ASCAP, Music, and Fair Use in New Media

We have come a long way since the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) was founded in 1914. Music industries have blown up so much in the last 2 decades alone; we have gone through phases of new genres, ridden waves of new electronic instrumentation, and been introduced to a plethora of music […]

WTF with Marc Maron and the Intimacy of Podcasting

 It is this sort of intimacy that clearly distinguishes a podcast from a radio show. Maron’s show, in particular, represents the sort of intimacy that podcast listener will look for. 

Who owns what? Kina Grannis and a fan funded music label

According to John Hartley’s article “Economy + Culture + Technology = Newness,” talent is the product of culture. Through interactions within and among groups, innovation emerges. One important aspect of the temporal nature of the internet, is the feeling as though a user can be a direct contributor to the content of a given producer. […]

The Problem with the Creative Industries or: The One Where Thomas Writes Way Too Much About Music

I had the pleasure of listening to Marc Maron’s WTF podcast last week. His guest on the show was musician/music producer Steve Albini. Albini was the founding member of one of the most sarcastic aggressive bands to come out of Chicago’s punk scene, Big Black (abrasive might be a bit of understatement in describing their […]

The Bohemian, The Brooklynite, and the Blogger

While New York City is officially split into five boroughs, any good New Yorker knows the divide goes farther than the split between Queens and Brooklyn. Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx, and Staten Island all make up a collective of over two-hundred different neighborhoods ranging from the financially sufficient neighborhoods like Sutton Place or Astoria […]

Non-Conformity: The Punk Rock Tradition turned into Conformist Bohemia

As I was reading Sociologist Richard Lloyd’s Neo-Bohemia: Art and Commerce in the Post Industrial City I found myself connecting the reading to my senior capstone project on the punk rock movement. I was thinking about the creative class and its connection to gentrification. I was also thinking about the components of punk rock and […]