Brain Clutter

October 26, 2007

Kanye West – Homecoming (ft. Chris Martin!!??)

Filed under: chris martin, coldplay, hip hop, kanye west, music — brainclutter @ 9:16 am

OK… so I’m listening through Kanye’s Graduation front to back for the first time, and I come across track 12, Homecoming. It begins with some standard beats overlaid with cheesy, MIDI-esque piano that’s actually quite catchy. Kanye pipes up about Chicago and in comes… who?  Chris Martin of bloody Coldplay!

“I’m comin’ home again… Do you think about me now and then? Do you think about me now and theeeeeeeeen? Cuz I’m comin’ home again. Cooooooomin’ home agaaaain.”

Daaaaaaang yo. That’s come gangsta shit comin’ from one of the UK’s favorite sons. It’s almost surreal to hear the front-man from one of my favorite bands layin’ up-tempo chorus vox for Mr. West.  It gets even weirder near the end when he starts harmonizing “Oooh e oh e oh! Oooh e oh e oh!” It was like a throwback to his roots yo, a la Sting.

Listen at YouTube… if you dare!

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January 19, 2007

iJigg – Get jiggy with it! (ok, that was lame)

Filed under: ijigg digg, in_formation, music, social networking — brainclutter @ 9:40 am

iJigg logo

A new way for bands to share their tunes was released yesterday in the form of iJigg. The way it works? Think Digg… for music! Bands can create a profile, upload mp3s, and a community made up mostly of other bands can “Jigg” your songs. The more Jiggs you get, the higher you rank and the higher you rank may earn you a spot on their home page. Landing your song on the homepage is definitely a desirable outcome because it will be visible to many more people than a song buried 10-pages back.

iJigg screenshot from TechCrunch For this reason, the site will likely be targeted by exploiters, similar to Digg. All you need is about 50 or so friends “Jigg” your song, which will put it on the home page. Is this even an issue though? Shouldn’t bands be able to count on their friends to spread the word about their music? Logic states that if the song is garbage, no amount of exploiting will keep it on the main page for long. And if the song is awesome? Exposure deserved, imo.

One feature from Digg I noticed was missing is the ability to “unJigg” a song, similar to “burying.” I think it’s a good idea to leave this feature out because their current model should balance things out fairly, without having to deal with exploiters unJigging their competition. Other notable features include tagging, categorizing by album, adding song descriptions, trackbacks, internal messaging, emailing tracks to friends, and creating a favorite’s list.

Another neat feature is the ability to embed any iJigg track into your blog, website, forum, or facebook account. I’m going to try embedding three of our tracks into this blog entry, but I’m going to hypothesize that WordPress (free version) won’t allow me to do that.

Anyway, I really recommend trying this service out. The compression quality doesn’t seem to molest your uploads the same way MySpace Music does, and there also doesn’t seem to be an upload limit. The model is working very well for Digg and I predict big things for iJigg too!

http://www.ijigg.com/songs/A0404P0

http://www.ijigg.com/songs/A0DBEPAG

http://www.ijigg.com/songs/A0E0GP0

January 17, 2007

10% Growth in Overall Music Sales; Digital Track Sales Exceed 120% Growth

Filed under: business, music — brainclutter @ 4:33 pm

Nielson logo

Canadian Artists Nickelback and Bryan Adams Top the Airplay Charts; Nielsen Music 2006 Year End Music Industry Report For Canada

Nielsen SoundScan Canada, the entertainment industry’s data information system that tracks point-of-purchase sales of recorded music product and Nielsen BDS, the music industry’s leading music performance monitoring service, have announced their 2006 Canadian year-end sales and airplay monitoring data, for the 52-week period January 2, 2006 through December 31, 2006.

http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/January2007/17/c6663.html

Some 2006, year-end factiods:

  • Overall music purchases were up nearly 10% from 2005
  • Nearly 15 million digital tracks were purchased; an increase of 122% over 2005
  • The top 200 tracks accounted for nearly 20% of all track purchases; 2.8 million sales, note that this is consistent with 2005
  • Johnny Cash was the biggest selling artist with physical album sales surpassing 540,000
  • 34% of all albums purchased were at a Mass Merchant outlet compared to 29% in 2005
  • Chain music stores accounted for 66% of all album sales, compared to 71% in 2005
  • Classical and Country albums were the only two genres that gained in sales over 2005; up 21% and 15% respectively
  • Overall Album sales (including Albums and Track Equivalent Album sales) declined 3.2% compared to 2005
  • Total album sales declined 4.7% compared to 2005
  • The top two selling artists in Canada during the SoundScan era are both native Canadians; Celine Dion (6.2 million albums sold) and Shania Twain (4.2 million albums sold)
  • These same two artists have the biggest selling albums for Canada in the SoundScan era; Shania Twain’s “Come On Over” album has sold 1.9 million units and Celine Dion’s “Let’s Talk about Love” album has reached 1.5 million sales
  • Consistent with the previous two years, 25% of total album sales occurred during the Holiday Season (last 6 weeks of year).

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Just a note

Filed under: blogging, business, life, music, personal — brainclutter @ 12:35 pm

I’ll be starting up a new, targeted blog using the downloadable WordPress.org format and an external web host. The goal behind this new blog will be to bring viewers the latest and greatest information about audio recording, audio gadgets / new instruments, audio software, and new websites with a focus on music and sound. The secondary ambition is that once I establish a decent reader base, the blog will morph into a splog. This may or may not happen, but at least this new project will allow me to improve my writing skills while keeping current with audio news.

Finally, I hope to learn a bit more about web development with this custom WP install by adding a personalized theme, some widgets, and a few other nifty things.

I’ll update this post with a direct link to the site once it’s up.

This site will remain as my personal blog for everything else! 🙂

December 18, 2006

Humble Voice – what MySpace Music should be!

Filed under: in_formation, music, social networking, web — brainclutter @ 11:24 am

Humble Voice logo

http://www.humblevoice.com/tom – says it all:

If I could do it all over again… it would be just like this!
Great job guys.
http://www.myspace.com

Please don’t try to chat with me… I will decline it

It would “appear” that Tom Anderson of MySpace fame is a fan of the Humble Voice service!

And so am I! Our band recently created a profile there because it’s just so darn purdy and functional (bare-bones right now but once complete, I’ll write an update)! You can read a wonderful review of Humble Voice right here [link to Mashable.com].

UPDATE: Upon further use, I still like the site, but I wish they’d get rid of the hideous banner ad that runs along the header of every page.  Taaaaaaaaaacky!  Especially when they’ve obviously put a lot of effort into the overall design of their site.

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