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 (eighteen years ago) link

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 (eighteen years ago) link

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 (eighteen years ago) link

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 (eighteen years ago) link

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 (eighteen years ago) link

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 (eighteen years ago) link

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 (eighteen years ago) link

Actually, I heard he was Luther Campbell.

Rickey Wright (Rrrickey), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 04:42 (eighteen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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

t**t, Sunday, 24 June 2007 13:45 (seventeen years ago) link

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

moley, Monday, 25 June 2007 04:32 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (sixteen years ago) link

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 (sixteen years ago) link

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 (sixteen years ago) link

Who's mixerman?

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

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 07:56 (sixteen years ago) link

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

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 07:57 (sixteen years ago) link

ctrl-f HITS not found

hstencil, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 08:35 (sixteen years ago) link

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 (sixteen years ago) link

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 (sixteen years ago) link

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

P'zone, Tuesday, 24 July 2007 22:44 (sixteen years ago) link

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 (sixteen years ago) link

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 (sixteen years ago) link

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 (sixteen years ago) link

five months pass...

Article on Lefsetz in the Washington Post

moley, Monday, 31 March 2008 02:35 (sixteen years ago) link

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 (sixteen years ago) link

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 (sixteen years ago) link

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

StanM, Monday, 31 March 2008 16:40 (sixteen years ago) link

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

sonderangerbot, Monday, 31 March 2008 17:51 (sixteen years ago) link

ugh.

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

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 (sixteen years ago) link

That and the Onion editorial comment both made me roffle.

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

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Elvis Telecom, Monday, 31 March 2008 22:57 (sixteen years ago) link

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 (sixteen years ago) link

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

MC, Tuesday, 1 April 2008 12:08 (sixteen years ago) link

four weeks pass...

oh man is he ever happy about the new Tom Petty

J0hn D., Tuesday, 29 April 2008 20:09 (sixteen years ago) link

Mudcrutch vs. Tin Machine

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 29 April 2008 20:09 (sixteen years ago) link

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 (sixteen years ago) link

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

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

Pure seventies. Pure magic.

tylerw, Tuesday, 29 April 2008 20:18 (sixteen years ago) link

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

M@tt He1ges0n, Tuesday, 29 April 2008 20:20 (sixteen years ago) link

Pure seventies. Pure magic.

this was totally my favorite line

J0hn D., Tuesday, 29 April 2008 20:25 (sixteen years ago) link

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

tylerw, Tuesday, 29 April 2008 20:36 (sixteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

one year passes...

Lefzetz meets Pitchfork, world implodes.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 13 October 2011 18:30 (twelve years ago) link

Dreadful

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Saturday, 30 December 2023 16:22 (six months ago) link

two weeks pass...

I'm stunned how much feedback I got about "Killers of the Flower Moon." If I'd written about a record I would have gotten a fraction of the responses. It seems more people are familiar with Scorsese's movie than the music of Taylor Swift.

sir you are 70 years old and your readers are even older

kissinger on my list (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 16 January 2024 21:24 (five months ago) link

Not that Collective Soul was a hair band, it wasn't even a band at first.

But I loved "December." Not that I would have put it that way prior to today. I always liked it, but thinking about it and playing it this morning made me smile.

And think about how I was not the only one who knew it. EVERYBODY knows it. Because it was a different era.

curmudgeon, Monday, 29 January 2024 15:46 (five months ago) link

Collective Soul had a song other than "Shine"?

Beyond Goo and Evol (President Keyes), Monday, 29 January 2024 15:59 (five months ago) link

oh weird I had no memory of that but looked it up on YouTube and totally remembered it, I don't know if I knew it was called "December" or by Collective Soul

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 29 January 2024 18:00 (five months ago) link

just a lonely guy thinkin about and smilin over the song we all know as "turn your head now baby spit me out"

omar little, Monday, 29 January 2024 18:09 (five months ago) link

i hate it when lefsetz makes me picture him listening to music alone

waste of compute (One Eye Open), Monday, 29 January 2024 18:10 (five months ago) link

xpost - what really surprised me is learning that the song is actually about Jesus and communion, apparently!

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 29 January 2024 18:13 (five months ago) link

lefsetz is definitely thinking of "a long december" by the counting crows, no?

kissinger on my list (voodoo chili), Monday, 29 January 2024 18:15 (five months ago) link

no, he actually links to the song at the beginning, but "a long december" would make a lot more sense

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 29 January 2024 19:10 (five months ago) link

lol just amazing

But on this extremely warm late January day in Southern California it’s in the mid-seventies and Felice opened the windows and the bubbler in the birdbath was driving me crazy, distracting me, getting under my skin, so I got up to shut the windows and that’s when my eye caught Alexa. I wasn’t looking, but I saw what she had to say, and it was “December.”

Now oftentimes Alexa will display the last cut you told her to play. I didn’t call out “December.” Did Felice? But I couldn’t imagine that. And I sat back down to the “Times” and my coffee yogurt and…

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 29 January 2024 19:12 (five months ago) link

haha OH MY GOD LEF

I guess thinking of “December” made me think of “Push.” Which is a great cut, but I didn’t realize it until I heard the acoustic version recorded in the Star Lounge of radio station 98.7. I bought a CD of performances on the station, at Music Plus, on a bad Love@AOL date. Well, it was a little more complicated than that. I drove to the far west valley to sit down at a sushi bar where the woman professed love at first bite, which freaked me out, but by time I’d calmed down she wasn’t as infatuated, and then I played Van Halen’s “And the Cradle Will Rock…” at top volume on the Alpine/ADS system in my car and that sealed the deal, as in she put her hands over her ears and insisted I take her back to her automobile.

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 29 January 2024 19:14 (five months ago) link

There are a few Collective Soul songs I hear all the time, and they all sound like someone else. "Shine" (a cross between STP and Supertramp?) "December" (Alice in Chains? Pearl Jam's "Glorified G"?), "The World I Know" (Goo Goo Dolls).

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 29 January 2024 19:41 (five months ago) link

But on this extremely warm late January day in Southern California it’s in the mid-seventies and Felice opened the windows and the bubbler in the birdbath was driving me crazy, distracting me, getting under my skin, so I got up to shut the windows and that’s when my eye caught Alexa.

is this the enright translation

difficult listening hour, Monday, 29 January 2024 20:40 (five months ago) link

Xpost - that Lef playing Van Halen at top volume and thereby ending a date story!

curmudgeon, Monday, 29 January 2024 22:07 (five months ago) link

it's incredible, truly

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 29 January 2024 23:07 (five months ago) link

He made the choice he had to.

I like the system brand notes....if the "Steve Hoffman Forum" was more akin to the "Penthouse Forum" I would suspect Lef of having constructed one of those elaborate fake annecdotes...

gucci meme (theStalePrince), Tuesday, 30 January 2024 01:40 (five months ago) link

Alpine car stereo is perfect for Lef

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 30 January 2024 01:45 (five months ago) link

Have never listened to his podcast. He’s hyping his interview with Christopher Cross on it :

I loved talking to this guy. He wrote songs, played in cover bands and then connected with a last chance demo tape. He's a fan, just like you and me. You're going to enjoy this.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 1 February 2024 19:09 (five months ago) link

Is that quote from a 1979 newsletter

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 1 February 2024 19:21 (five months ago) link

still celebrating the Newmannium

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 1 February 2024 19:22 (five months ago) link

he writes that hype like George Zimmer trying to get you to come visit The Men's Wearhouse

omar little, Thursday, 1 February 2024 19:24 (five months ago) link

one month passes...

Fitting that Eric Carmen’s passing is drawing more reader letters than anything else recently.

paisley got boring (Eazy), Thursday, 14 March 2024 04:34 (three months ago) link

Yep. Lefsetz age group.

His broad statements and judgments are something—

Elon Musk is more of a rock star than anybody making music today, and this didn't used to be the case. If you wanted to know which way the wind blew, you listened to a record, not anymore.

This bothers me, how the MTV paradigm of a worldwide hit single now dominates. That there's no parallel alternative music and culture, of any significance, but they call it the music "business," and everybody follows the money. Starving artists don't pay fealty to the work, they just complain that they don't get paid.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 14 March 2024 15:28 (three months ago) link

Man in the silk suit hurries by as he catches the starving artist's eye
Just for fun he says, "Start a Substack."

President Keyes, Thursday, 14 March 2024 15:32 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Once again, I'm against war, period. However, in this case Hamas did attack.

the defenestration of prog (voodoo chili), Thursday, 28 March 2024 19:15 (three months ago) link

This thread is evergreen.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Thursday, 28 March 2024 19:25 (three months ago) link

Putting Damon Kurkowski on blast in the new letter, ugh.

paisley got boring (Eazy), Thursday, 28 March 2024 19:45 (three months ago) link

if the history of language (+discourse in general) was a game of uno, the word "HOWEVER" is the draw 4. and some fucking assholes absolutely cannot wait to drop that fucker on you.

interstellar anthropologist+music philosopher, (Austin), Thursday, 28 March 2024 20:13 (three months ago) link

😂 omg Lefsetz says he hates America cause of people like me and of all things holds up my dear late friend Tom Rapp as an opposite ideal - does he know Tom and I made music together?? And that Tom stood up for workers both in his job as a civil rights attorney and as an artist?? https://t.co/yoWNaTWMeg

— Damon K 🎤 (@dada_drummer) March 28, 2024

paisley got boring (Eazy), Friday, 29 March 2024 00:02 (three months ago) link

do love a good clapback.

interstellar anthropologist+music philosopher, (Austin), Friday, 29 March 2024 04:37 (three months ago) link

Lefsetz is so obsessed with defending Spotify

curmudgeon, Friday, 29 March 2024 05:06 (three months ago) link

Today's music business is all about consumption, CONTINUED CONSUMPTION! Do you know what I'm interested in? What the numbers for "Cowboy Carter" are a year from now!

paisley got boring (Eazy), Monday, 8 April 2024 01:13 (three months ago) link

Lonesome Cowboy Bob

his Spotify obsession is the most annoying of his 1001 annoying thing, it's like I'M NOT SOME BRAIN DAMAGED BOOMER INDUSTRY HANGER ON I LOVE DIGITAL STREAMING BECAUSE I KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 8 April 2024 01:36 (three months ago) link

you guys really love to rag on this guy

DT, Tuesday, 9 April 2024 01:07 (three months ago) link

hell yeah I love it

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 9 April 2024 01:09 (three months ago) link

Putting Damon Kurkowski on blast in the new letter, ugh.

― paisley got boring (Eazy), Thursday, 28 March 2024 19:45 (one week ago) link

let-them-fight.gif

chr1sb3singer, Tuesday, 9 April 2024 21:09 (three months ago) link

I don’t want to sound like a Republican here, but
I don’t want to sound like a Republican here, but
I don’t want to sound like a Republican here, but
I don’t want to sound like a Republican here, but
I don’t want to sound like a Republican here, but

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 9 April 2024 21:10 (three months ago) link

From Damon Krukowski's Substack:

'#BandcampFriday remains an excellent way to directly compensate musicians for recordings. All our Damon & Naomi albums are pay-as-you-wish, unless you are Bob Lefsetz in which case they cost $10,000 each'

Jeff Wright, Wednesday, 10 April 2024 15:30 (three months ago) link

we should all try to dogpile on lef right now and maybe the onslaught of beef will cause him to retire in shame.

there i go, writing real life fanfic again.

interstellar anthropologist+music philosopher, (Austin), Wednesday, 10 April 2024 18:04 (three months ago) link

Woud You Go To A Festival?-SiriusXM This Week

the defenestration of prog (voodoo chili), Saturday, 13 April 2024 17:22 (two months ago) link

two months pass...

Isn’t there anybody who’s going to say enough with the 808? A four decade old computerized sound which seems to appear on every hit record?

It goes on and on, ask any questions and you’re the problem. You need to be quiet.

difficult listening hour, Wednesday, 19 June 2024 18:38 (three weeks ago) link

That seems crazy but then again, I’ve been sick of trap hi-hat for years

The SoyBoy West Coast (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 19 June 2024 19:37 (three weeks ago) link

Gotta say, we haven't had this momentary excitement since Napster. Or at least I haven't been refreshing the news on the internet this constantly since Napster.

the possibility of relaxing (Eazy), Wednesday, 3 July 2024 02:57 (one week ago) link

But it seems the press is the only one with balls. Except for Meathead, maybe:

"It's time to stop f*cking around... It's time for Joe Biden to step down."

That's what Rob Reiner said on X/Twitter on Sunday.

And you might think the media doesn't matter.

And you may ask yourself where is your large automobile, where is your beautiful house, where is your beautiful wife.

And then you'll realize David Byrne was prescient, for it's the same as it ever was, same as it ever was.

the possibility of relaxing (Eazy), Tuesday, 9 July 2024 17:48 (three days ago) link

David Byrne was president?

A So-Called Pulitzer price winner (President Keyes), Tuesday, 9 July 2024 17:56 (three days ago) link

I think he got This is Spinal Tap and Stop Making Sense confused.

Halfway there but for you, Tuesday, 9 July 2024 18:35 (three days ago) link


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