How to deal with haters: lessons from good (and not so good) musicians

So how do you deal with critics, detractors and straightforward haters when you’re a successful musician? Let’s take a totally not-tongue-in-cheek look at some strategies for tackling the haters within the music itself, via some successful and less successful examples. Let’s begin with the excellent Tool song, “Hooker With a Penis”. Basically, the singer, Maynard James Keenan, meets…

Under the Bodhi Tree

The story about the Buddha — before he was the Buddha — deciding not to get up from where he sat until he had found enlightenment is, in perfect religious fashion, both super-straightforward and endless. One of the songs we recorded last August, along with “Stop”, was “Under the Bodhi Tree”, which I released today….

STOP!

Last week I mentioned in a post about recording music over the summer that I had new music out. And it’s poppy. And it’s not complicated. I’m very pleased to be able to share the first track now! It’s called Stop. You can listen here. Now I must begin the tedious and slightly upsetting chore…

4 creepy rock songs you may not know yet

Some of my favorite bands are bands most people don’t talk about because they’re frankly creepy. I tend to like creepy rock music — brooding, obsessive, unhinged. If you do, too, have a listen to these. 1. Queen Adreena — “Suck” These guys define unsettling. KatieJane Garside has one of the most bizarre little-girl-sexually-hurting-several-corrupt-policemen voices…