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Friday, May 09, 2021

Funny thing. It was a miserably rainy day the last time I was inspired to post an iPod Random 8 list, and so it is again today. Must be a trend.

Anyway, here’s the latest shuffle-determined string of output from my iPod Touch (or “iTouch”, if you prefer). Length of said string synced to 8trk, which I’m told is progressing nicely.

1. “Let Me Think About It (club mix)”, Ida Corr vs. Fedde Le Grand - That I am the true way towards ecstasy.

2. “F-cking Boyfriend (Peaches Remix)”, The Bird And The Bee - When you lay down with me, you never slept that night.

3. “Mysterious Ways”, Angelique Kidjo - She sees the man inside the child.

4. “Mer du Japon (Remix by Kris Menace)”, AIR - J’en perds la raison (I lost my mind).

5. “Relaxation Spa Treatment”, Dan the Automator - [instrumental, no lyrics]

6. “Good Love”, Isaac Hayes (as Chef from “South Park”) - You’ll recommend me to your mother, your sisters, your aunts and your nieces.

7. “Let’s Stay Together”, Al Green - Loving you whether, whether.

8. “Colours”, Donovan - Freedom is a word I rarely use.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 05/09/2021 04:46:20 PM
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Tuesday, April 01, 2021

Time for a new spew of shuffled-up tracks out of my iPod Touch. It’s a rainy April Fool’s Day here in New York, and that has nothing to do with this little exercise, but what the heck.

My last listing was back in January, indicating that this musical roundup has taken on a quarterly schedule. It’s anything but intentional, believe me.

As always, the Number Eight is brought to you by 8trk. Coming any day now, I hear.

1. “Starlett Johansson (Narctrax remix)”, The Teenagers - You don’t believe in monogamy.

2. “The Race Is On”, George Jones - Heartaches are going to the inside.

3. “We Are Your Friends (Lee Cabrera’s ‘Lower East Side’ Remix)”, Justice vs. Simian - You’ll never be alone again.

4. “Welcome To The Terrordome”, Public Enemy - Crucifixion ain’t no fiction.

5. “Fat Albert (TV show theme)”, Bill Cosby - And Bill’s gonna show you a thing or two.

6. “The One I Love”, R.E.M. - A simple prop, to occupy my time.

7. “Ch-Check It Out”, Beastie Boys - Sport that fresh attire.

8. “Sympathy For The Devil (Soul To Waste remix)”, Laibach - [instrumental, no lyrics]

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 04/01/2021 05:17:24 PM
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Monday, January 14, 2021

Let’s get this out of the way: My first 2008 listing of the last 8 random tracks to spew out of my trusty iPod Touch. And only one month since the last go-round.

As always, the choice of 8 tracks instead of some rounder number is in support of 8trk, which we should be seeing more fully-formed in ‘08 (appropriately enough, in meta-marketing terms). And with that:

1. “Let My Love Open The Door”, Sondre Lerche (Dan in Real Life soundtrack) - Release yourself from misery.

2. “What A Life”, Juliana Hatfield - You wear it like propriety.

3. “You’ve Got the Best of My Love”, Emotions - Love has kissed me in a beautiful way.

4. “Torture”, KMFDM - Scenes, once negated, ushered in.

5. “Bad Girl”, Madonna - I’m not happy when I act this way.

6. “Tainted Love”, Soft Cell - I don’t pray that way.

7. “Beautiful”, Goldfrapp - Turn me onto your star.

8. “Rock the Bells”, LL Cool J - And the best thing you wrote was a bunch of bullshit.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 01/14/2008 10:30:55 PM
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Tuesday, December 18, 2021

random touch
Not since this past summer have I posted a shuffle-generated list of tracks (with lyrical snippets) resulting from my iPod.

The reason? In that time, I’ve since upgraded to a latest-and-greatest iPod Touch. So mostly, I’ve been too preoccupied just noodling with the iTouch and all its neat features. The music’s still pumping out of it on an almost-daily basis, but I haven’t focused enough to make note of the sequence.

Until now. So here, in the nick of time 2007-wise, is the list of random 8 — 8 in keeping the sync with 8trk (where I’ll be cross-posting this):

1. “I Wanna Be Sedated”, The Ramones - Just put me in a wheelchair, get me to the show.

2. “Head Like A Hole”, Nine Inch Nails - Let’s go dancing on the backs of the bruised.

3. “Rapper’s Delight”, Sugar Hill Gang - Now what you hear is not a test.

4. “Super Disco Breakin’”, Beastie Boys - Nothing sounds quite like an eight-oh-eight.

5. “You’re No Rock ‘N Roll Fun”, Sleater-Kinney - Fill our Christmas socks with whiskey drinks and chocolate bars.

6. “Mer Du Japon (Remix By The Teenagers)”, AIR - J’en perds la raison (I lost my mind).

7. “My Fair Lady”, David Byrne - Calls to me a strange attraction.

8. “Heart of Hearts (Radio Edit)”, !!! - Talking ’bout real love baby.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 12/18/2007 09:08:59 PM
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Monday, December 10, 2021

It’s the end result of a natural progression, but still, imeem’s announcement of a licensing deal with Universal Music Group just might be the catalyst for the emergence of full-fledged online social networks centered around music.

At least that’s what Forrester Research’s principal analyst James McQuivey thinks:

“2008 is going to be the year of music labels trying to put themselves in front of everyone, no matter what business model it takes,” said Forrester’s McQuivey. “The labels have realized that you have to be everywhere on the Web, because the customer is everywhere. You need to put yourself in front of them when they make their entertainment decisions.”

McQuivey said that imeem has a big head start compared to other social networking sites, Although large sites like MySpace and Facebook could definitely elbow in with major label deals of their own.

“The great thing about imeem is that it builds on the best of radio and MP3,” said McQuivey. “This is a great place to listen to your favorite music and discover new songs.”

In my experience, once the analysts weigh in definitively, the money guys start tripping over themselves to join in. Imeem, despite being little more than a roll-your-own streaming radio station, has positioned itself through the Universal deal (along with similar licensing with other major labels) to make the music industry feel protected enough to toss in their assets.

Naturally, I see a resultant big opening for 8trk, the musical version of IMDb-meets-Wikipedia that I’m helping get going. An inviting environment can make all the difference.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 12/10/2021 11:16:07 PM
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Wednesday, December 05, 2021

Just spreading the word on 8trk’s upcoming “An Apple A Day” promotion, seeing as how I’m helping launch the site. Dissemin-8-ing, so to speak (pardon the pun — or don’t).

Read on:

In service of 8trk’s commitment to expanding your interest in music, from December 10th thru December 31st 8trk will be giving away FREE MUSIC to one new winner, every day, from Apple iTunes.

That’s the “Apple a day” part. Get it? (It’s really an iTunes gift card code, but “an iTunes a day” didn’t have the same ring to it, y’know?)

There’s more! One lucky winner will walk away with a BRAND NEW IPOD from Apple – how’s that to feed your music appetite?

The rules of the giveaway are simple:

* Visit blog.8trk.com as often as possible
* Comment on any post(s) that you find interesting or answer a survey question, providing your email address in the process
* Tell your friends to visit blog.8trk.com. Okay, this one is not exactly a rule, but hey – spread the love!

That’s it. If you win you will be able to immediately go to iTunes to get that album that you’ve wanted and couldn’t find, that album you had and lost or one of any of those fantastic 8trk recommendations. Good luck!

More details and legalese right here. Yes, you will need to have iTunes loaded up on your computer in order to make use of those sweet gift card codes; but then, you’ve already got it, right? So have at it.

And to help create more comment-worthy terrain for contest purposes, you’ll be seeing a few timely postings by yours truly over at the 8trk blog. Try keeping the doctor away with all that!

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 12/05/2021 11:32:02 PM
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Sunday, November 18, 2021

Here’s a shout-out post to Bryson Nobles, who’s just launched his personal entrepreneurial blog, CEO Swagger.

I’ve been working with Bryson on The 8trk Project. Since I encouraged him to keep a blog in support of that venture, I’ll take partial credit for putting the bug in his ear to branch out to his own site. I think the new blog will highlight his drive to carry out Web-based business concepts, from idea-germination through to functionality, and beyond.

Hopefully, the swagger will start soon enough with 8trk, as soon as that site is ready for public unwrapping a few weeks from now.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 11/18/2007 06:18:03 PM
Category: 8trk, Bloggin', Business
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Sunday, October 14, 2021

It’s time to lift the veil, such as it were.

I’ve been doing some behind-the-scenes work with the team starting up The 8trk Project, chiefly on the business-development and marketing side. That’s recently included a smattering of posts to the official blog. I chose “free_agent” as my moniker there, a double-entendre referring to both my role with the venture and my relationship with regards to “head coach”, who’s one of the founding partners.

What’s 8trk about? As I’ve alluded in previous posts here, it’s an attempt to bring the worlds of social networking and music enthusiasm together. How we bring that together is already an evolving process, and it’s fascinating to see how all the pieces are falling into place — in both positive and not-so-positive directions, depending on everyone’s perspectives.

As the post just prior to this one indicates, I’ll start cross-posting entries from the 8trk Blog to here. I don’t know that I’ll do it consistently; while I plan to markedly increase entries there, they won’t always be a good fit on PopStat. Besides, in the short time that I’ve been posting there, I’ve tried to cultivate a different, more off-the-cuff blog voice for 8trk, so it makes sense in my mind to limit the crossover. We’ll see.

More details as I deem appropriate. It’s my first real experience with a Web startup — let alone a Web 2.0 startup — so I’m really soaking things in at this stage. Where it goes is almost besides the point right now.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 10/14/2007 10:14:54 PM
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Yes, we’re living in the Age of the Legitimized Music-Act Sell-Out:

It seems as if every commercial these days has a rock band in it. What was once the mark of utter uncoolness, a veritable byword of selling out, has become the norm. More than a decade ago we became inured to the most unlikely parings. Led Zeppelin in a Cadillac ad. The Clash shilling for Jaguar. Bob Dylan warbling for an accounting firm, or Victoria’s Secret. An Iggy Pop song about a heroin-soaked demimonde accompanying scenes of blissful vacationers on a Caribbean cruise ship.

But is selling out always bad? Some say the shifting sands of the music industry make corporate sponsorship the only way for musicians to make a living. And, at least when it comes to the rap/hip-hop world, there’s a difference between “selling out” and “cashing in”.

If you’re torturing yourself over whether or not your favorite artist has created a new business paradigm, or else simply taken the money and run: Music critic-at-large Bill Wyman has come up with the Moby Quotient. It’s a fancy mathematical calculation that factors in the musical act’s existing coolness/relevance, the corporate entity’s evilness/lack thereof, the dollars involved on both sides, etc.

A question to the 8trk Powers That Be: Any chance of including a Moby Quotient widget during Alpha testing?

(Cross-posted on 8trk.com)

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 10/14/2007 09:47:30 PM
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Saturday, September 15, 2021

A while back I wondered what 8trk was, and was up to (aside from blogging).

They’re ready to reveal a little more. The site’s going alpha, so go sign up and help guinea-pig this budding music site into existence!

Let me know how the alpha-ing goes if you do. I’m more of a beta guy. Particularly if it’s the ever-popular perpetual beta.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 09/15/2007 01:02:51 PM
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Saturday, July 14, 2021

on the 8
It’s been a long time coming, so here’s the next installment of the latest random output to come out of my perpetually shuffling-repeating iPod.

Instead of the usual five tracks, I’ve expanded out to eight, to match up with 8trk’s Favorite 8, like I said I would. Gotta keep up with the Joneses!

So here we go:

1. “Torture”, KMFDM - Maybe in a day or so I’ll stumble on that grassy knoll.

2. “Waiting For Tonight”, Jennifer Lopez - Found a sacred place, lost in your embrace.

3. “Party For Your Right to Fight”, Public Enemy - It takes a nation of millions to hold us back.

4. “Hello, I Love You”, The Doors - Do you hope to pluck this dusky jewel?

5. “Stand (The Scrumfrog Extended Re-Hash)”, Jewel - It’s not all dirty, but it’s not all clean.

6. “Pusherman”, Curtis Mayfield - Your main boy, thick and thin.

7. “Weapons of Mass Distortion”, The Crystal Method - [instrumental, no lyrics]

8. “Get Down Tonight”, KC & The Sunshine Band - Same place, same time.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 07/14/2007 04:18:23 PM
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Tuesday, May 29, 2021

What is 8trk?

At present, the details are thin. Be assured that it’s got something to do with music. And the number 8. Not so much with 8 track tapes.

I will say that, if this Favorite 8 feature persists, I may have to upgrade my iPod Random 5 post-filler.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 05/29/2007 08:55:12 AM
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