Martijn ter Haar
The big thing is not the player, which is just a high ended dedicated portable audio device. The big thing is the store, which will sell the music in the HD format and apparently already has backing of all major labels.
Two problems though:
- A lot of new music has this ‘loudness war’ overcompressed mastering, optimized for mp3 listening on noisy subway trains. You can put that in huge FLAC files all you want, it will still sound like crap on a hi-fi system, unless it’s mastered for it.
- From what I saw in the video, old albums like Nirvana’s will be priced $17,99. Which will make sure this stays a niche product for audiophiles. The music should not be significantly more expensive than it is on cd, preferably the same price.
In fact, I think that if they really want to make it a success, they should throw in a killer deal that convinces you to get rid of your mp3′s or cd’s, like 50 or even 100 album downloads for free if you buy the player or any album of which you can prove you already own it on cd or vinyl for $1 (this might be problematic logistically.)
I don’t like Hotel Yorba at all and Girl, You Have No Faith in Medicine should definitely haven been in this list, but otherwise a pretty fine list, with the obvious #1 & #2. Well maybe, Little Cream Soda should be in there too, to represent Icky Thump, an album I like better than Get Behind Me Satan.
Here’s my list.
- I love The Birthday Party, but their compilation Hits is so good, that I never listen to the original records.
- There’s no denying Let Love In
- To me From Her to Eternity and The Firstborn Are Dead are almost a double album. I like the latter a little better than the former, so I think it’s strange they are so far apart in this list.
- I think Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! is almost as bad as Nocturama (and it misses a banger like ‘Babe, I’m on Fire’). Grinderman 2 is pretty mediocre too.
- I prefer Cave’s more kitsch-y ballads over the more earnest stuff (I don’t like earnest music in general for some reason, I guess it’s a character flaw.) Give me ‘The Weeping Song’ or ‘The Loom of the Land’ over ‘People Ain’t No Good’ anytime. So for me it’s The Good Son over The Boatman’s Call every time, especially since The Good Son also has The Hammer Song and the title track.
Let Love In
The Firstborn Is Dead
From Her to Eternity
The Good Son
Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus
No More Shall We Part
Push The Sky Away
The Boatman’s Call
Kicking Against The Pricks
Your Funeral… My Trial
Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
I’m a very a-typical Daft Punk fan, being more of a rocker/metalhead. So Human After All is by far my favourite album of theirs. It’s like their tribute to bands like The Stooges and Black Sabbath. I also happen to have a soft spot for late seventies AOR, so I also like the things on R.A.M. everyone else hates (Fragments of Time! Touch!).
My top 10:
1. The Brainwasher
2. Stream Machine
3. The Prime Time of Your Life
5. Da Funk
6. Harder Faster Better Stronger
7. Lose Yourself to Dance
8. Fragments of Time
9. Around the World
(Like I said: Human After All is by far by favourite Daft Punk album.)
The first Queens of the Stone Age album is Homme’s masterpiece and …And The Circus Leaves Town is almost as good as Welcome to Sky Valley (El Rodeo! Spaceship Landing!) and both are much better than Blues for the Red Sun. The QotSA discography actually is quite simple: start with a masterpiece and it’s all downhill from there – although at a very low angle – until …Like Clockwork, where Homme re-invents himself again.
So my list is:
1. Queens of the Stone Age
2. Welcome to Sky Valley
3. …And the Circus Leaves Town
4. Rated R
5. …Like Clockwork
6. Songs for the Deaf
7. Blues for the Red Sun
8. Lullabies to Paralyze
9. Era Vulgaris
10. Them Crooked Vultures
I have to admit I never listened to Wretch.
Streaming sites pay much less than cd or download sales, which is the reason some artists and labels withhold their records from them.
1. Yeah (Crass Version)
2. Losing My Edge
Sound Of Silver is one of the most disappointing second albums in history (just after Primary Colours by The Horrors), and I couldn’t be bothered with anything after that.
1. Whiskeyclone, Hotel City 1997 (Mellow Gold)
2. O Maria (Mutations)
3. Asshole (One Foot in the Grave)
4. Lord Only Knows (Odelay)
5. Get Real Paid (Midnite Vultures)
Metal bans already had their own infrastructure with labels, magazines and PR-companies that came out of a DIY-ethic when filesharing came around. Labels like Relapse and Southern Lord were never seen as the enemy, but as enablers of bands. So this whole crap about “killing greedy labels” got a lot less traction.
And of course metal originated as a counter movement to hippie utopianism. Maybe that made metalheads weary when hippie utopianism resurfaced as techno utopianism.
Some metal picks:
- Darkthrone – The Underground Resistance (February)
- Ghost – Infestissumam (Spring)
- Enforcer – Death By Fire (2/1)
- Suffocation – Prince of Bedlam (2/15)