Kevin McCaul

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“Lake Song” is a gem. Undecided about the rest, definitely not taking to it like some of their past work. Sounds like it has too much Mumford & Sons bombast and too little Decemberists charm.

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January 13, 2015 on Stream The Decemberists What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World

Shout out to ‘Into The Music.’ Perhaps not his “masterpiece,” but an incredibly fun Van Morrison record.

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April 14, 2014 on Van Morrison Albums From Worst To Best

Haven’t listened to the lyrics that carefully yet, but I’m pretty sure it’s a reference to the “Fresh Pond Cinema” in Cambridge.

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January 31, 2014 on Krill – “Fresh Pond”

Yes, the labels weren’t forced into this, of course there’s no disagreement there.

The current version of the record store though? That is not correct. The distribution is not the same. The labels aren’t selling product to Spotify which it turn sells it to the audience. Spotify is selling the Spotify product to the audience, turning around and sharing it with the labels. It’s a different dynamic.

It’s also a dynamic generating less revenue than the record store model, and probably cannibalizing sales revenue. Like the Internet in general, it’s a value black hole.

“When nobody is willing to buy music any more, whoever builds the biggest streaming service will be king.” And we will value the tech king more than the artists and labels, I suppose.

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December 4, 2013 on Spotify Explains Royalty Payments

Spotify is taking 30% of value from artists and labels, is another way to look at it.

It’s not like Spotify is being generous by returning 70% of revenue to rights holders. Spotify is not generating their own value besides creating the architecture for a streaming service (which by the way, they’re riding the coattails of Facebook for user accounts). They do not create (significant) content or value.

Of course, album sales have been declining before Spotify got in the game. I’m not really able to crunch the numbers to say if Spotify has accelerated the decline for sales for artists and labels and rights holders, but I very much doubt that Spotify revenues are more than the expected sales revenue.

Artists and labels should be fighting for better deals or better venues to distribute their music. Why should fans care about a bunch of techies in Sweden looking for their cut?

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December 4, 2013 on Spotify Explains Royalty Payments

I demand more militant-ism, of all kinds.

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November 22, 2013 on Grimes Responds To Criticism From Dogmatic Asshole Vegans

Don’t know if this is worth pointing out, but the “Boston” show is actually a “Mansfield” show… 40 miles South of Boston.

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November 14, 2013 on Arcade Fire Announce Reflektor North American Tour

FYI Tom Waits doesn’t perform tonight.

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October 26, 2013 on Stream The 2013 Bridge School Benefit Feat. Arcade Fire, CSNY, Tom Waits, & More

” Arcade Fire have been huge public advocates of aid to Haiti, but their decision to incorporate bits of Haitian music, leaves them very open to the sorts of cultural-appropriation charges that once dogged Vampire Weekend”

Yeah, this is some weird strawman disclaimer. It doesn’t need to be acknowledged, this isn’t Paul Simon breaking apartheid here.

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October 26, 2013 on Premature Evaluation: Arcade Fire Reflektor

Why are there no comments on this? Great interview.

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October 5, 2013 on Q&A: Honus Honus On The History Of Man Man, Living Out Of A Storage Unit, And Writing On Oni Pond

It’s gotta be “Street Hassle”

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October 2, 2013 on Win A Signed, Limited Edition Lou Reed & Mick Rock Transformer Photo Book

Like many Radiohead records, it sounds like the cover art.

I think this is pretty underrated though. I’m perfectly happy about it not being fussed over.

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June 7, 2013 on Hail To The Thief Turns 10

Definitely, it’s all about R.

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May 20, 2013 on Premature Evaluation: Queens Of The Stone Age …Like Clockwork

At least Era Vulgaris had “Turnin’ On The Screw.” Now that’s a sexy song.

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May 20, 2013 on Premature Evaluation: Queens Of The Stone Age …Like Clockwork

Wait, people are going to dislike Bourgeois?

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April 15, 2013 on Premature Evaluation: Phoenix Bankrupt!

Hey, thanks for this. I’ll see about catching these guys at Great Scott.

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March 31, 2013 on Fat History Month – “Bald History Month”

Some days I can convince myself that Transference is Spoon’s best album. It has that whole ‘ghost in the machine’ feel on headphones, it’s such a weird deconstructed ambiance. It’s similar to Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga in that way, except they’re not capturing the “studio,” they’re creating the attic in your mind that you’re vaguely aware of.

Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga and Kill The Moonlight are probably better, but how dare you speak ill of Transference!

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March 30, 2013 on Spoon Albums From Worst To Best

Very informative list. Thanks for the work. I think you’ll find less argument over it, because how many people have listened to his entire discography?

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March 22, 2013 on David Bowie Albums From Worst To Best

This has some real vitality to it.

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March 4, 2013 on Premature Evaluation: David Bowie The Next Day

Hm, I dunno. I think services like Spotify are stabilizing the way that people at least consume music. I’m not sure the user end is about to be disrupted.

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March 1, 2013 on Deconstructing: The Return Of The Postal Service And Why 2013 Should Be The New 2003