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Should I Be Flattered or Insulted

By: Darrin Snider (darrin at indyintune dot com)
Friday, August 4, 2006 5:00:00 PM


I suppose this is funny.  Not sure what to think about it.  Most music podcasters (myself included) struggle to find their own voice by emmulating drive time or morning zoo radio.   Which is fine, not very original, but we own up to it -- really it's the only frame of reference the medium has, and it serves to alert the audience to a set of preconceived expectations.

But, now I am to belive that major corporations are trying to make themselves hip by immitating us podcasters!?

At least faux-amateurism and insincerity is really easy to spot, it seems.  I dunno though, Kame Knake sure looks like a fellow podcaster/geek to me.  I see girls that look exactly like her hanging out at Radio Shack and indie record stores all the time.

Here's a thought, Warner Brothers, if you want to be hip with the music podcasting crowd, how about...

1) ...signing some of the artists that are popular with the music podcasting crowd.  I'm sure, for the price of a couple emails, you could figure out from knowledgable podcasters which artists are the most popular with listeners.  Heck, I'll personally guarantee the average podcaster knows more about music -- and probably your own artists -- than your board room suits do.

2) ... try to follow me here.  This one may be a bit off-the-wall, but how about providing cheap (or even -- *GASP* -- FREE) licensing to podcasters so that they can play Warner artists without the RIAA driving to their home, suing their pants off and kicking their dog on the way out the door.

3) ... in fact, why not just withdraw your stake in the RIAA altogether?  I mean, I'm no marketing "wiz," but while immitating amateur podcasters only makes you look sad and pathetic ... playing podcaster while owning a company whose sole purpose seems to be to sue Internet-savvy music fans (not to mention bars that play your music on karaoke night without performance rights), makes you look like real assholes.

But what do I know?  I shell out my own money for this gig.  You guys are the brain trusts who spotted and signed the musical genius of Paris Hilton.

P.S. -- For those of you who follow the saga (see previous two posts) ... my court date with Circuit City is Wednesday, August 9.  Hopefully we'll be back on your iPods soon.  Thanks for the notes of support well-wishing. 

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