- Thom Yorke’s recent comments have generated a good deal of online response. Yorke said the music industry will implode in just a few months and urged musicians to self-release their music. (He didn’t differentiate between indie and major labels, or record and music industries. Nor did he detail the health of the touring industry, or artist’s ability to sell merchandise. No matter. The blogosphere lapped it up anyway.) This was big enough news for the Drudge Report to give the article a link on Wednesday. Some commentary, like that by the Atlantic, showed a belated understanding that the traditional record industry is in trouble and is affecting other segments of the music industry. But the best comment came from the title of the article link given by The Daily Swarm: “Easy for Him to Say: ‘Self-Release Your Music.’” Indeed. (The Atlantic, The Daily Swarm)

-- The LA Times calls Second Life’s music scene “thriving.” And the number of bands performing on the virtual reality site may very well be on the rise. But what kind of money or useful promotion is coming out of Second Life is still a mystery.

Musician Craig Lyons plays as many as three gigs a day and earns $100 to $200 apiece, according to the article. Is he representative of all the other artists who play at Second Life’s 3,500 known venues? Who knows? The article includes quotes from only Lyons and one other band, and only Lyon’s per-gig take is revealed.

The potential of Second Life has been trumpeted before. On paper, it looks great: stay at home, enjoy an intimate concert, not have to worry about the commute. But it’s odd that I’ve never heard anyone in the music industry mention Second Life – ever. If artists – independent or signed – are finding success with Second Life shows, it’s the best-kept secret in the entire industry.
(LA Times)

-- Related: Linden Labs, the company behind Second Life, just laid off 30% of its staff. That should get artists thinking. What happens when your all your virtual gigs happen are hosted by the same for-profit, online company? The same thing that happened to people who stored their digital music collection at Lala. Once Lala was closed down, their online collection disappeared. (TechCrunch)

-- Rep. John Culberson from Texas, a member of the House Appropriations subcommittee, is reminding the FCC that it does not have the jurisdiction to rein in telecom companies. “None of the funds appropriated ... may be used by the FCC to regulate the Internet because it is not authorized by law.” (Politico)

-- Spotify is now available on TV in Sweden and Finland through a partnership with TeliaSonera. Just as the mobile apps work only for Spotify Premium members, the TV app is available only for paying subscribers. Watch a five-minute instruction video here. It’s in Swedish, but you’ll still get an idea about the music service’s TV interface and set-up procedure. It’s a streamlined version of Spotify that is built for playlists, not browsing and searching. (Spotify blog)

Assorted Links

-- Audio recording of oral arguments in Universal Music Group v. Augusto (USCourts.gov)