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The Blockers

March 15, 2019

The Blockers.

These are media sources, advocacy groups, etc. that do not talk about progressive music, musicians, or music ideas. Why? Time to ask them! Readers suggest others you think should be on the list.

To get your name off the list, report the news in a way that is fair to all.

1 NPR (radio)
2. Dallas Observer (media)
3 Dallas Morning News (media)
4. KERA (radio)
5. Commercial Stations (radio / tv)
6. KNON (Dallas music radio station)
7. Texas Music Office (gov. org.)
8. KERA (radio)
9. Texas Music Magazine
10. TYT, the Young Turks (media watchdog)
11. Project Censored (media watchdog)
12. FAIR (media watchdog)
13. Texas Standard (radio news.)
14. Takeaway (radio news.)
15. Billboard (music media)
16. Rolling Stone, Spin, etc. (music media)
17. SXSW (music festival)
18. Digital Music News (music media).
19. BBC (and all foreign press.)
20. Pop Culture Happy Hour (radio show)
21. Think (Dallas radio show).
22. All Songs Considered (radio show)
23. KXT ( Dallas music radio station.)
24. The Tech giants (all of them that deal with music.)

More Opinion on the Quality of Music

February 8, 2019

This comment from writer, Jerry Coyne,
Thanks to JHC for recommending it to me.

https://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2019/02/07/yet-another-music-expert-and-critic-says-that-todays-popular-songs-suck/

The tide is turning. Join the Music Revolution.

Gaining Ground – Independent Labels

May 22, 2018

Dear Reader,

The independent labels are gaining ground. This year is the 2nd in a row that Independent Labels control a bigger share of music revenues than any of the 3 major labels.

This from the digital music article “Collectively, Indie Labels are Now Bigger Than Any Major Label”

Indie labels are now outranking major labels in terms of total marketshare. In fact, this is the second-straight year that’s happened.

Rankings are based on revenues earned, instead of units sold or total streams.

Specifically, indies pulled a 32.2 percent marketshare, with Universal Music Group following at 29.7 percent. Sony Music Group finished with 21.9 percent, while Warner Music Group lagged with 16.7 percent.

Independents 32%

Universal (UMG) 30%
Sony (SME) 22%
Warner (WMG) 16%

Tom Hendricks
(editor of the 25 year old zine Musea)

MAIN Website
http://tomhendricks.us/

Why Are So Many People Saying Bad Music is Good?

July 5, 2015

WHY ARE SO MANY PEOPLE SAYING BAD MUSIC IS GOOD?

Music has really reached some new lows. Why are so many people saying it’s great when it isn’t? Why are so many people listening to generic formulaic music and claiming it’s innovative and new? Why doesn’t a single person in the music press stand up for good music, and against the bad that everyone else is praising so much?
Has corporate music jumped the shark?

Consider some of these points:
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This from SNL nasty critic character, Jebidiah Atkinson in talking about contemporary music and all the Grammy winners,
” (It’s a)… Spotify playlist of a 12 year old girl.”
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This is being passed around as Things that Will Disappear in our Lifetime e-mail.

MUSIC : … The music industry is dying a slow death not just because of illegal downloading. It’s the lack of innovative new music being given a chance to get to the people who would like to hear it. Greed and corruption is the problem. The record labels and the radio conglomerates are simply self-destructing. Over 40% of the music purchased today is “catalogue items,” meaning traditional music that the public is familiar with — older, established artists. This is also true on the live concert circuit. To explore this fascinating and disturbing topic further, check out the book, “Appetite For Self-Destruction” by Steve Knopper and video commentary, “Before the Music Dies.”
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This from Billboard, Feb 14, 2015 :

This is from an interview of Lucian Grange, Chairman/CEO/Universal Music Group. the #1 person on the, 100 most powerful people in the music business, yearly list.

He is quoted as saying,
‘The industry broke five new artists in 2014, and we broke four of them.” Iggy Azalea, 5 Seconds of Summer, Ariana Grande, and Sam Smith. ”
UMG owns three of 2014’s top five labels.

Why would the biggest music exec in the world be proud that 1. he only released 4 new artists in a year, and 2. that the industry only released 5 in a year.
That is a massive failure. Where is the rest of the world? I’ve found 200 greats that should break out – see the BIG LIST http://wp.me/p5S9X-36
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MUSIC is 80% 3 Companies: Warners/Universal/Sony (WUS)
For real vitality we need not 3 but thousands of competing record companies. Every time there has been a great variety of record companies, the music has improved, often to a point where there is a golden age of music.
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The FORMULA: electric guitars, bass, drums.

Some of us, including me, think that the music business is stuck in the same electric guitar, bass, and drums formula done better 60 years ago. Some of us think the real creativity is to break free of bands and go a different way from the 60 year old path that everyone else is on.
How can a musician fit a 60 year old formula and call it new?

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Music Down to Coke or Pepsi, Swift or Beyonce.

Here’s the dilemma for the music media – either talk about thousands of musicians and their great music, or just cover Beyonce and Swift over and over and find out what they wear, and where they go.
Music now is down to Coke or Pepsi, Swift or Beyonce.
https://musea.wordpress.com/2014/11/02/c/
Where is the media? Rolling Stone, Spin, NPR, anyone – anywhere???
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WHERE ARE THE HITS?

Compare the massive amount of hitmakers from 1955-1975 to the last 20 years.
https://musea.wordpress.com/2014/05/27/hit-song-challenge/

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POSTISM, WHERE A LITTLE REBELLION BRINGS VITALITY BACK TO MUSIC.

There is a music revolution going on called Postism music out of Dallas. Some of these musicians are changing music history with some possible world’s firsts; while the dance pop stars that are over hyped seem to be most interested in more publicity.

POSTISM is 3 things, a revolution against what rock/rap/country/pop have become, its back to early rock and roll’s simple honesty, directness, and passion with an emphasis on melody and great SONGS, and it’s a music that includes all types of music from every place in the world.
(and It’s part of the overall art and media revolution).

https://musea.wordpress.com/2011/08/29/post-bands-music-revolution-quick-summary/

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BIGGEST RADIO CONGLOMERATE ASKS FCC IF THEY CAN DO PAYOLA QUIETLY
(no wonder radio is so bad)

http://fair.org/blog/2015/03/17/clear-channel-tells-fcc-covert-commercials-would-be-user-friendly-and-satisfying/

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Six Country Hits Sound like the Same Song – Proof here.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/09/pop-country-song-mashup_n_6444456.html

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80’s Called, They want their Videos Back
Have you noticed how only a few mainstream musicians can afford the cost of videos?
Time to put the emphasis on the music not the visuals. Leave videos back in the 80’s when they were relevant. That opens music up to everyone, not just a few with deep corporate pockets. And when you stress the quality of music, you get new, vital, better music again, not a rehash of 30 years ago.

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SAYINGS AND POEMS ON ALL OF THIS.

https://musea.wordpress.com/2013/08/24/rock-n-roll-poems/

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ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

Some think it should close it’s doors!  Who is left to add in the current group?
Has rock/rap/country/pop jumped the shark?
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signed,

Tom Hendricks
Box Office From my Back

What is Compression and Is it Destroying Music?

August 28, 2014

WHAT’S COMPRESSION AND IS IT RUINING MUSIC?

When you listen to my recordings you may notice that it doesn’t sound as loud as the mainstream stuff. Why? Don’t my engineers know how to turn the volume knob?

They do, but they don’t overdue it, because  that turns the music into a loud mush. That’s what compression does in the mainstream music if it’s a corporate decision to sound louder on the radio, instead of an artist’s decision to get the song right.

Compression is when you digitally adjust all the parts of the music.  But if misused, you get a dynamic, loud sounding music for sure – but it never can get louder and never softer.

Musicians like me who like to start slow and quiet , build to a peak, and either end high or bring it back down, are not what the mainstream music companies want. right now

When one of my songs was included in a compilation Landmark Theaters’ promotional CD with a lot of other musicians, I was ecstatic ! But when I heard it, my song sounded so quiet, so out of place. I thought it was my fault – now I know it was compression on all the others that made the striking difference.

The mainstream music you hear on major releases is compressed to give a full sound on every note –  that’s fine if you leave it at that.  My music is compressed to give a better performance – that’s fine. But  you get a generic sound that soon sounds like a loud wall of noise with no where to go if you misuse it.

The links below, give you some of the controversy on compression, (or just google ‘compression in modern recording’ and see a lot of articles on this.)

Thanks Corporate Music (the Big 3: Warners/Universal/Sony) for trying to make music even more generic , robotic, and phony.

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http://www.cnet.com/news/compression-is-killing-your-music/
(Hear how the Nirvana classic would sound with compression.)

http://www.cdmasteringservices.com/dynamicrange.htm
(see the graph for changes from 1985 – 2007)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loudness_war#2010s
(The Loudness War – wikipedia)


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