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Still Rebels Without a Pause

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 7, 2007
What separates a compilation of cast-offs from a classic? When I finally managed to separate the discs from the packaging, Public Enemy's latest, Beats and Places, fell apart in my hands. Literal  

Limited Choice

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 7, 2007
At last month's Consumer Electronics Show, Disney chief Bob Iger said, "From my perspective, the best way to combat piracy is to bring content to market on a well-timed, well-priced basis." Hol  

Information Overload

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 10, 2007
While Sept. 11, 2001, was a catalyst, 2006 will be remembered as a tipping point. Just as agriculture led from cities and empires to corporations and industries, data and network technology have c  

Mash Pit

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 13, 2006
As promised, we're returning to the seas of data for another pod fishin' expedition. This time we're digging a little deeper into the emerging world of "mash-ups." While not exactly podcasts,  

Mix It Yourself

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 8, 2006
Last month, EMI Chief Executive Alain Levy said that the CD was "dead" (note the quotes). While this made for great headlines, it required a fair degree of selective listening (and quoting!) to   

This is Devo? D-E-V-O?

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 18, 2006
The underlying concept is bizarre. Covering DEV2.0 -- Alt music pioneers Devo's foray into kid's music -- in CityBeat seems blasphemous, absurd or maybe both. How do we get our minds around a p  

Podfishin': Castin' The Net

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 6, 2006
By now even grandma knows what an iPod is. Apple's tiny players changed the shape of music -- the antithesis to the challenge of Napster, the iPod created a way to sell music at a lower cost to f  

Bruce Springsteen: We Shall Overcome/The Seeger Sessions

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 9, 2006
So what's a DualDisc, and who needs it? The major labels have come up with another new format, on the heels of their two still-births, SACD and DVD-A. I'm a hands-on sort, so I picked up the fir  

Meet the New Boss(es)

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 5, 2006
Music fans have a long-standing love affair with the album -- a collection of songs stamped on plastic donuts of various sizes. Artists became stars, labels got rich. Record profits came from resell