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R.I.P., Maurice White – let’s pay tribute with a collective playlist on Spotify!

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Maurice White performing with Earth, Wind, and Fire at the Ahoy Rotterdam; 1982 (Photo: Chris Hakkens / This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

Maurice White performing with Earth, Wind, and Fire at the Ahoy Rotterdam; 1982 (Photo: Chris Hakkens / This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

I was saddened to read the following news earlier tonight:

Maurice White always was particularly close to my heart because he was both a musician’s musician and managed to achieve pop hits. I think I hated “Boogie Wonderland” when it first came out, but it grew on me. Especially after reading the great story behind it which songwriter Allee Willis made me aware of on Facebook (check the comments section). ;-)

I started to compile a Spotify playlist with my favorite Maurice White songs right after hearing the bad news. So far, it contains 4 hours 28 minutes of great funk, soul and jazz (use it in shuffle mode). Artists include (in alphabetical order) Barbra Streisand, Billy Stewart, Brian Culbertson, Deniece Williams, Earth Wind & Fire, El DeBarge, The Emotions, Fontella Bass, James Ingram, Ramsey Lewis, Ramsey Lewis Trio, The Salty Peppers, The Tubes:

I configured the playlist to be a collaborative effort. Feel free to add your personal favorites on Spotify. If you don’t have a Spotify account, post your music links (YouTube & Co.) in the comments section of this blog entry. And please retweet/repost this tribute in your social media circles!
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PEGIDA-“Galgenmann”-Fotos: Wie die ruhrbarone das BILDblog mit Fehlinfos zu denunzieren versuchen

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Screenshot ruhrbarone.de am 30.01.2016

Screenshot ruhrbarone.de am 30.01.2016

Im ruhrbarone-Blog behauptete Stefan Laurin gestern “Bildblog hat ein Herz für den Galgenmann”, da das BILDblog beim Presserat wegen der Veröffentlichung von Fotos des PEGIDA-“Galgenmanns” durch BILD eine Beschwerde eingereicht hat. Stefan Niggemeier über eine besonders dumme Reaktion darauf: “‘Bild’-Online-Chef: ‘BILDblog marschiert für Pegida'”

Schon in der Überschrift arbeitet Laurin mit unseriösen Boulevard-Methoden. Denn für die Unterstellung, BILDlog habe ein Herz für den “Galgenmann”, gibt es keinerlei Belege. Ebenso wenig wie für diese Behauptungen:

Dem Querfront-Magazin Compact gab A. ein Interview – Probleme damit, dass sein Bild veröffentlicht wurde, hatte der Mann mit dem Galgen offenbar nicht.

Bernd A. war [die Veröffentlichung des Fotos] zwar egal (…)

Laurin scheint das auf YouTube verfügbare Interview gar nicht gesehen zu haben. Sonst wüsste er, dass der besorgte Bürger dort “Bernd O.” heißt. Sollte ihm das Interview bekannt sein, hätte Laurin gelogen. Denn O. sagt darin genau das Gegenteil von dem, was ihm die ruhrbarone unterstellen. Ich habe reingehört und Folgendes verstanden:

Bernd O.: Das geht auch viel zu weit. Die Berichterstattung von der guten deutschen BILD-Zeitung ist katastrophal.
Zwischenfrage: Was haben die gemacht?
Bernd O.: Einfach Fotos, obwohl da eindeutig untersagt war, dass da Fotos gemacht werden. Still und heimlich Fotos gemacht. Es ist nicht erlaubt. Und wie ich weiß, ist es auch nicht erlaubt, jemand auf einem Bild zu markieren und [zu] sagen: “Das ist der Staatsfeind Nummer 1!”

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30. Januar 2016 at 15:05

My 200,000th play on Last.FM – or: 50 songs a day keep the doctor away!

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pjebsen's 200,000th Last.FM scrobbleLast.FM is not as much fun as it used to be when it was the top music portal, but – as a fan of statistics – I still try to scrobble the music I am listening to. And I was happy to see that I just hit the 200,000th song mark. Since I have been a member since February 23, 2005, this means that – statistically speaking – I listen to at least 50 songs a day.

While writing this, a playlist with my 1,695 favourite Spotify songs is running in shuffle mode. It just reached song #200,000: Marcia Griffiths, “Run Up and Down” – which brings back nice memories of my Jamaica visits in the ’80s.

Detailed statistics
There is an interesting division: My top artists are funk-dominated, there is a lot of country among my top albums, and Bollywood seems to rule my top tracks,

Top artists (among 17,512 scrobbled)
pjebsen's top scrobbled Last.FM artists
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26. Januar 2016 at 20:28

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The Handshake Economy

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The Japanese experience is utterly unpalatable for most artists and probably wouldn’t translate anyway in most Western countries. But the essence of understanding that the fandom itself is just as valuable to fans as the music is the essence of truth that YouTubers have already grasped and that more artists need to do. Welcome to the handshake economy.

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We are in the era of the always-on fan, with artists making themselves ever more available to their fans. It is a transition that comes with no shortage of challenges, not least the extra workload it places on artists and the way it chips away at the magical aura that surrounds them.  There is an inherent tension between increasing an artist’s appeal through increased accessibility and creating it by maintaining distance.  Contrast this with YouTubers like Jenna Marbles, PewDiePie and Phil and Dan who share so much of their lives with their fans.  Platforms like Kickstarter, Paetron and the ever excellent PledgeMusic have given artists the ability to balance artistic credibility with monetizing their super fans. But while such efforts are currently on the fringes there is a country where super fans are at the heart of recorded music revenue. Artistic credibility however is not exactly at the top of…

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Written by Peter Jebsen

26. Januar 2016 at 14:35

#DMC16: Wenn Konferenzveranstaltern ein Diskurs zu disruptiv wird

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Kurz vor Weihnachten sah es noch so aus, als ob die Digital Media Conference (11. Februar 2016) unter ihren Speakern und Podiumsgästen einen Frauenanteil von null Prozent haben würde (in Zahlen: 0). Veranstalter Cassini Consulting erntete bei der Veröffentlichtung der damals neun Referenten entsprechende Kritik, nachzulesen bei Twitter unter Hashtag #dmc16:

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The Complete New Funk Times Issue #1 from 1989

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The New Funk Times used to accompany George Clinton albums on Capitol Records in the ’80s. From 1989 to 1991, I published it as a subscription-only newsletter. I made the P.Funk History Double Issue available before, here is issue #1 from 1989. It features interviews with George Clinton & Bootsy Collins, and a 250-record P.Funk discography.
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Funky Shots: George Clinton/Parliament/Funkadelic 1989-1991

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I used to publish ‘round 2’ of the George Clinton/Parliament/Funkadelic newsletter New Funk Times from 1989 to 1991. I can’t find the original photos I took back then, but here are black & white scans from the issues. You can view full-size versions on flickr. If you are interested in the NFT: The P.Funk History Double Issue is available here.
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Written by Peter Jebsen

10. Januar 2016 at 14:50

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