I went record shopping today. Picked up the 180 gram new vinyl pressing of Appetite For Destruction by Gun s N’ Roses today as well as the 180 gram remastered vinyl of the first Van Halen album. Other finds include a Rick James 12″, Prince 12″ and Samantha Fox picture disc. On the dvd tip I grabbed Planet B-Boy. That new 9.5 sales tax in San Francisco sure hurts when music shopping.
Archive for April, 2009
Here’s part of an email that DJ Agent 86 sent to me the other day. Words of wisdom.
“There’s something I learnt a long time ago (well, about 7 or 8 years ago) – and this sounds pathetically cliche, but I’ve found it to be true: the cream always rises to the top.
When I first moved to Melbourne in 2000, I’d already been DJing for 11 years, but I found it extremely difficult to find work. In time, however, people started booking me every now & then, here & there, and it grew from there.
Now I’m not the world’s best DJ, but I ain’t crap either – and at the time most cats were stuck in one style: you were a “Hip-Hop DJ” so you weren’t allowed to play anything with vocals or anything that the most seemingly “hardcore” Hip-Hop DJ wouldn’t play, or you were a house DJ and you would never consider playing anything with a “boom-bap”, or you were an RnB DJ so you could never play anything too hardcore or “electronic”, etc, etc. I came along & smashed that. I was playing everything (rock, pop, hip-hop, r&b, funk, techno, house, disco, electro, new-wave, etc) – and cuttin’ it up and breakin’ it down to boot. Hip-Hop DJ’s hated me, house dj’s didn’t get it, promoters didn’t know what to say and many punters were confused – but in time it started working – and now? Everyone is “eclectic”!!
I guess what I’m tryin’ to say is, stick to your guns & I’m sure things will turn around. These homeboys who bought Serato & download music from blogs? You know, blogs are now the way kids “dig” – they don’t get their fingers dusty anymore. Chances are they don’t even really like music. When it comes time to take the next step, 95% will step off. In my 20 years DJ’ing I’ve seen suckers come & go more times than I can remember.”
The Coachella Festival had its second biggest year ever, with an attendance of 160,000, according to producer Paul Tollett, president of Goldenvoice, a division of AEG Live. The highest attendance for Coachella to date was 186,636 in 2007, which grossed $16.3 million. Last year’s festival drew 151,666 and grossed $13.8 million.
McDonald’s will do its first music-CD-based Happy Meal promotion starting today in partnership with children’s entertainment brand Kidz Bop. As part of the deal, which runs through May 21, McDonald’s will distribute eight differently colored, collectible sampler CDs in Happy Meals. Each CD contains four songs culled from Kidz Bop CDs plus the theme, “Kids Bop World,” for 33 songs total. The cd’s feature kid-friendly versions of pop songs (“Get the Party Started,” “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” “We Got the Beat,”) and were rerecorded in children’s voices. Over its eight years in business, Kidz Bop has sold 11 million CDs.