June 29

The Localist: How to Write an Album, Part 4 – A Manifold of Hooks

In Parts 1 thru 3, we looked at some more abstract aspects of album writing. Essentially, when you decide to write an album intended for release to the public, you are intending that the public listen to your album. However, asking the public to listen to your album places non-insubstantial burdens on you to put […]

June 17

The Localist: You Are Essential If You Make Yourself Essential

A few days ago, a meme was being passed around showing a picture of a survey indicating that artists were deemed the “least essential” job, eking out the title by a slim margin over Telemarketers. (71% to 69%). The survey was not done in the United States – it was a survey of 1000 citizens […]

June 08

BCF Select Livestreams – Week of 6.8.20

A selection of livestreams from the infinite sea of events in NYC this week: Monday, June 8, 2020 @ 8pm – Chris Riffle @ Instagram Live. Riffle partners with Rockwood Music Hall on Rockwood’s Instagram for a live performance. Proceeds are split between the artist and he venue. (Event) — Tuesday, June 9, 2020 @ […]

May 20

The Localist: How to Write an Album, Part 3 – Building a Toolkit for Self-Expression

In Part 2, we looked at the idea of trying to give strangers a reason to listen to your album, as opposed to the tens of thousands of albums released every year, and in particular the idea of writing something that is both new and substantial. But how do you do that? I discussed the […]

May 04

BCF Select Livestreams – Week of 5.4.20

A selection of livestreams from the infinite sea of events in NYC this week: Monday, May 4, 2020 @ 3pm – Bert Lee @ Facebook Live. Singer/Songwriter/Renaissance Man, Bert Lee, hosts a livestream from his music page. (Event) — Monday, May 4, 2020 @ 9pm – Christine Sweeney @ Instagram. Singer/Songwriter Sweeney does a Song Swap […]

April 26

The Localist: How to Write an Album, Part 2 – The Standards of Novelty and Substantiality

In Part 1, we looked at the general posture of releasing an album, and specifically the idea of intending to present the album for public consumption, which involves presenting something that you have to say, to the public, with the intention that the public will listen to it, and get some kind of benefit from […]

April 22

The Localist: How to Write an Album, Part 1 – Writing for Public Consumption

As I’m in the process of putting together and thinking through a fourth record, I figured it might be good to put together some guidance on album-writing, while the thoughts are still fresh. I’m not going to pretend that what I’m drafting here is a definitive guide on how to write a good album. There […]

April 20

BCF Select Livestreams – Week of 4.20.20

A selection of livestreams from the infinite sea of events in NYC this week: Monday, Apr. 20, 2020 @ 3pm – Bert Lee @ Facebook Live. Singer/Songwriter/Renaissance Man, Bert Lee, hosts a livestream from his music page. (Event) — Tuesday, Apr. 21, 2020 @ 6pm – Fawn Segerson @ Facebook Live. Singer/Songwriter Fawn will be doing […]

April 07

BCF Private Encore: Chris Q. Murphy (From The Vault)

While being quarantined we figured we could go into the “Private Encore” Vault! Here we have a video from last year when Song Club was still being hosted at Fawkner in Brooklyn. We were lucky to get up close and personal with Chris Q. Murphy as he sang his song “2handz” all while driving around […]

April 06

BCF Select Livestreams – Week of 4.6.20

A selection of livestreams from the infinite sea of events in NYC this week: Monday, Apr. 6, 2020 @ 3pm – Bert Lee @ Facebook Live. Singer/Songwriter/Renaissance Man, Bert Lee, hosts a livestream from his music page. (Event) — Tuesday, Apr. 7, 2020 @ 5pm – Miwa Gemini @ StageIt. Miwa Gemini join Rockwood Music Hall […]