Written by: Matt Wardlawzero
Written by: Matt Wardlaw
I loved reading this email from Moby tonight, sent to Bob Lefsetz. I'm that certain kind of music fan who still avoids contact with the singles so that I can hear the album for the first time as a whole album....even if it is U2 or Springsteen. And I'm also someone that often loves the albums that didn't sell that many copies, the albums that not nearly enough people heard.
Here's a little not-so-secret-secret for you all....those albums, are often the best ones. The ones that got away. And if you don't have a list of those albums, you really need to start expanding your musical collection. Just don't expand it as much as I have....all of this stuff takes up a lot of room!
It's inspiring to read stuff like this from Moby that are doing what they do, for the right reasons. He completely nailed it.
By the way, I love that there are still people like Moby trying to make music that sounds cool in the headphones! Total bliss.
yup, it's me from danbury/darien/stratford/storrs/stamford connecticut (my mom and i got around a bit).
the new record is melodic and fairly mournful.
lots of strings and very open and spacious.
see, i had a quasi-epiphany last year when i heard david lynch talking about creativity (and forgive me if this sounds new age or hokey).
he talked about how creativity in and of itself is great, and i realized that he was right.
and i realized that, ideally, the market should accomodate art, but that art shouldn't accomodate the market.
i know, it sounds idealistic.
i had been trying to make myself happy and make radio happy and make the label happy and make press happy and etc.
and it made me miserable.
and i also don't really aspire to selling too many records.
see, my friends who are writers sell 20,000 books and they're happy.
my friends who are theater directors sell 5,000 tickets during a run and they're happy.
i like the idea of humble and reasonable metrics for determining the success of a record.
and i like the idea of respecting the sacred bond that exists between musician and listener.
again, i know this sounds hokey, but it's where i am at present.
i also really like records. i know that 90% of the people who listen to my music download individual tracks, which is fine, but i want to make cohesive albums in the hope that someone might listen to them from start to finish.
for even one person to make the effort to listen to music that i've made is pretty remarkable, and i need to be humble and respectful in the face of that.
some people can be larger than life rockstars, and i love them, but i'm just a bald jerk who makes music in his bedroom and hopes that someone might listen to it.
oh, i also mixed/produced the album (it's called 'wait for me') in a very old-timey way, with extreme stereo panning and analog reverbs, etc.
it sounds AMAZING in headphones, if i do say so myself.
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Written by: Matt Wardlaw
Via Huffington Post (original source)
If you’re one of the 16 million people who bought THE EAGLES’ album "Hotel California," you’ve heard the song, "Life In the Fast Lane." And probably you like it: 33 years after its release, it remains a standard on hundreds of radio stations. Unlike the vast majority of radio stations, writes THE BIRMINGHAM WEEKLY, COX Classic Hits WBPT (EAGLE 106.9) censors the song.
You probably know the line:
"We’ve been up and down this highway/ haven’t seen a goddamn thing."
EAGLE 106.9 PD MIKE SCHOENHERR, a.k.a. HURRICANE SHANE, replaced "God" with a snippet of lyric-less music from elsewhere in the song. This was neither per any FCC policy or a mandate from EAGLE 106.9’s owner, COX RADIO.
"It’s everybody’s policy," says EAGLE 106.9 VP/GM RAY NELSON, explaining his decision. "People find it offensive."
"This is the first time this issue has come to my attention," says THE EAGLES' DON FELDER. A native of the South, he agrees with NELSON in one respect, "There are people who have extreme religious beliefs that would find it offensive. I can understand why they wouldn’t like to hear it."
FELDER believes the song should be broadcast as THE EAGLES recorded it, though. His long list of reasons includes his determination that classic rock fans prefer it that way. Legally, THE EAGLES have no recourse.
The heart of the issue is to what extent classic rock fans in fact find the original version offensive. "I’d be happy to conduct an online poll to gauge listener opinion, because after all the station is theirs, not mine," says HURRICANE SHANE. "I just mix the music and try to amuse and entertain the listeners occasionally."
The above article reminds me of a program director that I worked for (pre-Janet Jackson/Super Bowl incident) that insisted on album versions of all of the songs that we played, especially the classics. The exception was any new songs (Disturbed, for example) that had blatant F-bombs or other swear words that were overly offensive. As long as it wasn't blatant, it was good to go.......and as far as the classics, we went out of our way to make sure that we were playing the "right" version.
For example: Steve Miller Band "Jet Airliner" - You're probably familiar with the original album version lyrics "funky shit going down in the city," which is replaced on the Greatest Hits 1974-78 package with "funky kicks going down in the city." The album version is so embedded in my brain that I didn't even notice that we were playing an edit until someone pointed out to me that "we need to replace that edit of Jet Airliner."
I can understand censoring certain songs for the radio, but reading something like the above story about "Life In The Fast Lane" drives me crazy. Sure, the rules of radio have changed a lot in the past few years, but stuff like this is going overboard, in my opinion.
And on a side note, I love that the station is called "The Eagle." Extra props to Hurricane Shane for working the "this is your radio station" crap into his quote.
What do you think about censoring classic songs that have been aired on radio for decades without censorship? Right move, or wrong move?more
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Nine Inch Nails are currently on tour in Australia, and NIN mainman Trent Reznor gave a rare in-person interview yesterday (2/22) to Triple J Radio. Reznor discusses the upcoming planned hiatus for NIN, the tour with Jane's Addiction, and a wealth of other subjects. The interview runs 16 minutes and includes some cool memories of Reznor's first Jane's Addiction concert here in Cleveland.
PS - I can't confirm, but I do believe that my good friend Burgo helped hold the microphone for this interview. I kid, I kid.more
Written by: Matt Wardlaw
Thanks to Burgo for the Twitter heads up on this:
UPDATED 1/12/08 (see below):
Remember the plans that Trent Reznor had for a 3-D concert film documenting the recent Nine Inch Nails Lights in the Sky tour? As you'll recall, the project fell through, allegedly due to Reznor's former label Interscope declining to fund the project at the last minute.
Barely a month later, it seems like Reznor has come up with Plan B, and the plan is one that fans will be happy with, for sure!
The internet is full of surprises these days.
I was contacted by a mysterious, shadowy group of subversives who SOMEHOW managed to film a substantial amount (over 400 GB!) of raw, unedited HD footage from three separate complete shows of our Lights in the Sky tour. Security must have been lacking at these shows because the quality of the footage is excellent.
If any of you could find a LINK to that footage I'll bet some enterprising fans could assemble something pretty cool.
Oh yeah, you didn't hear this from me.
To say that I am excited, would be an understatement! The 2008 tour was without question, one of my concert highlights of the year, and once again raised the bar visually far above all of the previous NIN shows I had seen in the past.
With rabidly talented fans of movies and music releasing new fan edits everyday (just check out some of the Star Wars fan edit stuff to see what I mean,) I look forward to viewing the forthcoming fruit of the efforts of many.
Here's a page with links of various audio and video goodies that are being posted from the above source material. Links are updated as new ones appear!
NIN - 1,000,000 Live at Rehearsals, July 2008
Written by: Matt Wardlaw
I had the day off on Monday - something that I really didn't brag about in advance, because I value my safety....can't have any of my fellow friends or co-workers after me to kick my ass, ya know? But yes, it was the glorious 5 day weekend that is coming to a very sad conclusion as we speak.
Look at me, I'm sad.
The best part of Monday was that I didn't leave my house. Not once. Sweat pants the entire day/night. I spent most of the day away from my computer and the internet, with the exception of the early morning time that led to my discovery of male Madonna magnificence as previously shared here.
I'd like to take a brief detour at this point to express how nice it would be if Madonna would stop making music. I wish she would have left my memories at "Music" and "Beautiful Stranger." Instead, I have some unpleasant Madonna musical memories that came after that I wish I could forget. That thought came to me after I shared the Madonna post earlier, and I just wanted to get that out.
The bulk of the afternoon found me on the couch watching DVR'd television and DVDs. Kevin Smith has a new "evening with" DVD out, which is awesome except for the fact that I never got around to finishing the last Q&A DVD, and a day off seemed like the perfect chance to take care of that.
What I got from watching An Evening with Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder, specifically the London portion, is that I love girls...er, women with English accents.
This is not a new development - I'll point you to the sadly short-lived HBO series The Mind of The Married Man, a weekly dose of genius from creator/star Mike Binder that I loved for the subject matter, and his on-screen British wife, played by Sonya Walger. I just realized that Sonya was also in Tell Me You Love Me - another fave with an even shorter run on HBO....so THAT'S why she looked familiar...ha.
What can I say, I'm not so good with faces....or names either. *sigh*
The new Kevin Smith DVD is called Sold Out: A Threevening with Kevin Smith, and features over 5 hours of new Q&A material for Smith fiends, and it is in stores as we speak.
Cheech & Chong:
Geraldo Rivera, Greg Giraldo, and Tom Arnold were funny, but overall I found myself wishing that I could get the hour back that I spent watching it. I was amazed that with all of the people that Cheech & Chong have worked with over the years, nearly none of them were present for the roast. Where was Lou Adler?
For an example of a good roast - look at the Comedy Central roast of Chevy Chase a few years back - all (or most) of the famous friends/peers of Chase were there. Chase was roasted by the people that were actually there with, and a part of his career - what a concept!
a/k/a Tommy Chong official trailer
On a better note, I can highly recommend a/k/a Tommy Chong to those of you that have Showtime. The documentary puts heavy focus on the legal controversy which led to Chong eventually spending nine months in prison in 2003/2004, but also is an excellent overview of Chong's colorful career. Richard "Cheech" Marin, producer Lou Adler, Peter Coyote, Bill Maher, and others show up to share their thoughts on Chong's legal issues/imprisonment, and also their memories of working with Chong. Combined with a ton of unseen archival footage, producer/director Josh Gilbert scores high with a/k/a Chong.
According to a story in the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette, Gilbert also allegedly ruffled some feathers that led to the seizure of nearly 10,000 copies of the documentary.
The paper later ran a retraction on the item:
An attorney for Spectrum Labs, the company searched on May 7 by federal agents, said that 8,000 to 10,000 copies of a Tommy Chong documentary were not seized in the raid. This story as originally published May 11, 2008 was incorrect.
The documentary is currently airing on Showtime, and also available for purchase here.
I'll be going to see Cheech & Chong here in Cleveland in January with my dad - looking forward to it!!
(extra points to any of you that can make the connection between Cheech & Chong and the song above)
Radio Daze on PBS:
For those of you that read Radio Daze, the book that longtime media personality Mike Olszewski wrote about the history of Cleveland radio, I've got some interesting news for you:
The video adaptation of Radio Daze will debut on television tonight (December 2nd) airing at 9:30pm EST on Western Reserve PBS, with encore showings on Friday, December 5th at 9:30pm, and Sunday, December 7th at 1:30pm.
I got a chance to see an advance screening of it, and highly recommend it to all music/radio history buffs. The flick will also be available on DVD at some point.more