I’ve been trying to educate myself about the histories of modern music for most of my life, and like writing about it. (bad) monkeyX has been in unbusiness for ten years now, can you believe it? Anniversaries aside, this space will continue as it has to try and trace the vague path of what I’m looking at and listening to and learning, just in case that’s useful to somebody.

That education was made possible largely through books, DVDs and filesharing: few people on the planet can afford to buy all the music I wanted to hear; very little of the history of music is on the radio; filesharing’s a great way to build lifelong music fans, and I support the idea and practice. I also love my public library for the same reason. I should really post about more books.

I also support the idea that musicians should be able to make a living, so I make conscious decisions about where to spend my music money. If I download some music that I fall in love with, I consider buying it. If the artist’s already financially well off, I don’t bother; if they’re new, young, or out-there, I do. I always buy vinyl these days, or download. Nobody needs any more CDs in their house. I love the labels and bands that give a free mp3 download with a vinyl purchase: that’s the way forward. And of course, I try to see bands live and I try to buy their merch when I’m there – they make more off that than they do from store sales, and I love t-shirts.

So if you find music on this blog that you object to being posted for free, lemme know and I’ll take it down.

Peace out.

ADDENDUM: We’ve moved. Find us at http://misterjep.wordpress.com/

7 Responses to “about this”


  1. 1 angela April 13, 2008 at 9:49 am

    Hi There,

    Just wondering if I’m able to get a contact email address for your blog? I’d like very much to send across to you a press release, concerning an Australian band about to tour the USA.

    Thanks Very Much

    Angela

  2. 2 mister zero May 17, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    Good question… write me at
    jepcomix at gmail dot calm.

    – mister zero

  3. 3 Erin November 15, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    Hi,

    I just stumbled across your Pete Seeger and Brother Kirk visit Sesame Street post. We have that record, and, unfortunately, no longer a working record player. If you could post a few other songs from that album, it would be majorly appreciated — in particular the Michael Row the Boat Ashore. THanks!

  4. 4 Pete Smith December 8, 2008 at 1:39 am

    Hi,

    I represent UK independant artists Antiqcool and wondered if you would consider featuring one of their tracks on Monkey X…

    “Already Late”

    It’s podsafe, You can listen and download it for free here …

    http://www.garageband.com/song?|pe1|S8LTM0LdsaSjaFe0a28

    The site looks very interesting and professional I will spend more time there soon, sorry about the slightly form message I realise you must get inundated with similar requests.

    Thank you for taking the time to read…..people who bother to reply usually find me more sociable than these rather robotic emails/comments might suggest.

    Pete http://www.antiqcool.co.uk

  5. 5 chuckH2D February 7, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Hi – I left a post on your Spunky Onions blog-entry asking “Frank Rizzo” from the band to get in contact with me, as I’ve lost touch with ‘Onions guitarist Nick Noze and I want to include the song on the next London volume of Messthetics. Did you get direct contact information from Frank by any chance? Please let me know. Thanks! chuckathyped2deathdotcom.

  6. 6 Veronica October 25, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Hello, I’d like to send you a download link for my band Flotilla’s album “One Hundred Words for Water”. Let me know if you’d be interested and what your email address is.
    Cheers,
    Veronica

  7. 7 Chris Davis March 18, 2010 at 1:35 am

    Hello,

    I just wanted to introduce you to our blog. We are an original rock
    artist from St. Louis, MO. posting about our current events, every
    week we do a ‘Musician Monday’ post and we also do giveaways, etc. We
    perform genres from acoustic to even metal. The link is in the footer
    if you would like to check us out. Thanks for your time and stay sharp
    for new music from Ockum’s Razor very soon.

    Sincerely,

    Christopher


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