Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Guess I should start watching TV!

I don't see much TV, and award shows? Never. But this is pretty damn cool. "Clampdown" from the London Calling Album (One of the best collections of songs in the past 50 years) is one of the main reasons I ever picked up a guitar.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

DRM- Doesn't Really Matter? Because almost everyone is selling songs without it.

A lot of news about DRM free sales today:

Will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas opened his own digital download store with all tracks available with Digital Rights Management(DRM) (DRM is anti-copying software designed to prevent piracy but actually just limits the types of device the file can be played on.)HERE is an article about it.
In a previously announced move, Wal-Mart began selling DRM downloads through it's online store today. This will include tracks for artists on both the EMI and Universal. HERE is the full article.
The Rolling Stones are included in the tracks available on Wal-Mart's service as well as on www.7digital.com. 7Digital is selling The Stones' albums from the early 70's through their latest a Bigger Bang. The tracks are in very high resolution MP3 format, 320kbps (roughly double the quality of a standard iTunes track.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

U.S. Government Debt - Like a shopper at the mall on a credit card rampage.

This is frightening. The United States has been funding our overseas adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan by borrowing money from foreign countries. The majority of this debt is held by China. This past week there was some saber rattling by the Chinese about selling off their U.S. notes. This would bankrupt the U.S. instantly. I completely understand using debt responsibly but I am concerned that Mr. Bush's team may have made America more vulnerable to an economic catastrophe by leveraging our solid credit history (the dollar has been the most stable currency since World War II) in their strange attempt to restructure the political structure of the Mid-East. Read more in the Financial Times HERE.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Disco Biscuits Live on USB jump drive Bracelet!

This is the coolest: Disco Biscuits - Click HERE

At the Camp Bisco Festival in New York this week, The Disco Biscuits will be recording their sets and making them immediately available to the attendees on a USB stick. But wait, its not a stick its a bracelet!

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss!?

Whole Lotta Twang T. Bone Burnett is producing a new collaboration by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. Not sure if there are any plans for a tour. I'd love to hear Union Station cover Kashmir though it might make more sense to tackle some of the rootsy material on Zeppelin III.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Live Music - Julia Albert at The Derby, Los Angeles

Julia Albert showcased the songs from here new CD, More Real Than This, at the The Derby in Los Angeles on Wednesday night. She and her three piece back group filled the intimate venue with the powerful new tunes. I have never shared the stage with three more talented people, masterful fretwork from Allen Moreno and Urban Olsson and unbelievably souful singing from Julia herself. Look for her to perform at Kulak's Woodshed on Aug 11. This performance will be webcast.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Carbon Offsets - Fund new tree growth in U.S. National Forests

The National Forest Foundation in the U.S. has a carbon offset program that is geared toward improving our National Forests. On their website They have a "Carbon Calculator" that helps you determine what your household's carbon footprint is. A typical American is responsible for an average of 10.73 metric tons of carbon output per year. If you fly as often as I do that can quickly double or triple. After running the calculator you can place a donation for $6 per metric ton. This money is used to plant and maintain new trees in on U.S. land. Many other carbon offset programs are sued to plant new growth in other countries. While this is still helpful (carbon dioxide has no borders) it is an added benefit to improve our own park System while lower the impact of our domestic CO2 output.