who is Bob Lefsetz?

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I find myself all of a sudden talking with "industry people" -- not my chosen path. Quite a few tell me to sign up for the "Bob Lefsetz Letter." So I do. It's an email list, where this person writes screeds that seem to be about 1) hating music festivals 2) the tropical paradise he's visiting 3) using CAPTIAL LETTERS in the middle of otherwise PASSIVE STATEMENTS

The people that recommended this list are a bit older, ex-radio guys or digital music industry guys. I google for Mr. Lefsetz but can only find "Industry Legend" as a bio. I like a little context with my rants-- why am I reading these emails? Who is this guy? Is it a Dvorak-style amalgam of ex-ATN writers taking the piss? Is it Ned Raggett?

neustile (neustile), Tuesday, 16 May 2006 15:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

As to the last question, no. Never heard of this Bob guy before, to my knowledge.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 16 May 2006 15:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

Hmm! I have read some issues of the "Lefsetz Letter" - when it still was a printed-on-paper-and-everything thing-y, waaay back in the early 90s :)
Well it was, well, well fun to read then, I recall. I've no idea what he writes about, and how, these days.

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Tuesday, 16 May 2006 16:42 (ten years ago) Permalink

For a taste, the latest mail just came in:


But I've got to warn you. There are SEA CUCUMBERS!

Oh, you wear reef shoes. But littered on the bottom of the ocean are these...well, CUCUMBERS! But they're alive. And squishy. And they urinate. And it's almost so gross you don't want to go in. You CERTAINLY don't want to step on one.

...

neustile (neustile), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 03:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

Not that they're his only audience, but older music industry professionals who don't have a strong grasp of the Internet seem to believe Lefsetz is the one peer with a finger on its pulse. I see some of his stuff via other email lists and tend to find him wrong.

Joseph McCombs (Joseph McCombs), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 03:38 (ten years ago) Permalink

extremely old industry legend fart who used to like music when it was, ya know, BETTER. hates young people. probably hates old people too. undoubtedly hates HIMSELF. so consistently and hilariously WRONG that sometimes he's actually RIGHT.

"Dvorak-style amalgam of ex-ATN writers taking the piss" is the FUNNIEST PHRASE I HAVE READ ALL DAY though i don't know why.

fact checking cuz (fcc), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 03:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

Lefsetz's blog is at http://lefsetz.com/wordpress/

He also turns up on the Rhino podcast with hystronic tirades about The State Of Things and endless flashbacks to his life in the 70s when things were So Much Better. In short, he's one of the Ghost World record collectors only with an income.

LOL Thomas (Chris Barrus), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 04:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

Actually, I heard he was Luther Campbell.

Rickey Wright (Rrrickey), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 04:42 (ten years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

You know what brings you back, again and again, to Bob Lefsetz? It's the PASSION. Oh, you can try to stay away. You can subscribe to a million other blogs. You can tell yourself that music's changed, or that you've changed, or that you don't understand anymore. But you know what? It's not that you've got older - it's that your generation has lost touch! They've SOLD OUT. And it's the KIDS on the INTERNET with thei iPods and their Blackberries who are reminding you why you got into this WHOLE CRAZY FUCKING BUSINESS IN THE FIRST PLACE. It's the MUSIC! Oh, you can tell yourself it isn't. BUT IT IS. And if you don't listen, you and every other exec LEECHING off the hindquarters of a MEMORY is going to BITE THE FUCKING DUST!

moley, Sunday, 24 June 2007 10:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

Heheh.
I unsubscribed offa the Lef'Letter again awhile ago.

t**t, Sunday, 24 June 2007 13:45 (nine years ago) Permalink

Seriously though his blog is my fave industry read and has been for a while now.

moley, Monday, 25 June 2007 04:32 (nine years ago) Permalink

omg somebody's gotta imagebomb this dude and his ridiculous opinions

Another thread on him. Also, Chuck mentioned and quoted a recent Lefsetz country music and Sirius radio thing on the Rolling Country thread.

curmudgeon, Monday, 25 June 2007 04:53 (nine years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

His most recent column begins 'I was at the psychiatrist today...'. Magnificent. We are Lefsetz FANATICS at our house. Oh, you can laugh. But that's because you're HISTORY.

moley, Tuesday, 10 July 2007 11:04 (nine years ago) Permalink

How about that T.I. diatribe...Is he right about touring rock bands having more sustained longevity than rappers or pop acts?

But I'll take T.I. over Rory Gallagher and many of the washed-up blooz-rockers and classic-rock dudes he loves.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 11:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

Is he right about touring rock bands having more sustained longevity than rappers or pop acts?...YES

...he must have a lot of time on his hands and he reminds me of mixerman

pollywog, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 12:33 (nine years ago) Permalink

Who's mixerman? I think Lefsetz is a retired music biz attorney.

One of his pet themes is that only individuals whom he says audiences perceive as 'real' will have lasting careers. He says this does not include American Idol performers and most rappers and pop acts.

Nelly Furtado Thursday 6/7/07 The WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY Gross: $316,400 4,992/4,992 (100% Ticket prices: $65.00/$45.00 That was her best gig. In Boston, she did 3,644 out of 6,500 (56.1%). In Sayreville, NJ, she did 1,165 out of 2,050 (56.8%). In Detroit, she did 1,761 out of 2,585 (68.1%). In Grand Prairie, TX, she did 2,375 out of 2,503 (94.9%). In other words, she did SHITTY! And these weren't big halls to begin with, positively small, THEATRES! Her album has sold 1,873,719 copies, it's still number 50 on the chart A YEAR LATER! In other words, record sales don't mean shit. Work with Timbaland all you want. Have a hit on Top Forty radio that fewer people are listening to every day. Most people are not paying attention. They don't think you're REAL! Real acts don't conspire with a multitude of people, the usual suspects, to create their of the moment music. No one's even going to REMEMBER her tracks half a decade from now. No one's even going to PLAY them! (Have you heard Eminem recently?) It's not about music being stolen, that's not the big story in the music business today. It's about the bifurcation in its soul. Touring used to reflect record sales. No longer is this the case. And the real acts, the lasting acts, can all do good live business. The public got the memo, the press has not. As for the major labels? If they want a taste of every piece of the pie they've got to be trustworthy, have the act's best interests at heart. Ain't that a laugh.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 02:13 (nine years ago) Permalink

so bob thinks the PUBLIC wants REAL, but it's hard to notice that said public has responded to THE REAL BOB himself by leaving ZERO COMMENTS so far on his latest blog post. ZERO COMMENTS on the post before that. ZERO COMMENTS on his LAST FOUR POSTS, in fact. the one before that elicited ONE COMMENT. so maybe everyone's talking about him but NO ONE CARES. most people are not paying attention. in other words, capital-letter posts about THE REAL don't mean shit. on the other hand, matthew fluxblog, champion of the pop, the artificial, the unreal, got 14 COMMENTS on his most recent posts. and 20 COMMENTS on the one before that. and 12 comments for his thoughts on KELLY CLARKSON. take that, bob!

fact checking cuz, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 05:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

So who's READING these blogs? The Arizona girl you met at UCLA you secretly wanted to fuck? NO! That aging A&R rep with the combover whose ass you wanted to kick cos he thought he was DOWN with the kids? NO-ONE who CARES about MUSIC reads BLOGS! They're too busy LIVING! And what do they want as their soundtrack to life? Music about LOVE - love gained, love lost, love refrigerated briefly prior to baking. LOVE is what keeps us coming back to music. NOT blogs. NOT UCLA postgrad programs. NOT even Arizona girls. And especially not Matthew fucking PERPETUA.

moley, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 07:10 (nine years ago) Permalink

Who's mixerman?

http://www.mixerman.net/diaries_main.php

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 07:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

With just a few changes to the word lists, Lefsetz could pass for a SubGenius spewbot.

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 07:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

ctrl-f HITS not found

hstencil, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 08:35 (nine years ago) Permalink

Bob always quotes 2 types of e-mail responses he gets (as many folks receive his stuff via e-mail rather than looking at his site)--from retired or current folks in the biz, or from ordinary folks who tell him how much they love 'real' music and then proceed to enthuse about the most bland middlebrow rock. The tone in both types of responses are often pretty amusing.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 14:47 (nine years ago) Permalink

But I'll take T.I. over Rory Gallagher

Any sane person would. (Which says it all.)

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 14:51 (nine years ago) Permalink

http://youtube.com/watch?v=laBpl0TPaNg

P'zone, Tuesday, 24 July 2007 22:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

I never heard of this guy until yesterday, but his old timer shtick is kind of entertaining, I read it hearing the voice of Bob "The Kid Stays In The Picture" Evans, and then think of the Martin Landau character from Entourage.

James Redd and the Blecchs, Wednesday, 25 July 2007 16:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Subscribed a couple of weeks ago after someone mentioned him on the Radiohead thread, I tried, but I just don't get it, unsubscribed again.

Random thoughts that go nowhere, boasting about scoring a tour jacket from a 70's Clapton tour, comments from people who apparently do get what he means, irrelevant grumpy old man stuff, nothing I want to read about several times a day.

Am I missing something or is that it?

StanM, Thursday, 25 October 2007 08:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

His rants against the music biz, while largely predictable at this point, are often entertaining reading. Same goes for his stories of his life and his nostalgia.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 25 October 2007 13:59 (nine years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Article on Lefsetz in the Washington Post

moley, Monday, 31 March 2008 02:35 (eight years ago) Permalink

The fact that he is "one of the music industry's most influential analysts" speaks volumes. If you pretend you're reading an Onion editorial his pieces are entertaining though.

Mark Rich@rdson, Monday, 31 March 2008 02:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

When I worked at Rhino, I'd hear stories about Bob's refusals to edit his histrionic rants. Consequently, most 'casts were 90 percent wall-bouncing froth over Spirit's Dr. Sardonicus and tear-soaked Aspen weekends in '75 when MUSIC and LOVE were REAL and YOUNG, 10 percent contributions from actual Rhino employees.

Terrible Cold, Monday, 31 March 2008 16:30 (eight years ago) Permalink

He's like Lsetz, the Dean of Music Analysis.

StanM, Monday, 31 March 2008 16:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

Oh not that guy again. There was also this interesting take on Feist.

sonderangerbot, Monday, 31 March 2008 17:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

ugh.

James Redd and the Blecchs, Monday, 31 March 2008 20:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

he reminds me of ben gazzara as jackie treehorn: "we used to have a little thing called production values... FEELINGS..."

gff, Monday, 31 March 2008 20:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

That and the Onion editorial comment both made me roffle.

James Redd and the Blecchs, Monday, 31 March 2008 21:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

howard_beale.jpg

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 31 March 2008 22:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

I kinda like reading his rants as SubGenius devival art but the guy can't be bothered to put the full text of his posts in his RSS feed so screw it.

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 31 March 2008 22:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

LOL at his anti-Ticketmaster rant. Welcome to 1994 Bob!

MC, Tuesday, 1 April 2008 12:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

oh man is he ever happy about the new Tom Petty

J0hn D., Tuesday, 29 April 2008 20:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

Mudcrutch vs. Tin Machine

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 29 April 2008 20:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

I'm officially starting the trend of calling them The Crutch.

dudes don't harsh The Crutch

M@tt He1ges0n, Tuesday, 29 April 2008 20:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

dude, The Crutch killed it last nite at the cow palace

M@tt He1ges0n, Tuesday, 29 April 2008 20:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

Pure seventies. Pure magic.

tylerw, Tuesday, 29 April 2008 20:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

dude the crutch don't know any other way to rock.

M@tt He1ges0n, Tuesday, 29 April 2008 20:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

Pure seventies. Pure magic.

this was totally my favorite line

J0hn D., Tuesday, 29 April 2008 20:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

Kind of sums it all up, doesn't it?

tylerw, Tuesday, 29 April 2008 20:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

White Room

by Bob Lefsetz

The sixties were different. They were light, and dark, and nothing in between. Today we live in the gray. In the onslaught of media, nothing sticks out, nothing is in relief, we're all hiding in our bunkers, trying to figure it all out. But, in the sixties, we ventured out, we wanted to experience IT ALL!

In the sixties there was context. It wasn't like today, where without a major hype campaign nobody knows the story. We only had three TV networks. "Rolling Stone" didn't come on the scene until the end of the decade. There were limited media outlets, and we paid attention. The big breakthrough was FM underground radio, and you were lucky if you had an outlet in your community, where you could hear Cream.

Cream was something you heard about from your friends. You went over to somebody's house and they played you "Sunshine Of Your Love". Pete Townshend eventually sang about one note, pure and easy, playing so free, but really it was one RIFF that people lined up behind. And that riff, the one that got it all started, was the one from "Sunshine Of Your Love".

Listen to "Sunshine Of Your Love" today, you'll be STUNNED how little is on the record. God, it sounds like there were NO overdubs, just a power trio laying it down. Still, it wasn't just the notes Clapton was playing, it was the SOUND of those notes. There was a RICHNESS in this hard rock, a SWEETNESS! This wasn't music for boys only, this was music for EVERYBODY with genitals. It had such a weird effect on you, hearing this sound, you felt it in different parts of your body, your brain, your lower abdomen and your groin. Right after the set-up, after the richness, there's this bit of distortion in the guitar, you feel like you're in it for the long haul, to climax, four minutes hence.

Hearing "Sunshine Of Your Love" you had to buy "Disraeli Gears". And that's when you discovered it, the essence, opening side two.

Today the label picks the track, and what's left of radio takes instruction, it's all a CAMPAIGN, which you're AWARE OF! But listening to FM back then was like listening to XM today. Your relationship is with the DEEJAY! Not his voice, not his inane rap like on Sirius, but his CHOICES! That's why we love people, because of who they ARE! And when you heard "Tales Of Brave Ulysses" on the radio your life was made, the same way when Mike Marrone plays some obscure cut that only I thought I knew it makes my day.

One can argue quite strongly the first Cream album is the best. The sound isn't as good as "Disraeli Gears", but overall the songs are BETTER!

But after "Disraeli Gears", the songs got worse. Except for the unexpected "Badge", NOTHING was the caliber of what came before. Still, there was a huge hit on "Wheels Of Fire", a simple song, but one with a monster riff so exquisite that we were touched once again. It was just the SOUND of Clapton's guitar, it sounded like he was WEEPING! But then Ginger hit the drum, and Jack sang richly. Yes, as great as Clapton was, Jack's vocals were a key element of the band.

The dude who made available the MP3s of the Royal Albert Hall show left three out, the last three numbers of the concert. He hopped to, posted them on the site, and I just downloaded them, and heard "White Room".

I don't understand flying around the world to see a band. That's not what rock and roll is about. Rock and roll is about scraping up every dollar you've got, eating the equivalent of dog food just so you can AFFORD to go to the gig. The gig isn't an afterthought, ONE thing you can acquire, experience, but the ONLY thing!

While we were experiencing flower power in the U.S., the Brits were experiencing rain. The music from across the pond was different from ours. It wasn't sunny, it was dark. Made in the U.K., it was America's dark underbelly. It coexisted with Monkees hits. It was necessary, for balance.

Flying across the pond forty years later has NO darkness. Unless you saved up every last dollar you had and slept on the street in order to go.

And, going was SO much different then. You went ALL THE TIME! Because the tickets were CHEAP! Under five bucks. The concert experience wasn't about preferred parking and alcohol, it was about the MUSIC!

And that music can be heard in Cream's rendition of "White Room" on May 5th.

Eric gets that unique guitar sound. But really, it's Ginger's drums. You can hear the FEROCITY!

And then, on top of it all, in comes Jack.

Oh, he's singing along, all those words you remember. And then you hear it...

"I'll wait in this place where the sun never shines Wait in this place where the shadows run from themselves"

I'm waiting for this place to return. Where business trumps art. Where creativity is revered over music. Where the messiah returns.

Religious zealots think the messiah is going to come from heaven. Down to save us.

But I don't believe that. I don't believe in a higher power. I believe in people. Their ability to triumph, do the right thing, against incredible odds.

Here, just before the show is over, almost two hours into it, having deliv ered upon expectations, Cream FINALLY throws off the limitations and just RIPS! THIS is music-making. When you're no longer going by the rehearsal, when you're just WINGING IT! When you stop concentrating on being together, do your own thing and it all FALLS INTO PLACE!

And a little over halfway through the number, Eric finally takes center stage, he finally WAILS! Not in the way he has for the past thirty years, but the way he did with John Mayall, as a SIDEMAN! In the tradition of great bluesmen, he's taking his LICKS! He's just part of the club.

And all these years later, it's still a championship team.

Mr. Big STFU (ojo), Thursday, 5 November 2009 21:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

How many of his letters start out with something about the sixties or the classic era being "different"?

& other try hard shitfests (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 5 November 2009 22:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Lefzetz meets Pitchfork, world implodes.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 13 October 2011 18:30 (five years ago) Permalink

tylerw, Friday, 2 December 2016 15:49 (three months ago) Permalink

can we organize a class-action lawsuit against lef for this column? i'm mentally scarred for life.

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 2 December 2016 16:51 (three months ago) Permalink

The People vs. Bob Lesfetz

tylerw, Friday, 2 December 2016 16:58 (three months ago) Permalink

good god

Οὖτις, Friday, 2 December 2016 17:01 (three months ago) Permalink

The woman is appreciative. And when she comes!! She’s in her own private reverie, it’s astounding to watch.

i thought that was satire, riffing off the previous post. then i went to the original column and saw it was in fact there in all of its very public reverie. then i kept reading. i want in on that class-action lawsuit. i'm already losing weight and feeling lethargic and lost.

fact checking cuz, Friday, 2 December 2016 17:01 (three months ago) Permalink

you think it's bad now you're the one who has to fact check lefsetz's cunny skills

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 2 December 2016 17:27 (three months ago) Permalink

oh, he's got skills, i assure you. no need to factcheck. the woman is appreciative. i saw it on the internet.

fact checking cuz, Friday, 2 December 2016 17:29 (three months ago) Permalink

she'll be coming round the mountain -- and when she comes!!

tylerw, Friday, 2 December 2016 17:32 (three months ago) Permalink

Have you ever gotten a woman to fart in public? Good luck! You’ve got to be in a relationship for that.

difficult listening hour, Friday, 2 December 2016 17:34 (three months ago) Permalink

it’s astounding to watch.

I'm pretty sure this means he's filming it.

duped and used by my worst Miss U (President Keyes), Friday, 2 December 2016 17:37 (three months ago) Permalink

he has a new one up already but I don't think I can recover from the Lefsetz cunnilingus missive

though she denies it to the press, (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Saturday, 3 December 2016 12:35 (three months ago) Permalink

Sundays with Lefsetz...

Max Martin, you're the only one who can save us, along with a bunch of other expats, foreigners like DJ Snake and Mark Ronson, the people who make the hits, you're under the spotlight, you've got to write the track.

All you wannabes looking for publicity, we don't need you. Unless you're gonna do cover versions of the hit track. We need the people who make the Spotify Top 50, because they've got the greatest reach, they're the ones people are truly listening to.

who even are those other cats (Eazy), Sunday, 11 December 2016 16:45 (three months ago) Permalink

you forgot the best part which is that this is about the CIA report on russia

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Monday, 12 December 2016 03:13 (three months ago) Permalink

our savior

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Monday, 12 December 2016 03:14 (three months ago) Permalink

Did I ever tell you about the time I left part of my tongue on the T-bar at Stratton?

Tongue Tales by Bob Lefsetz (Hyperion, 2017)

who even are those other cats (Eazy), Sunday, 18 December 2016 20:21 (three months ago) Permalink

All hail Lefsetz! King of the false premise!

altony rightano (voodoo chili), Saturday, 24 December 2016 14:40 (three months ago) Permalink

Lefsetz has been reading too much Saramago and is infatuated with the comma splice

Kid Rock and Ted Nugent are lining up, paragons of the past, do you see them anywhere on the Spotify Top 50, nowhere close, and you’ll probably get a couple of country acts too, brain dead singers of others’ songs who oftentimes are racist underneath it all, then again, some of the biggest country acts rap, isn’t that confounding, hell, Florida Georgia Line made massive hits integrating the urban sound, even Luke Bryan does it too, what’s up?

though she denies it to the press, (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Saturday, 24 December 2016 17:24 (three months ago) Permalink

on the kennedy center honors:

even worse was Juanes doing “Hotel California. Why don’t you get Timothy B. Schmit to sing at the Latin Grammys?

and

Believe me, CEOs don’t want to be Pitbull, they want to be Don Henley or Glenn Frey or Joe Walsh

fact checking cuz, Wednesday, 28 December 2016 19:38 (two months ago) Permalink

All CEOs:Well, yeah.

"I must believe that my charm was not in my ass." (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 28 December 2016 19:41 (two months ago) Permalink

haha

fact checking cuz, Wednesday, 28 December 2016 19:42 (two months ago) Permalink

In other news, Lefsetz's "source" claims George Michael committed suicide...

"I must believe that my charm was not in my ass." (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 28 December 2016 19:55 (two months ago) Permalink

That’s when Wham! first resonated for me. I woke up after the first night with my ex-wife and “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” was playing on the MTV. When that channel defined the culture, with a power not seen since. We Americans were still trying to figure out the transition from classic rock. We thought we killed disco, but we did not know what came next. Then the Brits came along and stole our lunch, not only Soft Cell and Human League, but Culture Club and George Michael. The sensibility was different. It was not about being coolly attached to what once was, but throwing out the baby with the bathwater and starting anew. Pop was no longer a dirty word. Synthesizers were as important as guitars. Limits were being tested and the acts seemed to be having so much fun, we found them irresistible.

"I must believe that my charm was not in my ass." (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 28 December 2016 19:58 (two months ago) Permalink

Debbie Reynolds RIP

First of all, there's touch. And sex. After all, we're animals. Try and hug someone every day, not in a perfunctory way, but in a style more conscious, like life is hard but at least you have each other. My parents never touched me growing up, could be a fifties thing, I don't know, and I struggle with flesh on flesh, but I do know when done right touch roots me, and you.

who even are those other cats (Eazy), Thursday, 29 December 2016 03:49 (two months ago) Permalink

I'll stick with perfunctory hugging for most.

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Thursday, 29 December 2016 06:35 (two months ago) Permalink

I'm more of a discrete-head-nod-from-across-the-room person.

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Thursday, 29 December 2016 14:24 (two months ago) Permalink

Found on Twitter:

who even are those other cats (Eazy), Friday, 30 December 2016 03:38 (two months ago) Permalink

"Personally, I love to give oral. It's a gift."

--Bob Marley

"I must believe that my charm was not in my ass." (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 30 December 2016 04:03 (two months ago) Permalink

The biggest act in the business is Adele, and although she faltered with "25," her previous album, "21," outsold its competition by a factor of ten.

If Lefsetz thinks that selling 8 million copies is faltering, then he clearly doesn't have a Soundscan account

altony rightano (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 10 January 2017 05:46 (two months ago) Permalink

I wonder what the Lef's stance is on 'New Jersey's...

"I must believe that my charm was not in my ass." (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 10 January 2017 07:01 (two months ago) Permalink

every mega-platinum selling artist has their "25"--an album that sells 8 million copies but wasn't immediately put up on Spotify and therefore is a failure

duped and used by my worst Miss U (President Keyes), Tuesday, 10 January 2017 13:54 (two months ago) Permalink

hahahaha

though she denies it to the press, (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Tuesday, 10 January 2017 15:10 (two months ago) Permalink

hmmmmm. He seems to think every musician is on a big, old-school corporate label:

My inbox fills up with both the famous and infamous, the known and the irrelevant, bitching about Spotify payments, they think the Swedish company is the devil. They believe Daniel Ek got rich off the backs of musicians and this wrong must be righted, that there will be no harmony until he is dethroned and the service pays them a higher rate.

But Spotify is already paying out 69%+ of its revenues.

What’s the truth?

You’re being screwed by the label. And Spotify can’t say this, because the labels are their partners.

Of course there’s more to the story. Songwriters are getting the shaft, they are getting a lesser percentage than they deserve. And marginal artists are getting a tiny share of the pie. But assuming you’re playing for real, that people are actually listening to your music, that it’s not just posted on Spotify and hanging out in darkness, if you want to get paid cut out the middleman.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 12 January 2017 16:12 (two months ago) Permalink

Well, he kinda acknowledges "marginal artists" I see

curmudgeon, Thursday, 12 January 2017 16:13 (two months ago) Permalink

i can't believe he's clueless!!!!

maura, Thursday, 12 January 2017 16:58 (two months ago) Permalink

I'm reading this new book, "The Upstarts," you can't buy it. It's not coming out until the end of the month.

who even are those other cats (Eazy), Saturday, 14 January 2017 22:16 (two months ago) Permalink

bragging about that very exclusive idea of a prerelease or review copy

mh 😏, Saturday, 14 January 2017 23:13 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

You see, Taylor Swift lives in a bubble, just like Milo and PewDiePie.

who even are those other cats (Eazy), Wednesday, 22 February 2017 05:21 (one month ago) Permalink

What the fuck is his problem?

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 22 February 2017 13:50 (one month ago) Permalink

That was some good reasoning-- Swift, like every other star in the world, tried to cultivate a social media presence. But because she suffered criticism from a weirdo celeb stalker and an ex-boyfriend she is just like some fascist troll who came to fame on twitter.

duped and used by my worst Miss U (President Keyes), Wednesday, 22 February 2017 14:43 (one month ago) Permalink

I tried to imagine what a crazed person who would stalk Lefsetz would be like and I now feel very uncomfortable

mh 😏, Wednesday, 22 February 2017 14:46 (one month ago) Permalink

site down; I didn't know they rewrote all the HTTP errors to include things like "reading lefsetz on milo is the opposite of self-care"

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Wednesday, 22 February 2017 17:17 (one month ago) Permalink

dedicated concertgoers prefer StubHub. Because they can wait until the last minute, when they know they’re free, and get a good ticket.

"dedicated" concertgoers apparently are not quite dedicated enough to make plans to go to concerts in advance.

fact checking cuz, Wednesday, 22 February 2017 19:52 (one month ago) Permalink

dedicated to maybe going to a concert if nothing else is up

duped and used by my worst Miss U (President Keyes), Wednesday, 22 February 2017 20:20 (one month ago) Permalink

tbf if you really love music but don't want to pay a lot to see acts that are overpriced you might see if you can get some last-minute tickets for cheap after the scalpers have failed to sell

stubhub kind of has killed that by making the resale process easier for scalpers? walking around outside the venue after the opener is already playing and haggling seems harder now

mh 😏, Wednesday, 22 February 2017 20:35 (one month ago) Permalink

dedicated concertgoers prefer StubHub. Because they can wait until the last minute, when they know they’re free, and get a good ticket.
"dedicated" concertgoers apparently are not quite dedicated enough to make plans to go to concerts in advance.

― fact checking cuz, Wednesday, February 22, 2017 1:52 PM (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

dedicated concert goers love it when shows instantly sell out because of bots buying them all up and instantly repricing them at double the price! so cool

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 22 February 2017 21:25 (one month ago) Permalink

it's the best

mh 😏, Wednesday, 22 February 2017 21:27 (one month ago) Permalink

Was gonna make a "...spirit here..." joke, but upon actully looking at the piece, I see he made a worse one:

This is about letting fans and potential fans know that Eric Church is on their side, and we haven’t had that spirit here since the MTV era, not in someone who can sell out arenas.

to fly across the city and find Aerosmith's car (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 22 February 2017 22:02 (one month ago) Permalink

does anybody have any scannable copies of, or links to scans of, this thing during the pre-internet area? I imagine there is some old gold in the print edition of TLL

though the tempest rages, (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Thursday, 23 February 2017 01:02 (one month ago) Permalink

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/the-man-who-broke-ticketmaster

Very few of the shows sold out, and I had to sell the tickets for pennies on the dollar. On any given day, you can check StubHub and, hours before almost all but the most popular events, you can find tickets for at or below face value. Many of these tickets were bought by scalpers, who are trying to ditch them at the last minute.

ah yes, this is the "stubhub doing the people good" angle

mh 😏, Thursday, 23 February 2017 15:15 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Retired American Psycho

I'm sitting there listening to Bruce Hornsby's latest album last night and trying to read the newspaper, doing both ineffectively. And who knew Hornsby put out an LP where he plays dulcimer instead of piano last year, actually, I did, but after the advance single I lost the plot, I never listened, although last night I realized "Rehab Reunion" was good. But it's like it almost doesn't exist, there's no chart action, unlike "The Way It Is," which inspired me to search, but that initial hit was back in '86, does he still have to play it in concert and does he squeeze the new stuff in? The dirty little secret is tickets are so expensive the audience feels entitled to hear the hits, and it's hard to blame them.

who even are those other cats (Eazy), Tuesday, 14 March 2017 23:57 (one week ago) Permalink


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