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Tue, Oct 23, 2001
ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN: "Flowers is Echo & The Bunnymen's finest hour since Ocean Rain."
An intrigue of early 90s New York nightlife.
NEW CHAPTER now online
From the Jamming! Archives:
U2 interviewed in 1984.
"It's not U2 that's creating this great art. . .There's something that works through us to create in this way."
My immediate reaction to September 11
PART 2: Messages from friends & family overseas
PART 3: Observations & quotes from others.
PART 5: COPING - 2 weeks later
iJamming! Wino/Muso:
"New world wines are just too techno for me."
Featured albums
(Hub, Slumber Party, DJ Harry, Spearhead, The Who tribute
Albums that sound different since September 11
(Charlatans UK, Arabian Travels, Cafe del Mar, Sugarcult)
Featured wine region 3:
Featured wine region 4:
iJamming! interview:
Jesse Hartman, aka LAPTOP
"Every New York band knows the meaning of failure"
MIX Albums:
Who, what and why you should bother (DB, Spooky, Jody, RSW, Bad Boy Bill)
FEATURED Wines (Langlois Cremant de Loire, Honig Sauvignon Blanc, Campbell's Muscat, Brumont Gros Manseng, Dr Frank Gewürtztraminer, Daubree CoteRotie, Dry Creek Chenin Blanc, Mas Saint Laurent Picpoul, Quivira Dry Creek)
"I don't think people realize that life can become so exciting and interesting that it can draw you away for long periods of time from creating music - & why not?"
From the Keith Moon archives:
the JEFF BECK interview .
From Homework to the Disco:
grows up and dumbs down
The iJAMMING! chat:

"If I was asked why Sniffin' Glue was so important, it was the way we conducted ourselves, the style of it, just the attitude. It had attitude in abundance didn't it?"
The Return of Shoegazing:
DOVES take New York by swarm
Forgotten Classics:
THE CHILLS: Brave Words
THE iJAMMING! Book Review:
SNIFFIN' GLUE: The Essential Punk Accessory
Musing with SALLY TAYLOR:
"I'm not interested in what the major labels have to offer."
From the JAMMING! archives: PAUL WELLER ON POP
Featured wine region 2:
From the JAMMING! archives: ALTERNATIVE TV
interviewed in 1978
Fran Healy explains why "you cannot own a song." (And why Liam Gallagher "is going to turn into a really great songwriter.")
Featured Artist Web Site:
From the JAMMING! archives: The Story That Spawned Creation
Featured vine:
Finally, a worthy rival to Chardonnay.
The iJAMMING! interview:
"Once you've had your go, what-ever it may be, they want you to piss off, and they can't bear it if you come back, they can't bear it."
They love rock'n'roll but they don't want to deal with the hassle
From the JAMMING! archives: RAYMONDE in 1985
The full iJamming! Contents

Like just about everyone else on the planet, I have very strong feelings about music and the web. However, when most people talk about this issue, they focus exclusively on Napster, which is a measure of success for both that company's well paid new bosses in terms of creating brand recognition, and for the music industry, in terms of focussing the public's attention on one, 'evil' web application rather than the bigger picture. Then again, it might actually be that the music industry really can't see the woods for the trees; certainly it has shown little understanding of, let alone demonstrated any real excitement at, what has to be the biggest thing to happen to music since Thomas Edison invented the phonograph.

You can read my thoughts on why the history of music technology makes it hard to sympathize with the recording industry in its opposition to file-sharing here.

But I'd also like to point you towards other people who have something intelligent to say about the issue(s). The more open discussion we have, the more exciting the future will be. Read on...
"I loathe censorship even more than piracy and increasing numbers of artists are now becoming victims of censorship by apathy and neglect. They just cannot get their music heard through the traditional channels."
One of the most interesting perspectives comes from Matt Johnson, aka The The. Before the release of his new album NakedSelf Matt went on record as saying, "Many artists have spent their lives honing their craft and now some anonymous person in a little dark room with a computer somewhere is able to collate that lifetime's work and pass it around the world for free. It's just not on." Yet after NakedSelf stiffed, partly due to getting lost in the shuffle of the whole Universal-Polygram-Vivendi merger, Matt made it available for free download off his web site. Read his impassioned reasoning here. (And hang around his site to see him constantly update his thoughts.)
"When Metallica's Lars Ulrich said that he was objecting to his art being traded like a commodity, he was lying. What Ulrich was objecting to was his art NOT being traded like a commodity from which he could reap the lion's share of the profits."

Chumbawamba recorded a song called Pass It Along for their last album WYSIWYG which, also released through Universal, also stiffed. They've now made a different version of Pass It Along complete with all manner of unapproved samples available on their site - for free of course. It's one of the few pieces of downloadable music that is about downloadable music. You can also read the written thoughts of vocalist Dunstam Bruce (pictured right as one of Monty Python's Gumbys!) on MP3s, file-sharing and the major labels that distribute their records.
"Fans won't pay for new music if they can get it for free. Fans WILL pay to own the music they really love."
As you can probably tell, I don't side with the Recording Industry Association of America (the RIAA) in its legal efforts to bludgeon the likes of MP3.Com and Napster into bankruptcy, but I do admire that they invited Thomas Dolby to write two essays for their own web site. Read the first one here and the second one here.
"The majors reduced music to a piece of digital information, the ones and zeros that only approximate analog's depth, and forced us to swallow it because it made them more money. In so doing, they made it inevitable that music would become as easy to pass along as any word processing document, database, or spreadsheet.."

As editor of one of America's longest-running (and longest) independent music magazines, The Big Takeover, as a playing musician, and as a devoted fan/consumer/ obsessee of music without parallel even in High Fidelity, there are few people better qualified to comment on music in the 21st Century than Jack Rabid. His editorial from issue 46 of The Big Takeover, like the 276-page indie bible from which it's taken, is a little overwhelming in length, but it makes many salient points. Click here to read it.
"Can u imagine a label waiting two months to talk to a band they saw on Farmclub? In one week, the label head that likes them will have been replaced by a Mr.Coffee, so forget about striking while the iron's hot."
New York City power-poppers The Rosenbergs are hungry for success - but not so much so that they were willing to sign a 23-page binding contract that wanted returned in 15 minutes if the band wanted to be on its TV show. The group refused, posted their explanations on their web site and promptly found themselves more publicity than an appearance on the show would ever likely have garnered. They've also written an essay about their subsequent experiences (which include signing to Robert Fripp's label DGM) for the site
Webnoize provides daily updates on legal, business and technological implications of developments relating to music and the web. Some parts of the site require a subscription, but you can subscribe to receive a daily e-mail of the latest news for free. Sonicnet has a decent Digital News section, with daily updates too.
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