If you’re a regular listener of Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast, you know the acerbic funnyman is quite the vinyl record collector. Those tuning in to the show's latest installment learned that Maron is also quite the fan of Athenian and MBUS lecturer David Lowery, he of Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker fame.
On the latest episode of Maron’s podcast, Lowery says his experience teaching in UGA’s music business program has inspired him to pursue a doctorate in higher education. Unsurprisingly, the conversation turns to Lowery’s sustained critique of file-sharing and the pitfalls of digital music royalties for artists.
UGA Music Business Program lecturer and Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven frontman David Lowery isunhappy about a lot of things these days. Recently, he has devoted plenty of blog space to professing his unhappiness with the YouTube Music Awards (you can find all his #YTMA coverage here, including posts where he digs up grainy jihad recruitment clips and spammy "buy-steroids" videos in an attempt to prove the point… that YouTube is evil? Or a serial copyright infringer? Or maybe just bad for kids? It's sort of unclear).
Elsewhere, Lowery has spearheaded a study that attempts to out the 50 most "undesirable" lyric websites (ick, that phrasing)—unlicensed (or dubiously licensed) sites that publish song lyrics—with the No. 1 culprit emerging as the community-oriented, hip hop-centric annotation site Rap Genius. The National Music Publishers Association has taken the case.
More after the jump.
Local guy, MBUS lecturer and Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven frontman David Lowery is no stranger to causing controversy as a result of his stance on artist rights in the digital age. On Monday, he unleashed another epic screed on his Trichordist blog, where he posted a screenshot that he claimed showed the amount of royalties he received from various Internet radio outlets last quarter. Of specific note was the payment he received from tech giant Pandora, which awarded Lowery a grand total of $16.89 in songwriting royalties for over 1 million plays of Cracker's hit 1992 song "Low."
In addition to noting that he also receives a separate performance royalty for "Low" (which is "higher but also what I would regard as unsustainable," he wrote), Lowery went on to explain:
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