Friday, June 22, 2007

Music To Set It Off By

And I say that because this record is big. Meaning it has a lot going on. Meaning you know something is going to happen. So much so that parts of this record sound like they should be a soundtrack for a Rube Goldberg machine. a BIG ONE . I'm talking about starting with a marble rolling down a small rail and setting in motion a series of events so far reaching that from your vantage point (in your u-bicle) it would appear is as if the world were guided by unconnected, random happenings.

With tracks like "Brown Liquor" Mocean Worker evokes mechanisms of playing cards attached to clothes pins leading to kitten trapped in a drain pipe being rescued by local fire fighters as the fire fighters and being wooed by the ladies at the local house of ill repute circa 1917 whilst Jelly Roll Morton and Django Reinhart wail ancient tribal rhythms called down from the Gods. All the while you are in the middle of a race to get a truckload of bootleg Coors beer from Florida to Texas in an 1978 Trans Am and you only have 24 hours to do it.

Of course the end result achived from this record is : Ass-Shaking.

Well done sir. Well done indeed.

Cinco De Mowo hit's stores June 26th

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Future of Music Business

I have to preface this post with , I have been back in NYC for about six weeks now and by far my favorite place to hang out is not Soho House, and not Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca or any thing hip like that. It's TEKSERVE. I have been in there at least twice a week since I have been back. And that's cool. TEKSERVE is the Apple store equivalent to a strip club. Everything in there is real sexy and they are happy to see you, but if you want a table dance you better bring your wallet. So I did. I picked up a Mac Pro Quad and I think I love it more than I love pie. Seriously.

Last night however TEKSERVE gave back a little. They held a seminar called "The Future of the Music Business". Which coincidentally is the name of the book that Music Attorney Steve Gordon was hawking. That's not why I went. This event was free AND they had free Brooklyn Lagers. But that's not why I went. The panelist was the draw for me. Anyone of these guest alone would have been worth the trip however to have Harry Allen Media Assassin as the moderator. Hank Shocklee ( Public Enemy), Bob Power ( if you don't know who this guy is pick up any major label release from the last 20 years and he probably mixed it) and Nick Sansano who produced DayDream Nation. In 2006, it was one of 50 recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry. (Most of you people still pronounce it li-berry).

My point is this was a room full of greatness. So yeah, I'm in. The topics ranged from Technology of home studios to the Death of major studios. The future distribution platforms, will large labels be needed if artist can sell directly to their fans on myspace? If everyone has the technology to do cd quality records in their home does that level the playing field? Nope.
Just because you can make a record at home does that mean it will be any good? Just because you have a website and myspace page does that mean you are going to sell any music? Skill and talent will always be needed to create great music. Not so much to create "good" music. There is plenty of "good" music out there. Is it going to make the hair on the back of your neck stand up?
Bob Power made an excellent point regarding technology and music, he said rock & roll was "discovered" by people doing the wrong thing. So if that's the case we have yet to discover what the potential of the bedroom rockers could truly be. Also the Music industry in it's desperate attempts to catch up with the itunes store and myspace and blah blah needs to see a bit more in to the future and realize that some kid in some dorm is coming up with ANOTHER platform/distribution/ media format that they won't have anyway to stop or figure out how to capitalize.

And there was cake.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

This Is House

Do It Right - Single Good to hear you Mattias, where you been?

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from "Do It Right - Single"
by Matthias 'Matty' Heilbronn
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    Everyday is Sunshine!

    Reasons why Brooklyn is amazing part 3: Whilst in the middle of work call this afternoon I heard the distinct sounds of revelry on the streets. Sure enough, I looked out the window and there was a parade!

    I have always been a firm believer in partying for party's sake, letting your freak flag fly, if it feels good just do it sort of thing. So i can totally appreciate a good Thursday afternoon parade. The great thing about this parade while I'm sure they had a reason and permits to be out there, I could not figure out what it was.

    There were not any hula-hoops, hard-house dj's, body paint, or pre burning-man wind ups.
    This was pretty wholesome just high school bands, boy scouts, girl scouts, military vets, momma's pushing strollers and old church ladies.
    At one point the entire parade got held up while they waited for lagging back end of the parade. Or the front end did not seems as too sure of their intended route. Which I was told was only going through my neighborhood ( like 10 blocks).

    Towards the end a young lady gave me a lolli-pop in the shape of a cross. So Jesus had something to do with it.

    Be that as it may. The entire thing put a smile on my face.
    San Francisco,Satan-0