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NORTH Portland
Some new music from January. In order of appearance:

Cut Copy - Need You Now

Memory Tapes - Today Is Our Life

Lykke Li - I Follow Rivers (Dave Sitek Remix)

Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues

The Wooden Birds - Bad


NORTH Portland
The Change Will Do You Good - I’m trying to gather my thoughts after three days of whirlwind activity last week down in Eugene at the University of Oregon. Edward Boches, Mullen’s Chief Innovation Officer, who was invited to the University under the 2011 Richard Ward Executive In Residence program, gave a handful of presentations which also included a great roundtable on the future of journalism (more on that later.) Then it was back to Portland to speak along with Edward, Warren Berger, Deborah Morrison and Mark Blaine at the TEDx Portland event...


Radiohead NORTH Portland
Radiohead and Research On February 14th Radiohead announced the release of their new album The King of Limbs. You can pre-order it here if you’re so inclined.

I was reading a brief article today in which the band’s manager was quoted as saying – “Our allegiances are to the band. We manage Radiohead, we don’t manage retail or labels, we just manage the band and are just trying to do the best possible thing to allow another brilliant record to be embraced by the fanbase.” I like that sentiment for many reasons...

Decemberists NORTH Portland
The Decemberists and the ROI of Social Networking. Portland has been in the news a lot lately, not least because of all the fuss around the IFC show ‘Portlandia,’ that features our very own Carrie Brownstein and her sidekick, Saturday Night Live alum Fred Armisen. And today we have local indie heroes The Decemberists sitting atop the Billboard charts. Congratulations are in order. As we know, music sales especially of full length albums have been in the dumper lately, and although The Decemberists reached the #1 spot with sales of only 93,567 copies, it’s a great achievement given the apathy folks seem to have for buying music. It’s...

Music Business NORTH Portland
Can We Stick a Fork In It? This story from Billboard, of all companies, has a masochistic streak to it.. Sales at the top of the Billboard 200 continue to slide, as the No. 1-debuting set -- from a rather unlikely band -- sold 44,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Meanwhile, Britney Spears'"Hold It Against Me" makes a sizzling debut atop the Digital Songs chart with 411,000 sold. Cake's "Showroom of Compassion" bows atop the Billboard 200 with just 44,000. That's not only the smallest frame for a No. 1 album since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991 ( beating a record set only...

It is possible to be brainy and write pop songs

Radiohead and research versus Rupert Murdoch and The Daily