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Comment Archives: stories: Music

Re: “Free By Choice

As long as Hobbyists are considered Artiists, WE WILL NEVER BE FREE. Perhaps a better name for this "creative outlet" would be Entitled By Nature.

3 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Jeremy Wheat on 04/07/2014 at 1:23 PM

Re: “Free By Choice

I'm mystified by the premise of this article. It's promoting a guy who isn't a working musician, doesn't sell music, and also does not make music by trade? I suppose it's just a personality piece I just don't understand "music writers". Is this some sort of post modern non story story? I know this: many musicians who'd love to fund their art, life, and passion would love to have some ink/press coverage. I find it utter mockery that you'd choose this personality as a feature in any context. Double mockery considering the social/economical climate in the Bay Area. Please--may we have responsible journalism ? Please and thank you.

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by mneronava on 04/06/2014 at 9:23 PM

Re: “Free By Choice

Tom Caschino should read this: http://davidbyrne.com/how-will-the-wolf-survive-can-musicians-make-a-living-in-the-streaming-era

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Jeff Hunt on 04/06/2014 at 9:11 PM

Re: “Free By Choice

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6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Editor on 04/06/2014 at 6:16 PM

Re: “Free By Choice

Not only an insult to every hardworking musician in the world, but an insult to anyone middle-class & under. Hey man, it's great that you're comfortable enough that you can choose not to accept the big-money ghostwriting gig, and that you can also choose to give away your creativity for free. Don't you realize that when you do this you devalue ALL recorded music? I'll assume you'll be passing on any fees for live performance as well, right?

13 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Michelangelo Battaglia on 04/06/2014 at 6:12 PM

Re: “Free By Choice

So, to sum up; this guy's a dilettante who got lucky.......

7 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by David Sylvester on 04/06/2014 at 6:00 PM

Re: “Free By Choice

I know it's just the point,but I'm not buying his schtick. Didn't get in to music until he discovered a music making program? Not even piano lessons when he was a kid? It's so easy now,isn't it? I mean,anyone can do it,right? See.

12 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Thomas F. Lynch on 04/06/2014 at 5:55 PM

Re: “Free By Choice

While he may be free to have his own opinion, there are many musicians and writers who would like to make just a moderate living from their writing and performances. I believe he should pay for his music, I have purchased all 2000+ recordings I listen to and I like to think someone put food on their table with that money.

17 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Jeff Hunt on 04/06/2014 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Planet Clair

a hahahahaha. the last time the red Razorback plastic hog hat (there's six in the kitchen, but only one "senior" partner of the group) was taken out to a "public sporting event" or "music show" was like in the 80's. but whatever it's seen enough 4th of July BBQs or Labor Day party things, to have misbehaved enough times to have gotten its red pig ass grounded forEVER since.

-- metal mike year 2014

Posted by Michael Earl Saunders on 04/03/2014 at 6:00 AM

Re: “Free By Choice

I've been an avid Broke For Free fan for abut three years now, and Cascino never fails to impress me through his creativity. His genre diversity blows me away - kind of like an electronic Van Morrison or Beck. His tunes stay in my head for days, and for once in my life, BFF ear worms don't drive me crazy. I can't wait for his Petal release.

14 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by debfagan on 04/02/2014 at 12:38 PM

Re: “The In-Between Space of Meklit Hadero

you HAVE to see her live - breathtaking!

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Deb Leudiere on 03/25/2014 at 11:09 PM

Re: “Burners Torched Over Native Party

I think this is awesome and glad it blew up in their self entitled faces. They needed to cry and be enlightened of the truth. It's disrespectful period! Those who think the burners had the right are just as self entitled morons who only see things within their stupid little bubble. Open your eyes and see the truth of what you are doing and take responsibility for your actions and move forward. Learn from this children. If you decide to ignore it then you are a bonafide idiot.

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by LuLu Mendez on 03/19/2014 at 7:02 PM

Re: “Birdland Jazzista Social Club Eyes an Oakland Nest

brother Eric Lowen,

Yes, that was when the city closed our social club in August 2011. We will gladly refund your $20 and apologize. Thanks for reaching out. Birdman Mike

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Posted by Michael Parayno on 03/15/2014 at 4:05 AM

Re: “Birdland Jazzista Social Club Eyes an Oakland Nest

I have mixed feelings about Birdland. My wife and I, having heard about the place, we induced to buy an annual membership one week before the joint closed and it left a bitter taste.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Eric Lowin on 03/14/2014 at 6:44 PM

Re: “Beyond Two Turntables and a Microphone

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Posted by Editor on 03/09/2014 at 4:12 AM

Re: “Where Craigslist Sucks, Will Fandalism Succeed?

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Posted by Editor on 03/05/2014 at 4:37 PM

Re: “Stories of a Place

I have attended one concert performed by Gautam. I felt the need to clarify that while Gautam has taken carnatic music to an English audience and written lyrics that are his own, the music was not composed by him. So based on this one concert, I disagree with the word 'original' in the statement "only performer of Carnatic music who sings original compositions in English" His songs are not simply 'modeled on different types of carnatic song forms', but in their basic structure/ music are exact renditions of other compositions by documented composers who lived some 200-300 years ago. So essentially the music by original composers is kept, lyrics are swapped to English, similar to the case if one were to sing 'ode to joy' by Beethoven with their own lyrics. The improvisations are his, as they are with other carnatic singers, so it is a little sad that he did not acknowledge the original composers of the music during his concert, nor did the writer here. The article gives the impression that he is a singer-songwriter who writes original English compositions modeled on carnatic music 'structure', but that was not my impression coming out of the concert. The English speaking audience unfamiliar with compositions by the trinity (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinity_of_Carnatic_music) and others will never know unless this is disclosed and acknowledged.

Posted by Sangeetha Metlapally on 02/17/2014 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Where Singers Shine

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Posted by Editor on 01/29/2014 at 12:56 AM

Re: “Forrest Day

Originality? Not much? You're out of your mind, Mark Keresman.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Donna Paggio on 01/27/2014 at 9:50 PM

Re: “Turtle Island Quartet's Genre-Bending Sound Returns to Its Roots

Great to hear these guys are still playing! Thanks for the heads up.

Posted by Mary Eisenhart on 01/16/2014 at 2:00 PM

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