What do Justin Bieber and weird punk have in common? Well, not much, but we cover both on our last show of the year, where we celebrate the year in music. We also get into 2015 trends in shoegaze pop, comedy, feminism, top 40, and more. Portia brings in the Kill Rock Stars crew, James Reling and Ben Parrish, to hear their favorite songs of 2015. We then wrap up the year with Kiran Gandhi, activist, musician, and former drummer for M.I.A. to talk about major trends in music and what the phrase “The Future is Female” means to her.
When talking about music’s devaluation over the past decade, its nearly impossible to avoid sites like Grooveshark as part of the discussion. Join us this week as we explore how music became free, as we talk to Aram Sinnreich and Stephen Witt about their new books that focus on piracy, bootleggers, and anti-copyright religions. Jim Mahoney and Ari Herstand also take part in the discussion, and talk about the ongoing game of whack-a-mole with the file sharing site, Grooveshark.
Episode #3 of the Future of What focuses on “Direct To Fan” sales, which have exploded in recent years thanks to the internet. Jessica Boudreaux and Marc Swart of Summer Cannibals and New Moss Records talk about their merch strategies as both band and label. James Reling from Kill Rock Stars speaks on his super-fandom and which artists in particular he follows intently. Ben Hubbird of CD Baby explains the changing role that the company has played since their inception in 2003. Tim Bierman, manager of the Pearl Jam “Ten Club”, talks about the importance of giving fans what they want when they want it. Benji Rogers of Pledge Music ends the episode with an explanation of how Pledge Music is different than other crowd funding sites, and the importance of engaging the “super fans”.