For International Woman’s Day: Why Females Could Be the Future of Rock
Happy International More Than Half the Human Race Day~
Penetration by Lucid Nation
In the 1990s I was signed to a big label, but as a minor artist. I had to compete in an esoteric niche market, as an experimental classical/jazz high prestige sort of artist. That world was highly competitive and professional, and inspired an intense level of effort from me. I assumed that losing the moneyed side of the recording business would not make all that much of a difference, but I was wrong. I no longer bother to release music. The reason is that it now feels like a vanity market. Self-promotion has become the primary activity of many of my musician friends. Yuk. When the music is heard, it’s often in the context of automatically generated streams from some cloud service, so the listener doesn’t even know it’s you. Successful music tends to be quite conformist to some pre-existing category, because that way it fits better into the automatic streaming schemes. I miss competing in the intense NYC music scene. Who keeps you honest when the world is drowning in insincere flattery?
The old ideas about information being free in the information age ended up screwing over everybody except the owners of the very biggest computers. The biggest computers turned into spying and behavior modification operations, which concentrated wealth and power. Sharing information freely, without traditional rewards like royalties or paychecks, was supposed to create opportunities for brave, creative individuals. Instead, I have watched each successive generation of young journalists, artists, musicians, photographers, and writers face harsher and harsher odds. The perverse effect of opening up information has been that the status of a young person’s parents matters more and more, since it’s so hard to make one’s way.
Lucid Nation’s song Children of the Night, improvised live on KXLU. Photographs by Tamra~
LA RIVER by LUCID NATION
Rain in LA but I saw a rainbow for a minute today. Spoken word by Warhol superstar Holly Woodlawn. Keith Richards called this song marvelous~
Excuse me while I kiss the sky~
Happy VIking End of the World Day! Ragnarok and roll!
New Pussy Riot video!