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Archive for May, 2010

  • Do Music Industry Professionals Work For Themselves Or For The Artists?

    By Mike on May 17, 2010
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    I think this is an interesting question. Let’s eliminate the dream vultures – those who prey on the aspirations and naiveté of artists. We know scammers only work for themselves. But the good thing about those guys is that it’s harder and harder to be a dream vulture in this business. The prevalence of social media has meant that a […]
  • Where Are Edward Hopper's Nighthawks Now?

    By Mike on May 13, 2010
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    Click on any of the images in this post to expand their size. Immediately after the December 7, 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor Edward Hopper began painting Nighthawks, one of the most recognizable paintings in American art. After this event there was a widespread feeling of gloominess across the country, a feeling that is portrayed in the painting. The urban […]
  • The Song Cat A&R Podcast Episode 3 – On The Prowl For Great Music

    By Mike on May 13, 2010
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    Great new music and discussion about the music industry. Listen here or subscribe via iTunes Alternatively, subscribe via rss here. This week I feature Simon Fagan, Grandson feat Richboy, Michael Trenhaile.
  • What Does It Take To Break An Artist? A Solid Team & Cold Hard Cash.

    By Mike on May 11, 2010
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    What does this mean? Mostly it means that if as an artist you want to stand out (and in addition to great music) you need a team. You need differentiating factors that will help you rise above the noise of every other artist out there trying to gain traction. It's not unlike the challenges that are faced by a new company trying to enter a crowded market. You have to have marketing know-how, smart people who can execute a well-thought-out plan and you have to have the resources (read "money") to make it happen.
  • The Song Cat A&R Podcast Episode 2 – On The Prowl For Great Music

    By Mike on May 5, 2010
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    Our Monk, Matt Adey, Ben Novak, Melodious Coe
  • The New Song Cat Podcast – On The Prowl for Great Music

    By Mike on May 2, 2010
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    Click here to listen to episode one of my brand new podcast that features great new music that I’ve come across recently. It’s the podcast that goes with my music blog at http://song.cat. Check it out. Update – The podcast was just approved and accepted by iTunes: Click here to get it on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=370842199 In this episode, I feature […]
  • Barack Obama at the White House Correspondents Dinner

    By Mike on May 2, 2010
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    For any of you who might have missed this, Barack Obama killed at last night's White House Correspondents Dinner. See the video below for laughs and giggles: