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“Never Be Famous”

Posted by purplemary54 on November 3, 2013

I came to grips with my lack of public recognition many years ago.  I know I will never be famous.  I’m not even ever going to be infamous, or notorious.  Heck, I’m lucky if the people in my family remember my birthday.

As I’ve mentioned before, Welcome to Night Vale has become a great source of new (or newish) music for me.  Catching up a week or so ago, I heard this little ditty by Hussalonia.  I think they’re a band.

It seems pretty odd to wonder about how this smart, catchy Pop-Rock is created by, but that seems to be their intention.  Visit their website and you will find nothing that seems real.  Hussalonia is a created identity for either one or several musicians, who seem to play together and alone–sometimes at the same time.  They describe themselves as a cult.  There’s a definite satire of commercialism and corporate control over musicians in their descriptions of themselves and their place in the world.  But Hussalonia has managed to avoid a lot of the damage that the business end of music can do to artists by taking control of their product themselves.  Their considerable discography is available for streaming and downloading on the site.  There are set prices for any hard copies of their music (cassettes seem to be popular with these guys), but digital downloads are “name your price.”

I remember a few years ago Radiohead made the news by originally releasing In Rainbows as a name your price digital download.  Everyone seemed to think it was a terrible business model, since most people would just take it for free.  But their fans paid.  And then they paid again when it was released in hard copy.  I think it’s an awesome way to sell music, and if you can reach an audience this way without having to sell your soul to the corporate machine, then it’s all for the better.

So go check out Hussalonia.  They’re pretty damn cool.  And spread the word.  These guys probably should be a little more famous.


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