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.