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"It’s ok to license your music."
41. There are more opinions out there than just Pitchfork’s. If they give your album a 5.2 or don’t review it at all, that doesn’t mean there aren’t other people, even critics, out there who will love it. Don’t let one website determine your self-worth as a band.
42. It’s ok to license your music. There will forever be other bands/critics/anonymous blog commenters/possibly Patrick Stickles shunning you for “selling out,” but it’s a tired argument in this day and age, and, truth is, you deserve to make enough money to pay your rent.
43.(Unless you’re terrible, then just stop doing this and get a real job, hippie.)
44. There will probably be a trip-hop revival sooner or later, right? This could be cool or awful. Don’t blow it.
45. Saxophones don’t have to be smooth, you know. They can be cold and alienating, like the first Roxy Music record. They can simultaneously be head-nodding and brutal like James Chance’s no wave disco. You bought that thing, now fuck with it.
46. Get tougher, in general. There are still a lot of songs getting written explicitly about benign sunny days. Let’s cool it with those.
47. Did y’all take a vow not to write funny songs or something? Most of the stuff that isn’t crazy serious and earnest lately has seemed super vague, bordering on blank. Wits out. Tongues snugly in cheek. Ever listened to an Elvis Costello record? How about the Television Personalities? The Kinks?
48. Playing instruments on a stage isn’t all there is to a performance. It’s got to rise to the level of a show. There are different ways to put one on, but just playing instruments, even quite well, isn’t enough.
49. As lame as it sounds, consider taking a lesson on your instrument. There are some really great, cool teachers here in the city, and it never hurts anyone to learn a few new tricks—least of all the people forced to listen to you lifelessly playing the same few chords or that one plodding, shitty drum-fill you resort to all the time.
50. If you’re some local singer-songwriter we’ve never heard of, sorry, but we don’t want to be your Facebook friend, even if you tell us you really liked that one piece we wrote about the Decemberists or whatever.
"I always had the idea that this was a really great thing to do: it's fun, it's important and we'll do it as long as we can."
Mar 29, 2012