Drummer Wanted: Must Have Own Kit & Drivers License. Practice Space, Rad Motorcycle & Vintage T's Preferred.

Hats Off: To Boing Boing for this note allegedly found at a San Francisco cafe. I’m betting on it

Did You Notice: Bill paying and resume building don’t get exclamations. Yoga!, on the other hand….

Hammerbacher & Randi — So He Sez (Skeptical Edition)


“The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads…that sucks.” — Jeff Hammerbacher, ex-Facebook Head of Data, now co-founder Cloudera, a data-analysis software startup.

“People who are smart get into Mensa. People who are really smart look around and leave.” — James Randi, magician, author, skeptic. During Alice Cooper’s 1973–1974 tour, performed as the dentist and executioner on stage.

Lady Gaga, Apple News, Devil Horn Salutes, Google Buying The Music Biz…The Week That Was 4/24/2011

Monday morning.

What kind of week will this be?

While these are challenging times for just everybody in the Music/Tech axis, chances are you have your good weeks and your bad weeks. Life has its ups and downs. There are lots of ins, lots of outs, and a lot of what-have-yous. To a large degree your value as an entrepreneur, executive or friend probably lies in large part in how well you negotiate these vagaries.

For our friends at Golden Voice and AEG, life should be good this week.  Ten days ago they unleashed Coachella 2011, starring Arcade Fire, Kanye West, & The Strokes — and reviews of both the performances and the concert experience were generally good. Even Jeff ‘MF’ Goldblum knocked ’em out at Indio. This past weekend, Golden Voice/AEG followed Coachella up with The Big Four, featuring Metallica, Slayer, Megadeath, and Anthrax and more devil-horn-hand-salutes than the last few Ozzfest tours ever managed. Again, Goldenvoice scored good reviews. Yes indeed, it should be a good week over at Goldenvoice.

For Sony, on the other hand, times are tough. This morning marks day number six  that the Playstation and Qriocity Unlimited Music Service are offline. If you have ever witnessed the 5 Steps of  Millennial Mourning experience when deprived connectivity (shock, disbelief, anger, depression, removal of bookmark) you know how tough this must be.


How do you say ov vey in Japanese?

For the rest of us, last week was likely business as usual. Monday was hardly manic, so I was allotted some time to check in with the latest Nielsen Wire findings on online video. What a battlefield!

Tuesday I stumbled upon some Swiss footage of a Justin Bieber prankster, and then took a minute to write a piece on the new “Google Should Buy The Music Business” meme. Ridiculous you say? On second thought,  maybe I said that.

Wednesday was a day of pithy soundbites…as David Bowie, Lady Gaga, Jack White and Snoop Dogg all had their moment in the spotlight. How could you possibly top all these great one and two liners…why you would have to bring back VH1’s Twitteresque Pop-Up Video show. OK then, done.

Thursday featured a longer piece, as we interviewed the deserving respected terrestrial radio consultant Fred Jacobs. Fred was articulate and forthcoming as always, and pulled no punches in discussing old media’s challenges as their world transforms.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday were filled with your responses on our Rock Considers Itself countdown, a tutorial on PowerPoint, and a Ron Burgundy styled report on Apple’s massive new data center outside of Charlotte.

As I warned, a lot of vagaries.  A lot of ins, a lot of outs, a lot of what have yous. Yup, new s**t has come to light.  But you can handle it, can’t you, dear Digital Music Insider.



Lady Gaga & David Bowie — So He Sez (Identity Edition)

“Let me tell you something. If you f***ing rip my hairbow and my wig off my f***ing head, my shoes, my bra, every single thing on my body, and you throw me on a piano with a microphone, I will f***ing make you cry…I feel I have been probed endlessly about who the f**k I am. I have been quite open about it. And still nobody seems to have a clue.” — Lady Gaga, to the NME.

“I’m always amazed that people take what I say seriously. I don’t even take what I ‘am’ seriously.” — David Bowie.

Pop-Up Videos Are Returning — I Can Exhale Now.

DMI Tip: Face it, if you are old enough to even remember VH1’s Pop-Up Videos, you probably have missed them.  Well, good news friends, VH1 has announced that Pop-Up Videos will be returning “sometime this year” and with a Social Networking bent.

Popdust elaborates:

Bloop. For a generation of pop fans, music video watching just hasn’t been the same since VH1 yanked Pop Up Video from the airwaves in 2002, pulling the plug on six years’ worth of interesting factoids, useful observations, and hundreds upon hundreds of “but”/”butt” visual puns from some our favorite videos of all-time. But now, after nearly a decade gone, the show finally appears primed for a return. A lengthy Wall Street Journal article devoted primarily to VH1 shifting their focus buries the announcement three paragraphs from the bottom that the channel “later this year will revive Pop Up Video.” The show reboot, the network tells WSJ, “will have a more interactive bent and will incorporate viewer comments from Twitter and Facebook.”


Read the full Popdust post here.


DMI Bonus: Classic Van Halen. Pop-Up style.