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Dang. Not sure why you got downvoted so harshly. I mean, everyone named some cool debut albums but it’s all subjective anyway and “Appetite” IS a killer debut album.

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August 24, 2015 on Axl Rose & Slash May Be Making Up

Whoa. Let me smack myself upside the head and stand corrected on my above comment. Didn’t realize he played piano too. Granted, I hadn’t heard his whole catalog, but still…

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June 12, 2015 on R.I.P. Ornette Coleman

I love Ornette’s music, and I’m gutted to hear of this loss to the world’s musical landscape. Gotta agree with the comment above that “The man defined the word “innovation””.

I’ve jammed “Free Jazz” and “Sound Grammar” this morning in his memory.

One small gripe with the article…Coleman played alto & tenor sax as well as trumpet, and occasionally pulled out a violin. I’m not aware of Ornette as a pianist. Did you mean violin?

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June 12, 2015 on R.I.P. Ornette Coleman

Do we know if he bled right away? Or did he wait and bleed?

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March 13, 2015 on Slipknot Guitarist Stabbed In The Head By His Brother

After watching the video clip on Third Man’s site, I’m thinking the above is indeed the case. A distinction that many fail to make (but that immediately caught my eye having worked in the vinyl business for a few years) is that the “record” Jack bought was an acetate, not a vinyl LP and/or a shellac 78. This would have been the original cut straight from the lathe. Given that this single was never commercially released, I see no reason to assume any other copies have ever been pressed from it.

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March 6, 2015 on Jack White Bought Elvis’ First Record For $300k And Will Reissue It For Record Store Day

So perhaps in a case like this owning the only known master gives you all mechanical rights, and being that the songs are covers all publishing rights would go to the original songwriters (unless the songs have passed into public domain, which may be the case). If that is true, and no money would legally be owed the artist’s estate, then I would hope that out of goodwill some amount of proceeds would be donated to the Presley estate or at least some kind of charity.

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March 6, 2015 on Jack White Bought Elvis’ First Record For $300k And Will Reissue It For Record Store Day

The press release on their website implies it might be an extreme rarity, as in only one copy still exists.

“Utilizing the actual unrestored audio as it currently exists on the sole original copy of “My Happiness” b/w “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin” Third Man will make a limited facsimile, 10-inch 78rpm disc available on April 18, 2015. From reproducing the typewritten labels (printed on the reverse of extra Prisonaires labels that happened to be laying around Sun Records in July 1953) to being packaged in a plain, nondescript, of-the-era sleeve, the utmost attention to detail has been paid in order to create an object so close to the historic original as to almost be indistinguishable from one other.

Later this year, Third Man will release a widely available 7-inch 45rpm featuring newly restored versions of the two songs. Working from a transfer done by industry expert Alan Stoker at the Country Music Hall of Fame, the audio will be as clean as modern technology can make it without losing the feeling and soul that makes these two songs both haunting and breath-taking.”

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March 6, 2015 on Jack White Bought Elvis’ First Record For $300k And Will Reissue It For Record Store Day

Genuine question – what does Tompkins Square Park have in common with the other examples?

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March 4, 2015 on 01-viet-cong-portland-mississippi-studios

Stereogum is really doubling down on the “suddenly we don’t care about Beck” attitude, huh?

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February 12, 2015 on Hear The Inevitable Beck And Beyoncé Mashup “Single Loser”

That last sentence is just stupid. It was a sample he recorded. Good grief.

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February 12, 2015 on Hear The Inevitable Beck And Beyoncé Mashup “Single Loser”

Beck fifteen years past his prime? I saw him play this year and he sounds as vital as ever. “Morning Phase” was a gorgeous and emotionally stirring album. I didn’t expect it to win (nor do I care a whole awful lot that it did), but it was near the top of my list for the year so I felt it was deserving.

I have no beef with Beyonce. I can totally understand an argument for her (and company) deserving the win. She certainly had massive pop culture impact, which is essentially what the Grammys measure.

But Kanye is indefensible. He’s a prick.

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February 9, 2015 on Kanye Wasn’t Kidding, Says Beck “Should’ve Given His Award To Beyoncé”

Seriously? Beck didn’t deserve to win for that masterstroke of an album? I dig Beyonce, but she has a small army of people making her music for/with her. Beck is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist whose career spans multiple genres.

Fuck off, Stereogum. Get your head out of Kanye and Beyonce’s ass.

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February 9, 2015 on Kanye Wasn’t Kidding, Says Beck “Should’ve Given His Award To Beyoncé”

To be clear, “Brochella” is a joke.

“Shiprocked” is a real cruise/festival, which actually features a couple great names (Andrew WK, Living Colour), a couple decent-ish names (Filter, Black Label Society) and a couple for whom I still have nostalgic affection (P.O.D., Sevendust), but overall seems an insufferable trainwreck (shipwreck?) waiting to happen.

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January 30, 2015 on Limp Bizkit Guitarist Is Dreading Next Week’s Nü-Metal Cruise

Wovenhand – “Refractory Obdurate” is tops for me.

Though my close second was “Benji” (which was available on vinyl briefly…thankfully I already nabbed it).

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December 8, 2014 on Win Stereogum’s 10 Best Albums Of 2014 On Vinyl Courtesy Of Insound

I don’t care what anyone says…I dig this album. In fact, I dig the first three Bush albums, and kind of like the remix album. I am going to see them play tonight with Royal Blood. It’s okay guys! Music is subjective!

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December 5, 2014 on Sixteen Stone Turns 20

“Everybody Hurts”.

or

“Catapult”.

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December 3, 2014 on Win R.E.M.’s 7IN — 83-88 Vinyl Box Set

I’m surprised by the following not being included – Beck, Ryan Adams, Dawnbringer, Godflesh, The New Pornographers, Pallbearer, and Wovenhand. Otherwise, the list both dovetails and departs from my own about how I expected. (I’m sure the metal wrap-up will clear up a few of those).

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December 2, 2014 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2014

A NEGATIVE FUCKING WORD!

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November 18, 2014 on Steve Albini Still Loves Online Streaming, Hates Miley Cyrus

Shellac, at least, is on Spotify. I was under the impression they weren’t until yesterday. I searched for the album title (Dude Incredible) instead of the band name and there it was! For some reason “Shellac” gets buried under a bunch of other artists if you search by band name.

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November 18, 2014 on Steve Albini Still Loves Online Streaming, Hates Miley Cyrus