Quickly because there’s so much work to do: watching night one of Merge 25 was really special. My boss gave a short but incredibly thoughtful speech to start things off. William Tyler and Mount Moriah treated us to new unreleased songs. Lambchop’s arrangements of Nixon were perfect for Baldwin Auditorium and this first night of the festival in general; subdued but not without power thanks to their musicianship. They are a Nashville band through and through. They encored with their cover of Marvin Gaye’s “Give Me Your Love”. After I picked my jaw off the floor I biked to Motorco where Flesh Wounds turned up the volume and Greg Cartwright spun soul 45s. It’s sad that it has come to this, but it’s a great feeling to be enjoying yourself so much that you can’t be bothered to tell the world about it via social networks. I’m anticipating more of the same for the next three evenings.
9:56 am |
July 24 2014
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[CLICK HERE TO BUY]
When reading about a new song or new album by an artist, I get irked when I see no direct link to purchase the forthcoming release. This isn’t always the writer’s fault: hard to believe, but some press releases go out forgetting to include something as simple as a pre-order or purchase page (and that’s insane to me). But writers: you’re sharing a song or release with readers because you love what you hear and you’d like your readers to support the artist financially.
I feel like a dick following up with a writer, requesting to include a link to purchase. In the end, they should know I’m grateful they’re sharing the news… double if they’re not just rewording my press release and tenfold if it’s something genuinely thoughtful.
So if you write about music and you’re reading this, just a gentle reminder to always link to a release’s purchase page. The more the merrier: ticket links to shows, facebook events and artist pages, twitter handles, etc. When a press release doesn’t include a link, ask the idiot publicist to provide one or just look it up real quick. Let’s make it easy for your readers to support the artist they just discovered because of you!
10:42 pm |
February 13 2014
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And he’s singing
And a 1, 2, 3, 4
12:54 pm |
February 9 2014
The Spammer of Spotify
I wrote this story about a musician who figured out how to make money from music with ZERO hype. You’re gonna love this story - just came out. It’s also about where the ongoing music industry shakeup is headed next, I think…
Read this fascinating, beautifully-written piece by Ryan from Hallelujah The Hills for BDCwire. Learn how a regular Joe wrote 14k songs, uploaded them to the cloud, and made $23k.
9:02 pm |
January 23 2014
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MY FAVORITE RELEASES OF 2013
My Bloody Valentine m b v
While Kevin denies it, m b v works like a triptych. It plays out like 2001: A Space Odyssey with a past, present, and future.
Porches. Slow Dance in the Cosmos
Already gushed. “Fog Dog” for best duet of the year.
Pretty & Nice Golden Rules for Golden People
Like Slow Dance, a superfeelgood record, but P&N’s full length is more a love letter to life than another person. “Connect, connect to the sun through the space in your skin” is instructed near the end of the “The Frog”, a song which closes Golden Rules for Golden People in a purposely unfinished manner, like a dare for the listener to take the reigns.
This Boston quartet died at the starting line; a product of members relocating elsewhere before there was even a chance to play shows. There was serious potential for havoc here: two drummers criss-crossing thru a krauty playground of guitars and samples created by the other two members. Yelps abound. Results varied from the Battles-esque ”Futakuchi” to the poppier “Outlaw” to the zoned out “Million Year Picnic”, all winners. Dammit.
The sound of Extreme Pop Music fucking with the structure. Exhibits include the “Ghost”/”Haunted” suite as track two, the filthy fun of “Drunk in Love”, the playful bridge in “Blow”, the Chairlift-assisted “No Angel”. No one saw this release coming, but I didn’t expect to enjoy it so much.
Speedy Ortiz Major Arcana
Side B in particular is just a face melter. Does anyone else hear Siamese Dream guitars on “Cash Cab”? No? Whatever I do.
Viet Cong cassette
Women's rhythm section started a new project that adds just the tiniest fraction of light to their old band's ice cold beach pop. Got so excited seeing them in Boston that I caught an encore at Pop Montreal two days later.
Beach Fossils Clash The Truth
Many dismissed it, but I loved the rhythm section-favoring production. It pays off in dividends on the tragic “Shallow” or the fiercely joyous “Careless”.
Happy Jawbone Family Band Happy Jawbone Family Band
Hi-fi Jawbone reveals all the syncopation and flourishes in their songwriting, and Luke’s lyrics more vivid than ever, at times bizarrely relatable. Basement Tapes spirit.
Paper Castles Vague Era
Speaking of Vermont, Vague Era is a very welcome addition to Paper Castles’ catalog, an album that sounds country and cosmopolitain just like their hometown of Burlington. I’ve been waiting for a recorded version of “30 Weeks” for a good three years now, and “Come Too Late” is the sound of a band discovering a perfect balance in their strengths.
Haim Days Are Gone
Flashes of Quincy.
12:10 pm |
December 30 2013
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