Neil Young (left) and Joe Rogan
Via Finn McRedmond The Irish Times:
It is easy to characterise this as a row between Young and Rogan; one enlightened by science and the other clouded by ill-judged vaccine hesitancy; liberal righteousness and reactionary malevolence….
…The tech behemoth is too powerful and perhaps the temptation to give in to exposure and profit simply too great for any normal recording artist to eschew….
…So perhaps there is a lot to thank for the Old Guard like Neil Young – recently joined in boycott by Joni Mitchell – for making a gesture (or perhaps the idea of the principled, political artist is ceding ground to the darlings of the streaming universe – Adele, Swift, Drake).
But Mitchell and Young don’t need Spotify. At the ends of their careers, they hardly require the fame it might bestow upon them; and the pair’s older audiences are much less likely to rely on streaming in the first instance. Young sold about half of his catalogue last year for a non-trivial amount of money too. It’s a lot easier to have principles when there is not that much at stake.
It might not be a lot but, in a world dominated by youth and hyper-fixated on finding the newest, shiniest artist to line the pockets of Spotify, it is at least reassuring to see Young in possession of his protesting instincts that came to characterise his earlier career. It is a dimension largely absent from the contemporary pop music scene and perhaps we are worse off for it…
Finn McRedmond: Spotify has chokehold on music industry
“Neil Young on Neil Young: Interviews and Encounters” by Arthur Lizie
Neil Young Criticized for Making Homophobic Remarks During the AIDS Crisis — 1980s Interview Resurfaces (Digital Music News)
Previously: Heart Of Gold
Over to you, Spotify.
More as we get it.
Previously: Heart Of Gold
Wicklow-born country singer Luan Parle leaves Spotify with a choice message for the streaming service’s controversial (see below) CEO, Daniel Ek.
Musicians criticise Spotify CEO for saying it’s “not enough” to release albums “every 3-4 years” (NME)
Clive Barnes (Facebook)
His name is Luka.
Guess you’ve never streamed him before?
Via Hot Press:
‘The presentation of my appeal as some sort of political statement against streaming is nonsense.
I had no desire to make a stand against anyone.
My appeal was clear. If people wish to experience my record, all I ask is that they actually buy it from actually me; because I actually generated the songs and the momentum, and paid all the people who helped get the record done, over a period of 2 years.
My only motivation in this appeal was clear and simple. I need the money.
And my experience of streaming of music through my working life is that it contributes literally nothing to my work. And then takes the streamed income and pockets it. I have no problem with that at all. it’s just that I have no desire to avail of this ‘service’.
But respect those who do.’
Luka Bloom reveals that his new album won’t be available on Spotify & other streaming services (Hot Press)
For those who threw rocks and made use of a bolthole, they salute you.
Joe Donnelly writes:
We have a very long and rich heritage of Irish songwriting that deals with colonial oppression by the British. For centuries the folk tradition has cultivated hundreds of ballads and songs of protest and anger. Irish people have always gathered together to sing; it’s part of our identity as a community. This playlist, using the 1916 centenary as a platform, builds up a brief history of some of these songs.
Needs more “broad black brimmer”.
Commemorative 1916 Spotify Playlist (TXFM)
“Roadtrip Mixtape plays artists from the nearest parish!”
Plan your musical journey here
No sleep till Dungloe.