Michael Bell

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Frankly I don't care about the secondary market. Scalpers have a right to sell the tickets they get, as much as that might suck at times. What I think is wrong is: 1. the broker owning the secondary outlet 2. the venue/artist/management reserving tickets specifically for the secondary market 3. using bots to buy tickets I do believe Congress could do something about 1-3.
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January 28, 2016 on NY Attorney General’s Report Confirms Online Ticketing Is Bullshit
Looks more like a Dirty Projectors cover amirite
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January 28, 2016 on Rihanna’s ANTI Is Out, And It’s Got A Tame Impala Cover
It's also an Erasure lyric from 20 years ago. I think it's a British thing.
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January 7, 2016 on Newly Formed Radiohead Company Suggests Album Out Soon
It shouldn't, I know, but it does. In a single move the band unravels some of its own ethics, and does so in a way that positions them alongside an irrelevant nostalgia act at the highest possible price for fans. It is the exact opposite of LCD's approach to their finale.
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January 5, 2016 on LCD Soundsystem Will Tour This Year
He's got a pretty manageable argument if he can prove they didn't correctly pay royalties based on the 5 people who streamed those songs.
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December 29, 2015 on David Lowery Sues Spotify For $150 Million
Interestingly a lot of those cd-heyday releases are super rare/valuable on vinyl. DMB for sure, oddly. But ok, I can play! I'll take vinyl issues of: Lemonheads 'Come on Feel' Live 'Throwing Copper' Alice in Chains 'Dirt' Annie Lennox 'Diva' House of Pain 'Shamrocks and Shenanigans'
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December 23, 2015 on Columbia House To Relaunch With Vinyl
THIS IS SLANDER!! Left unchecked, people might get the idea that Billy Corgan can be a difficult egomaniac.
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December 6, 2015 on Bradford Cox Recounts Backstage Fight With Billy Corgan Over A Water Bottle
I like it ok, not as much as I'd hoped to. I don't really feel a need to compare it to Visions, it's different, that's all. As a weird record, it's not all that weird. As a pop record, it's not really that distinct of a pop record. There are times when I think her vocals let the songs down, like they'd be better in the hands of a true singer. The whole thing comes across like an advertisement for Grimes as a producer/songwriter for other acts, but not very compelling for her as an individual artist.
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November 7, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Grimes Art Angels
He has all these songs but isn't going to record/release them yet because he's an artist with label and marketing strategies to consider, just like every other mainstream artist. In what universe is FJM an outsider artist? Is it simply because he hasn't sold 6 million records? It's not like anybody's confusing him with Jandek. I'm fairly certain this guy is a major draw at all the big buck ACL/Lollapalooza/Coachella fests. I think he tried to take the piss out of the TS/RA moment because in part he was passing judgement on an artist simply based on his presuppositions.
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November 1, 2015 on Father John Misty Has Some Thoughts About Pop Music
As an occasional fan of both of these acts I find this collab to be as sadly predictable and artistically banal. I'm not saying they've gotta be at the vanguard of expression, but both of them have made naked videos and ridden that 'NSFW' tag into the ground. I just assume they're gonna be naked in a video, not remotely surprised by it. But I guess this will help drive their SEO until the next Record Store Day $50 LP.
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October 13, 2015 on Miley Cyrus & The Flaming Lips Announce Show Where They’re Naked And The Audience Is Naked And Everyone Gets Sprayed With Milk
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
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
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
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