It's Sunday night, and around this time each week I'd be wrapping up another 120 minutes of Boston Accents, the WFNX radio show that spun only New England-bred bands and musicians. A lot of times, I'd move the goal posts a bit and play an artist or band that might have been from elsewhere in the world, but maybe attended college here for a year or two before moving on.
It's easy to bitch about Rethink Music. After all; despite the
promise to instigate discussion about where the industry is heading,
a great deal of the two-day conference – which went down in Boston
this week – consists of old guard industry blowhards denying that
music faces any problems whatsoever. It's actually quite maddening;
from their designer frames to unrelenting arrogance, the bigwigs live
up to virtually every cliché that the business has ever been branded
Unlike the countless fools who descended upon Government Center this past weekend for the Boston Urban Music Fest (story on that coming soon), we come in peace. That is to say that while we're pitting these two Hub anthems against one another, it's for nothing other than some fun, and to provoke you - Bostonians, readers, etc.
Fair warning: we haven't been keeping track since the beginning, but we think AMANDA PALMER, BEN FOLDS, OKGO's DAMIAN KULASH, and NEIL GAIMAN are about four songs into their 8-songs-in-8-hours recording session up at MAD OAK STUDIOS in Allston.
Gerry Barad, COO, Live Nation Global Touring
It's hardly been a month since the mammoth Ticketmaster/Live Nation
merger plowed through the US Department of Justice -- they got through
the anti-trust proceedings with just a few nicks and bruises, like
giving away their ticketing technology to competing promoters -- so the
timing couldn't be better for a visit to Berklee College of Music from Gerry Barad.
If you follow hip-hop the way stalkers follow blondes, then it might seem that the mania surrounding Detroit producer J Dilla has consumed the nation since his 2006 passing. Last month in Boston, we saw a Termanology tribute to the departed beat savant.