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Jayson Harsin
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Jayson is a scholar, music and film critic, blogger, Paris DJ, accordianist, third-rate poet, gummybear addict, and connoisseur of coconut cream pies. He is a professor of Global Communications at The American University of Paris, France. JaysonHarsin @ Twitter.


Wednesday, March 24 2010

SXSW 2010: But Can It Be Monetized?

After five days of sun, beer, panel discussions and performances from sun up 'til sun up, what have we learned? Brand yourself, exploit social media, and make some music once in a while.

Tuesday, August 25 2009

Let's Sing / Think About the Status Quo, But the Point Is to Change It

Against Me! protests and documents. But they also ask questions, even about the usefulness of protest or of asking questions about the usefulness of protest.


Thursday, December 8 2011

Scott H. Biram: Bad Ingredients

One rarely feels so much energy and solidarity in loneliness and despair than when one listens to Scott H. Biram's music, not the least in Bad Ingredients. His fourth album for Bloodshot Records is also one of the year's best.

Thursday, July 7 2011

Black Lips Arabia Mountain

On their sixth studio album, produced by Mark Ronson, Black Lips demonstrate they can mature without growing up, and have made their best album to date.

Wednesday, January 5 2011

Le Concorde: House

As smart and fun as your ideal date, if you can allow yourself to revel in its uber-production

Sunday, August 15 2010

Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs: Medicine County

This partly dark country blues album is competent, creative, and fun, though its frequent ironic tone makes one wonder if this is flirtation or love.

Sunday, July 18 2010

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis: The Road

The Road offers emotive compositions that are a pleasure to contemplate in their own lone, spectacular depression.


Sunday, March 21 2010

SXSW Industry and Culture Dispatch: The Future of Online Music Videos

Label reps and video distributor executives share their hopes about the potential of music videos, everywhere and anywhere: monetize, monetize, monetize.

Thursday, March 18 2010

SXSW Panels: This Is Contemporary Music Industry and Culture

The first day exceeded all expectations. Though several new unsigned, or recently signed artists, had been heard, the day started with the music industry conference.

Thursday, March 18 2010

Arrival in Austin: Warmup for Music Day 1

Before taking the plunge, Jayson Harsin visits an Austin institution. Follow Jayson's SXSW adventures on Twitter: @JaysonHarsin.

Friday, December 18 2009

Slipped Disc: Steve Earle - Townes

Albums that missed our Top 60 Albums list, but at least one of our writers loves.

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