Michael Bell
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Paid-tier Rdio is full on access and usability. $10/mo gets you queued albums, playlists, stations, the ability to choose your stream quality, and offline mobile listening – which is a proprietary download that lives on your device. It’s amazing. And it has Taylor Swift.

 +1Posted on Nov 18th | re: Ride Announce Reunion Tour (7 comments)

Going Blank Again > Nowhere > Carnival of Light > Tarantula

 -4Posted on Nov 6th | re: Taylor Swift Discusses Spotify Stance, Swiftamine Sketch (70 comments)

“Swift’s interview with Yahoo is interesting because it’s more centered around business — around the idea of selling her album — than with the artistic decisions she made. And she talks about those financial decisions, if anything, with more verve and authority than she brings to actual music conversations.”

This is incredibly condescending. If Stereogum doesn’t find TS’s artistic verve or authority very compelling, then don’t write about her. Selling a huge record in 2014 is tricky stuff, and she clearly understands her position. It seems the author wants his Taylor Swift to be cute and peppy, not intelligent and savvy. Because she can communicate her business position, it seems necessary to knock her down a few pegs artistically. She can’t be both now can she?

 +16Posted on Oct 28th | re: Owen Pallett, Amanda Palmer Weigh In On Jian Ghomeshi Scandal (54 comments)

Owen Pallett’s comments are perplexing to me. He seems to want to keep the allegations on even keel, but clearly considers this guy a woman-beater outside the context of whatever roles they were allegedly playing “because they said so.” He adds a blanket statement about the rules of BDSM lifestyle (which OP assumes were broken) as if they were universally crystalized. I appreciate OP’s attempt to retain the possibility that his friend has some hidden terrible tendencies, but his statement seems to be a pendulum swing that goes way past objectivity, and unnecessarily so. Was he implicated in this at all? Or just a Canadian musician?

 0Posted on Oct 10th | re: Grizzly Bear Are Not Rich (180 comments)

And let’s face it, it’s not like Grizzly Bear are touring monsters. I live in a US city with a million-plus population, and GB have played here one time in the Yellow House/Vecketimest/Shields cycle. I understand the problem and sympathize with the musicians, but they’re not doing themselves any favors when I see those 12 stop tour itineraries.

Why is nobody talking about Beat Street Frank Zappa up there?

 +5Posted on Oct 10th | re: Of Course Don Henley Is Suing Over This Punny Shirt Ad (8 comments)

I’ll stop selling my famous Eagles Burger and Freys when hell freezes over.

Don’t cry dude, we can always hit the RATM-themed food truck Zack de la Roach Coach. They’re GRILLING IN THE NAME OF.

That hasn’t been my experience at all. They usually have the local indie shops beat by $2-$4.

 +9Posted on Sep 29th | re: Mark Kozelek's Still Poking Fun At The War On Drugs (9 comments)

“I’m super concerned about my sound fidelity, and so I play festivals and release music on mp3.”