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Five Peace Band: Chick Corea & John McLaughlin

Last week I attended the annual NVCA conference, held this year in Boston. Boston obliged with some lovely springtime weather and, most importantly, Boston provided a once-in-my-lifetime musical event, in the form of the second-to-last show in the world tour of Chick Corea and John McLaughlin‘s Five Peace Band. My partner (and Soul Patch band-mate)…

From the Archives: Rattlesnake

As many of my readers know, I’ve got a small record label, in partnership with my band-mates from Soul Patch. The genesis of Toothless Monkey Music (the name is another story entirely) starts when I set up my first “real” recording studio in a sound-proofed, detached two-car garage at my former home in Portola Valley,…

I Need One of These

I’ve written in the past about our Human Computer Interaction (HCI) investment theme at Foundry Group and have mentioned our portfolio companies that fit into that theme: EmSense, Oblong and Smith & Tinker. Well, pictured above is a delightful faux-advertisement I discovered via Thomas Dolby’s blog. I had the pleasure of meeting Thomas years ago…

Paul’s Boutique is Twenty

Today, the Beastie Boys released the 20th anniversary remastered edition of one of their classic albums, Paul’s Boutique. And they released it direct-to-fan on their own website, using technology created by Foundry Group portfolio company Topspin Media. Even better, in addition to making high quality mp3s available for download, the Beastie Boys are offering several…

Topspin’s Seeking a VP Engineering

Foundry Group portfolio company Topspin Media is looking for a VP Engineering. If you’ve got great engineering management chops, a passion for music and an interest in building enterprise-grade web apps to enable music artists to run and build their business online, take a look at the job description posted today on Topspin’s blog. The…

Sooner or Later on Rhapsody, Bandcamp

In this case, later. Much later. I’m a big fan of using Rhapsody on my Sonos, so I’ve been frustrated that my band’s second album seemed to get lost on its way to Rhapsody. For some strange reason, when my band Soul Patch released the album earlier this year, we used CD Baby to handle…

A Watershed of Sorts

So this story hit the news a few days ago, but I’ve been busy eating turkey, so I didn’t get around to posting it until now. Atlantic Records announced that sales of their music from digital downloads are now greater than those from sales of physical CDs. They are the first of the major labels…

Ian Rogers’ Great Keynote

A couple weeks ago, Foundry Group portfolio company Topspin Media’s CEO Ian Rogers delivered the keynote speech at the Grammy Northwest Music Tech Summit. He just posted his presentation on Topspin’s blog — if you have any interest in the current (and future) state of the music business, it is well worth a read. As…

Blast from the Past: First iPod Introduction

Ahh, a trip down memory lane. About seven years ago, Steve Jobs introduced the first iPod. I’ve included a video of the event here. A couple things stand out to me after watching this video — first is the ongoing and relentless march of Moore’s Law. The original iPod, as amazing as it was when…