Simon Gould

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Would be nice to see one of the RVIDXR KLVN mixtapes reviewed instead of referenced so much.

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October 21, 2012 on Mixtape Of The Week: Deniro Farrar & Shady Blaze Kill Or Be Killed

Better than I thought this would be -not a fan of parachuted-in string sections but this was just right.

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July 12, 2012 on Watch Frank Ocean’s Stunning Fallon Performance

My two cents: I pay for music. I have illegally downloaded precisely 2 albums in my lifetime (I’m 27), both when I was 17 and I’ve since bought the CDs (one, Front Line Assembly’s Hard Wired, mere days after being enraptured by the mp3s). I have over 600 CDs and about 200 pieces of vinyl (last count about a year ago, more since).

I’m not flaunting my moral superiority. I have always managed to acquire music during various periods of impoverishment by buying second-hand, saving up or bargain hunting. When I’m poor, I get the comparatively cheaper download. When I’m flush, 3xLP gatefold business. I support bandcamp but am untouched by Spotify.

I passionately believe in music (and it’s established, if flawed, modes of dissemination) and want it to continue so I support the culture with purchases. Second-hand CDs are a moral issue BUT they were originally bought new and so the artist DID get paid (broadly speaking). I inevitably buy more albums by an artist I’ve already invested in, second-hand or not.

Buy music. No question. If you can’t afford it, don’t listen to it. You want to preview an album? Do that, listen to the artist’s page, go onto YouTube, put on the radio, go to the record store and put it on their decks. Downloading illegally is thankless and devalues the music.

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June 21, 2012 on David Lowery Blasts NPR Intern On File-Sharing