The Ongoing History of New Music, episode 853: The music industry glossary, part 1

I’m really bad with jargon. I hate it.

Jargon is by its very nature exclusive. If you don’t know the language, the codes, and the nuances, you’re locked out of the discussion.

I remember one financial guy who insisted on talking to me about a retirement savings plan. His pitch went something like this: “When it comes to diversification of your asset classes, you should consider taking out some warrants on pink sheet stocks on the VIX, backing them up wiht shorts on FANG stocks for a few months before rebalancing your portfolio through dollar-cost averaging.”

I think that’s what he said. All I remember is that I didn’t have a clue what he was talking about.

Let’s switch to music. If you do any exploring of how the music business works, you inevitably run into unfamiliar words seem important, but you don’t know what they mean. You could ask, but who wants to admit ignorance, right? No one needs a condescending explanation, either. So you keep your questions to yourself.

But that’s not right. Music should be for everyone, so if you’re interested in how the industry works, your curiosity should be rewarded.

And that’s what we’re going to do right now. This is a glossary of music industry terms. Once we’re done, you’ll be able to converse with the best of them.

Songs heard on this episode

Sex Pistols, EMI

Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Someday I Suppose

The Selector, Three Minute Hero

Lenny Kravitz, American Woman

Pearl Jam, Alive (live)

The Beaches, Money

Tragically Hip, Courage

Florence + The Machine, Dog Days are Over (demo)

Muse, Dig Down

Eric Wilhilte has complied this playlist.

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