On Wednesday, May 29, Steve Knopper of rollingstone.com detailed Daft Punk's domination of the Billboard album chart with the release of its eagerly awaited Random Access Memories. The article moves into territory deeper than simple retail numbers, though. Knopper dug into the number of Spotify spin ... More >>
Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship. For the average music listener, Mp3s are a compromise. Sound quality is traded for portability. For the ... More >>
By Emily Lundquist Ten dollars a month is a small price to pay for practically every piece of recorded music except The Beatles. Which is why, late last year, I signed up for Spotify. Only two months in, however, I was out, and feeling like I'd been ripped off. Turns out I'm not the only one. See ... More >>
The law of unintended consequences is far-reaching. It's easy to see how it applies to things like medication, the environment, and Prohibition, but it also applies to the advances in the computerization of music over the past decade. The proliferation of the use of streaming services such as Spotif ... More >>
Deep inside Spotify headquarters, at this very moment, some poor marketing team is tasked with the idea of making Spotify gift accounts sound like a good idea for a Christmas present. I know this because I am too cheap to pay to make the Spotify ads go away. So far they've been wise enough not to ... More >>
When I bought my first iPod--this was the first iPod, when the scroll wheel actually spun around--it was a severe blow to my nerd-cred, which I guarded pretty jealously at the time. (It was the only cred I had.) Relying on iTunes and its untouchable database to maintain my MP3 collection, instead of ... More >>
Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship. Question: If you were in the middle of a riot, streets overrun with people freaking out, smashing windows ... More >>
I saw it on the message board where I'd followed everything else, from the early interviews to the speculation over the song titles to the release of the 30-second Amazon and (more excitingly) 90-second iTunes samples, and where we'd argued for months over autotune in live performances and which vag ... More >>
Jack White's solo record, Blunderbuss, comes out next week, but it's streaming on iTunes right now. It's his first as a "solo" artist, though he is backed by a litany of past collaborators and friends, including St. Louis' own Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three, who act as White's backing band on ... More >>
Statistically speaking, you or some iTunes user you know has, ton-i-i-i-i-ight, confirmed that he and someone else are both young and proceeded to set the world on fire. fun., America's least search-engine-optimizable band--and, somehow, the first rock band since Nickelback to debut on top of the ... More >>
It's true: Megaupload has been gone an entire week, and for the millions of people who used the site because they like their totally legal for-pay cloud storage to come equipped with fake download links and massive flash banner ads I'm sure things have been difficult. For copyright holders, massiv ... More >>
There has never been one place you could go to find out everything you needed about any band anywhere. Imagine: One resource that operates like an instantaneous card catalogue for current music. Among the many that have tried, none has the potential of Google Music Artist Hub. Google Music made it ... More >>
Apple (the Beatles record label) once sued Apple (the computer corporation). After initial squabbles over the right to name their companies after the same fruit, the two agreed that all was good as long as Steve Jobs and crew never entered the music business. As you can probably guess, as you likely ... More >>
Image viaThi'sl: The number one rapper on iTunes right now.It might be a misnomer to call Thi'sl a Christian Rapper. Like many other artists, he just raps about his life. And God happens to play a big part in his life. Well, Thi'sl is one of the hottest rappers coming out of St. Louis. In ... More >>
Friday morning's scheduled space shuttle launch, the last of 135 missions flown by the orbiters, marks the exact moment at which a space-travel technology from 1981 finally becomes obsolete. That's right: If you'd just overbuilt your music collection like NASA did with Atlantis, you could s ... More >>
Music fans in the United States don't have a lot to envy of their European brothers and sisters, at least unless they're big fans of Abba or the kind of sticky, glitter-covered dance-pop that usually just makes me really want to leave the youth hostel and brush my teeth. One exception: Spotif ... More >>
7 p.m. Wednesday, September 29. Fubar, 3108 Locust Street.
Vandalyzm is now gunning for Dr. Dre.One of St. Louis' finest is currently sandwiched between 50 Cent and Notorious B.I.G. on the iTunes top 200 hip-hop albums chart. No, it's not Nelly (though his new single "Tippin' in da Club" is at a respectable 34 on the singles chart) -- it's Vandalyzm.The ... More >>
Jon ScorfinaThe "pretentious record store guy" has long been the bane of the record shop. Despite their wealth of archaic knowledge, music lovers were never sure whether these pompous clerks were an asset or a plague to their shopping experience. Local comic artist and graphic designer Carlos ... More >>
Limewire: The least disgusting Google image search related to this story.Heaven knows there's been an epically disgusting porn collection or two (or two million) shared on the old Interwebz but it's hard to imagine anything more repulsive than the horde of filth accumulated and offered up for fre ... More >>
Jon ScorfinaThe cultural sea change of downloading has not stopped Michael Allen's quest for vinyl LPs. A collector since childhood, Allen showed an early interest in this column and emailed us to be profiled. Though he is a self-proclaimed vinyl "junkie," it hasn't stopped him from taking ad ... More >>
Head on over to Daytrotter today, where the featured spotlight artist is Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three. LaFarge dropped by the Rock Island studios and performed *four* unreleased songs. Congrats! His latest album, Riverboat Soul, is also available -- but for now, only if you buy one at a ... More >>
So, my guess was wrong about Apple releasing the Beatles catalog on iTunes. I'm not ashamed of that. It was a long shot. But I did get some things right about the Apple announcement and I was surprised by quite a few things, too. I was right about iTunes 9. That wasn't hard to guess. I haven't ha ... More >>
Photo by Crabchick via FlickrRecord companies have been dragged kicking and screaming by consumers (and Apple) into the digital age in the last ten years. And predictions are that 2010 will mark a tipping point where music purchased digitally via download will account for more than half of all mu ... More >>
Let nobody say the administration of University of Missouri School of Journalism is out of touch with its students. These profs understand that lectures, the scourge of college students since the Middle Ages, are so, like, boring. Especially when they're at the ungodly hour of nine a.m.So, starting ... More >>
Bad Folk vocalist Tim Rakel reports that his band's final album, Part of the Problem, is now available via lala.com. Here's the direct link. Listen to a sample MP3 here.
The above interview has footage of the party at Vintage Vinyl and the record store's co-owner, Tom Ray, talking about the state of his record store in the midst of the iTunes and YouTube generation. When was the last time you bought a record? Independent record stores like the Vintage Vinyl here i ... More >>
Digital music just gets better. See ya later, major labels.
The Saint Louis Symphony is ready to hit the high-tech notes.
7 p.m. Wednesday, January 31. Creepy Crawl (3524 Washington Boulevard).
Week of June 22, 2006
It might be the last dance for St. Louis' independent record stores.
Thursday, March 9, at 9:30 p.m. Miso on Meramec (16 North Meramec Avenue, Clayton)
Saturday, December 10; Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center (3301 Lemp Avenue)
Wednesday, October 12; the Creepy Crawl (412 North Tucker Boulevard)
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