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August 5, 2016

Australian Songwriters Conference review

In June I attended the Australian Songwriters Conference at Ettalong Beach. It would be an expensive exercise and I knew nothing about the conference but I am trying to develop as a songwriter so I felt the "not inexpensive" fee... More
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April 30, 2016

Dad Joke Blues

Last weekend the family went up to the farm. We had a stack of fun patty Dopey the steer and generaly chilling, and in a moment of intense craziness we came u with a future project idea: the Huge Family... More
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November 13, 2014

Budget Crisis

As readers of this blog will know, I have some fairly clear and strong political leanings. I've never been a member of any party but I know what I think is a good way to run the country: full equality... More
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November 10, 2014

I'm wearing my breakfast

Many years ago, when my kids were babies, I wrote this silly ditty for my son, Edward, who was looking very proud of himself for finishing his breakfast - except that he was wearing a lot of it. I used... More
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April 29, 2014

Turning attention into traction - Mouthzoff column

This is my ninth column for Mouthzoff magazine. It was published in December. While a network fo highly skilled and motivated people in the indutry is vital, so is the attention of fans. Only they can form a foundation for... More
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March 28, 2014

Independence - the power is in the network - Mouthzoff column

This is my eigth column for Mouthzoff magazine. It was published in November. This one concerns an essential skill that any business owner - especially an independent artist - needs to develop: networking. You can't do it all yourself, so... More
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February 25, 2014

The art of making enough good art - Mouthzoff column

This is my seventh column for Mouthzoff magazine. It was published in October. This one aims to help reassure artists that they are already good enough and that they simply need to get there stuff out into the market, seek... More
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January 27, 2014

Beware the trap of fixed ongoing service fees - Mouthzoff column

This is my sixth column for Mouthzoff magazine. It was published in September. This topic doesn't seem important to a lot of Indies, who just want as much cash as they can get quickly. But it's vital to make smart... More
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January 13, 2014

Woodford Folk Festival 2013/14 review

This year I had the great honour and priviledge to gain a spot as a Stage Manager at the Woodford Folk Festival, one of the biggest live music events in the world. I was initially appointed to Bill's Bar, which... More
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November 1, 2013

Your fan base wants a relationship - Mouthzoff column

This is my fourth column for Mouthzoff magazine. It was published in July. The topic is one of vital importance to anyone building a career using new music models - because in this environment, he who dies with the largest... More
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October 15, 2013

Review: Jason Blume songwriting workshop - Mouthzoff column

As readers know, I'm a keen songwriter and heavily involved in helping Brisbane songwriters develop and grow. So when the opportunity came up for me to attend this workshop by one of the best, Jason Blume, I jumped at it.... More
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October 1, 2013

You need fans before you can ask for fan funding - Mouthzoff column

This is my second column for Mouthzoff magazine. It was published in June. The topic is one that causes a lot of confusion among Indie - fan funding - because they can see it work for others and don't understand... More
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September 1, 2013

You can't lose sales you would never have had - Mouthzoff column

This is my first column for Mouthzoff magazine. It was published in May. The topic is one that I get asked all the time by Independent Musos: should I protect my copyrights and if so, HOW?In 1999 global record sales... More
Posted by DrHuge at 10:41 AM | Comments (0)

August 5, 2013

Writing for Mouthzoff Mag

OK, so some time ago I started writing a monthly column for my good friend Randy G's monthly e-zine. It's a brand new publication aimed at the south-east Qld music scene and I like to support anything that supports local... More
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January 11, 2013

Alive and Alone - percussion permission

This week I've been mucking about with the percussion parts. Not every song has one, but since that's my strong suit I thought I'd start there. As you may have noticed, I have a heap of percussion toys to play... More
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January 7, 2013

Alive and Alone - better than expected ...

Tonight, after a hard day back at the office I say down and listened back to the guides I recorded yesterday. I had feared that, given my fatigue levels and lack of concentration, some of them would be incredibly sloppy... More
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January 6, 2013

Alive and Alone - stage 1 accomplished

Recorded all the guide tracks today. Happy with that but it's not as much as I'd hoped to achieve. I was hoping to have some of the main guitars down as well.There were several reasons for delays - one was... More
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January 5, 2013

Alive and Alone - the plan

In 2007 I released I am Leaving! I am Leaving! and toured the USA and Canada, playing some solo acoustic shows on my way to interview people and attend the Independent Music Conference in Philadelphia, at which I played more... More
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December 5, 2012

Whiskey and History

In recent years I've spent many nights contemplating my life and future by the fire in my back yard. This has been an important part of my recovery from my divorce and associated trauma, and has all too frequently been... More
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October 5, 2012

Red Hot

I have always loved what John Butler does. I'm not a big fan of his songs as a general rule, but some of them are awesome and his playing is always incredible. Ditto Keith Urban, so when I saw their... More
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September 30, 2011

If I Had Stew - The major label response

Well, I'm gobsmacked! No wonder the major labels are in so much trouble. A complete contrast in the response from two publishers in my pursuit of a simple clearance to record my parody.First things first - credit where it's due.... More
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September 19, 2011

If I had Stew - Update 2

Still no word from Sony, despite me following their advice. However, I did get a response from tomas at Maratone on 14 Sept. He very kindly told me that I need to get in touch with Kobalt Music Publishing, who... More
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September 3, 2011

If I had stew

I like to think I'm a pretty funny kinda guy with an ear for satire, so since I first heard Adam Lambert's "If I had you" I've known it would be dead easy to rip off. I've been playing with... More
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August 21, 2011

You Gotta Dance

I generally try to keep my family out of this blog but this was a bit special. Some time ago my 9-year-old daughter, who's been trying everything get my attention post-divorce (how does a 40-year-old man relate to a 9-year-old... More
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July 3, 2011

Next chapter

Well, I've been absent from this blog for far too long. What I've been doing, however, has (hopefully) set up the next chapter of my life, which will see a lot more action around here. At long last, the PhD... More
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June 17, 2011

Free is just one form of convenient

Lately I've read several articles providing "the artist's side of the story" as to why music "can't be free". These include: Mark Mulligan's Why Music Can't Just Be Free: The Artists' Side Of The Story, Rick Chazan's On Music Piracy,... More
Posted by DrHuge at 10:53 AM | Comments (0)

February 8, 2011

Don't Make Me Steal ... please

Just found the Don't Make Me Steal project via Hypebot. It's an appeal from movie fans to movie makers, setting out a manifesto for the conditions under which they promise not to illegally download movie online. Great idea ... Of... More
Posted by Hughie at 6:36 PM | Comments (0)

February 1, 2011

It's all about engagement ...

This morning there are some great articles in various other publication that point to something I've been thinking about for a while now: building a career as an Indie is all about directly engaging with people who like what you... More
Posted by DrHuge at 11:49 AM | Comments (0)

September 10, 2010

The definition of damn fine music

All you art-wankers and Alt/Indie activists can kiss my arse. There's no substitute for a shit-hot performance of a great tune. If this don't get your pulse racing then you're a corpse. Timeless! Eternal! Blessed music, thy name is this... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:11 AM | Comments (0)

August 12, 2010

The decline in professional musicians

In recent times I have come across several mentions of the complaint that the number of professional musicians in declining. This is usually followed by some declaration or lament that without professional status, less or worse music will be made.... More
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August 4, 2010

Responding to a reviewer

Found this review of my E-book. So happy that someone has engaged with the ideas!! Actually, I'm honoured that although Jillian disagrees with the central premise of Part 1, she still wants to read Parts 2 and 3. Working on... More
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August 2, 2010

Review of Music Xray's S2O service

I read about Music Xray's S2O service in a LinkedIn forum and thought "what a great idea" so I signed up and entered The Genre Benders' album into the system (free). The "matches" the S2O system produces are based on... More
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June 6, 2010

Never a truer word spoken ...

Just read this rant from Street Carnage, which points out the brutal reality of playing in bands and advises people not to. Can't say I disagree, ironically. Life on the road can be boring, but it's also an opportunity to... More
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May 18, 2010

Breaking an act ...

Just read this post from Mike McCready. I like the way Mike thinks about a bunch of things, but I think he's on slightly the wrong track with this one. To start with, the whole notion of "breaking" and act... More
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May 10, 2010

Things Indies can learn from Idol ...

Found this article via Bob Baker. It's pitched at writers but it's also very true for Independent musos. No matter what people think of American Idol, or any other variant of the Idol franchise, the performers on it are coached... More
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February 27, 2010

How to make a viny record - from 1956

Willy sent me this incredible short film by RCA Victor detailing the process of making a vinyl record. It's quite long but it goes through the recording process (no multi-tracking!), then the molding and then the pressing and distribution. It's... More
Posted by Hughie at 2:02 PM | Comments (0)

February 23, 2010

It's better to reliquish control; Kulash gets it. Why doesn't EMI?

Interesting op-ed in the New York Times by OK Go singer Damian Kulash. Kulash notes that his band acted in violation of their record contract when they posted their famous treadmills video on YouTube and he gets stuck into EMI... More
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January 31, 2010

New Merch store

Hey there ... long time no see ... I've been playing with ReverbNation and have made this funky online store. It's got all the GBs tracks in it, plus some t-shirts and ringtones and other stuff. It would mean a... More
Posted by Huge at 10:24 AM | Comments (0)

December 9, 2009

Music as a visual artform

One of my immediate thoughts on the death of Michael Jackson was that his legacy is his contribution to making music a visual artform. Michael's songwriting was OK but fairly forgettable, his musicianship was also marginal ... but to way... More
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September 14, 2009

Wombats Anthem

This is a silly song I made up for the NTRA Over35s team when I played for Australia the first time in 2006. I originally wrote this main bit and a few verses for some of the players, including Beardy,... More
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August 14, 2009

The world's biggest jam and recording session ...

Musicians and bands who have performed original music in Brisbane are being invited to participate in a Guinness World Record attempt for the longest recording session with multiple artists, possibly the world’s longest jam. This is a unique opportunity for... More
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July 17, 2009

Reznor's latest advice ... another beauty

Techdirt has another gem from Trent Reznor. Advice for indies on how to run their business. It's fairly general advice, but pretty good. Some of the comments provide interesting additional advice and so on. Rather than just report this, I... More
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June 13, 2009

Sweet Freedom

In the past 6 months or so I've started doing some work for a social-justice oriented, not-for-profit record label called Sweet Freedom. they've been around for a while with considerable success but they realised that they knew little about online... More
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June 10, 2009

Maintaining relationships ...

Just caught Techdirt's coverage of Shaun Groves' pontifications on the importance of fan relationships (got it via CDBaby on Facebook - how networked it THAT!!) Shaun discusses the changing nature of relationship-building for indies - about how the only important... More
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June 1, 2009

Not really a model ... yet

Just read Mike Masnick's take on U2 manager Paul McGuinness's rather tiresome whinge about the online music environment. I generally agree with Mike but I wanted to pick up on one thing he said that I think is misleading. Mike... More
Posted by Hughie at 2:10 PM | Comments (0)

May 25, 2009

Brian Eno's spot on ... sort of

Found Hypebot's extract from an interview with Brian Eno, in which he outlines a "Recipe For New Music Business Success". He makes is sound very simple when he talks up the virtues of monetising the aspects of music that are... More
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May 22, 2009

I'll say it again: "Idol" is not about music ...

I*'m not sure why people bother writing this crap any more, since it's pretty much self-evident, but the New York Times has, once again published a destruction of the American Idol final result. Predictably, this article complains that the winner... More
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May 18, 2009

Go, Danger Mouse ...

Just found the great news via Techdirt (via Dubber): Danger Mouse is releasing his new album without any music on it. Of course, this was done before by Green Day, but DM has put a whole new spin on it.... More
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May 15, 2009

New Music I've discovered

For my birthday a short while ago I was given a copy of Preston Reed's Handwritten Notes. It's an interesting album with some really cool stuff, but ... sigh ... I just find it hard to get into this solo... More
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May 13, 2009

New toys

In order to make these new recordings, I have invested in a new electric guitar. It's a Michael Kelly Valor Custom T (Amber), which is sweet as. I wanted something with twin humbuckers to complement my fat Strat (which is... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:15 AM | Comments (0)

May 12, 2009

Re-Bending of the Genres

OK, well, after a long absence I have decided that the best way to rekindle my interest in music and music studies is to start doing musical things once more. For this reason I have re-entered the studio and resumed... More
Posted by Hughie at 5:01 PM | Comments (0)

March 2, 2009

Killng the music industry - Torrentfreak style

Great article on Torrentfreak about the factors affecting recorded music sales. It lists 8 changes since the advent of Napster that would have had a major impact, and it's not wrong. Of course, it's a little self-serving in denying that... More
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January 30, 2009

American Idol Discriminates

American Idol Discriminates from TJR on Vimeo. This is TJR's song about how American Idol only allows contestants under the age of 29. The original video was pulled by Youtube because Fremantle Media claimed breach of Copyright. So TJR made... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:01 AM | Comments (0)

January 22, 2009

eMusic data supports the Long Tail

Some time ago there was a study showing that of 13million tracks available on the Internet, 10 million hadn't sold at all. This, it was claimed, proved that the Long Tail theory was bunkum. Chris Anderson, proud daddy of the... More
Posted by Hughie at 4:34 PM | Comments (0)

Support critical reflection!!!

My [MusicThoughts] buddy TJR made a really great song about American Idol. He made a video for it using clips from the show and posted it to YouTube. The Video was a huge hit, getting 20,000 views in a week.... More
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January 21, 2009

Inside Midem

A wonderful and revealing article in Techdirt about what's happening at annual music industry conference Midemnet. It clearly shows the state of the industry in one little snippet - new experiments that show new possibilities and much confusion among the... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:17 AM | Comments (0)

December 11, 2008

Hypebot's top Music 2.0 posts

Hypebot has posted a summary of their best Music 2.0 posts of 2008. It's got some really good stuff in it. Very important in years to come, I'm sure. Check it out, read their literature and get into the resources... More
Posted by Hughie at 7:36 AM | Comments (0)

December 9, 2008

Musowiki update

Right! Need to get back into updating regularly. Sorry about that. News: I have submitted the Musowiki paper for my thesis. It's been submitted to the International Journal of Community Music, who will hopefully find it enlightening enough to publish.... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:37 PM | Comments (0)

December 2, 2008

Myspace is dead. Repeat after me: MySpace is dead.

Just got this ripper of a story about MySpace taking over the URL of a band called Mobile just because they wanted www.myspace.com/mobile as part of their strategy for entry into the mobile music marketplace. This is a classic demonstration... More
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November 26, 2008

"Debunking the Long Tail"?

The Register published an article some time back about new research that claims to "debunk the Long Tail". It takes a critical mathematical approach mainly to the precise shape of the curve - is it a Pareto curve, as Chris... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:26 AM | Comments (0)

October 29, 2008

On albums

[Musicthoughts] recently had an interesting discussion about the value of albums, inspired by a Lefsetz rant. I thought this might provide a slightly different take on the idea: For the record, I agree with Stephan's thinking completely: "I don't think... More
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September 27, 2008

MySpace Music

So, MySpace Music has finally launched in a most unexpected manner ... how predictable. All I know for sure is that since the launch I have not been able to listen to any music on MySpace. I click on the... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:11 AM | Comments (0)

August 17, 2008

Can you feel it?

The return of an asinine TV show called "Australian Idol"? Actually, no, I can't feel it. I have far more important and ugly things to think about right now and in any case I'm having trouble raising any interest in... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:25 AM | Comments (0)

July 9, 2008

Vanessa Amorosi live

One of the things Dec Cluskey recommends is to get out regularly and see charting artists at work. Dec says if you want to perform like a star you need to study the way stars perform - reasonable point! So... More
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June 22, 2008

Fete de la Musique

What an amazing musical experience I had yesterday! It pretty much covered everything that is great and awful about life as a musician. If only everyone could share something like this ... It started with the Brisbane Fete de la... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:02 AM | Comments (0)

May 27, 2008

The power of radio

Anyone who doubts the importance of radio airplay in establishing your value as a musical performer needs to take a long, hard look at the APRA awards. The nominees for Song of the Year are all big radio hits, as... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:26 PM | Comments (0)

May 25, 2008

Meeting the millenials

Interesting report released by Music Tank last week called "Meet the Millennials". It's written, at least in part, by Nettwerk's Terry McBride, so it's certainly worth reading. Now, I'm always highly skeptical of anything that makes broad claims about the... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:32 AM | Comments (0)

May 23, 2008

The best advice you don't have to buy

Derek Sivers has just released his manifesto for being heard. Derek has long agreed with the view, which I believe was first expressed by Cory Doctorrow, that the enemy of the unsigned artists is not piracy, but obscurity. This is... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:09 AM | Comments (0)

May 12, 2008

Myspace has very little to do with it ...

The other day I read this interview with Ingrid Michaelson, which is billed as revealing how MySpace can help musos "make it" on the same scale as Ingrid has. Since I found the article via Myspace For Musicians, I think... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:35 AM | Comments (0)

May 9, 2008

20 Biggest Record Company Screw-Ups of All Time

I love a good list and I love a good story of stupidity, so this list of acts of stupidity in Blender is right up my alley. Hard to disagree with number 1, though I think some of the others... More
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Well, that blew out some cobwebs ...

Played at the Kenmore Tavern last night for Fretfest. A little 6-song solo acoustic set: Be Free Vital Signs When It's Over Mighty Fine Day Heart's With You Simplicity I was reminded the hard way that you play how you... More
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May 6, 2008

The predictable response

Well, it was always going to happen and here it is (thanks, Rachel!). A response from some New Media-savvy people pointing out how stupid the in-tune campaign is. It's a slightly over-done reaction (I basically just yawned) but, well, this... More
Posted by Hughie at 5:51 PM | Comments (0)

April 30, 2008

Australian Music In Tune?

Puh-lease! Will someone wake the major music industry bodies up?? This is getting ridiculous. How out-of-touch do they ant to seem? This initiative is pathetic, and a PR disaster. It's the sort of idea you'd expect a bunch of pissed... More
Posted by Hughie at 1:31 PM | Comments (0)

April 25, 2008

The demise of Sonific

It's sad to see that another experiment in approaches to independent music has gone the way of the dodo. Sonific, like a lot of Gerd Leonhard's stuff, was a great idea cruelled by harsh reality. Gerd bills himself as a... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:39 AM | Comments (0)

April 11, 2008

MusoWiki stage 1 is complete!

One of the reasons I have not been posting much lately is because of the amount of time I been spending building www.musowiki.net. I'm pleased to announce that the Global component of the site is now complete and ready for... More
Posted by Hughie at 3:57 PM | Comments (0)

February 5, 2008

We'll miss you Jackie

Just read about the death of Jackie Orszaczky. I never met him personally but I read his name on so many album credits and spoke to so many people who played with him that I feel like I knew his... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:11 AM | Comments (0)

January 23, 2008

Fergie/The Police

Caught this show at Suncorp Stadium last night. WOW! Unfortunately, the guys I went with were more interested in boozing it up than catching the show so I missed the first act and the start of Fergie's set. Also, we... More
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Music Market=share market for labels

I apologise for my absence - been busy. This morning I fielded a question from Jon David Francys via MySpace mail. He asked a very good question about the future for independent labels in the new environment and I thought... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:29 AM | Comments (0)

January 9, 2008

The "musical middle class"

Over at Hypebot there's been an interesting discussion going on about the idea of a musical middle class. This is the idea that more acts, bands and/or artists are now making a living from music than ever before. They may... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:38 PM | Comments (0)

January 8, 2008

Another great summary

Seth Godin has been raking over the entrails of the music industry figures from 2007 and has come up with some lessons from recent experience. I'm not convinced about some of them or the order in which they're placed ...... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:14 AM | Comments (0)

January 7, 2008

A great summary ...

Just found this post by Ian Rogers about how new technologies have changed the music industry. It's a fantastic summary of the impact (or not) of the new environment. Complete, thoughtful, insightful. You have to read it and understand it... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:46 AM | Comments (0)

December 30, 2007

Someone agrees!

For some time now I've been working on what I've called my "tentacle theory" of business for indies. This is basically the idea that you need to extend your reach as far as you can into the rest of the... More
Posted by Hughie at 2:46 PM | Comments (0)

December 21, 2007

Playing with Demands

Just trying this out. But it will work if you click on it ...... More
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December 13, 2007

The Genre Benders go Live! Twice!

At long last, The Genre Benders go live with a splash this weekend at The Alley Bar, 2 Frew St, Milton! We're on Friday night at 7pm with Yield, Triplickit, A Date with Apathy and Lord Byron. Doors open 5.30.... More
Posted by Huge at 9:06 AM | Comments (0)

November 22, 2007

Go Tah! Go Tah! Go Tah!

Just heard that my best Brooklyn Buddy, Tah Phrum Duh Bush was voted "Favorite Male Hip Hop Performer" at the first Annual Upper States Awards at the Palace Theater in Syracuse, NY. Excellent and well deserved - Tah's a legend.... More
Posted by Huge at 9:12 AM | Comments (0)

November 21, 2007

Radiohead's "success"?

Comscore have issued a report that estimates the rate of paid downloads from Radiohead's pay-what-you-like experiment. In a nutshell, they found that in the first 29 days of October, the album was downloaded about 1.2 million times and paid for... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:30 AM | Comments (0)

November 8, 2007

Vinyl and MP3 vs CDs

Occasionally I come across articles like this one, which talk about the return of vinyl as a force for music sales and another "nail in the coffin" of the much-criticised CD. Oh, come on! It's a crock! Look at all... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:36 AM | Comments (0)

November 6, 2007

Giving music away or making it available??

An interesting point came up on the MusicThoughts list yesterday and it peaked my interest - especially in light of an article from Andrew Dubber that I'd read earlier. Here's the original meme and my response: >> When you give... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:05 AM | Comments (0)

October 29, 2007

Podcasting

I just spent today listing my podcast in as many places as possible, including this one, which asked me to publish this bit of code here: My Odeo Channel (odeo/a0359c902d0ff2f1) Of course, there are lots of other sites that list... More
Posted by Hughie at 4:49 PM | Comments (0)

Most predictable ARIAs ever ...

Well, I predicted the winners of all but two ARIAS last night. I missed Gotye, mainly because I knew nothing about him - never heard his music and had only heard his name in connection with his nomination; and Sarah... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:34 AM | Comments (0)

October 28, 2007

Music files may be abundant, but listener value and attention are still scarce.

Just came across this Techdirt article, in which Mike discusses the economics of abundance and therefore the virtues for an artist/band of making music available for free. This is an example of slightly muddled and mistaken thinking but before I... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:17 AM | Comments (0)

October 26, 2007

Some sense from the other side

I am often amazed at the one-sidedness of discussion about free music. It always seems to reflect the view that bands, artists or record companies have been ripping consumers off for so long that therefore any steps taken to obtain... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:29 AM | Comments (0)

October 25, 2007

7 Stupid Mistakes

I found this yesterday. The e-book is not bad and you can get it free if you tell four other people about it. It's called "The 7 Stupid Mistakes People Make Trying To Get Into The Music Business" and it... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:50 AM | Comments (0)

October 23, 2007

Song contests

Coupla years ago a friend of mine won a major songwriting contest in Australia but, much to his frustration, told me that success didn't translate into better fortunes as a performer. Since I heard that story I have been wondering... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:09 AM | Comments (0)

October 19, 2007

Awesome election rap battle

A friend of mine posted this to Facebook, and I thought it was so brilliant I'd have to share it. Have to find out more about these guys: The Axis of Awesome.But first, here's their election rap:... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:22 AM | Comments (0)

October 15, 2007

OK, OK, I now have Sonicbids ...

Despite my own better judgement, I have finally got around to signing up for a Sonicbids account for The Genre Benders. I have resisted this for a long time because I could not see the value proposition in it as... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:26 PM | Comments (0)

October 14, 2007

Hypebot's 100 Free & Affordable High & Low Tech Music Promotion Tips

I've been following this for a while now and there's some really good stuff in here. Handy, simple and cheap. Of course, not all of them will work for everyone and some of them will not work at all once... More
Posted by Hughie at 7:41 PM | Comments (0)

October 12, 2007

Jmag's best advice ...

Jmag, Triple J radio's print extension, has started publishing its "How to ... " section on a blog. I've not read many of these, but they seem to be packed with a bunch of great advice for indies on various... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:59 PM | Comments (0)

October 11, 2007

Not Radiohead, Regurgitator!

Like the sheep I can sometimes be, I defied my track record of finding Radiohead's music boring and art-wanky and downloaded the free new album. I paid nothing for it, on the promise that I'd send them something if it... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:02 PM | Comments (0)

Me at fRETfEST

My mate Graham came to see me play at fRETfEST last Saturday night and used his mobile phone to record my performance. It's been uploaded to YouTube, and here it is: The picture quality is awful but the sound is... More
Posted by Huge at 9:21 AM | Comments (0)

October 9, 2007

Darn! Fell at the last hurdle.

Missed out on the fRETfEST final. I can't really argue with the people who made it in - they're all interesting - but there are a couple that I wonder what the judges see in them. I take comfort in... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:13 AM | Comments (0)

Radiohead wrap

This came out of a discussion on MusicThoughts. There's heap of commentary about the new Radiohead approach to releasing albums but I think a lot of people are reading far too much into this. The strategy is transparent and ...... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:04 AM | Comments (0)

October 8, 2007

More of me in Philly

Again, from Rachel Rocks, a review and another photo ... "HUGE came all the way from Australia to check out the IMC. When he performed, he came out wearing these funky pants, that made you think he’s a little crazy,... More
Posted by Huge at 2:41 PM | Comments (0)

October 2, 2007

Through to the Semis!

Wow! I'm in the final 20 performers in fRETfEST. Given the competition I saw last Saturday, I'm blown away by that. They were all so good ... some amazing songs and great performances. Honoured to be in that company. This... More
Posted by Huge at 9:13 AM | Comments (0)

September 28, 2007

Keeping fans' interest

At IMC, one of the more unexpectedly interesting perspectives came from David Cooper, who's an accountant. He specialises in making stuff to help artists at the back end - the accounting and management jobs that most artists struggle with. We... More
Posted by Hughie at 1:46 PM | Comments (0)

September 27, 2007

How to stand out in the crowd

Jim Fetzer was great for a quote at the Independent Music Conference. At one stage we were discussing the difficult issue of how a band can get people to notice them in this world that is flooded with acts doing... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:15 AM | Comments (0)

September 26, 2007

Have the confidence to be rejected

Got this one from Derek Sivers' website. Derek's an incredible guy who I had the honour to meet a couple of Big Sound Conferences ago. He knows what it takes to be in independent artist and delights in helping indies... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:46 AM | Comments (0)

September 25, 2007

Keep your eyes on the prize ...

James Fetzer, fetzer music management, covers, covers bands, covers songs, originals bands, original songs, covering songs, playing covers, independent music, independent artists, independent musicians, original music More
Posted by Hughie at 2:12 PM | Comments (0)

Made it into Fretfest!

Got an e-mail last night confirming that I passed the audition and made it into the first heat of Fretfest in the Middle-age Farts category. I played my latest song, "When it's Over" (slightly reworked after IMC07), and got some... More
Posted by Huge at 10:46 AM | Comments (0)

September 24, 2007

Confidence to be rejected

Got this one from Derek Sivers' website. Derek's an incredible guy who I had the honour to meet a couple of Big Sound Conferences ago. He knows what it takes to be in independent artist and delights in helping indies... More
Posted by Hughie at 5:46 PM | Comments (0)

Why should people care??

Jim Fetzer has a unique approach to managing Indie bands ... or any band, for that matter. He has an interesting take on life. But in one of the IMC07 panels, he made the point that for all the new... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:21 AM | Comments (0)

September 23, 2007

Words you will never hear ...

At the IMC07 I attended a session on song arrangement run by Lawrence "Gelboni" Gelburd. It was very informative. He basically just showed us how he had re-worked a song by a band he was helping. The song was already... More
Posted by Hughie at 5:00 PM | Comments (0)

September 21, 2007

Music discovery

Just found this post from Hype Machine. They asked readers "How do you discover music?" and, not surprisingly, the top answer was from online editorials, followed by friends' recommendations. The lowest rating was given to "Online Mechanical", which means via... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:31 AM | Comments (0)

September 20, 2007

Me in Philly!

Thanks to Rachel Rocks at the Pennsylvania Musician magazine, here's a photo of me in action at the Independent Music conference in Philadelphia on August 30. It's always interesting to see yourself as others see you .. not that you... More
Posted by Huge at 3:34 PM | Comments (0)

September 18, 2007

The Big Picture

Independent music conference, IMC07, independent music, tips for musicians, tips for artists, tips for independent musicians, tips for independent artists, help for artists, help for musicians, how to become an independent artist, independent music career, music business, music industry, independent music business, independent music career More
Posted by Hughie at 1:46 PM | Comments (0)

August 16, 2007

The value of your brand

Found a great article about the David Lee Roth reunion with Van Halen. Gotta say I'm a huge Van Halen fan and all three singers worked for me - although the Cherone things is not my favourite album. Perhaps that's... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:00 AM | Comments (0)

August 15, 2007

Business approaches for indies

This post arose out of a discussion on the [MusicThoughts] e-mail list. We were pulling apart the benefits and weaknesses of using Tunecore or CDBaby as your service of choice to digitally distribute your music - at least that's roughly... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:45 AM | Comments (0)

August 9, 2007

The GBs on iTunes

The Genre Benders' I am leaving! I am leaving!" is now available on iTunes: Enjoy!... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:18 PM | Comments (0)

July 31, 2007

Songwriting as expression

Just found Patti Witten's nifty story about her experience at a songwriting workshop run by Rosanne Cash (Johnny's daughter, among other things). I've never been much of a one for these sorts of workshoppy gigs - I recognise the lonliness... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:51 PM | Comments (0)

July 30, 2007

Recommendations and fans!

The Genre Benders' debut is now available for sale from CDBaby and I've uploaded it to Last.fm and Amie Street, where the opening track has been recommended - how cool is that! I'm working on getting it to Garageband.com, but... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:45 PM | Comments (0)

July 27, 2007

Well, there you go ...

Since I finished "I am leaving! I am leaving", I've sent it out to a lot of people and places. Some of them have completely ignored me, but to date all of the feedback has been positive. Until today ...... More
Posted by Hughie at 7:05 PM | Comments (0)

July 18, 2007

The Album is up on Last.fm

OK, I've uploaded it to http://www.last.fm/music/The+Genre+Benders/I+am+leaving%21+I+am+leaving%21 - that's the album page. I've embedded it it here: table.lfmWidget20070718023725 td {margin:0 !important;padding:0 !important;border:0 !important;}table.lfmWidget20070718023725 tr.lfmHead a:hover {background:url(http://panther1.last.fm/widgets/images/en/header/radio/regular_red.png) no-repeat 0 0 !important;}table.lfmWidget20070718023725 tr.lfmEmbed object {float:left;}table.lfmWidget20070718023725 tr.lfmFoot td.lfmConfig a:hover {background:url(http://panther1.last.fm/widgets/images/en/footer/red.png) no-repeat 0px 0 !important;;}table.lfmWidget20070718023725... More
Posted by Hughie at 1:34 PM | Comments (0)

July 15, 2007

Vale, Mark Gillett

Got the saddest news yesterday. My good friend Mark Gillett, writer of Dancing With the Stones and many other great tunes, died last April of cancer. He is sorely missed in the folk music community of the Sunshine Coast hinterland.... More
Posted by Hughie at 1:32 PM | Comments (0)

July 12, 2007

Got an international gig!

Just got confirmed as performing at the Independent Music Conference in Philadelphia in August/Sept. Not sure of the exact dates yet. I'm hoping this will be an accoustic set of about 1/2 hour as a "showcase" (IMC hates that word... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:03 AM | Comments (0)

July 11, 2007

Genre Benders album is nearly here

OK, it's being replicated, so if you want to pre-order the CD, please do so here using the PayPal shopping facility. If you'd like to hear it before you buy, go to The Genre Benders' website. For people ordering the... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:22 AM | Comments (0)

July 7, 2007

Another WOFTAM

Apparently I got nowhere in the QSong awards. The finalists have been announced and none of my three entries is present. The finalists list looks like the usual suspects ... Still, I comfort myself with the knowledge that the greatest... More
Posted by Hughie at 5:50 PM | Comments (0)

June 14, 2007

How good was Guy Sebastian??

Update: Guy's official site is here. Thanks to Nessa for reminding me to include it. One of the absolute highlights of last night's Origin game had to be Guy Sebastian's version of the national anthem ... Now, I object to... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:47 PM | Comments (4)

June 13, 2007

My studio

Thought I'd take some pics of the studio to show you ... it's pretty primitive. Here's the mixing setup, which is what I'm doing most the time at them moment: It's in one half of my garage ... and cannot... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:05 AM | Comments (1)

June 11, 2007

A Working Class Hero?

Great to hear that politics is back on the musical agenda via this song and Green Day. It's one of my favourite songs - has everything that a great song needs. I also really dig Green Day - they're a... More
Posted by Hughie at 4:38 PM | Comments (0)

June 7, 2007

Damn in French = rien!

Just got a letter from France saying that Bun' Ber E's French distribution company, Jam Label, has gone into liquidation. This is a bummer, but they never actually earned us anything ... at least, they never paid us anything. We... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:23 AM | Comments (0)

June 4, 2007

A bootleg?

UPDATE: the finished product is now available and can be ordered from here. If you want to listen before you buy, the songs are available here. OK, my engineer just presented me with a bunch of quick mixes of the... More
Posted by Huge at 10:50 AM | Comments (1)

June 1, 2007

Astral Traveller

Another of the riffs Tristan came up with turned into this funky number. It's a bit of a nonsense song, really. At the time I wrote (most of) the lyrics I was interested in what my darling and I called... More
Posted by Huge at 3:56 PM | Comments (0)

May 31, 2007

Entered Songwriting contest

OK, I've just driven to the Valley and lodged a three-song entry in the QSong awards 2007. I entered the bootleg mixes of "Heart's With You" (Country category), "12 Good Bars and True" (Blues/Roots category) and "Dirty" (Pop category). I'm... More
Posted by Hughie at 3:28 PM | Comments (0)

May 30, 2007

Dirty

Several years ago (~1995) I was in an unsuccessful 3-piece band called 'Lifta". The band came and went nowhere but the guitarist, Tristan Rogers, had a real flair for making up interesting guitar riffs. Tristan is the brother of Adam,... More
Posted by Huge at 3:53 PM | Comments (0)

May 22, 2007

IT IS DONE!!

The album is in the can! (except for a sax part ...) I still have to edit things a bit and choose which take to use in a few places. But it is all recorded except for the sax part... More
Posted by Huge at 9:06 AM | Comments (0)

May 21, 2007

Welcome back, Casey ...

Heard an interview with Casey Donovan on the radio this morning. That's the Australian singer, not gay the porn star. She was talking about her life since Idol and her new music. Interesting listening to her new music ... she's... More
Posted by Hughie at 7:58 PM | Comments (0)

May 18, 2007

So Far Away

In about 1993 I broke up with a girlfriend of 3 years: Erin. I found this profoundly upsetting but ultimately life-changing as it pulled me out of a rut and got me looking to the rest of my life. Just... More
Posted by Huge at 3:58 PM | Comments (0)

Predictable dreams

Sometimes my brain works in such predictable ways. Had a shocking case of insomnia last night following the dream that always haunts periods of near-achievement. In this case, I dreamt I was called in to play bass for the Police... More
Posted by Huge at 10:25 AM | Comments (0)

May 17, 2007

Nope, not quite ...

I just went and checked, and I have two bits to add to the music: "Mighty Fine Day" needs an accoustic guitar and "So Far Away" needs a triangle. And, of course, there's the sax part on "Long for the... More
Posted by Huge at 11:16 PM | Comments (0)

Dare I breathe it? The music is done ... at last???

As of about an hour ago, I think ... well, I'm pretty sure ... as sure as I can be ... although tomorrow might tell a different story ... the music for the first album is in the can. That... More
Posted by Huge at 8:04 PM | Comments (0)

May 9, 2007

Missy Higgins ... musical chick lit

The other day my darling and I were driving along discussing why I don't get Missy Higgins. Don't get me wrong, I think she's a great peformer, always immaculately produced with obviously great material ... but her songs just don't... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:26 AM | Comments (0)

May 7, 2007

Manifesto for New Music Strategies

Just found this. It's brilliant summary of the New Music environment. These are the principles by which I operate and into which I am conducting further research (as is its author, Andrew Dubber). I won't summaries it because it's a... More
Posted by Hughie at 2:37 PM | Comments (0)

May 2, 2007

Having some fun ...

Went out to the Lounge Room Gallery in Red Hill last Saturday night for an Open Mic ... There was some real talent on display, though the venue was a little cramped, and it was good fun. I played three... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:32 AM | Comments (0)

April 5, 2007

Conversations with Lefsetz

Had a recent exchange with Bob Lefsetz about the phenomenon I noticed in iTunes. Now that I've had a few days to think about it, I thought I'd blog on the subject ... First of all I have to say... More
Posted by Hughie at 5:20 PM | Comments (0)

April 4, 2007

Sony wakes up!?

Good to see one of the major record companies has finally found a good use for the web. Shame it's not one that works to the advantage of everybody else ... But it makes perfect sense to them and doesn't... More
Posted by Hughie at 3:46 PM | Comments (0)

April 3, 2007

Can Apple manipulate the digital music market?

I just sent this e-mail to Chris Anderson, Bob Lefsetz and the [Musicthoughts] e-mail list: Hi Chris and Bob. Thought you might be interested in this phenomenon, as observed via the [MusicThoughts] e-mail list. Its members are mostly independent artists... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:17 PM | Comments (0)

March 30, 2007

Giving the music away?

music business, music industry, music business models, giving music away, giving recordings away, free music, legitimate free downloads, Barenaked Ladies, MC Lars, More
Posted by Hughie at 1:16 PM | Comments (0)

March 24, 2007

Getting closer

OK, the album is slowly getting closer. I'm really happy with the way So far Away is coming up, though I'm perplexed about the chorus - it needs something to lift it a bit. Perhaps some backing vocals, or another... More
Posted by Huge at 10:19 AM | Comments (0)

March 13, 2007

Producing the Genre Benders

Getting ever closer slowly. I now have drum parts down for 6 tracks (two don't need drums) and keyboards for two, thanks to Kathy Hirche. The guitars are getting closer to final parts and the vocals are still guides. I've... More
Posted by Huge at 10:16 AM | Comments (0)

March 12, 2007

No Van Halen at their own show??

Distubing news at the pinnacle of the industry: Van Halen will not be performing at their own induction into the Hall of Fame. Not with DLR, not with Sammy, not at all. That's ridiculous!! Apparently, it's not uncommon for R&... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:54 AM | Comments (0)

February 28, 2007

Bye, Bye, Billy

Awful news this morning about the passing of Billly Thorpe. The world is a lesser place without this great performer and character. I wasn't into his music much but I enjoyed what I knew of it and respect anyone who... More
Posted by Hughie at 1:39 PM | Comments (0)

February 19, 2007

Onya Ricky!

There's not enough politics in music these days, so it's great to see that Ricky Martin got into trouble for making a political statement about George W Bush while performing in Puerto Rico. Even better, he had the balls to... More
Posted by Hughie at 6:31 PM | Comments (0)

February 16, 2007

Thanks, Dec!

Amazing what a difference a bit of professional advice makes. For the past little while I've been re-working and re-recording the song for my first solo album based on the advice (mainly) of Dec Cluskey. He's been spot on about... More
Posted by Huge at 10:37 AM | Comments (0)

January 16, 2007

Van Halen gets a gong!

Just got the news that Van Halen are to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Now, I'm not a fan of the Hall of Fame - too much cronyism and wankery associated with it - but if ever there... More
Posted by Hughie at 3:36 PM | Comments (0)

January 15, 2007

Could Koopa be the first?

In my thesis research so far I have been at pains to distinguish between music that has become popular of its own - via the network of fans and so on - and music that has become popular because a... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:20 AM | Comments (0)

January 11, 2007

Great stuff!

Wish I'd known about these guys before. Bob Lefsetz used this song to make a point in one of his diatribes, and it's a ripper! Have to try and find the video and/or DVD. There are some other Three Dog... More
Posted by Hughie at 2:32 PM | Comments (0)

December 30, 2006

More awesome stuff

Also via the Digital Music Weblog, found Andy McKee - accoustic finger-style guitarist beyond belief. Check out this, for example: These are the kinds of amazing artists that ought to be receiving major publicity and airplay from the major labels... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:59 AM | Comments (0)

December 29, 2006

Amazing stuff

On the Digital Music Weblog, they give props to this performance: Awesome, yeah? Not a new idea but an excellent way to use it. Must have a go at something similar myself. I wonder what the words are??... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:35 AM | Comments (0)

December 14, 2006

Comparison of digital distributors

Just found this comparison via a roundabout way. It's a table of the costs, processes and other aspects of some digital distribution companies that I knew nothing about. In fact, I knew nothing about some of these companies! But that's... More
Posted by Hughie at 4:30 PM | Comments (0)

Gotta gig!

Went to see Jess at Bar Soma last night and she tentatively booked me for a 45 minute set, Wednesday, Feb 14 2007. Valentine's day. All originals - the beginning of something? Let's hope so. Think I'll play my standard... More
Posted by Huge at 10:41 AM | Comments (0)

December 12, 2006

This is cool ...

Just found this via MySpace this morning. A woman called Mary wanted to b a friend of Bun' Ber E and she had it playing on her site. TSO describe themselves as "classical" but this is a very heavy-metal version... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:28 AM | Comments (0)

December 8, 2006

Is MySpace dying?

There's an interesting assessment in the Washington Post, which argues that MySpace may be yesterday's place to meet and therefore a business in trouble. Now, I've argued before that MySpace was "dead in the water" but for different reasons. I've... More
Posted by Hughie at 1:11 PM | Comments (1)

December 5, 2006

The Amazon Advantage?

A question was posted to the Musicthoughts list about Amazon and how to best get sales through it. I have kept my eye on this for some time but have never considered it viable. The perfect solution for Bun' Ber... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:49 AM | Comments (0)

December 4, 2006

Dungiggin'

Bun' Ber E played our last gig for 2006 yesterday at Dicey Reilly's. It was a load of fun but I'm sort of glad the playing commitments are over for the year. Frees me up to concentrate on The Genre... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:02 AM | Comments (0)

November 27, 2006

The Show must go on

Sir Elton, well done. That performance demonstrates well and truly that the show can always go on - especially when you have Davey Johnstone on your side. I would have loved to have seen that show but ... well ...... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:20 AM | Comments (0)

November 17, 2006

So, Dean Geyer's gone ...

And there's just Damien Leith and Jessica Mauboy left. Well, they're both fine performers so it really doesn't matter who wins - the world is a better place for having heard these two. That said, I'm cheering loudest for Jessica... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:20 AM | Comments (0)

November 7, 2006

What next?

Well, since I last posted about Australian Idol, Ricky's gone and now Chris has gone, leaving Jessica, Dean and Damien. So, who's going to the final? No idea, but my head says Dean and Jessica ... I think. Those two... More
Posted by Hughie at 2:57 PM | Comments (0)

October 31, 2006

About time, guys ...

Just read about R.E.M and Van Halen making the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame nominations. Why has this not happened earlier? Van Halen are one of my all-time favourite bands (though perhaps not personally inspiring ...) and I think... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:15 PM | Comments (0)

October 30, 2006

Lovely stuff, Tracey

A couple of weeks ago, at the Big Sound conference, I met the lovely Tracey Saxby and have been playing her CD, "Barefoot Accoustic" regularly ever since. She's an interesting girl - grew up in Bundaberg but based in westen... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:45 AM | Comments (0)

October 27, 2006

Lisa's gone?

Well, there you go ... how wrong can I be? I guess that's what I get for not really paying attention - only tuning in occasionally. Still, it's all the more pity becuase I thought the last two times I... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:44 AM | Comments (0)

October 24, 2006

Happy birthday, iPod

Just read that it was five years ago today that Steve Jobs launched the iPod, which well and truly changed the digital media landscape and set the standard for digital music. Apple's iPod, and the iTunes store that came shortly... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:18 AM | Comments (0)

October 11, 2006

Lavina Fan Club

Can't believe the best voice in the competition has been voted off already. So much for Idol being a singing contest. Still, Lavina's shown what she's got on the national stage and should be proud of what she's done. You... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:59 AM | Comments (0)

September 26, 2006

Klancie? You're kidding!

Once again I am reminded that Australian Idol is not a singing contest. To have the bottom three we had last night after the performances of Sunday night was ridiculous. Dean Geyer's fans have only themselves to blame - we... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:21 AM | Comments (0)

September 22, 2006

How to play guitar

Just found this guitar-playing resource. How cool! Has everything you could possibly need to learn to play guitar and then some. Even better, it has links to more advanced things and a store that sells instrumnts, amps, strings, and so... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:29 AM | Comments (0)

September 20, 2006

The competition is that weak??

Interesting to read about the field for honours at the "American Music Awards" this year. I can't believe there was so little high-quality music this year that so many of the usual suspects were nominated multimple times. I can think... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:15 AM | Comments (0)

September 18, 2006

Lavina fan club

What a voice! She was one of only two Idols to really rock it up on the "rock" show last night - is there anything she can't do?? That was, as Kyle said, disappointing - especially Mutto. (Coldplay on a... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:37 AM | Comments (0)

September 15, 2006

The Genre Benders are born

Well, after a long time discussing, planning and figuring stuff out, The Genre Benders had their first rehearsal/bash in a live setting two nights ago. Of course, various members have been writing and recording bits and pieces for a while,... More
Posted by Huge at 10:37 AM | Comments (0)

September 5, 2006

Onya Mutto!

Good to see my boy got up! Now, next time you sing a song that seriously rocks, LET IT ROCK! I agree completely with Kyle and Mark about that last effort: it didn't make it - and also with Marcia... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:03 PM | Comments (0)

September 4, 2006

Mutto Fan club

Last time I didn't start fan clubs for Idol entrants until they's been voted off, but this time I'm getting in early with support for Mutto. I'd love to see a raw rocker get in there and spark up the... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:51 AM | Comments (0)

August 29, 2006

Dean's a special

I have been avoiding Australian Idol up to this point, but my darling was watching it on Sunday night (I slept through last night's episode) so I caught the guys performing. The only real standout to me was Dean "the... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:29 AM | Comments (0)

August 15, 2006

Great entertainment ... ??

Went out Sunday night to see John Harley Weston and Indy Clark play accoustic sets at Ric's Bar in Fortitude Valley. Great value! Picked up both their CDs with autographs! Real live performers playing real live music fromtheir hearts and... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:33 AM | Comments (0)

Never a truer word spoken ...

Yesterday I read a great post from a great songwriting blog. It makes a simple but profound point for all those of us who value the expression in songwriting: "What 'serious' songwriter would've thought? Imagine sitting down with a publisher... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:58 AM | Comments (0)

June 30, 2006

What have I been up to?

This blog has been dominated by sport stuff lately, but the tagline points out how wrong that its ... especially when I'm doing music full-time for the first time. So, what's doing? Well, right now I'm working on Bun' Ber... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:51 AM

June 6, 2006

Somebody heard me!

Just had a delivery guy here who heard me on Triple M the other week. He was a Blues supporter, but that's OK. He said it was hard to hear the words, though he was listening in his truck, but... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:13 AM | Comments (0)

What a waste of a day

Spent most of yesterday arguing with Pro Tools. I was trying to loop the bagpipe drone samples, and had to kill the pops at the joins. Pro Tools has a really cool device called a crossover that does this neatly,... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:00 AM | Comments (0)

May 24, 2006

Me, in The Cage

Yesterday afternoon I got a phone call while I was in the studio. The message was from Marto, who'd found the letter I sent them last year about my State of Origin Song. He couldn't find the CD I'd enclosed... More
Posted by Huge at 7:54 AM | Comments (1)

May 23, 2006

Doubly predictable

[sigh] Madonna was always going to do something to grab promotional headlines by annoying the Church in her new show and the Church was always going to help her by biting at her barbs ... Why is this news?? Why... More
Posted by Hughie at 2:13 PM | Comments (0)

May 21, 2006

Toughest gig ever

Last night was the hardest gig I've ever done. It was a 3.5 hour Ceilidh with Bun' Ber E at Acacia Ridge School so there was not a lot of playing but with a sore shoulder, there was intense pain.... More
Posted by Hughie at 2:13 PM | Comments (0)

May 15, 2006

Download sites growth

It's incredible how may sites have sprung up trying to make money by selling music in download form on the Internet. I've been compiling a list of them for my PhD and have racked up 15 without trying. That's just... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:22 AM | Comments (0)

April 20, 2006

Before the music dies

Great to see some respect being paid to the creators and developers of the less-acknowledged music in the USA. I haven't seen "Before the Music Dies" but it's long overdue, given the sad history of exploitation of performing artists. Can't... More
Posted by Hughie at 2:58 PM | Comments (0)

April 12, 2006

Ignorant journos ...

Can't even get the basics right! The Sydney Morning Herald is today reporting on the Stones' Sydney concert, which was, by all reports, a beauty. However, they say Skeiff started the night with "a black Stratocaster guitar slung around his... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:13 AM | Comments (0)

March 17, 2006

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Gonna spend most of today and tomorrow playing at Irish events in Brissie! Dicey Reilly's today, and tomorrow - the races! How Irish is that! Bun' Ber E will be out there and in the the thick of it all.... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:02 AM | Comments (0)

CDs as a sales force

Interesting article on Slyck examining the prospects for the CD as a music sales medium. It's pretty thorough and goes over a recent report by NPD (pdf, 1.68MB) pretty well, concluding that, depsite the NPD finding, digital downloads will replace... More
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February 27, 2006

We be jammin'

Had a great bash with the boys down at the club yesterday. It was a bit short notice - I got told about it Sat morning - but I got to play drums all afternoon, and sing a bit. Sensational!!... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:42 AM | Comments (0)

February 20, 2006

The death of the album ...

I've been reading articles like this one for a while now. They all basically claim that since digital delivery allows consumers to pick and choose individual tracks, this means that sales of packages of tunes in the form of albums... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:43 AM | Comments (0)

January 18, 2006

Value in old media

Interesting to note that a piece of paper with Beatles lyrics written on it is worth a lot of money. Goes to reinforce the old adage about easy things being worth less than difficult things - for all the copies... More
Posted by Huge at 11:04 AM | Comments (0)

December 20, 2005

Learning from Idol mistakes

Great to read this morning that SonyBMG has signed all of the final three Idol contestants: Kate DeAraugo, Lee Harding and now Emily Williams. It shows that they've learned from their experience in missing out on finalists who've sold very... More
Posted by Huge at 10:27 AM | Comments (0)

December 7, 2005

CDBaby rules!

Thought I'd better post something here about what a great job CDBaby do as a distributor of recordings. Not only do they sell the hard-copy CDs for Bun' Ber E, but they also have a digital distribution program, which puts... More
Posted by Huge at 10:35 AM | Comments (0)

December 1, 2005

I guess it had to happen

Interesting to note that the Grateful Dead, long champions of the "give the music away free and make up for it elsewhere" philosophy, have come to a crunching commercial reality. The upshot of this is that they may decide not... More
Posted by Huge at 12:14 PM | Comments (0)

The Australian Industry in America

Great to read the article by Tony George in themusic.com.au about government assistance for Australian musicians into the US market. This is a great boon and I'm sure Tony will do a huge job and have a heap of fun... More
Posted by Huge at 9:23 AM | Comments (0)

November 30, 2005

More on Idol

Couple of late notes from other sources on Idol. I didn't watch the finale or the results, largely because I'm bored with Idol, but I got the following by e-mail after it: Idols gave no respect 23 November 2005 I... More
Posted by Huge at 9:46 AM | Comments (1)

November 16, 2005

Defending Idol

I have to defend Australian Idol from some ridiculous statements about its failure to rate on TV. I have read repeated statements, when reporting the poor ratings for this series of Idol, attributing its performance to the "end of the... More
Posted by Huge at 11:07 AM | Comments (0)

November 1, 2005

Getting toey

Right. Had a hit-out with Lizard Drinkin' on Saturday night. It was fun and blew out a lot of cobwebs. More have been booked in December. I was discussing the show with my favourite critic and she reminded me that... More
Posted by Huge at 2:54 PM | Comments (0)

October 27, 2005

Worrying trends in Australian music

What does this graph tell us? It's taken from the APRA annual report and shows the 5-year trend of money coming into and out of Australia for music royalties. You'll note that the annual amount of money coming into Australia... More
Posted by Huge at 5:11 PM | Comments (0)

Post-Arias discussion

Well, the Aria Awards have been handed out for another year. It's good to see the majors get together and congratulate themselves as an industry. Well done to the winners - that's a reward for all the hard work you've... More
Posted by Huge at 9:11 AM | Comments (0)

October 24, 2005

Common problems for performers

It was interesting to read in The Weekend Australian an extract from Chrissie Amphlett's autobiography in which she wrote about her initial difficulties being outrageous on stage. The most interesting bit was the part about the difference between playing her... More
Posted by Huge at 9:00 AM | Comments (0)

October 19, 2005

The faceless Dream Factory

BTW - I've decided that from now on I will refer to the major record company approach to the music business as "the dream factory". It seems appropriate, since that's exactly what they offer: dreams. When you wake up it's... More
Posted by Huge at 5:37 PM | Comments (0)

Why stick to just one approach?

Watched the final episode of The Hit Game last night and it drove home to me yet another aspect of what's wrong with the music industry: The fixation with making artists stick to one "brand" of music. I thought the... More
Posted by Huge at 5:35 PM | Comments (0)

October 13, 2005

Never a truer word

Got some fairly sombre e-mails from my mate Phil Graham yesterday. He's in Canada for work but has had enough and wants to return to sunny Brisbane. Among other things, I suggested there was a song in one of the... More
Posted by Huge at 9:02 AM | Comments (0)

October 5, 2005

Hits and misses

I've been watching The Hit Game on the ABC for the past two weeks. Last night's episode was a brilliant expose of exactly what's wrong with the music industry. A talented, beautiful and experienced young Belinda-Lee Reid hangs her entire... More
Posted by Huge at 2:11 PM | Comments (2)

September 21, 2005

Promoting songs

Well, last week I got my copies of Australian Music Marketing Abroad's A'n'R magazine. In it (page 40), and on the accompanying CDs is "Heart's With You" (streaming version). The ad cost me Aus$700 and, given the company it's in,... More
Posted by Huge at 12:08 PM | Comments (2)

September 16, 2005

Well done, Joel

Just read about Joel Turner winning the world beatboxing championships in Germany. Excellent effort! Of course, I don't actually "get" beatboxing - it does nothing for me musically - but you only have to listen to the guy to hear... More
Posted by Huge at 5:35 PM | Comments (1)

September 9, 2005

On ya, Nick

I'm not much of a fan of Nick Cave's music but this story, wherein he threatens to walk out of a gig if he can't take his beer and cigarettes onto the stage, is a classic. It's a win for... More
Posted by Huge at 4:13 PM | Comments (0)

August 29, 2005

The band was cookin'

Managed to catch the last bit of Australian Idol last night - quite by accident. The singing was predictably ordinary but the band was cooking. Of course, this just served to remind me what can be achieved with a bit... More
Posted by Huge at 9:16 AM | Comments (0)

August 19, 2005

Ignoring Australian Idol

A couple of people asked me the other day at a gig whether I'm watching Australian Idol this time. I gotta confess that I'm not. (interesting to see the IdolBlog this time around - and that a Google of "Australian... More
Posted by Huge at 9:48 AM | Comments (1)

August 15, 2005

A rare pleasure

I got a rare and unexpected buzz on Saturday morning! As we were complaining about how cold and miserable it was at the Sunnybank RSL's 60th anniversary of VP day celebrations, a fan requested that we play "Heart's with you".... More
Posted by Huge at 9:38 AM | Comments (0)

August 5, 2005

Ain't it strange??

On the gig front, you go through long periods of nothing happening and then all of a sudden, several pop out at once. Two weddings in the space of two weeks, after almost a year of nothing for Lizard Drinkin'.... More
Posted by Huge at 10:42 AM | Comments (0)

August 1, 2005

Getting on with it.

OK, the drum parts are coming along reasonably. Got a couple of bass parts down, too. Plenty of work to be done. Today I'm off to ACRO to get the next stage of the re-recording of State V State done.... More
Posted by Huge at 10:13 AM | Comments (0)

July 28, 2005

Thick crusts of barnacles

Mental note: you can't just pick up an instrument having not played it for several years and expect to play recordably on it. That's been my frustating experience playing the drums over the past few weeks. I'm sure I wa... More
Posted by Huge at 11:03 AM | Comments (0)

July 25, 2005

An industry in crisis.

Last night I was reading a book called The Rise and Fall of Popular Music, which quoted the following figures: in 1985 the US music industry made a pre-tax profit of US$200 million on gross sales of US$4.5 billion -... More
Posted by Huge at 10:38 AM | Comments (0)

July 22, 2005

What am I up to??

This blog is supposed to be about music and stuff but it hasn't featured much of that lately. So, what is going on? Well, several things, really. I'm planning to re-record "State against State", which was ignored by everyone except... More
Posted by Huge at 9:49 AM | Comments (0)

April 27, 2005

Nice to have a win!

Just read about the impending changes to Queensland's town planning laws, which will create a "cultural precinct" in Fortitude Valley and stop residential developers from destroying live-music development in Brisbane. I have been a direct victim of this myself, when... More
Posted by Huge at 11:25 AM | Comments (2)

April 21, 2005

State Against State

As heard on Triple M's The Cage!: Click here to download (MP3, 2MB) or here to stream. As you might have figured out, I'm a huge Rugby League fan. Grew up with it, dad coached it, used to play it,... More
Posted by Huge at 10:17 AM | Comments (1)

April 13, 2005

What am I up to??

Thought I'd better bring readers up to speed with where I'm at in this project. I've been rather quiet lately ... sorry. The short answer is that many things are happening, not all of which seem as productive as others.... More
Posted by Huge at 10:41 AM | Comments (0)

April 4, 2005

See you later, Casey?

Well, it's increasingly apparent that Casey Donovan Mark 1 is over. For her sake, that's a pity. Of course the music that she and the Idol gurus produced was entirely forgettable, which is also a pity, but that's the nature... More
Posted by Huge at 12:23 PM | Comments (2)

March 1, 2005

Latest offerings

I'm afraid I've been rather slack about keeping readers up to date with the latest events here, but things have gotten reasonably interesting. Yesterday, I took delivery of this, which is the latest version of Longing for the Day -... More
Posted by Huge at 10:54 AM | Comments (0)

February 22, 2005

Interesting developments

Wanted to make a few observations about some articles I've been reading lately. I think the sum of them really is nidicating that I have been right all along about this medium and its potential. The first and most intuitive... More
Posted by Huge at 1:52 PM | Comments (0)

February 18, 2005

Vale Casey Donovan's first career

Well, I predicted it, and now Immedia is reporting that Casey Donovan's career is over as her debut album sales slump. Seems her album is almost out of the top 100 after failing to reach the expected heights. However, I... More
Posted by Huge at 11:12 AM | Comments (31)

February 14, 2005

Bun' Ber E in Japan

Also wanted to note that a Japanese radio program, Yellowbeat, has put one of Bun' Ber E's tunes on rotation. Apparently they'll start by playing Orange & Blue, off our latest album, Unplugged, on Friday Night (Tokyo time). Thanks, guys.... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:52 AM | Comments (0)

February 10, 2005

Australian Idol: Travesty or Treat?

Interesting debate in The Sydney Morning Herald, which I heard about via the Australian music Council's e-newsletter, about whether or not Australian Idol is "good for the local record industry". It's an interesting debate, not so much because interesting or... More
Posted by Huge at 10:11 AM | Comments (0)

January 27, 2005

Popularity and diversity

Found an interesting article that argues that too much diversity can make people jaded about choice. I think this is spot on, and it's why a lot of the hyperbolic suggestions about the Internet providing venue for lots of alternative... More
Posted by Huge at 11:55 AM | Comments (0)

January 20, 2005

Lies, damn lies and the music industry

Finally, some respectable research has pointed out the utter bollocks that ARIA has been sprouting about music sales figures in Australia. I almost gagged on the contradiction between the sales figures and the spin when they were released, and it's... More
Posted by Huge at 9:39 AM | Comments (0)

November 19, 2004

Reflections on Idol

Well, it's good to be liberated from having to watch TV at certain times ... I've just been told that Ngaiire will perform, apparently, at the finale. That's awesome and is a good reason to watch again. For the record,... More
Posted by Huge at 2:38 PM | Comments (0)

November 18, 2004

Unplugged is almost here

Cool! After much effort, argument, delay and stress, Bun' Ber E Unplugged will soon return from the factory. We're taking advance orders via PayPal here. This has been an interesting experience. Our first CD, Ceilidh, was recorded in a professional... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:23 AM | Comments (0)

November 9, 2004

Moving on.

Well, I didn't watch Idol last night, and according to the papers, lots of others agree with me as audiences decline just when they should be growing. I read the result in this morning's paper and it only confirmed my... More
Posted by Huge at 9:21 AM | Comments (0)

November 2, 2004

Over Idol

I guess you've figured out about now that I'm largely over Idol. Rather disappointed that it's not more about singing and performance, but fascinated about what, exactly, it is. Unfortunately, without more information, like exact vote counts, and without the... More
Posted by Huge at 8:05 AM | Comments (0)

October 24, 2004

Marty Fan club

Right! I give up ... There's no point in trying to pick this comp ... there's no justice to the public's voting patterns. I notice that this evening Marcia was very careful to put the Kybosh on any suggestion that... More
Posted by Huge at 9:27 PM | Comments (0)

October 17, 2004

Ricky-Lee fan club

NOTE: Since I posted this, I've had lots of comments that seem to indicate that people think this is Ricki-Lee's website (see below). It's not, and I don't know how to get in touch with her, either. Her website is... More
Posted by Huge at 8:44 PM | Comments (16)

October 3, 2004

Springsteen voting for change

Just read about the long-awaited Vote 4 Change concerts. As a long-time Springsteen fan, I've gotta confess It's no surprise to see the man stand up against what he percieves as the destuction of the America he loves. I'm no... More
Posted by Huge at 1:32 PM | Comments (0)

What are the Idols thinking???

Caught the song selections for Sunday's "own choice" show - these people are not listening to the judges' comments! An Italian hymn? George? They may be the best band in the land (I don't agree, with that, BTW) but they're... More
Posted by Huge at 12:35 PM | Comments (0)

September 27, 2004

Idol predictions

OK, well, I was right about Emilia but wrong about Marty and Casey. I'm not surprised at Marty - he's been sailing close to the wind for a few weeks. But I agree with Mark that it would have been... More
Posted by Huge at 9:23 PM | Comments (0)

September 26, 2004

Another Idol moment

A few notes on tonight's performances: Casey: A trademark powerful performance but it seemed to lack something. Went for the big note at the end and hit it big but didn't do much with it ... hmmmm ... nothing wrong,... More
Posted by Huge at 9:58 PM | Comments (0)

September 20, 2004

Missing Idol

Didn't manage to catch Idol last night because I went to see my parents and they watched Bradman ... also a good show. However, there seemed to be no surprises in the bottom three ... except I'm still waiting for... More
Posted by Huge at 7:47 PM | Comments (0)

September 16, 2004

Utterly forgettable Idols

Enough said. But the beatbox thing is interesting. I'll be watching those guys with interest.... More
Posted by Huge at 9:25 PM | Comments (0)

September 15, 2004

Best wishes, Dan

Well, I was shocked to see Dan knocked out. But I was not displeased. As I have noted before, Dan had the weakest voice and one of the weaker on-stage presences in the competition. I was sure he'd go further,... More
Posted by Huge at 10:41 AM | Comments (0)

September 12, 2004

Still being Idol

Didn't post last week following the Jakarta bombing. Thought Thursday night's show was interesting, but don't have time to go into it here. Tonight I'll try to give an entrant-by-entrant critique in order - then a summary and prediction ...... More
Posted by Huge at 8:04 PM | Comments (0)

September 7, 2004

Angie fan club

Well, I was disappointed about Ngaiire, but I'm gobsmacked about Angie. I picked the other two to be in the three, and probably expected Amali to be the one to go, but Angie is just so fabulous. That said, her... More
Posted by Huge at 12:31 PM | Comments (0)

September 5, 2004

Ngaiire fan club

I'm very disappointed. Perhaps they should have reversed the wildcard selections and had 2 by popular choice. Still, the two they picked are not bad. A quick note before I watch the first final - I'm backing Dan to win.... More
Posted by Huge at 7:32 PM | Comments (11)

August 22, 2004

Missing Idol

Next hought it would happen but ... due to a family miscalculation ... I missed the first half of Idol tonight. hence, I won't try to pick the winners. However, a quick observation is that they were all better than... More
Posted by Huge at 9:06 PM | Comments (0)

August 16, 2004

Idol moments #2

OK, so, Angeline, Liza, Amali and Daniel. I'd give myself 2.5 for that. Angie was no surprise - she was the pick of the night and will only get better with practice. Amali I picked as well, actually, I wrote... More
Posted by Huge at 9:00 PM | Comments (0)

August 15, 2004

Australian Idol, round 2

OK, I wasn't impressed at all by this lot. Lots of potential that didn't materialise. Marcia was very defensive, especially of the youngsters, and so she should be, but they really weren't as good as last week. Mark said it... More
Posted by Huge at 9:44 PM | Comments (0)

August 10, 2004

Idol moments

Well, Australian Idol has gotten serious, and I'm pleased to say that, after half-watching Sunday's show, I picked the four finalists from last night - though I got the order slightly wrong, in that I thought Ngaiire would go through... More
Posted by Huge at 4:30 PM | Comments (0)

July 5, 2004

Blowing out the cobwebs

Well ... had me some fun yesterday down at the local club. We had an open-slather jamm - all welcome, any style. Yesterday, I lent them my PA, played accoustic guitar, had a sing, played drums and percussion, clapped, cheered... More
Posted by Huge at 9:42 PM | Comments (1)

May 17, 2004

We're on iTunes!

Just found Bun' Ber E's debut CD, Ceilidh, in the Apple iTunes store. What a buzz!! Awesome to see it for sale in the same space as all of my heroes! Never thought I'd see the day, and even if... More
Posted by Huge at 9:13 PM | Comments (0)

May 7, 2004

Determination

Well! This morning on the radio I heard an interview between the hosts and one of the nobody comperes from Australian Idol. They were trying to arouse interest in the upcoming Brisbane auditions. Inevitably, the question was asked why Idol... More
Posted by Huge at 9:33 PM | Comments (3)

March 29, 2004

Australian Idol

On a lighter note, I was persuaded by my family to audition for Australian Idol. I went to the site to check it out and discovered that I'm too old. They didn't mention the age restrictions on the show. Glad... More
Posted by Huge at 9:15 PM | Comments (1)

March 13, 2004

What a week I've had!

Well, it's been one of the best weeks I've had for a long time. On Tuesday I received notice that a nice woman in Florida, USA, liked Bun' Ber E's CD enough to buy it from CDBaby. That was a... More
Posted by Huge at 11:19 AM | Comments (0)

March 9, 2004

Success of sorts

Well, we've just sold our first Bun' Ber E CD from CDBaby! Thank you to the person who bought it. Florida will never sound the same again. This is a very exciting turn of events and I hope it will... More
Posted by Huge at 8:18 PM | Comments (0)

March 2, 2004

That's what it's all about

The New York Times recently ran this (requires registration). It looks at the "Grey Album" and the drive to produce new art by merging the old and the new. I thought I was a bit of a no-brainer, to be... More
Posted by Hughie at 6:52 PM | Comments (1)

February 27, 2004

Serendipity and musical appreciation

I was stuck by the feeling "I love Music!" Where else could it all come together? What a wonderful, many-splendid thing we have and how precious it is. More
Posted by Huge at 4:12 PM | Comments (2)

January 24, 2004

(Pop) music's lack of cultural examination

Germaine Greer finally said something with which I agree. She wrote in the OZ "If your ambition is to live on Ramsay Street, where nobody has even been heard to discuss a book or a movie, let alone an international event, then Australia may be the place for you". I have to say that that's frighteningly (and unpleasantly) accurate from my limited experience. More
Posted by Huge at 10:34 AM | Comments (3)

January 7, 2004

Songwriters must get with the program, too ...

I'm glad that my efforts at this web site have been designed to oppose these "music industry" trends. I want the music associated with this site to have as diverse a source of inputs and to be distrubted as widely as possible. More
Posted by Hughie at 11:04 AM | Comments (0)
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