Now introducing music legend Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
The Grammy's took us to lavish world of make-believe (in 3-D), Pitchfork defended its honor, and some bands you might know endorse selling out (it's more complicated than it sounds). January is out, and February is just getting warmed up! (no it isn't).
- The Grammys aired on CBS, some people won some stuff. The Music Industry got to play dress up for one night, ironically flaunting monster performances and giving out awards while the floor is coming out from under them. On the plus side, Imogen Heap got to wear her Twitter feed dress. On the minus side, you needed 3-D glasses to see it. [See the Grammy winners]
- Pitchfork editor Scott Plagenhoef ranted about Pitchfork on a messageboard. A lot of us read the I Love Music message board, so it is no surprise a lively chat about the annual Pazz & Jop poll sprung up with some notable names. The surprise came when Plagenhoef entered the discussion to make some smarmy statements about the size of Pitchfork's influence. See some of his commentary here.
- Chomeo/Black Kids talked about branding at MIDEM. For those of you wondering, MIDEM is a large Music Industry annual conference. Some guys in Wisconsin proposed brand strategies as a way to fund artists (old news) but left out the Pepsi stickers and replaced them with companies getting partial ownership of artist's copyrights. Something has gone terribly, terribly wrong. [via Billboard (of course)]
Will we have six more weeks of winter? Find out tomorrow in the exciting conclusion of our two day Groundhog watch. -joe puglisi