I really feel like I should write some kind of superfun narrative, so The Contrarian doesn’t become just a music-biz information clearinghouse. But I’m busy, dammit. And I don’t see any of our other writers (particularly the New York desk — how am I supposed to know how to vote?) rushing forward to help.
I’ve got a heavy load, and if public shaming helps to lighten it, all the better.
Here are a few links I came across while attempting to be productive.
Let’s start with something
naughty gross pathetic. I’m so glad I’m not this guy. The first paragraph is enough to make me puke. It’s everything I hate about. . . well, I try not to be hateful. But sometimes. . .
Microsoft are trying to stop Google from taking over the world. (They had first dibs!) Part of their plan includes purchasing Yahoo!. Apparently, this could be bad news for Hotmail users. All three of you.
"Luddite and Paranoid": Beggar’s Group honcho Martin Mills explains why indie labels haven’t made the same mistakes as the majors in the digital era. But they’re still affected by the blind stumbling of industry giants. A good read, but some stuff is only relevant to Brits.
Here’s one for all of us out-of-print album hounds who don’t feel like dragging around crates of vinyl. Anthology Records opens up an online digital store!
New RIAA punitive scheme: burn a CD of MP3s, owe 1.5 million.
You’re band is awesome. You work hard, put on good shows, but still nobody cares. Here’s why.