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Music

Should We Be Creating New Musical Instruments?

Every once in a while I get sent a link of a “new” music instrument that will “revolutionize” the music world. And every time I have the same reaction:  So what? Check out the video below of the Eigenharp that claims to be the most revolutionary new musical instrument of the last 60 years” The…

Next Big Sound is Hiring

Our latest investment, Next Big Sound is hiring.  Here is he scoop: Software Engineer – Products Interested in creating great products and tools for the music industry? We are seeking an experienced Software Engineer to join our engineering team. The position is full-time and is based in our main office in downtown Boulder, CO. Create…

Our Investment in Next Big Sound

We announced today our investment in Next Big Sound.  The full official Foundry Group release is here. Next Big Sound is an online music analytics and insights company located in Boulder, Colorado. They measure the growth and popularity of bands across major web properties and sell actionable insights around those data to band managers and…

The Alternate Routes – In Concert and Thinking About Music 2.0

Last night, I had the great pleasure of seeing the Alternate Routes open up for Carbon Leaf.  I’m a huge Alternate Routes fan and authored the following review of their first album under the "music" section of this blog: I want to sing like this guy and write lyrics that creep up on you like…

Dark Was The Night – Great CD for a Great Cause

My friend Julie Penner turned me onto a great CD recently – Dark Was the Night. It includes a who’s who list of indie rock including: Andrew Bird, Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, David Byrne, Cat Power, The Decemberists, Feist, Jose Gonzalez, Grizzly Bear, Iron & Wine, My Morning Jacket, The National, The New Pornographers, Spoon,…

So Funky – Sesame Street

My friend Geoffrey Manne pointed out that Sesame Street is the funkiest kids show of all time. This is simply awesome.  I feel sorry for kids today – they have nothing like this.  Stevie Freakin’ Wonder!  Instead, they get the Wiggles and Hannah Montana. Thank God I grew up in the 70’s and was privy…

If You Are into Human Beat Boxes…

And now for something completely different.  Perhaps the best flute and beat box combo that I’ve ever seen.  The fact that it’s inside the Google lounge makes it even more cool. 

Drummer Jokes 101

I used to think that I knew all the good drummer jokes, but lately there have been a few new ones.  (To me, at least).  In an effort to not only attack lawyers and accountants on my blog, I’ll turn the pen toward myself with my top 10 favorite drummer jokes.  Please feel free to…

Humbled on the Last Day of Teaching

Per my post yesterday, I am officially retired as an adjunct at the University of Colorado.  That of course didn’t stop my students from sending me off in "style." I was awarded two very special gifts.  First, I received the "Most Kick Ass Professor" award of 2009, complete with my own Karate action figure.  And…

Intermountain West Music Scene

My friend, Mark Solon of Highway 12 Ventures (A VC firm that I like very much) has a great post today on the music scene of the Intermountain West. Mark is an early-stage investor like us and focuses on the region west of the Rockies all the way to the Cascades and Sierras.  He decided…