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Beastie Boys’ Mike D on How Grunge Killed ‘Big, Fluffy Long Hair’

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The Beastie Boys’ Mike D has been revisiting the 1990s as part of a video series for Vanity Fair, with the rapper touching on everything from the Biggie/2Pac beef to the Arsenio Hall Show. On Wednesday, Mike D briefly touches on the grunge scene that changed the look and sound of rock music during the Bill Clinton era.

“What was interesting about grunge was that it was this death sentence to the rock that had preceded it, which was hair metal. All of a sudden, grunge came in [and] it wasn’t cool anymore, if you were a guy at the gas station, to be into Warrant,” Mike D told Vanity Fair. “You couldn’t have big, fluffy long hair. You had to have fucked up shorter hair and a plaid shirt. You couldn’t be walking around the gas station in spandex anymore.”
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Perry Farrell Q&A: Lollapalooza Headliners, Building a Festival Lineup & More

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Starting this Friday, as they have every year since 2005, bands and fans will make the pilgrimage to Chicago’s Grant Park to attend Lollapalooza. Started in 1991 as the vision of Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, Lolla changed the face of the music world and helped demonstrate the viability of wide-ranging festivals. Lollapalooza was the precursor to Warped, Coachella and every alternative music festival that goes on today.
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The Ambient Sounds Of Science Fiction Spaceships Playlist

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Slightly off topic: YouTube user crysknife007, aka Cheesy Nirvosa put together this playlist that features the ambient sounds of science fiction spaceships.

The playlist includes these greatest ambient sound hits:

  • Star Trek TNG Ambient Engine Noise (Idling for 24 hrs)
  • Star Trek TOS Ambient Engine Noise (Idling for 24 hrs)
  • Original Battlestar Galactica Ambient Engine Sound ( For 12 Hours )
  • Nostromo Ambient Engine Noise ( Ship from Alien for 12 Hours )
  • 12 Hour Tardis sound from Doctor Who

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4 Reasons Why Music Careers Are Getting Trounced By Tech

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It used to be that if our best and brightest had any affinity for music at all, they would go to great ends to enter the business, with a long-term vision in mind. Not so today, as music careers are getting trounced by the tech industry when it comes to job choice and availability, and there’s no end to this movement in sight.

Where music was once seen by many as one of the highest callings possible, that perception seemed to die with the 90’s even as the music business hit its peak. It’s been all downhill since as the brain drain and lack of incoming talent has only helped to accelerate the industry’s fall to where it is today at about half its all-time high revenue.
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A$AP Rocky Doc Features Instrumental Album Tracks, Or ‘How Music Is Supposed to Sound’

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It started from emptiness — empty beds, really, on A$AP Rocky’s tour bus while globetrotting as the opener on Rihanna’s Diamonds tour, and Vice Media’s music channel Noisey had its first feature-length film. The documentary, titled SVDDXNLY (pronounced “Suddenly”) will be released in five parts on Noisey beginning Aug. 5.

“He’s been on a rapid rise, and it’s kind of the thing about the film title — it may not be so straightforward, but he rose to fame overnight,” director and producer David Laven told The Hollywood Reporter at a special screening of SVDDXNLY in full at Vice’s headquarters in Brooklyn. What began as a small project evolved quickly. “Literally, two days in, … Rocky was just like, ‘Can you guys just stay with us the whole tour?’ … We came back and started editing, and this seven-minute piece we were going to make turned into an hour-long film.” Read the rest of this page »

8 Questions To Ask To Determine A Production Budget

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It used to be that when you were working your way up the food chain as a music producer, you’d hone your chops with indie artists, at first not signed to a label, then signed to smaller labels. Today this is a fact of life for all production pros whether you’re just starting or are a seasoned veteran producer.

One of the major questions that producers new to the game often ask is, “How do I determine a budget?” Here’s an excerpt from my Music Producer’s Handbook that will provide 8 questions that you can ask your client (even if it’s a label), in order to better understand what your client’s needs are, and how you can best fulfill them. Read the rest of this page »

Jeezy “Under The Influence” Tour Vlog #1

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Check Young Jeezy on the “Under The Influence” tour with Wiz Khalifa.

SoundWorks Collection Interview Series – Chris Dugan

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Bay Area based engineer and producer Chris Dugan talks with the SoundWorks Collection about his road to Jingle Town Studios. We talk about his journey as a small studio owner to recording the grammy winning Green Day album American Idiot.

Chris also talks about an unreleased Green Day holiday album and his perspective on recording albums with different size budgets.
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New App, GliderVerb, Lets You ‘Glide’ Between Room Sizes

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Amazing Noises has released GliderVerb - a “Reverberator with Glissandos”, simulating a room gradually changing its shape.

Here’s a preview of GliderVerb in action:
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Fabolous Speaks On “Loso’s Way 2″ & Upcoming Tracks With Chris Brown & Nicki Minaj

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Fabolous speaks on his upcoming tracks with Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj. “Loso’s Way 2″ is on the way.

Vans Warped Tour’s Nashville Stop Illustrates an Evolving Fest

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The Vans Warped Tour presented by Journeys hit Nashville yesterday, where about 12,000 turned out to the Tennessee State Fairgrounds to see upwards of 100 bands. Tour founder/producer Kevin Lyman tells Billboard that attendance will hit about 520,000 this year, on a par with some of the tour’s most successful years ever. Among the headliners this year were Breathe Carolina, Dangerkids, Less Than Jake, Issues, Of Mice And Men, The Summer Set, Watsky, We The Kings, 3OH!3, Bad Rabbits, Bayside, Save The Day and Yellowcard.
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Pussy Riot Members Suing Russian Government

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Pussy Riot Members Suing Russian Government

Two members of Pussy Riot are suing the Russian government in a European court for human rights violations over their arrest after the punk band’s demonstration at a Moscow cathedral in 2012.

Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who received amnesty late last year after serving 21 months in prison and pre-trial confinement, are each seeking €120,000 (more than $161,000) in compensation, plus €10,000 (more than $13,000) in court fees.
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More Mono Vinyl For The Beatles

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Most Beatles albums were mixed primarily in mono until The White Album, according to engineer Ken Scott in his Abbey Road To Ziggy Stardust book (which I was most honored to co-write), with the stereo mixes done as an afterthought, since stereo was such a new technology at the time. This practice continues until the band discovered that some fans were actually buying both mono and stereo copies of their albums because of the slight mix differences between them. At that point, the Boys determined that it would be a good idea to spend more time mixing the stereo versions, which they did from that point on.
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R. Kelly Dropped From Ohio Festival After Protests

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R. Kelly has been dropped from the lineup of an Ohio music festival following complaints about his past as an alleged sexual predator.

The musician was slated to perform on the opening day of the inaugural Fashion Meets Music Festival over Labor Day weekend in Columbus. But following complaints on Twitter and Facebook and bands and vendors reportedly pulling out of the event, the festival tweeted Monday that it and the musician “have decided to part ways,” linking to a USA Today article about the decision.

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Are Investors Losing Patience With Pandora?

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Are Investors Losing Patience With Pandora?

Critics are circling Internet radio company Pandora after shares fell as much as 14.5 percent and closed down 10.3 percent Friday following the company’s second-quarter earnings release. Shares were down over 2 percent in Monday afternoon trading.

Revenue and user growth can lead analysts, investors and onlookers to overlook a lack of profitability. Top-line performance was strong. Driven by mobile advertising, Pandora revenue grew 38 percent to a record $218.9 million in the second quarter.
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