Posts by Dan Slevin
Hard News: Friday Music: The Superstar Economy,
There’s also the fact that while there might be shelf space for everyone and everthing, display space is shrinking. A music service, be it iTunes or Spotify, can’t show you very many things on your mobile phone screen.
I finally took up Spotify after the Telecom free deal and now use it quite a bit but simply cannot get it to refresh the "Discover" list it created after the first three albums I listened to. I'm now actively trying to find the opposite kind of music in order to get rid of it. Seems obvious that "Discover" is full of paid placement and has nothing to do with any 'discover' algorithm.
The best way to discover new music remains a curator which is why these pages are so useful.
And I just read this post and all the comment in a FB referrer window. And I _never_ do that!
was it really not possible to come up with a name that didn’t trample on the brands of two existing and closely related New Zealand companies who already make television?
Or a name that hadn't been used for years by a successful local short film festival...
Hard News: Friday Music: History, motherfuckers, in reply to
Worth remembering that Stuff bloggers don't get paid so all he has to measure his own impact are page views, comments and furore. (Also hard to justify time spent on second drafts too I'm guessing.)
Hard News: Friday Music: Go Home DJ,
For smooth unattended playback I recommend Radiologik. It's pro-studio automation software but cheap-as for the features and supports Airplay. Software preps all your tracks for smooth transitions based on criteria you select.
Add iVolume and you get radio-style presentation of your own selection of tracks - also updates play counts in iTunes for smart playlists.
Hard News: The Music for Occasions,
I'm told that Peter Sellers chose In the Mood for his funeral:
Inspired by that, my good friend Richard said he'd rather this (and insist on everyone doing the actions):
As for me, this'll do:
Hard News: Television and the Public Good,
I met Craig Foss at a function once. Before I found out he was the guest speaker we had a good old chat about how to get a US iTunes account so he could watch overseas programmes on his Apple TV.
If I may add some more When a City Falls links for your perusal:
The Cinematica podcast interview with Gerard Smyth is in the first of the episodes at this link
This episode features interviews with James Croot and Rachael King about being a moviegoer in post-EQNZ Chch
Hard News: Like being there, in reply to
Russell, if you have an iPad you really should be using that as your ATV remote.
I use the iPhone and can play music all night long without even turning the television on.
Makes entering text much easier, too.
Hard News: A few (more) words on The Hobbit,
Fair point. I recall talking about them going in with guns blazing, but you're right they would have rallied support first.
I have it on good authority that there was no meeting of the general membership before the "don't work" was issued.
Actor's Equity member I spoke to called it the "fatwa" and said it hasn't even been confirmed to him whether it was issued by the NZ leadership or Aus.