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This site is really about my take on a number of media, technology and music business issues as I smack into them in my life and my business. Among them are: The challenges of running a small record label in the Music 2.0 (sorry) world, audio and music technology and business, learning and instructional technology and media, and just being a 40 something desk jockey with (now - gulp) 10 year old twins. (Sheesh - kids just keep growing and getting older no matter what you do!)

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IMG_0881.JPGI hear that coffee is the new wine - whatever that means. I will say that I have really gotten into coffee this past year. I am no barista and I probably don't even qualify as a coffee geek, but I have put some time into pouring a good cup of joe while supporting fair trade distributors. Currently I am brewing/drinking what so far has to be my favorite source of coffee; Counter Culture coffee. Very fresh, Fair Trade and Organic offerings - check out some of their micro lots. Mmm-Good.

Other good ones: Global Libations in Kutztown Pa, I like their Costa Rican La Amistad, and Alterra Coffee in Milwaukee Wi, thier Dark Sumatra - strong stuff but mmmm good.

Don't forget Joe's Coffee Bar in Philidelphia. Excellent fresh roasted beans and fair trade too!


Washington Post Vs RIAA

Updated on Tuesday, January 8, 2008 at 01:50PM by Registered CommenterCheevo

I am pretty late to the game on this one, but thought I would at least comment on it a little. This Washington Post article published last Sunday basically says the RIAA is now taking the stance that copying legally purchased music to your computer is, in thier view. a violation of copyright law. The reporter excerpted a legal filing from the RIAA in a lawsuit filed against a Scottsdale, Ariz. man "who kept a collection of about 2,000 music recordings on his personal computer, the industry maintains that it is illegal for someone who has legally purchased a CD to transfer that music into his computer."

Well there was quite a bit of uproar, and if it was true, there should be.

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Kicking off 08

Happy New Year.

In the new year I hope to really get this thing going so stay tuned!

 I have a lot going on.

The record label, AMP Recordings that I co-own and run with my dear pal Mark Bunce is up and running now. We face quite a few challenges. First, most of the music what we put out is not written by the performers. You know what this means - Mechanicals! Most of what I do lately seems to be chasing down copyright holders and setting up mechanical releases. This can be as easy as doing some Internet searches and clearing mechanicals on Harry with a credit card, or as time consuming as tracking down copyright holders at their home address and setting up deals for mechanical rights. A big challenge is setting up mechanicals for Digital Down Loads. I will post a separate article regarding this in the near future.

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