Laura Veirs Took a Year to Unpack Her Process and Surprised Herself on 'The Lookout'

Laura Veirs Took a Year to Unpack Her Process and Surprised Herself on 'The Lookout'

Over the course ten albums and nearly two decades, Portland OR-based Laura Veirs has quietly and independently become one the most well-respected, prolific songwriters in the U.S. Her output includes a number nature and geology-themed albums: Troubled by the Fire, Carbon Glacier, Year Meteors and Saltbreakers — as well as July Flame, named after a variety peach; a kids album […]

Avicii Found Dead In Muscat, Oman

Avicii Found Dead In Muscat, Oman

Swedish pop-DJ Avicii has been found dead at age 28.  The circumstances surrounding his death remain unknown but suspicious. The following is a developing story.  Last updated Apr 20th 11:45 am PT. Swedish superstar DJ Avicii (real name Tim Bergling) has been confirmed dead today (April 20th), a shock to the music community.  Exactly what killed the superstar — I’m not sure we […]

California's Landmark Net Neutrality Bill Survives a Major Legislative Hurdle

California's Landmark Net Neutrality Bill Survives a Major Legislative Hurdle

California SB 822, the strongest net neutrality bill in the nation, has now advanced towards a broader Senate vote. It would be the strongest and most far-reaching net neutrality law in the nation.  Accordingly, telecommunications companies and mega-ISPs like Comcast are fighting it tooth-and-nail. So far, those efforts aren’t working.  Just this afternoon, SB 822 passed the Senate Energy, Utilities, […]

Spotify Unleashes Its First 'Windowed' Release — And It's Not for Taylor Swift

Spotify Unleashes Its First 'Windowed' Release — And It's Not for Taylor Swift

Once upon a time, Daniel Ek vowed to never artificially restrict access to Spotify users. But that was before a lot renegotiations and years back-and-forth.  Now, several years and multiple licensing agreements later, Spotify is fering its first ‘windowed’ release. Digital Music News first reported that major labels were pushing for ‘windowed’ or ‘gated’ releases in August 2015.  But given heavy […]

Spotify Is About to Receive a Giant Gift from Congress. Time for Another Acquisition…

Spotify Is About to Receive a Giant Gift from Congress. Time for Another Acquisition…

The Music Modernization Act (MMA) will forgive Spotify for years bad behavior.  Ahead its passage, the company is already moving forward with some post-MMA acquisition plans. Spotify’s ‘non-IPO’ came with a lot complex puzzles.  For example: why is a company that has lost $3 billion — and $1.5 billion in the last year — worth $26.5 billion on Wall Street? Smart analysts […]

Is This Who You Want Representing You? – Digital Music News

Is This Who You Want Representing You? – Digital Music News

Something interesting happened to me recently. Ari Herstand was working on an investigative report, Music PR Company: 25% Our Clients Are Entitled Little Brats, discussing how Manimal PR was under-delivering to its clients while charging exorbitant rates.  While he was fact-gathering, I received a very strange (yet entertaining) email, but more on this in a minute. The terrible email etiquette […]

Drake's New Restaurant, Pick 6ix, Gets 2.5 Stars on Yelp

Drake's New Restaurant, Pick 6ix, Gets 2.5 Stars on Yelp

Too expensive, bad service.  Welcome to Drake’s brand-new restaurant, Pick 6ix. Like many successful rappers, Drake is all about building well-diversified empires.  But Drake’s latest foray into fine dining is getting panned.  The restaurant, opened in downtown Toronto in February, has proven a tough sell — even to high-priced foodies. After a brutal 30+ reviews from early takers, Pick 6ix […]

Comcast Announces 1-Gigabit Broadband for $140/month. The Same Service Is $20/month In South Korea.

Comcast Announces 1-Gigabit Broadband for $140/month. The Same Service Is $20/month In South Korea.

Is the FCC’s broadband deployment strategy really working out for Americans? Comcast is now aggressively expanding its high-speed, 1 Gig, DOCSIS 3.1 broadband fering in the U.S.  It’s lightning fast.  Oh, and it’s also $140 a month. For most, an internet connection featuring 1 Gbps downloads is plenty fast.  According to Comcast’s marketing material, Xfinity’s ‘1 Gig’ fering will allow […]