Word Press 4.7 – Vaughn

The hits keep coming from the world’s most successful open source solution, WordPress. The content management system now runs on 27.2% of the 645 million world-wide Web sites. That equates to 175 million Web sites using WordPress, Wow!

WordPress 4.7 is fluent in PHP 7.0. No moss grows under WordPress , which is what I admire about this continually evolving publishing platform. The passion the WordPress team possesses for its craft achieves amazing results. The user benefit is real and substantive.

Introducing the latest version of WordPress 4.7, “Vaughn”, in honor of legendary jazz vocalist Sarah “Sassy” Vaughan, which is now available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. Go ahead update. I’ve updated my sites and love what I am seeing 🙂

New features in 4.7 help you get your site set up the way you want it.

 

Patti Smith: America’s Punk Rock Rhapsodist by Eric Wendell

I’ve uncovered a new book about Patti Smith by Eric Wendell. It is from TEMPO, the Rowman & Littlefield Music Series on Rock, Pop and Culture.

I’ve yet to read this book so I withhold my comments until I can procure a copy.

The TEMPO Web site provides the General Guidelines and Proposals directions for volumes in its series. Ponders this option…

The Doors, Classic Rock Magazine, December Issue

This Classic Rock issue is available via Apple iTunes and can also be found on newsstands such as Barnes & Noble. Since this publication comes from the UK it will carry an import duty when you purchase it at the store. The publisher will reward the in store purchaser with a CD rubber glued to the front cover. (See picture below)

That is how I used to buy Classic Rock Magazine at Barnes & Noble. Due to the fact the publication ships from the UK you may not see the hard copy magazine at Barnes & Noble until the 20th of the month or later. My preference is shifting to the digital edition via the Web or on my iPad.

Digital publishing and the nature of online subscription is an ever moving target. TeamRock (the UK parent publishing firm for multiple rock magazines) has come up with a new way to meet the demands of its international readership.

You can trial the Web HTML5 digital editions of Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog Rock for 30 days for free at TeamRock+. After 30 days it will cost you $3.99 British Pounds, $6.25 US a month for all three digital mags ($2.08 each digital publication a month is a good deal to stay up to speed on these rock genres.) They differ from the iPad edition in layout, appearance, etc.

This is quite the nod to Web browser readers by TeamRock. I trust it will be a successful business model for this UK specialty publisher.

100 Years, 100 Songs, 100 Nights – I Love New York

I don’t know when my love affair with New York City commenced. I grew up in the suburbs in Norwalk, CT. We were considered a bedroom community, one hour by train from Grand Central Terminal. The railroad station that spews you into the Main Concourse melding us with the Metropolis’s hustle and bustle. New York City has made a lasting impression, expanding my appreciation of the arts. I am blessed to have such immediate access to NYC’s rich culture of theaters, radio and television stations. New York City is the mecca for musicians, record company labels, recording studios and live music performances. New York Magazine has published a special issue, March 24-April 6 2014: The Annual Yesteryear Issue. The centerpiece article for that issue is, “100 Years, 100 Songs, 100 Nights, A Century of Pop Music in New York”. The special issue affords us an illuminative essay written by Judy Rosen, “The Town That Put the Pop in Music“. I especially love the pictorial, “A New York Band, 26 Musicians who shaped the city that gave them their voice.” Photographs by Christopher Anderson. I marvel at which musicians I have seen perform live and may have met at an autograph session. The NYC music series would be incomplete without mentioning Patti Smith. I was tickled pink to read John Cale‘s writing about Patti Smith, “Turning A Poet Into A Pro”. I purchased both the print and digital iPad editions. Please excuse me as I have some salacious reading and listening to do. 😉

 

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Santana Soulful Heart – Illinois Entertainer

The Web houses in its nook and crannies perceptive sources of music journalism. My browser and the Google search engine uncovered a well curated, free digital music publication, Illinois Entertainer.

I was happy to find this Midwest music monthly that published a well stated article about Carlos Santana. The article is titled, “Santana Soulful Heart” by Bruce Pilato.

The article also has an interview with Gloria Estefan who is one of the artists on the new All Latin Rock recording from Santana entitled Corazon.

You can download a PDF edition of the April issue with Carlos Santana on the cover here.

Carlos

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2014, My Year for Digital Content

The number one reason I wanted an Apple iPad Air was for the ability to read my favorite music magazine, Uncut on the day of publication.

I am excited to report that I have achieved that New Years resolution starting with the Uncut Magazine February 2014 issue. Today, January 3rd, 2014 is the electronic publication date for the magazine. I am happily paging through my downloaded edition as I write this blog post. The digital magazine cost me $3.99. It only took a few seconds of transfer time via my Ethernet cable network/802.11ac wireless router for it to appear in the Apple Newsstand shelf.

What I really love is that I am snowbound here today with Winter Storm Hercules.

I didn’t have to get dressed, drive on the snowy streets or spend the gas to not find the new magazine.

The problem I previously encountered with Uncut Magazine were several. The delay lag between England and the magazine reaching the Barnes & Noble’s USA retail newsstand was significant. I typically had to wait anywhere from four to six weeks (or more) for the hard copy magazine. The delivery schedule was unpredictable with the print publication so there were times I went to Barnes & Noble and came back “empty-handed”.

The next issue was price. Uncut Magazine is an import publication so the newsstand price translated to $9.99 (versus $3.99 for digital) Granted you get a music CD each month with the hard copy edition but at least now I don’t have to “unglue” it from the cover 😉  I gave thought to ordering the digital magazine through Barnes & Noble online but they charge $5.99 an issue and force you to use the nook iPad application. (I am testing the applicability of iPad Reader Apps such as the nook, Readmill, amazon Kindle, Adobe Reader and Zinio for a future blog post…)

As a music enthusiast I depend upon Uncut Magazine as a resource for music information. Trust me Uncut Magazine delivers effectively with well written, researched, and coordinated articles. Today’s digital content medium ushers me into the year of digital content I have looked forward to embracing. I am an advocate of digital publishing and giving serious thought to redesigning how I will publish in 2014 and beyond.

Brian Eno: Visual Music By Christopher Scoates

I have a Barnes & Noble birthday gift card (thank you dear) that is burning a hole in my pocket. I decided on the last day of 2013 to peruse the music book section at my local Barnes & Noble Store hoping to find a book to add to my music book collection. I cautioned myself, acknowledging this is the time of the year that store inventories are seriously depleted due to holiday shopping aftermath. My expectations were minimal that I would find a book title that would satisfy the music of our heart.

I conducted a diligent search of the music book shelves and I couldn’t find a book to buy. So I left firm in my conviction that I have plenty of books and magazines that still need to be read in my home office. I told myself as I walked to my car, “I’ll be back.” 😉

I am thinking today that I did look over a book from the shelf that I contemplated buying. The book is titled, Brian Eno: Visual Music. It was wrapped in cellophane so I couldn’t thumb through the pages or sit with it for a while to see if I bonded with the book. One of my goals with this book is to increase my depth perception and appreciation of Brian Eno the technology artist.

I attempted to do the next best thing to get closer to this book. I received an Apple iPad Air for Christmas (thank you again, dear). I downloaded a sample of the iBook edition to my Library. This allowed me to page through the Table of Contents along with various chapters, figure illustrations, photos, etc. I began to get a better “feel” for the visual nature of the book.

I then gave thought to comparing the nook for iPad App vis-a-vis the iBook App. Realizing I could buy the Nook Book eBook with my gift card I contemplated that alternative. My 2014 technology goal is to shift to the iPad as a more “dedicated” reading device. I have proclaimed 2014 as my year of digital content. The price of the eBook is attractive $21.99 vs. the hardcover price of $33.77 from a B&N Marketplace Vendor.

So I stand at a crossroad I wasn’t expecting, which “edition” of the Brian Eno: Visual Music book should I buy? I don’t think I can rationally make that choice until I can hold and review the hardcover edition in my hands, do you agree?

Well in any case that’s a decision for another day on earth 😉

Love is Lost David Bowie (Hello Steve Reich ReMix by James Murphy)

The James Murphy‘s remix of David Bowie‘s “Love Is Lost” was revealed today on the David Bowie Web Site and on BBC 6Music this morning.
Read more at http://www.uncut.co.uk/david-bowie-to-unveil-james-murphy-remix-on-thursday-news#vPQZ8CKvj1zuF0de.99

Listen: David Bowie’s “Love Is Lost” remix by James Murphy

Murphy said the remix (officially dubbed the “Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy”) came together around the same time the two worked on the Arcade Fire single “Reflektor”.

The ReMix title is a nod to American composer Steve Reich. “I was obsessed with Steve Reich’s clapping music, so I opened [the remix] with a phasing clapping piece,” Murphy explained.

This track will be part of The Next Day Extra the extended, three-disc version of Bowie’s 2013 album The Next Day, scheduled to drop on November 4th.

Be sure to check out the digital edition of redesigned NME Magazine with a 14 page spread on David Bowie. Props to NME on their beautiful responsive design 😉

I can’t wait for the Apple iPad Mini Retina announcement on 10/22. New Years resolve go digital music magazine exclusively.

Jac Holzman,The Doors Digital Conceptualist

An enthusiastic music of our heartfelt thanks to Jac Holzman, Robin Hurely, Brandwidth U.K., and Warner Music Group for delivering to us music technology fans an intelligently designed, highly accessible multimedia app, The Doors Official App for the Apple iPad. Smartly priced at $4.99 it is half the price of a vinyl EP ($10) but a tremendous value as a content reservoir to immerse ourselves inside.

The Doors – The Doors App (Official Trailer)

Jac Holzman is the consummate music visionary who continues to shape our entertainment taste by effectively wielding technology for highest interpretation value. I love that he is excited about the fiber optic connection he has to Warner Music Group and the InterWeb. I continue to be influenced by Jac Holzman as he asserts himself as subject matter authority in digital music content usability.

It stands to reason that the first person to review the app on iTunes would be Bruce Botnick, The Doors audio engineer and record producer. He is the definitive source along with Jac Holzman to the band’s creative historic output. What better seal of approval existent (next to Ray, Robbie and John) is there to confirm the digital archive than Bruce’s role and responsibilities with The Doors.

The Definitive Doors – Five Stars

Beautifully laid out with great depth and sensitivity to the true history, the band and their music. It works extremely well on my iPad 1 with no crashes or gotcha’s. I highly recommend it to all present and future Doors fans.

Marvel Comics – Project Gamma – Intelligent Audio

I am writing a music book about live music. My goal is to publish the book digitally with Apple’s iBook. I envision the reader immersed in an interactive multimedia reading experience. The idea of adaptive or intelligent audio that Marvel Comics Labs announced approximates what I envision for an interactive digital book. I am on the hunt for iBook authoring and Adobe digital publishing tools to carry out just the right interactive reading/listening sensory form factor.

Project Gamma from Marvel Comics is closer to the vision I have in mind for my book. Each comic will be infused with a soundtrack meant to absorb readers in the story.

A new 13-chapter story about Wolverine will be featured in Marvel’s Infinite mobile comics, with new chapters weekly.

The SXSW Interactive Festival 2013 in Austin, Texas is the announcement stage for intelligent audio from Marvel. Project Gamma was created in partnership with two agencies 1) music company CORD Worldwide and 2) Momentum Worldwide.