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International Journalism Festival for foodies and barflies: #IJF19 guide to Perugia

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Perugia (#IJF17)
From Wednesday (April 3, 2019) until Sunday (April 7), beautiful Perugia hosts the free International Journalism Festival for the 13th time. You’ll get all the basic infos here:

I prepared a map with all the festival locations and added my personal restaurant and bar recommendations which I collected since 2016. With the slider in the upper left corner, you can have a look at the list of entries:


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Written by Peter Jebsen

3. April 2019 at 0:19

Why India Matters to Spotify, and Why it May Not Deliver

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There are two key reasons for such weak uptake to date:

1. Music plays a different role in India:Bollywood and devotional are two of the most widely listened to music genres, neither of which are mainstays of subscription services, nor streaming music consumption in general.
2. Income levels are low:the average per capita income is $553 a month, with the luxury of a music subscription far out of reach for most Indians, other than urban elites. Spotify’s $1.80 price point in India may sound cheap, but relative to average income, it is 9.3 times more expensive than $9.99 is in the US. So, Spotify would need to be priced at $0.19 to be the same relative affordability as in the US, which coincidentally is the price for its day pass.

Music Industry Blog

Warner Music and Spotify have been involved in a rather unseemly and very public spat this week over Spotify’s India launch. I’ll leave for someone else, the discussions of the potential implications of a blanket license for songwriter rights in India for an on-demand streaming service. Suffice to say, the words ‘can of worms’ come to mind. Instead, I am going to focus on why India matters so much to Spotify.

The next one billion, perhaps…

Spotify’s Daniel Ek has made much of addressing the next one billion internet users as part of Spotify’s long-term opportunity. Given the fact that China is effectively off the table for now and that sub-Saharan Africa is probably a generation away from being a major streaming market, India is the key component of that next one billion.

Europe and North America accounted for 69% of Spotify’s subscriber growth in 2018. While this…

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Written by Peter Jebsen

3. März 2019 at 21:21

R.I.P., Anthony Bourdain! (Obits, videos and my favorite quotes)

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Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain at the 73rd Annual Peabody Awards (Author: Peabody Awards / This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license)

None of the most recent deaths saddened me as much as Anthony Bourdain’s. He was my favorite non-fiction writer and travel show host. I enjoyed his enthusiasm, his humor, his opinionedness and the resulting rants, his love for food and its creators, his curiosity about the culture of the countries he visited, and the empathy and respect he showed towards his interviewees. I’ll miss him.

I first became aware of him in 2000 when he published his powerful book „Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly“ which made me think of him as the Hunter S. Thompson of culinary writing (although Tony probably was more truthful and benevolent). Since then, I have read all of his books and watched pretty much all of his shows.

In celebration of his extraordinary and inspiring talent, I have collected some of the most touching obits and, as a result of regular binge-watching, my favorite Tony quotes (accompanied by videos).

Obits

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International Journalism Festival for foodies and barflies: #IJF18 guide to Perugia

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Perugia (#IJF17)
From Wednesday (April 11, 2018) until Sunday (April 15), beautiful Perugia hosts the free International Journalism Festival for the 12th time. You’ll get all the basic infos here:

I prepared a map with all the festival locations and added my personal restaurant and bar recommendations before #IJF17, based on my 2016 experiences – and just added new places which I discovered during #IJF17 (I’ll add comments later). With the slider in the upper left corner, you can have a look at the list of entries:

New entries: Bottega del Vino, Civico 25, Hotel Giò Wine e Jazz Area, Il Vicolo
Societa Anonima (Restaurants); L’Artigiano del Gelato, Organ Ice (Gelati e Dolci); Free Ride, Happy Bar, Il Birrino (Bars)

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R.I.P., Ray Phiri! (My ‚Graceland‘ memories)

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Last Friday (July 14, 2017), Jon Pareles posted this obituary in the New York Times: Ray Phiri, ‘Graceland’ Guitarist and Anti-Apartheid Bandleader, Dies at 70

Ray Phiri, the South African guitarist who reached an international audience backing Paul Simon on the albums “Graceland” and “The Rhythm of the Saints” and who founded Stimela, a widely acclaimed, long-running band that confronted apartheid, died on Wednesday at a clinic in Nelspruit, South Africa. He was 70.


I never talked to Ray Phiri in person. But I must have seen him when visiting a rehearsal of the „Graceland“ tour in London for an interview with Paul Simon. He and his collaborators caught a lot of flak back then because they were accused of violating the cultural boycott against South Africa’s apartheid regime.
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Written by Peter Jebsen

18. Juli 2017 at 0:59

Amazon Is Now The 3rd Biggest Music Subscription Service

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(…) Amazon’s achievement is even more impressive than it first appears. Amazon’s music streaming adoption is concentrated among 4 of its Amazon Prime markets: US, Japan, Germany and UK. In these markets 35% of Amazon Prime subscribers are Amazon Prime Music or Amazon Prime Music Unlimited users.

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At MIDiA we have long argued that Amazon is the dark horse of streaming music. That horse is not looking so dark anymore. We’ve been tracking weekly usage of streaming music apps on a quarterly basis since 2016 and we’ve seen Amazon growing strongly quarter upon quarter. To the extent that Amazon Prime Music is now the 2nd most widely used streaming music app, 2nd only to Spotify which benefits from a large installed base of free users to boost its numbers. So, in terms of pure subscription services, Amazon has the largest installed base of weekly active users.

But it’s not just in terms of active users that Amazon is making such headway. It is racking up subscribers too. Based on conversations with rights holders and other industry executives we can confirm that Amazon is now the 3rd largest subscription service. Amazon has around 16 million…

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P.Funk finds (photos from the late ’80s or early ’90s)

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Just found these photos:


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The hilarious tweets by Jared Yates Sexton on #TrumpRussia read by Stephen Colbert on Tuesday’s Late Show

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On Tuesday’s Late Show, Stephen Colbert had a field day reading hilarious tweets by journalist Jared Yates Sexton who voiced his severe disappointment about Donald Trump Jr.’s damning mails regarding the Trump-Russia meeting:

I…worked on this story for a year…and…he just…he tweeted it out.


Here is a collection of Sexton’s tweets after Trump Jr.’s providing ’smoking gun‘ evidence against himself:

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Written by Peter Jebsen

13. Juli 2017 at 20:22

Looking Back at News Impact Summit Hamburg 2017: Tweets and Links (#NISHBR)

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As its past editions in Hamburg (2015) and Berlin (2016), European Journalism Centre’s News Impact Summit 2017 was an inspiring event with lots of great speakers. 180 editors, journalists, J-school students and media experts discussed the topic „Truth, Tech & Community: Building Bridges to Foster Journalism Innovation“. I had the pleasure of moderating the panel „Diversity Means…“ which was a nice follow-up to last Wednesday’s Dverse Media Pop-up at the SPIEGEL building.

I collected the most interesting tweets (hashtag: #NISHBR) and most helpful links:

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Public Enemy’s Chuck D: „Get our new album while it’s free!“ (until July 4)

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Public Enemy: Nothing Is Quick In The Desert

Public Enemy: Nothing Is Quick In The Desert

On Public Enemy’s Bandcamp page, Chuck D just announced:

After 30 years, 106 tours across 105 countries and countless records, THANK YOU! This one is on Public Enemy. Get it while it’s free.

„Nothing Is Quick In The Desert“ will be available until July 4. I am listening to it right now – what I’ve heard so far is great!

Rolling Stone reports:

The 13-track album features guest appearances from Ice-T, PMD of EPMD, Easy Mo Bee, Sammy Vegas and Solé. Longtime collaborator David „CDOC“ Snyder produced the record, with help from Stetsasonic’s Daddy-O, DJ Pain 1, Mike Redman, Dejuan Boyd, JP Hesser and Public Enemy’s Professor Griff and DJ Lord.

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Written by Peter Jebsen

3. Juli 2017 at 1:47

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