Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Video Day #tzachill

Rostam just released a charming new video for From the Back Of A Cab, with a cadre of folks you may know, including HAIM and Charli XCX.  Mandolin Orange announced that they’ve changed their name to Watchhouse, with this new single and video for Better Way.  José Gonález released his stunning new video for his new sing Visions, off his new album Local Valley (due 9/17).

Bonus: Excited to hear about the new Mdou Moctar album, and really enjoyed this peak into (one) of their worlds with this video for Tala Tannam.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Video Day #tzaupbeat

MARINA is ready to Purge The Poison for all of us in her new video, while also announcing her new album on 6/11!  I’ve recently been turned onto UK pop artist JONES and I'm quickly falling in love, so check out her new video for Camera Flash.  Tristen is back (!) with this fun little ditty, Complex, along with this fun little video.

Bonus:  I, like the rest of us, was gobsmacked by Lil Nas X’s video for MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name).  Brava!

Friday, April 2, 2021

Video Day #tzachill

Töth is one of those artists that I’m never quite sure I understand what’s happenin), but I also never seem to mind.  Lava La Rue is going underground in their new video for Magpie.  SZA's  new video for Good Days, which is anything but chill.

Bonus: I’ve had this vincent peirani & Emile Parisien album for a little while now, but just randomly discovered a video accompaniment!

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Video Day #tzaupbeat

Actually discovered POSTDATA thanks to 88.7 WJCU, and found their video as charming as their song.  This new video for Bussifame by Dawn Richard has me even more intrigued with her new album coming out 4/30.  SG Lewis, a previous collaborator with Robyn & Channel Tres, has released his new album, and this video for One More feat. Nile Rodgers. 

Bonus: I don’t know how I missed this Rhye video for Black Rain (released 10/20), but here that is!

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.)