OnlineRock Blog

08 October 2006

Ear Plugs

A few weeks ago I went to AES (Audio Engineering Society).  This trade show features all of the latest recording and sound gear and software.  It was truely amazing to see all of the stuff that's out there.  One company was making custom filtered earplugs and I decided to finally get a pair.  I go to a lot of shows that get loud and have been meaning to get some for awhile.  Better late than never...right?  Well they arrived but at first I couldn't get them to fit properly and thought I'd have to send them back.  After messing around a bit I finally got them to fit.  I could feel them in my ear but they were pretty comfortible.  I just needed a show to go to.  Low and behold a friend of mine won some tickets to see Adrian Belew who I interviewed last year.  The show was loud but the ear filters worked great.  I could hear everything pretty clearly.  I'd recommend getting some quality ear plug filters to anyone who is around loud sounds.

Adrian Belew at Slim's in San Francisco.

02 October 2006

Tower Records

So I saw an ad on the street saying 30% off all merchandise at the now defunct Tower Records.  It made me think about all of the indie artist and labels that had their music in Tower's inventory.  Will any of them ever see a penny for their music?  I doubt it.  Most of the money raised from this liquidation will go to Tower's larger creditors.  We all want to do the right thing by purchasing music (not stealing it) so that income will flow to the artist but now, not even the "legitimate" outlets allow us to do this.   I guess  buying  your music directly from the artist is the only way to make sure that some of the profits gets to them.  When I say direct, I mean places that the artist has control over their inventory such as CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, OnlineRock and live shows...there are a number of them out there.