Give it away and then play live, says Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters

Thanks to a retweet from Greg Spawton, I found out about this news story: Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters (who have an excellent new album out) is not up in arms like Taylor Swift over Spotify and people listening to free music, but thinks instead that musicians should just get their music out there in any way possible and thereby entice people to live shows, which is the best way, he says, to get them excited and turned on to your music and eventually turned into buyers. Here’s the argument:

Grohl … encouraged artists to channel more effort into their live shows like they did “when [he] was young”, instead of worrying so much about the “delivery” and “technology” of music.

“You want people to f**king listen to your music? Give them your music and then go play a show,” he said. “They like hearing your music? They’ll go see a show.

“To me it’s that simple and I think it used to work that way. The delivery was completely face to face personal. That’s what got people really excited about s**t.”

And if you missed it, here’s some great parody journalism that makes fun of Taylor Swift’s newest video (and her larger ambitions as well): How Taylor Swift’s Blank Space video redefines music, politics and everything else ever: Last week, Taylor Swift redefined the entertainment industry by withdrawing from Spotify. This week she’s released a new video and literally changed the world for ever by smashing every paradigm.

Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways ♫♫♫♫♪

Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways

Progarchist Rating: 9/10 ♫♫♫♫♪

This album is pure rock and roll at its finest. You won’t find anything prog here other than the epic orchestrated finale to “I Am a River,” but then again the musicianship and songwriting is operating at such a high level that it is hard to deny it the moniker of “prog,” if by such you mean simply something like: “excellence in all its many forms.” Enjoy the adrenaline-fueled journey here, through eight glorious tracks, and pick your favorites. I am partial to the album opener, “Something From Nothing,” perhaps because the title is a nice echo of Rush, and also because there is even a little riff within it that makes me think of Rush’s “Stick It Out,” but in fact the track hits its stride when it gets its very own groove on. Listen to it and you’ll know what I mean. Other favorites are the resplendent “Congregation” and the heartening “God as My Witness” and the acrobatically nimble “In the Clear.” With rock like this, you can become a believer. Classic at birth, the lost art of the rock album is born again.