Thursday, December 20, 2007

David Byrne's Survival Strategies for Emerging Artists - and Megastars

David Byrne raises some interesting ideas regarding the role of business in music in the latest issue of Wired.

There is no one single way of doing business these days. There are, in fact, six viable models by my count. That variety is good for artists; it gives them more ways to get paid and make a living. And it's good for audiences, too, who will have more — and more interesting — music to listen to.
Read the article here.

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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Various Artists - Yuletunes

In 1991 the Shoes compiled this holiday collection for those of us who like a little jangle with our jingle. Inspired by Phil Spector’s Christmas LP and the Beatles’ Fan Club Christmas EPs, this is a totally original take on holiday music with nary a standard in sight. Besides being a fine Christmas album, this serves as a nice look back at often forgotten early 90’s power pop.

Shoes – This Christmas
The Cavedogs – 3 Wise Men and a Baby (Xmas Song)

The album is out of print, but CD Baby has a limited number in stock.

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Monday, December 10, 2007

The Attic Lights - God

The Attic Lights' debut album isn't due out until sometime next year, but the Glasgowian poppers have recently released the lead single "God." It's hard to avoid the Bandwagonesque era Fannies comparisons, but where I come from that's pretty high praise.


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Sunday, December 9, 2007

Daedelus - Was Waiting

Experimental beats typically manage to accomplish only one thing on a consistent basis: bother the fuck out of me. To be clear, I am a fan of almost anything experimental. But when it comes to rhythm sections, there is a fine line between experimentation and pissing around.

Daedelus has, perhaps out of sheer dumb luck, found that line on Was Waiting from Of Snowdonia, and manages to skirt it magnificently. The song’s wonderfully crafted synth melodies provide the basic structure through which the snare drum bounces around in a slippery fashion always able to avoid prediction; just when you’re sure it’s going to pop, it snaps, or vanishes completely.

But perhaps more remarkable is that all this foolishness takes place behind a deceptively catchy pop tune. It is as if the rhythm section is waging a distant war, while the song carries on unaffected by the turmoil.


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