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Are You Burning Through Music Instead of Savouring It?

June 20th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

If you've ever heard me speak on the subject of how music is consumed today, you've heard me talk about a notion called "ego-casting."  Because we have so much choice and 100% control over what we listen to, we tend to exclude everything we hate and listen only to the music we find appealing.

What's wrong with that?  Because sometimes we have to be exposed to certain types of music against our will repeatedly until we go "Ah! Now I get it!"

The example I use is modern jazz. No one likes modern jazz the first time they hear it.  It's too complex and too far removed from mainstream tastes that 99.9% of listeners go "Yuck!  Turn that off!" And they'll never bother with modern jazz again.  Which is a shame.

It's that repeated unintentional exposure that forces us to pay attention and learn.  If we refuse to do that--if we only go by first impressions--then we end up missing out on a lifetime's worth of musical discovery.

Rush Fans! Can You Get Your Hands on One of These?

June 19th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

I've always said that no one loves (or promotes) music more than the English.  The fact that such a tiny place can support so much great music media is stunning.

Take, for example, the amazing package created by Classic Rock magazine for the release of Rush's Clockwork Angels.

More Music from the Inbox: 19 June 2012

June 19th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Here's a thought:  whenever a weather forecaster gets it wrong, let's subject he/she to public humiliation.

There have been several times in the last two weeks were rain was promised and nothing happened (and vice-versa).  How many people changed their plans based on what we were told?  And when the errors are pointed out, the forecasters shrug their shoulders and go "What do you want?  It's weather."

I think that they're not trying hard enough.  Greater accuracy should be encouraged by the threat of public shaming when they get it wrong.  Think it over.

As you're doing so, here's the latest round of double-filtered music recommendations.  Juliette Jagger has the final say.

Artist: Buffalo Killers, “Get It”

Album: Dig. Sow. Love. Grow.

This is rough and tumble, dirty south, throwback blues rock done right.

Sounds like: Americanarama

Link/Listen/Watch:  Stream it here.


More on Apple’s Podcasting Plans

June 19th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

There's much talk about Apple pushing podcasts out of iTunes into a seperate ecosystem with the release of iOS6 and the next significant update to iTunes.  Why?  Cult of Mac has some theories:

Apple has maintained a curious relationship with the word “podcast.” The company does not use it as a brand, as in Podcast with a capital P. Apple does not have a product called “Podcast.” Yet, Apple goes after companies that use “pod” or “podcast” in their name, citing confusion with Apple’s “iPod” brand.

The word “podcast” is a generic term based on a brand — but not like the words kleenex or band-aid. In those cases, the generic term is identical to the band name. “Kleenex” and “Band-Aid” are “proprietary eponyms” that are exactly the same as the generic versions, except capitalized.

In the case of “podcast,” it’s a generic term more loosely based on Apple’s iPod trademark.

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