The Stool Pigeon Guide to Music Journalist Bullshit | The Stool Pigeon -
After spending the past few days copy-editing, this was the perfect piece to come back to tumblr for.
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globalFEST: 10th year of the groundbreaking music festival by globalFEST — Kickstarter -
Thank you generous supporters! globalFEST has exceeded its goal and funding is now guaranteed. BUT, we’ve got 1 day left so LET’S KEEP GOING! All funds raised will go towards building globalFEST’s services and programs as we move from being a singular catalyzing event to a year-round non-profit service organization for the world music community and beyond. Remember, $60 includes a ticket for globalFEST 2013 on January 13. Last year’s show sold-out well in advance—guarantee your spot for globalFEST’s 10th anniversary edition with your contribution!
globalFEST (gF) began as a creatively curated bright spot for global music lovers in the dark days of early January in NYC. Over its first decade, gF’s groundbreaking annual 3‐stage, 12‐band world music showcase/festival has become one of the most catalytic world music events in North America and the premier gateway event for emerging and established artists from around the world.
globalFEST is also a party, turning winter doldrums into a multi-continent romp at one of downtown New York’s most historic venues, spotlighting artists who represent diverse global styles, ranging from traditional and folk to hybrid acts that incorporate classical, rock, jazz, electronic dance music and hip‐hop. Since 2003, gF has provided more than one hundred groups from around the world access to stages across North America. globalFEST is committed to keeping ticket prices low – with no increase in the past decade – to encourage festival-goers to explore new and unfamiliar sounds and discover new favorites.
The last six months have marked milestones in both organizational and programmatic development for globalFEST. Now an independent 501c3 non-profit organization, gF has grown from an annual showcase/festival into a year‐round resource for cultural curators, global music artists, and the live music industry as a whole.
The launch of globalFEST’s Touring Fund (gFTF) offers competitive grant opportunities to all tour‐ready gF alumni artists. gFTF is an innovative program designed to encourage cultural exchange by offsetting the high cost of touring in the U.S., and to encourage performances in new, underserved markets.
globalFEST has also expanded its presentations outside of NY. In Spring 2012, globalFEST brought its curatorial vision to stages at SXSW, the country’s most influential independent music conference and festival and atBonnaroo, one of the country’s most beloved festivals. gF artists performed alongside Radiohead, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fun, Questlove, Bon Iver, and St. Vincent. Through these events, gF and the participating artists garnered national coverage in such media as SPIN magazine, The New York Times and the Austin‐Statesman.
This September, globalFEST presents events on two continents: including a day-long showcase of eight New York-based diaspora artists at Paris’Festival d’île de France, and collaboration between Debo Band and Forro in the Dark with the legendary Joshua Light Show at NYU’s Skirball Center
gF is now planning for its next phase of development providing expanded service for the performing arts field in general and the world music field in particular. It is uniquely positioned to have impact on the entire live music industry—in NYC and beyond.
The festival directors, Bill Bragin of Acidophilus: Live & Active Cultures, Isabel Soffer of Live Sounds and Shanta Thake of Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater- along with a dedicated cadre of volunteers - produce this highly anticipated event on an entirely unpaid basis.
We rely on the generosity of our Kickstarter supporters to help make all these ambitious programs possible, and we thank you! Please give as much as you can, and help spread the word!
So this is happening all over the east village right now.
David Byrne’s office/studio - the idea is to make people walk across this so that each person changes what’s coming out of the amp depending what pedals they step on. Byrne’s the best.
Pedal Walk With Me.
yesterday i tweeted this:
“i’m 2 busy hustling 2 make a living 2 wade into NPR’s E.White http://n.pr/Nx0Pge vs D.Lowery: http://bit.ly/LwFgbf but it all feels bad”
this, i’ll admit, was a hasty and somewhat confusing tweet.
and then my friend musician matt the electrician called (imagine that! a phone call!) wanting know what i really thought, because he’d read both articles and was curious. last night a friend stopped me to say she’d read my similar facebook post and was curious what i really thought too.
“i dont have time for this today”, is what i think. i’m up at 8am to start a day that will include the following: listen to and approve a radio edit for my new single, which has to get to the mastering lab this morning. read, edit, and approve a draft of the bio for my new record so that advance copies of the music can get to press in time for long lead coverage. confirm a rate and schedule a day as soon as possible with my photographer so we can make photos for my album package and publicity photos. film a new pitch vid for the final stages of my pledge music campaign, which closes next week. oh, and eat. and that’s just my morning.
it absolutely kills me that my current list of daily tasks, the inbox of the modern independant musician during pre-release set-up, keeps me from doing more than skimming these articles. this is important stuff, and i hate having to choose which fire to fight first. but i will try to take a second on this flare-up.
On the costs of "free" downloading: an open letter from David Lowery -
Compelling response to an @nprmusic blog post about the ethics and implications of free downloading by David Lowery (Cracker / Camper van Beethoven). Long read, especially if you read all the comments, which remain thoughtful and surprisingly spam-free. I just wish there was more discussion about the role the ISP’s play in enabling this dysfunctional economy, and ways in which they might be brought into the conversation about getting proper compensation to artists.
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (@LMCC): Training, Networking, Talks: Arts Advancement Series: Boost Your Social Media Presence -
In 2012, social media remains an evolving terrain in which artists and organizations must determine which platforms, levels of participation, and tracking methods are most effective and sustainable for their own needs. To inform this process, LMCC invited six artists and arts professionals who are effectively using social media to share their approaches, successes, and lessons learned.
They asked me about my history with social media. So I told them. And now I’m telling you.
Special secret preview of Festival Award Winning Film @nyiff. No, don’t ask what it is. If I tell you, they’ll have to kill me. w/ @howtogive, @junecohen, @heyjudester and Jonathan.
Garden in full bloom. (Turn sideways)
LINCOLN CENTER This highbrow hub has enticements almost every day on its elegant summer slate. The Midsummer Night Swing fiesta spans June 26-July 14 and welcomes dance instructors to demonstrate their skills alongside peppy bands like Johnny Colon & His Orchestra, Orquesta Broadway and Crytzer’s Blue Rhythm Band. Lincoln Center’s free Out of Doors Festival runs July 25-Aug. 12, and standout events include performances from the Stooges Brass Band and Gypsy Roma Urban Balkan Beats (July 26), the OurLand celebration of Irish culture with members of the Mekons and Cracker (July 29), the Bad Plus’s New York premiere of its new work, “On Sacred Ground” (Aug. 2), and the 29th annual Roots of American Music Festival with Nona Hendryx, Aloe Blacc and more (Aug. 11-12). Also, on July 20, diverse artists from the rock, hip-hop and jazz spheres (including Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio, Mavis Staples and Dr. Lonnie Smith) join the Impressions to honor the 70th birthday of the late R&B poet Curtis Mayfield; lc.lincolncenter.org. —
Free dance lessons from top instructors will be given at the David Rubenstein Atrium on June 6, 13 and 20, followed by dance parties, in anticipation of Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing.
On these three Wednesday nights, dancers and aspiring dancers can learn how to swing dance or salsa before Lincoln Center’s outdoor dance party Midsummer Night Swing starts its 24th season on June 26. The “Dancing 101” evenings begin at 7 p.m. with music spun by a top DJ, then there is a dance lesson given by a noted professional instructor that runs from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Guests then enjoy dancing until 10 p.m. Cocktail specials will be offered, and refreshments will be for sale.
(Read the entire press release here.)
It’s all FREE! @LCOutofDoors