August 24

BCF Select Livestreams – 08.24.20

A selection of livestreams from the infinite sea of events in NYC this week: Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020 @ 4pm – Bert Lee @ Facebook Live. Bert Lee hosts a livestream for folks across the pond at 4pm with a replay at 7pm. (Event) — Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020 @ 7:30pm – Karen Dahlstrom @ […]

August 17

BCF Select Livestreams – Week of 8.17.20

A selection of livestreams from the infinite sea of events in NYC this week: Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020 @ 8pm – The Belle Curves @ Facebook Live. Singer/Songwriter Delaney Hafener hosts a livestream where all tips go to a different organization each week. This week all donations will be going to The Loveland Foundation. (Event) […]

August 03

BCF Private Encore: Bert Lee (From the Vault)

As we continue to grapple with quarantine and social distancing, we find ourselves heading into the “Private Encore” Vault! Here is another video from last year when Song Club was still being hosted at Fawkner in Brooklyn. We were lucky enough to visit with Renaissance Man: Bert Lee. Bert currently hosts two livestreams a week […]

July 13

The Localist: How To Write an Album, Part 5 – The Process of Overwriting

If you take the next ten songs that you write and make those ten songs an album, then you will have a mediocre album. If your feeling is that those ten songs are absolute bangers, then you have set your sights too low on what a banger is. On the other hand, if you acknowledge […]

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 […]