Tennyson perfectly captured my state of mind last night. After the events of the past few days, compounded by more than three months of isolation, I was feeling a bit overwhelmed. And then a friend recommended watching Other Music, a documentary about a record store in New York City. Other Music was located on 4th … Continue reading Algorithmic discovery of music lacks emotional appeal
A very long time ago, I met David Porter, and we talked about music and its future. We talked about streaming and the romance of mixtapes. I wrote about his startup, 8tracks. If it was a great and clever idea, from an entrepreneur who loved music and its nuances. David is one of the good … Continue reading No more 8tracks
Earlier this week, the New York Post reported that the cover of the July 29th issue of Time magazine, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo mission to the moon, is “brought to you by Jimmy Dean” and features a front cover flap with “an ad on its underside ‘celebrating 50 years of quality sausage.’” The decades have certainly been kinder to sausage than they have to magazines. This is just the latest indignity to be suffered by a former property of Time Inc., which itself has been dismantled and sold off like pieces of scrap metal to other publishers, who are now primarily in the business of strip-mining for consumer profile data.