Fuck you I won’t do what you tell me!

I don’t trust people who’s musical tastes have stopped growing. I used to not trust people who I didn’t know or who offered me candy. Later I was wary of smokers thanks to the Jets, but later became mistrustful of the Jets, too. Now I mainly only mistrust politicians and people who talk about business strategy and synergy.

Oh yeah and I mistrust Microsoft, and organized religion, and the big media conglomerates that play all this crap on the radio. Radio? you say? What is radio? Well, kids, radio is something that, once upon a time, would seek out (or be sought out) musical talents for the purposes of providing entertainment to its listeners, attract more listeners, and ultimately make money via the advertisement dollars brought in by companies wishing to sell said listeners products and services. Not the noblest of professions but still nothing like the evil industry that it has become today.

Now radio, after years and years of research into the music preferences of the American public, these media companies have found 2 things to be true (in general of course): 1. People like to have music chosen for them. It is simpler that way. 2. People will like a song after 10 exposures that they did not like after just 1 or 2. By combining these 2 facts (backed up by extensive research) we get what we have today: radio stations playing the same 30-50 songs (that all follow a specific format and are of certain styles) in heavy rotation, building a loyal following of “fans”. And after years and years of consolidation and mergers there are only like, 6 media companies that own *all* the radio stations in the country. What are we left with? Is all hope lost for those who would seek out good music? A few independent radio stations, the Web, and our friends’ collections, is all.

In its own small way GarageBand.com tries to correct some parts of this problem. GarageBand.com allows visitors to rank and review independent bands and provides these bands with money in some cases to produce and distribute their albums based upon these reviews. A neat idea if they don’t just become another label adding to the problem. [Source: MPR: Marketplace]

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On another, wholly unrelated note, goodbye and good riddance.

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