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RADIO KILLED THE IPOD STAR? CHANGING MUSIC LISTENING HABITS

Posted by Billyjam, October 24, 2008 04:00am | Post a Comment
Radio killed the iPod star? Not quite but, as reported this week by Ad Age, a recent study of online and radio listening habits of a youth/young-adult demographic, revealed some interesting findings.

The study, which was conducted by Paragon Research in a random survey of 400 14-24 year olds, showed that this group has increased its time spent listening to radio by 11% this year, while its time spent listening to iPods has actually decreased by 13%.

In the Ad Age story, Jeff Haley, president-CEO of the RAB (Radio Advertising Bureau), said the study confirms what the radio industry has heard anecdotally by reflecting the "lack of inertia in the MP3 experience. You don't have the ability to refresh or any kind of automated way to come across great new music. As a result, that isolated programming effect does not allow you the serendipitous experience the way radio does."

Indeed, that is exactly what makes listening to your favorite (especially local, non commercial) radio station in real time so special: the surprise and sense of the unexpected; never knowing what will be next on the DJ's playlist or in his/her mic break. But of course, a radio or an iPod are merely listening devices and it is only a matter of time before all digital players such as iPods will be easily able to pick up all terrestrial radio stations' streams on their iPods and other music players.

AMOEBA'S GUITAR HERO WORLD TOUR PREVIEW PARTY AT BLAKE'S

Posted by Billyjam, October 23, 2008 02:42pm | Post a Comment
 

In case you haven't already heard this, Saturday night at Blake's in Berkeley Amoeba Music is throwing a very special Midnight Sale and Preview Party for the brand new Guitar Hero World Tour game whose official release date is Sunday (Oct 26th). This brand new Guitar Hero (for Wii, PS3, and Xbox360) will be sold at Blakes by itself as well as along with the bundle pack, according to Amoeba's Tarin Muir. 

From all reports, this anticipated new Guitar Hero is sure to be a big hit, especially for the upcoming holidays. Guitar Hero World Tour comes complete with new wireless six-piece drum set with fan-like cymbals, a slap-strum pad on its 25% larger sunburst guitar, an impressive 86 master recording track list, plus lots of new features such as Wii Freestyle (scroll down to video below poster to learn more about this Wii-only mode).

The no-admission Amoeba Guitar Hero World Tour Midnight Sale & Preview Party at Blake's on Telegraph Ave starts at 10PM Saturday night, October 25th. Note that even though the party is a 21+ event, there will be window sales for anyone underage to pick up the game. 

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AMOEBA MUSIC WEEKLY HIP-HOP ROUND UP 10:23:08

Posted by Billyjam, October 23, 2008 08:00am | Post a Comment
                                   Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Five: 10:23:08

1) Jake One White Van Music (Rhymesayers)

2) Mighty Underdogs Droppin' Science Fiction (Definitive Jux)

3) MF Doom Operation Doomsday (Traffic)

4) Micheal Franti & Spearhead All Rebel Rockers (Anti)

5) Devin the Dude Landing Gear (Razor & Tie Music)

Thanks to Luis at Amoeba Music San Francisco for this week's top five, which includes super talented Seattle producer Jake One and his guest-heavy (over two dozen emcees!) album White Van Music on Rhymesayers in the number one slot. Also with many guest shots, but not near as many as Jake One's record, is the Bay Area supergroup the Mighty Underdogs (Lateef the Truth Speaker, Gift of Gab, & Headnodic) and their recent Def Jux release Droppin' Science Fiction which is the number two top selling hip-hop album at the Haight Street Amoeba this week. As is the case over at the Berkeley Amoeba, the Bay Area's much loved Michael Franti and Spearhead's new album All Rebel Rockers on Anti is also selling well in the San Francisco store. Others on the hip-hop top five include Devin the Dude's Landing Gear and the MF Doom album re-release of Operation Doomsday courtesy of Traffic Entertainment. 

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THIS (AC/DC COVERS) BAND WILL NEVER BREAK UP

Posted by Billyjam, October 23, 2008 07:58am | Post a Comment

                

The above video of a one-man AC/DC covers band was posted on YouTube a month ago by deathwish808. The one-man band, who gets no ID, although he does look a bit like Jack White, proves that a single man (or woman) can do it all, even if they do mess up a bit on the vocals.

JAMEOBLOG TOP TEN: WEEK OF 10:21:08

Posted by Billyjam, October 21, 2008 07:36am | Post a Comment
                                                            Jamoeblog Top Ten 10:21:08

1. Mike Relm "Everytime (feat. Del the funky Homosapien & Adrian Hartley)" (Deep Fried)

2. Mulatto Patriot "Showtime (feat. Prosper Jones & Mena)" (MP)

3. People Under The Stairs "Letter 2 c/o The Bronx" (Gold Dust Media)

4. CYNE "Just Say No" (Hometapes)

5. Jake-One "I'm Coming (feat. Black Milk & Nottz)"  (Rhymesayers)




6. Madlib the Beat Konducta "Disco Dance" (Rapster/BBE)

7. C-Rayz Walz & Kosha Dillz "Holiday" (Modular Moods)

8. Kaboose "Two Sides" (Syntax)

9. Cre-8 "Hootie & the Bloated Blowfish" (Potency)

10. Fort Knox Five "Sao Funky (pts. I & II featuring Javier Miranda)"  (Fort Knox)

Mike Relm's hit-bound single "Everytime" appears in three different (emcee) versions on the SF DJ's brand new debut album Spectacle (out today, Oct 21st, and avail in Amoeba Music). The track features female vocalist Adrian Hartley (who he worked with on the Blue Man project) on each of the three versions. The best version ("Everytime") is with Oakland emcee Del the Funky Homosapien, while the other two (almost but not quite as good) versions feature the emcees Mr Lif ("You Break") and ADeeM ("My Heart"). The rest of this new album is really good too, with some nice electro tracks, cameos from Quannum's Lateef and GIft of Gab, plus a bunch of TV montage skits sprinkled throughout, which makes sense since Mike Relm's specialty is doing live video mixes culled from hours of TV and movies.

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