The Beat is my monthly musical link love post. It’s a quick run down of all the great music articles I’ve read lately and stuff I think you might enjoy too.
What if we lived in a world where EPs became the norm for releasing music? Instead of a traditional album every 2-5 years, our favorite bands would release a little collection of 5-7 songs every one or two years. How would that change music?
I Tweeted this thought Sunday evening, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. I won’t even touch the business side of things, but from a fan perspective…I wouldn’t mind hearing a handful of highly curated songs from my very favorite bands more often instead of waiting to get a full album.
Questioning the norm is what a lot of articles address in this month’s edition of The Beat. Does having a platinum record mean anything if Rhianna can do it while not making a dime? Why should we be worried that streaming is killing the songwriter? Is the art of the album review dead?
Those questions answered + a lot more food for thought in this month’s post.
From the web:
- If Rhianna can go platinum giving away an album, what does platinum even mean?
- Go behind the scenes of organizing a music festival.
- Quiz time! Which fictional character are you based on your taste in music? (I’m Tom Hansen from 500 Days of Summer.)
- I’m totally in love with All Things Next’s “My Life in Music” series and love David Millin’s post.
- The 10 best Andrew McMahon songs ever.
- One of my local music pals, Bob, shares his thoughts on why local music matters.
- Ever wondered how the heck Hanson is still around? Today’s the day you find out!
- A serious question with serious consequences: will streaming kill the songwriter? This is a long read, but I encourage you to give it the time it deserves.
- A Pile of Concert Tickets might be my fave new music blog. Here Rik takes you back to a Siouxsie and the Banshees concert in October 1988.
- Have you seen this awesome note from a dad asking a school to excuse his daughter’s tardiness due to seeing The Boss? Dad of the year, right there!
- The Wild Honey Pie may as well have called this collection of 11 songs with harmonies The Miranda Playlist.
- Are you a serious vinyl collector? Then you probably need to check out Discogs…which Vinyl Me Please has done for you!
- And while we’re talking vinyl, Vinyl Me Please also has 5 other vinyl collection management apps for you to check out.
- There’s a 50th anniversary festival for Woodstock in the works! Would you go?
- I’ve been casually reading Music Industry How To lately which is giving me some great insight into band life – like this post on how to effectively book shows.
- This one, I just found amusing: the definitive guide to fan base nicknames.
- Headed to SXSW this year? Check out Greg’s 5 ways to find the best parties.
- I kind of can’t believe this: there’s Ned Flanders-themed metal band in the world.
- I love Hannah’s fan letter to Adele that she shared on her blog. This is exactly what I love about my favorite bands and their music – how it grows with you.
- From Fast Company – the surprising science behind what music does to our brains. (I never get tired of reading these types of pieces!)
- Go inside one of the last vinyl pressing plants in the United States.
- NSFW: The animated sex tales of Pamela Des Barres, aka the original groupie.
- Are you watching Vinyl on HBO? Jury is still out for me after two episodes, but Josh shares his 5 reasons Vinyl is awesome.
- Have you heard of Focus@Will? My friends over at Libro Musica break down this streaming platform for you.
- I’ve always loved Booker T. and really enjoyed this interview with Open Ears Music.
- During SXSW, Spotify is remodeling a room at a local school in Austin to be a music studio. Pretty bad ass.
- Is the album review dead?
- I have my own round of SXSW tips on The Good Groupie…but every single one Neil shares here made me say, “YAAAS!” just a little louder.
- Did you know Houston (my hometown & current location!) has a whopping 11 music festivals you should check out? My personal fave? Yes, Indeed/Madness on Main. It’s like our own mini SXSW twice a year.
- And finally…the 40 greatest emo albums of all time, as defined by Rolling Stone.
From the blog:
- Get to know Chicago band Fort Frances
- Your backstage pass to Houston’s newest music venue, The Raven Tower
- 8 life lessons Hanson lyrics taught me
- Why I love the first song from Hymnal
- The Pick Me Up Pop Playlist
- The one band blog EVERY music fan should be reading
- 5 reasons to read rock novels
- Music Monday: My current go to song, who has the best catalog of love songs & more
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