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April 9, 2006


Low's Alan Sparhawk talks to the Grand Rapids Press.

"I think moving to Sup Pop was an effort to just try something different and take a different angle on how our records are put out," Sparhawk said. "It's the same situation as we had before, just less of a royalty now. That's the exchange. You get less of a cut if you've got more muscle behind it promoting it."

In the Chicago Sun-Times, Jim DeRogatis (and others) recount their first concert experience.

CBS Sunday Morning features three singer-songwriters this week: Jenny Lewis, Mason Jennings, and Beth Orton.

The Philadelphia Inquirer offers a set of blogging do's and don't's.

The San Diego Tribune examines the changing technology of music.

Consumer demand for individual songs has led the record industry to try some new approaches. Last year, the Warner Music Group created Cordless Recordings.

Rather than release albums, this new “e-label” will issue what it calls online “clusters” of three or more songs every few months, but not in CD or any other physical form. Instead, Cordless releases will be available exclusively to downloading services, users of wireless devices and legal peer-to-peer networks.

The median cost of developing and marketing a Cordless “cluster” artist is $50,000. That's significantly less than the $500,000 typically spent to underwrite an album by a new act on a major label.

The San Jose Mercury News profiles woman bloggers, including Maggie Mason of Mighty Girl and Mighty Goods.

``I really like stuff,'' says Mason, 30. ``I thought it'd be cool to find a place where I could put all this stuff I was finding on the Web and have people click through and own it easy-peasy. Collecting it all in one place also satisfied my own acquisition instinct. It's a way to tell a bunch of people about something you've found that intrigues or touches you. It's an accumulation of my tastes.''

YouTube has a video of Cocorosie's Danish "elevator session."

Singer-songwriter Nicolai Dunger talks to Harp about his new album, Here's My Song....

“It was really liberating for me to skip the guitar,” Dunger says, emphasizing that everything on the album was recorded live with minimal overdubs. “It’s a lot more of me crooning away on the vocals, with a lot of space around them, instead of always hearing the strumming of the guitar.”


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