Indie Publishing Data Points

Some related data points, for your consideration:

Amazon to start selling Kindles via AT&T stores. An additional 2000 retail outlets, nation-wide, on top of Best Buy, Target, Staples (and of course the main site).

Rumor circulating that Amazon might start offering a Kindle free to Amazon Prime members. The razor/blade model — here’s the device, since we know we’ll make money on what you purchase to fill it.

26-year-old Amanda Hocking, top selling indie author on Kindle — on pace to make $1 MILLION this year. 100K units per month, priced between 99 cents and 2.99, of which she keeps 70%.

As the first line of the last linked article says: Welcome to disruption.

…and this is exactly the sort of thing that I’ll be covering in my forthcoming podcast, Insurgent Creative, which will launch in April. (was originally going to be March, but I’ve got a house to move in the coming 30 days, and doubt my ability to do both).

Friday Music

OK, here we go again:

The Foo Fighters have a new album coming in April, produced by Butch Vig (who was the producer of Nirvana’s Nevermind). The first single from the album has been popping up on music blogs all over the web. Sounds pretty damned good: Foo Fighters – “Rope.”

Been listening to Hooverphonic’s last album with original vocalist Geike Arnaert, 2008’s President of the LSD Golf Club. A bit more straightforward than their usual trip-hoppy sound, but still plays through my head as soundtrack pieces from imaginary Bond movies. Hooverphonic – “50 Watt.” Has anyone heard the new stuff with the new vocalist? Post in comments.

Ah, the 90s. Back then, we didn’t care what a “Hobo Humpin’ Slobo Babe” was. Nobody knew. Didn’t matter. The song was odd, and slammin’. That’s all we needed. Whale – “Hobo Humpin’ Slobo Babe.”

As per usual, the underground/alternative hip-hop scene — the *true* hip-hop scene — continues to produce material that leaves the corporate bitches-and-bling crap in the dust. Here’s a brilliant bit of work en EspaƱol from French-born Chilean MC Ana Tijoux. Love the mix on this. Anna Tijoux – “1977.”

Watched Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome on cable last weekend. I can still recite that movie from memory (I saw it something like 7 times when it was released), and I am still struck at just how good the soundtrack is. “We Don’t Need Another Hero”, with its children’s choir, was the big single — but I really prefer this somewhat darker track from the opening titles: Tina Turner – “One of the Living.”

Lastly, in solidarity with the union protesters in Wisconsin, I post the following: Billy Bragg – “There Is Power In A Union.” Hang in there, folks.

Friday Music

I haven’t done one of these in a while. It’s long past time.

I posted (via Twitter) a killer video featuring an evil magical schoolgirl doing an amazing pole-dance to a brilliant dubstep remix of the Harry Potter theme. Sure enough, an MP3 is available. So here it is: Terabyte Frenzy – “Harry Potter and the Half-Dub Remix.”

Another track based on another brilliant video (which I’m sure most of you have seen, and if not: here ya go) of two cellists doing a ripping cover of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal”. I’d love to see more work from these guys. Stjepan Hauser and Luka Sulic – “Smooth Criminal (for two cellos).”

Radiohead is releasing a new album tomorrow! King of Limbs will go live tomorrow, but you can pre-order right now. The first single has been leaked — Radiohead -“Lotus Flower.”

Gary Moore, late of Thin Lizzy, died a couple of weeks back. One of my friends in the UK posted a video from a solo record in the 80s that I had completely forgotten about, and hadn’t heard in years: Gary Moore – “Shapes of Things To Come.”

A complete gear-shift for the next couple of songs. First, a “smooth 70s” track that I’ve always loved — a lot of this genre was overproduced, soulless crap, but some of it was wonderful, and formed a sonic backdrop to my childhood, so is always associated with good memories. This song is fairly obviously built on an absolutely brilliant lyric (“Oz never did give nothing to the Tin Man that he didn’t already have.”), filled out by some Oh Wowwwww psychedelia. Love it. America – “Tin Man.”

Second track which some might find out of place for me: I’m *really* not a fan of Katy Perry. Her first single (“I Kissed a Girl”) was infectious, but it soon became more than obvious that she’s ex-Christian-music product, dabbling in titillation from a purely marketing-driven effort. That said — I *love* this song. I heard it the first few times without realizing who it was, and soon found myself in one of those uncomfortable situations where you like a song by someone you really don’t like. Screw it. Don’t Judge. This is a great pop song — catchy, uplifting and well-crafted. Katy Perry – “Firework.”

Jason Blair pointed me in the direction of this song earlier today — it’s the theme of the Canadian TV series ReGenesis, done by a “band” called “Behavior” — which is really just the name used by composer Michael McCann, who has done scores for videogames like Splinter Cell, Deus Ex, Tom Clancy’s Endwar, etc. This is pretty much right up my alley — a great bit of cinematic trip-hop, sweeping instrumentation, killer beats and smoky vocals. Behavior – “Anywhere But Here (feat. Andrea Revel).”

An amazing ode to the city I love, which captures the way a lot of us feel about how the city has changed. “Like a death in the heart, Jesus where do I start? But you’re still the one pool where I’d happily drown.” LCD Soundsystem – “New York, I Love You, but You’re Bringing Me Down.”

Enjoy, kids. I won’t wait as long to post another one.