Not With The Band

Not With The Band: Are Artists Always Narcissistic?

By Alyson Camus | February 25, 2017

the more narcissistic you are, the more music you sell?

Not With The Band: Never Trust A Review

By Alyson Camus | February 5, 2017

My best musical experiences have been, me, alone, standing in the pit.

Not With The Band: Separating Music From Politics? Are You Kidding?

By Alyson Camus | January 28, 2017

failing to recognize the true purpose of art

Not With The Band: Surviving The Holidays And Its Musical Desert

By Alyson Camus | November 28, 2016

it’s a good thing Bowie did die before seeing this.

Not With The Band: Taking Or Not Taking Pictures At Concerts

By Alyson Camus | August 5, 2016

I was able to take tons of pictures with a professional camera at Joshua Homme’s feet.

Oldies But Goldies: After Michael Jackson Died, I Wrote About Him A Lot

By Iman Lababedi | April 4, 2016

MJ’s primary responsibility was to live through this for his three children

Not With The Band: Can We Kill This ‘Right vs Left Brain’ Myth Once For All?

By Alyson Camus | February 28, 2016

Lately, I stumbled a lot of times on a ‘Left or Right Brain Test’ in my Facebook feed, probably because I have a lot of artists and musicians among my friends.

Not With The Band: Why So Much Hatred On The Web?

By Alyson Camus | January 11, 2016

‘College kids today are about 40 percent lower in empathy than their counterparts of 20 or 30 years ago, as measured by standard tests of this personality trait.’

Not With The Band: Where Are The Misogynists?

By Alyson Camus | January 1, 2016

I have attended at least 140 concerts in 2015, and the large majority were about men, males, guys…

Not With The Band: What Is Really News?

By Alyson Camus | December 14, 2015

There are so many outlets, so many blogs, websites, magazines which need the attention in an over-saturated market, that necessarily anything, yes about anything, passes for news

Not With The Band: Why Don’t We Equally Care For Everyone?

By Alyson Camus | November 22, 2015

After the massacre which occurred in Paris last week, you may have seen most of your Facebook friends update their profiles with the tricolor French flag

Not With the Band: More Thoughts On The Terror In Paris

By Alyson Camus | November 15, 2015

Could the terrorists have been aware of the cover art of Eagles of Death Metal’s last album ‘Zipper Down’? This has to put any jihadist in full rage mode… But wait until mid December, when Peaches has a gig there.

Not With The Band: The Difficulty Of Writing About Women In Music

By Alyson Camus | October 19, 2015

‘A lot of the writing about my music is done through a lens of straight-up sexism and, in other cases, just a coding of feminising of things,” she says. … ‘I’m trying to think of a male musician I’ve ever been compared to. Like early, early days: Devendra Banhart. He and I had some aesthetic similarities: the music was pulling in some ways to a similar place. But where for him people would use words like ‘eccentric’ or ‘psychedelic’ and for me they’d use ‘fairytales’ and ‘unicorns’

Not With The Band: Is There Progress In Music?

By Alyson Camus | October 5, 2015

I took Rolling Stone list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, because it was a list long enough, and compiled year by year for over 6 decades. Of course there is nothing older than 1952 and nothing younger than 2011(I took the list done in 2012), and all the data were compiled in the graph above. If music was progressing shouldn’t we see better and better albums released as the years pass?

Not With The Band: Has The Internet Changed The Biography Game?

By Alyson Camus | September 13, 2015

Brett Morgen’s ‘Montage of Heck’ received seven nominations for the Creative Arts Emmys which took place on Saturday at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, I don’t know how many he actually won but this is revolting,… revolting because Morgen has tried to sell this fiction for the truth, heavily promoting a story that simply is a lie. Didn’t Buzz Osborne say ‘Montage of Heck’ was 90% bullshit?

Not With The Band: About These Elliott Smith’s New Releases

By Alyson Camus | September 6, 2015

Producer Kevin Moyer revealed to Pitchfork that the track list had ‘20 Elliott songs from the film with only around four or five having been previously released’. ‘So hopefully we can keep him and his memory alive through the movie and of course his music too with this soundtrack release,’ he said Moyer to Pitchfork. I know that the producers have the best intention, Kevin was a close friend of Elliott’s and he obviously still misses him a lot, but is this the right thing to do?

Not With The Band: The Dematerialization Of Music

By Alyson Camus | August 30, 2015

America is all about capitalism, materialism and owning stuff, nevertheless people are currently falling for streaming services? In a way, streaming is the equivalent of renting your music, you don’t own anything anymore, and you share it with everyone. Isn’t it weird America?

Not With The Band: Why We Should Be Allowed To See Kurt Cobain’s Death Scene Photos

By Alyson Camus | August 2, 2015

Contrarily to common belief, if you read informed reports about Cobain, the shotgun blast had resulted in very little visible damage, there was no blood or tissue splatter which are typical in most shotgun blasts to the head, there was curiously no exit wound, and if you have seen Cobain’s death scene pictures circulating on the internet in the past, they were false. Cobain was fingerprinted for identification as a matter of procedure, not for necessity, as it was falsely reported in the press. People who saw the body recognized him immediately and the lack of damage is one of the numerous aberrations of the case

Not With The Band: This Song Is Not Always About You

By Alyson Camus | July 28, 2015

People have gone overboard with song interpretations and I will start with the worst example of all, Charles Manson. The infamous rockstar wannabe was convinced that the Beatles’ White Album was as prophetic as the Bible, he would often quote ‘The Beatles and the Bible’ and considered the fab four as the ‘four angels’ as in Revelation 9

Not With The Band: Do We Need A Dislike Button On Facebook?

By Alyson Camus | July 6, 2015

This is going to lead to a big problem, people will not be able to express opinions anymore, they will not take the risk to be ostracized by others. And so what? are we going to end in a like-everything world? I have to admit it, I am sometimes tired to push that ‘like’ button, but, if I don’t do it, will people get mad at me? Yes, some will! And this is very annoying.

Not With The Band: More About These Murder-Suicide Conspiracy Theories

By Alyson Camus | June 13, 2015

In the Smith case like in the Cobain case (both cases have been heavily put in parallel lately because of these two recent movies), suicide is the easy way out for most people, suicide is more convenient, it is the lazy way of thinking since you could not have come up with an easier reasoning than this one: a depressed junky committed suicide, wow why would you believe anything else? And that’s the problem, at the end people pick what they believe, and believes work hand to hand with emotions, feelings, impressions and presumptions.

Not With The Band: About These Monday Free Residencies

By Alyson Camus | May 26, 2015

‘Disappointed with the Satellite’s pittance is privilege policy’, he wrote. ‘Why do musicians go for this crap? I’m just now reading this show advance for tonight and will never play there again. No pay, no parking, no area-plays 2wks prior, no soundcheck, and ‘just checking in to see how promotion is going?’

Not With The Band: Messiness And Creativity, the Myth Is True!

By Alyson Camus | May 12, 2015

The world is messy, my house, my room, my desk are messy, I constantly fight against the entropy of the world around me and each day I am losing the battle… but am I right? Should I even fight it?

Not With The Band: New Study Says We Don’t Care For New Music After 33!

By Alyson Camus | May 3, 2015

I suppose old people just don’t care for Ed or Sam when they have better in store. But I suppose this is probably very different for Avicii and Wiz Khalifa (also high ranked on Echo Nest hotness list). I am way above 33 and I can’t stand EDM, so it would certainly be interesting to know if we are really refractory to new sounds and rhythms after a certain age, as I presume.

Not With The Band: Why Real Life Does Not Necessarily Imitate Art

By Alyson Camus | April 27, 2015

We are always told to separate the art from the artist, this should be the norm even though it is often difficult. But when it comes to making movies and writing books about artists, I wonder why directors and writers cheerfully transgress this rule and get away with it?

Not With The Band: Music Particles Or The Music Of The Universe

By Alyson Camus | April 20, 2015

if you believe in this new interpretation by Traczyk , the real soundtrack of the universe is not some Mozart-like requiem, not even like Strauss’ ‘Also Sprach Zarathustra’ as Kubrick thought, it is heavy, very heavy metal.

Not With The Band: Coachella Is Just A Fashion Show Now

By Alyson Camus | April 14, 2015

Pretty girls, sure, lot of skin and useless accessories, but are these people really attending a music festival or are they attending a fashion gig? Are they just here to show off their highly-researched bohemian look? Has Coachella become a fashion show?

Not With The Band: Age Of Death In Music By Genres

By Alyson Camus | April 7, 2015

The average age of death of this list is 56.6 without the last two, and 58.3 when they are included, and despite the fact that this quick survey is far from being an extensive study, this shows that, this year too, musicians died very young and the numbers verify the studies.

Not With The Band: How Music Evolution Mimics Biological Evolution

By Alyson Camus | March 24, 2015

That musical diversity has not declined after all… remember about these articles pretending that music has become more homogenized? They were apparently wrong as there is no decline in diversity of music according to this new study. Even better, diversity declined to a minimum around 1984 but increased again to a maximum in the early 2000’s.

Not With The Band: Music May Be More Important For Your Brain Than You May Think

By Alyson Camus | March 17, 2015

‘Listening to classical music enhanced the activity of genes involved in dopamine secretion and transport, synaptic neurotransmission, learning and memory, and down-regulated the genes mediating neurodegeneration.’

Not With The Band: I Wish I Had Chromesthesia

By Alyson Camus | February 11, 2015

Some people are able to see colors when they hear sounds, it’s chromesthesia as synesthesia is a wider phenomenon which messes up with all senses and allow people to see words and numbers in colors or even associate a taste with words.

Not With The Band: What About These Musical Savants?

By Alyson Camus | February 3, 2015

ut wait a minute, is it possible that our genes have memory? ‘Genetic memory, simply put, is complex abilities and actual sophisticated knowledge inherited along with other more typical and commonly accepted physical and behavioral characteristics,’ writes Treffert. It is what Carl Jung called the ‘collective unconscious.’

Not With The Band: Why Judgment Is Part Of Us

By Alyson Camus | January 27, 2015

The ‘innocent until proven guilty’ statement just applies in the courtroom, not only we have the right to express an informed opinion outside of it, but we should! Expressing and writing what we think is part of our rights. What are people so afraid of?

Not With The Band: Is Aging Suddenly Cool?

By Alyson Camus | January 13, 2015

I was so surprised to see that 71-year-old Joni Mitchell becoming the new face for Yves Saint Laurent. The 70’s folk legend was photographed by Hedi Slimane for the designer’s ongoing music project, which has previously featured Ariel Pink, Courtney Love, Kim Gordon and Marilyn Manson

Not With The Band: Which Band Of Today Will Be Relevant In 10 Or 20 Years?

By Alyson Camus | January 5, 2015

Today, there is certainly a lot of mediocrity, any American Idol, X Factor product is an example for me! But at the same time, there is a lot of excellent music, it is just harder to find it because of the enormous amount of bands formed every year and songs released each day!

Not With The Band: Why So Many Famous Scientists In Pop Songs?

By Alyson Camus | December 30, 2014

Albert Einstein is truly part of our pop culture and figures in many songs as expected: They Might Be Giants’ ‘The World’s Address’, Landscape‘s ‘Einstein A Go-Go’, Counting Crows’ ‘Einstein on the Beach’, Jimmy Buffett’s ‘Einstein was a Surfer’ Bob Dylan’s ‘Desolation Row’, and even Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Einstein’… so weird!

Not With The Band: Drummers Are The Smartest?

By Alyson Camus | December 16, 2014

A psychology professor at the University of Washington who ‘used rhythmic light and sound therapy on his students and discovered that their grades improved’. Other studies have even used the same method on middle school boys with ADD, with successful results!

Not With The Band: Why Are These Artists Defending Bill Cosby?

By Alyson Camus | December 8, 2014

Cosby has even more supporters among artists, actress Whoopi Goldberg said she had ‘a lot of questions for the lady’ and actress-choreographer Debbie Allen admitted that the accusations were ‘hard to believe’… And this is even worst when this kind of affirmation comes from women

Not With The Band: Let's Kill This Drug-Rock & Roll Myth Once For All

By Alyson Camus | December 2, 2014

‘I was very interested in what I could take and what I could do. I looked upon the body as a laboratory – I used to throw in this chemical and then that one to see what would happen; I was intrigued by that.’

Not With The Band: Women, Music And Menstrual Cycles!

By Alyson Camus | November 25, 2014

Scientists have found that music stimulates more parts of the brain than any other human function, and we don’t know exactly why, but one thing is sure, it has a tremendous effect on women and girls,… we know that since Elvis Presley and Beatlemania, but was that always the case?

Not With The Band: The Way We Now Listen (And Skip) To Music

By Alyson Camus | November 18, 2014

It echoes what I see at shows where people, who have paid good money to have a good seat at a show that have chosen to attend, nevertheless check their messages on Facebook half of the time.

Not With The Band: Am I Too Old For Concerts?

By Alyson Camus | November 11, 2014

To all these young kids who occasionally give me the weird look, I want to say, okay kid, my generation (and even the one before) invented punk rock, what did yours exactly come up with? EDM may be? I rest my case… or may be I am showing my age once again.

Not With The Band: Musicians Die 25 Years Earlier Than The Rest Of Us

By Alyson Camus | November 4, 2014

Across the seven decades studied, popular musicians’ lifespans were up to 25 years shorter than the comparable US population. Accidental death rates were between five and 10 times greater. Suicide rates were between two and seven times greater; and homicide rates were up to eight times greater than the US population

Not With The Band: A Woman Behind Every Famous Man?

By Alyson Camus | October 28, 2014

I was actually surprised to see how many comments following articles about Anna Magdalena Bach were very sexist and were making fun of the author of the study… What have we accomplished since the 18th century? Not much!

Not With The Band: 2014 Is The First Year With No Album Going Platinum

By Alyson Camus | October 21, 2014

Everyone knows this, when an album or a single has sold a certain amount of copies, it turns Gold (500,000), Platinum (1,000,000) or Diamond (10,000,000), and this is obviously the goal of most artists. However, Forbes reports that, this year, not a single artist’s album has gone platinum, and the year is almost over! Really? Not even Beyoncé or someone in her league?

Not With The Band: Do Bands Really Tour To Promote A New Album?

By Alyson Camus | October 14, 2014

U2 (in red) is the band which promotes the most its latest album without any doubt, whereas the Rolling Stones hardly played their latest effort and were rather stuck in some 60s nostalgia… they surely played all these 60s hits. Springsteen had about the same attitude, to a lesser extent.

Not With The Band: Women In Music, Have We Really Made Any Progress?

By Alyson Camus | October 7, 2014

‘I’m tired of men who aren’t professional or even accomplished musicians continually offering to ‘help me out’ (without being asked), as if i did this by accident and i’m gonna flounder without them. or as if the fact that I’m a woman makes me incapable of using technology.”

Not With The Band: Stage Or Not Stage Diving?

By Alyson Camus | September 29, 2014

I don’t participate to this sort of behavior – of course! – but I would never imagine a law against stage diving, as a matter of fact, if I see a sign ‘No stage diving’, like in some unnamed clubs on the strip, I have a tendency to think the place sucks… yes I got really scared a few times, like in the pit of the Bad Brains at the Sunset Junction fair, at a Trash Talk show at the El Rey where bodies were flying over my hea

Not With The Band: When Uber Fans Go Under The Knife

By Alyson Camus | September 23, 2014

‘The treatment, which Dr. Mason perfected by slicing a small section of the eyelid, has been dubbed by local fanatics as the “Yorke cut.” In the simplest terms, the $600 surgery gives fans a chance to re-create on their own person the trademark Thom Yorke amblyopic left eye.’

Not With The Band: It's A War, A Bot War And We Are Losing It

By Alyson Camus | September 16, 2014

Will a time come when it is totally impossible to buy a ticket online? Are the bots gonna finally take over one day? Ticketmaster says they are working on the problem, but whatever they are doing is not enough! Will I have to buy my own bot one day? But rich people will have a better bot then mine, and we’ll go back to the beginning