13 May, 2007

Soundtrack

Because choosing the soundtrack for your films is more important than writing the films

Mike Skinner isn't too popular amongst part of the Birmingham music scene. He was part of a group and the allegation is that he run off to London with beats and rhymes created by the group and had his success with tunes he stole. I was told that Skinner wouldn't dare come back to Brum on tour because of that, but he did. I don't know the truth of it all but I like the group left behind and I like The Streets.

Anyway, once an artist becomes huge than lazy music journalism will always compare any new music vaguely similar unfavourably. It's useful to say if you like The Streets you will also like Plan B and Jamie T but the dismissal and snide remarks those new artists have received have bugged me.

Midland loyalty aside, I wasn't all that impressed with The Streets last album while I'm still not bored by the following artists' long players.

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Plan B


I first saw him on some yoof music show where they had to bleep much of his lyrics. My prejudice was that the swearing must be typical adolescent attention seeking. I then get lent the album, "Who Needs Actions When You Got Words", and was blown away by the brutal honesty of his clever lyrics and the phat beats.

By the way, he's one of us and aspires to be a screenwriter, he's certainly a good storyteller.

Myspace
Wikipedia
Official site

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Jamie T


I've been meaning to big-up Jamie T for ages. Not really needed now as his album is doing very well indeed. Must be if he can afford Sir Bob Hoskins for the new video:



Jamie wrote and produced his awesome album, "Panic Prevention", in his bedroom and wonders if he could have done it with the pressure of a recording contract and huge music industry expectations. There's a lesson there for any artist: write what you want to write and what you enjoy watching and someday people will notice and be interested in your voice. I can bet that all the artists who actually did try to be Mike Skinner, and not themselves, are still in their bedrooms trying to get noticed.

Myspace
Wikipedia
Official site

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Emusic

I refuse to download anything with DRM (Digital Rights Management) as it is such a con so I've never downloaded anything from iTunes and the rest of them. I would much rather buy the albums and rip them myself. At least should I lose the mp3s I still have the original CD. And, yes I know I could burn the songs in iTunes to a CD and then rip them DRM free but why should I have to? This situation is slowly changing and even Apple want it changed. I expect record companies to get rid of DRM within a couple of years. Rather than preventing people stealing music, it encourages it.

So I welcome Emusic onto the scene with its DRM free downloads. Join up for a trial and download 25 tracks for free. So you can get the Plan B and Jamie T albums for nothing.

It's a lovely site with a nice interface, give it a go.

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