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Music

"One Night Stand," Scotland Yard Gospel Choir

These days we have an infinite variety of songs at our fingertips, and live music seeems like a distant memory, but once upon a time, in order to discover new music, you had to actually stumble into a bar where someone was playing live. I don't actually remember where I first saw SYGC perform (maybe a block party put on by Chicago's favorite musical dive bar, The Hideout?), but I've always been shocked that they didn't become huge stars. They made perfectly crafted power-pop in the vein of the Smiths, but it seems like a 2009 van accident while on tour may have permanently derailed a promising career.

Podcast

"Napster" - Twenty Thousand Herz/Spectacular Failures

It freaks me out a little that the beginning of the downloadable music era is now long enough ago that a documentary about the first mainstream download site has to explain to younger listeners what life was like before you could hear whatever you wanted whenever you wanted it, but sometimes it's hard to remember just how revolutionary the concept of Napster actually was.

Article

"A Tale Of Two Ecosystems: On Bandcamp, Spotify And The Wide-Open Future" -  by Damon Krukowski, NPR.org

Damon Krukowski (formerly of Galaxie 500) has been an outspoken critic of streaming services like Spotify. In this piece he explores the differences between Spotify and its ilk and a site like Bandcamp, which provides musicians with a much larger cut of the proceeds from (and control of their presence on) the service. Krukowski interviews Bandcamp founder Ethan Diamond about why they do business the way they do, and what it means for the future of the music industry.
Rough Mix is a newsletter about all things audio curated by Aaron Rester and brought to you by Beartrap Spring Records. Every other week, I highlight great music, articles, podcasts and more that I think are worth sharing and spending some time with. Have a suggestion for something to share? Email roughmix@beartrapspring.com, or connect with Beartrap Spring on YoutubeFacebook or Twitter. Music highlighted in these emails is available on our Spotify playlist.
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