Last month, this column mentioned Sellaband.com, a site that enables fans or “believers” as they’re called, to donate towards an artist’s album recording fund and share in the potential profits. Sellaband scored a huge coup last week when rap hall of famers Public Enemy chose the site to raise money for their forthcoming album.
Chuck D, Flava Flav and co. are hoping to raise $250,000, the site’s most ambitious funding project yet at sellaband.com/publicenemy. PE have always been at the forefront of championing net music technology. They were one of the first groups to release MP3s from their own website and have advocated artist-owned releases for a decade or so.
“Believers” are able to buy single $25 shares and each share entitles them to: a numbered copy of the album, an early download version and 33% of the net revenue for the first five years divided amongst them. (more…)
Google Wave explained
You may noticed people desperately seeking Google Wave invites. This video explains exactly WHAT it is for. http://short.ie/gwave
Irish Web Awards winners
See the full list of Irish Web Awards winners 2009. I was chuffed to win the Best Music Site gong for Nialler9.com. http://short.ie/webwinners09
Jesus Christ (The Indie Band)
Quotation-fetishist blogger Carles of Hipster Runoff has started a band called Jesus Christ (The Indie Band) with the sole purpose of giving people music to ‘authentically empathize with’, moreso than a traditional ‘indie band.’ http://short.ie/indiejesus
I’ll eat the paper this page is printed on if Ellie Goulding is not a star by next summer. Under The Sheets is her debut single and it’s a corker. http://short.ie/ellie
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
How would you like an 11-piece hippie-folk rock band from LA with one of the best debut albums of the year? Go forth and get addicted. Start with the rousing 40 Day Dream. http://short.ie/edsharpe
Ou Est Le Swimming Pool
80s electro-pop is truly this year’s predominant new band theme. Just listen to these Londoners’ take on that decade with the infectious Dance The Way I Feel. http://short.ie/ouest
Bloggers are speculating about the identity of the creator behind the Jimmy Somerville-esque lo-fi disco sound of Silver Columns. Ideas on a blog comment please. http://short.ie/silvcol
Winner of best new web application/service at the Irish Web Awards last week, Kildare Street is a site that allows you to keep an eye on your elected officials in the Oireachtas. http://www.kildarestreet.com/
Cooking with Rockstars
Music and food enthusiast Jennifer Robbins meets indie musicans for a show and tell of their favourite food recipes. Yacht, St. Vincent, Ben Gibbard, Robyn Hitchcock, The Wrens and Supergrass have all featured thus far. http://cookingwithrockstars.com/
Day & Night and The Carphone Warehouse have teamed up to offer 5 lucky readers the chance to win a Silver Sony Ericsson W995 phone exclusive to The Carphone Warehouse.
If high quality music and videos is your thing then check out the Sony Ericsson W995. Listen to your favourite songs and view your favourite videos on the ultimate multimedia phone. The W995 is so intelligent it can coordinate music to fit your mood and simply shake the phone to skip, shuffle or repeat tracks, it is as easy as do, ray, me. Capture great moments on the 8.1 MP camera and view pictures in their true colours on the 2.6” screen.
To win one of 5 phones find the correct answer to the question below in today’s Day and Night in the Irish Independent then turn to page 17 of for details on how to enter by text or phone.
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I’ve become someone who’s easy to hate lately. Someone who is easy to vilify to add to my already dubious status as a blogger nerdy music type to 90% of the public. As much as I try I can’t help but be this person. I’ve become an iKnowItAll aka an iPhone evangelist.
I can’t help it. The thing is just so interesting and the applications are just so fascinating (and sometimes simultanelously downright stupid) that I have to show it off to friends and family. Forget the app that allows you to pretend to drink beer, to draw a lightsaber, or the countless amazing games available, for the last few weeks, it’s been all about music apps for me.
An iPhone app called Wunder Radio (€5.49) has reinvigorated my radio listening. Thousands of stations from around the world are available to browse on demand on your phone with a nice interface. The ability to stream over 3G means you can walk around the city listening to great radio stations like WFMU New York, Radio Helsinki, WOXY Cincinati or your local stations like Power FM, Phantom or Today FM (which has its own app in the iTunes store but suffers from a poor quality 32K stream). (more…)