Feature Friday: Posting Music

Every morning I post a song to the Internet. I have been doing this for at least six years. For as long as I've been on Tumblr.

You all know how obsessed I am about posting every day. It's probably a mortality thing for me. Wake up, be glad to be alive, post something on the Internet. Like a dog marking his spot.

Posting music is a bit different than posting text. Because you can listen to it. It comes alive. It makes you smile, dance, tap, and at times, cry. I cried a fair bit last week as Lou Reed songs filled up my feed for a couple days. We sat shiva with his music.

Friday is particularly special because a group of us have played a game called cover friday for something like five years now. The group is loose. Anyone can join by simply posting a cover song on friday morning. But participating requires committment. Because you have to post a cover song to your Tumblr every friday morning. This is what my Tumblr looked like this morning.

Cover friday

Posting music used to mean finding a mp3 and uploading it. I never do that anymore. I post three ways. I find songs on soundcloud and embed them, I find music posts on Tumblr and reblog them, and I find mp3s on the web and post the links. Search and reblog is all it takes. I think pretty much every song in the world is somewhere online. At least that's been my experience for a long time now.

You can also do this with YouTube. Pretty much every song is on YouTube as well. But I don't like the video. I find it distracting. I just want the music. So I don't post YouTube music and don't watch much of it either.

Posting and streaming music has changed music discovery for me. I like to post so others can discover. And I like to follow people who post music so I can discover from them. I've made a bunch of great friends this way. Some of whom I've never met in person. But they light up my feed with music. Which is one of the best things a friend can do for a friend.

Here's my cover song for today:


Comments (Archived):

  1. John Revay

    For some reason I was in front of the TV yesterday morning when Chuck Todd’s show came on MSNBC…and he had Howard Wolfson ( https://twitter.com/howiewolf) from Mayor Mike’s office on. Chuck Todd finished the piece my noting that Howard was a big fan of new the latest music or some thing to that effect. He gave the name of a band he was following from Brooklyn – I did not write it down (There may have been someone in this new band that came from the Beastie Boys)Cover Friday to you too

    1. fredwilson

      howard and i share music suggestions with each other. i will find out what he suggested.

      1. Brendan O'Driscoll

        Fred – this is exactly what we built Soundwave for – soundwave.com. We’re an Editors choice app and have been featured globally by Google too!

    2. fredwilson

      howard left a comment above on this thread. the band is called The Julie Ruin. I think this is themhttps://soundcloud.com/self…

  2. Bruce Warila

    “Having a hard time waking up this morning…” I wonder why? 🙂 – BTW – great cover.

    1. fredwilson

      yeah, Paolo is great

  3. jason wright

    the key word: “commitment”.”Some of whom I’ve never met in person” – the societies of the future will be so like this. i think it will make face-to-face a more cherished experience.

    1. fredwilson

      yup. only the OCD need apply 🙂

      1. jason wright

        have you been formally diagnosed? 🙂

        1. fredwilson

          no, i self diagnose

          1. jason wright

            just don’t self medicate, unless music is the medicine.a world where music cured all ills would be a world to live in.

          2. Kasi Viswanathan Agilandam

            u said something about epilepsy and MRI scan a few weeks back….for real?

          3. jason wright

            yes, my nan (grandmother) died last year, and a few weeks after that i began feeling unwell, and two months ago i got the diagnosis, temporal lobe epilepsy. music doesn’t do anything to help it, and the modern medication i’ve been prescribed by my neurologist isn’t doing that much good either. the mind and the brain are far too complex for medical science imho. time is the healer i’m hoping.

          4. Kasi Viswanathan Agilandam

            Yes I remember ur comment at AVC about your nan’s death … about 18-months back ….What were u diagnosed of in TLE?What type MRI scan scan was done?Which medical school or hospital you went?Can you share your scanned DICOM images? both CT and MRI…I will try what i can do … yes…time is the healer …but we gotta try what we can do best.

  4. William Mougayar

    So you don’t post as much anymore from pure music apps?I cried when Georges Moustaki died a few months ago. His songs filled my childhood.Do you like sometimes a person based on the music they like?

    1. Julien

      Wiliam, I did not know you speak french 🙂 “Ma Liberté” is a great song of his!

      1. William Mougayar

        And Le Meteque is my favorite. Je suis francophone de naissance. I speak french better than english 🙂

    2. fredwilson

      yes, the music someone likes is a huge factor in their likability with mewhat does it mean to post from pure music apps?

      1. William Mougayar

        I meant from the RDIO, Pandora, Spotify, etc.

        1. fredwilson

          you can’t post from any of those appsyou can post from soundcloudwhich is why i like soundcloud best

          1. William Mougayar

            right. i use TuneIn but they only have Twitter share. I’ll need to up my use of Soundcloud.

          2. Dave Hyndman

            Actually you can post from these apps. Spotify is native in Tumblr and I do from Rdio from time to time when I can’t find it on Soundcloud. Unfortunately, the experience for the recipient varies depends on whether or not they’re a subscriber to the source service.I try not to. I know when folks embed from Spotify I can only play a sample. Too bad these apps (and the licensees) don’t allow for a full, free embed to facilitate sharing. Dream on.

          3. William Mougayar

            so soundcloud looks more like a youtube of sound. how can they get away with allowing you to play/share the full song and rdio & others don’t?

          4. fredwilson

            Because, like YouTube, the artists post it there voluntarily. If someone other than the artist posts licensed music, their fingerprinting tech catches it and takes it down

          5. William Mougayar

            That’s a subtle, but important distinction I wasn’t aware of. Thanks.

          6. fredwilson

            When I say post, I mean “post and the entire world will get a clean and swift experience that is identical everywhere”Youtube, Soundcloud,Tumblr MP3 are thatThe others are not

      2. awaldstein

        You should do a best live concert thing some time.I’ll let myself be dated and share a few from the NY club days.

        1. William Mougayar

          If I had attended the Sept AVC party, one of my ploys was to play Fred’s music Favs over the sound system.

  5. Brad Lindenberg

    Why not talk about Twitter today? 🙂

    1. Kasi Viswanathan Agilandam

      the whole world is talking about it…what is the fun talking about it in AVC?

  6. Howard Wolfson

    The Julie Ruin!

    1. John Revay

      Hi Howard,I enjoyed watching you Chuck’s show yesterday. It was great when you listed all of the accomplishments / stats of the administration you were part of.Nicely done, I am not from NYC…but from my view in CT – you guys have done a great job!

      1. fredwilson

        they sure have

      2. Howard Wolfson

        Thanks, John. It’s been a great 12 year run. Now we hand off the baton and do what we can to be helpful.

  7. Dave Hyndman

    Yep, Friday mornings on Tumblr are one of my weekly high points and they make the world feel a little bit smaller.”I’ve made a bunch of great friends this way. Some of whom I’ve never met in person.” After sharing music with you and the gang for well over 5 years (almost 10?) meeting a bunch of you in NYC last month was particularly cool.

    1. fredwilson

      yeah. eventually the online friendships go offline if they endure

      1. LukeH

        It’s been great being a part of the Tumblr Friday Cover crowd. Thanks, Fred, for initiating this fun tradition. It’s amazing how consistent the group has been over the years, and I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Dave, Fred and the others through their music posts.

        1. fredwilson


  8. Jayadev Gopalakrishn

    ‘Sat Shiva’ is a new phrase for me.

        1. pointsnfigures

          Did not know what that meant till I moved to the city. Been to a few. Something comforting in a shiva. My kids have been to tons and tons of bar/bat mitzvahs.

          1. fredwilson

            I was raised a catholic. I think Jews do death better

          2. Kasi Viswanathan Agilandam

            Birth and death are the most controversial things on this earth …you are supposed to feel happy when you are born and you are supposed to feel bad when gone … I am not sure who does it better …but nature does it controversial …At birth…almost all come crying.At death … almost all seem go happy (except for people who die in accident or suicidal).

  9. Cam MacRae

    I discover so much good music from your tumblr. I remember you posting Kings of Leon quite some time before they blew up. And I was thrilled to discover you dig CocoRosie too.

  10. JimHirshfield

    Here’s a paradox…Some of the world’s most famous classical musicians are cover bands; they play Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, etc.But there are no famous contemporary music cover bands; it’s not deemed legit if all you play is someone else’s music?Hmmmm.

    1. JamesHRH

      Here’s a theory.Its an intellectual snobbery issue.- classical music is physically larger (more instruments, more notes, more sound, longer) you can delve into the…blah blah blah.- modern music tends to be brilliantly pared down to its core & that leaves very little room for interpretation / opinion / self immolation.There is merely more to bloviate about in classical music (especially opera, which adds the theatrical elements as well).The irony?Minimalistic orchestration is actual harder. If you listen to the early albums of these artists, you can hear the similarity of brilliant minimalist orchestration: Buddy Holly, Joe Jackson, Billy Jo Armstrong (Green Day). Totally different sounds, but all are much richer & deeper than almost all other trios.A really good jewellery designer – Rudi Peet, in Canmore AB who did our wedding rings – said to me:- ‘simple is harder because you do so little, which means that ANY mistake is obvious’

  11. brianfrumberg

    Fred, last December you asked people to post their “favorite song of the year”. People submitted some AWESOME music and I pulled the 80 top posts into a Youtube playlist. Hope everyone enjoys: http://ow.ly/qCvvS

    1. fredwilson


  12. Carl Rahn Griffith

    Just when I thought there were no more tears re: Lou Reed, I read this by Laurie Anderson in Rolling Stone…http://www.rollingstone.com

    1. JimHirshfield

      Yes! I read this a few days ago. Incredible.

    2. pointsnfigures

      The ending is extremely powerful and moving. So glad I married my best friend and hope she is with me at the end.

      1. Carl Rahn Griffith

        “If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.” ― A.A. Milne

        1. fredwilson

          Winnie The Pooh?

          1. Carl Rahn Griffith

            I believe so, Fred 🙂

          2. fredwilson

            The best. But we’ve had that discussion here before. Happy to have it again.

          3. pointsnfigures

            My grandfather used to read it to me all the time. Love it. I am still looking for Heffalumps.

          4. fredwilson

            oh man, i can’t wait to read Winnie The Pooh to my grandkids. i will understand it so much better than i did as a kid or a father.

      2. fredwilson

        Thats what I took from it too. I did marry my best friend. Now I have to hope I get to do as Lou did

        1. Carl Rahn Griffith

          Took me a long time to find mine/marry. Ditto.

          1. fredwilson

            And she is awesome

          2. Carl Rahn Griffith

            So kind, Fred. I agree!Hope the 4 of us can meet-up, one of these days. I suspect she and the Gotham Gal are birds of a feather 🙂

          3. pointsnfigures

            you inspired my blog post today Carl. Thanks.

          4. Carl Rahn Griffith

            Really? Cool. Shall look forward to reading it in the wee hours of tomorrow morning – just off for my plongeur-shift so will be nice to read that with a pre-bed/winding-down whiskey in hand (I hope/believe still have some left from my birthday-prese bottle!). Cheers! 🙂

          5. Carl Rahn Griffith

            Prese – present / new disqus editing is playing odd today!

    3. fredwilson

      I read that yesterday morning. The paragraph that starts with Lou and I played music together is a real tear jerker. The Patti Smith piece in the NYorker is also awesome http://www.newyorker.com/ta

      1. Carl Rahn Griffith

        It certainly is.Lost count of the number of times I’ve played Satellite of Love these past days. My all-time favourite of his.Great documentary on TV last week on the making of Transformer – I didn’t realise it was all done in London.

  13. FlavioGomes

    I discovered paolo’s unique and haunting voice a few years ago from a youtube video of this performance in his dressing room. Hooked me immediately. Last request from the jools holland show and his original “growing up beside you” are outstanding songs in my opinion.And a pleasant Friday to u sir. Thanks for sharinghttp://youtu.be/B-PRyB_B2Kc

  14. pointsnfigures

    Was thinking about this driving to Madison, WI the other day. It used to be my generation would “discover” new music through the radio station we listened to. Central planning. Remember constantly searching radio stations as you drove through the country to find the right songs? Satellite takes care of some of that-but it’s just a different take on more of the same.Now, we can discover new music through many many different venues. Problem for me is it takes a lot of time, and I don’t have the time to listen and search-even though I like music. So I outsource it to my kids.

    1. btrautsc

      I’ve just got xm radio and its helped me discover some great songs, but its clearly inferior (is it not all preset playlists anyway?)….but of course, as with all things personalized, internet radio has some serious filter bubble issues.what is interesting is the car radio is just a monitor now. connect to a smart device, you can having anything: music, books, play-by-play sports, directions….it is misguided that companies continue sinking more money putting big bulky, non-updatable “tablets” onto dashboards. Sell me by better syncs with *my* technology (phone), better connectivity (bluetooth), audio quality.. and lets move forward.

    2. fredwilson

      Join tumblr and follow a bunch of usOr join soundcloud and follow cool people and artistsOr do both

      1. pointsnfigures

        I am on Tumblr and follow you. I haven’t messed with Tumblr much, been really passive with it. (distracted). I joined Soundcloud and followed some folks. Scared of getting sucked in.

  15. pointsnfigures

    An aside, every time I go to the USV site, the Colbert video starts automatically.

    1. fredwilson

      I think i fixed that this morning by removing it. Can you check for me? Weird thing is autoplay=false is in the code. But whatever. I took it down. Can’t deal with autoplay. Its the worst.

      1. pointsnfigures

        no, not fixed. Andy Weissman posted it. Upper right hand corner of usv.com. Hate autoplay……feels spammy.

        1. fredwilson

          right. it was also doing this on AVC until i took it down this morning. i can’t replicate this behavior. what OS and browser are you using?

          1. pointsnfigures

            Google Chrome, Apple OS.

          2. fredwilson

            Weird. That’s why I run. And i can’t replicate

  16. KrisBraun

    Cover Fridays prove you truly are a value-added VC. 🙂 Great cover, love how often Arcade Fire stuff finds its way here.

  17. Kirsten Lambertsen

    Wow, that guy’s got some soulful voice. Did you need grounding this morning? ;)I’m so auditorily oriented that I can’t listen to music with discernible lyrics when I’m working. It can only be beats, but good beats really help.I still can’t believe Lou Reed isn’t here any more. That guy was such a huge part of my musical education. I have an original VU “Peel Slowly” album with the peel still on hanging on my wall (paid $5 for it in the ’80’s). One of my most prized possessions.

  18. Richard

    Every now and then I dream about music, last night it was Rod Stewart’s Hot Legs! When apps auto-post our dreams, we will know we are in the app 2.0 world.

  19. David Noël

    I love Cover Friday.

  20. jenrobinson

    For the record, you definitely invented Cover Friday, Fred. And it’s been so much fun over the years.

  21. Richard

    Fred, great line in the song. Awesome lyric “standup and hold your mistakes up”

  22. sigmaalgebra

    I started liking music before I was 5. Apparently Iliked some of it a lot because I still remember it.In grade school, I liked music more and more andstarted on an instrument. I had poor guidance anddid poorly, but I wanted the music.In high school, I kept listening; one night on aradio discovered Beethoven; and that was arevelation and revolution. Occasionally Dad gave mea few dollars, and I took a pass by a record storeand accumulated a nice library of music from aboutVivaldi through Rachmaninoff.So, for me, what really did it was ‘classical’music.In graduate school as a math student, my dorm wasnext to the music building; a violin student puthis 18th century violin on my left shoulder; and Iwas off and running, took a ‘course’ in violin, andeventually was able to play some serious violinmusic in time and in tune. Played well? No!Enjoyed playing? Yes!!! With a violin and some ofthe best music, can just scream out to the heavensin ways that without a good instrument would requirea good singing voice, which I don’t have.Eventually I concluded that the music I like isessentially a special case of the common definitionof ‘art’ as ‘communication, interpretation of humanexperience, emotion’. Net, to me, music was my pathout of pure ‘nerdism’. I wanted that path before Iwas 5 but didn’t really get it until decades later.So, in total I ended up with good credentials asboth a nerd and a human.For me, mostly ‘pop’ music has never really ‘cut’it; I listened to it but always hoping to find more.Classical gave much, MUCH more. Classical music isawash in expressions about the core of the humanexperience that would never be put into words indignified company!For a ‘pop’ music example that I regard as effectiveis the music videoKellie Pickler – ‘I Wonder’at http://www.youtube.com/watc…The music is good as ‘art’; the voice is nice andthe accompaniment is nicely done and more thantrivial, was likely done in Nashville whichapparently has some musicians who really ‘get it’.And the video itself is nicely done, also part ofthe ‘art’.And Ms. Pickler is an astoundingly beautiful youngwoman — face and figure. And with the right hairstyle, makeup, and clothes can be a good version ofMarilyn Monroe.It’s a nice video, about ‘human experience’, a youngwoman who, as a child and still as a sympatheticyoung woman, ‘starved’ for attention,’compassionate caring’, and ‘affection’, from hermother. So, maybe it has ‘pathos and poignancy’.Still, mostly to me, ‘pop’ music mostly just doesn’t’cut it’.Since my first significant contact with music wasvia violin, some of my top, center favorite music isclassical violin. So, like nearly everyone wholikes violin, I have to like a lot of Heifetz, fromBach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Paganini, and Bruchto Sibelius. Here some of the best is the Bach’Chaconne’ (listen to it 50 times following thescore and then conclude as Castelnuovo-Tedesco said,”The Bach ‘Chaconne’ is the greatest piece of musicever written” — what Heifetz does at the end of thecentral D major section is amazing), the Mozart 5thviolin concerto (the last of the 5 he wrote at 19 ona trip through Italy — bright guy), the Beethovenconcerto, again, amazing at the end of the secondmovement, the Bruch ‘Scottish Fantasy’, next tomagic, and the Sibelius concerto, that he made hisown, with places beyond belief, e.g.. at the endsome maniacal dance of gnomes through the frozenforests of Finland.There’s lots more that’s terrific, e.g.,Rostropovich playing the Bach unaccompanied piecesand the Dvorak concerto. Astounding. Once he tolda student that her playing was “boring” — likely intime and in tune but, still, boring. His playingwas not at all “boring” and, instead, was effectiveas art, expressive, that is, was good as’communication’.Super nice isRichard Strauss’Der Rosenkavalier'”Presentation of the Rose”Anne Sophie von Otter (Octavian) and Barbara Bonney(Sophie)http://www.youtube.com/watc…Yup, a nice way to think about some pretty girls.It took me awhile, but like a large fraction ofpeople interested in classical music, eventually Idiscovered Wagner, 1813 — 1883. Yes, in many waysoutside of music narrowly Wagner was something of anutjob. But it’s easy to conclude that as amusician he was one of the best ever — justastounding.I can’t get enough of ‘Lohengrin’, e.g.,”In fernem Land”where Lohengrin has to walk away from his new wife(yes, married with the world’s most famous weddingmusic) — once I had to walk away from a girl Iloved:Peter Andershttps://www.youtube.com/wat…Also from ‘Lohengrin’ isOtto Klemperer: Prelude to Act I,http://www.youtube.com/watc…which is very well done, e.g., also with some nicestill images, ‘pre-Raphaelite’, art popular inEngland near 1900, e.g., the Edmund Blair Leighton’God’s Speed’ as athttp://www.art.com/products…For that girl, it’d be worth it to risk life fightingoff the bad guys!Currently I listen to’Die Walküre’yes, the whole thing, 2+ hours (but no video)Solti in Bayreuth 1983http://www.youtube.com/watc…The best parts are beyond belief — dramatic,sublime, magical, gorgeous, etc.Teen boys: Get a laptop and some DVDs and/or a goodInternet connection and a good collection of music,and sit with her and watch the screen. Since it’s alaptop, she’ll have to sit close.Then with a good collection, you will be able toillustrate, often with just astounding power,essentially every emotion you might want to sharewith her.A total sweetheart, love story opera is Mozart’s’Die Zauberflöte’, ‘The Magic Flute’. There a guylooks at a small picture of a girl and immediatelyfalls in love!Next, can’t miss with Puccini’s ‘Tosca’, where onceagain a guy looks at a small picture of a girl andimmediately falls in love! Tosca is a passionateyoung woman — the Maria Callas performance is nice!After getting familiar with one of these operas, ifyou have some extra cash, take her to a liveperformance at, say, Lincoln Center. If that’s herfirst time at Lincoln Center, then she’ll rememberit and maybe appreciate it! If she’s really young,then, sure, for the holidays take her to ‘TheNutcracker’! Then for Christmas give her anutcracker doll! Then save some for a ‘promise’ring for her right hand! Move right along there!You could use the Kelly Pickler piece to illustratethe importance of attention, eye contact, affection,and caring — and those four are among the keys foryou and her, also. Success with her is not all justabout the ‘plumbing’ in ‘health’ class lectures –not nearly. If she won’t make eye contact, put ahand on your forearm, etc., and you can’t teach her,then consider getting another girl.For more, ‘Lohengrin’ is a good start — but use aperformance with subtitles. Don’t tell her thewedding music is coming; let it surprise her! Ifshe doesn’t ‘get it’ with the wedding music, try heragain after her family has taken her to a fewweddings! Then let the tragedy of the opera be alesson to her not to mess up.The second movement of the Beethoven 5th pianoconcerto (‘The Emperor’) worked great in a lovescene at the beginning of a James Bond movie andmight do much the same for you! It’s just gorgeous,’romantic’ in a grand sense.If she just doesn’t ‘get it’ with anything else,then, sure, fire up the Igor Stravinsky ‘Le Sacre duprintemps’! The title won’t need translation. Imean, we were talking about ‘art’, e.g., ‘humanexperience’?But, especially if you write C++ code, she will nodoubt be far ahead of you emotionally; so if you’get it’ with that music, then so should she. Ifshe is ‘into’ music, say, piano, violin, flute (someof what Wagner does with violin and flute, e.g., in’Lohengrin’, is beyond belief), voice, ballet, thenshe will likely appreciate the music still more.So, I log in as Administrator (where it would bedangerous to Web surf), start ‘Die Walküre’, typecode, and have the opera keep me typing code insteadof Web surfing resting! The ‘motifs’ (a deviceheavily used by Wagner) make the music relativelyeasy to follow.Music can have nearly as much variety as the ‘humanexperience’.Back to code, make money, and get some operatickets!

  23. ErikSchwartz

    Once you get into classical music and opera there has never been anything in the history of mankind that compares to YouTube.I can start spelunking by searching for “Ein Schwert verhiess mir der Vater”, oooh, Melchior, start with the gold standard. Then he also did a recording of “Dio mio potevi” from Otello. Now I do not know if I should listen to Vinay’s “Dio” from 1947 or Melchior did a TV show with Victor Borge….It could kill the whole day.http://youtu.be/wdTt_ST6jAI

    1. awaldstein

      The worse part of YouTube to me is that from my youth sneeking into clubs to see Hendrix, the Fugs, Blues Project, Junior Wells–there were few recordings and almost no pictures and just about zero video.Unfair that you get opera and I don’t get Jimi!

      1. ErikSchwartz

        The vast majority of the historical (pre 1950) opera on YouTube are audio recordings with stills.The most powerful thing they do is in the related links down the right side of the page. That’s where the discovery magic happens.

        1. sigmaalgebra

          > discovery magicYup, but maybe there’s a better way to do that!

          1. ErikSchwartz

            There probably is. But at least in this genre, no one has built it yet.How different are effective discovery mechanisms and management tools in various different genres of media? iTunes is useless for classical music.

          2. sigmaalgebra

            > There probably is.Actually is.> But at least in this genre, no one has built ityet.Built? Yes. Live? Not quite. Soon.Need a little more TCP/IP code. As of last night,it looked like the client side was done, but I wantto give it another reading. For the server side, Iwill reuse and slightly modify the solid code I havefor my session state store.> genre? Yes, it’s for classical music.But, sorry, it’s not just for classical music. So,it’s also for the rest of music, images, long tailWeb sites, and as Fred has indicated at AVC heneeds, technical blogs and business video clips.For such content, the ‘meaning’ is just crucial, butkeywords/phrases make just hash out of meaning.What I did was find a new, effective way to ‘get at’the relevant ‘meaning’. Yes, doing something with’meaning’ of content is a Holy Grail problem incomputer science, but my approach is some appliedmath where we are less religious and more practical!No, it’s not singular value decomposition, machinelearning, collaborative filtering, regression, ridgeregression, non-parametric regression, supportvector machines, signal processing, imageprocessing, wisdom of the masses voting, semanticanalysis, based on the ‘social graph’, what your’friends’ like, etc. Sorry ’bout that.Yes, my start on the project was looking for abetter means of classical music discovery.Sorry ’bout that, but the techniques I cooked up arenot limited just to classical music. Sorry ’boutthat. Similarly for a wheel; they guy who inventedthat no doubt never thought of a Veyron!Sorry ’bout that! Sometimes things work that way.Don’t worry: If classical music is all you areinterested in, then that’s about all you will’discover’.Back to typing code and some guy in ‘Die Walküre’screaming about his sword!

          3. ErikSchwartz

            Let me know when you need beta testers. I am curious.

          4. sigmaalgebra

            You’re now on the list. I’m curious aboutwhat you’ll think!

  24. Paul Sanwald

    I’ll have to get into this a bit, I love sharing music and discovering new stuff through sharing. One of the reasons I really like soundcloud is that I am a very auditory person and I feel like we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg in terms of auditory aspects of social media.Also, auditory reinforcement can be a very powerful educational tool (they emphasize this heavily in TEALS training) and while I think videos are great, I think it’s again only the tip of the iceberg.As a kid, I was a very auditory learner; I mostly remember things by hearing them and playing them back in my head. I can still hear my high school physics teacher (who was awesome) talk to us about solving newtonian physics problems. Even to this day, I often won’t recognize an acquaintance by face, but will place them as soon as I hear their voice.

  25. kirklove

    Discovered so much music this way. And you’ve stolen so much from me. You’re welcome, Buster.

    1. fredwilson

      stolen would not be my choice of words for that behavior. i liked ganked personallyhttp://www.urbandictionary….

      1. kirklove

        Ganked sounds dirty. I like it. 😉

  26. Holger Luedorf

    Music discovery is a complex and interesting subject near and dear to my heart.I do follow a lot of bands, DJs, and labels on SoundCloud & Mixcloud, I follow some music magazines and lots of artists via twitter, and I listen to Gilles Peterson (my favorite tastemaker) on BBC 6 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/progra… throughout the week for inspiration. And almost my entire consumption is now via iPhone (when mobile) and Spotify/Sonos when at home or work.Given my otherwise hectic life juggling family and work, my music discovery feels a little random but there is definitely no shortage of great new music that I discover.But my habits have changed completely. Only 10 years ago I spend many weekend hours digging through crates of new music at records stores, reading music magazines, and listening to specific radio programs at odd hours to get my fix. Things have definitely become more convenient but the fact that I am only spending about $10 per month (Spotify premium) to listen to so much music reminds me how much harder it must be for artists to make a living these days. I guess I compensate that with spending a lot of money on live gigs.

    1. fredwilson

      the business model of Spotify and Rdio (which i use) makes them tough for sharing. that’s why i think youtube and soundcloud are better music services even though they are free

  27. Mark Zohar

    Perhaps my favorite cover of all time. M Ward’s slowed down version of Bowie’s “Let’s Dance”. http://youtu.be/mbxQ9bvdZgU

  28. Holger Luedorf

    ugh, sometimes i hate disqus. i just wrote this long comment, submitted it and now it doesn’t show up. argh. 🙁

    1. fredwilson

      it’s probably in spam for some reason. i will check.

      1. Holger Luedorf

        Thx, Fred!

    2. fredwilson

      it was in spam for some reason. i released it from the filter.

    1. fredwilson


  29. matthughes

    “Like a dog marking his spot.”Ha!

  30. Kasi Viswanathan Agilandam

    Music is THE only common human language….nobody cares where it comes from.

    1. fredwilson


    2. JamesHRH

      math is a close 2nd.My father-in-law took an engineering degree @ a English language school, even thought he only spoke French when he arrived. I asked how it did it & he said: ‘ I spoke Math. ‘

      1. Kasi Viswanathan Agilandam

        Math needs to be tuned … music is not ….really …that is what i believe ….You gotta see 1,2,3,4 year-old kids dance and respond to music to understand the power of music….here is an ad for a mobile carrier in India (sure you will like the ad)… but the theme behind is what i am talking about ….I have seen my kid, neighbor’s,aunt’s uncle’s etc., etc., respond the same way to music.http://www.youtube.com/watc

  31. BandHub

    an interesting way to post/share music is through BandHub – e.g.,: check out this cover: http://getbandhub.com/s/520…you can remix / version / etc. it is really cool

  32. denmeade

    I’ve discovered some great music via your blog (and the blogs of your friends) … thank you! Most of my favourite shows (in Sydney) over the past few years have been musicians I’ve found that way.. Vampire Weekend, Ben Kweller, The Tallest Man on Earth.

  33. Matt A. Myers

    Is Turntable.fm ever going to be available in Canada (without intervention required)?

  34. Sam Birmingham

    Have you played with @discovr yet, Fred? http://discovr.info/Their sharing and discovery process is really strong; feed and integration with all the major music services (yes, Soundcloud & Co are all partners) is what makes it stand out for me.Yours in music 🙂

  35. Juliano Polimeno

    did you try Toma.hk for sharing? It resolves the song (through metadata) to any service that has the track. Here’s Arcade Fire ‘Wake Up’: http://toma.hk/sPoaaaab