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Streaming music and rebirth of the album

Posted December 23 into Music by John Birmingham

From the New York Times...

John Seabrook’s book “The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory” delved into the 21st-century pop that resulted from concentrating on single tracks: We got songs that were fabricated as masterpieces of instant gratification, full of technological sizzle and concocted by a surprisingly small clique of professionals for a highly competitive A-list of pop stars, who added some small personal garnish to the committee efforts. The same people write for (and with) Taylor Swift, the Weeknd and Adele; they knew the secrets of radio play, which is still seen as the best guarantee of mass success despite the occasional online breakout.

Streaming, instead, encourages curiosity. With streaming rather than downloads, access replaces ownership and the commitment is of time, not money. That’s still significant, but it doesn’t feel so irrevocable. Where downloads and playlists favored the lone song, streaming gives the artist and the album a fighting chance again. Anyone interested in a particular artist, from die-hard fans to novelty seekers, can listen to a whole album repeatedly — not just song samples, not just YouTube choices — and let subtler material sink in. Musicians don’t need to think so exclusively about what sounds, beats and structures the radio gatekeepers will allow; they can get poetic, political, sonically weird or all of the above. While big and glossy still works, it’s just possible that odd and heartfelt will, too.

Couldn't agree more with the argument that 'streaming encourages curiosity.' After years, probably decades of stagnating taste, I've got dozens of new artists and groups in my playlists now. And sure, they tend to be alternative rock acts, or hip hop, which I've always listened to. But I would never have found them in the download era. Because after a while you just stop trying. But with streaming you don't have to try. The platform serves it all up for you, no matter which service you use.

One interesting factoid from the article. It takes 1500 plays of an album to match the income from one paid download. That looks bad, but then I was never going to download any of the albums I've been listening to since getting Apple Music, and Rdio before that. And with some albums I would come close to 1500 plays after a couple of years.

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mick g asserts...

Posted December 23
Exactly. I'm listening to music on Spotify that I'd never buy, but if I and a few million others are doing the same worldwide then surely that benefits artists who would never be making money from my buying their music in traditional formats.
Im hoping it also leads to the downfall of miserable human beings like Chris Brown (the r&b douchebag,not the tv vet). Fingers crossed.

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Helical puts forth...

Posted December 24
I don't like streaming for multiple reasons.
I spend a large portion of my time away from mobile reception (plus I have limited data) so I don't want to be tethered to a data connection. My music lives on my mp3 player's 120GB hard drive.
Streaming does not help newer bands or niche bands as they need such huge numbers to make any money. A local and successful progressive metal band, that tours internationally, showed their income off Spotify last year, a handful of change, enough to buy a cheeseburger.
Finally, I want to still be able to listen to my music when the zombie apocalypse comes. So while you lot are searching for an internet connection in between getting your brains eaten, I'll be out bush headbanging away.

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BALLS After Dark.65 ...Nice

Posted October 7 into Music by beeso

Separating music from its time and place (and why it's futile), share house stories, Melbourne hipsters, rubber masks, classic Black Keys and new Rival Sons and BadBadNotGood.

You can get all the tunes at the Spotify playlist and keep an eye on the favourite track for the year on The Mixtape. Get the episode here

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BALLS After Dark.55 Entreduce Yourself

Posted July 22 into Music by beeso

The Doc and Beeso review the new DJ Shadow, wondering if the Doc's high school knob twiddling really gives him the insight needed for the new album, before Beeso can't make up his mind (again!) about Band of Skulls. We also talk about the slowly growing #BallsPodcastMixtape where we are collecting our favourite songs of the year. Then we agree on Doc's classic from The Stalkers. You can also hear the albums for this week and next on The Balls Podcast Playlist.

Next week we review the new sparkly favourite thing by The Avalanches and also Yung's new record as well as the CLASSIC Pornland album In the Nude.

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Therbs mumbles...

Posted July 22
Avalanches? No! Anything associated with DJ Dexter, even though he no longer is with them, gets the big brush off.

dweeze reckons...

Posted July 22
I had to use BrushOff in my ears after listening to new Avalanches muck. How disappointing that a once fine band took 15 years to produce insipid pop goo.

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BALLS After Dark.50 pt 2 Desert Island Dicks - Eclectic Boogaloo

Posted June 14 into Music by beeso

Yes kids it's Part 2 of our 50th Episode Desert Island Discs Spectacularrrrrrrr, in which host @Beeso, designated munter @DrYobbo and stunt butt (of many, many Def Leppard jokes) @adamhfoto bring the heat as they argue through each other's top fives. [Cue Commodore 64 crowd-cheer SFX that sounds a lot like thunderstorms on Beeso's roof.] Agenda items: Compost, more on that band that were around with the Stones, nah nah nah nah nah-nah-nah nah, blind truthers, surprise metal, equal opportunity sledging, rock cheese, fake drama and midlife crises, why you should never let Mike Patton get you a drink, Journey To Somewhere, the Doc's Keef Flint Gridwalk Update, missing puzzle pieces, the McDonalds cheeseburger of music, your new favourite compilation, Axl rises, Now That's What I Call The Hottest 100, and Chinese-Australian Democracy. Sincere thanks to Adam for guesting on this very special double ep of the show, and to everyone who sent in their desert island music feels, many of which were discussed in Part 1. GET IT HERE

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BALLS After Dark.50 pt 1 Desert Island Dicks

Posted June 8 into Music by beeso

THE AFTER DARK. It's Part One of our After Dark 50th Episode Desert Island Discs Spectacular! In which Beeso, Dr Yobbo and Special Guest Heather Locklear @adamhfoto talk Hottest 100s Of All Time Of Their Time, being interesting on Facebook, you say anima I say anaemia, MAHHH WAHHHFFE, the Predator unplugged, avalanche warnings and other extreme weather events, scabby junkies, Alley cats, searching for the guy from that Sugarman doco, Tori Amos PTSD, rusting out, Beeso talks to kids, that band that were around when the Stones were around, music to drive tractors to, music to get in the sea to, Beats One killed the Rdio star, caping for Lana Del Ray, young LNP thrusters, niche work if you can get it, and Fitzy's tight five. Beeso, Adam and the Doc argue for their own Desert Island Discs selections in Ep 50 Part 2, out later this week.

Thanks to all who contributed top fives, not all of whom we could squeeze into this episode (including but not limited to Mrs Beeso, Dan and Dave from At The Drive Thru, Ben Cuzzupe, Spankee, Lenny from the Brothers Stoney, Beeso's old Alley bar and stage crew, Ben Connolly, John Alexander and the poor touch footy bastards who Beeso shouts at a lot.) Special appearance from the Podfather, John Birmingham, who pops on opposite #BALLS' very own JB to talk through his list. A reminder, our special brand of ill-informed shouting and crap features alongside actual #content on Birmo's blog Cheeseburger Gothic.

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Therbs mutters...

Posted June 8
Avalanches shmavalanches. They lost me when DJ Dexter joined them back in the day.

spankee has opinions thus...

Posted June 9
I sit all alone in my dark room, and I cry.

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Balls Balls Balls

Posted June 1 into Music by beeso

Balls After Dark 48-In which Special Guest Star @adamhfoto joins the Doc to review an album his millennial coworkers picked, indicating the level of love and respect they have for him; followed by an Accidental Metallica Special, because you've got to find some way to disinfect that Lumineers shit from your ears. Chaos and shenanigans ensue....

then Balls 59 where Beeso laughs at all the completely wrong NBA finals takes he wasn't there to make, before wondering just how much The Special One will destroy MUFC and why Red Bull hates Australian F1 drivers.

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