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Re: “Computer World: Kraftwerk's Enduring Appeal

They inspired me, I bought one of their albums at a garage sale, when I was a teen. I used to listen to it repeatedly and wonder how they made the sounds. Today, I am a sound designer, and an audio engineer. My name is Caroline Budna and I thank Kraftwerk for pushing the boundaries of sound, experimenting with wave envelopes, oscillators, and producing electronic music.

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Posted by Caroline Budna on 04/11/2012 at 4:05 PM

Re: “On Lee Ranaldo's Between the Times and Tides

Duke Performances' blog, The Thread, recently published an interview with Lee Ranaldo. Check out part one here: http://thethread.dukeperformances.duke.edu/2012/04/interview-lee-ranaldo-part-1/

Posted by Duke Performances on 04/06/2012 at 4:01 PM

Re: “Tennis: Pop Purists or Simply Unimaginative?

Your opinion is wrong. Viva la Tennis.

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Posted by The Decider on 03/30/2012 at 8:47 PM
Posted by A Well Respected Man on 03/29/2012 at 1:46 PM

Re: “The 10 Best Things Right Now: Oberhofer, Best Coast and a Very Delicious Beer

This is totally comment of the week.

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Posted by Jonny Diamond on 03/28/2012 at 3:50 PM

Re: “The 10 Best Things Right Now: Oberhofer, Best Coast and a Very Delicious Beer

ur a cock. you cant possibly mean what u've writen an if u do you shud hav ur stylus revokd

touting ur own retrospectively brilliant horn here, huh. you know they sucks right?

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Posted by harry rag on 03/28/2012 at 3:23 PM

Re: “The 10 Best Things Right Now: The Shins, The Pogues, Not Being at SXSW and More

El-P's new album is Cancer for the Cure. I'll Sleep When You're Dead was his classic that came out in 2007. You almost got it right. Wait, no you didn't.

Posted by scottd on 03/18/2012 at 3:59 PM

Re: “The 10 Best Things Right Now: The Shins, The Pogues, Not Being at SXSW and More

The last point hits home...and I am almost 100% in agreement with you, were it ANY OTHER WEEKEND besides St. Patrick's Day weekend here in NYC. I mean you can't walk around without seeing a bunch of people who can't hold their liquor on like every other streetcorner. Not that that isn't also perhaps true in Austin, but at least there people are getting drunk while listening to music, whereas here people are getting drunk just to get drunk...yuck...

Posted by Joshua Sanders on 03/17/2012 at 9:04 PM

Re: “Do Real Rappers Wear Skinny Jeans?

Forreal Skinnys is Swag You Jus Gotta Know How To Wear Em. Certain Skinnyz Aint Made For People . But If You Look At The Rappers That Wear Baggy Cloths No One Listens Or Pay Attetion To Them. Haters Need To Come In To 2012 And Start To Wearin Skinny Jeans And Fitted Cloths That Baggy Shit Dead. Real Talk

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Posted by Skinnyz 2012 ! on 03/17/2012 at 12:48 PM

Re: “If You Can Only Make it To One: Presenting Your Music Festival Power Rankings

While not personally an indie guy, and therefor not a Sasquatch! attendant, I still love the nod to the greatest venue at which to see a show. Having seen many fantastic bands (Phish, The Dead/Allman Bros, DMB, among others) for multi-night stands, and live only 2 1/2 hours away, I take every opportunity to vouch for "Heaven's Ampitheatre"(-Dave Matthews). The overall package of setting, sound, and atmosphere I've not experienced anywhere else. Not to mention the convenience, cost effectiveness, and party-hearty expanse that is the venue campgrounds (post-show rage fest!). This place is everything they say it is and then some, further supported by outranking bigger festivals with more space, stages, fans, and bands. Trust me when I say that while maybe not as "epic" in scale, 20K people is a lot more comfortable and enjoyable than 80K, and 1 stage in 1 majestic location is far easier and more enjoyable than 5-10 spread out over multiple acres. My basic point is if you live for live music, whether for a festival or single/multi-band tour, get to this venue. If you haven't, it deserves a high ranking on the bucket-list....

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Posted by Majestic!! on 03/13/2012 at 3:41 AM

Re: “If You Can Only Make it To One: Presenting Your Music Festival Power Rankings

What about Benicasim? It's probably the best festival on the planet.

Posted by anonymous on 03/12/2012 at 12:37 PM

Re: “The 10 Best Things Right Now: 70s Folk, Memphis Soul and Indie Rock Goes Broadway

"This round definitely went to us." Please stop with the "us". It's really, really irritating and douchey. It went to "him". Him winning doesn't include "We discovered Brooklyn!" transplants. Who would constitute to "them", in this case? The guy's doing liquor ads, for crissakes. If there's a "them", he's certainly included.

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Posted by Joe on 02/21/2012 at 1:51 PM

Re: “101 Secrets to Indie Rock Success

Most of the tips in here are pretty spot on, and should be pretty obvious to any musician who lives in the city and has played at least a handful of gigs.

With that said, there are a couple of tips that contradict other tips you make.

1 - "play as many shows as possible every day of the week." The fact is unless you're on a decent bill with bands that are in a "scene" you are trying to get in, and there's actually going to be people there, most likely you're not going to get any real "exposure." In other words, Mike and other buzz bloggers will most likely not be at Trash Bar on a Tuesday, let alone a more DIY spot like Death By Audio or Party Expo, and especially won't come if it's a bunch of bands who they've never heard of (or been tipped off to), and more-so the case when all of the bands are completely different, did little to no promo, and the bands have little musicianship, fanbase, etc.

On top of that, as many venue bookers and promoters will tell you, if you don't bring people to your shows, they're not going to want to book you again, even at the DIY venues these days (esp the Todd P associated ones). There are so many bands and venues in the city, shows to see, let alone things to do, and on top of that, most people (who are not avid live-music attendees), don't see more than 2-4 shows (even small ones) a month. So if you send your friends invites 10 times a month for them to see you play your exact same set on a Monday night at 11pm, most likely they will not come (and thus venues will not be as likely to book you as much).

2 - "license your music." So at one point you say that you should license your music, which you neglect to mention means enabling large corporations to play your music when selling their product or during their tv shows, in order for them to either associate your sound with their product (i.e. indie cred with cars). While you do in fact make money from this (although you most likely won't be able to do this without some prior relative success), your art will forever be associated with something that either has nothing to do with it, or worse, is against your/your artistic ethos and values.

At the same time, you write that you are sick of vague tongue-in-cheek lyrics, and songs about bland sunny days (or something like that), and that you're more interested in bands taking a tougher tone, which I think you meant to say, "talking about actual emotions, events, society, politics, the world, your experiences," as opposed to fluff.

So are you looking for bands to write songs about the juxtaposition of the relative misfortunes and economic outlook of 20-somethings with college degrees against, the misfortunes of the people whose neighborhood's are being gentrified and are actually living at below poverty levels, to then go ahead and license their song off to Bank of America for their new commercial, while this very same institution's actions were clearly responsible for a lot of the economic and social injustice that their song is supposed to highlight?

Please clarify.

My personal opinion is do what Steve Albini says and don't look at music as a way to make money, because it will diminish your message, artistic creativity, your ability to go against the grain, and more importantly, put money in the hands of organizations whose interests are completely against yours.

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Posted by mr. troutman on 02/20/2012 at 9:07 PM

Re: “Grimes: Visions

I have the pleasure to brief you on our Data Visualization software
"Trend Compass".

TC is a new concept in viewing statistics & trends in an animated way
by displaying in one chart 5 axis (X, Y, Time, Bubble size & Bubble
color) instead of just the traditional X and Y axis. Discover trends
hidden in spreadsheets. It could be used in analysis, research,
presentation etc. In different business sectors, to name a few we
have Deutsche Bank, NBC Universal, RIM, Vanguard Institutional
Investor, Ipsos, Princeton University as our clients.

Link on Drilling feature (Parent/Child) - Just double-click on any bubble:
http://www.epicsyst.com/test/v2/drilling/

NBC presentation on TED using Trend Compass exported Videos on CNN
Money/Fortune:
http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/12/21/fro…

Link on our new Geographical Trend Compass (Earthquake in Japan - Mag
vs Depth vs Time):
http://www.epicsyst.com/test/v2/japan-eart…

Link on Ads Monitoring on TV Satellite Channels.
http://www.epicsyst.com/test/v2/tv-monitor…

Link on UK Master Card vs Visa performance :
http://www.epicsyst.com/test/v2/mastercard…

Links on Funds:
http://www.epicsyst.com/test/v2/best_excha…
http://www.epicsyst.com/test/v2/us_insuran…
http://www.epicsyst.com/test/v2/aaim_fund_…

Link on other KPIs :
http://www.epicsyst.com/test/v2/hospital_p…

Link on Chile's Earthquake (Feb 27th 2010):
http://www.epicsyst.com/test/v2/EarthQuake…
Link on weather data :
http://www.epicsyst.com/test/v2/aims/

Bank link to compare Deposits, Withdrawals and numbers of Customers
for different branches over time:
http://www.epicsyst.com/test/v2/bank-trx/

Misc Examples :
http://www.epicsyst.com/test/v2/airline/
http://www.epicsyst.com/test/v2/stockmarke…
http://www.epicsyst.com/test/v2/football/
http://www.epicsyst.com/test/v2/swinefluda…
http://www.epicsyst.com/test/v2/babyboomer…

Princeton University project on US unemployment :
http://www.epicsyst.com/main3.swf

A video presentation by Professor Alan Krueger Bendheim Professor of
Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University and currently
Chief Economist at the US Treasury:
http://epicsyst.com/trendcompass/princeton…

You can download a trial version. It has a feature to export
EXE,PPS,HTML and AVI files. The most impressive is the AVI since you
can record Audio/Video for the charts you create.

http://www.epicsyst.com/TrendCompass/FreeV…

Video on Trend Compass:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzDCGB8xBq4…

Since we already develop 3D Virtual Reality applications, please find
below a link on a prototype for a new 3D VR Trend Compass application:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueqULRUvikg…

Regards.

Amr Salah
Trend Compass Team
Epic Systems
www.epicsyst.com

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Posted by Amr Salah on 02/20/2012 at 5:11 AM

Re: “101 Secrets to Indie Rock Success

Tom, is that you?

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Posted by Billkwando on 02/17/2012 at 3:03 PM

Re: “Sharon Van Etten Finds Her Voice

Hey check out (and like) an awesome article of New Rock Music that has been Recently Released, featuring Sharon Van Etten's "Tramp"by one of the contributors of Culture Catch Mr. Holtje at: http://culturecatch.com/music/kathleen-edw…

Posted by Mishell Velez on 02/13/2012 at 2:55 PM

Re: “11 Brooklyn Buildings That Would Make Great DIY Music Venues

don't forget the chapel at greenwood cemetery, although i guess pitchfork has already shot some performances there.

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Posted by persiangroove on 02/02/2012 at 3:06 PM

Re: “101 Secrets to Indie Rock Success

This is a bunch of bullshit:

http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/lifestyle/the-…

Check that guy, ask him if MySpace didn't help.

MySpace is still in the top 10 Social networking sites, beating out Google+, according to Nielsen:
http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/online…
(Scroll down to the chart were MySpace is mentioned.)

MySpace is #16 on Seomoz:
http://www.seomoz.org/top500

And is in the Top 7 trending brands on Twitter:
http://thenextweb.com/twitter/2012/01/10/t…

According to Google's own stats, MySpace is still in the top 100 sites worldwide, ahead of Tumblr & HuffPo. Surprisingly, Reddit is nowhere in sight:
http://www.google.com/adplanner/static/top…
Just looking at that list and counting Social networking sites, MySpace comes in at number 5.

And it's still beating out Tumblr & Google+ according to CommScore:
http://www.techradar.com/news/internet/mys…

MySpace TV is also mentioned postively in these articles:
http://venturebeat.com/2012/01/18/the-view…
http://www.v-net.tv/myspace-unveils-soctv-…

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Posted by Kevin Wayne on 01/27/2012 at 7:42 AM

Re: “Looking Forward to Looking Back: 10 Albums Celebrating Anniversaries in 2012

whats the r-word man

Posted by Colin Monty Powell on 01/26/2012 at 10:26 PM

Re: “Looking Forward to Looking Back: 10 Albums Celebrating Anniversaries in 2012

uh, not a chance. ghost is born is wilco's best album, duh! that is, in fact, a fact, because i am correct because i say i am correct and I am an authority on things, and you have to take my word for it because i'm an authority on things

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Posted by Feter Prampton on 01/26/2012 at 12:29 PM

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