Dear Terrestrial Radio – An Open Letter for Improvement

Monday, June 15, 2015 at 6:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Industry   Hi. I still listen to you. Not as much as I did in college while working at a bakery, listening to KROQ and K-EARTH. But I still do, when streaming audio gets choked by unreliable Wi-Fi. Or the perils of selecting literally any song becomes my Sophie’s Choice. You are a passive listening experience, but I can’t just sit back and consume obediently anymore.   Look, I understand your audiences are increasingly looking to other media for... READ MORE

The Joys and Turmoil of Record Shopping in 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Industry What was once an antiquated sport of the nebbish and the meticulous has now become a widespread phenomenon. No, not chess. We’re talking record collecting. Gradually, the disappearing species of music stores evolved (or revolved) into vinyl creatures with needles so pristine and true. Audiophiles rejoice! Your time has yet again risen! But in this jubilation and celebration of the musical record comes peril, too. On a recent record-hunting trip to San Diego, Calif., with her... READ MORE

Rock takes the (Broadway) stage

Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 2:46 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Industry Image courtesy SongLyrics.com As a birthday gift to myself tomorrow, I'm seeing Green Day's American Idiot at the Ahmanson Theatre. This live-action stage play based on the NorCal punk trio's essential album of the same name (with a little 21st Century Breakdown for good measure) seemed a natural fit for the bombast of that record. Each song was like a little rock operetta. And now, a movie version is on the way. Popular music... READ MORE