Thursday, February 25, 2021

Video Day #tzachill

It’s a treat to see such a lovely video by shy kids, with their new single, I love everything.  This new video for Tell Me You Love Me by Sufjan Stevens is quite captivating in it’s seeming simplicity.  Amy Ray continues to charm with her roots new single and video for MUSCADINE.

Bonus:  I stumbled upon this older video I missed from AURORA for Runaway from back in 2015 that I thought was worth sharing.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Video Day #tzachill

Shamir continues to charm and enchant with new music, releasing this new video for Diet.  After a string of singles, Arlo Parks just released their new album and this new video for Hope.  I also went back and rediscovered some of the videos from her previous singles, including this one for Eugene. 

Bonus:  Ani DiFranco has been a long time favorite of mine.  Looking back at her career, starting in 1990, she’s never been one for releasing videos.  But with her creative reemergence, I think she’s being faced with the importance of visual representations for the music, and has now starting making videos.  I’ll be honest, I’m not actually a big fan of the video - but hey, it’s Ani.

Friday, February 5, 2021

Video Day #tzaupbeat

I can’t share the same love of PAIN as King Princess does in their new single, but I can definitely appreciate this video.  Declan McKenna is experiencing the Rapture in his new video and single of the dame name.  Bob Moses depicts longing and loneliness, despite this highly danceable song on his new video for The Blame.

Bonus: The Weeknd is continuing to kill it with his infectious pop jams and consistent persona delivering them.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Video Day #tzachill

Amy Ray released her new video for Tear It Down which follows the activism and actions of Project Say Something, Florence, AL.  Elliott BROOD released the video for their acoustic gem, Stay Out. In what looks like a video constrained by a pandemic, Austra released Mountain Baby (feat. Cecile Believe).


Bonus:  ANOHNI with a poignant cover of Gloria Gaynor’s classic, I will survive.  Read the whole story here

Article: A Tale Of Two Ecosystems: On Bandcamp, Spotify And The Wide-Open Future

A great article that really carves out the different approaches as to how we support music.  

"Spotify and Bandcamp could not be more opposite. Where Spotify highlights playlists, most often of its own creation, Bandcamp sticks to the album (or any other format, as determined by the artist). Where Spotify pays royalties according to little-understood formulas that can only be analyzed by reverse calculation, Bandcamp lets artists and labels choose their own prices. Where Spotify requires working through a limited number of distributors to access their services, Bandcamp is open to anyone. Where Spotify has revenue streams dependent on ads and data, Bandcamp operates on a simple revenue share with artists and collects no information on its users.

Spotify is now worth an estimated $54 billion on the stock market, despite having never shown an annual profit. Bandcamp is privately owned, has been in the black since 2012, and continues to grow... slowly. You might be tempted to say that one is a 21st-century business, and the other belongs to an earlier age. But neither could exist at any other time."

A fun little trip down memory lane.

"'It definitely started as a digital platform,' says Diamond. 'In 2007, when we started the company, streaming didn't exist in the United States and our competition essentially was piracy. And the idea in 2007 primarily was that nobody was going to pay for music anymore. And it just seemed very obvious to me that if you like some music from one of your favorite artists, you should be able to support them directly. And so we built the platform to do that. My reference point for this was blogging services. In 2007, you had Blogger, Typepad, Movable Type, services that were essentially like white label services for writers – you could set up a site within minutes and tap this direct relationship with your readers. And it seemed crazy to me that if your artistic output happened to be music instead of words, you were just out of luck.' 

'And the most promising thing that happened in the early days,' Diamond continues, 'was we immediately saw people start to actually buy music, which was very exciting. I wasn't sure that was going to happen! And then, one of the fun things that happened was we started to look at the search terms people were using that brought them to a Bandcamp artist's site that led to a purchase. And several times per hour, we were seeing search terms like the name of an album or name of a track plus the word 'torrent,' or plus the word 'Limewire' or 'Kazaa.' You know, this was somebody whose intent initially was just to get the music – I don't know if they were thinking 'I'm pirating the music' – but they were trying to get it for free. But when they saw that they could make a direct purchase to the artist, they wanted to do that. And that just warmed my heart. So that's really what we were trying to do from the beginning, was just make it clear that this was a way to show your direct support for an artist.'"

While I’m definitely on team Bandcamp, I’m also a subscriber to Apple Music.  For me there’s room for both, as I use Apple Music to explore new music, and Bandcamp to support the artists I like.

(Via A Tale Of Two Ecosystems: On Bandcamp, Spotify And The Wide-Open Future : NPR.)

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Video Day #tzaholiday

You may already know I’m not big on Christmas, but every year there are videos - and some aren’t so bad.  Here are a couple that are worth a mention:  U.S. Girls released my kind of Christmas song, Santa Stay Home ft. Rich Morel.  Kacey Musgraves goes Glittery in her video from The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show ft. Troye Sivan. Out of the blue, for better or worse, Meghan Trainor is back with this single Holidays, which honestly I’m only posting because it features Earth, Wind & Fire!

Bonus: Big Freedia is feeling festive with their new single and video for Better Be.  

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Video Day #tzaupbeat

I want to live in MARINA’s world after hearing her new single for Man’s World!  Hot Chip just released this hyper-fun new video / single for Straight to the Morning feat. Jarvis Cocker. Troye Sivan’s Easy got a second life with Kacey Musgraves and Mark Ronson in this re-worked song & video.

Bonus:  I’m just catching up with this fabulous/fantasy video from Aluna & KAYTRANDA for The Recipe (feat. Rema). 

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Ben Gage Trio (11/6/20)

Another rare live performance during COVID - on a rare warm evening in November.  I can’t think of a better place to see live music on a Fall evening, during a pandemic, than the patio at Forest City Brewery.  I can’t think of much better music to listen to than the Ben Gage Trio, who you may remember I recently saw at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  What a fabulous night of music, beer, and friends (outside, at a distance).

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Side Note:  While Ben Gage is an excellent singer-songwriter, incidentally this is now the 2nd Gillian Welch song he’s covered that I’ve recorded!

The Evovlving State of Live Streaming Shows

I’m sure we’ve all seen a streaming performance by this point, right?  Mostly it’s been an artist in front of a camera in their living room (I’m thinking Ben Gibbard here).   There have been a few others that have a been a little more planned/produced as well (I’m thinking like  Robyn’s DJ Set and the Pitchfork Listening Club with Perfume Genius.)  What’s expected with all these performances is that they're all free (though tipping is always encouraged).  Something we come to expect with content on the internet.

These past couple (many) months, I’ve been supporting Bandcamp Fridays, buying artists merch, contributing to Kickstarters, etc. etc.  However, I’ve not yet purchased a ticket for a live streaming show.  It looks like that is about to change.  Here are two upcoming performances, by artists that I respect and enjoy, that are putting together online performances that I’m happy to pay for (and feel like I’m getting my money’s worth).  You should check them both out, as they’re both artists you’ve seen on TZA before.

"The Little Red Barn Show premiers November 12th with two special screenings that include a LIVE Q&A session with Kristian at 20:00 Central European Time and 8:00PM US Central Time. The film will be available beginning November 12th through November 21st

Tickets to view are on a sliding 'pay what you want' pricing scale, beginning at $5.00 USD."

(Via (9) The Tallest Man On Earth: The Little Red Barn Show (Trailer) - YouTube.)


"Lipa is finally taking the stage on November 27 — exactly eight months after Future Nostalgia's release — for a virtual concert. She's taking the 'future' and 'nostalgia' part of her disco-inspired album seriously and is dubbing the event 'Studio 2054,' a clear nod to the legendary New York City disco nightclub Studio 54. 

The virtual concert will feature tracks from the record, as well as the remix album, Club Future Nostalgia, and promises to turn the warehouse location where it'll be filmed into a bonafide disco heaven. ‘Dua will move through custom built sets; surreal tv shows, roller discos, ecstatic raves, trashy rocker hang outs, voguing ballrooms and diva style dressing rooms,' teases the press release.

Tickets for 'Studio 2054' go on sale October 30, with ticket bundles offering options for exclusive pre-show behind the scenes footage as well as After Show Party access — though it's unclear what the 'party' portion will look like."

(Via Dua Lipa Announces "Studio 2054," A Disco-Themed Virtual Concert.)

PS: Before I put this post together, Ezra Furman had her pay-to-play performance at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.  Here’s a clip of that performance.


Monday, November 9, 2020

Video Day #tzachill

Sarah Jarosz takes us to her Hometown on her new single, with this new video.  Shilpa Ray recently released this scathingly good song & video for Heteronormative Horseshit Blues. Finally, I don’t know where Small Black got this vintage content for their new video for Tampa, but it’s gold.

Bonus.  alexmaax is one part of MS MR and has a solo project out.  I find his voice, and this video compelling…  as well as his inspiration.  "It’s about trying to shake off the residual damage from a bad relationship – I wrote it a year after a traumatizing breakup, and it came from the frustration that I couldn’t seem to recover, even after all that time."