June is here, and the local pools and beaches are now open. Swimming season in Wisconsin is very short, and if you blink, you'll miss it. Case in point, last Monday it was 90+ degrees and I needed to turn the air conditioning on for the first time this season. Wednesday it was 49 degrees, and I was back to using the heat. Yesterday it was back up to the mid 80s.
Weather is fickle.
Like our tastes in music.
Right now, however, there is one clear choice for the number one song in America.
The Billboard Hot 100 for the week of June 9, 2012 lists Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye (feat. Kimbra) as it's number one song. Just so you know, the Hot 100 is based on radio airplay request, so it is essentially the most requested song nationwide.
Somebody That I Used To Know is also the most downloaded song for this week, as well as the song that has the most radio impressions for this week. So Gotye has hit the Triple Crown. Let's call him the Ted Williams of music.
Maybe that's a reach.
He looks a lot more like James Blunt than Ted Williams.
This mash-up of James Blunt and Gotye is a perfect blend of two related artists, if you ask me.
I continue to be amazed by the creativity that goes into music mash-ups, and how computer technology makes it possible to mix and reshape existing music into new and exciting forms.
The EDM faction has embraced this technology and is the fastest growing sector of the music industry. While the world embraces EDM Music, the record labels, as is usually customary, have been slow to catch up. When you stay too linked to the business and financial side of the industry, you quickly become old and obsolete. Of course, this is a decades-old problem with music.
Hanson reunion tour anybody?
Think that's a reach? Check out their summer touring schedule.
What, are they 30-somethings now? Mmmm-Bop
The music industry is aghast with mashup technology. Suffice to say, the global intellectual property regime, which has a hard time defining what is fair use based on the creating of something new out of the old, and what is therefore copyright infringement, isn't exactly doing cartwheels and handstands, either.
It seems clear to me that the record labels benefit from this kind of creative publicity, although I am not sure all of them will agree. Most of them won't, and there is a very simple reason why they do not. They have a slightly antiquated business model.
That's why there are only four major labels left (pictured above, clockwise from top left):
- Sony Music Entertainment
- EMI Group
- Warner Music Group
- Universal Music Group
Go check out Hanson's MySpace Music page. What, are they 30-somethings now?
Once all the papers have been signed, EMI and Universal will complete their merger, leaving three. So long, Granny. I'm not sure which comes first, the death of all three major labels or the time when there is but one super label.
But back to Gotye. He's with Universal Music Group. Gotye's real name is Wally De Backer. It is actually Wouter De Backer, and Wally is a nickname.
Indeed, someone with a name like Gotye will sell a lot more singles than someone named Wouter De Backer, though that would be a great EDM handle. Bono changed his name from Paul David Hewson and the rest, as they say, is history, though I have no clue what that phrase means. I am not sure that it actually means anything.
But I digress.
How do you know when you've really made it?
It's not the cool name change or the hit single, or the affiliation with the major label, or the fact that half the internet world thinks Gotye is from Australia while the other half thinks he is from Belgium. For the record, Wouter "Wally" De Backer was born in Belgium but lived in Australia for a time.
Here is the singer's greatest accolade: Wally a.k.a. Gotye is this week's Draw Something picture of the week. He's a hard one to depict, but the best drawing I've found certainly captures his piercing blue eyes and low brow.
And it looks exactly like James Blunt.
Just in case you are ever asked to complete a portrait of James Blunt while playing Draw Something.
THIS WEEK'S NEW FACEBOOK FRIENDS:
JBTV is celebrating 27 years rocking Chicago as its longest-running music television program. I am pretty sure I watched the first episode when I lived in Chicago and I think it was on Channel 62. This was before we had cable TV in my house. JBTV is and always was, the cool underground stepbrother of MTV.
In its original format a band or solo performer would visit the JBTV studio for an interview with owner and host Jerry Bryant, selecting a number of music videos (both the artist's and their own favorite videos) that would be shown in the aired episode. JBTV helped me discover a number of acts that are still favorites to this day, including The Judybats, They Might Be Giants, The Verve, Moby, The Dave Matthews Band and Silversun Pickups.
These days the show is broadcast in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Miami, Philadelphia, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Washington D.C., Northern Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Connecticut, S. Florida and more, all in digital high definition. You can also view the episodes online or through their wonderful iPad app.
Do me a favor and give them a Facebook LIKE: http://facebook.com/JBTVonline
Tell Jerry that Mike from Jivewired.com referred you, please and thank you.
ABOUT THE MONDAY MIX:
The Monday Mix airs from 12:30PM to 5:00PM CDT each Monday and is designed to help you get through that brutal after-lunch, energy-sucking span that kicks off every work week. This particular show will be a mix of old, deep album cuts and new indie music with a lot of genre crossover. No Adele. Sorry.
What else does The Monday Mix do? Well, it helps you discover new indie music by combining some really great under the radar tracks with more established songs that were, once in fact, under the radar as well. The hope here is that the culture shock of discovering your next favorite band won't be so enormously imposing if we surround the new stuff with some of your old, familiar friends.
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MONDAY MIX PLAYLIST FOR 04 JUNE 2012
001. Deadbeat Summer by Neon Indian
002. Asleep On The Lawn by The Hampdens
003. Find The River by R.E.M.
004. Spitting Fire by The Boxer Rebellion
005. Don't Drop The Baby by The Judybats
006. Spend The Night by Deer Tick
007. I'm Shakin' by Jack White
008. Hold On by Alabama Shakes
009. Punctum by Memoryhouse
010. Shine by Star Anna & The Laughing Dogs
011. Endless Summer by Still Corners
012. See It For Yourself by Sugar & The Hi-Lows
013. Beverly Hills by Weezer
014. Sunglasses by Crown Imperial
015. ELT by Wilco
016. Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye (feat. Kimbra)
017. Wisemen by James Blunt
018. Tops by The Rolling Stones
019. The Warmth Of The Sun by Rumer
020. Lazy Eye by Silversun Pickups
021. The Only Place by Best Coast
022. Ooh Las Vegas by Cowboy Junkies
023. Ho Hey by The Lumineers
024. Watchman by Anton Mink
025. Kickdrum by Handful Of Luvin'
026. Whiskey & Wine by 311
027. Instant Insanity by Dr. Pants
028. Haunted Heart by Little Hurricane
029. Saturday Nights by Hello Saferide
030. Dog Days Comin' by Desi & Cody
031. Take Me With You When You Go by Jack White
032. Where We've Been by All Night Drug Prowling Wolves
033. Lost In The Light by Bahamas
034. Only For You by Heartless Bastards
035. San Francisco by Brett Dennen
036. Girls & Sunshine by Dirty On Purpose
037. Love Like We Do by Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians
038. I Found You by Alabama Shakes
039. When California Falls Right Into The Ocean by Alston David
040. In The Dead Of Summer by Desi & Cody
041. In A Daydream by The Freddy Jones Band
042. Palm Trees & Trailer Parks by The Dustin Pittsley Band
043. I Got Some Devil by The Paul Benjaman Band
044. I Died Today by Palmer
045. Gaucho by The Dave Matthews Band
046. Faultline Blues by Sam Roberts
047. Friends Of Friends by Hospitality
048. Flowers In Your Hair by The Lumineers
049. Home by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
050. Can't Go Home by Good Old War
051. If Raymond Carver Was Born In The 90s by Library Voices
052. Dakota by Sterophonics
053. 86 Me by The Wanton Looks
054. Johnny Got A Boom Boom by Imelda May
055. Somehow by Joss Stone
056. Old Enough by Rickie Lee Jones & Ben Harper
057. She by Chrissie Hynde & Emmylou Harris
058. Balance by Future Islands
059. Friends & Family by River City Extension
060. The Diamond Church Street Choir by Gaslight Anthem
061. Tramp Stamp by Wally Dogger
062. Even Heroes Have To Die by Ted Leo & The Pharmacists
063. Bad News by Whitey Morgan & The 78's
064. Usual Suspects by Ha Ha Tonka
065. Aunt Avis by Widespread Panic
066. Sure Thing by St. Germain
067. Emmylou by First Aid Kit
068. The Great Fire by Future Islands
069. Long Goodbye by The Nadas
070. Honky Tonk Heroes by Wink Burcham
071. Christchurch Woman by Justin Townes Earle
072. Roll Like A Big Wheel by Joan Osborne