The Special Men Solve a 21st Century Problem with Vinyl and Alynda Lee Segarra

While the question of how to get paid in the streaming era constantly animates musicians and music fans on Facebook, a second question gets asked less often. How do musicians get people to notice their releases at all? One thing’s clear—the old model of releasing an album every year or so clearly doesn’t work in the current environment. That absence-makes-the-heart-grow-fonder theory suited record labels better than artists as it forced fans who wanted new music from an artist to buy the album that was out because that was all they were going to get for next 12 months.

The My Spilt Milk Podcast Navigates Hurray for the Riff Raff

Recently, Hurray for the Riff Raff released the band’s new album, The Navigator, and as usual, it presents an act in transition. The only constant in the group is singer and songwriter Alynda Lee Segarra, and although she’s a New Orleans resident, it’s very much an album focused on the New York City that she grew up in.

Riff Raff, Night Vale, and World Cup Consolation

All the Cat Powers When Alison Fensterstock wrote about Hurray for the Riff Raff’s appearance on Late Night with David Letterman, a commenter at Nola.com wrote, “One of the most overrated groups out there (how many Cat Power-lite singers are too many?), but this is admittedly a nice arrangement.” I’ll take all the Cat Power-lite singers who can write songs as bold as “The Body Electric.” Americana bands rarely suffer from a surplus of nerve, and fewer ask a ce

Hurray for the Neighbors

In 2012, Hurray for the Riff Raff recorded My Dearest, Darkest Neighbor to help pay for the release of Look Out Mama. The stripped-down collection of covers was a premium for contributors to the Look Out Mama Kickstarter campaign. Now, the album has found a second life. It will be released through iTunes and other online retailers July 1 by Mod Mobilian/This is American Music.

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