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Since the rise of Napster and file-sharing, it seems like every single music fan, tech pundit, opinion columnist, and blogger has an opinion on what’s wrong with the music business, and how things should change. There’s been a lot less conversation about how the technology shifts have actually affected the many professional independent musicians who have not been the subject of “future of the music business” trend pieces.
Cooper McBean of The Devil Makes Three joins Paul at Casa de Gato for a conversation about how technology and the Internet have transformed the lives of professional independent musicians for better and worse, the shady corners of the music business the Internet hasn’t disrupted, connecting with fans online, those “future of the music industry” trend pieces, whether bands using Kickstarter are enterprising or lazy, and Cooper’s advice for aspiring musicians.
During Breaking News, Cosmologist Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein joins us to discuss the latest Cylon (military drone) news, the case of Bradley Manning, microagressions and Shit White Girls Say To Black Girls, why science is the 99%, and the enigmatic case of the Lesbian Bigfoot hunter.
Cooper McBean is a member of The Devil Makes Three, which recently released the live album Stomp and Smash: Live at the Mystic Theatre and will be touring with Flogging Molly in early February. He also fronts the country and folk band Cooper McBean and the Vested Interests. Originally from Vermont, Cooper now calls Austin his home, and can be found on Twitter @thecoug.
Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is a cosmologist holding a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her first postdoc was a NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowship in the Observational Cosmology Lab at Goddard Space Flight Center. Find her professional work online at cprescodweinstein.com and her non-professional blog at chandapw.tumblr.com.
Cooper McBean Interview
00:02:39: Breaking News with Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
00:51:19: “Bangor Mash” by The Devil Makes Three from the album Longjohns, Boots and a Belt
00:52:15: Interview with Cooper McBean
01:24:18: “Over The Gates” by Cooper McBean and the Vested Interests
01:54:02: “Black Irish” by The Devil Makes Three from the album Stomp and Smash: Live at the Mystic Theatre
02:20:19: “Gracefully Facedown” by The Devil Makes Three from the album Do Wrong Right
Radio Free Ruin art: “As Things Fell Apart (Jewelers)” by Carrie Sieh
Radio Free Ruin theme: “FT2 Theme” by Phil Manley from the album Life Coach used with the gracious permission of Thrill Jockey Records
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