Great Letterman bit. BMI & ASCAP are not to be trifled with.
Needed some Old 97’s today.
The Business Of R.E.M.
I listened to a podcast today with R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills and the band’s attorney Bertis Downs. The discussed some of the business aspects of running a massively popular band, but they also shared a lot of interesting stories about the band’s early days, behind the scenes operations, and even an anecdote about playing Losing My Religion around a cauldron in the forests of Paraguay.
This band is one of my all time favorites, and introduced me to the world of music not played on the radio, and they played a major role in changing my view of the world. So, suffice it to say that I was tuned in to every single word of every story.
So this came to be because some business man type finance investment person in Atlanta is best buddies with Downs, and the band. He runs a podcast that appears to be about investing, but thought it would be a good idea to share a behind the scenes look at the business operations required to run a band like this.
So check this out, it’s really interesting…
Moe Tucker Doc
I came across this somewhat recent documentary on Mo Tucker, and it’s really interesting to see how her playing evolved and the weird kit configurations she used. Fortunately, it makes no mention of her late life conversion to kook.
I haven´t listened to the podcast yet, but have been thinking about the concept a lot. Even when relatives sing the same line without harmonies, it´s a great double track. And with harmonies, magical. Some of my favorites:
Let´s not leave out twins:
And any excuse to mention Mother Maybelle, June, Anita, Helen:
At UT Hootenanny! Did they ever play with Renfield?
Also Manic St Preachers.
Hey Look Everybody, It’s Jonny!
I think he wrote a song for a certain Bastard’s birthday.
Wildflowers: Indulgent Version
For the completist.
Another Canadian pop band that I’ve forgotten to tell people about.
Luv the guitarz.
Lou & Elvis
Seems like this oughtta be up here. Great cover of ´Femme Fatale´, remedial instruction on ´Sweet Jane´, and more.