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Listen To Noel Gallagher On Pete Holmes’ You Made It Weird Podcast

Noel Gallagher was the latest guest on Pete Holmes’ You Make It Weird podcast. Holmes is known for avoiding the usual interview questions and going a little deeper, and Gallagher is known for making some bold declarations, so it should prove to be an entertaining listen. A brief scan through reveals Gallagher jokingly comparing himself… More »

By: James Rettig / May 29, 2015 - 6:58 pm

Le Knight Club – “The Fight”

Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, one-half of Daft Punk, is also one-half of another duo, Le Knight Club, which he started with his Crydamoure label co-founder Éric Chedeville back in the late ’90s. They haven’t put out any new music since 2002, but they recently wrote some music for the Mike Tyson-featuring Algerian film Gates Of TheMore »

By: James Rettig / May 29, 2015 - 6:28 pm

Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment’s Surf Is Out Now

Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment’s long-awaited Surf mixtape has finally arrived. It, of course, features contributions from Chance The Rapper and the rest of his band, the Social Experiment, and contains previously released single “Sunday Candy,” though the rest of the tracks are brand new. A look at the credits shows that it contai… More »

By: James Rettig / May 28, 2015 - 11:58 pm

Watch Tame Impala Puppets Play “‘Cause I’m A Man”

“”Cause I’m A Man” already got one weird music video, and now here’s another one. Technically, it’s being billed as the “official live video” but, unless all the members of Tame Impala magically changed into puppets overnight (maybe!), it basically acts as a second go at a music video. And yeah, you read that right:… More »

By: James Rettig / May 28, 2015 - 6:25 pm

Dan Svizeny – “Dreams Came True” (Stereogum Premiere)

“Dreams Come True” is a weird title for a rock song to have. We expect our rock to stick to the well-trod path of regret and surliness — looking back on things fondly isn’t really done. It’s hard to make out all of Dan Svizeny’s words under the fuzz, but the track certainly sounds hope. More »

By: James Rettig / May 28, 2015 - 12:27 pm

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Yeah, clarified above that I meant on-demand free streaming. And I doubt YouTube music is going anywhere, but a lot of those streams (ie lyric videos, etc) are in murky legal territory anyway.
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May 5, 2015 on Department Of Justice, FTC Investigating Apple For Pressuring Labels To End Free Streaming
"You Won't Know" was a hard one to leave off, but once I started thinking about it as a narrative/emotional extension of "Limousine," I felt a little better.
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April 28, 2015 on The 10 Best Brand New Songs
Ok, yeah, you got me there. I was thinking more in terms of my experiences with bands/labels -- no one really seems to be doing CDs anymore, it's either tapes or vinyl for official releases.
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April 23, 2015 on Record Store Day’s Best Seller Was A Cassette
i looked moderately hard, but i wouldn't call this list exhaustive by any means. <:) that price is pretty wild though!
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April 20, 2015 on The 9 Most Expensive Record Store Day 2015 Flips On eBay
Yeah, this is also a very important aspect of all this that I didn't get into in my comment. Here's a decent article that goes into the music side of that line of thinking a little more, if you're interested.
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April 15, 2015 on Mitski – “Fireproof” (One Direction Cover)
I agree with most of what you're saying, so I can't really argue. I don't actually think Mumford & Sons are a "joke." It was an easy shot to take, maybe I regret it a little -- I've gotten down to a few M&S songs back in the day. Ultimately, if music moves someone in a certain way, whether it be pop or rock or EDM or whatever, then all the power to it and their fans. Obviously, my job as a ~critic~ is to make subjective decisions as to what I consider "good" or "bad," but I don't pretend to be the be all end all of opinion. But when writing about music, it's a lot stronger to be declarative about something than wishy-washy. If I attached an asterisk to every post saying "oh hey but whatever floats your boat," that would be weak as hell. I don't think the word aesthetic means anything -- a song is a song, a hook is a hook. There's no more skill in playing a guitar than there is in tinkering in a studio, and there's no difference between what One Direction do and what the Beatles did, in my eyes. Obviously, their creative processes are different and there are a lot more hands in making sure a 1D song comes across, but the end product ends up being just about the same. (And I think Four is a great album, and "Fireproof" a great song as it is.) It all comes down to what an individual listener prescribes meaning and gives weight to. I personally feel that most modern EDM is shit and all the producers who do it are lazy, and I can write about that (and find evidence to back that up) as such. But I recognize as a whole that maybe I'm wrong, because tell that to the thousands of people who are spilling out of Coachella tents for every DJ set while someone like Perfume Genius gets a middling crowd. We all take away what we can from music, and it's no one's right to say that something like The Hunger Games (to carry on your literary analogy) is not as important as Jane Eyre if it empowers or has an effect on people in the same way. tl;dr you do you
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April 15, 2015 on Mitski – “Fireproof” (One Direction Cover)
maybe i'm just reading too many of the comments :| Carly Rae PTSD
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April 15, 2015 on Mitski – “Fireproof” (One Direction Cover)
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April 13, 2015 on Watch Drake Recoil From Madonna’s Long Kiss At Coachella
I have! It's decent, but it basically just makes me want to listen to Chvrches. I like "Bitch" though, and that closing track is pretty great.
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April 11, 2015 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week