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  • Music

    March 26, 2014

    Beware the Vinyl Bubble

    [Spring Guide 2014]

  • Voice Choices

    August 28, 2013


    Regina Taylor's new play explores the value of print

  • Film

    June 19, 2013
  • Film

    June 19, 2013
  • Voice Choices

    April 17, 2013


    Take a break from your iPod

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2013

    Okay, Illegal Downloads Probably Are Hurting the Music Industry

    By Dan Moore This would have surprised me no matter who had turned it up, but there was a special irony in learning that illegal music downloads "aren't hurting the music industry" from a beleaguered print magazine's free-news arm: Illegal downloads aren't hurting the music industry, new study cla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2013

    Could Independent Music Giant Amoeba Be Facing a Copyright Lawsuit Nightmare?

    While the corpses of corporate music retail chains litter strip malls where outlets like Tower Records and Blockbuster Music once stood, Amoeba Music is an independent juggernaut with three California-based stores the size of supermarkets. They've been a celebrated shopping destination for music afi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2012

    Make Way for More Media Giants: FCC Paving Way for Titans to Cross-Own Entities

    The FCC may allow the media landscape in top-20 markets to resemble the one in New York City -- where media mogul Rupert Murdoch is permitted to own television stations and newspapers. The internet has been abuzz for the past month with news that FCC chairman Julius Genachowski circulated a plan to ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    November 28, 2012


    Dig up rare classics at this book fair

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2012

    Millennial Music: A Look at How DIY Technology is Changing the Game Forever

    Open. Click. Send. In a matter of seconds, Max Schieble's pre-recorded vocal track from America appears in the e-mail inbox of his bandmate Danny Lentz, who is currently abroad in Paris. Lentz receives the file, pulls out a violin and plays his part from memory. The file is sent back over to Schiebl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    All Of The Arguments About Digital Music, Summarized

    Piracy is theft. Piracy isn't theft because nothing physical is being stolen. You are taking money out of the hands of artists. Artists were already being ripped off by labels. Artists can make the money back by touring. Kickstarter.

  • Film

    June 20, 2012

    Brave: Unmanageable Heiress

    The rare family film about courage that actually has some

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    100 & Single: "Call Me Maybe," Justin Bieber, And Teenpop Idols' Ongoing Love-Hate Relationship With Radio

    After three weeks of patiently waiting at No. 2 on Billboard's Hot 100, Carly Rae Jepsen this week became the first solo female Canadian since Céline Dion to top America's premier song chart. Right on schedule for the start of summer, the ubiquitous "Call Me Maybe" finally climbs into the penthouse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    Is Google Censoring Links?

    Not too long ago, there was talk that the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry and the Recording Industry Association of America might sue Google, claiming that the web behemoth has used its search engine service to shape the online music market in a way trade groups do not like. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Why I Gave Up On Record Store Day

    Last week a ton of stories about Record Store Day percolated through blogs—Feistodon! The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends! St. Vincent! Beach House! Holy crap, you gotta get on line at 8 a.m. to get the best picks! On Friday, when I got an email from a store that contained both a list of records ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 11, 2012


    Bands show record shops some love

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    RIAA's Mitch Glazier, The Pirate Bay's 'Winston' Get Into Internet Shouting Match

    When The Pirate Bay switched its domain from .org to .se two weeks ago, the file-sharing website was hoping to escape shutdown by American cops. Recording Industry Association of America VP Mitch Glazier just published a reply to the Pirate Bay's move, calling it a "rogue website" and the worst of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2012

    RIAA, IFPI Consider Suing Google; Want the Search Engine To Censor Links

    The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry and the Recording Industry Association of America might sue Google, saying that the web behemoth has used its search engine service to shape the online music market in a way trade groups do not like. These recording industry giants have pre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    Drunk Online Shopping Will Save This Wretched Economy!

    Credit card debt? What credit card debt? Oh, pour yourself another drink. The latest fun -- and healthy! -- thing we're all doing under the influence of a little boozin' on our own personal computers, from home, at night, after a hard day's work, with the jug of wine next to us. In a f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2011

    Patagonia's Cyber Monday Reverse Psychology

    Patagonia, the one that makes fleeces and outdoor performance-type clothes, is employing a different tactic from every other retailer on this Cyber Monday. They're trying to get you not to buy their clothes. Reverse psychology or do they actually mean it? Their statement/manifesto reads in part:

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    100 & Single: The Erratic Chart Fortunes Of TV-Crowned Idols, From Kelly To Scotty

    ​Scotty McCreery—winner of the 10th edition of American Idol, and owner of the new No. 1 title on Billboard's album chart, Clear as Day—sets a handful of chart records this week that certainly sound impressive. As Billboard reports, McCreery is the first country act to debut at No ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    September 7, 2011


    It's surf season in New York

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    News Corp Earnings Call: Rupert Murdoch to Face Wall Street for the First Time in a Year

    ​News Corp's quarterly earnings call with Wall Street will take place today, and the media conglomerate is putting 80-year-old Rupert Murdoch on the call despite the fact that he's "famous for his off-script comments." This will be Murdoch's first time on an earnings conference call since befo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    Rupert Murdoch Hires PR Help, Gives Interview to Own Paper; FBI Investigating Phone Hacking

    ​ Rupert Murdoch finally gave an interview about the ongoing investigation into the News Corporation phone hacking scandal in the U.K. today, but he did so on safe terrain: his own. He told the Wall Street Journal, which he bought in 2007, that News Corp. has handled the disclosures of unethic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    Rupert Murdoch Hires PR Help, Gives Interview to Own Paper; FBI Investigating Phone Hacking

    ​Rupert Murdoch finally gave an interview about the ongoing investigation into the News Corporation phone hacking scandal in the U.K. today, but he did so on safe terrain: his own. He told the Wall Street Journal, which he bought in 2007, that News Corp. has handled the disclosures of unethica ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2011

    James Murdoch Could Face Charges in U.S., U.K. After Hacking Scandal

    ​Rupert Murdoch's son James could face "corporate legal battles on both sides of the Atlantic that involve criminal charges, fines and forfeiture of assets" related to the phone hacking scandal currently embroiling News Corporation. Murdoch fils, who is the deputy COO of News Corp, has admitted to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Rupert Murdoch Kills Baby: News of the World Goes Down in UK Phone Hacking Scandal

    ​Although the website is still offering a four-week free trial, today's announcement that News Corporation will shutter its long-running Sunday tabloid News of the World because of a now officially out of control phone hacking scandal reverberated through the media news sphere for hours today, ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 29, 2011
  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    New York Is Dirty, But Not the Dirtiest

    ​According to a ranking of America's dirtiest cities by Travel and Leisure magazine (thank you, Travel and Leisure), New York City is not at the very top of dirtiness in terms of cities that are dirty -- that honor goes to New Orleans. But fear not, New Yorkers, we're still in the top 10. We'r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Record Store Day: How Shops, Labels, Fans, And Those Annoying Resellers Benefit

    If you can snag this, congratulations, you've won. ​Saturday marks the fifth annual Record Store Day, the celebration of all things indie, vinyl, and limited edition-slash-noble ploy to get customers through the doors of the music stores still standing in the spring of 2011. It's basically the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Latin Jazz Heavyweights Protest Grammy Snub

    ​The scene outside the New York Institute of Technology Auditorium Monday night suggested a Latin jazz celebration; pianist Eddie Palmieri, pianist/bandleader Larry Harlow, drummer Bobby Sanabria, trombonist Chris Washburne, and trumpeter Brian Lynch milled about. But this wasn't a concert, no ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 6, 2011


    Pick a record shop and have a party

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Rupert Murdoch's Kid Coming to NYC: James Murdoch Named News Corp. COO

    ​It's always been the plan for one or a few of Rupert Murdoch's children to eventually take control of his vast News Corp. empire, the third largest media conglomerate in the world, which includes newspapers everywhere, 20th Century Fox, HarperCollins, Fox News, and so on. Today, Murdoch's you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    News Corp. Can't Give Myspace Away

    ​Myspace, the long-floundering social networking site acquired by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation for $580 million in 2005, has been planning a mid-2011 sale for some time, though interest has been decidedly low. Last year alone, ad spending dropped 37%, while they lost 15% of total users, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    Will Rupert Murdoch's Children Use the Judith Regan Scandal Against Fox News' Roger Ailes?

    ​Roger Ailes could have a big mess on his hands based on court documents made available today, which allege that the Fox News chairman encouraged a former employee to mislead federal investigators. The exclusive New York Times report quotes court documents indicating a taped phone call exists, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    New York Times Opens Hangover Rooms, Goes WikiLeaks; Rupert Murdoch Babies His Kids

    ""recoverycouch.jpg" via​It happens: some mornings you get to work without having been home the night before and you pull a freshly starched white shirt from the bottom drawer of your desk, you brush your teeth under the fluorescent light of the men's room with one of those little things you p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    Myspace is Still Dying, Preps For Layoffs

    Back in the day...​Myspace, the News Corp.-owned social network of yesterday, will layoff between a third and half of its approximately 1,100 employees, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, again reigniting chatter about the company's epic failure since a 2005 acquisi ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 1, 2010
  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    Changes At eMusic: Def Jam In, Matador And Merge Out

    Better go get this now.​If you want a one-URL "major" vs. "indie" battleground -- what defines and/or divides them, which lifestyle brand the discerning-legal-downloader demographic really prefers -- you could do far worse than eMusic, the excellent monthly-subscription MP3 service (which empl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2009

    Obama: Car Companies Get 30 Days; Better Plans or Bankruptcy

    The Obama Administration rejected the General Motors and Chrysler plans and GM CEO Rick Wagoner resigned at the President's request. The President just announced the next steps. Wagoner's ouster, he said, is not a "condemnation" but "a recognition that it will take a new vision and new direction to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    Sirius Debt May Bankrupt Satellite Radio Company

    Many citizens facing a worsening recession are looking at their car dashboards and thinking, "why am I paying for radio?" So Sirius XM, home to Howard Stern and a bunch of other v/o celebs, is facing bankruptcy. The Times says it has $175 million in debt payments due at the end of the month and is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2009

    Circuit City Dies, 30,000 to be Laid Off

    You may remember that in the early days of the TARP, people would ask why we were bailing out banks but not Circuit City, the troubled electronics chain that went bankrupt in November. They were told then that private sector capitalism would sort it out, and in late December Circuit City got a $1.1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    Warner Pulls Music Vids from YouTube; More to Come?

    Negotiations have broken down, and Warner Music is pulling videos featuring its music from YouTube -- including both its own content and, it would seem, original videos by members using their music. Online services have been pushing back against RIAA members, so it looks like the music industry is s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2008

    City on Yanks Bond Details: Reply Hazy, Ask Again Later

    As promised, state assemblymember Richard Brodsky held a hearing this morning into the Yankees' latest request for $350 million (or so - see below) in city-backed tax-exempt bonds to help pay for extra doodads for their new stadium. The surprise: On the hot seat for the entire three-hour hearing was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2007

    Village Voice Media Executive Editor Released From Jail and Vows to Fight

    Village Voice Media Executive Editor Michael Lacey talks to reporters early Friday morning after being released from custody. Two top executives of Village Voice Media, the parent company of the Voice, were arrested Thursday night and released from jail early Friday morning for revealing informatio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2006

    New Yorkers Get Zip From New Mets Park

    The Mets revealed the city's worst-kept secret today (hint: if you want to keep something from leaking out, try not to put it on a giant sign) with the announcement that when the team's new stadium opens in 2009, it will be known as CitiField. Under the terms of the naming-rights agreement, Citi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2006

    Gentlemen, Start Your Bulldozers

    The other shoe has dropped: The city's Industrial Development Agency announced at 4 p.m. today that the Internal Revenue Service has approved the convoluted tax-exempt bond scheme that would raise $1.56 billion to build new stadiums for the Mets and Yankees. Following the Yankees' successful Nationa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2006

    Mets to Pay Nearly Nothing for New Stadium

    Last Wednesday's endorsement of the Yanks and Mets stadium deals by the board of the Empire State Development Corporation wasn't really news: As a wholly owned subsidiary of Governor Pataki's office, the ESDC is a lock to back anything coming out of Albany. Nor was it exactly a shocker when the ESDC ... More >>

  • News

    March 26, 2002

    Pontorno's Complaint

    Ex-Murdoch Employee Reveals 'Secret Society'

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