The bus was almost full and, as always, he was the last person with a free seat next to him. It was always thus. No one liked sitting next to him – he was a creepy old man. Not really. He was just a nondescript middle aged man in an un-ironed business shirt, fading grey trousers, and unpolished but sensible shoes. His greying hair was short, if a little unkempt, and his imperfectly shaved face was round and unremarkable. He was largely invisible to the world, except for now. Now he was something to avoid, like an awkward smell in an elevator. Sometimes he [...]
On the 30th April 2012, musician Amanda Palmer announced a new album on her blog. She also launched a funding initiative on a website called Kickstarter. Less than a month later she had raised over half a million dollars towards the costs of recording, mixing, distributing and promoting the album. This is crowdfunding, and this is why it is so important. Of course it helps that Ms Palmer was already an established artist, first with The Dresdon Dolls and then as a solo artist, before she decided to ditch her record label in 2010 and take control of her music. [...]
As David Byrne famously said at the beginning of Stop Making Sense, I got a tape I wanna play. This is a song I recorded in 2011 called “Sweet & Gently“. It is a new recording of a song I originally wrote in 1990. I play all the instruments, I am the vocalist, and I mixed and mastered the track myself, all at home on my laptop: You might not think it’s a particularly good song. You might even hate it. But I’m sure you can recognise that I know what I’m doing. I understand how to write, play, arrange [...]
February 18, 2012 in Music
Well, the Grammys have come and gone for another year…maybe one of these songs will be featured in next year’s Grammys…here’s a selection of new music for this week: THE KILLS – The Last Goodbye CULTS – You Know What I Mean SNOW PATROL – In The End WILCO – Dawned On Me AMANDA PALMER – Polly What new music have you discovered this week?