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.
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!
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