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Re: “Free By Choice

I know it's just the point,but I'm not buying his schtick. Didn't get in to music until he discovered a music making program? Not even piano lessons when he was a kid? It's so easy now,isn't it? I mean,anyone can do it,right? See.

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Posted by Thomas F. Lynch on 04/06/2014 at 5:55 PM

Re: “Free By Choice

While he may be free to have his own opinion, there are many musicians and writers who would like to make just a moderate living from their writing and performances. I believe he should pay for his music, I have purchased all 2000+ recordings I listen to and I like to think someone put food on their table with that money.

17 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Jeff Hunt on 04/06/2014 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Planet Clair

a hahahahaha. the last time the red Razorback plastic hog hat (there's six in the kitchen, but only one "senior" partner of the group) was taken out to a "public sporting event" or "music show" was like in the 80's. but whatever it's seen enough 4th of July BBQs or Labor Day party things, to have misbehaved enough times to have gotten its red pig ass grounded forEVER since.

-- metal mike year 2014

Posted by Michael Earl Saunders on 04/03/2014 at 6:00 AM

Re: “Free By Choice

I've been an avid Broke For Free fan for abut three years now, and Cascino never fails to impress me through his creativity. His genre diversity blows me away - kind of like an electronic Van Morrison or Beck. His tunes stay in my head for days, and for once in my life, BFF ear worms don't drive me crazy. I can't wait for his Petal release.

14 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by debfagan on 04/02/2014 at 12:38 PM

Re: “The In-Between Space of Meklit Hadero

you HAVE to see her live - breathtaking!

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Posted by Deb Leudiere on 03/25/2014 at 11:09 PM

Re: “Burners Torched Over Native Party

I think this is awesome and glad it blew up in their self entitled faces. They needed to cry and be enlightened of the truth. It's disrespectful period! Those who think the burners had the right are just as self entitled morons who only see things within their stupid little bubble. Open your eyes and see the truth of what you are doing and take responsibility for your actions and move forward. Learn from this children. If you decide to ignore it then you are a bonafide idiot.

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Posted by LuLu Mendez on 03/19/2014 at 7:02 PM

Re: “Birdland Jazzista Social Club Eyes an Oakland Nest

brother Eric Lowen,

Yes, that was when the city closed our social club in August 2011. We will gladly refund your $20 and apologize. Thanks for reaching out. Birdman Mike

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Posted by Michael Parayno on 03/15/2014 at 4:05 AM

Re: “Birdland Jazzista Social Club Eyes an Oakland Nest

I have mixed feelings about Birdland. My wife and I, having heard about the place, we induced to buy an annual membership one week before the joint closed and it left a bitter taste.

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Posted by Eric Lowin on 03/14/2014 at 6:44 PM

Re: “Beyond Two Turntables and a Microphone

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Posted by Editor on 03/09/2014 at 4:12 AM

Re: “Where Craigslist Sucks, Will Fandalism Succeed?

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Posted by Editor on 03/05/2014 at 4:37 PM

Re: “Stories of a Place

I have attended one concert performed by Gautam. I felt the need to clarify that while Gautam has taken carnatic music to an English audience and written lyrics that are his own, the music was not composed by him. So based on this one concert, I disagree with the word 'original' in the statement "only performer of Carnatic music who sings original compositions in English" His songs are not simply 'modeled on different types of carnatic song forms', but in their basic structure/ music are exact renditions of other compositions by documented composers who lived some 200-300 years ago. So essentially the music by original composers is kept, lyrics are swapped to English, similar to the case if one were to sing 'ode to joy' by Beethoven with their own lyrics. The improvisations are his, as they are with other carnatic singers, so it is a little sad that he did not acknowledge the original composers of the music during his concert, nor did the writer here. The article gives the impression that he is a singer-songwriter who writes original English compositions modeled on carnatic music 'structure', but that was not my impression coming out of the concert. The English speaking audience unfamiliar with compositions by the trinity (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinity_of_Carnatic_music) and others will never know unless this is disclosed and acknowledged.

Posted by Sangeetha Metlapally on 02/17/2014 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Where Singers Shine

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Posted by Editor on 01/29/2014 at 12:56 AM

Re: “Forrest Day

Originality? Not much? You're out of your mind, Mark Keresman.

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Posted by Donna Paggio on 01/27/2014 at 9:50 PM

Re: “Turtle Island Quartet's Genre-Bending Sound Returns to Its Roots

Great to hear these guys are still playing! Thanks for the heads up.

Posted by Mary Eisenhart on 01/16/2014 at 2:00 PM

Re: “Thriftworks: The Bizarre Beat-Maker

Jacob Van Leeuwen's last name is spelled like so. He and Jake Atlas are both Sound Arts graduates of Ex'pression College - Emeryville. I enjoyed reading up on what these graduates have been working on. Thanks.

Posted by Matthew Mann on 01/16/2014 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Thriftworks: The Bizarre Beat-Maker

someone ft.Oriel Poole off the album Deviation is by far my fave. Hard to pick tho when they are all milk.

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Posted by Matthew Moglia on 01/14/2014 at 9:25 PM

Re: “Can Tech Talent Help New Bands Thrive?

Where do my Band Sign up,need Help..call us LSB (510)606-3640 Thanxs!!;-)

Posted by Terry Stanley on 01/12/2014 at 9:31 AM

Re: “Young Musicians Program Still Ensnared in Controversy

Also, one of my wise piano teachers has once said:
It's usually the teachers who teach beginners who are the most important since they are the ones who set a firm foundation for the student to build upon from future teachers.
As a teacher, complaining that you have inexperienced students...
Absolutely unacceptable!

(and in my previous comment: the students got kicked out for drugs and fighting, not the teachers)

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Posted by Mikhail A. Leonkine on 12/29/2013 at 10:31 PM

Re: “Young Musicians Program Still Ensnared in Controversy

I have been a student in the Young Musicians Program. I have seen a few omitted things I just have to add.

First of all:
The two most popular reasons anyone got "kicked out" from YMP were drugs and fights. As you can see, these two activities have absolutely NOTHING to do with music making. Miss Daisy would never do anything without a reason, and I myself have witnessed many "second chances" that she gave despite the deeds one has done.

Second:
I know the student Amy Brodo is referring to as her best student who quit.
The student quit because she simply didn't want to play the cello anymore!
I bet that part of the reason was that Amy Brodo is not a very inspiring teacher, and no wonder she was fired.
I'll give an example: In high school I had an excellent teacher who almost inspired me to quit music for physics. Good thing I stopped in time!

Anyways, YMP was THE BEST music program on the west coast. And it was free for poor students who had talent and the will to learn. But sadly greed rules the world these days, so programs like these have to be shut down. Hopefully YMCO will happen, since there are many poor parents who want their children to have a chance to succeed in life.

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Posted by Mikhail A. Leonkine on 12/29/2013 at 10:18 PM

Re: “The High Cost of Free

The same debate has gone on for almost as long as the first people who realized they could get copies of music WITHOUT PAYING THE ARTISTS WHO CREATED IT started to do so. I wrote my Open Letter about this four years ago (back in 2009), and after mailing it to people around the world, I posted it on my website. (To see my Open Letter, go to my website www.leighharrison.com -- it's on the "Copyright Protection" page.) Nevertheless, even though many of us have taken a stand about our right to control what happens to our music, the problem of unauthorized copying still is prevalent. Most of us are in the rank of the 99% -- we're struggling to get by. The fact that the internet makes piracy easier will never change the fact that decency and morality have not changed. It is STILL fair -- and correct -- to pay someone for their work.

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Posted by Leigh Harrison on 11/20/2013 at 9:24 PM

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