Jonny Leather

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I appreciate that The Slider & Electric Warrior are his best albums, but Tanx has some great songs like The Street & Babe Shadow. And those early Tyrannosaurus Rex records need some representation here. Conesuela, Mustang Ford, Chariots of Silk are all fantastic songs that basically predict the future existence of artists like Animal Collective and Devendra Banhart.

Also, Jeepster needs to be #1.

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June 27, 2013 on The 10 Best T. Rex Songs

I don’t usually chime in on these things. everyone has their favorites, and I’ll respect that. I’ve been a fan of The Walkmen since day one, after being a Jonathan FireEater fan before that. I’ve seen them live more times than I can count on my hands, photographed them for publications and interviewed Ham. They’re easily one of my favorite bands my ears have ever had the pleasure of hearing. It’s hard for me to accept a list with only one song from Bows & Arrows, especially when it’s sitting at #1. If The Rat is your favorite song by the Walkmen, how do you not rank any other songs form that record in your top ten?. I feel like this list doesn’t quite show the diversity of The Walkmen, leaning heavy on the poppier songs.

My Turn.
10. Juveniles
9. All Hands And The Cook
8. Blizzard of ’96
7. On The Water
6. Heaven
5. Everyone Who Pretended To Like Me Is Gone
4. No Christmas While I’m Talking
3. Torch Song
2. The Rat
1. In The New Year

* I left out Another One Goes By on the basis of it being a cover

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January 10, 2013 on The 10 Best Walkmen Songs

While I agree that illegal downloading is a problem, and has been a problem, I think streaming services lik e Spotify are actually the solution (in time). Sure, spotify doesn’t pay much, but it rewards albums that draw repeated listens, over the more throwaway records. If someone illegally downloads mp3s, and then plays them through Spotify, the artist gets paid for those plays. One of the relatively unknown bands I work with recently released a single for free via bandcamp. We also sent it to Spotify. In about a month, that single song earned $16.00 off of 2,800 plays, so I’m not sure where these numbers come from: “On Spotify, one LP is equivalent to 47,680 plays.”

There’s thousands of bands in the US who believe they deserve to make a living off of album sales, without working their asses off on the road. The road and merch have always been where musicians have made money. The labels took all the album sales money to cover the costs of marketing, production, videos and all the other bullshit.

The sad reality is that the value of music diminishes as the supply increases. Musicians are generally greedy to think that they deserve to make a living off of their art. Art is a personal therapeutic practice for many to exercise their demons. I appreciate that you’d like to share your demons with me, but I might not think their worth a damn. Just like how you might enjoy a painting you see in a gallery but won’t buy it.

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November 20, 2012 on Deconstructing: Pandora, Spotify, Piracy, And Getting Artists Paid