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09.03.2013 | | Posted at 12:00 PM

New this year: Free showcase shows

By Evan Rytlewski
The organizers of Yellow Phone Music Conference are the first to admit that the business of music isn’t as interesting or rewarding as the actual art of music. Fun or not, though, it is important, especially for musicians looking to get paid for (or even make a living doing) their craft, which is why they founded the Milwaukee music conference three years ago. “Basically, what we’re trying ...
06.02.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Here's another fun (or, depending on your predisposition, depressing) exercise that illustrates the dire state of the music industry: Make a list of the best selling artists of the decade. If your list read anything like mine, it would probably include marquee names like Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, Gwen Stefani, Green Day, Usher, Lil Wayne and U2�none of which are on the actual list Top 20 ...
11.24.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Cries from rival promoters that the Pabst Theater Foundation is using its deep pockets and non-profit status to monopolize the city's live-music market have been almost entirely drowned out by the enthused cheers from Milwaukeeans who love all the big concerts that the foundation's three venues bring to the city. Feeling cornered, the Pabst Theater Foundation's detractors have often asked for a ...
11.20.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
While retailers prepare for the possibility of the worst holiday shopping season in a decade, the music industry has at least some cause to be optimistic entering Black Friday. Early next week will see the release of four huge albums: Guns N� Roses � Chinese Democracy: Axl�s album arrives after four presidential terms of hype and speculation, and with strong-than-expected reviews. It�s ...
11.12.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
In today's New York Times, Ben Sisario explores a topic that's long fascinated me: Now That's What I Call Music compilations, a series that over the last decade has chronicled the evolution of American pop music in real time. The article is worthwhile, if a little skimpy on big revelations, detailing the compilations' simple marketing model (bright colors) and lending a bit of historical contex...
10.20.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
After a rough year marked by free-falling sales and industry uncertainty-likely only to be further fueled by the greater economic uncertainty-the majors are gearing up for an exhausting run of gigantic, big-name releases for the final two months of the year. Some of these are only rumored and likely won't make the 2008 cut-off (rap albums in particular are susceptible to delays, obviously), but th...
07.08.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Every couple of months, usually at a large concert or music festival, I�d meet a friendly person who worked for Live Nation. We�d share a few minutes of enjoyable conversation about music, concerts, shared contacts and the industry in general, then head our separate ways. I would always be too polite to admit that I really had no idea what the hell Live Nation was, beyond some vague notion that ...
05.01.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
This week�s odd Billboard album chart deserves a quick glance: 1. E=MC2, Mariah Carey 2. Spirit, Leona Lewis 3. Flight of the Conchords, Flight of the Conchords 4. Bittersweet World, Ashlee Simpson 5. When Life Gives You Lemons..., Atmosphere 6. Now That's What I Call Music! Vol. 27, various 7. Juno soundtrack, various 8. Troubadour, George Strait 9. Taylor Swift, Ta...
04.24.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Buoyed by wonderful weather and excellent live music line-ups, Saturday�s Record Store Day promotion drove considerable traffic to Atomic Records and Exclusive Records, and from what I�ve read online, the response was similarly encouraging in other cities. Hopefully the organizers will follow through on the promise and make this an annual event. The special releases were pretty great, t...
04.06.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
It drives me nuts that Radiohead is constantly depicted as this altruistic presence well above the seedy music industry, when in reality the group continually finds cynical new revenue streams. More offensive than the many ways the group has sold and re-packaged its �free� album, In Rainbows, is their current �Nude� remix contest. Dozens of bands from Public Enemy to Les Savy Fav to The ...

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