I liked David Lowery’s piece because I want there to be a cruel, ad hominem response to “I’m a self-satisfied college rock fan - why can’t I have what I want, when I want it?” that makes grubby nerds like myself complicit in the deaths of outsider artists even if the lack of universal healthcare is obviously more at fault. I liked Travis Morrison’s piecebecause it points out that nerds have always been grubby. I liked Damon Krukowski’s piece for pointing out that Spotify is a speculative tech-stock business indifferent to music itself. I liked David Byrne’s piece for finally explaining to me why labels agreed to give their wares to a speculative tech-stock belch - they not only got an advance on the royalties (oddly enough, how labels got the rights to songs from musicians in the first place), but equity. I liked Dave Allen’s piece because it gets the closest to making the point I feel is the biggest: that labels are designed to fuck musicians over financially in exchange for Fame & Attention, and maybe they’re the enemy of the aging underground rock dude that hopes to live off the fact that they did some cool shit when they were younger.
Click thru, the whole thing’s well worth a read.