To free or not to free: I am begging you to listen to my music, but only because you want to…???

Courtesy of local music scene satirist Richard Douche-ard. Used withouthis damn permission. Try and stop me! To free or not to free?I’ve been having a series of conversations on Facebook (1 – 2) about various components of the value of music and, much like other aspects of life (stupid Hollywoodized …

The Motion Sick: Live Recordings and Fun Stuff Like That…

We’re experimenting with a new service called Gimme Sound.  The idea of it is that fans can download music for free and the company splits its ad revenue based on the number of downloads you receive.  So, as an extra incentive, we’re starting out by posting some bonus materials.  Right …

The Motion Sick: Biggest Earning Tours of 2008

I came across this list of the top earning tours of 2008. I noticed something interesting. All of these artists either have been around for ever and ever or (usually and) they have target audiences comprised of older folks (the only ones who can afford expensive concerts?). One might be …

The Motion Sick: Myspace? Is anyone out there? Are bands spammers?

It seems like every day on Myspace, we just get 50 requests from bands saying, “come listen to us” or “you’re friends with so and so, so we thought you’d like us” or “check out our new single.” My response is the same every time. I hit the spam button …

The Motion Sick: Team Love Library!

Team Love has decided to rotate a selection of free downloads of its albums and rarities in the Team Love Library: http://library.team-love.com/ It’s a great bunch of things available already. It looks like they are posting albums that have already been through their primary selling cycle (i.e., older records), but …

The Motion Sick: Music Absorption: The New Problem

Music Think Tank is a great blog examining how the music industry is changing. I know I’ve been posting a lot of industry stuff lately, but it’s really what’s on my mind as we try to come to terms with the complexities of the music and entertainment world. The latest …