Every Monday, we help our readers get off to a musical start with five of the most interesting stories, sites and songs to wrap up the past 7 days and look forward to another great week:
1. Celebrate 4/20
With Easter just around the corner, most of the world will enjoy this holiday week. But for some, April 20 marks holiday of another kind of holiday (including our editor's birthday). Here's a couple of ways to celebrate cannibis smokers' favorite day of the year:
Purple Haze Smoke Shop, 704 G Seaboard Street, will host a 4/20 festival Wednesday with local reggae band Jah Harvest. In addition to the live music, all glass in the store will be buy one get one free and there will be free munchies, live glass blowing demos, DJ Ryan Robinson spinning all the hottest Reggae and Dance Hall tunes.
In addition, Jah Harvest will also be headling Friday's Myrtle Beach Rocks Reggae show on the big stage at House of Blues with Simple Minded Buddz, The Dubplates and Treehouse. ListenUp will be on hand to help emcee the show and celebrate some great local music.
Island Bar & Grill Pawleys, 10744 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, will host California-based band Fish Out of Water that specialzes in a blend of funk, rock, reggae and hip-hop. The band will be blazin' the southside spot from 6-10 p.m. Wednesday.
In addition the band, who we interviewed here, will perform Thursday night at the Island Bar Surfside and Friday and Saturday night at the Hot Fish Club in Murrells Inlet.
2. Listener Run Radio
The Grand Strand's top rock radio station WKZQ 96.1 has launched a new, interactive bit of programming called Listener Run Radio, a show designed so that listeners can get involved in choosing what plays on local airwaves.
The show, which is powered by a user-run radio platform called Jelli has been running for the past few weeks from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday evenings. During the segment listeners can log onto the WKZQ or Jelli websites (or via a Jelli iPhone app) and vote on which songs they'd like to hear from a library of a couple hundred tracks.
Based on number of votes the tracks move up and down a list of top tunes with the top vote getter playing next on air along with an announcement of the username of the listener who suggested the track. By using "Rockets" or "Bombs" you can shoot your favorite songs up the ranking or shoot down tracks you can't stand.
It's a really cool idea that's perfect for the ADD/streaming generation and we'd love to see it more local stations give it a try, as Jelli hosts plenty of different stations including, pop, hip-hop, electronic, etc.
3. Streaming more popular than legal downloads
Media reserach company Nielsen released a report recently called "The Hyper-Fragmented World of Music," which touches on some very interesting points in digital music. Here's a little background and some highlights:
"This report is the latest in a series of four insights published in collaboration with MIDEM 2011 (http://www.midem.com/). Referencing a survey of 26,644 online consumers in 53 markets across the globe conducted during September 2010, and building upon the previous insights into digital music consumption, music apps and streaming, and consumer willingness to pay, this report addresses some of the most fundamental issue facing the industry today: how to optimize marketing and how to maximize revenue generation."
- 17% of global consumers are digitally downloading music legally through itunes and other services.
- More than 20% of global consumers are using their mobile phones to download music legally, watch videosor stream music.
- 26% of global consumers are using audio-only streaming services such as Pandora, Last.FM, etc. Though streaming has become more popular than legal downloads, the popularity of pay-for-streaming services has not caught on.
- More than 55% of global consumers are watching music videos through YouTube, Vevo, etc.
So basically this means that although more people are streaming music than they are downloading it legally, that the most popular form of online consumption of music is by far and away YouTube and other video sites. Pretty interesting insight.
4. Links of the week: News & notes
- Go and support local guitar students Tuesday night at the CCU Classical Guitar Recital. Details here.
- Photos from Drivin' N' Cryin' at The Boathouse Sunday.
- The Sea Cruz Band announced they will be part of an upcoming Rockin' The Boat Cruise with Too Much Sylvia.
- Check out this cool mash-up of music and geolocation info at JamMap.com.
- This was announced a few weeks ago, but former American Idol David Archuleta will be headlining the Memorial Day Celebration in downtown MB. Visit MyrtleBeachMayfest.com for details.
- A final wrap-up of the zombie Walk at The Digitel.
5. Song of the week: "Touch Me"
This song comes from Charleston-based rock band Leslie off their full-length album "Lord, Have Mercy" which was released last week. Give it a spin and then go buy the whole album via Bandcamp or iTunes. Also the story of how the band funded the album via Kickstarter in the Charleston City Paper.