I saw an interesting piece of news on TechCruch about a new service called BeatDeck:

Does my music do better on Facebook or Twitter? Where should my next tour be? Is my new song too repetitive? Musicians can get free answers to these questions and more from BeatDeck…

Sounds pretty cool so I head over and start to check it out. It looks pretty cool and simple with a nice walk-through on getting set-up. I finish and my BeatDeck page looks strangely similar to my SoundCloud page.



Very similar, no? First question that comes to mind is do I need another system like SoundCloud? SoundCloud works quite well for me.

BeatDeck might offer some more features down the road but at the moment, I can’t see the benefit. I will mention that BeatDeck offer to connect with your account. Not sure if it is relevant but is owned by CBS.


I’ve recently started two courses offered by the Berklee College of Music on Songwriting and Introduction to Music Production. So far, both classes are pretty interesting and well presented.

If you haven’t heard about, it’s a place where you can take online classes from top schools around the world for free. The classes on Coursera are MOOC‘s (Massive Open Online Courses). Some of the classes have more than 100,000 students. These classes are presented with video lectures, supplemental readings, discussion forums and wikis. Like traditional courses, there are quizzes and assignments.

A few of the people I’ve talked to have found this intriguing and usually have that look in their eye that says “what’s the catch? How can this be free?” I have some thoughts on that. First, Coursera says in their vision:

we hope to give everyone access to the world-class education that has so far been available only to a select few. We want to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in.

For me, that is a good and noble cause. I can hear my brother-in-law in the background saying “goodwill doesn’t pay the bills!” Coursera does have some signature courses where, for a fee, students can get an official certificate from their school leading the course. They also have a careers section where students can be linked to employers (I assume for a fee to the employer). Coursera is relatively new (started in the fall of 2011) so there is a lot of data mining and learning that will be valuable to them and we can likely expect to see other ideas for monetization appearing in the future.

OK, that covers Coursera, what’s in it for the schools? Well, it seems to me that many schools know that they need to get into online training. This lets them get their feet wet without having to develop a ton of infrastructure to support their offerings. A lot of the courses I’m seeing are more introductory so there is certainly marketing value in this for them. There are openings for volunteers to translate the lectures which must have some value for the schools. And, it seems like some of the teachers have supplemental material, or are developing it, and again, there is a lot of data here that they can get to refine those offerings. I do want to point out that nothing so far has been overt selling or any implication that a student must buy extra material to succeed. So far, everything one needs is there.

I like the concept, I like the platform and I like the classes. I haven’t taken a course in a while and there’s a nice sense of accomplishment that comes with learning. I think I’ll update more on what’s happening with these classes as they progress.


Here’s a toe-tapping tribute to Motorhead we created and have cleverly called “We Wish We Were Motorhead”


We Wish We Were Motorhead

Fuck or fight, every night
Keep it clean, you know what I mean
We got the devil’s myth, we got the Iron Fist
We got the Snaggletooth, we’re living 80 proof

We wish we were Motorhead, that’s right

What would Lemmy do? We better ask the Road Crew
Another Perfect Day, y’know I’m having my say
Now don’t get me wrong, we got Orgasmatron
It’d be the end of days, without the Ace of Spades

We wish we were Motorhead, that’s right


I was at the bookstore with the kids and noticed there was a book out about my favourite bass player, Mr. Wrong, of Nomeansno 😉
A Book aboutMr. Wrong


A Book about Mr. Wrong - who knew?


This is pretty cool – a robot made out of scrap metal who can play Nomeansno – sure hope this doesn’t give the band any ideas 😉


Scream has a new album out and you can hear and download a cool new song called Stopwatch on their website.

I was looking at Scream’s website where you can download this hot track and noticed the call to get a babysitter and see them play. I can’t think of a better reason to get a babysitter but it’s funny as babysitter’s were the last thing on my mind last time I had the opportunity to see Scream play 😉

Aug 26, 2011: Playing at the Uptown in Oakland 2night! We go on 11:30PM. Get your ass off the couch! get a babysitter! do what u got to do! come on out!!

According to this interview with Toronto’s Exclaim magazine, Scream won’t be getting to Toronto, or Canada for that matter any time soon, because of that big line that separates Canada and the USA 😦


We got a new band together this summer and thought about calling ourselves Infinity Syndrome. Our manager screwed up so we went with what the flyer said:  Potluck. Here’s our intro song to the musical extravaganza!


I saw that some of my songs could be downloaded from beemp3 and thought it curious since I hadn’t put them there. I decided to check their site and this is what I found:

1. DOES NOT HOST any of the songs displayed on this site.
2. indexes these files which are located on remote servers which neither nor it’s affiliates have any connection with / control of / association with.
3. You download MP3 files from another host service. (NOT FROM BEEMP3.COM)
4. All music on is presented only for fact-finding listening.
5. You MUST remove a song from the computer after listening.
6. If You won’t delete files from the computer, You’ll break the copyrights protection laws.
7. All the rights on the songs are the property of their respective owners.
8. By using this site you agree to have read and understood our Terms Of Service.
9. We are just a SEARCH ENGINE, but we respect an Copyright Laws. So if You have found the link to an illegal mp3 file, please report it to Us through a “Report Copyrighted Link” Form. You can find it on every download form.
OR report it to Us webmaster[AT] We will remove it in 3-5 business days.

I did a little more sleuthing and it seemed to be that they had found the songs for download on Last.FM. Interesting.

The question then becomes, how does one benefit from their songs showing up on BeeMP3? My gut feel is that you get a small benefit in case someone finds your song and then goes to search for other songs of yours that they might like but the search engine doesn’t seem that great to me. More importantly, what I don’t know is how many people regularly use BeeMP3.

I think one of the most important things to do is to make sure your MP3’s have your proper band info, song title and contact info in them.