Portishead Promotes New Album, with Caveats


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Portishead: Adrian Utley, Beth Gibbons and Geoff Barrow

Not coincidentally, Portishead recently sent a message to fans about their new recordings. In announcing their album, leader Geoff Barrow has told NME what not to expect from the band, and most of it aligns with the strict control over their image and music that has […]

The Continuing Saga of CMJ, the College Music Journal


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1st CMJ without an artist cover (2/02). Beginning of the end, or end of the beginning?

For the past month, CMJ, the trade magazine that has tabulated and published weekly college radio charts since the late 70s, has experienced troubles unlike any in its history. Started by Bobby Haber from WBRS at Brandeis (after […]

Willie Nelson Hits Off MySpace with Exclusive Interview


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Willie Nelson featured on MySpace

As previously mentioned (so many times), Willie Nelson and his music know no boundaries. So it was no big surprise when I saw the man on the front page of the youthful social media site MySpace last week, promoting his new album American Classic, with an interview and clips […]

MySpace Buys iLike – Not a Good Sign


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In a disappointing sign for the online music business, iLike is being bought by MySpace which will fold it into its various music services. Although there is no “taste/recommendation” aspect to MySpace, I don’t anticipate it will improve the experience much, and therefore will not add to its value as a business. An […]