Archive for the ‘music’ Category

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

East Van Podcast: Chris Peterson

by Warren

Vancouver music legend Chris Peterson sat down for a chinwag with EVP host Jonny Vancouver to talk about his music, the internet’s effect on the music industry, and how he manages to work on multiple projects while keeping a day job. Shot with the JVC GY-HM100U, cut in Final Cut Studio, and graded with Magic Bullet Suite.

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

The East Van Podcast: Galaxion edition

by Warren

DJs Techtard and Malificent join Jonny Vancouver to talk about Galaxion, a celebration of games, booze and 80’s tunes.

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

Fans resurrect lost Doctor Who episodes

by Warren

The BBC, in their infinite wisdom, decided sometimes in the late Sixties or early Seventies that they needed space for new shows in their tape library, and destroyed many of the original tapes containing Hartnell, Troughton, and even a few Pertwee stories. Despite the odd find each decade of a lost story molding away in some backwater, many of these classic Who tales are lost in the mists of time…until now.

It turns out many a fan recorded the audio from the shows as they were broadcast, so almost all the soundtracks have been preserved. But a cadre of fans spread across the globe are taking things a step further and animating the classic lost Doctor Who adventures to recreate the Doctor’s first adventures. The BBC did this officially with “The Invasion,” but as stated in the Guardian story, animating is a tremendous amount of work. Fans don’t care, though, they want their Who and they’re willing to put noses to the grindstone to get it.

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Kiss slags Radiohead for giving away music

by Warren

Well, thanks, Gene Simmons, now we have a terrible TV show AND your idiocy and ignorance regarding the digital age with which to mock you. Apparently, according to Gene, the music industry is dead and it’s all the fault of the fans. It couldn’t possibly be that the old model Kiss rode to fame and fortune on isn’t valid anymore, or that maybe nobody wants music from a bunch of aging rock-dorks. No sir, couldn’t be that at all.

Thursday, June 12th, 2008


by Warren

The Canadian DMCA has just been tabled by the House of Commons, and from what I can tell (gleaned from Michael Geist’s excellent blog post) it’s a complete and total ruinous mess for the future of electronic media in Canada. Let’s, just for a second, get past the spectre of evil pirates stealing content from hard-working, impoverished studios and record companies. This bill makes it illegal for anyone to transfer music they bought off a CD and onto their own iPod. It also makes it illegal to unlock an iPhone or other locked digital devices, to the tune of a $20,000 fine. So the fact that I’ve been carting around said iPhone for the last six months is apparently more important than the fact that our representatives in Parliament consort with gangster molls or that the Alberta tar sands are an ecological disaster area. No, people downloading the latest Coldplay album is what our law enforcement services should concern themselves with.

The real irony here is that the studios are the authors of their own destruction. If these laws are actually enforceable, all that will happen is that people won’t bother to watch copyrighted material anymore. The means of production are cheaper than ever, and more and more people are watching amateur video, citizen journalism and other user generated content. The drive for self-preservation will actually accelerate the decline and fall of big media, by its own hand.

And the potential damage from this bill doesn’t just affect individuals. Companies in the business of moving and storing content, like Domain7, have already expressed concerns (check their news section for their take on the bill).

What can you do to voice your concerns about this bill? Email your member of Parliament (I just did, for the very first time), join online groups like the Fair Copyright for Canada group on Facebook, and join the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Canadian Music Creators Coalition, and other groups advocating for digital rights.

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

New article about Apple rebates up on Mac | Life

by Warren

I have another article up on Mac|Life, this time about the rebate all Canadians who purchased iPods before June 24, 2004 can claim for a $45 credit from Apple. Do you qualify? More importantly, what will you do with your Apple rebate?

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

The death of NME and the snobbery of the British music press

by Warren

The New Music Express has alternatively championed and derided every major form of music to come out of the UK since the 1970s, but according the Time of London, the august tome might finally due to expire. Meanwhile, music critics surprisingly hate the artists beloved by the public, and vice versa.

Saturday, December 8th, 2007

The NY Times on Radiohead’s online gambit

by Warren

Radiohead recently gave away their latest album, “In Rainbows,” online with the caveat that listeners could donate whatever they found appropriate. The NY Times examines both the band’s decision and the larger trend of musicians splitting off from their labels and going out on their own.

Monday, October 29th, 2007

Vinyl + MP3: the ultimate CD-killer?

by Cam Cavers

Wired has an interesting report on the resurgence of vinyl record sales among die-hard music fans. Apparently some indie labels are finding that selling music on vinyl with enclosed coupons for MP3 downloads is proving to be a very popular mix. Music-lovers can satisfy their tin ears at home listening to the richness of sound vinyl offers (while enjoying the large format album art), and then use the coupon to grab the same album for free off the label’s website for their iPods.

( If nothing else, it sounds like a great excuse to buy that DJ turntable setup you know you’ve always wanted…)

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

Nine Inch Nails snubs the entire record industry

by Cam Cavers

Hot on the heels of Radiohead’s decision to market and distribute their new album themselves (for whatever price fans feel like paying), NIN’s Trent Reznor has announced that as of now, Nine Inch Nails are free agents and will not be seeking a contract with a record company now that their contract has expired. (Kudos, btw, to Duncan Riley at TechCrunch for having the guts to go for the obvious Kent-Brockman-esque “nine-inch-nail-in-record-industry-coffin” wordplay in his headline; he’s a braver man than I!)