Michael Bell

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Someone with the independent capacity to make an instant phenomenon track (TSwift, Radiohead) should drop an auteur single on each platform and then publish the data.

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August 2, 2015 on Read David Byrne’s NYTimes Op-Ed About Streaming Payment Transparency

I really liked Halifaxa, and was a little bummed out by Visions. I thought ‘Go’ was amazing…so I’m not really sure what to think about this new record. If she’s changing styles again, it’s highly likely that I’ll love it. XfingersX

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July 29, 2015 on Grimes Teases “Happy And Angry” Album Full Of Diss Tracks, Guitar

What’s irritating to me is that the same labels that push RSD to support the local store also have no-return policies in spite of known production problems. If your new $30 LP is warped out of the jacket, your record store is forced to either take the hit exchanging it, or refuse the exchange. The two entities least responsible for defects are forced to bear 100% of the cost of said defects. Occasionally there is a packaging fubar so egregious that the label will do a recall (the most recent Father John Misty, for example), but those are incredibly rare. My shop has opted to take back defective records, but mark them as such and re-sell them at a pro-rated amount.

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July 29, 2015 on Have We Reached Peak Vinyl?

Her opinions about pop culture aside, do you know anything about Sinead O’Connor or her output? I highly recommend you listen to ‘The Lion and the Cobra’ and imagine a 20yr old writing, producing, and recording anything like that today. Her next-to-last record ‘How About I Be Me (and You Be You)’ is pretty amazing too.

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July 16, 2015 on Sinead O’Connor Says Music Has Officially Died Because Of Kim Kardashian

“Why release an album this way and why make it free?”

Well because we realize that after a decade or so of mediocre-to-decent easy listening records this is the only way to generate any excitement about new music from us.

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July 16, 2015 on Download Wilco’s Surprise New Album Star Wars

Remember when LDR was a joke up in here, because like, that’s not even her real name.

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July 14, 2015 on Lana Del Rey – “Honeymoon”

Did Stereogum attempt to contact Chuck D for clarification or comment? He’s pretty easy to reach.

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July 13, 2015 on Chuck D Defends Bill Cosby, Accuses Marvin Gaye Of Pedophilia

Great news! To me, AV are the “band most likely to record another ‘Kerplunk!'”

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July 9, 2015 on Antarctigo Vespucci – “Impossible To Place” (Stereogum Premiere)

Generally-speaking I like Tame Impala, but I saw the Innerspeaker tour and it was one of the worst shows I’ve been to. Somehow they managed to turn their whole catalog into a single, monotonous drag. It was like a jam-band show, but without any of the dynamics between instruments. I haven’t been able to enjoy their records since.

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July 9, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Tame Impala Currents

Aw, young’uns on the computer!

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June 30, 2015 on You’ll Never Guess What Fox News Thinks Of Kendrick Lamar

I wonder if the comments section here would have the same response if we found out a venue was charging $50 for fugazi tickets, or bootlegging their Neutral Milk Hotel show? Look, artists get to make demands on the venues, plain and simple. That many of them choose to use their negotiating powers to retain specific guacamole recipes and XL condoms is their own business, but it’s the same concept. Morrissey wants venues to go meat-free as one of his terms. If MSG agreed, then they’re in breech of contract and deserve to lose a ton of money over this.

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June 29, 2015 on MSG Served Meat In Corporate Suites At Meat-Free Morrissey Show

“As good as the album is, it has nothing on the controlled chaos of the band’s live show, and we get a taste of that in the performance.” I agree the album is great, but this performance seems pretty sterile, and the sound (not their fault) is a perfect match.

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June 25, 2015 on Watch Desaparecidos Kick Out “City On The Hill” On Seth Meyers

I’m fairly certain Apple didn’t dream up a PR scheme to rollout their entry into a crowded market by casting themselves as bad guys who get taught a lesson by a musician. Regardless, they’re paying royalties to Courtney Barnett, Mac DeMarco, and Sufjan Stevens that they otherwise would not have received, and for all we know TSwizz is responsible. Why be cynical about that?

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June 22, 2015 on Apple Caves To Taylor Swift, Will Pay Artists During Trial

More power to her, but man I do not get the effusive praise for this at all. I mean, it’s fine and her lyrics are interesting, but she comes across to me (on record) as a sorta indie-approved Sheryl Crow. I’ll lump her in with Mac DeMarco as an artist for whom there is a great divide between what I read and what I hear.

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June 17, 2015 on Watch Courtney Barnett Kick Ass On The Tonight Show

Imagine Dragons. and fun. and Maroon 5. and Fall Out Boy. and Weezer. But yeah, Imagine Dragons.

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June 16, 2015 on Foals – “What Went Down”

In honor of fugazi’s Red Medicine turning 20, I want to assert plainly and correctly that ‘Bed For the Scraping’ is their best song.

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June 12, 2015 on Red Medicine Turns 20

I actually feel bad for KP if this is actually what she’s trying to do. ‘1989’ is historic in the sense that it’s going to be remembered as a defining record of its time. KP has a lot going for her, but trying to make a dent in the TS machine in 2015 isn’t going to work in her favor.

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June 8, 2015 on Katy Perry Readies “Bad Blood” Response Track “1984”?

Watch his reaction…which is basically just the screen shot above. But yeah, watch anyway, I guess.

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May 30, 2015 on Watch Julian Casablancas + The Voidz Cover The Strokes To Albert Hammond Jr.’s Horror At Primavera Sound

Yeah, I’m not going to hold a guy accountable for inchoate content that he never intended for release. This is completely different than Tyler the Creator, who releases stuff like this for entertainment’s sake.

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May 13, 2015 on Rich Homie Quan Raps About Raping Somebody, Offers Feeble Apology

In short, Pearl Jam doesn’t even casually look in the direction of your city for $140k.

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May 1, 2015 on Pearl Jam Tell Queens Fans Not To Hold Their Breath For Crowdfunded Concert