I am a big fan of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra and its new incarnation helmed by Arthur Jeffes, son of the late Simon Jeffes who was the original proprietor of the PCO. Sundog is an off-shoot project from Arthur Jeffes and I had the good fortune to see them play last year. This short EP won’t be for everyone but it fuses new age with the avant garde and gives a strong nod to the works of Glass and Nyman.
For more details and samples, head over to the iTunes page: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/insofar-side-1/id506083045
Someone asked me about my music collection and I thought this was the best was to present what was in my iTunes collection at the moment. Of course, this doesn’t include everything – the LPs and vinyl, some of the CDs and box sets I’ve got, but it is pretty representative.
It’s 30 minutes of looking at someone else’s stuff. What’s not love about that, eh?
This week saw the release of a new app for the iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone which aimed to help the user experience the life, art and music of Jimi Hendrix.
The best description I can give of this app is that it is a bit like a software version of a coffee table book. It is packed with information, pictures, videos and clips of Jimi Hendrix’s songs. There’s a video gallery and a nice discography too.
But what do I think? Well you’ll have to watch the video to find out!
I am a big fan of Charlie Brown and his seasonal specials and so when I heard there was a new app based on the Charlie Brown Christmas Special, I just had to buy it and share the experience with my daughter. This is my short review and I really enjoyed my time with this app – so this why I made this video.
Google, the people that brought Google (the search engine), Google+ (nope, still don’t know what it is for) and YouTube launched its own music service. Google Music is in beta mode at the moment but threatens iTunes dominance by allowing users to upload 20,000 songs to the cloud for FREE.
The really interesting thing about Google Music is that it will have an “Artist Hub” that will allow musicians pro and amateur to sell their wares via Google and the Android Store. The really great thing is that there will be a one-off $25 fee for this service and any profits you make from your music will be split 70/30 with Google getting the latter percentage. A good deal, I think.
What makes this service tantalising is if Google integrates it fully into YouTube and Google+ as this would give musicians a way of creating a social hub and sell their music in one fell swoop.
Of course, Google has a history of non-starter projects so it could be that Google Music just fizzles out and collapses under the weight of expectation, leaving iTunes to dominate the market. Who knows? Only time will tell…
Pete Townshend of The Who recently gave a speech at the inaugural John Peel Lecture in which he spent most of his time berating iTunes. This is my response to his wooly thinking and my general opinion of the MusicBizTM and whinging musicians. Part of this video is a “performance” of my now legendary blog entry “Death to the MusicBizTM”. Enjoy!