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“Nuthin’ But a G Thang” was the #3 song on their 90s song list. Pretty sure that list pre-dated Apple Music. I know that the thing has a whiff of synergy to it, but it’s not ridiculous to suggest that “Straight Outta Compton” is one of the five best songs of the decade. Almost 10% of the tracks aren’t even on Apple Music. If it was designed as a promotion for the service, they could have done better.

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August 26, 2015 on Album Of The Week: All Dogs Kicking Every Day

For the sake of argument, let’s assume that Adams is going to commercially release his version of “1989.” (Because if he releases it for free, that’s a huge distinction between him and the fan art makers.)

An individual has the right to control how his or her image is used. If Taylor Swift has a problem with unknown parties making a profit using her image, all the while weakening the value of her image, that’s her prerogative (and a perfectly understandable one). If she is okay with a hero of her’s releasing a well-crafted tribute to her, that is equally her choice and understandable.

And really, do you think Taylor Swift fans are going to take the release of Adams’ album as an avenue to avoid purchasing Swift’s? If anything, it’ll only raise her exposure to a core of fans who might enjoy it if they could get past pre-existing anti-pop biases. It makes business sense to allow this appropriation, where it just hurts her economically to allow people to appropriate her image on Etsy.

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August 20, 2015 on Taylor Swift Shares Excited Statement About Ryan Adams’ 1989 Covers Album

Shout out to “God Bless You Mr. Rosewater.” (And it’s cliché, but “Slaughterhouse-Five” is really fucking good.)

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August 16, 2015 on Michael Stipe Lists His 10 Favorite Books

So these girls join Sufjan Stevens and Bon Iver in the category of indie groups whose names I mispronounced for years without realizing it.

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August 6, 2015 on Tame Impala – “‘Cause I’m A Man (HAIM Remix)”

Honestly, what are people’s general thoughts on hip-hop concerts? Because I’m a fan, but with a few exceptions, I’d say that the hip-hop concerts I’ve been to are somewhere between alright and awful. I did most of my concert going during my jam band phase, so maybe I go into these things with different reference points. And there’s no denying that it’s somewhat of a challenge duplicating studio-crafted songs in a live setting.

But I’ve been a Kanye fan since the day “College Dropout” came out. I have favorably compared him to the Beatles. But based on what I’ve seen, his headlining of a music festival wouldn’t make me that much more likely to go. I love Wu-Tang Clan. “36 Chambers,” “Liquid Swords,” and “Supreme Clientele” are my in my top 10 favorite hip-hop albums. But a 2006 Wu-Tang show is without a doubt the worst concert I ever paid to get into.

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August 5, 2015 on Oasis Are Racist Dickheads Says Vic Mensa

The John Mayer Trio live album that he put out years ago was one of the more effective Stevie Ray Vaughan impersonations I’ve ever heard. I’m sure he can do a competent Jerry.

I turned in my jam band aficionado card almost a decade ago, but based on the stuff I remember hearing where Trey Anastasio played with Phil, Trey always sounds like Trey. I’d be interested to see how effective Mayer can be impersonating Trey’s style, but bringing his own creativity to bear on a more jazzy style.

But I’ll probably just stick to “Europe ’72” when the odd Dead fancy does hit me.

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August 5, 2015 on John Mayer Joining The Grateful Dead For Dead & Company Tour

I love that you included “Unseen Power of the Picket Fence.” Don’t get me wrong, it’s one of my favorite Pavement songs. I mean, how could you not a song that analogizes the influence of early R.E.M. on the music scene with Cump Sherman’s march to the sea? But it’s not exactly the type of song written to appeal the dudes with hand-me-down minivans with Weezer stickers on them.

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August 5, 2015 on Pavement Could Have Been As Big As Weezer, Say Stephen Malkmus And Spiral Stairs In Separate Interviews

This might not be what you’re looking for, but since it is somewhat topical, my favorite pre-gaming song of all time is “Stay With Me” by The Faces.

When it came out, I tried to get my friends to listen to “Wham City” by Dan Deacon (all 12 glorious minutes) but it was the wrong crowd for it. You might have better luck than I did.

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August 5, 2015 on Instagram Bans #EDM Hashtag Due To Nudity Violations

I would be so down with a Frank Ocean curated Cure boxset.

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August 3, 2015 on It Looks Like Frank Ocean’s Album Is Imminent

This FJM concert is performance art.

… I think.

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July 31, 2015 on Livestream Lollapalooza 2015 Right Here

What is pop?
Tell me, tell me, if you think you know.
Is Jens pop?
If he was really pop,
wouldn’t the iTunes charts show?

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July 31, 2015 on Carly Rae Jepsen – “Warm Blood”

Yeah, I’m not a fan of everything that Doors ever did, and some of the stuff I have to be in the right kind of mood for.

But, on the other hand, I am always down for a little “Roadhouse Blues.” The version from “American Prayer,” “In Concert” and one of the older Greatest Hits compilation might be one of the best live tracks ever.

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July 30, 2015 on The Doors Albums From Worst To Best

I was thinking the same thing. After one listen I got a real Side A of “Let It Be” type feel. There’s not a whole lot of polish and even a few throwaways, but that gives the music a sense of freshness and spontaneity that’s been missing since “Kicking Television.”

Also, it’s their most Tupelo sounding album since the 90s probably.

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July 17, 2015 on Download Wilco’s Surprise New Album Star Wars

Yeah but the thing is, he didn’t release one of his best albums (“On the Beach”) and another album with one of his biggest crossover hits (“American Stars and Bars”/”Like a Hurricane”) on cd until 2003 because he thought of audio issues with cd formats. He still hasn’t ever released one of my three favorites of his album (“Time Fades Away”) on cd because he wasn’t happy with the sound.

So, he actually has a pretty consistent history of giving a shit about this particular issue. That’s all free money that he is turning down because he’s concerned about protecting the quality of his artistic output. I’m disappointed about his decision but I can’t be mad about him continuing to give a shit.

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July 17, 2015 on Neil Young: “Streaming Ends For Me Today”

I feel the same way about this that I do about Kanye crashing award shows. Personally, I’ve realized it’s useless expended energy to give a fuck about most things you can’t change, but I can’t really fault people for still giving a fuck about things they think should matter.

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July 14, 2015 on Sinead O’Connor Says Music Has Officially Died Because Of Kim Kardashian

Man, the quotations in the title had me convinced that this was a new Moz song. Not sure the last time I was this disappointed.

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June 10, 2015 on Morrissey: “Obama Seems To Be White Inside”

Okay, take “S.F. Sorrow” by the Pretty Things and take “Piper at the Gates of Dawn.” The latter is much more well known than the former. It’s also much more “important.” All that remains true, although you can make a strong argument that “S.F. Sorrow” is a better psychedelic rock album. I think it’s because the album that revolutionizes the genre (Pink Floyd’s) will almost always be more memorable than an album that is a quintessential example of the genre (the Pretty Thing’s).

UMO kinda sound a little like Foxygen or Youth Lagoon or old Dr. Dog or Diiv or Ariel Pink. That’s not a bad thing, especially if you’re a fan of the genre. But Tame Impala sounds does’t really sound like anything else.

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May 26, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Boosie Badazz Touch Down 2 Cause Hell

I really like this. It almost sounds like if Waxahatchee made a Microphones album.

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May 12, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Eskimeaux O.K.

Neither is Eat to the Beat. And if you do a google search you see that they’re both available outside of the United State. It’s pretty fucking annoying.

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May 8, 2015 on Blondie Albums From Worst To Best

I am willing to buy the argument that guys think of a riff or a melody and not realize that they are subliminally ripping somebody off.

That’s what I always thought happened with “My Sweet Lord.” George just had a melody stuck in his head and didn’t realize that he was ripping off a Chiffons song from almost a decade ago.

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May 7, 2015 on Brandon Flowers Agrees 150% With “Blurred Lines” Ruling