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Re: “Looking Forward to Looking Back: 10 Albums Celebrating Anniversaries in 2012

uh, not a chance. ghost is born is wilco's best album, duh! that is, in fact, a fact, because i am correct because i say i am correct and I am an authority on things, and you have to take my word for it because i'm an authority on things

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Posted by Feter Prampton on 01/26/2012 at 12:29 PM

Re: “101 Secrets to Indie Rock Success

@Doug Kresse: I am willing to bet that asking the crowd how it sounds will not in 90% of shows make the sound any better. If the sound-person hasn't figured the bands' sound out on their own, they probably won't and just aren't that good at their job and/or are having technical problems. If they happen to be missing something crucial about the sound of the band, go tell them discreetly. It's insulting to call them out from the stage and won't yield the results you hoped for.

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Posted by Olie Eshleman on 01/23/2012 at 5:49 PM

Re: “101 Secrets to Indie Rock Success

As someone who does PR work for one of the venues in town (as well as freelance for a lot of musicians) I can not tell you how dead on this article is. Heck, I even learned a new thing or two. Thank you for this!

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Posted by Todd on 01/22/2012 at 9:57 AM

Re: “101 Secrets to Indie Rock Success

#23. Go ahead and ask. I've been to dozens of shows where there vocals vanish. I felt sorry for a band from Scotland who had good 3 & 4-part harmonies and the venue messed up the vocals. Sometimes there's too much riding on making a good impression. Feedback is good. More is better. Don't be afraid.

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Posted by Doug Kresse on 01/21/2012 at 9:23 PM

Re: “101 Secrets to Indie Rock Success

It seems like the "advice" from Captured Tracks really only applies to them.

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Posted by Jason Matuskiewicz on 01/21/2012 at 11:15 AM

Re: “101 Secrets to Indie Rock Success

@Ninths: As per #57, yes, t-shirts are still a-ok by us. And postering! A total oversight on our part -- postering would definitely be nice touch, like a reenactment of a scene from Singles or something.

@Clint Willis: Oh, that's really very nice of you to say. Glad you like your kids' music. Though to be safe, I feel I should refer you (and them) to #38.

Thanks for reading, everyone.

Posted by Mike Conklin on 01/20/2012 at 9:49 PM

Re: “101 Secrets to Indie Rock Success

some things never really change though eh? How about T-shirts are they in or out now? Or how about postering?...I did a bunch of that as well..in crapy weather once upon a time..

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Posted by Ninths on 01/20/2012 at 7:38 PM

Re: “101 Secrets to Indie Rock Success

my kids are in a (fucking awesome) band in nyc and their manager posted this on facebook. i'm a magazine writer and editor, and the piece makes me wanna hire you guys. nice work.

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Posted by Clint Willis on 01/20/2012 at 11:44 AM

Re: “The 10 Best Things Right Now: With Craig Finn, John K. Samson, Robert Christgau and More

Wussy is the greatest rock'n'roll band in the world right now. And I'm 15!
(Not really. I'm 49.)

Posted by Stu Reid on 01/19/2012 at 4:45 AM

Re: “11 Great Songs (Plus Three Terrible Ones) Not Sung by the Band’s Lead Singer

Fact Check : There is no Rick Danko version of Out of the Blue. It's always been Robbie. All good hearted people know that.

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Posted by Stu Reid on 01/19/2012 at 4:43 AM

Re: “The Year in Music: Observations and Value Judgments

Re: The Reemergence of Mystery as Marketing
Surely a middle ground can be found between the over-the-top mythic tales of how, for example, Jimmy Page composed the music to Led Zeppelin classics while secluded in a dark castle, surrounded by Aleister Crowley paraphernalia; and on the other hand, the constant barrage of OMG, I-just-had-an-organic-ham-sandwich-on-whole-wheat tweeting that passes for communication these days. Right?
And can we stop using the term "mix-tape" when not in a cassette format, please?

Posted by Kiko Jones on 01/19/2012 at 3:39 AM

Re: “11 Great Songs (Plus Three Terrible Ones) Not Sung by the Band’s Lead Singer

"Numb" is more mediocre than terrible. (The Edge has a great voice; he's the one singing the backup harmonies, not Bono, on those U2 songs.)

Also, Demos falling on his ass seems like a metaphor for reviving GBV.

Posted by Kiko Jones on 01/18/2012 at 8:22 PM

Re: “101 Secrets to Indie Rock Success

@Natural: Whoa, whoa, whoa, there's certainly *some* snark and ironic posturing in there! Thanks for the nice words, and for reading, obviously.

You too, M. Romeo.

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Posted by Mike Conklin on 01/18/2012 at 7:31 PM

Re: “101 Secrets to Indie Rock Success

I think this article is very helpful. I've actually had the pleasure to book with Andy and I can say as an artist that I def appreciate when both parties respect each others hard work. The music world is tough.

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Posted by M. Romeo on 01/18/2012 at 7:24 PM

Re: “101 Secrets to Indie Rock Success

I was expecting a list filled with snark and ironic posturing, but this was a fantastic surprise. Thank you, L Magazine.

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Posted by Natural on 01/18/2012 at 6:46 PM

Re: “101 Secrets to Indie Rock Success

This is so awesome I'm linking to it from my venue's booking info page. Thank you.

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Posted by Mike Van Jura on 01/18/2012 at 4:51 PM

Re: “Your 2012 Album Preview

I Am Dive forthcoming debut album Ghostwoods.
Previous EP's worth checking out
http://vimeo.com/31323318

Posted by tetra voltage 2000 on 01/17/2012 at 4:05 PM

Re: “Do Real Rappers Wear Skinny Jeans?

do real music columnists write about trivial bullshit?

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Posted by jqnwfkjqnf on 01/12/2012 at 12:41 AM

Re: “The Top 25 Albums of 2011

here's some less narcissistic bands

Vulture Shit - http://vultureshit.bandcamp.com/
Robot Death Kites - http://robotdeathkites.bandcamp.com/
nursing home - http://nursinghome.bandcamp.com/

Posted by jf22 on 01/12/2012 at 12:37 AM

Re: “8 NYC Bands You Need to Hear

here's some other brooklyn and nyc bands that rock:

Vulture Shit - http://vultureshit.bandcamp.com/
Robot Death Kites - http://robotdeathkites.bandcamp.com/
nursing home - http://nursinghome.bandcamp.com/

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Posted by jf22 on 01/12/2012 at 12:35 AM

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