Congratulations to this year's Grammy Winners (listed at

It was a banner year for high-profile Mac users from Black Eyed Peas to
U2, and the iTunes Music Store is accordingly offering US$7.99 for the
winning albums. Digitally-created music wasn't left out, either;
traditional rockers dominated most categories but Basement Jaxx,
electronic winner, had plenty of nominations to their name. And there's
actually some good music among the winners, though watching Basement
Jaxx, Chemical Brothers, Scissor Sisters, and Kylie Minogue all get
beaten out by Britney Spears and Toxic is a little painful.

I was especially happy to see Maroon 5 win Best New Artist; it was a pleasure interviewing Jesse Carmichael for the January Keyboard Magazine cover story
which is now available online free. Jesse's a really smart and engaging
guy and had great things to say about music making, along with the
requisite tech talk (the Moog Voyager is among his favorite keys). Add
Jesse to Alicia Keys among big-winning Keyboard cover artists. (Kudos
to our bosses at Keyboard HQ in California!)

JBL Pro won the technical acheivement award this year. (Yes, flesh
beats out circuits for high-profile coverage, if you hadn't heard that

  • Indicator

    I saw Maroon 5 play at the Gorge in the Summer of 2003. At that time I was thoroughly unimpressed by their sound, music, and performance. Perhaps their music just wasn't "for me", or perhaps they've gotten much better over the past 2 years…? Do they deserve another listen?

  • admin

    Rarely-listened-to, but I really enjoy it, is their acoustic album which is on iTunes. I'm personally a fan of Jesse's jazz influences. Of course, could just be taste. I think they tend a lot more to the rock side (big AC/DC fans!) than a lot of people realize.

    I'll be covering some more underground stuff soon if that's more your speed. Good to hear what's on the radar and well, well under it, both, at least for me!


  • Indicator

    Well, Peter, I am definitely not Maroon 5's target demographic! I've been listening to video-game soundtracks most of the week, and I don't think Nobuo Uematsu was nominated for a Grammy… :grin

    That said – I do have diverse tastes in music, so perhaps I'll sample a track or two from ITMS from that acoustic album…