Music Mashups = Cover Fever

December 3, 2006

OK, a little complicated but bear with me because this will be so worth your time if you’re into bizarre cover songs. If not, flip on ever to iTunes and buy some shit or something.

Kotog has awakened me to the oftentimes sketchy but always worth a look blog Copy, Right?, which is wielded by a woman who apparently scours the underbelly of the web for strange covers of mostly strange songs. (And in a frightening note, she says that complete strangers send her these things, too.) I won’t link to the downloads – one reason being there are too many and another is that her notes on the songs are as good as the music.

Yum!Yum!ORANGE “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” (Bobby McFerrin cover)
I honestly never thought I’d post a cover if this, one of my most-hated songs EVER, but dammit if those Japanese ska bands don’t charm my socks right off everytime.

Little Shepherd “Beate Ausem Block (Jenny from the Block)” (J.Lo cover)
Wow. This is like a terrible car crash from which I inexplicably can’t turn away.

Without these tidbits, I could not in good consciense provide a trusting reader with a Bobby McFerrin download. Free or even if they paid you to download it.

Visit Copy, Right?. Hurry. The songs sometimes have short shelf lives and you’re not going to find this kind of aural stimulation just anywhere. Don’t tell your mom I sent you.

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December 3, 2006

Mark Sabbatini of All About Jazz has offered up some links to sites where you can download – freely for the most part – some holiday music so rancid even its creators have disavowed most copyright or connection to it. Which makes the songs into instant cult classics. Natch.

Bongobells offers about 50 mostly out-of-circulation albums …

Many of the albums are discontinued, colossal commercial failures and other projects doomed to obscurity before digital capturing allowed them to be elevated to cult-like status. Generally the album’s title and lead performer(s) are about all the information available without exhaustive research, but the sites provide enough description for listeners to know what they’re getting before committing bandwidth to them. All of the songs are in unprotected MP3 format, but many are also likely in a legal “grey” area at best. But since eBay seems to be about the only way to get the actual CDs, you probably aren’t starving anybody out of their Christmas dinner money.

Unfortunately, the Bongobells have nag screens between downloads and other unpretty wait times, but if you browse and find a lot that you want, you can get a one-month membership for the price of a J-Lo CD and download them .zip quick.

Enjoy.

Big Three Bites

November 10, 2006

I see the Internet as the golden road Indie musicians and their fans can finally take to say the hell with the Big Three. And I don’t mean file sharing, that’s a whole nother bucket of worms.

In the bad old days, the musick industry controlled what we could hear outside of our fairly small geographical regions. If you wanted anything but the Beatles or Boston or the MOR-band-of-the-moment, you had to hit the bars and hope for the best. The Net has changed that… much of the proof coming to me in the fact that I own more Aussie band CDs than U.S. ones.

Matthew Ebel warns that the musick industry/Internet big biz wants to change all that.

As a musician, it’s rough enough having to pay for cable or DSL just to be able to upload new music and spread the word. If AT&T is given the power to extort more money out of guys like me, the entire indie music world might suffer greatly. Podcasters would certainly find themselves up a creek. Some might argue that the telecoms wouldn’t make things worse than they already are, but those people obviously don’t know the power of human greed.

This is a well-considered and well written post. If you care about Indie music and YOUR access to it, read on. A Better Internet?

Boosting Blogs in Search

August 22, 2006

Google Labs has started beta testing their accessible web search for people with visual difficulties. Hot! Google’s Accessible Search evaluates usability of Web pages, meaning pages that text readers can scan easily and render into speech will rank higher on search pages than bloated, corporate-speak sites.

Just so happens, most blogs have clean lines without a lot of clutter, so we’ll be scooting closer to the top soon. Indie Music for everyone!

If you think your sites might be on the illegible side and want to optimize some pages, a good search engine marketing firm like USWeb can help you clean the lines.

USWeb has released some interesting details on testing they’ve already done. Doing a straight search of Google for the terms “flowers,” “online marketing” and “Internet marketing” and then repeating the search with Google’s Accessible Search, they found vastly different results in ranking. USWeb is an expert at accessibility compliance, so they weren’t too surprised to find both their own sites and sites they’ve worked with right there at the top. Might want to keep that in mind just in case Google decides to add this factor to their current algorithm.

Las Vegas, NV ~ August 4, 2006 ~ “The Chain” has leaped to # 37 in its 4th week on the ACQB Singles Charts and is becoming a hit with fans and radio stations.

JAK PARIS shot from obscurity to recognition with the release of his debut album Electric Revolution on March 28, 2006. The release of his first single N.B.D. (Not Back Down) put JAK PARIS in the public eye as it received airplay on Modern Rock and Hot AC radio. The music video received national publicity on television and print media as well as MTV On Demand, reaching an audience of over 10 million.

“The Chain”, a modern version of Fleetwood Mac’s mega hit, is a collaboration between alt rocker JAK PARIS and actress Scarlett Pomers (REBA) to bring attention to her charity Arch-Angels, a dedicated fund within the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), to support the ongoing efforts to raise awareness and funds for education, advocacy, and research. The result of the collaboration is a rock ‘n’ roll single in the truest sense with cross over appeal that will surely position their second single.

You can purchase “The Chain” at itunes.com with proceeds to benefit the National Eating Disorders Association. You can also buy the full CD, Electric Revolution, @ amazon.com, cdbaby.com, towerrecords.com, http://www.jakparis.com, and everywhere downloads are sold.

Uh – go there now! I know you rock, so I’m not writing anything else down here. Go! Thank you!

OK. You all know how I feel about blogging for money. Yes, plumbers get paid for plumbing, dealers get paid for dealing and writers should get paid for writing. How can that not make sense?

So here is a company that agrees with me – Blogsvertise – and offers opportunities for writers to review advertisers. Why does this have to be so revolutionary? Can you even drive, wear clothes or eat these days without advertising a product?

Blogsvertise has this premise:
“Our Advertisers want YOU to mention and talk about their websites products and services in your blogs and journals. You write up an entry in your blog about the advertiser however you want! You can review the site, compliment it, relate to it somehow in your daily life, or even complain about it.”

Wow. You mean I don’t have to sell my soul? That if I don’t want to promote someone, I don’t have to? That’s so much easier than duct taping over my Diet Coke bottles and ripping the logo off my jeans. I’m giving it a go and you might as well. Hit this URL http://www.blogsvertise.com and let’s do it for the love AND the money.

What the harm in a little click fraud? You tap a button or two for a friend … hey, the good ol’ boys have done this since the dawn of business. Well, it’s actually a lot worse than a couple of 37 cent Adsense clicks or so each day. And clicking it and sticking it to the “man” doesn’t turn out to be so fun when you’re the man. PPC fraud is hurting everyone who depends on this model for their biz.

Site Pro News has set out some examples that honestly set me back a step. I’ve known about the existence of PPC fraud, but I didn’t fathom these tidbits:

  • Clíck fraud has become the greatest threat to the rapid growth of the paid search marketing sector. The Interactive Advertising Bureau estimates that 20 to 35 percent of ad clicks are fraudulent.
  • Clíck fraud … has become larger than the total magnitude of credít card fraud in the U.S.

    PPC will be replaced. Site Pro News gives the dig on PPA, PPP and other acronyms in the works by Microsoft, Google, Yahoo… worth the read. Go to Site Pro News now, your revenue my depend on it.