Posts Tagged ‘Music’

NPR diversity in coverage? FAIR says it’s low

July 23, 2015

FAIR, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, has analyzed NPR and found it wanting in it’s coverage.
For a decade, I and my zine Musea, have been saying their coverage of the ARTS is not fair.

The FAIR study found 14 regular commentators, whose viewpoints were featured in a total of 106 segments. Of these commentators, 12 were men and two were women (86 percent male); 12 of the commentators (86 percent) were non-Latino whites and two were people of color.

http://us10.campaign-archive1.com/?u=8c573daa3ad72f4a095505b58&id=0f88785abb&e=88aa81eed5

Here is my concern:

WHAT’S NOT CONSIDERED in the arts coverage on NPR?

The revolution in all the arts, postism music, a back to basics music, Stuckism and other new movements in art, thousands of independent filmmakers on youtube, thousands of zinesters – indy writers, with virtually no coverage of new poets, or playwrights, etc.

That’s a lot of very great art and artists. But the problem gets worse.
What’s not considered is how important fair reviews are. NPR gives fair reviews to films, but never to any books or music. That treats books and music like refrigerator art where all is praised – that is not journalism. We deserve better coverage from NPR and wider coverage too. While a few books and recordings are over praised, most books and music are denied fair reviews,  and coverage.

MORE
NPR leader in music promotion, but is it fair?
https://musea.wordpress.com/2010/06/19/musea-report-npr-leader-in-music-promotion-but-is-it-fair/

NPR Why isn’t revenue sharing deals, payola?
https://musea.wordpress.com/2013/03/02/npr-why-isnt-revenue-sharing-deals-payola/

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

June’s Cash or Pennies From Heaven

July 5, 2015

Dear Reader, thanks to all that listened to my music online. Penny by
penny.

CapAhead
REPORT DATE DESCRIPTION AMOUNT

Jun 30, 2015 Spotify Sale $0.03
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Jun 24, 2015 Spotify Sale $0.01
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Jun 22, 2015 Spotify Sale $0.00
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Jun 20, 2015 Spotify Sale $0.01
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Jun 19, 2015 Spotify Sale $0.00
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Jun 18, 2015 Spotify Sale $0.00
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Jun 17, 2015 Spotify Sale $0.01
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Jun 16, 2015 Spotify Sale $0.00
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Jun 13, 2015 Spotify Sale $0.01
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Jun 12, 2015 Spotify Sale $0.00
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Jun 09, 2015 Google Music Store Sale $0.13
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Jun 08, 2015 Google Music Store Sale $0.01
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Jun 04, 2015 iTunes-Europe Sale $0.72
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Jun 02, 2015 Xbox Music Sale $0.18
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White Guitar Pick (poem)

April 30, 2015

I play my guitar with a white pick
and sometimes it happens, that for no reason
I’m playing away and I DROP IT!

I know from the past what will follow.
It will vanish mid air before it hits the ground
and nothing on earth can find where it’s gone.

I speak from the past. I speak from the present.
I’ve learned to accept it as one of life’s lessons.
Whomever hexed me and my packet of picks,

you’ve done a most admirable job of it.
But next time I hope what you wrought to wrought
you’d rethink that hex, and decide to stop.

Re-Look at NPR and it’s coverage of Music, Is it Fair to all

April 21, 2015

https://musea.wordpress.com/2010/06/19/musea-report-npr-leader-in-music-promotion-but-is-it-fair/


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