My rock ‘n’ roll novel, True Love Scars, is heavy with references to music.
So I’ve been creating Spotify playlists for the soundtrack.
Today I added a second playlist to the True Love Scars Soundtrack area of my blog.
You can check both playlists out right now.
Here’s the new one:
And you’ll find them both here.
I’ll be adding more in the weeks ahead.
[I just published True Love Scars.” Rolling Stone has a great review of my book in the new issue. Read it here. There’s info about True Love Scars here.]
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David Byrne is not happy about streaming music services such as Spotify.
In a long essay in The Guardian, he thoughtfully discusses the impact these services are having on musicians.
“In future, if artists have to rely almost exclusively on the income from these services, they’ll be out of work within a year,” Byrne writes.
Later in the piece he says: “I also don’t understand the claim of discovery that Spotify makes; the actual moment of discovery in most cases happens at the moment when someone else tells you about an artist or you read about them – not when you’re on the streaming service listening to what you have read about (though Spotify does indeed have a “discovery” page that, like Pandora’s algorithm, suggests artists you might like). There is also, I’m told, a way to see what your “friends” have on their playlists, though I’d be curious to know whether a significant number of people find new music in this way. I’d be even more curious if the folks who “discover” music on these services then go on to purchase it. Why would you click and go elsewhere and pay when the free version is sitting right in front of you? Am I crazy?”
Disclaimer: I once worked at Mog, which is now a streaming music service owned by Beats.
Read Byrne’s essay at The Guardian.
Thom Yorke hasn’t kept quiet about his hatred of Spotify. Now he’s spoken to Mexico’s Sopitas.com and this is some of what he has to say:
“I feel like the way people are listening to music is going through this big transition. I feel like as musicians we need to fight the Spotify thing. I feel that in some ways what’s happening in the mainstream is the last gasp of the old industry. Once that does finally die, which it will, something else will happen. But it’s all about how we change the way we listen to music, it’s all about what happens next in terms of technology, in terms of how people talk to each other about music, and a lot of it could be really fucking bad. I don’t subscribe to the whole thing that a lot of people do within the music industry that’s ‘well this is all we’ve got left. we’ll just have to do this.’ I just don’t agree.
When we did the ‘In Rainbows’ thing what was most exciting was the idea you could have a direct connection between you as a musician and your audience. You cut all of it out, it’s just that and that. And then all these fuckers get in a way, like Spotify suddenly trying to become the gatekeepers to the whole process. We don’t need you to do it. No artists needs you to do it. We can build the shit ourselves, so fuck off. But because they’re using old music, because they’re using the majors… the majors are all over it because they see a way of re-selling all their old stuff for free, make a fortune, and not die. That’s why to me, Spotify the whole thing, is such a massive battle, because it’s about the future of all music. It’s about whether we believe there’s a future in music, same with the film industry, same with books.
To me this isn’t the mainstream, this is is like the last fart, the last desperate fart of a dying corpse. What happens next is the important part.”
Yorke then recounted a conversation with Massive Attack collaborator Adam Curtis, in which Curtis allegedly said to Yorke, “We are entering an age when potentially all creativity stops, the past informs the future, there is no other future.”
York then continued:
“And, it’s like, ‘fucking right, man.’ You know, people like us and him and Massive Attack we need to be standing together. Bullshit, it ain’t over. It’s like this mind trick going on, people are like ‘with technology, it’s all going to become one in the cloud and all creativity is going to become one thing and no one is going to get paid and it’s this big super intelligent thing.” Bullshit. It’s hard not to think about it all the time, because to me it’s the most important thing happening in music since when… it’s like when the printing press came out.”
Listen to the entire interview:
Thanks to Consequence of Sound and Sopitas.com.