Michael Bell

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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
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”
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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