News Bit

I saw this today:

Death Cab For Cutie arrived at the Grammys on Sunday sporting blue ribbons, which they revealed were worn to highlight their new campaign against “Auto-tune abuse in music”.

Frontman Ben Gibbard told reporters: “Autotuning is a digital manipulation, a correction of a singer’s voice that is affecting literally thousands of
singers today and thousands of records that are coming out. So we just want to raise awareness while we’re here and try to bring back the blue note… The note that’s not so perfectly in pitch and just gives the recording some soul and some kind of real character. It’s how people really sing”.

And while I am not a big Death Cab fan by any means (I have my reasons), I thought this was a nice notion, especially to express at the Grammys, a night dedicated to pop fakery.

13 Replies to “News Bit”

  1. Hopefully the reaction would be the same. The Grammys and the Junos will both throw in a few artists of actual quality so they can point to them when accused of being shallow and meaningless.

    I’m betting that Natalia and Murray are smart enough to know better than to buy in.

  2. the dears are of quality, therefore they shouldn’t buy in when some organization tries to recognize their work?? i don’t follow that at all.

    you don’t need to ‘buy in’ to anything in order to graciously accept public recognition…

  3. The Grammys aren’t about quality, they are about sales. What I said was that they regularly throw in a few genuine artists in order to give the appearance of being about more than money.

  4. Do record sales really signify that the music is good /successful or just well advertised and pushed by the record moguls who are out to make a buck?
    Grammys & Junos are all about SALES & MONEY NOT quality and musical longevity. How many awards have gone to music that is forgettable in a few years?

  5. The Grammys and Junos are all about marketing/advertising : They represent the old (and now dying) record industry. There are alot of awards that represent the new independent music industry, but none has become THE award yet. As to the second part of what you said – “How many awards have gone to music that is forgettable in a few years?” Loverboy is being given a lifetime achievement award at this year’s Junos. That’s all you need to know.

  6. I may be wrong, but I thought I detected a hint of auto-tune in your harmony vocal in “Money Babies”, Natalia – there’s a spot where the note seems to shift a bit too suddenly for a natural voice. Of course, I could be wrong, and I’m happy to be corrected – I don’t mean to offend or nitpick, just curious.

    I’ve used auto-tune myself sparingly on past recordings, particularly with multiple backing vox, just because it saves a hell of a lot of time, and when you’re paying for studio time out of your own pocket, a lot of $$$ – so I’m not being critical.

  7. Your show here in Ciudad de México was simply amazing! I’ve just return from the Lunario and am still singing the choruses of your songs. I’m so glad that you played “bandwagoneers”. The setlist was almost perfect. (Although I think it wouldn’t be right to hear “there’s no such thing as love” on Valentine’s day. Still, I miss to hear it.) Anyway, i was sitting in the flour with some friends at the entrance of El Lunario, and we gave you an applause just before you return to the building for the album signing. You guys deserve it. Hope you visit us again soon.

  8. I wonder how many Indie bands will ever get a lifetime achievement award at the Junos? The Dears deserve one just for influencing so many younger bands , being at the cusp of Montreal’s ‘scene’,music quality and for longevity.Murray & Nat et al keep on rocking!!!!!

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