Kronos Quartet Artistic Administrator Sidney Chen recently spoke with the Future of Music Coalition for a podcast, in which he discusses the role the internet has played in the life of Kronos. From allowing for greater connectivity with existing fans and accessing new audiences via social networks and blogs, to opening the Quartet to new sounds and even new collaborationsâ€”like the highly successful Requiem for a Dream soundtrack, which came about after an unexpected e-mail, through the group’s site, from the film’s producerâ€”the freedom and openness of the internet has had a significant impact on the group.
Bands from Bright Eyes to Wilco have contributed tracks to the Future of Music Coalition?s Rock the Net compilation, proceeds from the sales of which will go to the organization?s campaign in favor of net neutrality.
What's a panel discussion of Public Enemy's classic 1988 album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back without Public Enemy frontman Chuck D? Fortunately, we won't have to find out, since the outspoken PE figurehead will now join Bomb Squad members Hank and Keith Shocklee, PE "media assassin" Harry Allen, and scholar/filmmaker Kembrew McLeod in a discussion of the landmark record at the Chicago Cultural Center's Claudia Cassidy Theater on Thursday, July 17.
As previously reported, this is just one of many events leading up to this year's Pitchfork Music Festival, which takes place July 18-20 at Chicago's Union Park. The Pitchfork Music Festival is hosting the panel along with the Future of Music Coalition.
What do terrorists and telco execs have in common? They hate us for our freedoms, naturally. And they especially hate our freedom to roam the verdant grasslands of the Internet as freely as the majestic bison once wandered the fruited plains of the West. A group of mostly-indie rockers from the Future of Music Coalition agree, and they're releasing a benefit CD later this month to help fund the Coalition's campaign for a neutral 'Net.
There are good people doing good things in New Orleans, and they’re making a difference. An organization called Sweet Home New Orleans, for example, are specifically addressing the issue I’m talking about, keeping New Orleans’ cultural heritage alive by repatriating the city’s musicians and culture bearers. Through financial counseling services and rental, relocation, and renovation assistance, SHNO has made it possible for several hundred of the city’s musicians, second-line dancers, and Mardi Gras Indians to return home and begin rebuilding the city’s culture along with its buildings. Check them out, and consider donating. Their goal for this year is to stabilize 500 more individuals and they could use your help.