Dialogue Inc | Radioshow #11 | March


Dialogue Incorporated | March Newsletter
Dialogue Incorporated Radio #11

Compiled, mixed, and hosted by Mister Joshua
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Letter from the Editor

LIFELIKE IN AN ALL DIGITAL WORLD
By Joshua P. Ferguson

Product \ präd-ukt\ n
  • Anything that is produced, whether as the result of generation, growth, labor, or thought, or by the operation of involuntary causes; as, the products of the season, or of the farm; the products of manufactures; the products of the brain.

2.0 \ tü-pöint-oh\ adj
  • A perceived second generation of web development and design that aims to facilitate communication, secure information sharing, and collaboration on the Word Wide Web. Concepts have led to the development and evolution of web-based communities, hosted services, and applications.

It is with the utmost confidence that, as I try to make some headway on this subject of digital technology and the music industry, I know I’m treading on an issue that has some level of personal significance to most of you, Dialogue Inc’s faithful readers. Obviously it does for us as well. We exist entirely as a web entity – the blog: web only. Our Facebook and Myspace pages: web. Our podcast: digital download. Our musical content: … Wait for it… Digital. Even releases we feature that were only released on vinyl get encoded digitally before making it onto the show. It’s not like we’re outside of the norm either. Look at popular culture today. itunes. ipods. Netflix play instantly. It was a conversation about the true worth of digital books for Amazon’s Kindle that sparked this whole digital meditation in the first place.

Almost all of today’s media and entertainment products come in a digital format now and in a lot of cases, said digital format’s sales far out gross their physical counterparts. Ultimately because of this shift in product form, many a conversation arises as to the larger implications of this sea change in entertainment consumption. When the topic was the Kindle, it was how we’d much rather spend $15 on the actual book than $9 for its digital alter ego. It was easy to turn our nose up and see it was a more worthwhile endeavor to read an actual book then to sit, staring at the words on a screen. When you shift to discussing a movie or song in digital, the lines are much more blurry. Most, for example, might prefer watching a movie on the net because you can utilize HD technology that might not have made it into your living room yet (and you wouldn’t have to spend 3 times the amount to buy the Blue Ray).

But we all know that it’s digital music that should be under the spotlight here. I’d like to do this without getting into the whole stereophonic sound quality discussion. We all know that mp3’s don’t sound as good. Even within mp3’s we know there’s varying degrees of quality. We also know records take up a lot of space and weigh a lot more. Nuff said. Rather, I’d like to take a cue from the always-enlightening Bill Maher and discuss what he referred to as a lotto mentality, or the increasingly prevalent American mentality of something for nothing. I know this might border on that stereotypical grandfather/grandson conversation about how many miles uphill he walked each way barefoot in year round snow to go to school and how much character it built but it does have a ring or truth to it. The move to digital and the ease of access it offers has seriously degraded people’s perception of quality of product and therefore what they’re willing to pay for it (and that’s if they intend to pay at all).

I read yesterday that torrent site Pirate Bay has created a Virtual Private Network (VPN) site to sidestep new laws in their native Sweden that would force Internet providers to turn over personal info for suspected copyright violators. The new laws are abbreviated IPRED (Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive), the new Pirate Bay site is very fondly entitled IPREDator.

By now we’re all guilty of downloading something off the net in a not so legal fashion. Man, I lost more than one PC to the virus-plagued practice of frequenting Napster or Kazaa. But the sheer self-entitled audacity of a move like Pirate Bay’s is a big middle finger to all producers, musicians, actors, writers, etc who choose to make their living in this business we call entertainment. What part of our brain is it, I wonder, that defies logic in convincing us that we deserved this particular something that someone toiled over for free? That we should have these things bestowed upon us.

As a result of this across-the-board degradation of perceived worth there’s also been a subsequent dip in quality, specifically in music, that finds its way onto the digital marketplace. Today’s bedroom producers and blogging enthusiasts are remixing and re-editing mp3’s willy-nillly and then putting them back up for download in their typically bastardized, half-assed, and regurgitated form with complete disregard to the original artists or their bank accounts. Then we all go and download them and play them on our radio shows perpetuating the whole cycle. HaHaHa. Crickets. Silence. The hypocrisy stings a little bit but welcome to life (and some of them are damn fun to play).

So please welcome, everyone, Product 2.0. It’s officially here and it’s here to stay. What do we do from here? Farms and factories aren’t exactly the sure thing they once were so we best turn to our own mental faculties to help us navigate in our new wiki-world. Personally I say embrace the digital. Its convenience and efficiency are unparalleled and it offers amazing opportunities when wielded properly. The key is to be conscious of the proper height for the bar of quality and make sure what ever you’re entering into cyberspace stays above it. As consumers, lets also be aware of this bar and if the product makes the grade, lets shell out the few bucks to download it off their website.

With that, let the conversation begin!

Jpf

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Every third or fourth show its nice for us to step back from having a guest and do a full on Dialogue Inc showcase of the heavy hitters in our world. Now that we’re a full quarter of the way into 2009 that’s what this show is all about. Starting things off with a three fold mash-up from local Chi-Town heroes Hood Internet, we get a taste of The Friendly Fires, Aeroplane, and Bon Iver all rolled into one. Be sure to stay tuned over the next couple months if you like what you hear because we’ll be featuring a full-length guest mix from the Hood in May.

From here the gloves come off as some 70 bpm battles break out. Contemporary shoegazers Asobi Seksu vs Twins, Lefties Soul vs the jigga man, Joker vs indie-pop starlet Little Boots, Austin’s BP vs the Thuggish Ruggish Bone, and so on.

There’s a healthy bit of debut material in the mix as well, with brand new material from Tosca, Telefon Tel Aviv, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Gui Boratto, Camera Obscura, Fever Ray, and Junior Boys. Everyone named has a new album out in the last month or one coming up so be on the lookout for all this wonderful new music.

We end things on a seriously mellow tip, which is all right with us. Spring is quickly approaching and some of these tunes are perfect fodder for anticipating the suns re-emergence. We’re especially in love with the new Fever Ray single. One half of Swedish act The Knife, Fever Ray is a new project from Karin Dreijer Andersson and her debut single “When I Grow Up” is aural ecstasy. Quiet Village also did a blissful job with their reworking of Pacifika. It’s definitely a mellow bordering on new age but we love it anyway. Finishing things off we’ve got this great trip-hoppy b-side from Tricky, and new soundtrack work from one of our favorite bands ever, The Cinematic Orchestra. Check out our full review of their new release here:

Also check out these posts to the blog that we've done since last time:

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Dialogue Incorporated Radio Show #11
Compiled, mixed, and hosted by Mister Joshua

Tracklisting:

1st Hour

Bon Iver vs Friendly Fires/Aeroplane “Lump Sum of Paris” (Hood Internet mix) – cdr
Asobi Seksu “Familiar Light” (Twins remix) – cdr
Jay-z vs Lefties Soul Connection “Frankie’s Party Life” – MPM
Santogold “Shuv It” – Downtown
Little Boots “Meddle” (Joker remix) – cdr
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony “Crossroads” (Bird Peterson remix) – cdr
Keri Hilson “Turn Me On” – Interscope
Metronomy “A Thing for Me” (breakbot remix) – Because
Tosca “Rosa” – G Stone
Telefon Tel Aviv “You Are the Worst Thing in the World” – Bpitch Control
Cage & Aviary “Television Train” – DFA
Joubert Singers “Stand on the Word” (Hot Coins remix) – Tirk
A Mountain of One “Ride” (Time & Space Machine remix) – 10 Worlds
D. Lissvik “Track 9” – Information
House of House “Rushing to Paradise (Walkin’ These Streets)” – Whatever We Want
Gang Gang Dance “House Jam” (Them Jeans remix) – Warp
Flosstradamus “Big Bills” – Green Label Sound
Woolfy “Oh Missy” – Rong
!!! “Yadnus” (Still Going remix) - Warp

2nd Hour

Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Zero” – Interscope
Temper Trap “Sweet Disposition” – Liberation
Gui Boratto “No Turning Back” – Kompakt
Hey Champ “Cold Dust Girl” – 1st & 15th
Camera Obscura “My Maudlin Career” – 4AD
Fujiya & Miyagi “Collarbone” – Deaf, Dumb, & Blind
Xaver Naudascher, Paul Mogg, Rosalind Blair “Connections” (Ewan Pearson remix) – Supersoul/DFA
Serge Gainsbourg “Bonnie & Clyde” (DJ APT remix) – cdr
Marina & the Diamonds “Obsessions” (Pink Stallone remix) – cdr
Fever Ray “When I Grow Up” – Rabid
Junior Boys “Parallel Lines” – Domino
Pacifika “Sweet” (Quiet Village remix) – Six Degrees
Tricky “Numb” – Domino
The Cinematic Orchestra “Crimson Skies” - Disney


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