February 15, 2013 · 1 Comment
I was just listening to the Eavesdrop Radio podcast from two of my favorite djs, Junior and Lil Dave and it occurred to me that for as long as I’ve loved and respected their work, I have yet to actually pay money for a release on Junior’s label Recordbreakin. That’s horrifying…great friend I am!
But then it occurred to me that it would actually be easier for me to just pay Junior a chunk of money every year or month and have him send me download codes for whatever they’ve released in some time interval. Think of it like a CSA for music.
In a CSA, or community supported agriculture, you “subscribe” to a farm. You sign up and pay a lump sum to a farm in the winter which entitles you to a share of veggies every week through the growing season. It ensures that the farmer has enough cash on hand to operate, and the customer doesn’t have to choose what to buy.
What about a subscription to a music label? I would totally pay a certain amount per year for the Recordbreakin’ catalog or a portion of it. CSAs have half- and full-size shares. A label could offer subscriptions that entitle a customer to every release, every other, every fifth, etc, or entitle the customer to a certain number of releases per year or month. I can think of several labels and artists that I would be very happy to support this way.
Has anyone done this?
Tagged: CSA, eavesdrop, Illvibe, independent record label, Junior, Lil Dave, music
A couple months ago I thought I saw a broadsheet in a newspaper box with a cover story called “Who is the Hispanic Geek? / Quien es el Geek hispano?”. But I figured it was a figment of my optimistic imagination. A few weeks later a friend asked if I’d seen this new bilingual tech and pop culture magazine (PRINT!) called Tek Lado. It took another couple looks to get the pun (get it? Teclado?) because every time I picked up the zine my head was flooded with happy chemicals and I couldn’t think straight.
But Tek Lado actually exists in the world outside my head, and although they’ve moved from print to online only, they appear to be even cooler than I thought. I met with editors Mel Gomez and Liz Spikol (formerly of Philly Weekly) last week and it was one of those perfect meetings where you gab about everything but somehow still get through your agenda items.
I gave them some love by mentioning a few music projects I thought were cool, and they made that love full-duplex, or multi-cast I guess, by sharing it with their readers. I talked about DJ /rupture, the Beta Bodega crew out of Miami and San Juan, PR, and the unduplicatable DJ Kiva.
Keep an eye on Tek Lado for rich content and fun events like their Cosplay competition during Philly Tech Week in late April.
Tagged: music, Philly, Tek Lado, writing