Ben Ferguson

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I did a very extensive run through of Apple Music... I tried to figure out how to make a playlist, gave up after 5 minutes and returned to Spotify.
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July 8, 2015 on Facebook In Talks To Launch Yet Another Streaming Music Service
Was just about to say this. I don't know how long she played with them but she was a natural fit, and she was there for the last good Pumpkins gig:
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June 12, 2015 on The Smashing Pumpkins Have A New Lineup
I love this performance. So much energy. This is when the other late night shows stuck with safer, commercially successful artists while Conan was carving out a niche by featuring relative unknowns like MMJ and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, etc. The other shows have caught up some in that regard lately, but Conan still strikes me as the music nerd of the group. He does not reign in his enthusiasm at all: "I am DEFINITELY going to buy that record!"
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June 5, 2015 on Watch My Morning Jacket Soar Through “Believe (Nobody Knows)” On Conan
It's already #1 on Rolling Stone's Top 50 Albums of 2016
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June 4, 2015 on Keith Richards Threatens New Rolling Stones Album
So the big question: does my e-mail account get me 50% off?
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June 3, 2015 on Tidal Announces Student Discount, Desktop App
I guess it could theoretically be more than that... if 100,000 of the 500,000 WiMP subscribers abandoned the platform when it as acquired and merged into Tidal, they would be able to claim 370,000 new subscribers. Also the banner on the bottom of this Stereogum page is an ad for Jay-Z's B-sides concert for Tidal subscribers, and I find that funny.
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April 30, 2015 on Tidal Exec Clarifies Jay Z Tweet: “75% Royalty Rate” To Artists Mostly Goes To Labels
"The Dead performing as Mayer's back-up band" would put a different spin on the Fare Thee Well shows in the same way that LCD Soundsystem's epic last show at MSG was undermined by James Murphy soundtracking NYC subway turnstiles.
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April 24, 2015 on The Grateful Dead Reportedly Planning To Tour With John Mayer After Farewell Shows
Absurd, yes, but I guess no more absurd than taxpayers money being used to fund NFL stadiums for professional teams owned by gazillionaires.
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April 15, 2015 on Drake’s OVO Fest Denied Government Grant Money This Year
So it's the old Guitar Hero with two less buttons?
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April 14, 2015 on Guitar Hero’s Back With A Redesigned Controller And The War On Drugs
Am I the only one who read the headline and thought it was a joke about Madonna performing a song called "Bitch I'm Madonna" being unintentionally funny? I mean, I've caught myself chuckling at pretty much everything she's tried to do to promote this album (the Grammys, the "cape" malfunction, having a song called "Bitch I'm Madonna") so I was caught a little off guard when I scrolled down and saw, no, she actually literally is doing stand-up comedy...
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April 10, 2015 on Watch Madonna Make Her Stand-Up Comedy Debut And Perform “Bitch I’m Madonna” With Diplo On Fallon
Those deals will kill streaming services collectively. No one is going to pay double or triple their monthly subscription fee for a handful of additional artists, and no one is going to want to have to assemble different playlists containing different artists to choose from over multiple services. The solution? Go back to stealing music.
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March 30, 2015 on Jay Z’s Tidal Streaming Service Launches With Blue Avatars From Kanye West, Arcade Fire, Daft Punk, Third Man, & Others
It'll be Album of the Week. If something makes AotW they don't pick it for Premature Evaluation (which went to the new Modest Mouse)
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March 16, 2015 on Surprise! Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly Is Out Now
If Mellow Gold is your 8th best record, that is a sign that you are doing things right...
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February 19, 2015 on Beck Albums From Worst To Best
Agree to disagree, but I am strictly on the side of listening to an interview with Alex Turner over drinking petrol straight from the nozzel in a garage.
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February 3, 2015 on Noel Gallagher Says Modern Rock Stars Are Dull, Especially Arctic Monkeys
This is so back-assward. YouTube needs artists/content creators. Not the other way around.
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January 29, 2015 on David Lowery Blasts YouTube Music Key’s Artist Terms Disclosed By Zoë Keating
This list is why I don't listen to Pandora. People like songs like these, and the algorithm figures other people, like me, might like them. No, Pandora. I don't like them.
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January 29, 2015 on These Are Pandora’s 10 Most Liked Songs Of All Time
Hard to Handle is a cover. Invalid list.
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January 20, 2015 on The 10 Best Black Crowes Songs
They Want My Soul by Spoon
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December 8, 2014 on Win Stereogum’s 10 Best Albums Of 2014 On Vinyl Courtesy Of Insound
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December 8, 2014 on Win Daft Punk’s Alive Vinyl Box Set
I get the "jam bands" stereotype. Most of them aren't that interesting. But these guys musically are light years ahead of bands like String Cheese Incident, moe., etc. If you're the type of person who doesn't need Pitchfork to validate everything before you listen to it, I would recommend checking them out.
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November 5, 2014 on Watch Umphrey’s McGee’s Straight-Faced Mash Up Of Radiohead, Beck, & Phil Collins