Friday, July 16, 2021

Video Day #tzaupbeat

BROCKHAMPTON has some good advice to give with their new frenetic new video for Don’t Shoot Up The Party.  Duke Dumont hooked up with Channel Tres for this new video for Alter Ego. This song and video for 24 Hours by Agnes popped up on OMG BLOG and I'm appreciating their sense of style. 

Bonus: I’m still a little smitten with Twenty One Pilots, and this video just keeps me riding that wave.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Video Day #chill

This Video Day is a who’s who of TZA favorites!  WOODS announced a new expanded version of their latest album Strange to Explain with this video for Waiting Around For A New Me. Heartless Bastards just released this blistering new social commentary video for How Low. Xavier Rudd announced a new album with this soothing video for Stoney Creek.

Bonus:  So nice to see Martha Wainwright is coming out with some new music, along with this new video for Love Will Be Reborn, off her new release on 8/20.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Video Day #tzaupbeat

Starting off with something new today, this video for Darker Place by Rachel Chinouriri is excellent. Loving the new music by The Go! Team, continuing with this video for Pow.  Channel Tres is everywhere these days (!) including in this new song & video for Palms with Gus Dapperton!

Bonus:  Jake Shears is still working on a new album, but is dropping some retro flair with his new sing/video for Do The Television.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Article: Live Nation is wiring more than 60 venues for livestreaming

Well I guess it still makes sense… 

"This is potentially a brilliant business move, because not only will livestreaming repeatedly capture superfans who would happily spend an evening and $120-$600 on tickets, but it will increase access for fans whose towns and budgets do not align with tours. Perhaps more critically, it will reach the many (many) semi-fans who would not tromp through crowds to see Pink, but would totally pay $15-40 to project her onto their living room wall.

Other soon-to-be-livestreaming venues range from clubs to amphitheaters. They include House of Blues locations in Chicago and New Orleans; The Filmore venues in San Francisco and Philadelphia; The Gorge in George, Washington; and Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. So far artists including Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Brandi Carlile have performed livestreams."

(Via Live Nation is wiring more than 60 venues for livestreaming.)

Article: Live Music Should Be More Accessible For Disabled Fans

YES.  Yes it should.

"There are other ways venues, bands, and booking agents can build a more inclusive environment. Maja Liv Groves, the founder of Queers to the Front, a booking agency and music company 'prioritizing all marginalized people, which very much includes people with all sorts of disabilities,' has historically asked venues who host her bands to go above and beyond the status quo for disabled accommodations. 'I definitely experienced things where I would ask for a ramp to the entrance to the venue and they'd ask if I was disabled and I'd reply, 'does it matter?,' said Groves. 'If you want the show to be accessible, you should want everybody to have access to the show, not just your performer.' Other measures include asking to remove stroboscope lighting for people with photosensitivity or epilepsy, accessible unisex restrooms, and other easy solutions. 'Everybody has different accessibility needs,' said Dykema. 'What is accessible to me doesn't necessarily mean it's fully accessible to everybody.'"

(Via Live Music Should Be More Accessible For Disabled Fans.)

Friday, May 28, 2021

The Wooks (4/17/21)

This show by Virginia band, The Wooks, was essentially the first real concert of 2021 for me!   Shows at the Beachland Ballroom were being sold by the table, and at a pretty high cost to cover the low number of ticket sales able to be offered.  While there were a few Beachland shows that were held before this one, this was the first show that worked out in getting 3 friends to join me at 4 top table!  I was also thrilled to be seeing the Wooks, who have this fun folky jam vibe about them.   I walked out of this show feeling over joyed, and found yet another band that I’d love to see again.
The Wooks  4 17 21

The Wooks  4 17 21

The Ohio Weather Band (11/12/20)

I’m finally beginning to churn out the media to be able to post some of the concerts I’ve been seeing lately.  I’m finding it a little challenging to get these technological gears moving again.  This show by the Ohio Weather Band was one of the *few* concerts I was able to see in 2020, in a socially distanced environment.  It was *so* refreshing to see these guys live.  I was unfamiliar with them before this show, but they quickly made me a fan.

The Ohio Weather Band  11 12 20

The Ohio Weather Band  11 12 20

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Video Day #tzaupbeat

Jessie Ware is serving some 90’s inspired realness in this video for Please, off her new expanded release.  Claire Laffut pulls off another stunning video for her new single Hiroshima.  BROCKHAMPTON’s trippy new video for Count On Me features Lil Nas X and Dominic Fike, and is unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

Bonus:  This “live” video for Glass Animals' Heat Waves (Live On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon) is every bit as good as any official video release.  They will also  be performing live at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica on 10/1/21!

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.)