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5 False Claims About The Music Industry That Can Harm Your

Whether it’s about being to old to be successful or needing to move to the right city, we here look at five music industry myths, the belief in which can be greatly detrimental to you music business career

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In this recent post on MusicThinkTank, Tom Hess blows the lid on five common harmful myths about finding success in the music industry.

“It is extremely common for music companies to work together with musicians who live thousands of miles away or further! Discover the principles that help you build a successful music career and apply them in your own life. This will help you achieve success no matter where you live.”

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“It is extremely common for music companies to work together with musicians who live thousands of miles away or further! Discover the principles that help you build a successful music career and apply them in your own life. This will help you achieve success no matter where you live.”

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Karen Elson – Double Roses

Back in 2010 Third Man Records had truly began its singular vision of bringing vinyl and old timey sensibilities back into an industry whose future wasn’t looking too bright at all. Amongst this first wave of releases was Karen Elson’s disarmingly atmospheric and gleefully gothic ‘The Ghost Who Walks’. It was an assured set of melancholic numbers heavily influenced by both her adopted hometown of Nashville and then-husband Jack White’s production. Happily for this humble reviewer, Elson tackles ‘the big elephant in the room’ — her divorce from what she happily describes as a “very brilliant and talented” man, and insists the long gestating ‘Double Roses’ is not a break-up album. So be gone, gossip vultures and lovers of schadenfreude.

Written during stolen moments from her day job as one of fashion’s most recognisable faces and a mother to two young children, ‘Double Roses’ sees Elson not settling scores, but rather wistfully looking back over an unthinkable life for a one-time awkward teen from Manchester. Where her first effort used a sense of the dramatic to mask more confessional material; her sophomore effort bares its soul to brilliant effect. Its ten tracks are sun-kissed yet venerable, part Laurel Canyon balladry, part good old-fashioned English folk. The choice of producer Jonathan Wilson is the masterstroke, his trademark textured yet airy touch allowing Elson’s more confident vocal work and songwriting to really fly.

From the opening ethereal harp plucks of ‘Wonderblind’ it’s clear that we’re dealing with a more assured beast: jazzy flutes, light harpsichord stabs and laid-back drum work elevating the song to dizzying heights. Later, a hushed recital of Sam Shepard’s titular poem even manages to avoid entering an easy sense of pretension, rather adding a welcome dash of the spectral. The inclusion of Laura Marling, Mr. Josh Tillman and the Black Keys’ Pat Carney in supporting roles doesn’t rock the boat either, the trio simply adding some backing vocal or skin work. It’s easy to see why Stevie Nicks’ ‘Storms’ acted as spiritual aim for the record, tales of heartbreak, frustration, fallen stars and burning bridges rarely drifting by with such ease.

Like all good second efforts, ‘Double Roses’ takes what worked the first time round, namely Elson’s gentle vocals and passion for the pastoral and forlorn, and amplifies the whole package with greater musicianship and composition. She’s described a sense of freedom at finally finishing these new numbers, and as a listener there’s no avoiding a sense of upbeat catharsis. Let’s just hope we don’t have to wait over half a decade for album numero three.

8/10

Words: Sam Walker-Smart

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For tickets to the latest Karen Elson shows click HERE.

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Back in 2010 Third Man Records had truly began its singular vision of bringing vinyl and old timey sensibilities back into an industry whose future wasn’t looking too bright at all. Amongst this first wave of releases was Karen Elson’s disarmingly atmospheric and gleefully gothic ‘The Ghost Who Walks’. It was an assured set of melancholic numbers heavily influenced by both her adopted hometown of Nashville and then-husband Jack White’s production. Happily for this humble reviewer, Elson tackles ‘the big elephant in the room’ — her divorce from what she happily describes as a “very brilliant and talented” man, and insists the long gestating ‘Double Roses’ is not a break-up album. So be gone, gossip vultures and lovers of schadenfreude.

Written during stolen moments from her day job as one of fashion’s most recognisable faces and a mother to two young children, ‘Double Roses’ sees Elson not settling scores, but rather wistfully looking back over an unthinkable life for a one-time awkward teen from Manchester. Where her first effort used a sense of the dramatic to mask more confessional material; her sophomore effort bares its soul to brilliant effect. Its ten tracks are sun-kissed yet venerable, part Laurel Canyon balladry, part good old-fashioned English folk. The choice of producer Jonathan Wilson is the masterstroke, his trademark textured yet airy touch allowing Elson’s more confident vocal work and songwriting to really fly.

From the opening ethereal harp plucks of ‘Wonderblind’ it’s clear that we’re dealing with a more assured beast: jazzy flutes, light harpsichord stabs and laid-back drum work elevating the song to dizzying heights. Later, a hushed recital of Sam Shepard’s titular poem even manages to avoid entering an easy sense of pretension, rather adding a welcome dash of the spectral. The inclusion of Laura Marling, Mr. Josh Tillman and the Black Keys’ Pat Carney in supporting roles doesn’t rock the boat either, the trio simply adding some backing vocal or skin work. It’s easy to see why Stevie Nicks’ ‘Storms’ acted as spiritual aim for the record, tales of heartbreak, frustration, fallen stars and burning bridges rarely drifting by with such ease.

Like all good second efforts, ‘Double Roses’ takes what worked the first time round, namely Elson’s gentle vocals and passion for the pastoral and forlorn, and amplifies the whole package with greater musicianship and composition. She’s described a sense of freedom at finally finishing these new numbers, and as a listener there’s no avoiding a sense of upbeat catharsis. Let’s just hope we don’t have to wait over half a decade for album numero three.

8/10

Words: Sam Walker-Smart

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For tickets to the latest Karen Elson shows click HERE.

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You Could Walk Away with Mac Demarco’s Old Trainers

The king of jizz-jazz, Mac DeMarco announced on Sunday night that he is selling his worn-out red vans on eBay.

In the announcement on Facebook , he specifies the money will be donated to the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls in Brooklyn, a non-profit music-mentoring and empowerment program for girls aged 8-18. We knew there was a Joan Jett in him.

The size 10 (US) shoes have crossed the 20,000 dollar mark already, and following 163 bids, are at $20,077.78 (at time of posting). Luckily for those of us across the pond, the shipping is free.

If you’re wondering how smelly they are, Mac made a video of his girlfriend doing a smell test in which she officially states “they’re fine”.

Mac’s even taken the time to answer questions from browsers, and besides the weirdo questions, the shoe-sale is becoming somewhat of an ‘Ask Aunty Mac’:

Q: mac why are you such a goofball? ?A: I’m not that goofy, really.
Q: You got booty man, do you do squats? (In these shoes)? A: I are a lot if philly cheese steaks in these shoes.
Q: how do I sell out?? A: Start doing things you don’t wanna do, bud.
Q: will you miss them?? A: If you love something, you let it go.
Q: will you except human semen? ?A: Really don’t think rock camp for girls 8 -18 need any semen.

Following a question where someone requested if they win for ‘the girl’ to doodle on the box, Mac confirmed whoever wins the shoes can make requests for the box.

The bidding ends on January 4th, so you’ve got a little bit of time to hustle 9 grand. And if you’re worried you won’t get them if you win, you shouldn’t – Mac’s eBay account has got 100% positive feedback.

Source: TheFourOhFive