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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.

 +1Posted on Apr 14th, 2014 | re: Van Morrison Albums From Worst To Best (47 comments)

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

 +1Posted on Jan 31st, 2014 | re: Krill - "Fresh Pond" (1 comments)

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.

 -3Posted on Dec 4th, 2013 | re: Spotify Explains Royalty Payments (21 comments)

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.

 -4Posted on Dec 4th, 2013 | re: Spotify Explains Royalty Payments (21 comments)

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?

 +4Posted on Nov 22nd, 2013 | re: Grimes Responds To Criticism From Dogmatic Asshole Vegans (192 comments)

I demand more militant-ism, of all kinds.

 +3Posted on Nov 14th, 2013 | re: Arcade Fire Announce Reflektor North American Tour (43 comments)

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

FYI Tom Waits doesn’t perform tonight.

 +1Posted on Oct 26th, 2013 | re: Premature Evaluation: Arcade Fire Reflektor (95 comments)

” 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.

Why are there no comments on this? Great interview.