"There are very, very few rappers I look at, like, ‘Oh, shit.’ It’s Chief Keef and Kendrick Lamar— and I’m Kendrick’s favorite rapper."
— Danny Brown doesn’t hold back in Carrie Battan's latest feature story, "Top Underdog".
"What might be keeping the music industry from developing successful new networked models is the centralized holding of a majority of existing music rights in the hands of a very few. Apple, Spotify, Pandora, and all those to come in their wake have only to negotiate with the major labels before launching products that the rest of us have to accept or reject. A true 21st-century partnership for the music business would include musicians and music fans in a far more substantive role."
— Damon Krukowski writes about how the music industry could learn from open-source culture in his new feature, "Free Music".
"Even the word ‘blog’ sounds a little grandma-y now. This whole concept of buzz feels so dated. It’s really hard to even talk about the internet without seeming instantly corny."
— Ezra Koenig tells it like it is in our new Vampire Weekend feature story by Carrie Battan.
"My BMI royalty check arrived recently, reporting songwriting earnings from the first quarter of 2012, and I was glad to see that our music is being listened to via services including Pandora and Spotify. Galaxie 500’s ‘Tugboat’, for example, was played 7,800 times on Pandora that quarter, for which its three songwriters were paid a collective total of 21 cents, or seven cents each. Spotify pays better: For the 5,960 times ‘Tugboat’ was played there, Galaxie 500’s songwriters went collectively into triple digits: $1.05 (35 cents each). To put this into perspective: Since we own our own recordings, by my calculation it would take songwriting royalties for roughly 312,000 plays on Pandora to earn us the profit of one— one— LP sale."
— Damon Krukowski of Galaxie 500/Damon & Naomi breaks down just how little bands earn from streaming services— and details what the music business’ headlong quest for capital means for artists today— in our new feature, "Making Cents".
"I don’t think people talk about mental illness a lot, but they need to know it’s OK to talk about how they are feeling. People are afraid of telling the truth because they think it’s going to hurt everyone around them. I’ve kept so much inside that I’ve literally lost it. I wish more people would get help when they feel like they need it—not just to look to medicine, but to the support of others."
— Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos opens up about his own mental health struggles in our feature "Rite of Passion", by Larry Fitzmaurice.
"Little me’s. Like a small clone you could bring home and interact with and ask all your questions to, and then it would die. And you could bury it. It’s a human-connection item, and the outcome is ultimately up to you. But it’s going to die. The clone is cooler than me."
— El-P talks about his Dream Merch Table Item in the newest Guest List.
"Sometimes it’s good to grow a tough hide, but when I hear people say that they won’t get a dog because they had one when they were a kid and it died, or that they don’t want to fall in love because it hurts too much, I’m like, ‘fuck you.’ It pisses me off to think that we’re conditioned to push away bad feelings and to think that anything that’s uncomfortable is something to be avoided. When things are really bad nowadays, I recognize the value in it because it’s me filling my quota— it’s going to make my joy more intense later."
— Fiona Apple