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surely this is a bad thing. Thurston you nob.
a) they've been signed to a major label for 18 years now.
b) they basically spunk all the money they make on their major label releases on SYR / Goofin' / solo stuff anyway.
c) who cares?
no one cares that a fairly important alternative band (and one of my favourites) have signed to a records label run by a fairly cunty coffee chain, who i doubt really care about music and just cash, and Thurston at the same time saying bands should try and flog as many records as possible. Also see the DIS interview with kim gordon saying that they are only doing the dont look back gigs for cash. I dont mind bands getting exposure, but SY suddenly seemed a lot more interested in cash. surely they cant be that badly off?
"a) they've been signed to a major label for 18 years now."
at what point does thurston say bands should try and "flog as many records as possible"?
and what, really, is wrong with bands selling lots of albums?
you've also got to remember that sonic youth are all in their late 40s / early 50s - they don't sell huge amounts and probably only have a decade or so (realistically) to keep on touring.
that he thinks it pointless just to sell records at your gigs and off your website, and should get out there as much as possible - which is kind of fair enough but seems a bit extreme to go to starbucks, who really arent a very nice company (last time i heard). So im not saying selling lots of records is bad, just at what cost? And why do it (like the dont look back gigs) if you dont want to?
he says the opposite.
he doesn't want to.
and the opinion on the Don't Look Back gigs was expressed by Kim, not the whole band.
and are Starbucks really any worse of a company than Universal music, or the chain shops that usually stock SY's CDs?
so its a coffe shop that really doesnt help smaller bands (so far releasing bob dylan and paul mccartney) seemingly just trying to make cash from music without putting much in.
Its CEO is a big up your Israel man, and while its obviously a slightly controversial area (and im going to simplify its arse) i wouldnt want my money (personally) to help support a Zionistic cause that helped destroy Palestine.
They tried to fuck Ethiopia over with coffee beans. No, dont let them trademark their own shit because you dont want them to have more money. Hng on, they are the poorest county IN THE WORLD. Not really very up for fair trade coffee either, you can ask for it, but why not make it that all the time? (i know the whole coffee industry is a bit duff tho)
They dont really like unions.
staff minimum wage (or little above, certainly not a living wage in major cities) and expect them to work until 11pm or from 7am in many instances. you'll find most chains are the same.
A large percentage of european CD and vinyl are produced in eastern europe, where there are less environmental regulations. Do you think there are pleasant by-products from the production of records?
basically, what prole said: http://www.drownedinsound.com/articles/2099669#r2099749
sonic youth have been a corporate band for 20 years, signed to the biggest media company in the world.
allowed to just be a little upset by this?
did you shed a tear when they signed to geffen in '89?
when i realised they were in a band that released records and played electric instruments rather then just playing accoustic guitars made from sustainable wood. Thats they day the dream died i tell ya.
at no point does it say that they've 'signed' to hear music, the label owned by starbucks.
but for what it's worth, they're currently signed to geffen, which is owned by universal music, which in turn is owned by vivendi universal. while they may be a media conglomerate, they originally started as a water and waste management company in france. WOW!!!
go corporate - wasn't it obvious since the year the CLash signed to CBS and the Ramones to Capitol - tee hee!
i've just found out that Vivendi Universal own the company that does the street cleaning / refuse removal etc across a lot of London - now there's a bunch of crooks ;)