Coca-Cola Corporate Shutting Off Voicemail

The cost saving is only about US$100,000 overall, but the best part, only 6% are deciding to keep it, not leaving much room for debate about the future of voicemail.

…not entirely but it’s a start

Coca-Cola’s corporate offices in Atlanta have begun phasing out voicemail, which is quickly falling out of favor with younger workers. The cost saving is only about US$100,000 overall, but the best part, only 6% are deciding to keep it, not leaving much room for debate about the future of voicemail.

We’re Gonna Bro Out So Hard

Arriving at the nexus of startup culture and summer festival season, the NY Times covers this mess from WeWork

When Startup Culture + Festival Culture Collide

At one point this website reported a lot about music, which means readers here are no stranger to some of the worse “festivals.” Suffice it to say I was surprised upon reading NY Times coverage of WeWork’s Summer Camp and being presented with some of the more surprisingly insufferable forms of humanity.

It may sound as if I am being harsh however if the above photo does not set the stage properly for this gathering of networking, synergy, and whatever other bespoke bullshit is going on here, enjoy a few of the passages below; a scene that far exceeds anything I have experienced at Phish, Bonnaroo, Vegoose, and anything I’ve tried to avoid by not attending Gathering of the JuggalosUltra, Burning Man, or EDC. 

While the quotes below are entertaining, you are best served gaining the full experience reading the complete NY Times article.

Camping Out With the Office – WeWork Goes to Summer Camp [via NY Times]

“It felt so much more organic than going to a conference,” he said. “I shared something with this guy that went beyond business networking. Now I feel like I know him on a personal level because we did some back flips and shared some beers.”

After sunset, Michael Franti & Spearhead played songs about unity, and two women in shorts kissed as men around them cheered. A woman dressed as a taco twerked with a man dressed as Sailor Moon.

Benn Jordan on Spotify

Benn Jordan (aka The Flashbulb) takes a smart and objective examination at the internet and musician’s obsession with ‘Spotify Hatred’

Benn Jordan (aka The Flashbulb) blogged an informative, accurate, and interesting piece approaching everybody’s hatred of Spotify with a bit of common-sense. Read the entirety of I Can’t Believe It’s Getting Better on Benn’s blog,

If you are looking for more interesting things to read on this topic, now is a good time to revisit Frank Zappa‘s writings from 1983 where he basically predicts the future of digital music purchasing and streaming, “A Proposal For A System To Replace Ordinary Record Merchandising.” in addition to our previous posting on Why Music Shouldn’t Be Free

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Aphrodite Goes At ATL Promoter

Drum and Bass artist Aphrodite launches an online campaign to resolve a financial dispute with long time Atlanta music promoter Brandon Couturier

Aphrodite got stiffed a large amount of cash from a local promoter. Not going to offer an editorial on this one because the Quad incident was not that long ago, and I don’t want to risk accusations of slander; all I’m doing is reposting what is already out there. Check Aphrodite’s post on Facebook, as well as the warning webpage he created.

Aphrodite Facebook Post about Brandon Couturier

Aphrodite vs. Brandon Couturier Webpage

…but I took screenshots because this is the internet, things don’t get “deleted”

Microsoft's Fall From Grace via The Wire

Further evidence that David Simon’s legendary tv drama The Wire is about so much more than inner-city drug conspiracies, Slate has recently published this article outlining the decline of the Microsoft empire in the context of The Barksdale Organization.

Further evidence that David Simon’s legendary tv drama The Wire is about so much more than inner-city drug conspiracies, Slate has recently published this article outlining the decline of the Microsoft empire in the context of The Barksdale Organization.

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The Best Wrestling Article I Can Remember

Cena’s well-anticipated victory was one of the most anti-climactic passing of the torches I’ve ever witnessed, I had a difficult time figuring out why, perhaps from lack of paying attention to wrestling for the past decade, but the crew over at Grantland presents this article outlining the challenges the WWE faces with Cena quite eloquently.

No qualms over the fact I was a loyal follower of WWF/WWE during the Attitude Era of 1998-2001, I suppose it is out of sheer inertia that I ended up watching Wrestlemania 29 this past Sunday. Having not kept up with professional wrestling the past few years I ended up pulling for who I remembered, Triple H (now aged 43), and obviously The Rock (age 40).

All details aside, John Cena had a well-anticipated victory was one of the most anti-climactic passing of the torches I’ve ever saw, I had a difficult time figuring out why, perhaps from lack of paying attention to wrestling for the past decade, but the crew over at Grantland presents this article outlining the challenges the WWE faces with Cena quite eloquently.

When WWE pretends its narrative is working when it’s clearly not, its dishonesty affects how people view its product. If we can’t even be sure that heroes are heroes anymore, then what’s the point of cheering? [*]

John Cena, WrestleMania 29, and WWE’s Perception Problem [via Grantland]

Zappa Trust Opens Roxy Recordings and Licensing

To raise money for the release of the video portions of the 1974 Roxy & Elsewhere anthology, the Zappa Family Trust opens licensing to two 1973 recordings

Even dead, Frank Zappa continues to push the boundaries of music marketing and sales, making the master recordings of two 1973 Roxy recordings available for purchase and even opening up the licensing of the recordings to allow for mass duplication and reselling.

For a $1,000 licensing fee, fans can own a master duplication copy of the recording, which they can copy and sell for whatever price they’d like, with $1.20 per-CD mechanical royalty to be paid to Zappa Records.

The proceeds from licensing these recordings will go towards the restoration and release of the video portion of Roxy & Elsewherewhich has been a long time coming for Zappa fans.

Frank Zappa Fans Offered Unique Access To Unreleased Music [via Rolling Stone]

 

 

11 Amazing Facts About The McRib

Yahoo Finance takes a look at the nutritional and economic impact of McDonald’s famed McRib sandwiches

According to an article from Chicago magazine, which cites a 1995 article by Mandigo, “restructured meat product” contains a mixture of tripe, heart, and scalded stomach, which is then mixed with salt and water to extract proteins from the muscle. The proteins bind all the pork trimmings together so that it can be re-molded into any specific shape — in this case, a fake slab of ribs.

Makes me want to eat pho! Read the entire McRib article on Yahoo

Six Reasons Music Shouldn't Be Free

Grooveshark founder and CEO Sam Tarantino recently suggested all recorded music be made available free. As a capitalist and writer I felt compelled to argue

Appropriately printed in the online magazine notorious for stealing intellectual property, Gizmodo recently reported on an interview with Grooveshark CEO Sam Tarantino.

In the interview Tarantino provides six reasons why he thinks all recorded music should be free. Ever the opinionated music writer, and capitalist, I felt it only proper to offer a retort to his six points.

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Write & Exact – All About Moleskine

Life + Times provides a short Q+A with Moleskine US President Marco Beghin

Moleskine NotebookPlaying completely into the hands of SWPL on this one, I was linked a great Q+A from the president of Moleskine US giving a brief insight into the company behind everybody’s favorite notebooks.

Everything is very high quality, for instance each notebook is inspected for 30 minutes for quality control, and I think when people hold one they recognize this quality.[*]

I am not one to pass judgement, as I often pretend to be a writer, I own a number of them myself, in various sizes, for various projects. I even went so far as to try the Moleskine iOS app once. Maybe one of the worst apps I’ve ever used, poorly designed and let’s be honest — there are times when it’s just faster to pen + paper it.

So yes, I am a fan however, probably not as bad as these guys.

WRITE AND EXACT [via Life + Times]

Windish Agency Assimilates Coachella

LA Times exploring the influence of the artists on the highly regarded Windish Agency, and their prolific bookings annually at SXSW and Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

LA Times’ Blog section reporting on the influence of Tom Windish and The Windish Agency‘s growing influence on the annual lineup for Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, and SXSW alike.

This year alone the Windish Agency reps 20 acts on Coachella’s bill of 143 artists, including headliner dance and electronic acts such as Justice and Amon Tobin, as well as buzz artist of the moment Gotye.

 

At the recent South by Southwest Music Festival and Conference in Austin, Texas, Windish suggested meeting up to see some of his artists. One didn’t have to go far to hear one of his agency’s acts, as they were featured in more than 700 performances over the five-day event.[*]

For more information, read the Coachella Weekend 1 Recap from the Windish Agency website, as well as this Billboard Biz interview with agency founder Tom Windish.

Tom Windish’s Acts Are All Over Coachella [via LA Times]

Corporate Rave Culture

A few things I found missing from the New York Times piece, I feel the writers failed to mention the amount of good corporate money fostering valuable contributions to the music industry.

New York Times goes in-depth on the rise of corporate funding for underground electronic dance music. Fresh off the heels of Ultra Music Festival last month, and the sentiments from PercussionLab last week, and a related post today, sharing this article felt appropriate.

The big dance festivals have built themselves into valuable brands, able to sell tickets on their name alone and the immersive audio-visual spectacle they present. One big company could bring together a handful of promoters and find economies of scale.[*]

A few things I found missing from the New York Times piece, I feel the writers failed to mention the amount of good corporate money fostering valuable contributions to the music industry.

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ABV Agency Profiles Terminal West

Insights by designer Greg Mike offering a contrast to the misinformation regarding Terminal West at King Plow’s brand identity originally offered by Christina Lee in her Creative Loafing coverage of the venue’s launch.

Terminal West

ABV Atlanta, the home base of Atlanta artist Greg Mike recently posted to their agency blog about their collaborative effort in developing the brand identity of Terminal West.

The insights by Greg Mike offer a valuable contrast to the misinformation offered by Christina Lee in her Creative Loafing coverage of the venue’s launch.

Browse over to ABV Atlanta’s site and enjoy an insightful introduction to Terminal West at King Plow, enjoy the photo gallery and a video showcasing a centerpiece of the venue’s art exhibit in a clear nod to the venue’s original conceptualization in King Plow’s main art gallery.

Agency: Terminal West at King Plow [via ABV Atlanta]

Andy Baio on Yahoo ('A Patent Lie')

Recounting my sentiments in an earlier post on dangerous software trademark law, Andy Baio contributed this editorial to Wired on Yahoo’s recent litigation against Facebook.

Software patents should be abolished, plain and simple. Software is already covered by copyright, making patent protection unnecessary.

Ask any programmer — developing software is as creative and unique as writing poetry.

A Patent Lie: How Yahoo Weaponized My Work (Andy Baio) [via Wired]