It is time for another edition of my guilty pleasures. For those of you who have never been to NYC (or maybe just moved here) you have to make it down to Coney Island. Coney Island is located in B.F.E. if you live in Queens, Bronx, or Manhattan, but well worth the trek. I suggest you get up in the early-AM and make a whole day of it… than repeat! It is the only true way that you will enjoy your time there. Let’s look at some of the reasons why it kicks major ass. (more…)
Vinyl sales in 2016 were the highest in 25 years, outperforming digital sales. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the move toward streaming has meant that paying to download intangible files has lost its’ allure – why pay for such a file when you can stream it whenever and wherever you want anyway? And in many ways streaming has become a support system to vinyl. As a try before you buy-type mechanism, streaming allows you to fall in love with a record while vinyl allows you to commit to that record, purchase it, own it and fall in love with it all over again. Yes, there are all the arguments about sound quality (and whatever about t (more…)
It’s that time of year again when an incalculable number of blogs and magazines publish their end of year polls listing the best albums and songs of the year. Having felt despondent about the musical output of some recent years, I thought 2016 was a particularly strong year for music. Despite the heartbreaking passing of greats such as Bowie, Prince, Cohen and Lemmy, there have been a string of albums that have delighted me, songs that have made me smile and shimmy and even well up a little. Although, not necessarily all at the same time.
Recently, I found myself having a conversation with a young exec who was sharing how excited he was about the next phase of his career. Suddenly (& oh so dramatically) our convo turned bleak as I asked, “What are you scared of?” The confidence and light drained from his eyes as he responded, “Failure.”
Why hello to you magical people who managed to Google my name (congrats on being able to spell “Mohamdioua”!) and found this post. If this if your first read or you follow my rambles I would like to welcome you to another moment in my life. I know, it has been a while and you have probably been exasperated in my absence. I’m sorry… I’M SORRY! But life has been busy lately w all our writers and collabs.
You expect demos to be of varying quality. Whenever I sit down to sift through the countless submissions we receive, I am prepared for the good, the bad and the hideously ugly. It’s part of the job and it doesn’t bother me. It’s worth wading through these to find a real gem.
What can become frustrating is the way people submit music. So I’ve drawn up a list of do’s and don’ts to help if you’re planning to submit demos:
There has been much talk of late about the left, the right and the center ground in British politics. Following the massive defeat of the Labour Party in the May elections to the Conservatives, many commentators accused ‘Red’ Ed Miliband and his left-wing ideologies of being the downfall of the party. So, Miliband swiftly stood down as Labour leader and everyone expected the party to move toward the middle in order to compete with the right-wing Conservative (Tory) party. But having opened up the election of the new leader to the Labour (more…)