Joseph Kyle

is creating Long-form music and cultural commentary.




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About Joseph Kyle

It is said that music writing, much like the music industry, is slowly dying. The limitless and boundless freedom initially offered by the potential of the Internet has, ironically, proven to be the death knell for the arts. Now that every voice can theoretically be heard, it becomes harder and harder to stand out, and that this continuing trend will deduce writing to the lowest common denominator, treating the reader as a mere pawn in an advertising scheme. More than one person has told me that long-form journalism is internet poison. "People don't read on the Internet," they tell me.

I don't believe that. I don't believe that for a second.

Because I don't believe that, I started The Recoup. I launched the website in 2012, and over the course of the past three years, I have watched it quietly grow and develop a loyal readership that also rejects such notions. I'd like you to be one of those readers. 

I will be the first to tell you that yes, times have indeed changed. It is indeed a struggle to get one's voice heard over the fray of aggregated content, clickbait, churnalism, and listicles that passes for "journalism." Furthermore, we are told that one should not expect to make writing about music a sustainable trade, simply because "the reader" (aka YOU) doesn't care about in-depth writing or things that do not capture their interest within a matter of seconds. 

As a writer, I think more of you than that.

This is where you come in. 

I believe that the future of online writing and commentary is upon us, one where the audience and the creators come together, forming a symbiotic relationship between patron and artisan. 

Your support today and every month will guarantee our existence, so that we may continue to offer you, dear reader, a peek into the back streets and dark corners of the creative world. At the very least, I hope you come away with a newfound appreciation for the skill and the labor of those who create art for your enjoyment, often at a very high personal cost. 


Joseph Kyle is a veteran music journalist. Over the last twenty years, he has written for such publications as Pitchfork Media, Tiny Mix Tapes, No Depression, Punk Planet, Collapse Board, and The Big Takeover. Furthermore, he was the editor of the well-received music website, Mundane Sounds, which ran from 2001 to 2006, and Press Play & Record, which ran from 2007 to 2009. He launched The Recoup in 2012, initially as a print 'zine, and subsequently has turned his attention to full-time publishing on the website. 


The Recoup is a daily-updated website that is dedicated to exploring the less-examined music and artistic world. We review and comment upon reissues, as well as discuss recent books, DVDs, and documentaries related to cinema, music, and popular culture. In addition, we feature long-form interviews and conversations with people from diverse artistic backgrounds, as well as in-depth essays and features that explore the neglected, ignored, or downright forgotten-about artists and musicians of the world. 

$50.51 of $75 per month
In addition to defraying the monthly expenses mentioned earlier,meeting this goal will also allow me to cover the expenses of paying another writer for content. The Recoup will never ask its writers to write for free in exchange for so-called "exposure."
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