Harmony Central Forums
Announcement
Collapse
No announcement yet.

Free

Collapse



X
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Free

    Downloads, that is

    Well.....why not?

    www.soundcloud.com/songwriter101
    new album - smoke
    forum - the asylum

  • #2
    Always leading the pack, eh? Now U2 is making their album available for free on iTunes. Yes, even U2 can't sell albums...well, except to Apple, of course.
    N E W S O N G ! To Say 'No' Would Be a Crime (Remix) is now streamable from my YouTube channel.

    Subscribe, like, and share the links!

    Comment


    • #3
      I haven't bothered with U2 since The Joshua Tree. But hey, look at the publicity they're getting from this Apple tie-in

      I had some 'business' cards printed before I went on holiday to Majorca. They had my name and Soundcloud link on them. My intention was to leave them lying around in the various resorts we visited whilst there

      During our time in Majorca I completely forgot I had them. Doh!

      I'm not very good at this self-promotion thang
      new album - smoke
      forum - the asylum

      Comment


      • #4
        Originally posted by MarkydeSad View Post
        I'm not very good at this self-promotion thang
        You have to find someone who is willing to make an investment in you and then work their ass off to recoup their investment after you deliver the product.
        As a human being, you come with the whole range of inner possibilities
        from the deepest hell to the highest states.

        It is up to you which one you choose to explore
        .

        Comment


        • #5
          Originally posted by MarkydeSad View Post
          I haven't bothered with U2 since The Joshua Tree. But hey, look at the publicity they're getting from this Apple tie-in

          [...])
          I bought Boy (first album) when it came out based on a few tunes on the radio and, after listening all the way through twice, gave the record to my buddy's kid, who traded it for a GBH album.

          I'm very much not a fan. There was a phase at my local coffee house when about half the baristas were playing U2 all the time. That was when I realized how nice the sidewalk cafe section was...


          I'm not sure a giveaway that turns mega-cyber-reverse-platinum was necessarily what they had in mind...
          Last edited by blue2blue; 09-18-2014, 09:58 AM.
          .

          music and social links | recent listening

          Comment


          • #6
            Well let's be somewhat fair here. The connection between U2 and Apple goes back quite a ways. There were those special edition "Red" iPods with engraved signatures awhile back and Apple has worked with Bono on charity stuff in the past. So if they were going to pick a band to work with on this, U2 would be their obvious first choice.

            As far as anyone personally being a fan or not? Whatever. That's just personal taste. Some people love 'em. Some people hate 'em. Most fall somewhere in the middle. Pretty much like every other musical act in the world. Personally, I fall somewhere in the middle.

            U2's biggest failing at this point might be just never breaking up. How many other bands can say they've had the same original members for 38 years? That alone is a pretty amazing feat. ZZ Top might be the only band to do that for longer. And there's only 3 of those guys.

            "Mysterious Ways" was playing over the speakers at the supermarket this morning though. Took me back to 1991-92 when "Achtung Baby" was huge. Great times. Great album. Saw that "Zoo TV" tour that year too. Great show.
            ______________

            Comment


            • #7
              Don't forget the US Festival, which provided big momentum to the band; the press corps were fawning and starry-eyed when Bono climbed around in the rigging or whatever he did. It was sponsored by Wozniak, I guess, and not Apple, but it was a connection.
              .

              music and social links | recent listening

              Comment


              • #8
                That stunt nearly cost him his life - as I understand it, it almost didn't hold his weight. He could have easily fallen to his death.

                And FWIW, up to and including Achtung Baby, I generally like the band quite a bit. I bought their records and saw them live several times. War is one of my favorite albums, and Joshua Tree and Unforgettable Fire are both great records too IMHO. As far as Pop and the later albums, I just never really put any time into checking them out... which is probably not all that uncommon in this post-album Internet world we live in, and that, along with changing demographics and tastes, is probably at least partially responsible for their lessened popularity today.
                **********

                "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."

                - George Carlin

                "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

                - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

                "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

                - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

                Comment


                • #9
                  Originally posted by blue2blue View Post
                  Don't forget the US Festival, which provided big momentum to the band; the press corps were fawning and starry-eyed when Bono climbed around in the rigging or whatever he did. It was sponsored by Wozniak, I guess, and not Apple, but it was a connection.
                  Yeah, Wozniak had left Apple the year before.
                  ______________

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Phil O'Keefe View Post
                    And FWIW, up to and including Achtung Baby, I generally like the band quite a bit. I bought their records and saw them live several times. War is one of my favorite albums, and Joshua Tree and Unforgettable Fire are both great records too IMHO. As far as Pop and the later albums, I just never really put any time into checking them out...
                    I'm in the same boat as you, although I did check out their later stuff. They definitely took a deliberate left turn after "Achtung Baby". Which I thought was cool because it was deliberate, but it wasn't really my thing so I kind of lost interest in them after that. "All That You Can't Leave Behind" was just so-so, but I think the hit singles on that album were as strong as any they had done before, which is saying quite a bit for a band already 20+ years into their career at that point. Even if they were just kind of painting-by-numbers with the songs at that point.

                    "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb". hmmmm....well, I think "Vertigo" was a really good single and still like that song a lot when I hear it.

                    "No Line On The Horizon". I didn't even know that album existed, so there's that post-album internet world for ya. It's possible I'd recognize one of the singles if I heard it, but the song titles don't ring a bell for me.
                    ______________

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      I think some of the backlash may be due to the solopsistic nature of the internet these days. It's all about ME! It's MY playlist, it's MY iTunes account, and don't stick your fingers in there! Giving a free rock album away is a bit more reminiscent of the hippie mentality.
                      Last edited by Anderton; 09-18-2014, 06:22 PM. Reason: this text editor does not like me
                      N E W S O N G ! To Say 'No' Would Be a Crime (Remix) is now streamable from my YouTube channel.

                      Subscribe, like, and share the links!

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        As long as they don't try to attach it to the back of my cereal box, I'm OK with it....
                        ______________

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by guido61 View Post

                          Yeah, Wozniak had left Apple the year before.
                          Right. I should have mentioned that. I guess I figure if I know a bit of Apple lore (Wozniak leaving), I assume everyone does.
                          Last edited by blue2blue; 09-19-2014, 09:20 AM.
                          .

                          music and social links | recent listening

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            Sorry for yet another thread derail Mark, but every time I see your thread title, I think of these guys...

                            **********

                            "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."

                            - George Carlin

                            "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

                            - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

                            "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

                            - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by MarkydeSad View Post
                              I haven't bothered with U2 since The Joshua Tree.
                              I picked up The Unforgettable Fire when it came out. When The Joshua Tree arrived, I was eager to see how they could possibly follow up the brilliance of TUF, and discovered they hadn't. They'd pop-i-fied (like Genesis did after Hackett left) and I was very disappointed. I felt it was particularly an insult to all the powerful Northern Ireland political songs they'd done.


                              Mark, we hit Black Market Daydreams for the first time yesterday with our almost-complete band lineup. The guitarists (we have two) were having a lot of fun with it, and noted that it's critical to hit the verse/chorus transitions exactly right and perfectly together. Everyone loves it, and we're already talking about how we'll adapt it to our style.

                              We did record the practice, but I'm not going to post any of it because it has me on vocals -- we had a serious issue with our lead singer -- and my vocals make yours sound like Caruso. While I did "sing" it, my vocal range is severely limited and so it's either too low in the verse, or slightly too high in the chorus and way high for me in the middle 8. That of course is why the band has a real lead singer who isn't me.
                              Last edited by Iamthesky; 09-22-2014, 11:12 AM.

                              Martyn Wheeler (playing synthesizers/organ like it's 1973 in England)

                              now: Fredfin Wallaby
                              was: The Gonzo Symphonic

                              Comment













                              Working...
                              X