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My New Favourite Blog

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I’ve really gotten into the Pampelmoose blog lately. It’s updated daily by Dave Allen, the bass player from Gang of Four, but it’s not about Gang of Four exclusively. Allen posts mp3’s, podcasts, and generally talks a good game on a broad range of subjects. I have to say I was quite surprised by his diverse taste in music. He’s also pretty honest and savvy when it comes to the ‘industry’. Most of all though, I admire his decision to put up demo recordings of the new songs that G4 are currently working on. A brave move, and ultimately a very wise one I think. I find myself checking in regularly to catch up on the latest G4 news, listening to his recommendations, and keeping an eye on what’s going on in the Portland music scene (the next Toronto/Berlin I reckon). Allen’s blog is quite balanced and informative, and you get the feeling he’s also learning alot himself as he’s going along. He’s not afraid to embrace new technology, methods of communication, and ultimately, innovative new ways to promote, distribute, and market his band/music. It takes alot of guts and confidence to make the rough demos of new tracks available to the general public. Reaction and criticism will no doubt be varied, but it’s a unique experience for me, that much I can say. This is the first time I’ve ever had the opportunity to engage with a band during the writing/recording process. It’s not a party we’re generally invited too, and it’s all the more interesting because it’s Gang of Four. I feel they have alot more to lose than most bands by releasing new material, as their early recordings are so revered, and so relevant over the last few years. It would be much easier for them to just milk their back catalogue via the live circuit, but I don’t see that happening. So get yourselves over there and have a listen to what is going on in the world of G4. You never know, you may play a part in shaping some of the new material.

It was on Pampelmoose I first read about the Band of Horses standoff with corporate bad boys Wal Mart, and Allen had some interesting views on this also. I’m sure Pitchfork and Brooklyn Vegan got there way ahead of him, but I like the fact that it was Dave Allen who informed me, and it’ll probably be a long time before the novelty of Dave answering my comments wears off.

A fine blog.

November 24, 2007 Posted by | Blog, Dave Allen, Gang of Four, Music | Leave a comment