Conversely is a weekly look at what's awesome and what's broken in music, business, and technology. We pull no punches, and aim to make sense of the constantly changing music business for creators and innovators building the new music industry. Your hosts are an MIT nerd, a hardened music biz veteran, and a recovering technology exec – Mike Fabio, Brian Rawlings, and Shawn Yeager. Probably NSFW. More at backporchgroup.com.
Episode 66: Radio
In the age of the Intarnetz, radio is an easy target. I mean, it’s kind of low tech, in the grand scheme of things. Electromagnetic waves flying through the air? Analog? Really.
Today we take on radio, or more specifically we take on radio on the internet. It only seemed appropriate, what with the launch of Beats 1. And we have some very special guests: Zack Sparrow, our illustrious intern, and Joshua Rawlings, one of Brian’s offspring. It’s an awesome episode.
Always On, and We’re Listening: Day 1 of Beats 1 Radio «
Did Nielsen Kill The Radio Star? | FiveThirtyEight
For the Love of Radio: Why College Radio Matters and Why You Should Support It | Luis Ruuska
SHOUTcast – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
2 Beats 1. Or Does It? — 500ish Words — Medium
Don’t Touch That Dial — Cuepoint — Medium
Apple Music: Human curation – Business Insider
Apple Music’s Beats 1 Is Like Radio Before It Sucked | Re/code
#beats1 – Twitter Search
‘You’re Playing for the World’: Q-Tip Talks About His Beats 1 Radio Show ‘Abstract Thought,’ Working With Sonos | Billboard
Episode 65: Free (As In Beer)
Are you enjoying your 3 month free trial of Apple Music? Or have you just been listening to music for free your entire life? Yeah. About that. This episode is.
Also T Swifty. Because we can’t seem to get through a single episode without here (we owe it all to you, Taylor).
This episode and all future episodes will also be on Apple Music! We’ll post a link when it’s live.
Taylor Swift – To Apple, Love Taylor
What Taylor Swift vs. Apple tells us about artist power and a music business going cheap – Music Business Worldwide
Tidal interim CEO steps down | Music Week
Rdio boss: streaming music is ‘a retail business not an internet business’
Dear Apple, any chance you could help get us out of this mess? – Music Business Worldwide
Sony’s Equity Stake in Spotify Challenged in Lawsuit Claiming Artists Are Robbed – The Hollywood Reporter
Apple – Music
How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, the Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Piracy
(Sorry about the audio issues in this episode. We’re trying to improve this.)
Episode 64: Arbiters of Cool
Bands and brands have always played nice nice, but sometimes it gets a little close for comfort. On today’s episode we welcome our intern Zack Sparrow (yes, that’s actually his name) and get a millennial voice on the question of whether brands are the new arbiters of cool.
Brands, The New Merchants of Cool — Cuepoint — Medium
GoPro Music| Billboard
Brands and bands – product placement in pop is a betrayal of fans’ loyalty | Rebecca Nicholson | The Guardian
Pop music’s biggest sellout: How many brands paid for product placement in your favorite songs? – Salon.com
Scion’s Music Label Attracts Big Names by Putting Artists First | Adweek
Songs As Branding Platforms? A Historical Analysis of People, Places, and Products in Pop Music Lyrics (PDF)
Universal’s New Ad Initiative Will Match Bands With Brands | Rolling Stone
Red Bull Music
Red Bull Media House
And here we leave you with this clip from the Colbert Report featuring The Black Keys facing off against Vampire Weekend to see which one is the bigger sell out. Hashtag ironic.
The Colbert Report
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Episode 63: Coffins
We’re probably gonna get in trouble for this one.
We begin today’s episode with the thesis that lasting change is coming to the music industry. We know this because, well, everyone knows this. Even while other industries see similar change, perhaps none of them has had as much public attention in its upheaval as this sad little business we call music.
Let’s be clear about this, though: the music industry is not dead, nor is it going extinct. It is simply changing, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse.
Which brings us to our second thesis, and the most important for this episode: change will come in the form of coffins. Pardon the morbidity, but it would seem that most, if not all, of the industry’s so-called problems are actually just aggressive resistance rather than actual strife. We saw it in the early days of iTunes, and we’re seeing it again with streaming. Hell, we saw it when sheet music turned to recordings, when vinyl made way for cassettes and CDs. We see it in concert ticketing – because lord knows we need another overpriced ticket to a crappy show, right? Publishers resist new formats, PROs resist transparency, and writers…. well…..
And so, in order for lasting change to occur, we need the stalwarts to die. Literally.
Stan Cornyn, Visionary Warner Bros. Records Exec, Dead at 81 | Billboard
Bruce Lundvall, Blue Note Records Veteran, Beloved Jazz Executive, Dead at 79 | Billboard
Hit Men: Power Brokers and Fast Money Inside the Music Business
Amazon.com: Howling at the Moon: The Odyssey of a Monstrous Music Mogul in an Age of Excess eBook: Walter Yetnikoff, David Ritz: Kindle Store
Amazon.com: Fortune’s Fool: Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Warner Music, and an Industry in Crisis eBook: Fred Goodman: Kindle Store
The Soundtrack of My Life, by Clive Davis
Hitmaker: The Man and His Music, by Tommy Mottola
Episode photo by David
Episode 62: Everything Is Awesome
In which we answer the age old question: is anything in the music industry actually broken?
Episode 61: The Money Tree
We all know money doesn’t grow on trees. But what if it did?
In this episode we explore the strange world of music tech capital: where does it come from? who controls it? and how does one get some of that?
Lots of linkage:
Revenge Of The Record Labels: How The Majors Renewed Their Grip On Music
Warner Music Group Becomes Founding Partner of YouTube Competitor Interlude | Billboard
Music Messenger, the App That Nicki Minaj and David Guetta Invested In, Is Exploding — Here’s Why | Billboard
Snoop Dogg, Investor | Fast Company | Business + Innovation
Casa Verde Capital
Rich And Savvy: The 15 Celebrities Who Invested In Tech Startups
Record labels part owner of Spotify
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BPG - please get these guys back into the studio! Incredibly informative and entertaining.
Worth going back to listen even though they aren't producing new shows. This is a must listen to anyone interested in music professionaly.
Freakonomics for techie minded music-lovers. Love it. Keep ‘em coming!
I am not a huge music business or technology guy, but I enjoy this podcast --enlightening and lively conversation about the latest on a pretty interesting industry that really effects all of us. Nice work!