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In related news, Kevin Parker also thinks he should be able to sample other artists for free. So, you know.
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September 20, 2015 on Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker Discusses Whether Music Should Be Free
Sounds about right.
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September 12, 2015 on Lana Del Rey’s Honeymoon Premieres Exclusively At Urban Outffiters Today
From the Salon comments: "Tony Glover · I am African American, rather progressive, and really don't get the outrage. I have no qualms about raising issues of race. And unlike some, I do not denigrate this article for "political correctness" as those who use that term tend not to want to address any issue impacting race. However, Ms. Swift does not seem to invoke colonialism in this video. The focus is on scenery and animals, and, if anything, she seems to be careful not to invoke Africans or Whites in colonialist postures. The setting is very specific, a Hollywood film shoot. In fact the only humans in the video besides Swift's character and her boyfriend's character are the clearly American Hollywood film crew (10 people at most) filming them. Is that the critique: that she imagines herself a Hollywood film star of the 1950s shooting on the continent without commenting on colonization? Was her crime that she was supposed to excoriate colonization in a video that is essentially a dream imagining herself on location on a safari in Africa? Really? Are we to lay that burden only at the feet of Ms. Swift? Ms. Swift is far from the only music star to use sub-Saharan Africa's wildlife, culture or scenery as backdrop to a video. Numerous recording stars (both Black and White) have done the same. Ludacris, Robbie Williams, Rick Ross, Michael Jackson, Coldplay, Solange, Skrillex, Janet Jackson, Corinne Bailey Rae, and Leona Lewis are just a few that I recall. Of these, only one of which I am aware, did so as an explicit critique of colonization (Janet Jacskon in her video “Got ‘Til Its Gone,” partly a critique of apartheid in South Africa). Instead of shooting on the African continent, was Ms. Swift supposed to go to the nearest American wildlife safari instead? The reality is that most African countries and their conservation efforts cater to people of her means to help with conservation efforts, which, as the article points out, Ms. Swift has done. So, I ask, is this really a problem? Help me understand it, please."
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September 3, 2015 on Director Joseph Kahn Defends Latest Taylor Swift Video Accused Of Racism
Annie Lennox' 'Diva' is a fantastic record. Get into it.
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August 28, 2015 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Hey, at the end of the day SG is still just Spin magazine. If you're going to buy some PR, they're what? the 2nd, or 3rd call you make.
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August 28, 2015 on Justin Bieber’s New Single “What Do You Mean” Is Really Great
What do you mean?
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August 28, 2015 on Justin Bieber’s New Single “What Do You Mean” Is Really Great
ah, here we go. http://www.jambase.com/Articles/126031/Dead-and-Company-Mayer-Chimenti-Burbridge-and-Core-Three
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August 5, 2015 on John Mayer Joining The Grateful Dead For Dead & Company Tour
Link? To current confirmation.
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August 5, 2015 on John Mayer Joining The Grateful Dead For Dead & Company Tour
Even if there were a magical festival with an amazing lineup at the perfect time of year with perfect weather, lots of space, and free beer, I'm STILL not going to bother trying to see Grizzly Bear and Phantogram hop around on a stage a half-mile away with lights flaccidly blinking in the sun and the amps cranked up to "can you hear this a half-mile away?" Environmental issues aside, it's still the most-expensive-yet-least-audio-visual way to see a band. At 40 you're gonna find me in the questionably legal "art space" watching 4 bands play for beer and gas money, but never in the fenced-in city park music zoo.
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August 3, 2015 on Generation X Ages Out Of Lollapalooza
No doubt.
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August 3, 2015 on Gwen Stefani And Gavin Rossdale Are Getting Divorced
Yes, Chelsea Light Moving, pictured above with all members preserving their low-profile by hiding their identities behind surgeon's masks.
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August 3, 2015 on Thurston Moore Broke Up Chelsea Light Moving Because Crazy Sonic Youth Fans Wouldn’t Stop Bothering Him In Small Venues
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