Recording group Gunboat Diplomats livens up holidays with ‘relentlessly chipper’ song

New Year celebration 1940
New Year Celebration 1940; National Photo Company Collection; gifted by Herbert A. French, US Library of Congress.

Musical group Gunboat Diplomats never ceases to surprise me, and the latest release holds to that standard. I’ve praised the work of this recording group before, often calling attention to their lyrics for artistic merit. Some of their songs have dark undertones—I really like that. I mean, how many musicians write songs with a nod to Albert Camus? I’d wager more than half of those under 40 couldn’t pick Camus out of a literary lineup on paper. Continue reading “Recording group Gunboat Diplomats livens up holidays with ‘relentlessly chipper’ song”

Questions, anger after tragic wreck kills Texas rising star and a teen in Taos

Profile photo of Kylie Rae Harris from @KylieRH on Twitter.
Profile photo of Kylie Rae Harris from @KylieRH on Twitter.

Texas singer-songwriter Kylie Rae Harris’ career was set to take off. She’d enjoyed attention from media lately and had gotten good reviews of her latest album release. Her heartfelt song “Twenty Years From Now” was written to her young daughter, and listening to it raises questions in addition to questions about the tragic wreck that took her life and the life of an innocent teen, Maria Elena Cruz. Continue reading “Questions, anger after tragic wreck kills Texas rising star and a teen in Taos”

Crazy Daysies get top pick of week at Music Mafia Radio

Music Mafia Radio’s Rick Landstrom has selected Rebecca Day and The Crazy Daysies as Pick of the Week. On Monday’s Live Top 30 Countdown show, the pick will be announced. Continue reading “Crazy Daysies get top pick of week at Music Mafia Radio”

Musician Jason Eady has perfect response to Taylor Swift’s anger over label sale

Yesterday I did a column about Taylor Swift’s reaction to Ithaca Holdings’ acquisition of the record label that made Taylor Swift a great deal of money. Swift was definitely not happy to see Big Machine Label Group acquired by Ithaca. Swift doesn’t have control over the masters to a number of albums that took her from country star to pop tart. Eady, who is an indie musician from Texas, gave his take and it’s very similar to what I’ve told my daughters since they decided to do music fulltime. Continue reading “Musician Jason Eady has perfect response to Taylor Swift’s anger over label sale”

Will indie authors and musicians catch the print and vinyl wave in 2019?

Robert Reed works at Geo's Music store, which sells LP vinyl records and compact discs featuring an assortment of musical genres in downtown Youngstown, Ohio by Carol M. Highsmith
For fun, I searched for vinyl record images at the US Library of Congress. The most relevant search return was this photo by Carol M. Highsmith. The caption read: “Robert Reed works at Geo’s Music store, which sells LP vinyl records and compact discs featuring an assortment of musical genres in downtown Youngstown, Ohio.”

There appears to be a print and vinyl wave in progress if news reports are accurate. Books and vinyl records are holding their own, with print book sales increasing last year according to Quartz. This is good news to me, at least on the books end of things. I love books. I declare I won’t buy another one every time I dust the shelves of books in various rooms of my house. Then I go buy another one. Or two or more. As for vinyl records, I haven’t jumped on that option yet, but I might. The latest report I could find claims vinyl record sales rose notably in 2017. What does all this mean for indies?  Continue reading “Will indie authors and musicians catch the print and vinyl wave in 2019?”