MUSIC BUZZ: Björk // U2 // More



MUSIC BUZZ: Björk // U2 // More

Björk’s MoMA retrospective starts at MoMA to almost universally bad critique. Of course, if you don’t have to concern yourself with the general state of contemporary art and MoMA’s reputation of curating it, you can just go and enjoy. We did, and a review follows soon here on glamglare.

U2’s horrible deed of giving away their album for free even to people who didn’t want it, seemed to have [payed off in the end](

The survey conducted by the Kantar Group noted that 95% of iOS users who listened to any U2 music on their devices listened to one or more songs from “Songs of Innocence.”

C.S. Jones lists five alternative music scenes that may take off in 2015. Philly gets the top spot:

It already has what many people are calling “the best punk scene in the country right now.”

This makes me want to travel around and explore one day. Until then, New York seems to be a good base if you love music.

SXSW is upon us with its thousands of bands and its corporate sponsors. This year McDonalds tries to collect some coolness points, but Brooklyn’s Ex Cops call them out:

Getting past that rhetoric, at the very least a big corporation like McDonald’s can at least pay their talent a little. Right?
“There isn’t a budget for an artist fee (unfortunately)”
As of 2013, McDonald’s is valued at 90.3 billion dollars.

I have to admit, last year we took advantage of Subway’s sponsorship and had a few free “flatizzas”. With McDonald’s I’m not so sure.

J.R. Gentle asks ”Dear Facebook, Please Stop Killing Music!” in an open letter:

Then you suddenly changed the way Posts are seen by people who have already followed a musician’s page to the net effect that an average post is seen by a tiny fraction of the people who have liked the musician.

I think this is a problem across industries: if Facebook can make or break bands, artists, businesses etc. with tweaking their algorithms, they have too much power. I’m sure there will be many more discussions about this.