close your eyes. Erase your mind. Forget about Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and the various extracurricular activities that have hobbled singer-guitarist-romantic John Mayer’s reputation off the playing field. Breathe, and think about the guitar while inhaling fresh air and electrified guitar licks. As a Wyoming wind blows through your hair, imagine that the John Mayer Cruise never happened. For many -- but by no means all -- such a Mayer reboot is necessary. Doing so in earnest before popping on his new album, "Paradise Valley," will offer payback for those yearning for peaceful, well-imagined guitar rock as earlier crafted by bands including the Eagles, the Flying Burrito Bros., the Grateful Dead and “Nashville Skyline”-era Bob Dylan. The guy’s apologized for his past media indulgences, and “Paradise Valley” makes a strong case that those of us overly annoyed should let it go. Eleven songs that hit the mark where last year’s overwrought "Born and Raised" mostly missed, “Paradise Vall...
music  2013  lifestylebiz  JohnMayer  August  musician  Summer  notes 
august 2013 by ahasteve
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Linda Ronstadt has disclosed that she is suffering from Parkinson's disease, and that the neurological disorder has left her unable to sing. The 67-year-old musician made the disclosure in an AARP Magazine interview posted online Friday. Ronstadt, an 11-time Grammy winner, said that she was diagnosed with the neurological ailment about eight months ago and "can't sing a note." “No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease,” Ronstadt said. “No matter how hard you try.” Ronstadt said that she uses poles to help walk and uses a wheelchair when traveling. She said in the interview that she noticed symptoms eight years ago, but assumed they were related to a tick disease. “Parkinson’s is very hard to diagnose, so when I finally went to a neurologist and he said, ‘Oh, you have Parkinson’s disease,’ I was completely shocked. I wouldn’t have suspected that in a million, billion years," the singer said. Over the course of a long career, she made 30 studio albums and 15 compilation and...
music  boomersaurs  65+boomer  musicians  2013  August  endangered  Summer  notes  LindaRonstadt 
august 2013 by ahasteve
Katy Perry, John Mayer make sweet music in 'Who You Love' duet - Los Angeles Times
John Mayer and Katy Perry are going all Sonny and Cher on us with their latest collaboration: a song called "Who You Love," in which the two are actually super sweet and lovey-dovey about their relationship.
music  concerts  musicians  2013  lifestylebiz  JohnMayer  August  Summer  KatyPerry  notes 
august 2013 by ahasteve
Musical sniping, a la John Mayer and Taylor Swift - latimes.com
Johh Mayer and Taylor Swift continue to sling musical barbs at each other in a shrewd exercise of 21st century celebrity.
concerts  music  musicians  2013  lifestylebiz  August  JohnMayer  Summer  notes  TaylorSwift 
august 2013 by ahasteve
AK100 from iRiver is a better-sounding (but buggy) iPod alternative - latimes.com
It's time to declare our independence from the MP3 player. Improved listening devices such as the AK 100 lead the charge.
trends  AK100  music  2013  July  Summer  iRiver 
july 2013 by ahasteve
Slacker CEO Jim Cady talks streaming music business - latimes.com
With the recent launches of Apple Inc. ’s iTunes Radio and Google Play Music All Access , there’s no shortage of options for people who want personalized digital music on demand.
music  trends  personalization  2013  July  Slacker  Summer 
july 2013 by ahasteve
Google Play marks subscription music service for internet giant - latimes.com
Now the technology giant is cranking up the volume with the debut of a subscription music service that provides access to millions of songs for a monthly fee, taking on the likes of Spotify and Pandora and going after the next big wave in digital music: streaming on mobile devices. With music on mobile devices exploding, it was crucial for Google to have its own streaming service to keep users tethered to Google services and Android mobile devices. "If Google failed to make a play for the music business, it would later regret it because its customers would remain forever tied to another digital service even if they maintain their interest in Google Android and Chrome devices. This fear of ceding this vulnerability to others explains why Google Play is adding All Access."
trends  business-models  music  2013  subscription  May  GooglePlay  Spring  Google  notes 
june 2013 by ahasteve
Longer songs are a new track for pop artists - latimes.com
Though the songs may go long, within them are miniatures that seek to hook a generation accustomed to juggling texts, tweets, IMs, YouTube clips and viral hits. In an era when fans are just as likely to spend $1.29 downloading a single song as $10.99 for the entire album, there is an appetite for work that, while catchy and melodic, is also longer and more complex. In place of the concept album these are "concept songs."
music  trends  2013  JustinTimberlake  Spring  March 
april 2013 by ahasteve
Building a bigger Burger Records at the Burgerama festival - latimes.com
“We just drove 20 hours straight from Texas after South by Southwest. We got home like an hour ago and haven't eaten anything, and honestly we're kind of delirious.” Clemency granted. At the annual Texas record industry bacchanal this month, the Fullerton-based garage punk label threw two days of official showcases and nine days of satellite parties before heading back to California in time for this weekend's Burgerama. It's the second annual installment of the label's hometown festival that hosts A-list musical outsiders and Burger alums including Ariel Pink, the Black Lips, Nick Waterhouse and Fidlar.
music  2013  lifestylebiz  OrangeCounty  Spring  March  California  BurgeramaFestival  Fullerton  BurgerRecords  USWest  20-29  notes  SXSW 
march 2013 by ahasteve
SXSW 2013: Kathleen Hanna reemerges in 'The Punk Singer' - latimes.com
In her bands Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, Kathleen Hanna has brought a fiercely feminist perspective to her lyrics and music, inspiring multiple generations of young women. The new documentary “The Punk Singer,” which is having its world premiere at the South by Southwestf film festival, is a concise look at Hanna as a larger-than-life force and her more up-close, human travails. The film covers such high-profile moments in Hanna’s career as her connections to the '90s Northwest music scene -- she coined the phrase “smells like teen spirit” used in Nirvana’s epochal song and was once  punched in the face by Courtney Love.
music  2013  Spring  Texas  March  Austin  filmfestival  USWest  30-44  PermanentTemporaries  festival  notes  SXSW  35-54 
march 2013 by ahasteve
Music, not tech, powers South by Southwest party - latimes.com
The result is a music festival that has the sound and feel of a world in remix flux. The sense of unfinished, open-sourced chaos is everywhere, from the new ways to create music to new means to finance and distribute it. In the 15 years I've been attending, the push-pull between art and commerce, music's cutting-edge sounds and tried and true formulas, between youthful indiscretion and aged patience, has never seemed more pronounced. Nor has the center been as absent. Country singers vie with techno producers, rappers, rock stars, has-beens, buskers and gearheads. Corporations and major labels book superstars such as Kid Cudi, Green Day and (rumor has it) Justin Timberlake to perform big rap, rock and pop in undersized clubs but also sponsor punk showcases with bands like Black Breath and Hatred Surge. The result is SXSW as a petri dish of tech, cash and melody, offering further fuel to the argument that the most important change in music in this decade is not any single artistic ...
music  trends  vacation  2013  Austin  USWest  MusicFestival  Spring  notes  March  SXSW 
march 2013 by ahasteve
Kris Kristofferson is 'Feeling Mortal' - latimes.com
Kris Kristofferson has been one of country music's most esteemed songwriters since he hung up his janitor's broom and turned to his guitar full time in the late 1960s, creating a treasure trove of literate and insightful songs including "Help Me Make It Through the Night," "Sunday Morning Coming Down," "Me and Bobby McGee" and "For the Good Times."

But if there's anything constituting a sure bet in 2013, it's that, Kristofferson's legacy or not, mainstream radio programmers won't come within a country mile of his new album, "Feeling Mortal." That's largely because of the unflinching look the 76-year-old takes at what it means to stare straight into the eyes of death — and to be fine with what he sees there.

With its strong foundation in the church, country music once dealt with life and death issues. In recent years, though, it's moved away from songs of sin and salvation toward a glossier view of life that typically ignores the place where life inevitably leads.
music  January  65+sustainingseniors  2013  lifestylebiz  KrisKristofferson  hawaiitropical  album  endangered  notes  hawaii  Winter 
january 2013 by ahasteve
Jazz legend Dave Brubeck dies at 91 - latimes.com
Pianist and composer Dave Brubeck won legions of fans over a six-decade career with his complex rhythms and harmonies. His quartet's 'Take Five' was the first million-selling jazz recording.
Winter  2013  December  DaveBruebeck  Jazz  music  extinction 
december 2012 by ahasteve
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Winter  2012  December  Gaming  Education  Advertising  Brazil  China  India  biotech  healthcare  music  mobile  innovation  trends  CRO 
december 2012 by ahasteve
Plug-in-the-wall device offers home control and information | Springwise
There have been a couple of innovations to bring computing power to home appliances in the recent past – from lights controlled through touch enabled wall paint to cookers activated by text – but so far the home remains fairly analogue. Aiming to change that however, is plug-in-the-wall device Ubi, which enables homeowners to control their house and access the internet through vocal cues. The product is a box equipped with a wifi connection that is plugged directly into a wall socket. It also has a microphone, speaker and color-changing light that are used to communicate with the user and sensors which monitor the light levels, temperature and humidity of the room. Much like the Siri function on Apple devices, Ubi responds to voice commands – the Ubi can be used to search the internet vocally, play music located on another device, set an alarm, record and playback voice memos and generally interact with other computer devices. The light can be linked to weather, stocks or email feeds,
Fall  2012  September  Springwise  Consumer-demand  business-models  StartUp  entrepreneurs  trends  voice-memo  alarm  music  Siri  monitoring  commands  voice-recognition  sensor  GreenHomeLife  appliances  TheUbl 
october 2012 by ahasteve
Neil Young's grand plan? There is none - latimes.com
The Canadian rocker has a bunch of projects coming to fruition, starting with the new album 'Americana' and the new concert film 'Neil Young Journeys.' "One thing leads to another, and that's the way I played that," Young said. "There are too many balls in the air to play it any other way. It's just kind of like juggling." Right now, he has plenty to juggle, given the pair of Crazy Horse albums, the art collaboration with Fairey, the Demme film and the book, on top of myriad other projects such as his LincVolt and the Bridge School benefits. Asked whether all the activity coming to fruition at once is part of a grand plan, Young said, "There's really no plan. Sometimes it works out; sometimes it doesn't work out. "This time it appears that everything is working, and I'm lucky. And everything won't work one of these days. You just have to be ready for it to work, and then for it to not work. It doesn't matter. You just have to try to make it as good as you can."
Summer  2012  June  lifestylebiz  65+Boomer  RockandRoll  music  CrazyHorse  CrosbyStillsNashYoung  NeilYoung  notes 
july 2012 by ahasteve
Glenn Frey changes the tempo 'After Hours' - latimes.com
The room filled with the jazzy saunter of a stand-up bass, a nightclub piano played spare and sharp, and the brassy curlicues of a nightclub sax. Then came Frey's voice with lyrics that were familiar but slow and rounded by retro — like those smoke rings they blow on "Mad Men."

The shadows high on the darker side

behind those doors, it's a wilder ride

You can make a break, you can win or lose

that's a chance you take

When the heat's on you

The 63-year-old Detroit native chuckled at the fading final notes of the "Route 66" redux of "The Heat Is On" (a No. 2 hit on Billboard Hot 100 off of the 1984 soundtrack to "Beverly Hills Cop"), which in this new form sounds a bit like a stripped-down Steely Dan working off of Mel Tormé arrangements.
Spring  2012  May  endangered  55+Boomer  55  music  GlennFrey  TheEagles  notes 
may 2012 by ahasteve
Goldenvoice working on mega fest for Orange County Great Park - latimes.com
The base closed in 1999; in 2005, Lennar Corp.bought the bulk of it from the federal government, then signed a landmark deal to transfer the base's 1,347-acre core to the city in exchange for the rights to surround it with homes and businesses. Under the plan, homebuilding would pay for the construction of the Great Park, which would be nearly twice the size of New York's Central Park.
But the funding mechanism crashed with the housing market. Though a respected landscape architect hired by the city completed a heralded design that includes wooded forests and a man-made canyon, construction of the park has languished. The site's abandoned runways have been leased for automotive tests; vacant land has been rented to strawberry growers. The Goldenvoice festival, if successful, could go a long way toward giving the park a taste of the cachet the county has long envisioned, officials said. It could also be lucrative for the county; government documents outlining early negotiations sugges
Spring  2012  May  USWest  California  Irvine  Coachella  music  Goldenvoice  OrangeCountyGreatPark  GreatParks  1999  USMarineBase  2005  LennarCorp  LennarHomes  notes  GreatPark 
may 2012 by ahasteve
Robin Gibb dies at 62; rose to pop fame as one-third of the Bee Gees - latimes.com
Robin Gibb and his brothers, Maurice and Barry, produced a string of memorable hits and were at the forefront of the disco era with their iconic 'Saturday Night Fever' soundtrack. Robin Gibb was diagnosed with cancer that spread from his colon to his liver last year.
Spring  2012  May  music  BeeGees  RobinGibb  boomersaurs  55+Boomer  extinction 
may 2012 by ahasteve
Roger Waters brings 'The Wall' to the Coliseum with a new focus - latimes.com
But 32 years later, his magnum opus about the battle between individual freedoms and authoritarian oppression has magnified beyond Waters' own expectations of yore. Now the man who once excoriated the voluminous expansion of the rock concert experience has helped institutionalize it. "I famously hated playing to large numbers of people and playing in stadiums," Waters, 68, said from a tour stop in Austin, Texas, earlier this month. "The Wall" tour returns Saturday to Los Angeles, where it all began in 1980 at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. This time, though, the British rocker will be building "The Wall" next door, at the Coliseum, one of nine stadium dates on the North American tour leg.
Spring  2012  May  USWest  California  LosAngeles  Texas  Austin  boomersaurs  65+Boomer  endangered  RogerWaters  music  concerts  PinkFloyd 
may 2012 by ahasteve
Jim McCrary obituary: Rock photographer dies at 72 - latimes.com
Jim McCrary was staff photographer for A&M; Records, shooting more than 300 covers for groups including the Carpenters and the Flying Burrito Brothers.
Spring  2012  May  FlyingBurritoBrothers  A&MRecords;  Carpenters  CaroleKing  RockandRoll  rock  65+SustainingSeniors  JimMcCrary  Photography  music  extinction 
may 2012 by ahasteve
Review: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at Sports Arena - latimes.com
Springsteen has always been a killer showman, someone who’s closely studied the great acts of R&B; (the Rev. Al Green and James Brown) and learned how to preach a story, milk a call-and-response affirmation, and play dead then get on up. But increasingly, the gospel roots of this soul man have made themselves manifest. It seems like this Catholic son has been spending time in black churches. By the point — two jaw-dropping, career-spanning hours into the 26-song night — that Bruce and the band boarded the train to the “Land of Hopes and Dreams,” he had some 40,000, mostly white, hands up in the air, vibrating with the spirit of the Holy Ghost. Another ghost was very much present in the arena, acting as the night’s guiding spirit, so to speak. Springsteen lost his musical soul mate last year when Clarence Clemons, the band’s saxophonist and the bandleader’s right-hand man, passed away. Judging by his repeated direct and indirect references to missing persons — culminating in a powerful
Spring  2012  April  USWest  California  LosAngeles  BruceSpringsteen  boomersaurs  endangered  concert  music  notes 
april 2012 by ahasteve
Live: The Beach Boys kick off 50th anniversary tour in Tucson - latimes.com
Beach Boys kicked off their 50th anniversary tour on casino grounds, nowhere near the beach, on a day that hit 105, with gusts of dry wind blowing in from the surrounding Arizona desert -- not a wave, T-bird or little surfer girl in sight. After all, the band, touring for the first time in decades with co-founders Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine, as well as longtime voice Bruce Johnston and early member David Marks, transcended the literal summer ages ago in service of the metaphorical kind, one that celebrated Southern California life and put sound to a cultural vibe. This is one reason why at Casino del Sol on the Yaqui reservation, the band, augmented by a dozen instrumentalists and vocalists, was able to convincingly sing about summertime joys, fears and frustrations even though most of the remaining Boys have been doing this for four decades and are themselves approaching proverbial wintertime.
Spring  2012  April  USWest  Arizona  Tucson  regional  desert  CasinodelSol  casino  YaquiReservation  NativeAmerican  Yaqui  bestplaces  AlJardine  MikeLove  BrianWilson  BeachBoys  concert  music  boomersaurs  notes  endangered 
april 2012 by ahasteve
At Coachella festival, weather doesn't dampen fans - latimes.com
The Coachella Music and Arts Festival kicks off the first of its two weekends amid drizzle and cool temperatures. Dance music is the big attraction.
Spring  2012  April  USWest  California  desert  weather  music  Indio  MusicFestival  Coachella 
april 2012 by ahasteve
Tune In Tonight to ACM Presents: Lionel Richie & Friends – In Concert | Lionel Richie
Why should you tune in to ACM Presents: Lionel Richie & Friends – In Concert tonight on CBS? We’ll let the man himself answer. Take it away Lionel…

Don’t miss special performances by Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Big & Rich, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans and Marc Anthony, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, Jennifer Nettles, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Rogers, Darius Ricker and Blake Shelton. Plus a special appearance by Nicole Richie.
Spring  2012  April  30-44  20-29  music  country-music  LionelRichie  brand  reinvent  endangered 
april 2012 by ahasteve
App helps fans pay their favorite artists based on listening habits | Springwise
Crowdfunding for artists is something we’ve previously reported on here at Springwise, with France-based KissKissBankBank enabling fans to invest in their favorite bands. In a similar vein, Pikup is a new platform that remunerates artists based on subscribers’ listening habits. The UK startup is currently offering free software to Mac, iPhone and iPad users — although it intends to include other operating systems in the future. Once installed, it works in the background and keeps a private record of all media accessed by the user, creating a digital diary of music, video, podcast and e-book consumption held on Pikup’s servers. Those using the service can then pay a small monthly subscription to support the arts, with the twist being that their money will be split between the artists whose work they have been playing. Pikup analyses the collective listening and viewing habits of all of its users and allocates subscription funds appropriately. Media creators, meanwhile, will be able to
Spring  2012  April  Springwise  trends  business-models  Consumer-demand  StartUp  entrepreneurs  lifestylebiz  entertainment  Knowledge-creation  artists  IntellectualProperty  ebooks  e-Books  podcast  video  music  media  iPad  iPhone  Mac  Apple  membership  subscriptions  Pikup  platform  crowd-sourcing  KissKissBankBank  KnowledgeATM 
april 2012 by ahasteve
"American Idol": Have they lost the kids? - latimes.com
Among the judges, "Idol" and "The Voice" have a wide generation gap. "Idol's" troika of Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson has an average age of 53, quite old for a show that seeks relevant pop-music stars. On the NBC show, judges/mentors Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton are all in their 30s. "Steven Tyler is a senior citizen and Randy Jackson is well into his 50s," said McCall. Indeed, the gossip site TMZ recently underscored Tyler's advanced age with a picture of the 63-year-old rock star ambling on a beach in Hawaii, with a close-up of his hammertoe, a foot affliction commonly seen among the elderly. And "Idol" has stuck to its practice of "themed" performance nights, even if that means picking oldies made famous long before any of its contestants were born. "The Voice" has tended toward some unusual, even risky choices – a recent episode showed contestants preparing Nirvana's ominous ballad "Heart-Shaped Box." "Idol" meanwhile recently did a ni
Spring  2012  April  trends  marketing  audiences  music  television  20-44  20-29  30-44  65+Boomer  StevenTyler  45+Boomer  RandyJackson  AmericanIdol  TheVoice  notes 
april 2012 by ahasteve
Ken Phebus obituary: Veteran talent buyer dies at 64 - latimes.com
From 1985 to 1999, Ken Phebus carved out his reputation by booking acts for two of Orange County’s most important rock and pop concert venues, the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano and the Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana. Phebus is pictured here in his office at the Coach House in 1990.
Spring  2012  April  USWest  California  OrangeCounty  SanJuanCapistrano  music  CoachHouse  55+Boomer  extinction  Capistrano 
april 2012 by ahasteve
Axl Rose says no to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - latimes.com
This weekend, Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will throw its annual induction ceremony and concert to celebrate its newest members, which include the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Donovan and Guns N' Roses. Make that four-fifths of Guns N' Roses. Singer and co-founder Axl Rose released an open letter to the Rock Hall on Wednesday morning on The Times' Pop & Hiss blog declaring he'd skip the ceremony. He also requested that he not be inducted into the hall.
Spring  2012  April  HallofFame  RockandRoll  endangered  AxlRose  GunsNRoses  RockBand  music 
april 2012 by ahasteve
The rebirth of Coachella: Critic's Notebook - latimes.com
Those of us who attended Coachella in 2010 understand the reasons why the annual music and arts festival had to change.
Two years ago, the three-day concert in Indio, Calif., was so overcrowded with sun-baked, drunken revelers that many of those in attendance vowed to not return. And if you were lucky enough to have access to the VIP area, it was so packed that many under that giant canopy felt more claustrophobic than important. This year? The festival, which begins Friday and features headliners Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, Radiohead and the Black Keys, has thankfully reduced the number of tickets for sale (a smart move implemented in 2011 by the promoter, the AEG-owned Goldenvoice) and — for the first time in its 13-year history — expanded from one weekend to two.
Spring  2012  April  California  AEG  GoldenVoice  Coachella  CoachellaValley  Indio  desert  MusicFestival  music  notes 
april 2012 by ahasteve
Bonnie Raitt waited until she was 'really ready' for 'Slipstream' - latimes.com
Whether touring, winning Grammys or fighting for the rights of music veterans, singer and guitarist Bonnie Raitt has always had plenty to keep her busy. So over the course of her four-decade career, a gap of a few years between albums wasn't unprecedented. But this time around, the seven-year lapse between her last CD and her new effort, "Slipstream" (arriving Tuesday), is different. The nine-time Grammy Award winner pulled off the road, put the band that she's toured with for decades on ice, and joined the audience. "I got to go to gigs — just be a fan, no pressure whatsoever," The album is the first release on her own label, Red Wing Records. It's largely run by trusted associates so Raitt can focus on being a musician, "but ultimately," she said, "I'm saying yes or no to everything. If you've got a good management team and you can find a good distributor and a great PR company, it works better than being at a label. If somebody's not working out, you can change it, which you can'
Spring  2012  April  BabyBoomers  BonnieRaitt  endangered  55+Boomer  music-industry  music  musicians  Slipstream  notes 
april 2012 by ahasteve
Inaudible frequencies used to trigger smartphone content | Springwise
Regular readers of Springwise may remember Shopkick, the free app that uses inaudible frequencies to reward consumers for checking into stores. Using similar technology, SonicNotify now aims to expand the concept to allow television, sports and music fans to benefit from extra content on their smartphone as well.
The company is offering three products – Sonic Live, Sonic Goods and Sonic Cast. Sonic Live seeks to improve interaction at live events via an inaudible, coded frequency played over a PA system or using SonicNotify’s specially-developed ‘beacon’ devices. Although inaudible to the human ear, smartphones in range will be able to detect the sound and produce bonus content as a result, which could range from extra media to participatory polls. Sonic Goods is designed for use in stores, where beacons placed next to items broadcast offers to customers walking past. Sonic Cast, meanwhile, transmits the code through televisions, enabling advertisers to connect with target markets out
Spring  2012  March  Springwise  trends  business-models  Consumer-demand  StartUp  entrepreneurs  Mobile-Ads  advertising  smartphones  music  sports  television  SonicNotify  Shopkick 
april 2012 by ahasteve
Google home entertainment device music - latimes.com
Google plans to test 252 of the devices in its employees’ homes in Mountain View, Calif., where it has its headquarters; in Los Angeles; in New York; and in Cambridge, Mass. The device uses wireless home networks and “requires testing outside the laboratory environment,” the filing said. The device isn’t ready to ship yet. The company says it’s still in the “prototyping phase.” Google is looking for promising gushers other than its gangbusters search advertising business, which accounts for nearly all its revenue. It may be targeting consumer electronics, which would bring Google into closer competition with Apple. Last May at its annual Google I/O developers conference, Google showed off Android@Home devices that played music. Android@Home enables Android apps to connect with devices in the home. Late last year, Google launched a music service that sells songs through the Android market.
Winter  2012  February  RDExperimenters  CRO  consumer-electronics  entertainment  wireless  music  Apple  Google 
march 2012 by ahasteve
What Will You Do When They Come For You? | Fast Company
Graphic: The nine most dreaded words in American business: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google are eyeing your market. Which industries--and companies--are the Fab Four most interested in disrupting? Mobile. Communications. Advertising/Marketing. Entertainment. Music. Gaming.
Fall  2011  November  October  CRO  reinvent  innovation  business-models  Google  Apple  Amazon  Facebook  mobile  communications  advertising  entertainment  music  gaming  Industries 
november 2011 by ahasteve
Riffing with Tom Waits: Critic's Notebook - latimes.com
Similes, metaphors, memorable characters and lyrics — it's all there in the singer-songwriter's notebooks. Here, he talks about birthing his first new album in seven years — 'Bad as Me.'
Fall  2011  October  USWest  California  Petaluma  TomWaits  music  Album  PermanentTemporaries  BabyBoomers  55+Boomer 
november 2011 by ahasteve
Colorado travel: Something to sing about on the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad - latimes.com
For five summers now, the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad — a tourist train operating between La Veta (pronounced lah-VEE-tah) and Alamosa in south-central Colorado — has been offering passengers a terrific deal: You buy a ticket for the scenic trip through the Rockies (starting at $30), and they'll throw in a two-hour concert. The concerts — accessible only by rail and staged on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through September — feature mostly country, bluegrass and cowboy artists. Past performers have included Larry Gatlin, Nanci Griffith and Ricky Skaggs. This year's lineup includes Michael Martin Murphey, the Rifters and Weavermania. Although not superstars, they're talented musicians nonetheless. The concerts are staged in a natural amphitheater, a wildflower-strewn mountain meadow with the towering peaks of the Sangre de Cristo as a backdrop.
Summer  2011  July  USWest  Colorado  Alamosa  LaVeta  RioGrandeScenicRailroad  Rockies  RockyMountain  mountain  music  MusicFestival  SangredeCristo  vacation  travel  tourism  tourist  notes 
july 2011 by ahasteve
Colorado travel: Something to sing about on the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad - latimes.com
For five summers now, the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad — a tourist train operating between La Veta (pronounced lah-VEE-tah) and Alamosa in south-central Colorado — has been offering passengers a terrific deal: You buy a ticket for the scenic trip through the Rockies (starting at $30), and they'll throw in a two-hour concert. The concerts — accessible only by rail and staged on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through September — feature mostly country, bluegrass and cowboy artists. Past performers have included Larry Gatlin, Nanci Griffith and Ricky Skaggs. This year's lineup includes Michael Martin Murphey, the Rifters and Weavermania. Although not superstars, they're talented musicians nonetheless. The concerts are staged in a natural amphitheater, a wildflower-strewn mountain meadow with the towering peaks of the Sangre de Cristo as a backdrop.
Summer  2011  July  USWest  Colorado  Alamosa  LaVeta  RioGrandeScenicRailroad  Rockies  RockyMountain  mountain  music  MusicFestival  SangredeCristo  vacation  travel  tourism  tourist  notes 
july 2011 by ahasteve
Spotify digital music service debut in U.S.: Spotify's digital music service debuts in U.S. - latimes.com
But other experts predict that consumer momentum will favor subscription services such as Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio, MOG, Slacker and others once users discover that it can be cheaper to rent music than to buy it. Spotify's U.S. offerings will be largely similar to what it has in Europe, namely a free service supported by advertising and two premium tiers that let users listen without ads on computers and on mobile devices. The free tier will let new users listen to the company's catalog from a computer connection for six months. After that, users will be capped at 10 hours a month and up to five spins for any particular song. Subscribers who pay $4.99 a month can access the service without ads or limitations from a computer connection. A $9.99 tier also lets users listen to the service from a smartphone. For those who aren't able to score an invitation to the free service, they can let their wallet do the talking. Customers willing to pay for the premium tiers don't need an invitation.
Summer  2011  July  Spotify  music  iTunes  business-models 
july 2011 by ahasteve
Live review: Jackson Browne with Dawes and Jonathan Wilson at the Satellite - latimes.com
Generations don’t always mix easily in rock. A shared purpose can make all the difference, as Jackson Browne, Dawes and Jonathan Wilson demonstrated during three hours of smart, sometimes fiery folk-rock Wednesday at the Satellite. The years between them were essentially erased at the Silver Lake club, coming just weeks after Dawes’ headline show at the Orpheum, and a short stint backing up Robbie Robertson, another classic rock hero. With Browne, they share a lineage stretching back to the ‘60s-’70s folk-rock scene of Laurel Canyon, though Dawes filters that peaceful, easy feeling with a subtle postmodern edge, much as the Jayhawks did in the ‘90s.Browne sang with a certain wisdom beyond his years in those early days, giving his career an ongoing theme of surviving the joy, pain and acceptance of the passage of time. He now shares that with Dawes and Wilson. “When I first moved to L.A., I moved to Silver Lake,” Browne wistfully told the crowd. “My house isn’t even there anymore.”
Summer  2011  July  USWest  California  SilverLake  Satellite  JacksonBrowne  RobbieRobertson  Dawes  music  concert  LaurelCanyon 
july 2011 by ahasteve
Justin Timberlake scores his own social network: a piece of Myspace - latimes.com
Justin Timberlake has climbed on board to help re-brand a just-sold Myspace. Perhaps playing Sean Parker in "The Social Network" resonated on a business level with the singer-actor -- or maybe he just couldn't resist a bargain? "Justin is a tremendously bright guy who is really passionate about the opportunity for artists to build a community with fans," said Tim Vanderhook, co-founder and chief executive of online ad firm Specific Media, who pursued Timberlake because of his star power. News Corp. offloaded Myspace, a social-media website that predated Facebook, for $35 million to Specific Media, which shaved off a portion of the company for Timberlake and will have an office at Myspace and a staff of six, Vanderhook said. "Art is inspired by people and vice versa, so there’s a natural social component to entertainment," Timberlake said in a statement. "I'm excited to help revitalize Myspace by using its social media platform to bring artists and fans together in one community."
Summer  2010  June  Myspace  NewsCorp  SpecificMedia  decline  reinvent  CRO  startup  JustinTimberlake  brand  music  online-advertising 
july 2011 by ahasteve
Myspace and News Corp.: News Corp. sells Myspace for $35 million - latimes.com
Irvine-based Specific Media, founded in 1999 by Tim Vanderhook and his brothers Chris and Russell, has built a digital business around helping marketers buy ads on websites, mobile devices and Internet TV. Under new ownership, Myspace is expected to return the site's focus to its musical roots. The company has recruited Grammy-winning artist Justin Timberlake to guide its new creative direction and strategy and return some star power to the site. Timberlake, who is taking an undisclosed financial stake in Myspace, said in a statement: "There's a need for a place where fans can go to interact with their favorite entertainers, listen to music, watch videos, share and discover cool stuff and just connect. Myspace has the potential to be that place." Tim Vanderhook said he hopes to marry one of the best-known brands on the Internet with Specific Media's advertising savvy to create a business marketers will be excited about.
Summer  2010  June  Myspace  NewsCorp  SpecificMedia  decline  reinvent  CRO  startup  notes  JustinTimberlake  brand  music  online-advertising 
june 2011 by ahasteve
Myspace and News Corp.: News Corp. sells Myspace for $35 million - latimes.com
Irvine-based Specific Media, founded in 1999 by Tim Vanderhook and his brothers Chris and Russell, has built a digital business around helping marketers buy ads on websites, mobile devices and Internet TV. Under new ownership, Myspace is expected to return the site's focus to its musical roots. The company has recruited Grammy-winning artist Justin Timberlake to guide its new creative direction and strategy and return some star power to the site. Timberlake, who is taking an undisclosed financial stake in Myspace, said in a statement: "There's a need for a place where fans can go to interact with their favorite entertainers, listen to music, watch videos, share and discover cool stuff and just connect. Myspace has the potential to be that place." Tim Vanderhook said he hopes to marry one of the best-known brands on the Internet with Specific Media's advertising savvy to create a business marketers will be excited about.
Summer  2010  June  Myspace  NewsCorp  SpecificMedia  decline  reinvent  CRO  startup  notes  JustinTimberlake  brand  music  online-advertising  InternetTV 
june 2011 by ahasteve
Emmylou Harris: On 'Hard Bargain' and living in the moment - latimes.com
Inside her office are framed pictures and artwork of a smattering of the musicians — Johnny Cash and June Carter, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Gram Parsons — she's worked with over a recording career that now spans more than four decades. "From the time you're born until the end of your life, I think they are our dearest companions," says Harris, her white-silver hair pulled up through a black scrunchie into a pony tail. She's wearing a comfortable black sweater, stylish scarf and knockabout thick black pants on a cool spring day during which the area is under the specter of tornado warnings. An interaction with an animal is far less complicated than a relationship with another human. The latter are at the heart of Harris' new songs examining life from her perspective at 64. Married and divorced three times, she sings with more surprise than lament in "Nobody" and "Lonely Girl" about finding herself without a life partner at this point in life.
Spring  2011  April  music  muscians  EmmylouHarris  endangered  boomersaurs  lifespan  story  55+Boomer  65+SustainingSeniors  GramParsons 
april 2011 by ahasteve
Robbie Robertson: Robbie Robertson has a sense about 'How to Become Clairvoyant' - latimes.com
Instincts have taken him into deeply autobiographical territory on "How to Become Clairvoyant," in which he draws on a lifetime worthy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which inducted him and the Band — Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson and Richard Manuel — in 1994. It opens with "Straight Down the Line," a tour on which he lets listeners follow him geographically "From the Chitlin' Circuit to the Peppermint Lounge," on his journey as a young musician soaking up the blues, gospel and rock 'n' roll. "When the Night Was Young" reflects on the 1960s, about which he sings, "We had dreams when the night was young… We could change the world, stop the war / Never seen nothing like this before." "There was a really powerful unity in the youth of the nation, and they could make stuff happen. And music was the voice of that generation," he said. "I miss that now. That's the sadness you hear — just missing something that really was so valuable and worked and did make a difference."
Spring  2011  April  RobbieRobertson  music  musicans  LifeTime  55+Boomer  65+SustainingSeniors 
april 2011 by ahasteve
Coachella 2011: Campers enjoy a pop-up culture - latimes.com
The festival's campsites include a farmer's market, roller-skating, after-parties, a wedding and more.
Spring  2011  April  USWest  California  desert-cities  CoachellaValley  Coachella  music  MusicFestival  20-29  singles  25-54 
april 2011 by ahasteve
EMI may be near deal with Spotify music subscription service - latimes.com
EMI Group, whose music catalog includes Jay-Z, Kanye West and Norah Jones, is close to a deal with Spotify to bring the popular European music service to the U.S., according to people familiar with the negotiations. Although final details have not been resolved, both companies have a broad agreement to make available most of EMI's treasure trove of 1.2 million songs on Spotify's music subscription service if it launches in the U.S. Spotify, which offers a free, ad-supported service and a premium version that costs 10 pounds a month in Britain and 10 euros elsewhere in Europe, has been trying to cross the Atlantic for more than a year but had been unable to strike deals with record companies until recently. Spotify, based in Sweden, has about 10 million users in Europe; the vast majority use the free service. About 750,000 pay a monthly fee for the premium service.
Winter  2011  February  Spotify  EMIGroup  music 
february 2011 by ahasteve
Online music growth slows - latimes.com
Sales of individual digital songs grew just 1% in 2010, down from 8% in 2009 and 27% in 2008, according a report released Wednesday by market research firm Nielsen SoundScan. The slowing digital numbers are a sign that the market for digital music is maturing, said Eric Garland, chief executive of Big Champagne, a digital music consulting firm. Garland believes the numbers point to another change in the market — the emergence of free and legal alternative sources to music online such as YouTube, Vevo and Pandora. "What's changed is that people are listening to vastly more free music without breaking the rules," Garland said. "That can have a cannibalization effect." The decline in the growth rate of digital song sales occurred as record labels pushed for iTunes to raise the price of top-selling songs 30%, to $1.29 from 99 cents, on the company's iTunes store, which accounts for the majority of digital music sales. That's preventing a corresponding slowdown in revenue growth.
Winter  2011  January  music  digital-music  iTunes  YouTube  Vevo  Pandora  maturity  industry 
january 2011 by ahasteve
Online music growth slows - latimes.com
Sales of individual digital songs grew just 1% in 2010, down from 8% in 2009 and 27% in 2008, according a report released Wednesday by market research firm Nielsen SoundScan.
The slowing digital numbers are a sign that the market for digital music is maturing, said Eric Garland, chief executive of Big Champagne, a digital music consulting firm. Garland believes the numbers point to another change in the market — the emergence of free and legal alternative sources to music online such as YouTube, Vevo and Pandora. "What's changed is that people are listening to vastly more free music without breaking the rules," Garland said. "That can have a cannibalization effect."
The decline in the growth rate of digital song sales occurred as record labels pushed for iTunes to raise the price of top-selling songs 30%, to $1.29 from 99 cents, on the company's iTunes store, which accounts for the majority of digital music sales. That's preventing a corresponding slowdown in revenue growth.
Winter  2011  January  music  digital-music  iTunes  YouTube  Vevo  Pandora  maturity  industry 
january 2011 by ahasteve
How I Made It: Marc Weinstein, Amoeba Music co-founder - latimes.com
Amoeba has outlived its competitors is curated stock. Others featured top-40 albums and a small back catalog. Amoeba kept thousands of titles flowing through their stores by mopping up estate sales and buying used records. Its Hollywood store spent millions of dollars across the country buying up collections that had never been seen before. Annual sales are down 10% since the stores' peak to about $45 million this year from $50 million. Much of the decline is at the Berkeley store, where students are more likely to hit online torrent sites for pirated music. The L.A. store has seen no decline in sales. The Hollywood store sells about 1,000 vinyl records a day. "Vinyl sales are so strong, it's making up for the decline in CD sales," Weinstein explained. Who's buying vinyl? Jazz collectors, DJs and, surprisingly, heavy-metal fans. "Many of them are 18 or younger," Weinstein said. "It's a very artifact-oriented crowd that's attracted to how these things looked and felt."
Fall  2010  October  entrepreneurs  AmoebaMusic  music  store  notes  USWest  California  LosAngeles  Berkeley 
october 2010 by ahasteve
How I Made It: Marc Weinstein, Amoeba Music co-founder - latimes.com
Amoeba has outlived its competitors is curated stock. Others featured top-40 albums and a small back catalog. Amoeba kept thousands of titles flowing through their stores by mopping up estate sales and buying used records. Its Hollywood store spent millions of dollars across the country buying up collections that had never been seen before. Annual sales are down 10% since the stores' peak to about $45 million this year from $50 million. Much of the decline is at the Berkeley store, where students are more likely to hit online torrent sites for pirated music. The L.A. store has seen no decline in sales.
The Hollywood store sells about 1,000 vinyl records a day. "Vinyl sales are so strong, it's making up for the decline in CD sales," Weinstein explained. Who's buying vinyl? Jazz collectors, DJs and, surprisingly, heavy-metal fans. "Many of them are 18 or younger," Weinstein said. "It's a very artifact-oriented crowd that's attracted to how these things looked and felt."
Fall  2010  October  entrepreneurs  AmoebaMusic  music  store  notes  USWest  California  LosAngeles  Berkeley 
october 2010 by ahasteve
Google's music entreaties fall favorably on record companies' ears | Company Town | Los Angeles Times
Google Inc., which is developing a digital music service, is finding a warm welcome at record companies that are hoping the technology company can loosen Apple Inc.’s grip on the digital music market with its iTunes music store. The talks center on securing a sweeping set of licenses that would give Google the latitude to offer an array of products and services through its Android operating system for mobile phones as well as through computer browsers, said executives familiar with the discussions. Music companies have all but rolled out the red carpet for Google, believing that the Mountain View, Calif., technology giant can serve as a counterweight against Apple, which controls more than 80% of digital music sales via its iTunes store. Though record companies collect 70% of the revenue generated by iTunes, they have bristled under Apple’s terms, which have in the past limited the prices music companies can charge, among other things.
Fall  2010  September  music  music-industry  Google  Apple  iTunes  iphone  Android  business-models  notes 
september 2010 by ahasteve
Summer concert ticket sales plummet. Are you seeing fewer shows this year? | Comments Blog | Los Angeles Times
This month, pop star Rihanna postponed six dates on her Last Girl on Earth tour (fortunately not her shows at Staples Center with opener Ke$ha). The Lilith Tour had to cancel 10 concerts, and even Christina Aguilera axed her 20-date mini-tour because of "prior commitments" in June. Not to be left out The Eagles, the Jonas Brothers canceled shows and "American Idol" producers canceled eight engagements and rescheduled other dates on the "Idols Live!" tour.

"It's brutal out there," "The economy is still not great, and there's a lot of distractions people can choose from. Going to big rock concerts is not one of them."

Paul Tollett, president of Los Angeles-based concert promotion firm Goldenvoice, company chose to "not be aggressive in buying a lot of shows" for 2010. "You go back 25 years, the big shows were on the weekends," Tollett, the creator of the Coachella festival, said . "Now you could have three shows on a Monday that are good. That's hard for the consumer."
Summer  2010  July  USWest  California  music  MusicFestival  concert  recession  Ripple-Effects  Implication  Indicator  Consequences 
july 2010 by ahasteve
Springwise newsletter | 2 June 2010
Finnish GigsWiz tools designed to give bands new insight into where their biggest fans are and what they want to hear. GigsWiz includes a website, a Facebook application and a software widget for collecting data—specifically, during GigsWiz's beta period, they're focused on asking fans, “where do you want us to play live?” The app is designed for the band's Facebook fan page, while the widget can be installed on the band's own website or MySpace page. Responses to that question can then be viewed plotted on a map or as charts and lists. Either way, the results show where interest is greatest for a live performance, enabling the band to make better decisions on when and where to play. The data can also help sell gigs to gig organizers, who are more likely to be convinced that the demand will be there. GigsWiz statistics and analytics services are free of charge for artists, agents and promoters. Website: www.gigswiz.com
Summer  2010  June  SpringWise  trends  business-models  entrepreneurs  StartUp  consumer-demand  GigsWiz  bands  music  Facebook 
july 2010 by ahasteve
Hulu, Hulu Plus, Internet, television shows, subscription - latimes.com
The 2-year-old service generated more than $100 million in revenue in the fourth quarter of last year from advertising. Television executives don't want to suffer the same fate as music industry or newspapers, which saw revenues plummet after users flocked to free access to songs, stories and classified ads online. Hulu fans are decrying the proposal and threatening to turn to Internet pirate sites. "The challenge will be whether Hulu Plus has enough ‘added value' so that consumers perceive that it's worth the price," said research firm Gartner. Movie subscription service Netflix, which offers unlimited streaming of television shows and movies as well as DVDs by mail, this week reported huge growth in the number of customers, with newcomers gravitating to its $8.99 plan that enables users to watch as many movies as they want. It said more than half its 14 million subscribers have used its "watch instantly" feature. "That's what Hulu has to compete with," Richmond said.
Spring  2010  April  Hulu  Netflix  trends  business-models  online-advertising  television  newspaper  music  NBCUniversalTV  ComCast 
april 2010 by ahasteve
Teddy Pendergrass News - Yahoo! Music
R&B singer Teddy Pendergrass, who had been one of the most electric and successful figures in music until a car crash 28 years ago left him in a wheelchair, has died of colon cancer. He was 59. Pendergrass established a new era of R&B with an explosive, raw voice that symbolized masculinity, passion and the joys and sorrow of romance in songs such as "Close the Door," "It Don't Hurt Now," "Love T.K.O." and other hits that have since become classics. He was an international superstar and sex symbol. Friend and longtime collaborator Kenny Gamble, of the renowned production duo Gamble & Huff, teamed with Pendergrass on his biggest hits and recalled how the singer was even working on a movie. Pendergrass, who was born in Philadelphia in 1950 still able to sing but without his signature power. The image of the strong, virile lover was replaced with one that drew sympathy. But instead of becoming bitter or depressed, Pendergrass created a new identity — that as a role model, Gamble said.
Winter  2010  January  TeddyPendergrass  boomersaurs  extinction  55+Boomer  singer  music  notes 
january 2010 by ahasteve
Google to buy AdMob in bid to reach mobile users - latimes.com
Google Inc. took another major step in its quest to ensure that wherever consumers go -- whether to their laptops to search sports scores or videos or to their phones to find a restaurant -- advertisers will be there too. It was buying AdMob Inc., a developer of technology that plops ads into thousands of mobile phone applications. It's one of the largest acquisitions yet and illustrates Google's double-barreled strategy of attracting consumers with free tools to access billions of Web pages, books, maps and movies -- and then charging advertisers to pitch their wares to its huge audience. Google has burrowed deeper into several major markets. In a surprise challenge to Apple Inc.'s dominant iTunes music service, Google unveiled a music search feature that enables users to find, play and buy millions of songs. Google sent tremors through the hand-held navigation industry Google-powered phones would come with turn-by-turn driving directions -- a service for which consumers had to pay.
Fall  2009  November  USWest  California  Google  Internet  internet-advertising  AdMob  Mobile-Ads  smartphone  acquisition  Apple  iTunes  music  GPS  notes 
november 2009 by ahasteve
Google to buy AdMob in bid to reach mobile users - latimes.com
Google Inc. took another major step in its quest to ensure that wherever consumers go -- whether to their laptops to search sports scores or videos or to their phones to find a restaurant -- advertisers will be there too. It was buying AdMob Inc., a developer of technology that plops ads into thousands of mobile phone applications. It's one of the largest acquisitions yet and illustrates Google's double-barreled strategy of attracting consumers with free tools to access billions of Web pages, books, maps and movies -- and then charging advertisers to pitch their wares to its huge audience. Google has burrowed deeper into several major markets. In a surprise challenge to Apple Inc.'s dominant iTunes music service, Google unveiled a music search feature that enables users to find, play and buy millions of songs. Google sent tremors through the hand-held navigation industry Google-powered phones would come with turn-by-turn driving directions -- a service for which consumers had to pay.
Fall  2009  November  USWest  California  Google  Internet  internet-advertising  AdMob  Mobile-Ads  smartphone  acquisition  Apple  iTunes  music  GPS  notes 
november 2009 by ahasteve
San Marcos, Texas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The culture of San Marcos is greatly enriched by the city's diversity. Home to a growing Hispanic population, and a small African-American population, the city hosts many annual events that highlight its different cultures, such as the annual VIVA! Cinco de Mayo Celebration, the Texas Natural & Western Swing Festival, Juneteenth celebrations, and the Sights and Sounds of Christmas. San Marcos benefits greatly by the presence of Texas State University and its large student population. The influx of youth contributes toward keeping the city vibrant, as exemplified by a thriving music scene. The university and local school district provide many opportunities for entertainment through the various student artistic productions, and athletic events. Residents enjoy a life centered greatly around nature. The pristine San Marcos River and an ample city park system provide plentiful outdoor opportunities. The admiration for nature lends to a city pride in its scenic natural beauty.
USWest  Texas  HaysCounty  SanMarcos  78666  78667  profile  wikipedia  VIVA!  CincodeMayo  SwingFestival  dance  festival  music  entertainment  SmallUnivTowns  collegestudents  Region:  Texas  Hill  Country 
october 2009 by ahasteve
San Marcos, Texas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The culture of San Marcos is greatly enriched by the city's diversity. Home to a growing Hispanic population, and a small African-American population, the city hosts many annual events that highlight its different cultures, such as the annual VIVA! Cinco de Mayo Celebration, the Texas Natural & Western Swing Festival, Juneteenth celebrations, and the Sights and Sounds of Christmas. San Marcos benefits greatly by the presence of Texas State University and its large student population. The influx of youth contributes toward keeping the city vibrant, as exemplified by a thriving music scene. The university and local school district provide many opportunities for entertainment through the various student artistic productions, and athletic events. Residents enjoy a life centered greatly around nature. The pristine San Marcos River and an ample city park system provide plentiful outdoor opportunities. The admiration for nature lends to a city pride in its scenic natural beauty.
USWest  Texas  HaysCounty  SanMarcos  78666  78667  profile  wikipedia  VIVA!  CincodeMayo  SwingFestival  dance  festival  music  entertainment  SmallUnivTowns  collegestudents 
october 2009 by ahasteve
Gruene Hall - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Gruene Hall, built in 1878 in the (then) town of Gruene, Texas (now a part of New Braunfels), bills itself as "the oldest dance hall in Texas." Gruene Hall has hosted such acts as Willie Nelson, George Strait, Townes Van Zandt, Jerry Jeff Walker, Lyle Lovett, James McMurtry and the Old 97's. It was also used as a set for Michael (film), starring John Travolta.
USWest  Texas  ComalCounty  NewBraunfels  Gruene  profile  wikipedia  WillieNelson  LyleLovett  JohnTravolta  Michael  movies  movie-stars  film  music  country-music  Region:  Texas  Hill  Country 
october 2009 by ahasteve
Ellie Greenwich dies at 68; co-wrote 'Da Doo Ron Ron,' 'Chapel of Love' and other '60s hits -- latimes.com
Ellie Greenwich, the New York songwriter behind a string of 1960s hits that gave effervescent voice to unbridled teen romance including "Da Doo Ron Ron," "Chapel of Love" and "Be My Baby," many of them in collaboration with producer Phil Spector, died Wednesday of a heart attack, according to her niece, Jessica Weiner. She was 68. "She was the greatest melody writer of all time," Brian Wilson told The Times on Wednesday. The chief creative force of the Beach Boys, whose music was strongly influenced by many of the hits Greenwich and her husband Jeff Barry wrote with Spector, has often cited "Be My Baby" as his favorite record of all time.
Summer  2009  August  boomersaurs  extinction  music  notes  65+SustainingSeniors 
august 2009 by ahasteve
John 'Marmaduke' Dawson dies at 64; founder of New Riders of the Purple Sage - Los Angeles Times
'The original psychedelic cowboy band' was the Grateful Dead's opening act from 1969 to 1971, then became successful touring on its own. The friend was Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, and those sessions set the stage for the New Riders of the Purple Sage, a group they considered "the original psychedelic cowboy band." The New Riders initially gave Garcia and two other members of the Grateful Dead -- Mickey Hart on drums and Phil Lesh on bass guitar -- a way to further indulge their taste for country music. But Dawson's songwriting skills quickly helped the offshoot band develop an independent country-rock identity. Rob Bleetstein, archivist for the New Riders, wrote in an e-mail, "Dawson's songwriting brought an incredible vision of classic Americana to light with songs like 'Glendale Train' and 'Last Lonely Eagle.' "
Summer  2009  July  boomersaurs  extinction  JohnDawson  music  muscians  notes  1969  1971  JerryGarcia  GratefulDead  NewRidersofthePurpleSage 
july 2009 by ahasteve
Grace Jones in a flash - Los Angeles Times
Jones, now 61, has always been determined to keep living her life. Speaking by phone about her performance tonight at the Hollywood Bowl, she's witty, forthright and gracious, a model of diva-like decorum. But if time and experience have gentled her image as a buzz-cut pop dominatrix, a stylishly promiscuous Amazon princess, Jones still strives to maintain her independent spirit. "I just go with the flow, I follow the yellow brick road." "I don't know where it's going to lead me, but I follow it." Guided by her then-paramour, photographer/art director Jean-Paul Goude, Jones developed a series of striking public personas, in the best pop-chameleon manner of David Bowie. During the late 1970s and early '80s, she refashioned herself from a disco queen, being squired around Studio 54 by Andy Warhol, into an edgier, more androgynous, even intimidating figure, which she later capitalized on with film roles in "Conan the Destroyer" (1984) and the 1985 James Bond flick "A View to a Kill."
summer  2009  July  boomersaurs  entertainment  GraceJones  grandparents  55+Boomer  music  popular-culture  DavidBowie  70s  80s  AndyWarhol  JamesBond  notes  disco 
july 2009 by ahasteve
John 'Marmaduke' Dawson dies at 64; founder of New Riders of the Purple Sage - Los Angeles Times
'The original psychedelic cowboy band' was the Grateful Dead's opening act from 1969 to 1971, then became successful touring on its own. The friend was Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, and those sessions set the stage for the New Riders of the Purple Sage, a group they considered "the original psychedelic cowboy band." The New Riders initially gave Garcia and two other members of the Grateful Dead -- Mickey Hart on drums and Phil Lesh on bass guitar -- a way to further indulge their taste for country music. But Dawson's songwriting skills quickly helped the offshoot band develop an independent country-rock identity.

Rob Bleetstein, archivist for the New Riders, wrote in an e-mail, "Dawson's songwriting brought an incredible vision of classic Americana to light with songs like 'Glendale Train' and 'Last Lonely Eagle.' "
Summer  2009  July  boomersaurs  extinction  JohnDawson  music  muscians  notes  1969  1971  JerryGarcia  GratefulDead  NewRidersofthePurpleSage 
july 2009 by ahasteve
Best Places to Live 2009 - Top 100: City details: Louisville, CO - from MONEY Magazine
Some towns nestled along the Rockies are full of pretentious eco-hipsters. Not Louisville. Ice cream shops dot the historic downtown. Families grab burgers at the cozy Waterloo Café. A Friday-night street fair, with a beer garden, live music, and games for the kids, runs all summer. It's also weathering the economic downturn well. Robust industries in the area, such as high tech, energy, and health care, make county unemployment among the lowest in the state.

But the top reason residents give for moving here? The great outdoors. Louisville is laced with nearly 30 miles of trails, Rocky Mountain National Park is less than an hour away, and eight world-class ski resorts are within two hours. The town's schools are highly rated as well.

Add in dry, clear weather, little crime, good health care, and low taxes, and Louisville is pretty tough to beat. Median family income
(per year) $102,688 $97,441
Job growth %
(2000-2008)* -3.13% 19.58%
Summer  2009  July  USWest  Colorado  Louisville  BestPlaces  top  top10  top100  WaterlooCafe  street-fair  beer  music  hightech  energy  healthcare  unemployment-rate  80027  BoulderCounty  mountain 
july 2009 by ahasteve
Los Angeles County, California - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Entertainment
Descanso Gardens
Dodger Stadium
Exposition Park
Farmers Market
Griffith Park
Griffith Observatory
Huntington Botanical Gardens
La Brea Tar Pits
Music Center
Olvera Street
STAPLES Center
Third Street Promenade
Venice Beach
Los Angeles Zoo
Disney Concert Hall
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Michael Jackson, Sarah Palin and infamous fame - Los Angeles Times
The culture of celebrity giveth and the culture of celebrity taketh away. The collective preoccupation with celebrity may have originated in Jackson's entertainment milieu, but its dynamic of relentless scrutiny and remorseless -- frequently cruel and satiric -- comment now dominates much of our political journalism as well. The Alaska governor imploded under the weight of the political celebrity in which she initially reveled. Who can blame her? Unless you've been schooled from adolescence -- as Jackson had been -- in the show-business ethic that any publicity is better than none and that taking oneself seriously is original sin, it can't be pleasant to hear yourself referred to as "Caribou Barbie" and to have your family made the butt of jokes. That is the price of fame. Palin appears to have buckled under it, and her rambling holiday weekend news conference was one of those oddly disassociated discourses in which distressed Republican officeholders now seem to specialize.
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