Nick’s yesterday was a lot of fun. Despite the absence of Christopher G Lawton on guitar, we were fortunate enough to have Jeff Sohigian in attendance and he stepped in for some of the set, relieving the audience of the burden of listening to Tony’s playing for a change 😀. (Folks did have to listen to Tony butchering “Mustang Sally,” though…sorry, Wilson, wherever you are.)
We’ll be back to create more chaos on October 17th. Really, you should come down. It’s 4 to 6, so come early, stay a bit longer for the Listen! poetry reading, maybe catch some showtunes with Mark at 8, and go home to an early bed time…Monday is a work day, after all.
We’ve had a significant slowdown in income of late — pretty much since the Great Spotify Fake Listener Accusation and Unsatisfactory Resolution — so we’ll be bumping up the notices of where you can hear us in the coming days.
We have Web fees and the like to cover and every little bit helps.
We’ll start with the easiest way to get our complete work — Bandcamp.
All six released albums and the individual tracks are available through Bandcamp at low, low prices.
Don’t want to buy through Bandcamp? Try using any of the big streaming and download services; we’re everywhere. Even Tidal. Even Napster. Even…oh, hell, any of them.
If you’ve followed the band’s adventures over the years, you know we participate pretty regularly in a long running series of articles by our friend and veteran journalist Victor Infante.
“The Great Cover Song Challenge” involves musicians who volunteer to create a cover of a song Victor assigns to them — no choice, no appeal — in whatever style they choose to use. Victor sets a deadline, puts together a playlist, and then writes an critical article about the original works and the covers, focusing on what was revealed about the music through the process. It never fails to be enlightening, and we enjoy the challenge.
Sometimes it’s about the work of a given artist (Phil Collins, Air Supply, Madonna), sometimes it’s about a genre (80s movie soundtracks). This time around, we all got to play in the waters of…DISCO!
We were fortunate to pull Sylvester’s “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real), a true anthem of the disco era. We’d tell you more about the process, but the article does a good job about that, as do our notes on the Soundcloud track.
Every day, I see someone saying ‘buy music from Bandcamp, don’t listen to Spotify, etc., etc…”
And every day, I look at our lifetime earnings from various streaming services and compare them to what we have earned on Bandcamp, and there is no contest: Spotify and Apple Music are the most reliable sources of income we have, and have paid us, over the years, FAR more than we ever got from anything on Bandcamp.
We don’t make a ton of money anywhere, but Spotify and the like pay web fees, service fees, and then some. It’s not rocket science to say that obviously, the vast majority of our listeners use those services to listen to music far more than they bother to buy music directly from us and most likely from other artists as well.
We don’t do the Duende Project for money, but I’ll be honest when I say that having its most basic expenses paid for is a good thing.
Do I hate this? Of course. Does streaming pay anyone outside of the biggest acts anything like a living? Nope. Should we be more fairly compensated? Yup.
We live in a society where all art is commodified and devalued if it doesn’t make money. We need an income of SOME sort to put it out there.
As long as people don’t see paying an artist as a valuable thing, we will do as much within the system as we can stomach to keep what we do out there.
1. After a long battle with Spotify, we’re folded our tents so to speak and, on the advice of our distribution service, taken down the most recent album, “Incomplete: Demos,” from ALL streaming services.
Never fear though — it’s been re-submitted and over the next week or so, you should see it return to the various sites (except for Amazon, which we just aren’t using anymore).
There was a minor tech glitch with one cut, “The Radioactive Artist,” which had to be re-submitted to Apple Music / iTunes as a non album single. But it’ll be available there. More as they go live.
2. Wanna see us in action again? Check out a streaming performance recorded at AS220 in Providence back in February! It’ll be available here on Thursday night.
Here’s to looking forward to actual live gigs soon.
UPDATE: Nothing’s changed except that we’ve been told that it will take up to 3 months to hear whether Spotify will allow the most recent album, “Incomplete: Demos” to be streamed again. GRRRR. Still have not been given any evidence or reason why we, as well as 750,000 other releases from other artists, have been pulled from streaming other than this bogus “artificial streaming” charge.
That said? All of our other albums are available there and on all other major streaming and download services. We could use the boost — a human, natural boost I might add…
If you are so inclined, we still sell it on Bandcamp. For the moment, we’ve reduced the price on it for the moment to $3. That will stay in place till we figure out our next steps following whatever Spotify decides.
It is still available on all the other services for streaming and download, of course. (Except on Amazon.)
Also? We recently got together LIVE for the first time since our last live show in February, 2020. Practiced a set for…a SHOW!! We’ll be recording a show for release onto the Interwebs at AS220 in Providence on February 10. Will let you know as soon as we have a screening date.
We’re getting close to some relaxations soon enough, folks. Don’t know what “normal” will look like on the other side, but…let’s keep at it till then.