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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

March 15

Interview: Ammar Farooki

Big City Folk founder Niall Connolly chats with Pakistani songwriter and former Fulbright Scholar, Ammar Farooki about quitting his day job, his first six months in NYC, Islamabad’s best spots for kayaking and much more. Ammar’s music can be found HERE. ///**// Niall: Tell me about your Fulbright scholarship? How did that come about? What […]

February 25

The Localist: The Basic Standard of Quality for Hitmaking

I was looking for a different article but ran into a study done on how music trends develop. A number of years ago, a Princeton professor ran randomized trials on 30,000 teenagers, exposing them to the music of 48 emerging artists, to learn about how musical trends develop. His conclusion from the study is essentially […]

February 20

The Localist: Developing Vision as a Writer

One way to get at the concept of vision is to think about how you would describe your music to someone if they asked you what kind of music you play. I know the question is a cliché. But suppose that the person asking you isn’t a co-worker asking the question to just be polite. […]

February 03

BCF Select Shows – Week of 2.3.20

A selection of shows from the infinite sea of events in NYC this week: Monday, Feb. 3, 2020 @ 8:30pm – Kate Prascher and Chris Q. Murphy @ Pete’s Candy Store. Prascher and Murphy will each be doing solo sets in Brooklyn’s favorite candy store followed by karakoke. (Event) — Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 @ […]

January 27

BCF Select Shows – Week of 1.27.20

A selection of shows from the infinite sea of events in NYC this week: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 @ 8pm – Chris Q. Murphy & The Coolest Ranch @ Lizzie King’s Parlor. Brooklyn singer/songwriter Murphy brings his band back to 5th Ave for a night of songs and stories. (Event) — Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 […]