DJ/rupture On The Ethics Of Free Music

It’s always interesting to hear different perspectives on the evolution of music to its current state–especially when those perspectives are articulated by musicians themselves.  This recent essay by Jace Clayton (aka DJ/rupture) posted on NPR’s website is well-worth a read:

“…I grew up in the ’90s. Toward the end of that decade, I upgraded to a PC with a CD burner — amazing! But, as a DJ, I still coveted vinyl LPs, not because they sounded “warmer” or “better” to my ears, but because I could literally get hands-on with them and use the slabs of wax as raw material in a mix session. Pre-MP3 smorgasbord, I would haunt the record shops and tape the radio, getting cassettes via mail order. I learned obscure paths through music — pre-Google, pre-Blogosphere, before Ms. Internet and Mr. MP3 got married and made us all their children…”

Check out the full legth article here.

Can you relate?  What do you think about what DJ/rupture had to say?  Let’s start some discussion…post your comments below.

Free MP3 Download From Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (concert in Madison 11.21.09)

Jason Isbell

Yup, just like the title says…

Check out this tune from Jason, and then click here to grab tickets to his show next Saturday with Juniper Tar at The High Noon Saloon.

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – “Seven Mile Island”

Celebrate The High Noon’s 5th With Crystal Antlers!

High Noon Saloon

Has it really only been 5 years?!  The High Noon Saloon has been such an essential player in the Madison music scene that it’s hard to imagine a time without it!  Well, believe it or not, today marks the venue’s 5th anniversary of hosting phenomenal local, national, and international artists on its stage.

Click here to find out how The High Noon Saloon is celebrating the big five!

Media Roundup: Interview Insanity and The Dearly Departed

What’s been going on in the world of music lately? Read on to get the scoop on your favorite artists, and start some discussion about current music-related events!

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Plans for Record Store Day celebrations on April 18th are being confirmed all across the nation.  The Cold War Kids are using the music lovers’ holiday to release a new live EP.   What’s more, the band will be in Wisconsin the following day.  Got your tickets to their Waukesha gig yet?!  In a similar fashion, The Breeders are releasing an EP of their own to celebrate the event.  How are you going to spend the day?  What are your favorite local record stores?

The Breeders

The Breeders

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It seems like everyone in the world made the pilgrimage to Austin last week for the indie rock Mecca of a festival, SXSW.  If you missed out on the sounds, you can still experience the sights with this photo gallery of performances.

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The Duke Spirit recently stopped by the The Current’s studios. Listen to their performance/interview here!

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Rolling Stone previews 45 (!) of the most anticipated Spring releases, including new albums from Green Day, Regina Spektor, Wilco, Sonic Youth, Black Moth Super Rainbow (who will be in Madison May 21), New York Dolls, Mos Def and The Avett Brothers.

Regina Spektor

Regina Spektor

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Have you become totally obsessed with Twitter yet?  You will be after reading Stereogum’s list of the Top 50 Rock Star Twitters!  While you’re at it, come Twitter with us.

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It has been a sad week in the music world.  Blues fans are mourning the loss of New Orleans-based pianist and singer Eddie Bo, who passed away from a heart attack last week.  Motown drummer Uriel Jones (who collaborated with the likes of Marvin Gaye, The Miracles, and Jimmy Ruffin) also died recently.

Eddie Bo

Eddie Bo

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Blender magazine announced that it’s shutting its doors.  The last line of this news story sums up the sentiments of so many music fans:  “R.I.P. Blender.  I wont miss you, but others will.”

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Listen to a brand new Death Cab For Cutie track here!

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Is streaming music online a bad thing?  This guy seems to think so.

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Listen to a great NPR interview with Black Joe Lewis! Aaaaand a not-so-great one from Sigur Ros.  In fact, according to NPR, it just might be the worst interview ever.  EVER.

Black Joe Lewis

Black Joe Lewis

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UWIRE wants to take you on tours of the music scenes in various major American college towns.   (Yup, Madison too!)

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A Local Band’s Golden Rule: Show Up

Jimi Hendrix gained attention by joining Eric Clapton onstage in London in 1966; The Stooges were signed when a record company went to scout out the headlining band MC5; Nirvana’s success helped catapult the Melvins. The Toadies got their start when fellow bands Decadent Dub Team (Cottonmouth TX), Last Rites, and the Buck Pets helped them land gigs in Dallas when in the past the task seemed impossible.

There are countless other examples of bands helping out their counterparts gain attention. And there is much to be learned from the path to national success of crucial bands throughout history, lessons applicable for local Madison Bands.

Recently I was watching Axiom, a local Madison alternative rock trio with a sense of humor; take the stage at their CD release party, when I took a glimpse at the crowd. The room was full of people, of course, but what really caught my eye were the other local bands in attendance. Local Madison bands not on the bill like Triibe and Lords of Discipline were in the house, and Kill Junior stuck around after their own high energy set.

It got me thinking of how important it is for local bands to be supportive of one another. Not only by coming out to the shows, but in all aspects of influence and cooperation. Sharing practice spaces and recording times, providing an opportunity for a fellow local band to play a show with you, and most importantly spreading the word about other local bands.

I got the chance to speak with Axiom after their stellar show, complete with lightsaber battle. When I brought up the subject of local band alliances, they were quick to point out “It’s important for musicians to treat their music scene as a community. If we don’t support each other, who will?” The support isn’t limited to hooking other bands up with shows, but also in musical influence. A band’s sound is in constant evolution. Axiom takes their influences from national acts such as Tool and Primus, but also credits local bands like Kill Junior, Ignorus, and Sunspot as an influential part of their sound. Evolving a unique sound to call your own is the essential appendage in the survival of the fittest in this unpredictable music industry.

lightsabers

lightsabers

In other words, succeeding in the music biz, even on a local level, involves cooperation. As Axiom stated in our interview, “The Madison scene is hit or miss… It would be nice to see the Madison scene revert back to the way it was 10-20 years ago, when everyone went out to their favorite bar to watch bands.”

Most working bands and musicians dream of making it big, gaining recognition regionally, nationally, somewhere other than their home town. And most want to see Madison become a national hot spot for music, a smaller version of Nashville or L.A. sans the cowboy boots and glitter.

What I’m suggesting is some kind of “golden rule” for local bands: If you want others to show up for your gig, you must to the same and show up for them. You never know where it could lead.

You can start out by checking out Meteorade opening for XYZ Affair and Roomate at High Noon on July 27 or the The Box Social opening up for the Toadies and the Whigs at the Annex on July 31. And don’t forget Kurt Cobain’s favorite band, the Melvins, at High Noon on August 3.

Katie Jo Crubaugh, True Endeavors Public Relations Intern

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