Michael Bell

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So I guess you don't like Taylor Swift for some reason.
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April 15, 2015 on Taylor Swift’s Chinese Toyota Commercials Are Awkward Beyond Your “Wildest Dreams”
I PAY FOR MY STREAMING RIGHTS YIM.
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April 14, 2015 on Jim James Has Perfectly Reasonable Response To My Morning Jacket Album Leak
Funny, I remember that it was often bands themselves who exposed me to other bands, either through the liner notes, opening slots, or incessant promotion. I don't doubt any of what Ben Gibbard (et al) says about Tidal, but I'd much rather read about bands that he likes that I haven't heard of yet. Of course this assumes that Ben Gibbard actually spends any time caring about the bands he's supposedly defending. I know he used to be the kind of guy you'd occasionally see at the club watching a band. It'd be nice if he's still that guy to tell us about it. I feel like now when you read about an artist's likes, you either get the universal approvals (StVincent! Kendrick Lamar!) or some throwaway statement about how they don't listen to music. So what I'm saying is who cares about Tidal and their zillionaire rollout? If there's a tiny band or label I need to know about, tell me about it, Ben Gibbard.
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April 14, 2015 on Ben Gibbard Thinks Tidal Is Dumb, Too
1. They're asking him if they can use the pictures again because they tacitly understand that whatever their payment arrangement was in the 90's, it did not include buying the photos. So pay the man. 2. The open letter thing is basically just Yelp-shaming for the entertainment business. He should just say 'no' and let it be, like I'm sure is the case for millions of content requests every day.
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April 3, 2015 on Garbage Respond To Photographer’s Open Letter After They Asked To Use His Photo For Free
As an Rdio subscriber, the constant railing against Spotify seems like noise to me. Yes, they're the dominant provider of content. Yes, other models work better, as demonstrated tacitly by the presence of the Taylor Swift catalog, etc. I understand that artists are more prone to complain for free than they are to endorse something better without getting paid, but that's where a media outlet like Stereogum could be helpful, were they inclined to proactively report on the subject.
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March 31, 2015 on Behold The Half-Assed Hubris Of Tidal
John Waters once said, "I would never cast Monica Lewinsky in anything. I’m interested in good bad taste, not bad bad taste.” Wayne Coyne it seems is incapable of making this kind of distinction when it comes to his projects. But hey, at least he's got a thousand of them just in time for Record Store Day!
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March 6, 2015 on Wayne Coyne Gives An Update On His Album With Miley Cyrus And How A Joint Tour Would Work
Good grief. Ok, sure, it would still exist and it would probably be better. Let me rephrase: "SXSW is McDonald’s and 50 other faceless megacorps paying for everything."
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March 6, 2015 on McDonald’s Responds To SXSW Band’s Angry Letter With A Sarcastic Hashtag
Sure, but Ex Cops aren't playing SXSW 1990. It would be impossible for anyone remotely familiar with the modern event to not think of it as a gigantic corporate logofest.
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March 5, 2015 on McDonald’s Responds To SXSW Band’s Angry Letter With A Sarcastic Hashtag
I think that's a convenient argument to make here, because the band basically says in their open letter that they'll do SXSW shows for free. Look, SXSW wouldn't exist if McDonald's and 50 other faceless megacorps didn't pay for it. So McD's isn't paying bands on the band-to-band level; they're paying for the entire festival to exist. Otherwise Ex Cops could just roll into ATX in March and hope to play in front of 500 ppl like every other band their size. I want everybody to get paid for their work, and respect Ex Cops' right to refuse. I just think their position here is being overinflated. Way to stand up to corporations...at SXSW of all places.
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March 5, 2015 on McDonald’s Responds To SXSW Band’s Angry Letter With A Sarcastic Hashtag
ONE-ARMED SIZZLER.
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March 5, 2015 on Antemasque Accused Of Throwing Boiling Water At Fans
Like, I get it, I guess, but I kinda have to agree with #slownewsday. Granted, I'm not their PR person so I can say it a little more freely. How is McDonald's supposed to know who will and won't play for free? SXSW is a convoluted mess and frankly neither party needs the other one. My bet is some band will be on that stage and they'll have an audience. I hope they do well. But hey, Ex Cops get to feel like fugazi for a day or two, I hope that works for them too. Whatever.
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March 5, 2015 on McDonald’s Responds To SXSW Band’s Angry Letter With A Sarcastic Hashtag
Thank you Stereogum for bringing this issue to a larger audience. I believe folks can make up their own minds about supporting Kels at his own concerts. Festivals on the other hand put other artists and the audience in an unfair position, to say the least. R.Kelly had sex with children. It's astounding to me that he's been able to maintain his popularity.
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March 4, 2015 on Houston’s Free Press Summer Fest Draws Protests For Booking R. Kelly
Sufjan, is that you?
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March 2, 2015 on Mumford & Sons Announce Electric Third Album Wilder Mind
My guess is this is their 'Monster' alright. http://mlc-s2-p.mlstatic.com/rem-monster-7416-MLC5219515874_102013-F.jpg
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March 2, 2015 on Mumford & Sons Announce Electric Third Album Wilder Mind
Kim Gordon keeps expanding on her comments because she's doing press and you can guarantee she keeps getting asked the same questions. Here's a woman who has always been a feminist icon, who made a remarkable amount of incredible music, and has been a singular voice in rock music for decades. Now she has a book and all we're allowed to read about his her husband's affair and what she thinks about another musician. Her criticisms are valid because she has a thoughtful point of view, and that's about it. She's not making an objective declaration of fact. I agree it's not on LDR to be anything, but at the same time it's legit for Kim Gordon to say her actions have meaning regardless of intent.
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February 27, 2015 on Kim Gordon Expands Upon Lana Del Rey Diss: “She’s A Female Chris Isaak”
Thanks for that perspective, Kid Rock's mom.
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February 27, 2015 on Kid Rock Doesn’t Get Beyoncé: Where’s Her “Sweet Home Alabama”?
On the other hand, SeaWorld is basically a theme park based around a wet t-shirt contest, so I get it.
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February 27, 2015 on Kid Rock Doesn’t Get Beyoncé: Where’s Her “Sweet Home Alabama”?
Don't know why he'd even go there. I heard he only likes Whitefish.
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February 27, 2015 on Kid Rock Doesn’t Get Beyoncé: Where’s Her “Sweet Home Alabama”?
Look Stereogum, you're complicit in spreading this nonsense. Nothing new to the fact that Kid Rock represents an unfortunate sliver of the pop spectrum, and more of the same is just part of his album cycle. Plus it's basically Spin Magazine reporting what someone said in Rolling Stone. So you got scooped on sexist nonsense? And you report it?
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February 27, 2015 on Kid Rock Doesn’t Get Beyoncé: Where’s Her “Sweet Home Alabama”?
It's clear to me that the artists who have opinions about streaming aren't actually familiar with the service beyond "Spotify has free content." In Björk's case, she should just say that her new album is high concept and incredibly expensive, and that streaming it isn't her vision for how it should be experienced. FWIW, she has 48 releases streaming on Rdio. Are those less about respect?
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February 27, 2015 on Björk Weighs In On Spotify Debate