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20 Watts Reviews Lou Barlow’s Goodnight Unknown by gjfitton
Goodnight Unknown

Goodnight Unknown

PREVIEW: DOWNLOAD Lou Barlow’s “The Right” MP3
WE GIVE IT: 15/20 Watts

Lou Barlow‘s new album, Goodnight Unknown, serves as an alternative-folk fusion record with an intriguing and mellow sound. With a calming, yet captivating voice similar to that of Trent Reznor, Barlow lays the groundwork for a creative and varied album with a handful of different style tracks. His first album in four years, and second for Merge Records, it appears that he’s learned a bit in the time off between releases.

Sonically, this album varies greatly, and is very well produced and mixed. “Faith in Your Heartbeat” is a somber track that provides a steady guitar progression, accompanied by Barlow’s solemn vocals. Continue reading

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Deal Or No Deal? by shabutie31
February 11, 2009, 12:36 am
Filed under: Industry News | Tags: , , ,

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Today nothing is sacred in the music industry. Capitalist agendas have overshadowed those of their artists and successfully allowed the suffocation of art in all forms of major media outlets. Clear Channel successfully killed radio; Viacom pushed MTV from music to reality; and now the Holy Grail, the concert industry, is about to be controlled by a monopoly of sorts. Ticketmaster, the be-all and end-all when it comes to ticketing, has entered into talks with Live Nation, a powerhouse of venues and artists, with hopes of merging.

Oh great! Like behemoth corporations haven’t already done enough to oversaturate the market with commercial garbage, now we’ve got two big players coming together to umbrella the live concert industry?

What’s on the agenda you ask? Is it music? The answer is a resounding NO. Money, capital, the all mighty dollar is the force behind this marriage proposal. Today we complain about Ticketmaster and their high service charges, but what does this merger mean for the future of ticket prices? Who knows what tricks these two have up their sleeves, especially when they’ll have unfettered access to countless mega-pop acts, over 15o venues, and the standard ticketing services.

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