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On concerts and context, indie music style

Many years ago (maybe 2005) for the day job, we wrote about the Burn to Shine DVDs, a series of concerts held in homes that had been abandoned and designated for demolition. A few things felt interesting about the story at the time – 1) The fact that bands were being taken out of their typical music venues and put on display in a wholly different context. 2) The idea of scarcity (currently a hot topic once again, as seen by the Gladwell vs. Chris Anderson debates) – in this case, a fact heightened rhetorically; these concerts were not only one-shot deals in offbeat locales, but they were being recorded in buildings that would soon be destroyed.

Since then, a number of music and pop-culture sites have sprung up around the idea. They invite indie bands-of-the-moment to perform a song or two in a strange setting, then put the mini-concert resultant videos online. (Daytrotter was an early example of a channel that amped up the rarity factor, but did little to change traditional context.)

The most prominent example of sites peddling unique live performances – of taking bands out of context – and putting them online might still be a Take Away Show with the Arcade Fire from 2007. (Another notable example is Brian Wilson’s Black Cab Session. Here’s Bon Iver’s Black Cab Session.)

Here are some additional channels who have, over the past few years, recorded video of live performances in unique venues – in parks, on elevators, in graveyards, in cabs careering across town – thus creating an event that is unique in its context and also wholly one-of-a-kind – then posted them online:

Take Away Shows
Off the Beaten Tracks
Black Cab Sessions
Handheld Shows
They Shoot Music, Don’t They?
Laundromatinee
Pitchfork’s performance series– I’m still not sure what the overall series is called (if anything); Pitchfork has done one called Cemetery Gates and one called Daytripping (and they’re shunting me to the main page right now for some reason)
-(I’m sure I missed a few?)

Everyone already knows that the internet is a copy machine. But what channels like the ones above try to take advantage of the fact that we also live in an era of broader access along the – hold your nose for this – entire entertainment supply chain. It’s important that MP3s can be infinitely copied. But increased access to musicians through multiple media is a shift, as well – and it’s one that creates all kinds of opportunity.

Like inviting indie bands over to play their most pop-friendly songs in your apartment’s elevator, and then publishing the results for an audience of hundreds of thousands.

Links for 5.3.09: Conceptual consumption, sexy frontmen and Simplify Media

*Workish: Dangerously close to a work-centric link, but here’s an article of “conceptual consumption.” [murketing]

*Web: I am trying to play with this Simplify Media thing. I am a man of limited patience. My name there is “edx.” Add me, if you want to see – and listen to – the terrible music I have in my collection. (It is awful.)

*Prose: Boner Party, on the nature of “cool” – “the period from Jennifer Grey to Jenny McCarthy lays a veritable goldmine of fun, rad babes – before post-post modern irony and apathy for the sake of apathy came in and ruined everything, when you could have a can Budweiser at a barbeque and still listen to Hüsker Du at the same time without getting shit from a dude with non prescription “child molester” glasses and a bad mustache.” Very well put.

*The Internet: See this timeline of internet memes. I wish it were cleaner. The look of it. I don’t know if I’m making sense right now or not. [spincity]

*Dudes: Nerve chose the sexiest frontmen of all time. No Lemmy? HELLO? Also, Iggy Pop crushes John Lennon and Elvis. [music slut]

*Local/music: The Hold Steady did a Daytrotter session. WEARING TWINS HATS. [buzzmedia]

*Today’s links: Not great, but it’s a gorgeous day, so D-.

Links for 2.14.09: Guitar Hero dips, music as torture, Pimpin’ Curly…

*Beamcast: We are entering our first weekend of Project Beamcast – an attempt to get Iron and Wine singer Sam Beam to record a podcast with the listenerd – and have still heard nothing from the singer. Progress, though, has been made. First interview question: Do you know how to record and edit podcasts in GarageBand?

*Swearing: If you liked the transcript of Christian Bale’s rant, you might love to see his carefully chosen words rendered in candy Valentine hearts. [murketing]

*Human rights: The Wall Street Journal tackles the issue of music as torture – mentioning Reprieve, a British human rights organization, and Zero dB, a site that protests against musical torture specifically.

*Local: Haley Bonar did a Daytrotter session. She used to make a mean mocha at the St. Anthony Park Dunn Bros. For your information. [more cowbell]

*Videogames: Sales of Guitar Hero and Rock Band have fallen, GH dipping 22% year over year. The sales numbers are interesting, but all of the takes I’ve been reading about Guitar Hero as fad and the death of “music games” in general are annoying. Music was just a small facet of what pushed the games’ growth; the bridging of the meatspace/metaverse divide (like as with the Wii, etc.), though, is what truly sparked non-gamers’ imagination. Music and videogames companies’ attempts to expand their audience has focused on types of content and left the issue of straddling real/digital spaces largely behind in terms of product strategy, probably because it was too hard to figure out. Aerosmith flavored GH? Ugh.

*Video: The LOLinator allows you to add a laugh track to your YouTube videos. I’m crying on the outside. Apropos of nothing, really. I just am. [presurfer]

*Wonks: Seth Godin blogs about Music vs. the Music Industry. To paraphrase: It’s a good time to be heard, it’s a bad time to sell. The future is hazy. Weeeee. [largehearted boy]

*Video: I have not watched and hereby swear to never watch any of 50 Cent’s “Pimpin’ Curly” videos. This sworn oath should need no further explanation.

*Twitter: As of December 2008, 11% of Americans said they’d used Twitter. The company also took another $35M in VC money recently. Also, there’s a Twitter style guide now. Whatever.

Links for 11.30.08: WKRP returns, Biggie reference tracks, gift guide…

*Television: There’s a new WKRP. It’s in Cincinnati. [lp]

*Movies: View short clips of films juxtaposed with unexpected musical samples! Hilarious? [presurfer]

*Rhymes: Biggie Smalls recorded “reference tracks” for Lil Kim? (That’s not a euphemism.)

*Gifts: Trendhunter put together a list of presents for musicians that includes a guitar toilet seat. Unfortunately, that is the most practical option on the list.

*History: Dancing mania gripped France in 1518. It started with one dancing woman and spread to 400 manic, dancing lunatics. Eventually, most of them died. (For realz.) [reddit]

*Books: Okkervil River’s Will Sheff reads from Tatyana Tolstaya’s “White Walls” for Daytrotter’s Bookery.

Links for 10.13.08: The Oh, Fuck It edition

*Definition: In which I throw the usual shit out the window and just link to a bunch of stuff that I have seen in the past day or so and that I have found interesting or would recommend.

*Gardening: NPR covers the curious case of exploding pumpkins in the Northeast. With video.

“A giant pumpkin can put on around 40 pounds a day. If there is too much rain, some pumpkins overindulge and begin packing on closer to 50 pounds a day. As the pumpkins expand, pressure builds on the weaker parts of the rind and suddenly they blow.” [kate]

*Politics: The New Yorker‘s George Packer goes to Ohio to talk to swing voters, then writes in a straightforward manner about white blue-collar voters and the issues of race, class and mindset that are so often only addressed in code by lesser media organs. I highly recommend reading this article, if you are a human being.

*Finance: Young Jeezy offers some hints on weathering a recession. One such: “Diversify your hustle.”

*Images: Maybe you would like to stare into the sun for awhile. Pics. With kick-ass swirling craziness! [coudal]

*Listen: The Black Kids have recorded a Daytrotter session.

*Books: Look for “The Big Necessity,” a book about human waste in bookstores near you. Excerpted on Slate this week, the tome informs us that Martin Luther consumed a spoonful of his own excrement each day. Also:

Please recall that this blog is OPTIMIZED FOR MAXIMUM INCONTINENCE.

*Retail: Sarah’s Smash Shack is a store that offers customers stress relief by allowing them to come in and smash their stuff against a wall. [pop candy]

*Endorsements: “McCain lacks the character and temperament to be president.” Not a quote from some pinko; Christopher Hitchens endorsing Barack Obama.

*Furniture: Seating inspired by Pac-man. Sadly, no ghosts.

*Future: I will return to music. Regards, effers.

Links for 8.4.08: Lollapalooza sounds, Walkmen recordings, $.03 cent tunes…

*Listen: The Walkmen have recorded a Daytrotter session. OF COVERS. [music slut]

*Downloads: Largehearted Boy has started a page aggregating downloads from Lollapalooza 2008. If you were too old to go. Also: Here are some videos of Wilco playing Lollapalooza.

*Keyboards: Mental Floss has collected 5 legendary musical keyboards, including the Mellotron and the Minimoog.

*Television: Fleet Foxes is on Letterman tonight. Or is that Fleet Foxes are on Letterman tonight? Whatever it is, it will be hippie. [three imaginary girls]

*Digital strategy: One Chinese music platform, Wawawa, is selling tracks at $.03 apiece to combat piracy. Too expensive? Variety has a little more on the plan. [wiredset]

*Goodbye: Social.fm has closed. I hate most of them. There are a lot of social media sites out there. That is all I will say about the situation at present.

*Hardware: Skullcandy has made an iPod dock that looks like a pipe.

*Local: If you aren’t drinking Prairie Vodka, organic and packed in corn, you need to order yourself a Prairie+Tonic. Or a prairie fire. Except made with vodka. OK; I’m done. (I was in no way coerced – positively or negatively to post this – I happen to love corn kernels as packaging. Thank you.) [minnpost, though about a week after it hit my inbox from 3 other sources…]

Bon Iver’s Daytrotter session

Bon Iver recorded a Daytrotter session. Songs include: Flume, Creature Fear, Lump Sum, and Re Stacks. [tuneage]

Semi-related: Please see also my recent twitter post if you are traveling to Bon Iver’s adopted homeland.

Links for 7.16.08: Music+Politics, Kanye’s ghost, Barenaked busts…

*Politics: Wyclef, Kanye and N.E.R.D. are all lined up to perform in Denver at the time of the Democratic National Convention. [the daily swarm] (See previous listenerd post for DNC tunes.)

*Songs: Bodies of Water records a Daytrotter session.

*Transportation: Pandora does up a video of the John Lennon Bus, which teaches school kids about songwriting and music production.

*Hacks: If you even know what a PSP-based homebrew sequencer app is, you will undoubtedly love PSPSeq. Look, I just type this shit, ok?

*Ghostbloggers: Kanye does NOT have one. A short list of people who are definitely NOT Kanye’s ghost blogger (because he doesn’t have one) includes: Marcus Troy. (Also: I am not Kanye’s ghost blogger. Hello? I CAN DO CAPS.)

*Local: Muzzle of Bees does 5 Questions with Twin Cities songstress and Dunn Brothers barista Haley Bonar: “Blogs are weird to me, I haven’t tapped into that scene yet, but I appreciate that they’re there.”

*Arrests: Steven Page of the Barenaked Ladies has been arrested for coke possession. [absolute punk]

*Off topic: Andy Dick has been arrested for being a drunken asshole at a Buffalo Wild Wings.

*Local: Listenerd-endorsed Minneapolis music blogger SWITCHBLADE COMB will be appearing on Drinking with Ian on Friday. Maybe you should go.

*NO LINKS: I do not feel like writing about or linking to Hayden Panettiere’s new single, Scarlett Johansson’s covers of The Cure or Britney Spears’ prospective new material. I’m sorry if I’ve failed you.

Links for 7.7.08: White’s poesy, West’s angel, hip-hop marketing…

*Read: Jack White’s poem about Detroit. I wish more people would write poetry. Especially about Detroit.

*Update: Kanye West does NOT have a painting of himself depicted as an angel in his home. On a tangentially related note, the Black Dog Cafe in Lowertown St. Paul had hanging on its walls, not that long ago, an ENORMOUS painting of Prince depicted as Napoleon. I think it is still available.

*Local: Alan Sparhawk’s Retribution Gospel Choir recorded a Daytrotter session recently. Download songs here.

*The Wall Street Journal: Tom Waits can’t sing.

*Earfarm compiles a list of the most embarrassing uses of hip-hop in marketing (1985-1992 edition): The Super Bowl Shuffle was embarrassing?

*Side note: I heard “Lust for Life” on the radio yesterday, and it took me fully 3/4 of the song to realize that it was not the introduction to a commercial.

Links for 6.30.08: Converse virals, dropped crotch trousers, Britney returns?

*The New Yorker attends the opening of Adam Yauch’s documentary “Gunnin’ for that #1 Spot.” This magazine story contains a lot of descriptions of text messaging.

*Handheld Shows: It’s kind of like Daytrotter. Or The Take Away Shows. Or Black Cab Sessions. But with lesser-known bands. [rawkblog]

*Local: LAist interviews former Trip Shakespeare and Semisonic singer-songwriter Dan Wilson, talking about his solo album, Free Life: “I think I’ve always aspired to write radically simple songs, using the minimum words, things normal people would say, and the fewest, simplest chords to support the music. It hasn’t always worked out that way but it’s always been in my mind to do that.” [largehearted boy]

*MTV would consider giving Britney a second chance at this year’s VMAs? Gimme?

*This will be my last Converse post. Nice viral, though. Vomit.

*Home brew music applications for the Nintendo DS. [waxy]

*Off topic: There is an article in the New York Times Sunday Styles section about “dropped crotch” trousers that I am unable to find online. Suffice it to say that I like the idea of “dropped crotch” trousers.

Video: Death Cab for Cutie + Daytrotter

A segment from Current TV: With special talking-on-cellphone footage!

Vodpod videos no longer available. from daytrotter.com posted with vodpod

Links for 4.28.08: Muxtape talks, Shakira lobbies, Diablo Cody twitters…

*Apparently, Diablo Cody is twittering. And by that, I mean using the Web 2.0 application Twitter. What?

*Death Cab for Cutie records a session with Daytrotter. Also, see Death Cab’s viral video project. [universal music group]

*No love for subscription music?

*Listening Post interviews Justin Ouellette, the dude behind everyone’s favorite mixtape site, Muxtape. He looks like an internet guy.

*iTunes is five years old. I use iTunes as a music player and to sign up for free podcasts, but I won’t be buying any music from their any time soon. [daring fireball]

*WATCH: Interviews with heavy metal Satanists Venom – from the tweets of The Sound of Young America.

*Shakira talks education policy on NPR. [prawfsblawg]

*Off-topic: Food that takes the shape of its container. [neatorama]

Audio: The Walkmen read scenes from Sex and the City

What?

Yes. At Daytrotter’s Bookery. Need I say I recommend it?

I DO.