It’s time to settle into another week, and what better way to capture the futility of another Monday than a pointless list from Rolling Stone? This time, the “fearless” editors decided to rank every single song that Nirvana ever played, and decided that a slideshow of 102 clips is the best way to accomplish this. Sure, some of the anecdotes are a bit fun, but mainly I’m surprised that someone listened to everything in the With the Lights Out boxset.
As technology and the marketplace has evolved in music over the last decade, new business models have emerged, and not always to the benefit of the artists. For example, a lot of emphasis has been placed on streaming services in recent years, and while some artists have endorsed this development, others have argued strongly against it, including notably Radiohead and The Black Keys. We plan on doing future explorations of this argument in the future, but keep in mind this bit of evidence offered up by Zoe Keating, who provided a breakdown of where her income from her music came from in 2013. Also, something else to keep in mind when you hear mindless preaching about how new technology will save us all: Camper Van Beethoven had a higher net profit than Twitter last year. $645 million greater.
Speaking of our own work, it looks like we’re not the only ones who felt the time was right to take a look back at Danger Mouse’s career so far. Stereogum has an “Annotated Media Guide to Danger Mouse” that you may want to check out.
And finally, what better way to feel better about the week ahead than a reminder about the genius of This Is Spinal Tap. ShortList has a list of the greatest “real life” Spinal Tap moments. Some of these are probably worthy of a Jeff Goldblum laugh.