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Welcome Diesel Sweeties fans!

October 14, 2008

(portrait by rstevens, of course) zed equals zee is a site about indie music. I focus on local music, mostly in Boston and Seattle (about). Occasionally, it gets a little scholarly, sometimes it’s historical, and sometimes it’s just plain fun. Scroll down for some recent additions. Some posts that DS fans might particularly like:┬áThe music […]


The zed equals zee gift guide

December 13, 2009

We like music, geeking out, and indie manufacturers. Two gorgeous prints by Cat and Girl. The one on the left is a timeline of hits by genre, and the one on the right is a list of first names in hit singles by here (click images for larger images and purchase links). Indie rock snark […]


Here from Hypebot or Daily Swarm?

November 5, 2009

Thanks for stopping by! zed equals zee is a music, culture and technology blog based out of Cambridge, MA. You might also enjoy the following posts: Streaming vs downloading: Do we really want a jukebox in the sky? Or does it make more sense to hold it in our hands? Music, webcomics, NPR and money. […]


Music, webcomics, NPR, and money

October 5, 2009

[click for full Diesel Sweeties strip] The topic of creators and money seems to be in the air at the moment. Last week, Amanda Palmer wrote a blog post, “Why I am not afraid to take your money,” which is burning up the Twitterverse and the blogosphere, and a recent PBS MediaShift article discussed financially […]


Music and tech roundup (er, part 1*)

June 15, 2009

Lots of stuff happening in the music and tech world this week. Custom Facebook URLs for smaller fan pages coming soon. Facebook did a terrible job of communicating that only artists and other brands with more than 1000 fans could register custom URLs during the big land grab last week. But they did announce that […]


Hypetape: new playlist site

May 12, 2009

Hypetape describes itself, somewhat redundantly, as ‘the illegitimate lovechild of The Hype Machine and Muxtape.’ It scrapes the web for MP3s, and lets you put together playlists, which you can save and share. They don’t host any of the music (so they aren’t vulnerable to filesharing charges). It’s a neat idea, with a straightforward interface, […]


Threesome: “I liked them better before.”

February 9, 2009

So, if you are music geek to any degree, at some point you’ve found yourself saying (or at least thinking) some variation on “I liked them before they were cool.” (“I liked their first album better.” “I saw them play this little club.” The permutations are endless.) I heard a recent Modest Mouse song the […]


The future of vinyl?

February 2, 2009

[click image for full-size version at Diesel Sweeties] So, in the comments to a previous post, there was a brief discussion on the future of vinyl records. Aaron char Manders quoted the CEO of Newbury Comics as describing vinyl as a ‘novelty,’ a description which suggests a certain transience. Here’s a couple of starting points […]


Octopus Pie nails z=z

January 6, 2009

The music of z=z in a nutshell. Go check out Octopus Pie, a narrative-style webcomic following the adventures of a crew of Brooklynites, created by Meredith Gran. She’s a resident of Northampton, MA, which seems to be the epicentre of a webcomics cabal. (whiny indie pop trash) MP3: The Airborne Toxic Event – Sometime Around […]


Venn diagram for the indie rock snob

January 14, 2008

From the webcomic Diesel Sweeties. Buy the t-shirt.


What will music fans pay for?

October 9, 2009

This piece was crossposted to Music Think Tank. Earlier this week, I talked about how NPR and webcomics have a business model that’s predicated on the primary work (the radio broadcast and the webcomics themselves, respectively) being available for free; once the overhead is covered, the incremental cost of additional readers or listeners is approximately […]