Sly Stone Needs an Assistant, 2 Female Martial Artists

Sly

I love my job, but I’d consider this one. You know it’s going to be an adventure.

PERSONAL ASSISTANT REQUESTED***
– Between the ages of 25 and 40
– Must love music
– Speak 1-3 languages
– Have valid passport
– Able to travel for 30 days or more, European tour
– Must have own reliable transportation
– Bay Area Resident
– Assist Rock & Roll Hall of Famer
– References required. – Send Photo and Resume to mrsalionel@aol.com
***Also, Requesting 2 Female Martial Arts Experts with valid Passports and able to Travel.

When Alan emailed this to me I thought he added the last line himself. Nope.

ian

Last.fm’s Surprising Lack of Solidarity

I like Last.fm. My username is iancr. Check out my profile. Add me as a friend.

But I was genuinely surprised and disappointed Last.fm didn’t participate in the Day of Silence today. I was completely mystified by this blog post from Felix on the Last.fm blog this morning. I’ve read it a few times to try to figure out what they’re really saying, and here’s what I get from it [THIS IS MY SNARKY TONGUE-IN-CHEEK PARODY OF FELIX’S POST, MEANT TO BE SARCASTIC AND FUNNY, NOT A DIRECT QUOTE.]:

Unlike every other Internet radio station, we’re happy to run radio as a loss leader to drive new users into our social network. Due to high royalty costs in the UK, this was already part of our business plan. We never were, and never hoped to be close to breaking even on radio as a stand-alone business.

And what about those radio pure-plays like Pandora? Get a social network, guys, or get off the field. Pure-play radio isn’t a business. In fact, high rates keep amateurs out of our way.

The Internet radio business sucks. Duh. So we cut overall deals with the labels, leveraging our social network to get more favorable radio rates. Why would we join a group of whiners looking for a reasonable statutory rate when we’ve already gone to the trouble to cut a bunch of direct deals? Suckas.

Anyway, who cares now that we’ve sold? Whoops, did I say that? What I meant was, “Our users come first!” Heh. Sure, a little solidarity for a growing industry would be nice, but we can’t be bothered. Sorry.

Come on, guys. We all know that Last.fm isn’t a radio service, it’s a social network. A damn fine one. CBS clearly didn’t buy you for your incredible radio business, most of your users don’t even use it. But Yahoo! isn’t a radio service, either. Radio is a *very* small part of our business. Maybe I’m a sap who remembers the Christmas break where Tom and Justin invented SHOUTcast, but I’d like to see the small webcasters survive and am willing to stand up for the fact that RADIO SHOULD NOT BE A LOSS LEADER. Sheesh. You could have joined us on this one for the good of music on the Internet, and chose not to. Your excuse is weak, and your users know it.

I still love ya, but I had to call bullshit on this one.

ian

Half Court Press

Just looking at a couple of quotes from myself…notes:

RollingStone.com was kind enough to include me in a forward-look at some options for the music industry. I answered a question about the potential for free, advertisement-supported music on the net. While I believe there’s definitely a market for free music on the Web, I think it can be mostly incremental revenue to other transactional forms of digital music, not the answer for “all music” as the editorial lead-in implies. People value their sovereignty, and as a result there’s always going to be a market for a la carte downloads, particularly when we (collectively, with standards) figure out compelling digital packaging (which we’re working on with the help of the Canadian government of all people — more on that later). And high-quality audio to any connected endpoint for a low monthly price (aka subscription) is a fantastically compelling model for many of us music fans. All of the above exist in a healthy digital music ecosystem in the future, not just one of them. I’m not displeased with the article, Evan, I’m honored to have been included, I just wanted to clarify that I’m not really the “all music will be ad supported” guy. The article did mark my debut into the Ad-Supported Music Weblog, which is nice.

I’m glad to see there’s a lot of attention on Tuesday’s Day of Silence for Internet Radio, and more to come. In fact, Brad Kava of the San Jose Merc is blogging about the research he’s doing for the story. Very cool to see the story develop. Keep an eye out for more stories on Monday and Tuesday, and please reach out to your representatives in Washington and let them know you’d appreciate it if they wouldn’t let Sound Exchange charge us more for royalties than we can make on Internet Radio.

ian

SiCKO. See it.

Just watched SiCKO, the new Michael Moore movie exploring the sadness of our nation’s healthcare system. Affecting, to say the least. Don’t miss it.

Ironically, I checked my blackberry after the movie and found a message from a friend who has the same health insurance I do (Aetna PPO) mentioning his mounting medical costs for a recent illness. He had no idea I’d just seen the movie, it was pure coincidence. Brought it home nicely.

Lets fix this. This is not how we want to treat each other.

ian