Monday Links

On Twitter (and Facebook) I share links each day to various stuff that I think is great and/or worth people’s time. But not everyone that comes here is on Twitter or Facebook, so I gather up the best of those links each Monday and post them here so everyone can get in on the fun. If you’ve missed any of the past Monday Links (or just want to waste some time), check the archive of posts here.

Thing you can (and should) still do: the new album from Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros ahead of its release tomorrow.

This should make each and every one of us happy.

Know what sounds real good during the hot summer months? Shakey Graves, that’s what.

Colette at Rock Is A Girl’s Best Friend lays out some small, EXTREMELY SIMPLE things musicians/labels/handlers could do better to make it easier for fans to find and connect with artists that maybe be of interest to them. There are a lot of other small things (it’s a fun late night topic with music dork friends, FYI), but this is a great start.

Steven Hyden is quickly becoming one of my favorite music writers. This piece on how/where we draw our personal moral lines with regard to the culture we consume is just one more reason why.

Remember that article from last week about mix-tape etiquette? OF COURSE YOU DO (if you don’t go here). Last week NPR published a follow-up statement of sorts that is equally spot-on.

Half Moon Run played ‘Full Circle’ on the streets of Paris. La Blogotheque was there to film it. We all benefit.

Abby over at Knox Road takes a real good (and funny) look at the out of control/odd/stupefying merchandising being done by bands today.

If You Love Music, Should You Ditch Spotify? (And no, I don’t know the answer and I don’t think there’s a ‘right’ one. This piece does a great job of explaining how the system itself is flawed on the back end in terms of who gets paid and who doesn’t instead of just saying ‘HEY YOU DAMN KIDS, BUY MORE RECORDS,’ even though that’s what we should obviously be doing, too.)

This video from FallBrigade is real lovely and should put a smile on your face to start the week. Enjoy.

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