Tag Archives: music biz

music biz stats & graphs


… this is just a detail, click here for the full Oddee graph:
via http://www.geekologie.com/2010/04/talking_parrot_a_must_pegleg_s.php
tnx 4 sharing (hs)!


eurovision 1983

1983-03-19: big riot in Belgium over this song by the fantastic Pas de Deux as broadcast Eurovisionwide on 1983-04-23 (downloadable version here) during the 28th Eurovision Song ContestMore explanations hereand only here, though also a bit here … sadly, some inglorious b. removed the full story … at least in our region. Or? Oh and completists do note: there’s a cover version too …

Pas de Deux were Dett Peyskens (musician & actress – check her impressive cv), Hilde van Roy (now a journalist) and Walter Verdin (artist, videast). See also our 2001 interview with Mr. Verdin in U0107 + erratum in U0109 + these links:

& lest you think our most favourite avantgarde surrealist Belgian trio ever were a novelty band, here’s their fantastic manic post punk funk “Mani meme” from the same year:

2010-03-07: music biz docu on independent record stores


Image source hats off to Synesthésia!

2010-03-07 this documentary will be broadcast on VRT Canvas and it’s already creating some commotion. Meanwhile, here’s some more on independent record stores – see also the ever shortening list of shops on http://www.platenzaken.com/belgie.html

Brendan Toller: “I need that record (The death or possible survival of the independent record store)” (2008 film)

Emma Pettit: “Old rare new – the independent record shop” (2008, ISBN 9781906155322)

Graham Jones: “Last shop standing” (Proper, 2008?, ISBN 9780956121202)
/! best to wait for the new, expanded edition, tbr 2010-03-22 /!

Update: Pip Piper has turned it into a 50′ documentary in 2012 (also on deluxe dvd). 2013-04-11 screening: http://kaskcinema.be/2012/08/01/donderdag-11-april-amok-i-s-m-ladda-vzw/ ! See also: http://www.icrates.org/rise-fall-and-rebirth-last-shop-standing-and-the-story-of-the-uk-independent-record-store/

& make no mistake, independent does not mean big bucks … those days are over!
Frederic Dannen: “Hitmen: powerbrokers and fast money inside the music business” (Random House 1990, ISBN 9780679730613)

five blabla predix & a remarkable interview

Ik daar inkomen …

even local heroes want their piece of the cake

The graph the record industry doesn’t want you to see: http://labs.timesonline.co.uk/blog/2009/11/12/do-music-artists-do-better-in-a-world-with-illegal-file-sharing/

#1: the back catalogue (aka ISSN 13773828)

[uzine] used to be a music e-zine between 1999 and 2006, run by a threesome and then some (from the mid to end nineties, it was a webzine called ultra – hence the u -, run by (kf) & (hs) a.o. ). The e-zine (now defunct, don’t dream of sending stuff for review) had about 3000 subscribers and even more dedicated readers. We did interviews and reviews and provided the playlists of our radio shows (expect those here later on as well) plus a lot of links, favelists, best of the year overviews, etc. … annexed is the the whole shebang in a 2,6 MB zip featuring txt files and a contents pdf …

Incidentally, everything here is “for demonstration & (internet) conversation purposes”. This here blog will not be making any media files downloadable; such are our settings on this here Posterous platform. If they are presented here, the purpose is to promote artists by providing tangible examples of their art & craft, and to have you, o dear readership, become equally enthusiastic about the art on display, perhaps even tempting you to purchase it legally. As the financial crisis of 2008 has shown, we’re living in a consumer society (and a services economy, and an attention economy, and a spectacle society), so everyone has to be aware of and do what it takes to keep the wheels going (without harming the planet). Also, it is our intent to always provide direct links to artist or label sites, and to the sources we got our information or data from … as well as other relevant and informative links, cf. this site’s subtitle. Conversely (vice versa, mutatis mutandis), we hope to be quoted whenever material of ours is used, including all stuff from the issues of [uzine] contained in this here zip containing our own writings. Do contact us if you have issues or questions …

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Update: since the switch from Posterous to WordPress, it’s no longer possible to offer a zip. Here’s the contents table instead, and an example issue. When there’s time, we’ll make a separate blogpost of each e-zine.