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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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…
Wrote about my favorite bagelry for The Media’s 2013 wrapup.
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.
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.
Swirlies Strictly East Coast Flute Music
It wasn’t until I bought the vinyl for They Spent Their Wild Youthful Days in the Glittering World of the Salons that I discovered Swirlies made their own dub album out of the recordings.
Chris Bell I Am The Cosmos
Shoutout if you discovered this album by watching Big Star’s documentary, Nothing Can Hurt Me. Supreme gutter listening: even the upbeat rockers like “Make a Scene” will break your heart.
Huge Face “Break The Hearts of Summer”
Doubled guitar solos and drums all over this powerpop ballad that’s about the exact opposite of love.
Bent Shapes “Hex Maneuvers”
Politely sneering at the religious masses.
The So So Glos “Lost Weekend”
Matt’s guitar melody on this song is simply perfect.
Arvid Noe “3D Jesus”
Allston basement kings propel each section of this Islington composition with more piss and more vinegar than the one before.
Bozmo “B a Tree”
Innit a shame the Boston formation of this group had to disperse themselves around the country? What a tasty slice of Kinks-y pop. Great music video that captures all the fun of tour and basement shows (including their last), shot on iPhone no less.
Emily Reo “Peach”
This lyric: “and if we die together / don’t have to do it alone”.
King Krule “Baby Blue”
Love the phased drums and Archy’s woozy delivery.
Mount Kimbie “So Many Times So Many Ways”
Helping with my theory that afrobeat and electronic music aren’t too different.
Majical Cloudz “Savage”
Been there. Beautifully said.
Luxury Liners “Lash by Lash”
A glitchy gem from the Carter Tanton’s electronic moonlighting project. That synth that comes in halfway through each chorus is massive.
No Age “An Impression”
I love how the strings swell and wrap themselves around this song, nearly strangling it, before loosening their grip for the final verse.
Mutual Benefit “Golden Wake”
The decision to quit your job has never felt so right.