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The problem is a lot of people view that $200 per month internet/cable expense as their admission fee to a buffet of “free” entertainment. Too bad, you know, zero of that money goes to the artists. Spotify isn’t a perfect (or even a particularly good) solution for musicians, but it’s at least a semi-legit way to consume music that gives people less of an excuse to engage in out-and-out piracy.
In this particular case involving Kevin, that may be true, but he does have a bit of a track record of being needlessly combative with other bands. The man enjoys talking shit. I’m sure Ted Leo’s manager was alluding to a specific incident that resulted in a punches between Ted and Bob/Nate Farley.
Yeah, that was pretty ridiculous. It seems like, of all the band members, Kevin is the one who’s had the spottiest relationship with Bob over the years, so this doesn’t surprise me too much. I feel kind of bad for him because he was so sweet to me and my girlfriend after a GBV show last year.
I love Bob (avatar acknowledged), but yeah, he can really be a dick when he wants to be. Must be the high school jock in him.
Wait, so this means I was a sophomore in college 10 years ago? Ugh.
Hmm, hate to say it, but I’m not seeing an awful lot to get excited over. The 2013 In Utero mix and that Nilsson collection might be nice to have.
What’s the “black on black” …Like Clockwork? Is it just different artwork? How many damn editions of that album are they going to put out?
If he threw in an original copy of Propeller, that opening bid would seem a little less insane.
Agreed. In the past few years, I’ve gotten to see a bunch of bands that I thought I’d never get to see live: Pavement, Guided By Voices, The Jesus Lizard, The Pixies, Sebadoh… the list goes on. And you know what? They all sounded GREAT. I could care less if it was just a paycheck to them.
Also, did Pavement ever explicitly claim that the reunion wasn’t about money? I don’t think they ever pretended that it wasn’t.
Agreed. Really enjoying these.
David Byrne seems kind of similar to Jonathan Richman in that he just has zero interest in playing the type of music that he made when he was in his 20s. That, and the fact that–yeah–he probably doesn’t get along with Chris and Tina. The whole “No Talking, Just Head” project was probably the nail in the coffin. They sure didn’t have much of a “band” vibe going during that Rock & Roll Hall of Fame performance.
I’m actually pretty happy that Plant is keeping the Zeppelin reunion from happening. Are people really clamoring to hear “Black Dog” played three keys lower so Plant can hit the notes?
The guys from Husker Du seem pretty set on maintaining their personal grudges again each other.
I’m sad to see Ween call it a day, but I’m glad Aaron is doing what’s best for his health. It sound like the 00′s were a really bumpy ride for him.
The funny thing is, this was my exact attitude toward JD Samson’s essay about being broke.
qwop – Fair enough. The main issue is that people are arguing their way around not paying for something that they know they know cost musicians time and money. You can make all the points you want (and honestly not all of them are bad ideas) about the direction the music industry could move toward, but acting like it’s our position to tell musicians how to conduct their business seems ridiculously arrogant to me. “Hit the road more, boys, cuz I’m pirating your stuff anyway” is a pretty selfish attitude for anyone claims to care at all about the musicians they like.
People get really hung up on the semantics of “theft” versus “piracy.” Theft: swiping a physical CD from the rack; thus, leaving the store short one CD. Piracy: taking an intangible good without paying for it, leaving no physical shortage of the product.
If I sit down for a haircut and run out the door before I pay for it, is that any less moral than torrenting? I haven’t depleted the barber of any of his physical inventory.
The guy was on tour last year. I’m not even the world’s biggest CVB or Cracker fan, but as a guy who’s been in the business for around 30 years, I think he’s earned the right to add his two cents.
@scapegoat – Exactly. I’d honestly like to hear a decent argument against this.
My only big problem with the article is that Lowery had to go and make me feel guilty for using Spotify. I’ve been doing the $10/month premium deal for the last six months thinking it was a fairly guilt-free way of checking out new stuff. I guess some things are too good to be true. I still spend way too much money on physical albums though because I’m a vinyl geek. The inclusion of the free download voucher with a vinyl purchase is the smartest practice record companies have adopted in years.
Camper all the way.
Thank you. The “I’m a poor college student, and I’m entitled to free entertainment” argument drives me up the wall. Same with the “If they didn’t make it so expensive, I wouldn’t have to steal it” logic.
I actually didn’t hear this album until 2001, right after I graduated high school. I strangely bought all the Mr. Bungle albums first (I was a huge Zappa fan looking for other “weird” music) and then worked my way toward Faith No More. Angel Dust took a few listens to sink in, but I quickly grew to love it. I remember spending a lot my freshman year of college holed up in my room listening to it. I wound up becoming a huge Mike Patton geek for a while, and while my interest in Patton has cooled over the years, Angel Dust is still one of my favorites. However, I still think Bungle’s California is Mike Patton’s true masterpiece.
So you don’t own any John Lennon albums? You’re missing out.
Agreed. If musicians were judged by their personalities, Lou Reed would have zero fans.
“I love how people call someone awful names and throw out insults about someone they do not know.”
I thought this was the reason the internet was invented.