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02: The Tuning Wars

2015-09-01 :: Between the Liner Notes

Back in the day, all the A-list philosophers and scientists argued over the best method for tuning a musical instrument. The battles they fought were some of the fiercest intellectual scuffles the western world has ever seen. In 2003, Stuart Isacoff published a book about those scuffles. The book focused on the history of one particular tuning system called Equal Temperament and how it emerged from the tuning-wars more popular than ever. In a weird twist of historical irony, when Stuart Isacoff published his book about Equal Temperament he found himself caught in the middle of a tuning scuffle of his own.…

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01: Bing Crosby, Magnetophons, & Nazis

2015-08-02 :: Between the Liner Notes

In the aftermath of World War II, the United States Military assigned a tech savvy GI named Jack Mullin the mission of investigating secret inventions left behind by the Nazis. Mullin’s journeys around Germany led him to a makeshift radio studio that had a device called the Magnetophon, the first reel-to-reel tape recorder that realistically recorded sound. After overcoming numerous obstacles, Jack Mullin managed to ship two machines back home to San Francisco. When he was released from military service, he demonstrated the Magnetophons for all the movie studios in Hollywood, but faced rejection from each one. Eventually, a famous crooner gave him a shot and invited Mullin to a trial by fire audition that would change recorded sound forever.…

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episode 18: The Founders of Jamplify.com

2013-04-15 :: Between the Liner Notes
Length: 21s

It's no secret that word-of-mouth advertising is still an extremely effective marketing force for musicians, and nothing has been more potent than the traditional street team. The music technology company Jamplify developed a platform that allows artists to harness that power on the internet by rewarding fans who most actively spread the word with "Scratchhbacks," or premiums, unique to each artist. Listen as founders Andy Pickens and Moses Soyoola talk about how they first met while surreptitiously watching an Olympic Soccer game on Moses's laptop while in economics class and months later began creating a platform that focuses on the gamification of sharing an artist's content online. They discuss how clients like Lynard Skynard and Bruno Mars have leveraged their platform, and of their plans to expand Jamplify beyond one-off marketing campaigns and into a database of influential fans that can be capitalized on time and time again. Exclusively on Between the Liner Notes.…

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episode 17: John Franck - SVP of marketing at Razor and Tie Records

2013-02-05 :: Between the Liner Notes
Length: 43s

Founded in 1990, New York-based Razor & Tie Records is one of the fastest growing independent entertainment companies in the United States. John Franck, senior vice president of marketing, believes that rock is truly here to stay and has the statistics to prove it. While the majors have been shying away from signing hard rock acts, the innovative Razor & Tie has taken the opposite tact and doubled down on them. Listen to this one-on-one interview as Franck discusses signing acts like the Grammy-nominated metalcore band Hatebreed, his marketing strategies in the digital era, how Razor & Tie got it's unique name, and where the label is heading in 2013. Hear this and more, exclusively on Between the Liner Notes.…

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episode 16: George Gilbert part 2 - How the Deals Go Down

2013-01-08 :: Between the Liner Notes
Length: 51s

Stepping away from radio promotion to attend law school, George Gilbert began a record label with the intent of licensing out-of-print R&B titles from Atlantic Records. When financing fell through, George began working on the musical reunion of Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman that would eventually result in the release of the multi-platinum 'Bat Out of Hell 2'. Listen to part two of Gilbert's interview as he explains how he convinced label executives that despite having four consecutive flops, Meat Loaf was still as popular as ever. He also tells of how the key man clause in Whitney Houston's contact saved Clive Davis's job; why musicians are often afraid to audit their record labels; and how the upcoming battle over copyright termination rights is going to be one fierce fight. Hear this and more, exclusively on Between the Liner Notes.…

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episode 15: From Record Store Clerk to Regional Radio Promoter - George Gilbert Interview Part One

2012-12-12 :: Between the Liner Notes
Length: 46s

Syracuse University’s WAER-FM, with a history of on-air personalities including the young Lou Reed and sportscaster Bob Costas, was one of the few college radio stations in the country reporting their playlists to Billboard Magazine in the early seventies. As such, music director George Gilbert became a key target of promotions departments at every record label, big and small. After graduation, George used his network of industry contacts to procure the newly-created position of Radio Promoter of Southern New England at Elektra/Asylum Records. Listen to part one of George Gilbert’s two part interview as he discusses the advent of the AOR format, learning to use leverage to convince disc jockeys to play albums, and rising to become one of the top radio promoters in the Northeast. Exclusively on Between the Liner Notes.…

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episode 14: Jerry Rubino

2012-11-28 :: Between the Liner Notes
Length: 54s

Jerry Rubino is a radio man who has seen the broadcast industry from every angle. Landing his first job on commercial radio at New York's WPLJ, then moving to producing/hosting shows for Z-100 & WLIR (two of the largest rock stations in the nation's largest radio market), he then went to Bar/None Records where he learned the promotion side. Moving to indie giants Rough Trade, Chrysalis, and Radioactive Records, Rubino experienced the alt-rock explosion from the inside, seeing how the industry reacted. Listen to this exclusive interview as Jerry tells about hanging out with the Ramones, promoting Live's first album, getting in on the ground floor of satellite radio, and the state of radio today. Only on Between the Liner Notes.…

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episode 13: The Founders of Rap Genius

2012-11-13 :: Between the Liner Notes
Length: 29s

One October night in 2009 Mahbod Moghadam, Tom Lehman, & Ilan Zechory found themselves deep in an analytical discussion about some verses by rapper Cam'ron. That night they brainstormed an idea to widen the conversation beyond the living room to the internet - and created RapGenius.com, a unique website that allows users to annotate specific lines of lyrics with explanations, graphics and videos. Filling the void left by the swarm of inferior, pop-up ad-riddled lyric sites and creating a new model, Rap Genius surged in popularity and soon caught the eye of superangel venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, investors of Twitter. Discover how Rap Genius plans to use their fifteen million dollar underwriting to grow the company beyond rap lyrics to include other genres and disciplines such as art, poetry, law, religious studies, and politics -- turning Rap Genius into the world's primary repository for information and the net's most heavily trafficked website. They've got 99 problems but lack of ambition ain't one. Listen to the exclusive interview, only on Between the Liner Notes.…

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episode 12: Larry Mills

2012-11-04 :: Between the Liner Notes
Length: 48s

Although Larry Mills has worn many hats in the music industry, his career has always focused on the success of independent artists. At age 22 he founded Atlanta based Steam Records which issued early releases by Lisa Loeb and Rusted Root. He then expanded his reach by founding Autonomous Records, helping bands like Sister Hazel and Creed penetrate markets throughout the southeastern United States. Next, he entered into music licensing as VP of Marketing and Partnerships for the trailblazing music licensing company Pump Audio and later becoming the first-ever VP of Strategic Marketing for Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Mills' current company Music Media Advisors works with We Are the Hits to monetize user-generated content on YouTube. Listen to this exclusive interview as Larry discusses his experiences in the industry trenches and shares the valuable insights he has gleaned from running two indie labels, empowering indie artists to license their music, and helping YouTube teen stars earn an income from singing cover songs in their living room. Only on Between The Liner Notes.…

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episode 11: Mantis Evar - Indaba Music

2012-10-18 :: Between the Liner Notes
Length: 46s

From his humble beginnings of working in the mail room of Capitol Records to hanging with Willie Nelson in the back of his tour bus, Mantis Evar's career in the music industry could be a movie script. Hear Mantis describe how his knowledge and love of music, musicians, studio gear, and marketing -- mixed with hard work -- took him from the mail room to co-founding the innovative online musician's community Indaba Music. Evar tells of singing songs with Kenny Loggins and Arif Mardin in the Blue Note offices, of how leaving an anonymous note on label head Bruce Lundvall's chair turned the company around, of introducing Willie Nelson to a then new and unknown artist named Norah Jones, and much more. Exclusively on Between the Liner Notes.…

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episode 10: Stephen O' Regan - Balcony TV

2012-10-09 :: Between the Liner Notes
Length: 24s

In 2006, on a rare sunny day in Dublin Ireland, BalconyTV co-founder Stephen O' Regan and his flatmates cleaned off their under-used balcony to begin staging live music performances there, sharing them via their website. The clips went viral and soon emails arrived from all around the world with requests to produce balcony performance videos in their home cities. 6 years, 7,600 videos, and over 30 million views later BalconyTV has spread to 35 cities across the globe, with artists ranging from Mumford & Sons to regional phenomena-gone-platinum like Dublin's The Script. Listen to this exclusive interview as Stephen O' Regan tells the story of how BalconyTV itself became a phenomenon, and what he sees for its future. Only on Between the Liner Notes.…

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episode 9: Moses Avalon

2012-10-02 :: Between the Liner Notes
Length: 38s

After witnessing many artists get scammed by the music industry, Moses Avalon withdrew from his lucrative career as a music producer to reinvent himself as an artists' rights advocate. Skipping the often vague legalese, he penned the groundbreaking book Confessions of a Record Producer explaining the intricacies and pitfalls of the music business in language musicians could understand. Moses is now one of the leading industry experts in the world. Listen to this exclusive interview as he shares his outspoken opinions about the state of the record business, the longevity of the compact disc, 360 degree record contracts, the controversial SOPA and PIPA bills, and more.  Only on Between the Liner Notes.…

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episode 8: Natalie York

2012-09-26 :: Between the Liner Notes
Length: 22s

Described as "Soulful, warm, and sophisticated" by the Washington Post, Brooklynite Natalie York has always had songwriting in her blood. Listen as she discusses everything from passing notes with lyric ideas back and forth in her 5th grade class while growing up in Virginia, to becoming an independent artist and learning how to manage her own business. Amidst the stories Natalie gives live performances of songs from her album Threads and previews brand new material never before recorded. Hear it all, only in this exclusive interview on Between the Liner Notes.…

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episode 7: Liv Buli - Data Journalist for Next Big Sound

2012-09-18 :: Between the Liner Notes
Length: 37s

Next Big Sound has been culling terabytes of data from the internet since 2009, tracking every view, stream, "like", and "follow" a musician receives. In an effort to reveal the narrative hidden within this data, Next Big Sound teamed up with Liv Buli -- making her the world's first music data journalist. Listen to episode seven of Between the Liner Notes as Liv explains the process of using data as the basis for reporting, and how the newly-popular concept of Big Data will shape the future of journalism, the music business, and the world. She discusses topics ranging from her accurate prediction of the winner in the Best New Artist category at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards -- to the social media ramifications of Miley Cyrus' new hairstyle. Hear the complete interview exclusively on Between the Liner Notes.…

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episode 6: Indaba Music

2012-09-04 :: Between the Liner Notes
Length: 45s

Indaba Music is an online music community that lets musicians collaborate, trade feedback about each other's work, and participate in opportunities such as contests for remixing and songwriting for popular artists. Listen to this Between the Liner Notes exclusive as two of Indaba's founding members, Dan Zaccagnino and Jesse Chan-Norris, discuss how they grew the company from an idea to over 750,000 members, and the hurdles they encountered along the way.…

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episode 5: Jeff Rabhan - Chair of NYU's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music

2012-08-22 :: Between the Liner Notes
Length: 31s

When a fateful timeshare tour in Sedona Arizona lead to a chance meeting with the then-unknown singer/songwriter Michelle Branch, Jeff Rabhan became her manager and helmed Branch's meteoric rise to stardom. Michelle's success launched Jeff's career as one of the top artist managers in the world, with a client roster soon including artists such as Kelly Clarkson, Everlast, and Kelis. Rabhan's company Three Ring Projects released Elliott Yamin's debut album independently and broke the record for most units sold by an independent artist. Currently, Jeff serves as Chair of NYU's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music and uses his experience to guide students through the treacherous and ever-changing waters of the music industry.  Listen to Jeff Rabhan share his stories and hard fought wisdom exclusively on Between the Liner Notes. …

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episode 4: Kevin Maney - Author of Trade-Off

2012-08-14 :: Between the Liner Notes
Length: 40s

While a technology journalist at USA Today, Kevin Maney began to recognize a pattern that all successful products and brands follow: they are all either extremely high quality (high fidelity) or super convenient. He took his theories to the successful CEOs who inspired them and soon revealed these concepts in his USA Today column. The article generated more emails from his readers than he had ever received and he quickly decided to detail his new concepts in a book, Trade-Off: Why Some Things Catch On, and Others Don’t. Listen to this Between the Liner Notes exclusive as Kevin explains the Fidelity-Convenience trade-off and how it not only applies to the music industry but, could have saved it from the post-Napster implosion.…

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episode 3: John Raso - The Harry Fox Agency

2012-08-10 :: Between the Liner Notes
Length: 50s

John Raso is a music industry journeyman who has found himself in the middle of many historic moments. He watched indie giant SST Records unravel when it began to oversaturate their fan base with too many record releases, and he was at Atlantic Records when the gangster rap controversy tore Warner Music Group apart. Listen to the latest episode of Between the Liner Notes as John talks about getting Sugar Ray on the Howard Stern Show, buying the underage band Live beer, and working at MCA records with an intern named Puff Daddy. He discusses his current role at The Harry Fox Agency and analyzes the new economics that streaming media and the internet have brought to the music industry. Listen exclusively on Between the Liner Notes.…

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episode 2: Deborah Newman - MusicStrat.com

2012-08-10 :: Between the Liner Notes
Length: 52s

When no one else at Columbia Records believed that MTV or the music video format would be anything more than a passing fad, Deborah Newman embraced them both, becoming responsible for executive producing music videos and live television performances for the label. She soon found herself spearheading a new division of CBS Records, creating long-form music programming for television and home video. Listen to the latest interview on Between the Liner Notes as Deborah tells stories about touring the USSR with Billy Joel while producing his “Live From Leningrad” HBO special and home video and working on the Peabody award winning documentary “John Hammond: From Bessie Smith to Bruce Springsteen,” an American Masters PBS special. Always the trailblazer, Deborah began working with music internet companies like N2K’s Music Boulevard, PressPlay and Muze. Also a licensed attorney, she talks in depth about how outdated copyright law and new methods of digital music distribution have created hurdles for music technology startup companies. She founded her consulting company MusicStrat to help startups like turntable.fm navigate the treacherous waters of music licensing in the digital age. Listen to these tales from a music pioneer exclusively on Between the Liner Notes.…

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episode 1: Richard Barone

2012-08-10 :: Between the Liner Notes
Length: 1s

Richard Barone began his long career in the music industry while in Florida at age sixteen when a chance meeting with Tiny Tim led to his first job producing a major act. He eventually made his way to Hoboken, New Jersey where he convinced the owner of Maxwell’s Pub to allow his newly formed band the Bongos to be the first act ever to perform there. Soon, the Bongos were discovered in Hoboken and signed to a record label which led to the recording of their first album and first international tour. Since that moment Richard’s career has taken many fascinating turns on both major and independent labels allowing him to work with many legends of the music world as songwriter, performer, record producer and concert promoter.…

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Between the Liner Notes is a documentary style podcast about music, why it is the way it is and how it got to be that way. Episodes are released the first Monday of every month.

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