The best 8Tracks.com mixes for March, and why digital music is the future social media.

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Some writers like to write in silence, just pounding away at the keyboard in silence with the only sound being that of the fans in the computer and the click of the keys of the keyboard. Some writers are like me, always having music playing in the background. I am always  listing to music, at home writing, at the gym and at the airport waiting for a flight.

Music is a big part of my life, and as a result I am always looking for new music to listen to. The music industry knows that there are many people who are like me – always listing to music and always searching out new music.

Worldwide Digital Music Revenues in 2006 was $2.9 billion. Six years (2011) later it is $14.8 billion. Growth = 486%

Worldwide Music Industry Revenues in 2006 was $60.7 billion. Six years (2011) later it is $67.6 billion. Growth = 11%

It is clear to see that digital music is the strongest growing segment of the music industry, and is the future of music.

Even though Pandora and other ‘digital radio’ are a good way to listen to music, people still like to buy music, have collections and share them with their friends. For me, the best way to do this is with 8tracks.com

I listen to it, like I would to a digital radio, but I get to also have the social media experience by putting up my own mixes. This allows me to contribute my own ‘digital radio’ station. For me, this is the future of music, collect, share, discover – social music.

Since 8Tracks.com has iPhone and Android apps, I can listen anywhere on my phone, and I can even make mixes right off the music on my phone. The future is truly here.

As you can tell, I am ‘sold’ on 8tracks.com and can’t not say enough positive things about it.

So, to help share (and to make it easier for me to listen to these on the fly), below you will find my latest mix, as well as some of my favorite mix from other members of 8track.com

Enjoy:

aNILESation Alternative Rap Fuck My Head Up Mix – mix by pusz4frog

alternative rap

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Havin’ gr8 fun goin’ to Heaven and Hell – mix by iyamdman

indie rock, pop and swingy rock

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Fun at the Office #1 – mix by RickyRoll

indie

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True Love for the Heartless – mix by myopenshirt

rock, alternative, techno, hip hop

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Sweet dreams are made of these – mix by Missyem Savannah

dubstep, electronic, dance, tance

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Alternative music for alternative people – mix by silent-alarmm

indie, alternative, rock, folk

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Wha wha wha WHAT IS Duh duh duh DUBSTEP? – mix by iyamdman

dubstep, dance

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Just keep going – mix by BrockUgirl

indie, hip hop, rock, dance

 

Slushbox Hellcat – mix by myopenshirt

rock, alternative rock, indie, dance

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feelgood – mix by muzik3

rock, dance, techno

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Clap Hands For Spaced Out Music – mix by sonic schmidt

indie, dance, rock, rap and house

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Island Tunes – mix by michellebda27

reggae, island music

Whitney Houston died in her bathtub at age 48, and her tragic death may have been caused from and accidental combination of Xanax and alcohol

Whitney Houston died in her bathtub at age 48, and her tragic death may have been caused from and accidental combination of Xanax and alcohol

Whitney Houston died in her bathtub at age 48, and her tragic death may have been caused from and accidental combination of Xanax and alcohol

Whitney Houston died on Saturday at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Ca., the night before the Emmys at which she was going to attend.

She is survived by her daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown who she had from her former husband Bobby Brown.

TMZ reported that Whitney’s aunt, Mary Jones discovered Whitney Houston’s body in the bathtub. Mary had laid out Whitney’s dress for the evening on the bed and then left for about a half hour. When Whitney didn’t come out of the bathroom, Mary entered, pulled Whitney out of the tub and began administering CPR.

So sad, and a tragic lose for her family and music fans around the world.

L.A. County Coroner officials told the family that Whitney Houston did not die from drowning, but rather from what appears to be a combination of Xanax and other prescription drugs mixed with alcohol.

The autopsy of Whitney Houston is complete, but the results will be deferred pending a toxicology report, which typically takes 4-6 weeks.

A coroner’s spokesman says the results are on a security hold, which just means nothing is being released at this time.

Although the cause of death is unknown, it is increasingly looking like Whitney may have fallen asleep or lapsed into unconsciousness in the bathtub and drowned.

Coroner officials informed the family there was not enough water in Whitney’s lungs to lead to the conclusion that she drowned, but obviously being under water did not help the situation.

Whitney’s mom has arranged to have the singer’s body flown back to Atlanta, as early as the day after the Emmys, and the family was told the Coroner has no problem releasing the body because there is no evidence of foul play.

This whole event is like her best songs… So Emotional… and I Will Always Love You… and Didn’t We Almost Have It All…

Whitney Houston and Bobbi Kristina Brown arrive at pre-Grammy gala honoring David Geffen in Beverly Hills, California

Whitney Houston and Bobbi Kristina Brown arrive at pre-Grammy gala honoring David Geffen in Beverly Hills, California

Whitney Houston wheeled out on a strecher after she died in her bathtub at age 48, and her tragic death may have been caused from and accidental combination of Xanax and alcohol

Whitney Houston wheeled out on a stretcher after she died in her bathtub at age 48, and her tragic death may have been caused from and accidental combination of Xanax and alcohol

Steve Jobs died at age 56 today – the Co-Founder of Apple, Inc. and Master Technologist of Planet Earth made a significant impact on global human society.

Steve Jobs died at age 56 today - the Co-Founder of Apple, Inc. and Master Technologist of Planet Earth made a significant impact on global human society.

Steve Jobs died at age 56 today - the Co-Founder of Apple, Inc. and Master Technologist of Planet Earth made a significant impact on global human society.

Steve Jobs died today.

I went to the Apple home page, and all that was on it was the above black and white photo of him.

The most appropriate thing I could do was download some songs from the iTunes Store, and make a mix about him on 8Tracks.com:

http://8tracks.com/pusz4frog/my-ipod-apple-and-steve-jobs-mix

If you want his full life story, you can find it here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Jobs

Apple said in a press release that it was “deeply saddened” to announce that Mr. Jobs had passed away on Wednesday.

“Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives,” the company said. “The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.

Master Technologist of Planet Earth
That is how I think of Steve Jobs. Yes, I do agree that the world is immeasurably better because of his vision, drive and brilliance. He truly had a significant impact on global human society by changing the way people communicate and express themselves.

I call him a Master Technologist, because what I think he was really good at was being able to see how a piece of technology would need to work/function; in order to allow modern human beings to quickly and easily apply the technology to their lives.

There were Personal Computers before the AppleIIc and Mac came along, but Apple Computers were much easier to get up and running, and apply to everyday life.
There were MP3 players before the iPod, but it was the easiest to use, look the best and was intuitive.

Cell phones had been around decades before the iPhone came out, but it was the iPhone that really gave people a small media computer that fit in your hand and could make phone calls.
It is not often that a person comes along, who is able to build a global company that produces products that change human society. Steve Jobs really lead Apple, and used the company to make his vision about products become a reality.

Giving Everything
Even though Steve Jobs stepped down from the chief executive role in late August this year, saying he could no longer fulfill his duties, and became chairman of Apple – we all knew the end was near for him.

He underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer in 2004, and received a liver transplant in 2009, and most people who get that awful disease usually live less then a year. His money and fame helped him get the treatment he needed to give him an extra 7 years of life, still we all new the end would come.

He left his wife Laurene Jobs, who he married in 1990 – and his son Reed Jobs, daughters Erin and Eve and his daughter Lisa from another marriage – most of his money.

This is due to the fact that according to Giving USA Foundation (http://www.aafrc.org/), a philanthropy research group which publishes an annual charity survey, said Jobs does not appear on lists of gifts of $5 million or more over the last four years. Nor is his name on a list of gifts of $1 million or more compiled by Indiana University’s Center on Philanthropy.

According to Forbes last year, Steve Jobs was the 136th richest man in the world, with 5.5 billion to his name. He refused to join the lineup of nearly 70 U.S. billionaires who have pledged to give away at least half their fortunes during life or at death. Facebook co-founders Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moskovitz are among those who have joined the philanthropic campaign led by Berkshire Hathaway‘s Warren Buffett and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.

For Steve jobs, giving to society was done by giving his life to his family and Apple. In 2005, he said in an interview: “That was one of the things that came out most clearly from this whole experience [with cancer]. I realized that I love my life. I really do. I’ve got the greatest family in the world, and I’ve got my work. And that’s pretty much all I do. I don’t socialize much or go to conferences. I love my family, and I love running Apple, and I love Pixar. And I get to do that. I’m very lucky.”

Legacy
Steve Jobs put his energy into massively improving quality of life with all of his inventions. People think that entrepreneurs have to some day “give back” with chairitable contributions, but this is not always the case. Steve Jobs gave at the office. Look at the entire ipod/Mac/iphone/Disney ecosystem and ask how many lives have benefited directly (because they’ve been hired) or indirectly (because they use the products to improve their quality of life). As far as I know, Jobs has never commented about his thoughts on charity. Of course, Jobs and his wife may have given enormous sums of money to charity anonymously.

History will judge us all, but no matter what you think of Steve Jobs the man, there is no doubt that Steve Jobs the Master Technologist of Planet Earth will be remembered and celebrated for a long time to come.

Steven P. Jobs, a man who gave to global human society, and changed all our lives.

Steve Jobs - Co-Founder of Apple, Inc. and Master Technologist of Planet Earth

Steve Jobs - Co-Founder of Apple, Inc. and Master Technologist of Planet Earth

Steve Jobs - Co-Founder of Apple, Inc. and Master Technologist of Planet Earth

Steve Jobs - Co-Founder of Apple, Inc. and Master Technologist of Planet Earth

Steve Jobs - Co-Founder of Apple, Inc. and Master Technologist of Planet Earth

Steve Jobs - Co-Founder of Apple, Inc. and Master Technologist of Planet Earth

8Tracks.com – A new way to listen to music, mix tapes galore!!!!!

I am not a big website recommender type person, I have my favorites, and I am happy with that. So, a site must be special is I am willing to mention it.

I am a big music person, meaning I love music – any time and all the time. I like Pandora, but I usually eat up my 40 hours of free listening quite quickly, so it has become more of a hassle then a joy. This forces me to listen to different internet music stations and sources.

KEXP
My favorite Internet Radio is KEXP in Seatle, Wa.

http://kexp.org/Default.aspx

I Indie rock mix, with world music and odd stuff on the week-ends. Really a great music mix with cool DJ’s.

8TRACKS
8Tracks.com is different. It is about music mixes. Sign-up for free, and you can make music mixes for free, as long as they are only 8 songs.

The cool thing, is that you can listen to everyone’s mixes, they just keep playing mix after mix, just like a radio station.

Just upload your 8 songs, arrange them in order, and publish you mix. The first one I made is called the Pusz4frog Truth Mix:

http://8tracks.com/pusz4frog/pusz4frog-truth-mix

I love this format for a couple of reasons:

1)    You only get 8 songs, which means you got to put a little though into the mixes, and so does everyone else, so the mixes tend to be with songs that people really like. High quality music.
2)    Many of the mixes have hit songs, but many have really off-wall stuff – so I am finding new music that I like all the time.
3)    You can search on anything, so search on happy, and you will get all the ‘happy’ mixes – easy to find music to fit you mood.

Anyways, the site is fun, and I am listening to it all day long.

You can find my mixes here:

http://8tracks.com/pusz4frog

Is John Mayer really Satan? The real truth of his Playboy Interview.

Is John Mayer really Satan? The real truth of his Playboy Interview.

Is John Mayer really Satan? The real truth of his Playboy Interview.

For the last week now, I have been hear all this stuff about John Mayer and his now infamous Playboy interview.

I am not a big fan of his music, so I don’t really pay much attention to anything about him. That changed like a car wreck in January when I read the Rolling Stone Interview by writer Erik Hedegaard called “The Dirty Mind and Lonely Heart of John Mayer,” with the subtitle, “He has everything a 32-year-old man could want. So why can’t rock’s biggest playboy shut up and enjoy?”

This interview had the insight of John Mayers stream-of-consciousness ranting, in which we all learned that the singer has a $20 million watch collection, owns a bulletproof vest, can’t resist “poop Twitters,” believes he has “masturbated [himself] out of serious problems” in his life and describes how even in his sex dreams, he has to stop his virtual mate from grinding on him because he’s distracted by a phantom paparazzo. These were all very personal, TMI-style utterances that the average guarded modern pop star would never reveal. His he real, uncontrolled or just plain stupid?

PlayMayer?

The new big deal the the Mayer interview with Playboy. The Playboy interview was done by Rob Tannenbaum (former music editor of Blender magazine), and is a good detailed interview that has been portrayed as something it may not be – revelations that Mayer is racist and sexist – both may or may not be the case depending on your beliefs.

My favorite little tidbit is how Us Magazine.com published excerpts from the lengthy interview that will be in the March issue of Playboy. Their headline, “John Mayer: Jessica Simpson Was ‘Crazy’ in Bed,” was a distorted and softly sensationalist distillation: Mayer said of the relationship, ‘Sexually it was crazy.’ Now even a blind bat can see how Us Magazine twisted the meaning and molded it to fit the shape of celebrity.

Now multiply that effect by a million or so. Because among many, many things that flew out of his mouth, Mayer also claimed to have “a David Duke cock” and used the word “nigger” [I don’t know if with the over use of the word in music and culture if the rule still exists if only African Americans are allowed to use this word…]

The Interview with Mayer is a 6,870 word article, but it was quickly reduced to something 140 characters or less: Mayer is a racist. Just because he said ‘nigger’ he is a racist? In the interview Mayer used the word, in imaginary italics or finger quotes, to make a point: As a white musician who has worked extensively with black musicians, he was discussing the paradox and impossibility of a “hood pass” (the notion that some whites are more authentically ‘black’ than others), and demonstrated the paradox by embodying it via an N bomb. Commenting on white privilege, he stepped right in it.

On Twitter, writer and hip-hop activist Harry Allen described Mayer’s refutation of a ‘hood pass’ as a powerful, pointed statement. It’s also a tough way to prove a point. To put it in Twitter argot, “The word > the point.”

I understand the point, but maybe someone more nuanced could have done a better job of getting it across. By the way, if you are half white, or part Mexican, or Asian, can you still use the word without being a racist?

Poop Pile

So, the next big poo pile Mayer stepped in was when he made the David Duke reference in self-reproach to his own sexual history: Among his relationships, none have been with women of color, which is ordinary enough but puzzled him and prompted him to reflect, in a joke, about the discrepancy between his taste and his experiences. Mayer named three black women he is attracted to; one of them, actress Holly Robinson Peete, blogged that Mayer had “foolishly picked a fight with a demographic you don’t wanna mess with: African-American women.” Many of the jokes these women made online, at Mayer’s expense, were explosively funny. But Mayer’s description of his sexual history was quickly altered and relayed as “John Mayer won’t date black women.” How does hasn’t turn into won’t?

The Internet has loosened the definition of writing, and now the online world is a limitless, unstable fiction. Tweets and blogs translate every link, adding ideology in the guise of summation. The reaction to Mayer contains many truths about race and celebrity, though nothing that fits in 140 characters.

The Web is a series of filters, many of which narrow a story until it’s a negligible number of bytes. Few people in America are willing to discuss race in public, and this reminds us why. Harry Allen hoped Mayer would “keep speaking as intelligently as he clearly can against racism/white supremacy.” That’s not going to happen. During a concert in Nashville that night, Mayer apologized for using a profane word and announced he was done doing interviews.

So, the 140 word summary:

The Internet and social media takes long nuanced conversation and reduces them down to inaccurate, sensationalized, celebritized, bastardized 140 word sound bits that completely change the meaning of what was said.

Is John Mayer really Satan? The real truth of his Playboy Interview.

John Mayer and Jessica Simpson - The real truth of his Playboy Interview.

John Mayer as Borat?

John Mayer as Borat?