1. Rolling Stone calls it “one of the year’s very best albums” 2. NPR says it “needs to be heard” 3. The booklet will help you determine whether I did in fact sing the words “a cantilevered beach house with clerestory windows” 30 seconds before singing about Bruce Willis’ hair. 4. There’s a brilliant/funny/sad/moving essay by architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne in said booklet.
I recognize that Spotify is here to stay and that many of you are enjoying The Ambassador by that means. But did you know that it takes more than 300 COMPLETE STREAMS of the entire album to equal one CD or iTunes sale? While I expect many of you to continue to listen via streaming services, please consider reinforcing that support through a download — you might not listen to these mp3 files, but your purchase will ensure that I can keep making recorded music.
I am a small business owner, and I was proud to be able to employ around twenty-five people, through the support of my record label, in making this album. But if musicians like myself are to continue contributing to the larger economy by making albums, we will require a certain amount of revenue to make that happen.
Again — I know that this ship is sailing toward the sea of Spotify, and that nothing will change that. Rather than conceiving of this situation as a binary, where it’s streaming vs. purchases, why don’t we say: listen on Spotify, but support the artists whose music you care about deeply through a purchase. $10 every two or three years will go an awfully long way.
Bradbury (304 Broadway) from The Ambassador, stunningly conceived and directed by Drew Dir for Manual Cinema. Everything you see here was achieved with shadow puppets and overhead projectors and one actor behind a scrim. Purchase The Ambassador: Amazon and iTunes.