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Article about bands refusing to play their hits and my thoughts:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2010/mar/24/mgmt-kate-nash-hits?INTCMP=ILCNETTXT3487

Very interesting, I wish the article was longer and interviewed the bands more.
I could guess what MGMT might say or think.
They want to create a fan base that isn’t just there for the hits.
Also hits are hard to “create” ( writing a good song and then it takes off), so a band might think it has a hit, and their audience disagrees.

Playing in band with my brother for 10 years, he has a few  “hits” or songs his audience wants to hear. 1-4 top-tier and another 5-10 lower tier. (I might have a couple). The drummer and myself argue with Jeff and tell him to play more hits. He hates it. He likes to try to live his life according to the Fall, only play the new album.

It’s always a thin line about being creative and an artist and giving the audience what they want.

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Art

I keep telling myself I need to post a new blog post everyday, whether that is a new painting, some writing, a piece of audio, a song, or a picture. I want to use this to compel me to create and not forget. it’s hard to create in a vacuum. It’s also hard to make stuff and say “look at me, look at what I made.” As an artist I crave response and interaction, acknowledgment etc etc. It feels needy. But I also feel better about myself when I make stuff. In any case, here’s a rare landscape painting, my first in a long time. I enjoyed making it. I painted it at a lovely beach house on Lake Michigan this past weekend. It was challenging and reminded me about how hard an enjoyable it is to paint (as I often feel when I try to paint).

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