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I always assumed that its the young folks in my age group that are the target market for Apple products or their parents buying it for them, not the parents themselves. The Pono is being marketed to those parents. Who else is spending $400 on an MP3 player? I have a Sansa clip player with a microSD card that brings it’s capacity to 60 GB. I use it in the pretty damn good sound system in my car and it sounds just fine to me. Same with my schmancy headphones. It also, mp3 player plus memory card, cost only $50. Pono is an overpriced scam being hawked by someone who is otherwise awesome at an audience with money to burn and nostalgia to indulge. It should come with a Rolling Stone subscription and some ED pills.
Pono exists to part baby boomers with their monies. It should be sold at Brookstone next to the $200 massage wand that totally isn’t a vibrator.
Man late to the party again. Can I include EPs if they’re just as good as their LP counterparts? Because if so the Deerhunter/Atlas Sound/Lotus Plaza axis was on an absurd roll from 2007-12:
2007 – Cryptograms
2008 – Fluorescent Grey
2008 – Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel
2008 – Microcastle/Weird Era Continued
2009 – Rainwater Cassette Exchange
2009 – Logos
2010 – Halcyon Digest
2011 – Parallax
2012 – Spooky Action At a Distance
As far as short bursts go I’ve got three:
Iggy Pop 1977: The Idiot AND Lust for Life
King Crimson 73-74:
Larks’ Tongues in Aspic
Starless and Bible Black
Animal Collective 03-05
2003 Here Comes the Indian
2004 Sung Tongs
Mmm Shiprocked. A delightful bit of nautical themed 7-string snap back Hell. Cherries will be Bucked, Bizkits will be Limped, and in the middle of all the awful Woodstock 99 redux will be Andrew WK, who’s just “happy to be here man”.
I support this argument if it means getting Bryter Layter the recognition it deserves. Its a stone 70s soft rock classic. Nick Drake is more than just Pink Moon (though I do unabashedly love that one too).
Speaking of European festivals, has anyone heard of Exit? Because I just heard about it for the first time last night and it sounds pretty amazing. Takes place in Serbia in a medieval fortress overlooking the Danube river. And the acts are shockingly good considering it takes place in Serbia of all places. Atoms for Peace, Chic, Nick Cave, Suede, Snoop Dogg, Disclosure, Afghan Whigs, and Queens of the Stone Age in the last two years. Plus its apparently won a ton of “best European festivals”. Also did I mention the fucking MEDIEVAL FORTRESS?
Dassa pretty good Primavera line up too
I don’t see why we can’t Sportsgum. Are music and sports really all that different? Outsized egos, rampant commercialism, liberal use of spandex, and fans that range from average NFL/poptimist casuals to La Liga/emo revival loving hipsters. I’d say they’re pretty close. Heck I could probably assign a music spirit animal for every college football team in the bowl subdivison, or at the very least pick out which pbr&b acts are “Most SEC” (hint: its How To Dress Well).
And I gotta disagree with your prediction. The Seahawks faced a team with a Hall of Fame quarterback and too many damn weapons last year, and things ended up going pretty poorly for the Forehead. The Pats aren’t going to be able to run on Seattle like they have in their last few games which means Brady is going to throw a lot, and not counting Gronk the Pats receivers aren’t that awe inspiring. Seahawks by a touchdown.
named Dan Snyder?
If I wanted to see old people noodling I’d go to a Chinese restaurant #hottaek
Broken God Damn Social Scene. God dammit.