More than ever, the buzz in the blogosphere about new music seems to keep shifting in an uncomfortable direction. Whether it’s windowing, free streaming previews, or the fact that nobody even knew it was coming, the talk seems to center more and more around how music is released than anything else about it, including what it sounds like. (more…)

I’ve been thinking about this quote a lot lately:

Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.

One of the most difficult things about being a musician (as opposed to being a visual artist) is that no matter what I do, no matter how I approach my art, I find it impossible to separate myself from my art at any time. Music, like other performing arts, requires a unique relationship between myself and the creative act. No matter what I do, I can’t escape the fact that I am the sculptor AND the sculpture. (more…)

The naked truth of how music piracy hurts working class artists

Guest post on The Trichordist by David Cloyd

Let’s face it. “Piracy” is a loaded word. As Captain Phillips played in theatres last fall, the word “pirate” found itself in a very different context than it did right after any of the Pirates Of The Caribbean movies. Real-life pirates aren’t funny, quirky, eccentric characters based on Keith Richards. They’re terrifying criminals with a desperate bottom line. And while a lot of people may enjoy dressing up as Captain Jack Sparrow for Halloween, nobody wants to be mistaken for an actual Somali pirate.

So maybe it’s time we all took a second look at “music piracy.” (more…)