Fin: Ed Balls Day, worse than Dr. Oz and the Baltimore Homicide board

I was just on a jury for three days. The best thing about the case? It wasn’t one that Nancy Grace was aware of. How come I didn’t know about Ed Balls Day until now? (Huffington Post) The plot thickens on the “Mallrats 2″ location question: It may film in Minnesota, as the first one more »

The latest from TIDAL: Private concert, discovery engine

Following Jay-Z’s series of tweets over the weekend defending TIDAL from weeks of bad press, there were a couple of developments this week in the TIDAL Wars. Jay-Z announced that he will hold a “B-Sides Concert,” for an exclusive audience of TIDAL members, where he will play a series of songs that he hasn’t performed more »

Music distribution redux: Part 2: wave of syndication

In recent posts I spent a good amount of time poking fun at The Musical Avengers who launched Tidal streaming music service. Now it’s time to put the kidding aside and try and figure out some new ways for the music industry to do business. I spent a bunch of years working in media, most more »

Billy Corgan joins TNA as senior producer

The rumors have had Billy Corgan joining TNA in some capacity for a while, although most stories speculated it would be as owner. Instead, TNA has announced the Smashing Pumpkins frontman will be the senior producer of creative and talent development. He’ll be in charge of creating new characters and writing storylines. This isn’t new more »

Norway kills FM Radio

I first got excited when I heard that the Norwegian government was officially shutting down FM radio in 2017. I thought: “those progressive Scandinavians must be up to something new and exciting”, which could mean that 10 years from now the US might follow along too. Then I learned that they are just switching over more »

Iron Maiden’s hi-res catalog goes to Onkyo Music exclusively

Onkyo Music announced an exclusive hi-res audio deal, bringing in the entire catalog of rock icons Iron Maiden. The deal includes hi-res version of all 19 Iron Maiden albums- 15 studio, two best-of and two live. These include Iron Maiden, Killers, The Number Of The Beast, Piece Of Mind, Powerslave, Somewhere In Time, Seventh Son more »

Fin: The freedom to not be criticized, Full House sucked and so did Playmakers

Hey, everyone, say it with me: Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from being criticized. That’s true for you, Sarah Palin, and you too, Dr. Oz, and you too, mens’ right troglodytes. Believing otherwise really is the clarion call of rank dumbasses of all stripes. I’m glad that my take on Full House- that more »


How was your Record Store Day?

I still own a turntable. It doesn’t get a lot of use but probably more than average. However, that doesn’t mean I participate in Record Store Day. This is an event that is specifically aimed at me and my peers. I’m a Gen-X, 1990s slacker who learned how to cue-up LPs at my college radio more »

Music Distribution Redux Pt. 1 Then vs Now

Recently I proposed we put some thought into re-vamping music distribution for the digital age. It was inspired by the crazy-ass launch of Tidal Streaming from Jay-Z and friends. Just because Tidal is going over like an auto-tuned fart in church doesn’t mean we should forget about trying to fix the music business. Let’s get more »

Jay-Z speaks up for TIDAL

To say TIDAL, the music streaming service relaunched by Jay-Z, has had some bad press in recent weeks would be quite an understatement. There was the criticism of the lack of a free tier, and that the service is “artist-owned,” in which all of the artists in question are super-established millionaires. Last week, there were more »

We are the world, we are the TIDAL

The recent launch of Jay Z’s Tidal streaming music service has inspired me to start a conversation about the state of digital music and how we can fix some of its problems. (If you’ve got thoughts or suggestions drop me a line.) But before we get into the drudgery of copyright law and royalty rate more »

Fin: Adios Sabado Gigante, growing out of the Simmons mailbag and the lies of Hulk Hogan

Adiós a las tetas: After more than 50 years, Univision has cancelled Sabado Gigante. I’ve enjoyed the show over the years despite barely knowing any Spanish, for the same reason I watch soccer matches with Spanish commentary: Sometimes language just isn’t necessary (The Wrap) Am I the only one who just cringes at Bill Simmons’ more »