How Often Do You ___ Somebody Else's Stuff?

It's very easy to find yourself aimlessly scrolling through Twitter / Facebook / Tumblr, routinely refreshing news feeds and dashboards, all the while increasingly wondering:

  • How come nobody reads my blog?
  • How come nobody is talking about my new release?
  • How come nobody likes/favourites/shares my posts?
  • Why does nobody leave any comments / interact?
  • Et cetera and etc.

I know it is very easy to do because I catch myself doing some variation of the above variations all the time. I think I am not alone in this.

But if you were to reverse those questions (i.e. how many blogs do you read, how many other artist releases are you talking about, how many comments are you leaving, posts are you sharing, et cetera et cetera-ing), you'd probably find that you're ignoring even more stuff than your stuff is being ignored. Since it seems like everybody is pushing something of their own these days —whether that be a blog, or an album, or a vegan cake recipe, or a picture of their kids— there is a whole lot of passively skimming everyone else's stuff while waiting for a bite on your line. But if you can't be bothered to do what you want people to be doing to your stuff, you can't really be surprised at the lack of it.

So the next time you find yourself throwing a bunch of “how come nobody…?” questions around in your head, take a look in the mirror and see if the way you consume / ignore content online is a lot like how you wish people were not consuming / ignoring your content.

And then maybe, somewhere off in a dusty corner of your brain, the chorus to that old New Radicals song will start playing. Faintly at first, but then increasingly louder as you reach for a share button you usually only notice when kittens r hazzing cheezburgers. And then you find yourself bypassing the favourite button in favour of the reply button. A conversation breaks out. It's brief but it feels good. That 1998 chorus gets louder as you send an old friend a message that doesn't include a link to your blog. You leave a comment on someone else's post, a post that you actually read all the way to the end. You retweet a tweet that wasn't just a tweet mentioning something you did. And right before you can push send on an email you should have sent a long time ago, your phone buzzes with the buzz of someone, somewhere, doing something with yours.

Well holy shit. Maybe you do only get what you give*.

* results may vary



A Songdrop Mix Tape | August 2014

Just like this time one month ago, I've picked 5 songs each from YoutubeSoundcloud, & Bandcamp and assembled them all in an order that sounds good to these ears in the player below (or if you prefer, you can jump over on Songdrop, or you can even download the Songdrop app and listen on that little computer in your pocket that you use to screen phone calls from your mom).

So press play on a lovely new track from Sea Oleena and then just leave it playing until Adult Mom finishes singing about probably being old enough (and in between those you'll hear: new tracks from Danielle Fricke, Dude York, Justin Townes Earle, Sea Wolf, Thrupence, Owl John + Jeff Tweedy singing in a cave with Lucius + a NSFW Timber Timbre + even more).

And while you're listening, remember to remember: music makes all our lives a bit more bearable, but the continued making of that music requires all of us listeners to give a little love back (whether that be by buying the artist a metaphorical pint, turning your friends on to them, or even just letting the artist know you dig… anything beyond secret appreciation goes a long way).


Four From My Bandcamp Collection - 31

It's Friday again. You know the drill. I pop over to my Bandcamp Collection and put 4 albums into an invisible sack and not-literally nail them on to the wall below (with my favourite track from said album queued up and a little blurb about the album below it). Then you give them all a listen and (hopefully) go “yeah, I like that too”, right before you go add the albums to your own collection.

This album oozes cool & bad ass-ness. If you're into that, then you should get into this. Favorite track: Shave Yr. Brain.

pre-Parquet Courts, but not pre-awesome tunes. Favorite track: Landlocked State.

I'm not sure why the cover art doesn't seem to show up… but don't let that stop you from pressing play. This is some quality stuff (especially, but not exclusively, if you're from western Canada). Favorite track: Why Am I Leaving?.

Hat Tip to my buddy Lieven for playing this record last time I crashed at his pad in Barcelona (Zoe had just played a secret show on his roof the night before). Lovely stuff. Favorite track: Fade.

Remember to come back next Friday for the exciting continuation of this weekly feature. You can also check out / follow my Bandcamp Collection and stay one step ahead of these posts (if that's your bag) AND/OR you can also listen to my Bandcamp collection as a big ol' playlist over on Minilogs (not to mention an even bigger playlist of ‘available on Bandcamp’ goodness). And finally, you'll hear the above artists (and a whole bunch more) over on my 24hr internet radio station 'Mix Tape Radio by HI54LOFI'.