Mark Bucci

Comments from Mark Bucci

Heads up, Jenn Wasner apparently did a Flock Of Dimes set at Baltimore Airport's baggage claim last month, and you can hear a few of the new tunes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KSHq34wsXo here and the rest of the channel. There's a few other new tunes from the past 6 years floating around YouTube. Warning: it all REALLY rules.
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March 21, 2016 on Q&A: Wye Oak On Moving Apart And Moving Forward
I get a really unnerving feeling every year. It seems like chaotic incidents seem to increase in in severity and frequency every SXSW. The growing popularity of Austin and the festival combined with its loose structure (free for all throughout the city at multiple venues as opposed to contained within a festival ground etc) has potential for things to get really really bad if the trend continues.
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March 20, 2016 on SXSW 2016 Ends With Gunshots On 6th Street
You're focusing on the wrong part of the comment. That was an aside to illustrate among the other points how solitary band sometimes difficult being a POP ETC fan right after the change was. More of a "I fear they may have all been right all along." Forgetting everyone else and liking it just because you like it was pretty much the whole reason for POP ETC's sound shift and required the same from anyone that was going to like it.
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February 4, 2016 on Stream POP ETC Souvenir (Stereogum Premiere)
I really, really, really loved their debut LP, and even went to their premiere show as POP ETC at a word-of-mouth only RSVP event. I hunted that shit down I loved them so much. I have an autographed LP on my shelf. But I really can't get behind this album. I am feeling the weight of everyone telling me how foolish I am for rooting for the POP ETC change beginning to bear down on my shoulders. I'm really happy that they're creating what they truly want to now, but I really don't think this is good.
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January 28, 2016 on Stream POP ETC Souvenir (Stereogum Premiere)
Me too. I was thinking all night "This is a really smooth jam set" (because of his new live arrangements, and then boom. No smoother way to end a set.
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November 1, 2015 on Watch Sufjan Stevens Cover “Hotline Bling”
I imagine that last step would be absolutely fantastic in egg salad as well.
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October 27, 2015 on In Case It Wasn’t Clear, Joanna Newsom Really Hates Bananas
I agree, it is the nature of our consumption of the media, at least in the days since Napster. It's all very tricky and I think both artists and services are still trying to figure it out. I too am a Spotify user (paid subscription) because it honestly feels like a great solution to the modern demands of music. From the information that Spotify has released, it does look like the pay outs for paid subscriptions are fair. It gets tied up in major label contracts and stuff like that, but that's always been a problem. I'm an independent artist on Spotify and the money I've received is comparable to iTunes and I've been paid for every stream. Not much, but it's there. Though, I think their pay outs for free users was much lower. It's been a while since I read about it so I could be wrong, this conversation makes me want to double check. But I seem to remember something about free streams being paid as if they were a radio listen, which is much lower than if somebody were to purchase the music (which is closer to what paid subscription revenue is). The problem with this is that there is an enormous number of users that just download the free program and app and work around its limitations to listen to the songs and artists they want to on demand, as they would if they had purchased the record or paid for Spotify. I think that's the real problem with the service and the issue that these artists that are against Spotify have with it, and it gets mixed up a bit with their feelings on major labels and streaming music in general. If it continues to be such a problem, I honestly wouldn't mind paying up to $20/mo for how often I use the service. I listen to all my music on there, all day everyday, and the streaming quality is fantastic. If getting rid of the free service and upping the subscription fee was better for all of the artists involved, I would definitely be on board for that as a user. Again though, a lot of that gets tied in with artists' individual contracts with their labels which can sometimes be kind of a raw deal for them. But that's not all artists, some artists have totally fair deals with their labels. It's a pretty dense issue for everyone involved.
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October 16, 2015 on Joanna Newsom Says Spotify Is Evil, Garbage
I think the point she's trying to make though (to be clear I don't fully agree with her either), is that the free service is not being provided to bring music to people who can't afford it and otherwise would not be able to experience it. It's that Spotify is collecting revenue from the ads (and subscriptions, but this is a different bullet point that gets mixed up in her statement a bit) to fill their own pockets and pay their own bills as opposed to fairly distribute it to the artists who are, by nature of the service, bringing in that revenue. Effectively extorting the artists and taking advantage of the fact that streaming music is quickly becoming the new norm and artists are going to have to adapt if they want to survive. It's a complicated issue because she is a successful musician with probably a lot of money, married to a successful actor with for sure a lot of money, so it sometimes comes out as "why do you get to tell me how to listen to your music? It's not like you need the money, I do." The problem with this is incidentally you're saying "I have more of a right to my money than she does to hers because I have less of it." Isn't Joanna deserving of all of the income that should be rightfully hers for being a successful musician? Do we get a free pass for ripping people off because we are part of the struggling middle-class? If she was getting low-balled from every direction of the music industry like artists do with Spotify, she wouldn't make the money to continue producing beautiful music for us. Like I said, it's a complicated issue and I don't necessarily disagree with you. The whole thing is kind of telling of the country's current economic and social state.
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October 16, 2015 on Joanna Newsom Says Spotify Is Evil, Garbage
That's not really true. Most music sessions in the studio are made at 16 bit for this exact reason. 24 and 32 are usually saved for sound design stuff and big movie sessions.
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November 15, 2013 on Neil Young’s Pono Audio To Launch Next Year
They were definitely listening to War Pigs a bunch when they wrote the chorus for Arabella.
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September 3, 2013 on Stream Arctic Monkeys AM
Is it just me or do "Do I Wanna Know" and "R U Mine" sound nearly identical? I can't imagine these two will be very exciting right next together at the beginning of the album.
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June 24, 2013 on Arctic Monkeys AM Details
Yeah, she has performed with them before and is credited on their album for vocals, though I'm not sure for which song.
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June 5, 2013 on Watch Divine Fits Play Conan
V.A.L.I.S. !!!
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August 14, 2012 on Stream Bloc Party Four
http://i1.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/001/122/xzibit-happy.jpg
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July 31, 2012 on The Best Tracks From This Month’s Mixtapes: July 2012
what in the world is this melody in the chorus of "On My Way" reminding me of? It feels like a Disney song.
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July 16, 2012 on Stream Passion Pit Gossamer
Although I was never the biggest fan, actually disliked most I heard by them, I wish I hadn't turned down the opportunity to go see them. I'm sure his solo stuff will be great.
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July 2, 2012 on Christopher Owens Quits Girls
I now realize I misread all of that post.
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June 18, 2012 on WATERS – “If Only” (Stereogum Premiere)
This is going to be his second record. His debut was Out In The Light in 2011
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June 18, 2012 on WATERS – “If Only” (Stereogum Premiere)
The full single came out yesterday.
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May 16, 2012 on POP ETC – “Keep It For Your Own”
Man: "I can assure you that the gun I'm going to get if your crew doesn't get off my land does indeed have a trigger."
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May 16, 2012 on Caption Contest: Dirty Projectors Swing Lo Magellan Cover
David: "We're shooting photos for our new album. Album, like for a band... you know, with like guitars and stuff?" Man: "....Get off my property."
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May 16, 2012 on Caption Contest: Dirty Projectors Swing Lo Magellan Cover
This is also the best live mix i've ever heard of all of the horns in his band
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May 7, 2012 on Watch Bon Iver Perform “Michicant,” “Towers” At Jazz Fest 2012
good to see he's growing the beard back. that was a bold move, but he looks way more comfortable with it.
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May 7, 2012 on Watch Bon Iver Perform “Michicant,” “Towers” At Jazz Fest 2012
Bloc Party!
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March 21, 2012 on Osheaga 2012 Lineup
He has indeed been Seger the whole time. I don't think at any point The Black Keys ever wanted to be The White Stripes.
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December 7, 2011 on Album Of The Week: The Black Keys El Camino
10AM Automatic. It's unique in the sea of similarly-riffed Black Keys songs. (not a bad thing)
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November 29, 2011 on Win A Black Keys Prize Package: Epiphone Special II Guitar, Tix To 12/5 NYC Show & Signed El Camino Vinyl
Johnny Greenwood of Radiohead needs to be up there for sure.
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November 24, 2011 on Rolling Stone’s 10 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time