Category Archives: MP3

Lola Dutronic Wanna Mmmm You

Lola Dutronic are not shy about referencing their influences. As a matter of fact, the electronic duo probably expect you to be familiar with the recordings of Serge GainsbourgFrançoise Hardy, Brigitte Bardot and John Barry. Then, you’ll understand why Lola Dutronic‘s clever homages to icons of a bygone era are hardly pastiches, but inspired interpretations. To achieve their signature sound, Lola Dutronic have adopted a unique multi-step method of making music, British-born producer, composer and multi-instrumentalist, Richard Citroen composes and compiles the instrumentation at his Toronto studio, then sends the MP3 tracks to vocalist Stephanie B, who works her magic from her home in Dusseldorf. The duo’s most recent collaboration produced Lost In Translation, a  first-rate album, showcasing their gift for understanding retro without resulting to parody. In the next edition of Life ElsewhereCitroen talks candidly with Norman B about influences, working with a partner on a different continent, explicit lyrics and much more.

 

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Yes. Yes. & Yes!

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Just as we were putting together the post production to touches to the latest edition of Life Elsewhere, news came in that the Supreme Court ruled by a 5-to-4 vote that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriageInstantly, we decided we needed to hear from frequent contributors to the program and get their opinions on this landmark ruling. Sir Mix-A-Lot, the legendary rap artist, already booked to voice his opinions on the Charleston massacre, gladly gives his honest take on the Supreme Court’s edict. Mix who has a passion for fabulous cars, was taking one of his Italian roadsters for a spin, through the Cascades mountains, east of his home in Seattle, as the interview took place. It would seem the horsepower in his motor was a little too eager and quicker than our cell phone connection, but we did capture enough of Mix‘s opinions to make it worth your while to stay listening to the whole program.

We asked frequent contributors Audrey Bilger and David Warner to voice their opinions on the Supreme Court’s ruling. Audrey a professor of literature and co-author of Here Come the Brides!: Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage admits to being elated. While David Warner, editor-in-chief of Creative Loafing, Tampa, tearfully says he became giddy when he heard the news.

Also in the program Stephen Witt talks about his new book, How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, the Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Piracy. This is the enthralling story of the birth of mp3’s, streaming music, the music piracy revolution and the mysterious man who almost singlehandedly took down the music industry. Coincidently, Taylor Swift‘s complaint against Apple happened as Stephen Witt‘s book is published. 

Plus, this week’s Hit That Never Was features Ashley MacIsaac, a Canadian fiddler, singer and songwriter from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. MacIsaac caused controversy back in the early 90’s by announcing he was gay, when that was just not done by an aspiring musical act. From his 2003 self-titled album, you’ll hear Lay Me Down, a terrific qualifier for the Hit That Never Was.

This is a bumper-packed edition of Life Elsewhere and we urge you not to miss one moment. Life Elsewhere airs Sunday, June 28 at 12 noon ET on The Source WMNF HD3 and Monday, June 29 at 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

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Sir Mix-A-Lot. Stephen Witt. Ashley MacIsaac

He tells it as he sees it. From big butts to racism, the one and only Sir Mix-A-Lot does not mince his words. One of popular culture’s preeminent observers and a popular guest on Life ElsewhereSir Mix-A-Lot  is back to air his thoughts on the latest headlines, including the Confederate flag, the Charleston church massacre, President Obama on WTF with Marc Maron and Taylor Swift vs. AppleSir Mix-A-Lot pays careful attention to what’s happening culturally but his views are not always what you might expect from the man who penned the definitive ode to large bottoms.

Also in the program, Stephen Witt talks about his new book, How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, the Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Piracy. This is the enthralling story of the birth of mp3’s, streaming music, the music piracy revolution and the mysterious man who almost singlehandedly took down the music industry. Coincidently, Taylor Swift‘s complaint against Apple happened as Stephen Witt‘s book is published. His book explains in delicious detail how if it were not for German audio engineer Karlheinz Brandenburg’s 1995 invention for compressing audio files, (later to be know as mp3s), streaming audio as we know it may never have appeared.

This week’s Hit That Never Was features Ashley MacIsaac, a Canadian fiddler, singer and songwriter from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. MacIsaac has had a controversial journey, not least of all by announcing he was gay back in the early 90’s when that just wasn’t done for aspiring musical acts…think about how times have changed. From his 2003 self-titled album, we’ll hear Lay Me Down.

Life Elsewhere airs Sunday, June 28 at 12 noon ET on The Source WMNF HD3 and Monday, June 29 at 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

Free Music?

“We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.”* Wrote Taylor Swift in a pertinent letter to Apple. The smart pop-star was voicing her concerns to the most powerful company in the world over not getting paid for three months. Less than 24 hours after Ms. Swift complained publicly that Apple was not planning to pay royalties during a three-month trial period of its new streaming music service, the company changed course, and confirmed that it will pay its full royalty rates for music during the free trial. Apple had announced a subscription streaming service to compete with Spotify, Rhapsody and Deezer, but royalties were not going to be paid royalties during the trial period. Swift, who last year pulled her music from Spotify in another dispute over royalties, called Apple’s policy “shocking, disappointing and completely unlike this historically progressive company.” Coincidently, Taylor Swift‘s complaint and Apple’s venture into streaming music could not have happened if it were not for German audio engineer Karlheinz Brandenburg’s 1995 invention for compressing audio files, later to be know as mp3s. And this amazing true story is told in a new book, How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, the Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Piracy, by Stephen Witt.

Twenty years ago the mp3 was an unknown, irrelevant format and music piracy was unheard of. Today, many people would never consider purchasing their music, and this switch in the public’s thinking brought the music industry to its knees. In the next edition of Life Elsewhere, Norman B will talk to Stephen Witt, who tells the enthralling story of the birth of mp3’s, streaming music, the music piracy revolution and the mysterious man who almost singlehandedly took down the music industry.   

Life Elsewhere airs every Sunday at 12 noon ET on The Source WMNF HD3 and Mondays at 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio
*Read all of Taylor Swift‘s letter to Apple here