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David Lowery Blasts YouTube Music Key’s Artist Terms Disclosed By Zoë Keating

Last year, YouTube announced that it’s getting ready to launch Music Key, its own streaming service. Given all the power that YouTube and its parent company Google wield in the music universe, it’s poised to become an overnight power player in the streaming wars, and it looks like its contracts might be even rougher o… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 29, 2015 - 11:09 am

Listen To David Lowery On Marc Maron’s WTF

For old heads like me, David Lowery is best-known as the frontman for Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker. More recently, he’s been in the news for railing against the digital music system — efforts that have included calling out an NPR intern for admitting to file sharing. Lowery talks about all that — the musical… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 30, 2014 - 9:48 am

Artists Against Spotify, Vinyl At Whole Foods, And The Metamorphosis Of The Music Biz In 2013

The music industry may or may not be dying, but it’s definitely changing. “Metamorphosis” is probably the right word because some days the music biz seems to have woken up and found itself transformed into repulsive insectine creature without notice. Just because it’s new and shiny doesn’t mean it ain’t ugly. More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 20, 2013 - 5:41 pm

David Lowery Leads Effort To Shut Down Lyric Websites Like Rap Genius

The Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven frontman David Lowery is now a researcher at the University Of Georgia, and he’s also become a crusader for musicians’ financial rights. He was most recently seen on this site decrying Pandora’s practice of paying musicians a pittance for streaming rights, and he also famously shamed an NPR internMore »

By: Tom Breihan / November 12, 2013 - 9:14 am

Pink Floyd, David Lowery Reignite Pandora Royalty Debate

It can’t be a coincidence that less than one week after Pink Floyd’s catalog was “unlocked” on Spotify, band members Roger Waters, David Gilmour, and Nick Mason published an editorial on decrying Pandora’s royalty payouts — or, more specifically, the payout system that would be put in place if the Pandora-sponsored Internet Radio Fairne… More »

By: Michael Nelson / June 25, 2013 - 11:30 am

2012 In Review: Opening The Books On Spotify, Grizzly Bear, And The Economic Plight Of The Working Musician

To a cynic, 2012 might have looked a lot like the Year Of The Bellyache. With musicians from Jana Hunter to John Mellencamp candidly addressing their personal economic realities in blog posts and articles, Rihanna, Katy Perry and Billy Joel rallying to contest Pandora’s attempt to lower their artist royalty rate, and record stores, print… More »

By: James Jackson Toth / December 31, 2012 - 1:33 pm

David Lowery Blasts NPR Intern On File-Sharing

On Monday, June 16, NPR All Songs Considered intern Emily White published an essay in which she admitted that, while she boasted an iTunes library comprising some 11,000 songs, she had only purchased 15 CDs in her lifetime. In her 517-word story, White claimed that only a small fraction of her library came via piracy… More »

By: Michael Nelson / June 19, 2012 - 2:57 pm

School Of Seven Bells – “Lafaye” Video

Shot in an old house in Dallas, the clip for School Of Seven Bells’ single “Lafaye” gives off a eerie, haunted vibe, replete with people in fine threads wearing those Eyes Wide Shut Masks. Those things never fail to add an extra layer of creepiness. Watch the David Lowery and Toby Halbrook-directed video below. More »

By: Corban Goble / February 24, 2012 - 3:09 pm

The 12 Best Videos Of The Week

There’s a larger dose of videos this week, since we took Friday off for the holiday. And the best videos this week are varied — there’s a new, interactive clip from Au Revoir Simone, another fan-made clip for Sleigh Bells (that is way more fun than the official one), and inscrutable videos from Active Child,… More »

By: jessica / December 3, 2010 - 5:23 pm

New Cracker Video – “Baby All Those Girls Meant Nothing To Me”

Old fave David Lowery wants us to know that all those gals, well, they meant nothing, baby, come on, take him back. Over at his pretty terrific blog he offers a bit of background:Originally It was titled ?All those whores meant nothing to me?. but kristin hott refused to sing the backing vocals that way. More »

By: Stereogum / September 11, 2007 - 11:23 am