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THG Musical Guest: Rob Giles

I first heard about Rob Giles from my friend Noelle. She told me Rob’s voice pretty much kicked major ass–Noelle was right! Rob is one of those people who knows he’s good, but with a voice like that, he’d be a liar if he didn’t. It’s one of those deep down from the pits of your soul types of voices.

One that requires you to pull a certain face and squeeze out every ounce of breathe to get it all out. Rob is quite literally amazing. Don’t miss his live performance for SMtv. I literally cried.

Click here to watch Samantha’s interview with Rob Giles!

Click here to watch Rob’s live performance and listen to his SMtv podcast!

THG Industry Expert: Fred Von Lohmann

When it comes to music it’s hard to find a smarter mind than Fred von Lohmann. And not just because he’s an avid music fan who goes out of his way to constantly discover new music. Fred is the Senior Staff Attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. If you ever have the opportunity to hear him speak, jump on it!

You can see the entire interview, by clicking here.

THG Podcast: Jeff Finlin

Bruce Springsteen added one of Jeff’s songs to his play on music at his concerts. Cameron Crowe singled out one of Jeff’s songs for his movie “Elizabethtown” Add me to the growing list of fans of Jeff Finlin.

The guy’s songwriting just kicks ass. He tells it like it is and backs it up with such a passionate voice. You need to own all three of his albums including his latest, Ballad of a Plain Man.”

Click here to listen to the entire podcast

Spring Tour: Samantha Murphy & Dave Lowensohn

Samantha recently announced that she’s hitting the road with Dave Lowensohn of Speechwriters LLC.  The dynamic duo will be touring up and down the East Coast through all of April. Let us know if you’d like to book a house concert!

Click here to see the list of announced tour dates!

Digital Buzz: Music Industry News

Warner Music Targeting More than YouTube: Fred VonLohmann writes about Warner Music’s (mis)use of YouTube’s Content ID (i.e., audio fingerprinting) tools to remove lots of videos that are clearly fair uses. (EFF)

Music Marketing Lessons From Groove Armada And Neko Case: In an interesting study in contrasts, this past week we’ve come across two artists who are taking slightly different approaches to arrive at the same goal: to get you to listen to their latest album and share it with your friends. (YPulse) (Thanks Derek!)

For Gen Y, Music is Oxygen: What do younger music consumers think about music piracy, digital music and other issues related to music?

These were just some of the questions that a new survey conducted by British Music Rights sought to answer. When it comes to music: What does the MySpace generation want? (Barking Robot Media)

Twt.fm: An easy way to share your music on Twitter! twt.fm will generate a track page for you using your twitter page design and you’ll be able to tweet it to your followers.

Warner Music Pitches Music Tax To Universities: You Pay, We Stop Suing: The idea would be to get various ISPs to simply add an additional fee to everyone’s internet access, have that money go into a pool that the recording industry would be responsible for paying out — and then let people have free reign for file sharing.

We hadn’t heard much about this music tax lately, but apparently attention is now being focused on getting universities to buy into the plan.(TechDirt)

Artist Tools: Artisteer

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Musical Guest: Martha Wainwright

Martha is without a doubt the coolest artist I’ve had the pleasure of working with. She is real and honest and so incredibly talented. She’s got a powerhouse of a voice and she’s not afraid to tell the truth.

Thanks to Jamie Jackson for making this interview happen.

If you haven’t heard her new album, you must go out and buy “I Know You’re Married, but I’ve Got Feelings Too.” It’s tremendous and so is she.

You can see the entire interview, by clicking here.

Industry Expert: Michael Spiegelman, Yahoo! Music

Last summer, as part of the TechStars program, I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with one of the movers and shakers in the digital music biz–Michael Spiegelman VP of Yahoo! Music.

In this interview, Michael discusses how new Yahoo! technologies, like the open source Yahoo! Media Player, are all designed with one goal in mind: make playing music on the web a more enjoyable experience for the fans!

Michael and the folks over at Yahoo! couldn’t have been more generous with their time, knowledge and free candy! Thanks Yahoo! (Enter yodel here!)

You can see the entire interview, by clicking here:

THG Archive: Inara George

Do yourself a favor. Pour yourself a cup of joe, grab a couple cookies, then sit down and listen to this amazing podcast featuring singer-songwriter Inara George (Bird & the Bee).

Inara’s music incorporates elements of Jazz and Pop, but has a flavor all its own. Her father is Lowell George from Little Feat and her Father-in-Law, Jackson Browne, makes an appearance on this her stunning debut, All Rise.

Inara is genuinely sweet and down to earth. Her talent flows through her as if it’s the most natural thing in the world. And it is!

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