In Sorrow’s Wake

Where words fail, music speaks. ~ Hans Christian Andersen One month ago today, two of our dearest friends lost their only child in a car accident. Andrew York performed "In Sorrow's Wake" at the memorial service.

By | January 1st, 2013|Guitar|

2BOX Drumit Five comes to the USA for Christmas

For those of you who have been with us since we since we named the 2BOX DrumIt 5 as the Best New Product at the 2010 NAMM Show, Christmas has been a long time coming.  Click here to see pricing and availability on the drum modules and cymbals.  For the drums themselves, you will need [...]

By | December 18th, 2012|Drums|

Olive ONE: crowd-funded HD music player

One music player to rule them all? Are you searching for: ...The elegance of Bang and Olufsen without the exorbitant pricing? ...Apple-like user friendliness without a closed, proprietary system? ...The audio quality of HD music servers without the hefty hardware? Then you'll have to wait, but the Olive ONE promises to deliver all of that [...]

By | December 12th, 2012|iThing, Tech|

How Music Works: digital edition – what have we lost?

Byrne, Bookstores, and Black Friday Do you miss bookstores? I do. In a letter to subscribers announcing the eBook availability of How Music Works, David Byrne shares his conflicted feelings about the digital edition: I like eBooks. I like physical books, too. It's sad to watch bookstores disappear as more and more folks buy their [...]

By | November 23rd, 2012|Gig Bag, music industry|

2012 Holiday gift guide for music and audio geeks

Fiscal Cliff Edition - Gifts under $50 RHA MA-350 Aluminium Noise Isolating In-Ear Earphones - $39.95 Anxious over the coming fiscal apocalypse?  Let your loved ones soothe themselves with music delivered by these handsome noise-isolating earphones.  They use passive noise reduction (the good kind), which  protects your ears since you can listen at lower volumes.  [...]

By | November 21st, 2012|Gig Bag|

Drums XD: Editor’s Choice – best Drums for the iPad

Drums XD solves the problems of drums on the iPad The App Store is lousy with drum apps, most of them not worth the time they take to download.  There are a lot of challenges when playing drums on an iPad.  Drums XD solves the most common problems, and does so in the most musical [...]

By | October 24th, 2012|Drums, iThing|

LLF Celebrates 1st Birthday at the Black Cat in DC – 10/19/12

DC music advocate Listen Local First is celebrating their first birthday with a special show at the Black Cat featuring the DC-based touring collective "The 9 Songwriter Series". The show presents 9 musicians, featured over the past year by LLF, collaborating with one another to make for a night of great DC-based music. The lineup [...]

By | October 18th, 2012|Gig Bag|

5 tips for better low-budget music videos

This guest post is from Peter Gavin of GigMasters, who advises: If your dream is to be the next Spielberg, this post is NOT for you. This is for anyone who has no clue on how to make a video.   You should shoot in the best quality possible, but you don’t want [...]

By | September 5th, 2012|Gig Bag, Tech|

iTunes Festival 2012: 30 nights of free music

Now Available on Apple TV It may not be the biggest music festival in the world, but it's probably the longest and most accessible.  From September 1 - 30, 2012, you can catch the iTunes Music Festival on your computer, iOS device -- and for the first time this year -- through an Apple TV [...]

By | September 3rd, 2012|Gig Bag, iThing|

Google Docs and deep thoughts on Spotify from Zoë Keating

MMT Featured Artist Zoë Keating updated her Spotify spreadsheet with some deep thoughts today, and not much has changed since we checked in around a year ago.  Despite reports about big increases in Spotify payouts, the average per stream appears stuck at a fraction of a penny. Spotify Accounting: October 2001 - March 2012 Below [...]

By | July 30th, 2012|music industry|