March 27, 2008

Pardon me?

…Rather than mainstream MP3 blogs, which exist purely to violate the copyright of the working musicians you can already hear on the radio…”

Read the article. Come on guys. Seriously?


  • Permission to offer up a big “fuck you,” ma’am? I hope someone slaps that bugger.

    Matthew — March 27, 2008 @ 11:28 am

  • 1. Yeah, I spend hours crafting posts and raving about musicians because I want them to all go broke and go home. That’s not even slightly logical. Don’t these folks have editors that screen for common sense and fallacies?

    2. Many mainstream musicians have suggested otherwise, so I’d love to hear these folks be pushed to cite their sources — and then pass that info along to the musicians themselves, so they can see how little their own people actually agree with them. But that’s what you get when you talk to the moneymakers and believe them when they say they’re speaking for the artists.

    boyhowdy — March 27, 2008 @ 11:51 am

  • Yup, that’s my life: everything I want to hear I “can already hear on the radio.” How pompous and presumptuous. “Pre-war banjo picking and Latin Jazz” is far superior to the music I like (mostly Wilco, Pearl Jam, Radiohead, Phish, etc) because it is “offbeat.”

    What a pointless, useless post that was. I didn’t think you could smell the stink of shit on the internet, but apparently you can.

    Fornya — March 27, 2008 @ 12:13 pm

  • Your blog is my #1 source for mainstream, radio-friendly, copyright-infringing music. Please don’t go changing to pre-war banjo music!

    wallrock — March 27, 2008 @ 12:17 pm

  • i won’t read the article – the quote is enough to make me want to explode. i live in a country where radio stations play bull all day long and i am really grateful beyond limits for blogs like this here to get my decent share of pearl jam, for example. thx heather for dealing with crap like this guy’s for our sake. keep rocking (ok, i know… )

    tumbling upwards — March 27, 2008 @ 12:56 pm

  • He seems to have spelled his name wrong. He spells it Moran, I think that “a” is supposed to be an “o.”

    kired — March 27, 2008 @ 1:30 pm

  • Make me broke by downloading and writing about my latest web single at



    Richard — March 27, 2008 @ 1:40 pm

  • The reason I stopped listening to the radio (somewhere in the late 90s) is because nothing I liked was ever played. Moran must be a big fan of radio acts like, say, James Blunt, or Puddle of Mudd, but I say no thanks.

    zara hemla — March 27, 2008 @ 1:55 pm

  • That’s such bull. A lot of the music I have heard online are rarely played on the radio — and I’ve tried to request (the songs to be played) plenty of times, too! =/

    Jenn — March 27, 2008 @ 2:51 pm

  • Aah, always nice to read the musings of a cranky “journalist” whose cozy life of providing one-sided opinions has suddenly been upended by a new media that allows the audience the opportunity to judge for themselves.

    Eric — March 27, 2008 @ 5:15 pm

  • pure douchery.


    Anonymous — March 27, 2008 @ 6:28 pm

  • I’m stumped as to why the labels have not embraced the MP3 blog culture. It’s the best forum for sampling and discovering new bands. When’s the last time a radio DJ spoke eloquently and passionately about a band? Music on radio is just fodder to attract Arbitron-tracked key demos through the next quarter hour. Blogs like Heather’s give life to bands who want to have careers. Labels should tout the superior fidelity of their CD and vinyl product (like the MP3? hear the sound the artist intended by buying it at a DECENT PRICE). Alas, that will never happen. They’d rather keep their 1800% profit margin on 100 albums sold, rather than a slimmer margin on ten million units sold.

    farrakhanfaucet — March 28, 2008 @ 10:44 am

  • Frankly I can’t tell which part of that sentence is meant to be the insult; the part where we music bloggers are out to violate copyright and leave mainstream artists homeless, or the part where we’re supporting mainstream artists.

    Either way he’s full of crap. Promoting lesser bands is no more or less worthy a venture than promoting the Radiohead’s and Foo Fighters’ of the world.


    TJ O'Neill — March 28, 2008 @ 12:53 pm

  • Yeah, those of us who live in a place like Oklahoma get to listen to all the Bad Company and ZZ Top we want, but have never heard Wilco or Matt Nathanson or Alejandro Escovedo.

    To say nothing of the several albums from Brandi Carlile and the aforementioned Nathanson that I have purchased after downloading a few tracks from your site.

    Streak — March 28, 2008 @ 3:57 pm

  • I honestly can say that reading that drivel was a waste of my time. Can I get my 5 minutes back? I wonder if he’s in bed with the RIAA, like someone else speculated?

    Uncle Erk — March 28, 2008 @ 9:46 pm

  • Thanks to your blog, I found out about the Felice Brothers. Since listening to a free MP3 of their stuff, I’ve paid for two album downloads, one concert and a $30.00 hoodie with their name on it. I’d say that guy has no idea the impact a free MP3 really has for artists.

    pablo2541 — March 29, 2008 @ 12:07 am

  • Hey
    I wholeheartedly disagree with the article…
    Because of your blog, I really got into the Black Keys. In fact, the next day, I went out and bought 3 of their albums. (Unfortunately, I did miss the show in SD on Sat……dang it!) On top of that, i discovered other artists i wouldn’t really venture out. This writer is absolute bollocks!

    Anonymous — March 31, 2008 @ 7:20 pm

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Mp3s are for sampling purposes, kinda like when they give you the cheese cube at Costco, knowing that you'll often go home with having bought the whole 7 lb. spiced Brie log. They are left up for a limited time. If you LIKE the music, go and support these artists, buy their schwag, go to their concerts, purchase their CDs/records and tell all your friends. Rock on.

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