DJ/rupture On The Ethics Of Free Music

It’s always interesting to hear different perspectives on the evolution of music to its current state–especially when those perspectives are articulated by musicians themselves.  This recent essay by Jace Clayton (aka DJ/rupture) posted on NPR’s website is well-worth a read:

“…I grew up in the ’90s. Toward the end of that decade, I upgraded to a PC with a CD burner — amazing! But, as a DJ, I still coveted vinyl LPs, not because they sounded “warmer” or “better” to my ears, but because I could literally get hands-on with them and use the slabs of wax as raw material in a mix session. Pre-MP3 smorgasbord, I would haunt the record shops and tape the radio, getting cassettes via mail order. I learned obscure paths through music — pre-Google, pre-Blogosphere, before Ms. Internet and Mr. MP3 got married and made us all their children…”

Check out the full legth article here.

Can you relate?  What do you think about what DJ/rupture had to say?  Let’s start some discussion…post your comments below.

Artists You Should Know (ticket giveaway): Brother Ali

Brother Ali

“If rap didn’t exist, he’d be the greatest high school guidance counselor in Minneapolis. But as a talent in a scene that holds decades’ worth of some of the most sensitive identity politics of any popular culture movement in the last 50 years, Brother Ali has had to put that populism to good use.” —Pitchfork

We’re extremely excited to bring Brother Ali to town headlining the Fresh Air Tour next Thursday (Nov. 19th).  The mp3s we’ve offered here on the blog have been downloaded in a furious frenzy (get em here, and here), leading us to believe you’re just as amped to see this righteous, socially outspoken hip hop artist as we are.  Read on to find out more about Brother Ali and enter to win a pair of tickets to his show.

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Artists You Should Know (ticket giveaway): Ghostface Killah

Ghostface Killah

Ghostface Killah is one artist who hardly needs an introduction.  He made a name for himself in the seminal rap collective Wu-Tang Clan and has since enjoyed a successful solo career; most recently releasing Ghostdini: Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City last month.  Needless to say, we are excited to present this hip hop legend at a sure-to-be explosive show at the Barrymore on Tuesday, November 3rd.  We’re also excited to offer our blog readers an opportunity to win tickets to see him live! Read on to find out how you could win.

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This Week’s Nightlife and Giveaways: Jammin’

Bishop Allen

This week we invite you to relax, chill out, and get down in Madison with jam bands like The Disco Biscuits, and Railroad Earth.  Indie pop more your thing?  We’re got you covered with Bishop Allen‘s show on November 2nd.  Continuing to kick-start November in fine musical style is legendary hip hop artist Ghostface Killah!  Read on to find out how you could win tickets to each of these exciting shows!

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Monday Concert Connection: Going Underground

rootbeer

There has been an all-too-familiar chill in the air these last few days.  While it’s not yet time to dig a burrow and start hibernating, let’s “go underground” this week with shows from garage punks The Spits, and Rootbeer‘s delicious danceable hip hop.  Read on to find out how you could win tickets to the shows.

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