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When Old Is New Again: From Cassettes To Multicolored Vinyl

This post is syndicated from Yahoo! Music Stop the Presses!

Monetizing music ain’t what it used to be. In an age where digital music files are easily ripped, downloaded and distributed, the urge to pay for that great new album has steadfastly declined.

Alongside torrents, mixtapes, and social websites like Hype Machine, Exfm and We Are Hunted, streaming services like Rdio, Rhapsody, MOG and Spotify make music discovery easy.  It’s been reported that with an annual growth rate of nearly 95%, subscribers to cloud-based music services will exceed 161 million in 2016.

This makes it easier for an artist to share their work with the masses  – but how can the same artist pay the bills with the concept of free?

When it comes to the actual making money part, bands have no choice but to get creative. And many are doing just that – by inventing new channels and resurrecting familiar ones.

The indie-rock band Radiohead is perhaps the ultimate example of exploring new distribution opportunities in the 21st century. In 2007, they incorporated a “pay what you want” model for the album In Rainbows.

For their recent release The King Of Limbs, the band decided to offer up several options.  The album will come in two digital formats – either 320 kbps MP3s ($9) – or CD-quality, uncompressed WAV files ($14). For the super fan, the third and pricier option is a newspaper album ($48 + $53). It offers  MP3s or WAVs along with vinyl, CD, several large sheets of artwork, 625 tiny pieces of artwork and a full-color piece of degradable plastic to hold it all together.

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5 Great Film Soundtracks of 2010

Syndicated from Yahoo! Music Blog: As Heard On…

2010 was a year of many noteworthy film soundtracks, ranging from lush scores to clever collaborations to unique choices in music supervision.

Below, a short list of some of the most notable – and inspiring – collections of the year!

1. The Social Network

One of the most unexpected and captivating soundtracks in 2010, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross teamed up to create music that speaks volumes to the electric energy of the film based on the social networking site Facebook.

The original score integrates seamlessly with the pacing and mood of the film, nearly making it an unseen character in itself.

iTunes: The Social Network (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture) – Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross

2. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Starring the quirky and beloved Michael Cera, Scott Pilgrim must battle to the death with seven ex-lovers to win the affection of his latest love interest.

The film features an all-star soundtrack curated by Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich. Godrich recruited Beck to create music for fictional band Sex Bob-omb, with tunes for rival band Crash and the Boys penned by Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene with Brendan Canning.

Other music featured in the film comes courtesy of rockers Black Lips, Metric, Plumtree, and T-Rex.

See Metric Perform “Black Sheep” live at the 2010 Comic-Con Conference:

iTunes: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [Deluxe Version] – Various Artists

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Choons I’m digging… (August 2009)


Each month I put together a mix of songs for a small grouping of close friends and family. I’ve decided to post snippets of the mix online for you to enjoy here, too!

Please feel free to leave your thoughts and feedback – especially about any new music that may be crossing your path at the moment. I’d love to hear what you’re into!

I’d also love to hear about any technologies you use for music discovery or playlist sharing.


A few highlights of what I’ve been enjoying this month:

All is Love: music from the forthcoming Where the Wild Things Are film soundtrack featuring Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs…

Here we Go: a very rough cut from Zuper Blahq, Will.i.am’s super-secret side project. Amazing banger? Totally weak? U decide…

What Have I Done: Anna Ternheim, Winner of Best Female Artist and Album Of The Year at the Swedish Grammy Awards. Her album dropped a few days ago stateside..

Lions: and while Kings of Leon have graduated to full-on stadium rock, check out The Features – the first band signed to the King’s new label & partnership with Bug Music…

Exit Music for a Film: with Radiohead in the news lately here’s a cover from one of my new faves, incredible LA band Divisible doing their version of Exit Music (For a Film)

The Highest: a super groovy re-worked edit from Maxwell’s latest.

Speaking of Maxwell, make sure to check out my first feature for Yahoo! Music on the R&B singer (toot toot!). 🙂