1. "Joyce Manor songs, like Robert Pollard’s, are often shorter than two minutes, but they’ve never included more than 10 on an album. When I ask Johnson how that compares to GbV’s tendency to throw in 20 or more as a kind of self-effacing and self-defeating move, he replies, “Don’t you wish they wouldn’t? That’s where we come in: Our albums are only the good ones.”"

    via ‘Never Hungover Again’: A Little Bowling Alley Time With Torrance Pop-Punkers Joyce Manor

     
     
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  3. " I’m not the first person to point out that vinyl is on the rise after having been considered dead. The "why" behind it, though, is a little more elusive. People don’t have to buy vinyl, and yet, they’re increasingly choosing to do so. It seems that in a world where CDs are obsolete, and digital files are intangible, the vinyl record still has a physical value that gives you your money’s worth. If the music industry wants to survive, it better pay attention to why people are buying records.

    Vinyl can be fragile, yes, among other imperfections. But those end up being part of its charm. Older records warp, needles wobble on their surface and skip over scratches. This is also turns records into nostalgia factories. I love the hand-me-down first pressing of Sticky Fingers my godfather gave me. What am I gonna give my kids? A flash drive? The password to my Dropbox?”

    via Vinyl’s Upward Surge Continues Because Vinyl Rules

     
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  9. “YouTube’s self-proclaimed role as a ‘a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small’ is little more than hollow branding of a company that in reality is losing touch with the very creators and audience that have bloated the size of the platform into the stratosphere over the years,” he says.

    “For a global mastodon like YouTube to further undermine the value of music to a level well below existing streaming services can spread like a virus and destroy the independent recording industry, labels and artists alike.”

    via YouTube To Block Indie Content ‘Within Days’

     
  10. "So you have to code-switch a lot. One day you’re the guest of honor, the next day you’re a peasant."

    Really fascinating and honest take on what it’s like to be a working musician today.

    via Jazz Musician: ‘I See the Gap Between the Haves and Have-Nots’ - Working In These Times

     
  11. Bailiff - “Lookin’ Away” - HearYa Live Session 2/20/14 (by Hear Ya)

     
     
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  13. "Long at last, here it is. Our latest wondrous, blunderous release: “The Jane Byrne EP”…Named after Chicago’s former inept, alcoholic mayor (who once upon a time, fired our bassist’s grandfather via a forgotten folly of her own), this EP brings you five songs that explore delusional thinking, the futility of anxiety, and other flubs that we can all commiserate over. So wipe the sweat from your brow and enjoy, folks. And feel free to share with loved ones and loathed ones alike."

    For my money, this is the best band in Chicago right now.

     

  14. This one from @vetiverse is just about perfect for this time of year

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  15. mppsyd:

    "The first and most basic question to answer is: How often do people skip?

    Given that skipping is so easy how big of a part does skipping play in our listening. The answer: A lot! Here are the numbers.

    First, lets look at how often a song is skipped within the first five seconds of play. I call these quick skips. The likelihood that a song will be skipped within the first five seconds is an astounding 24.14%. Nearly one quarter of all song plays are abandoned in the first 5 seconds. The likelihood that a song will be skipped within the first thirty seconds rises to 35.05%. The chance that a song is skipped before it ends is a whopping 48.6%. Yes, the odds are only slightly better than 50/50 that a song will be played all the way to the end.”

    An interesting look at (and approach to) Spotify data.  I would imagine a lot of interesting insights would emerge from further analysis.

    Would love to see more of this.

    via The Skip | Music Machinery