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 0Posted on Dec 17th, 2012 | re: Deconstructing: How Can Indie Musicians Break Even? (103 comments)

As a newly independent musician I really appreciate this discussion and sensitivity on hand regarding this modern conundrum. Here’s my two cents.

Let’s say there was a band that was willing to shamelessly self promote and capitalize on the feelings of good will towards musicians in the hopes that it would make them a few bucks in exchange for some sense of self worth. i.e. they went on a popular music blog and created a discount code pandering to it’s sister site that would save readers 15% off the download of that band’s latest outstanding release. Sort of an in joke code to be entered at checkout valid through xmas, we’ll call the code “facetaco”. If, for example, the band’s bandcamp store was located at, do you think the other commenters would take advantage of the amazing deal and download the album?

This hypothetical thought exercise is the kind of thing band’s do and/or need to think about a lot these days. Major labels used to sign a lot of bands in the hopes that one would get big. Indie musicians need to try a lot of different stuff in the hopes that they can buy lunch.

 +3Posted on Dec 11th, 2012 | re: Album Of The Week: Big Boi Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors (42 comments)

Sure is! Classic Andre verse. Slim performed it every night of that tour, and every night of that tour I ate it right up. One time he asked me if I had rubbers. Blush.

 +12Posted on Dec 11th, 2012 | re: Album Of The Week: Big Boi Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors (42 comments)

Here’s my album review: 10 years ago I was in a band that was touring with Outkast. One night while passing their bus Big Boi leaned out the window and said “sup playa, wanna smoke good?” I replied “yes, yes I would like that, thanks.” I proceeded to smoke great with the likes of Big Boi, Slim Cutta Calhoun et al. This album gets 5 out of 5 stars.

 0Posted on Nov 10th, 2012 | re: The 5 Best Videos Of The Week (9 comments)

The new DeLeon video is suuuper beautiful. I recommend it if you like Mexican countrysides and epic journey videos.

 +1Posted on Oct 26th, 2012 | re: Album Of The Week: Kendrick Lamar Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City (75 comments)

I’d like this album a lot more if I’d never heard ATLiens.

 +2Posted on Jul 10th, 2012 | re: Watch Frank Ocean's Stunning Fallon Performance (28 comments)

I’d like to watch this but I live in Mexico. Will someone mail it to me? In fact, will someone just mail me the internet? Thanks!

 +2Posted on May 16th, 2012 | re: R.I.P. Chuck Brown (5 comments)

Chuck has officially busted loose from his physical constraints but the groove and all night party he pioneered continue to rage on. Like Jim, I’m from DC and grew up on go-go. Chuck is a legend where we’re from and the city mourns his passing.

 -1Posted on Dec 5th, 2011 | re: Stereogum's Top 50 Albums Of 2011 (415 comments)

Srsly. Anna Calvi should not be ignored. Nor should DeLeon for that matter. Take another listen to their album Casata from this year and get back to me.

 0Posted on Jun 20th, 2011 | re: Indie Songs Of The Summer 2001-2011 (151 comments)

If you’re not averse to ancient Judeo-Turkish proverb based indie summer jams, I would offer the following:

 0Posted on Mar 27th, 2011 | re: The 10 Best Videos Of The Week (2 comments)

I’ve read about this Big Freedia character before and found him to be a compelling figure in print, but I’ve only just now realized he’s also my favorite musician.