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Artists from the hype machine

An interesting article on Economist.com about new born artists raising up from the internet:

AMERICA’S well-documented independent music scene once valued tour-van mileage, lean living, anti-commercialism and a layer of sonic inscrutability. The DIY work ethic of the 1980s and ‘90s meant everything from booking your own gigs to pressing your own debut single, if necessary. Would-be scribes wrote criticism in Xeroxed zines, published in copy shops. It was more concerned with a grassroots revolution in sound than SoundScan figures—the pre-internet gauge of sales.

In the past decade, indie music blogs—often American, each fancying itself like a mini-NME—have become increasingly influential. Pitchfork and Stereogum, in particular, had the power to break bands from independent labels with every thumbs-up they give. Acts such as the Arcade Fire and Fleet Foxes owe much of their commercial viability to enthusiastic online editorial coverage. The online hype machine—which drops new tracks and videos along with breathlessly excited text, plus the usual reviews and interviews—can easily make a musician that has never played a live concert a buzz-worthy act over night. Often the more mysterious the act, the better for the site that breaks it. Traditional media blogs have restyled themselves along the same lines—Rollingstone.com for instance. In this day and age, that online hype may not translate into massive sales, but it can mean a career in music with potentially lucrative touring and licensing. Publishing and live performance are the profit centres in the industry these days.

Nothing illustrates the conflict between the power and influence of the blogs and their romantic notions of an indie music work ethic better than the Lana Del Rey affair. In short, indie music blogs initially championed her “Video Games” single/video via YouTube and covered her as a rising star in the tradition of Cat Power, an underground darling. But then they outed Del Rey as an ambitious pop-star wannabe, who had already released an album to little fanfare under her given name. She had management, a label and the business savvy to reboot as Del Rey with a signature look (a retro brunette bombshell that rarely smiles) and the blogs felt duped. Del Rey wasn’t the undiscovered organically grown rare orchid they had hoped. Rather, she was nurtured in the corporate hothouse.
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MGMT’s new track

The new song by psych-rock duo MGMT features flutes, horns, and about seven different sections that reference doo-wop, old school rock’n’roll, electro balladry, Ariel Pink-style lo-fi, wall-of-Spector pop, and the Beatles at their most high. All in four minutes and sixteen seconds! (Via MGMT’s site.)

Listen to the song on pitchfork.com

twitter your album review

Twitter all over the place right now. Everyone has his twitter feed and idem do artists. Consequently, today’s musicians have a myspace page, a facebook group/profile, a blog, a last.fm profile, a flickr photostream and a twitter feed. .. and probably an official web page.

Moby just released his 9th studio album (“wait for me”) and let fans write reviews via twitter. Twitter users just post your review starting with @thelittleidiot and ending with #waitforme. Further, the most creative review wins an original ‘Wait for Me’ artork by Moby!

(via moby/journal)

Winter Music Conference: Vote Now!

The nominees of this years conference are ready to vote. There is no surprise really… so a bunch of world class artists which does not make it easy to choose from. At this point I take the chance to highlight DANCE DEPARTMENT in the podcast category as it is by far the best! I could not understand why they did not win last year… So think twice when you place your vote ; ) Vote here.

Moby’s new style

This morning I watched the new video for “Alice” by Moby on last.fm. This video is so weird, not to say satanically coloured, that it just does not align with the previous videos of Moby. And the track itself is just boring. Moby will release his sixth studio album “last night” on 31st March (uk) & 1st April (usa) 2008.

moby alice


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