"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
"There’s a difference between people who are born with that special thing and people who love the people who are born with that special thing so much that they want to try their best to get as close as they can to it. I don’t consider myself to be a very creative person. We have to work really, really hard to write a song we think is good. If you lock Jack White in a room with an acoustic guitar, he’s gonna come up with something great. If you don’t have that gift, you have to grind away— that’s more what our band does. The Replacements seem like a band where no one was born particularly great. They were just along for the ride and kind of accidentally came out with something incredibly powerful."
— Japandroids frontman Brian King in our latest feature interview.
"I would maintain that most of the gospel references in music— aside from gospel music plain and pure— have got little or nothing to do with the church. The church might say that as soon as you turn it into a popular-music thing, you devalue it. But in an odd way, it becomes so much more powerful. How can the church own music anyway?"
— Spiritualized’s Jason Pierce on his use of religious imagery in our latest 5-10-15-20 interview.