Jonathan Nasrallah

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April 20, 2015 on After Coachella, Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen Is Not Psyched About Modern Music
His face has been photo-shopped to hell, and its very jarring. No human his age has a skin like that
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April 9, 2015 on Black Sabbath’s Big Farewell Show Is Actually An Ozzy Osbourne Solo Gig
Just sitting down with this record for the first time. Just from the two singles I've heard (Cops Don't Care Pt 2 and Every Song Sung to a Dog) I could tell it was going to be special. After reading your write up James I'm even more excited for it.
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April 1, 2015 on Stream Fred Thomas All Are Saved (Stereogum Premiere)
RSD really has become gimmick central. But I guess if they're going to do the whole "limited edition 1 day only" thing I'd rather have it be gimmicky stuff that I can live without than stuff that I actually will be pissed if I can't get a copy (like that Sunny Day Real Estate 7" from last year)
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March 25, 2015 on Singles Band Citizen Dick Is Getting An Official Release For Record Store Day
I'm assuming you're joking? Either way, I do feel kind of weird that his brother openly admits that a lot of bands can only get by with help from wealthy relatives, but Win still has his head up his butt about bands "selling out." In the current climate, not selling out and still making a living off of your music requires either privilege or luck. Nothing wrong with either, but no point in demonizing bands who legitimately could make a career out of their art, but find themselves in positions where they can't turn down support from corporations like Vans or Red Bull
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March 19, 2015 on Arcade Fire And Paul Krugman Discuss Selling Out And The Future Of The Music Business At SXSW
Gotta add that I don't have it *that* bad either, as the 1 independent record shop in town is incredible.
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March 19, 2015 on Insound Is Shutting Down
Where I live (Tallahassee, FL) I've found 3 places to buy new records. One is Barnes and Noble and another is Urban Outfitters. So you don't have it *that* bad.
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March 19, 2015 on Insound Is Shutting Down
I love this band so, so much. Get Disowned is incredible album and Hop Along are a FORCE live. Kinda surprised this article didn't mention that they've got a few dates opening for The War on Drugs, considering how much Stereogum loves them.
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March 9, 2015 on Hop Along – “Waitress”
Yeah, those were the days. Back when people actually bought music. Its really unfair to cast this as a story of bands "losing integrity" and completely ignore the fact that entire revenue streams for struggling bands have been destroyed. Obviously no one thinks corporate sponsorship is ideal, but its becoming a necessary evil for a lot of these bands to be able to keep playing.
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March 6, 2015 on McDonald’s Responds To SXSW Band’s Angry Letter With A Sarcastic Hashtag
No mention of Nickleback at all? Its cool that she has "indie cred" now, or whatever but she's still putting her music out on Chad Kroeger's label if I'm not mistaken haha.
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March 5, 2015 on Q&A: Carly Rae Jepsen On Her All-Star Indie Collaborators And Really, Really, Really Anticipated New Album
I've been lucky enough to make it out to SXSW for the past two years in a row, so I don't have too much room to complain about not being able to make it this year. But maaaaan this line up is killing me. Wish I could be there :(
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March 4, 2015 on Stereogum & Exploding In Sound’s Austin Invasion 2015 Details
I always forget about that rule!
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March 4, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Pile You’re Better Than This
So no one was into the new Purity Ring album? I think its great, definitely on par with Shrines. Its the album of the week in my book, although I'm still glad Pile got it. They definitely deserve the attention and You're Better than This is a great record. Definitely a good week for music.
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March 3, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Pile You’re Better Than This
Haven't heard the album yet, but the first two singles are great. Is it streaming (legally) somewhere? This paragraph interested me though: Ian Cohen smartly articulated the phenomenon at Grantland last year, noting that Sleigh Bells and Cults, once representative of the underground’s pop fringe, now sound like MOR rock bands compared to the glossy debut albums from Haim and Chvrches. What makes Haim or Chvrches indie pop at all? Both bands released their debut albums on major labels, and both bands at least flirted with radio play. We've already covered that their sound is essentially just pop, and they aren't releasing their music on independent labels. So what do we have left to differentiate them from mainstream pop?
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February 26, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Purity Ring Another Eternity
This sounds so awesome. I think I'd be more starstruck to meet Krugman than Win Butler honestly. I wonder if Paul's going to stay for any shows...
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February 24, 2015 on Arcade Fire’s Win & Will Butler To Talk Music Economy With Paul Krugman At SXSW
Glad they got a good deal out of their Major Label time. They had to deal with some jerking around, but ultimately they made 2 records they probably wouldn't have been able to make otherwise, left with no debt and WB isn't stopping them from releasing anything. At this point, I'm not sure what more any band (that's not making mass market pop) could ask for.
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February 19, 2015 on Q&A: JEFF The Brotherhood On Getting Dropped By Warner Bros. And Their Severely Stoned, Next Level Wasted On The Dream
19 locked grooves just sounds annoying honestly. I don't want to have to get up and move the needle between every song!
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February 19, 2015 on Toro Y Moi, Speedy Ortiz, Dan Deacon, & More Contribute To Basketball-Themed Carpark Comp
yep, that's exactly how I feel. Not enjoying it as much musically (yet?) but oh my god the lyrics are so good. I can't think of much else like it.
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February 12, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Father John Misty I Love You, Honeybear
If you already liked Fear Fun I really doubt you won't like ILYHB. But in my opinion its not like WAY BETTER, despite what most reviews seem to think.
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February 10, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Father John Misty I Love You, Honeybear
Dude... what the hell are you talking about? Do you think getting married when you're already living with your girlfriend and your child really makes that much of a difference? Yeezus came out the same month his daughter was born. I think we can probably agree that was a much more radical change in life perspective than getting married to Kim. The whole "girlfriend ruined the band" thing is such tired sexist bullshit anyways.
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February 5, 2015 on Hear A Higher-Quality Leak Of Kanye West’s “All Day”