From Rip Van Winkle to Arsenio Hall, there's something fascinating about people who attempt a comeback after a two-decade absence. To change direction once is hardly surprising in this economy: We've all read the trend pieces about the laid-off bankers who found peace baking gluten-free cupcakes. Bu ... More >>
Also see "Emanuel Pleitez, the Most Amazing Person Who Won't Win the March 5 L.A. Mayoral Primary." By Amanda Lewis Los Angeles mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel isn't using it, but candidates Eric Garcetti and Emanuel Pleitez are. So are five of 12 candidates vying for City Council District 13, and ... More >>
[Editor's Note: Fuck Guilty Pleasures celebrates the over-produced, commercial, artless, lowbrow music that we believe is genuinely worthwhile. Like, among the best music ever.] The number one song in the country, as you probably know, is a Seattle-based white independent hip-hop artist's ode to sh ... More >>
The Internet can be a great marketing tool, but it is ruining the likelihood that new acts can create viable music careers. The '90s were the Golden Age for cash advances and record sales, partly because Internet connections were slow and file sharing wasn't rampant. Then Napster happened, and every ... More >>
[Editor's note: Jeff Weiss's column, "Bizarre Ride," appears on West Coast Sound every Wednesday. Be sure to also check out the archives.] It's hard to pinpoint the date when the music industry stopped speaking like a shell-shocked trench poet, but the sky quietly quit falling. Last year, album sal ... More >>
Additional reporting by Ali Trachta UPDATE: SOME NEW, MIND-BLOWING SHIT HAS COME TO LIGHT! See the bottom of the post. See also: Backstreet's Back, All Right! Kevin Richardson Dons a Tuxedo, Talks Lusty 12-Year-Olds Welcome to our new column, Lyrical Dissections. It's pretty self-explanato ... More >>
David Fincher commented on Mark Zuckerberg's status. His latest, on Facebook's birth and the minds behind it, invites you to join him
[Make sure to read Jeff Weiss' piece on Open Mike Eagle, from the LA Weekly print edition.] Open Mike Eagle - I Rock from Mush Records on Vimeo. In the first ten minutes of his acidic and excellent debut, "Unapologetic Art Rap," Open Mike Eagle samples Pavement and sings a portion of TV on the Ra ... More >>
Corridos are narrative ballads in Spanish, a much-loved form in popular song among Mexicans and the Spanish-speaking populations of the Southwestern US. (Note to gringos: If Johnny Cash had been Mexican, he would have sung corridos). One of the most interesting aspects of corridos is that, since th ... More >>
Melissa Jun RowleySocial Media Rock Stars: Digg's Kevin Rose and Mashable's Pete CashmoreFor more than half a century the Grammy Awards have been the pinnacle institution of American music. (But that doesn't mean the tone of the show and the brand itself have to be institutional.) While the ... More >>
The Internet has the capacity to ruin some and propel others to stardom. The file-sharing site Napster turned the band Metallica into joke fodder, launched Radiohead into the US Top 20 for the first time and uprooted an entire Industry along the way. Nowhere was this more apparent than at Digital Ho ... More >>
And I'll stay home if I want to
Allan Klepfisz, CEO of Qtrax, telegraphs the company's death spiral. Lesson: Do not trust graying, comfortable men when they tell you they've seen the future.
How a troubled old guild is being saved by a gutsier, newly radicalized crowd
At least Modest Mouse got name-dropped in a Supreme Court case
ALEC HANLEY BEMIS on the casualties and survivors in the war between the Cynics and the True Believers
A digital new era finds the labels asleep
you can lead consumers to music, but can you make them pay?
“Hyped to Death”: DIY’s cutout classics
if you upload it, they will come – true or false?
Independent music in 2001
The record industry sued Napster and has just inhaled MP3.com. Is there a future for music on the Internet? Analog Pussy thought so... Then they got a scary e-mail...
The Napster museum of cultural heritage
The beautiful chaos of Kill Radio
The end of the Web as we know it
Why Napster, extraterrestrials, Southern hillbillies and Dick Clark mean more to the future of music than copyright and the Recording Industry Association of America
How Napster restored my faith in the Internet (and why the RIAA can’t take it away)
MP3: Recontextualization is your best entertainment value
At the Chateau Marmont, in Beverly Hills, on television and in his new memoir
Genie 1, Bottle 0
Napster unleashes whole new Net ball game
Record biz romances some tech sites, clobbers others. What gives?