Adam Smith Riggs
A NEGATIVE FUCKING WORD!
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.
Your snide “last time she made headlines” bullshit reporting fails to point out that her new album is fantastic and totally deserving of coverage.
Well Silas, let me be the first to straight up say that I love Slipknot. I have for years. And I’m not a fanboy trolling Stereogum either. I’m an avid reader who loves many styles of music. As a metal fan in particular I really dig The Black Market feature.
So here goes….
How about actually listening to an album before writing a long rant about its cultural currency and/or lack thereof? How about understanding the arc of their career, or even the recent history of the band (“.5: The Gray Chapter” is named after their late bassist Paul Gray)? They are ostensibly a nu-metal band but musically they have much more to offer then lumping them in entirely with Static-X. They’re a cartoon because they employ theatricality in their image and shows? And The Flaming Lips aren’t (to name just one “cartoonish” band constantly covered here)?
Geez…this was just lazy and incredibly pretentious writing.
Early – A Hard Day’s Night
Later – Revolver
My guesses as to Myrkur’s identity:
Not trying to nitpick, but that should read 1978′s Road To Ruin, not 74.
It’s not new technology, in fact they even point out that many of these gimmicks have been done before (for example, they say they’re doing interlocking grooves in a new way, but note that Tool, among others, have done interlocking grooves…in fact, Third Man has already done this as well with their “The Auctioneer” spoken word 7″). I think what’s neat is simply cramming all of these gimmicks onto one normally-priced (20.00) LP.
However, I will now be seeking out a copy of that Orchid record, because that’s badass.
Grooves* not roves.
You drop the needle in the middle. The groove is cut to play to the outer edge. This has been done before (I think Third Man might have even already done one like this). Technically speaking all records have locked roves at the end (or else he needle would jump out at the end and slide across the record, or in the case of an inside out record fall off the edge). What they’re calling a locked groove is placing a snippet of audio in that final locked groove to play “infinitely” (this may not work on an automatic return turntable but would on a manual return table where the record continues to spin until you lift the needle). They say this possibly might be the first time an inside-out record has audio in the locked groove. This may not be entirely accurate but they note in the video that they aren’t entirely sure. The press release is simply misprinted in saying “outside in”. The video explains it as “inside out”.