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Jeremih – “Planes (Remix Feat. Chance The Rapper)”

Chance The Rapper has shared a remix of Jeremih's "Planes" that he made with his band the Social Experiment, which incorporates the heavily jazz-inspired vibes of their other songs. The track, which originally featured J. Cole, has a new verse from Chance that borrows some elements from Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory's "I've Got… More »

By: James Rettig / 3:54 pm

Record Store Day’s Best Seller Was A Cassette

Cassette tapes never went away. Sure, their function has changed in the almost four decades since the introduction of the Walkman, but tape culture is alive and well. They're a cheap way for young bands and labels to put out a physical release and, with vinyl production so prohibitively expensive and time-consuming nowadays, it's becoming… More »

By: James Rettig / April 23, 2015 - 11:32 am

Ronnie Stone & The Lonely Riders – “<3 Race. Cold Sweat. Nu Dance. Do It.”

I saw my first Ronnie Stone show a few weeks ago. That shouldn't come across as some momentous announcement, considering they've only played two or three shows so far, but it felt like a big deal, made all the more special by the group's unwavering commitment to form. The stage was filled with smoke and… More »

By: James Rettig / April 23, 2015 - 10:49 am

Temple – “Like Nothing In This Life” (Stereogum Premiere)

The sounds of emo and post-hardcore haven't really changed that much in the last twenty years. That may read like a put-down, but it's not -- it's given a lot of young artists who grew up on this kind of music the chance to dig into the formula and boil it down to its most… More »

By: James Rettig / April 23, 2015 - 10:41 am

Beyoncé And Jay Z Album Coming To Tidal, Says DJ Skee

Tidal arrived on the scene as a lost cause, and it doesn't look like it's getting any better. They've failed to gain traction with users, and have resorted to gimmicky marketing tactics to hold onto the ones they have. The only thing that Tidal really has going for it is the promise of exclusives from… More »

By: James Rettig / April 23, 2015 - 8:54 am

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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
I rode for it, just didn't end up on the list. Speaking of Chromatics, did anyone else snag those free posters that Johnny Jewel was giving away a few months ago? I finally got a chance to hang them up in my room and they are cool as hell.
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April 10, 2015 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
I had a little aside in there that got taken out mentioning that maybe it could still be, but I feel like it lost a lot of momentum - if the video and SNL performance didn't push it over, I'm not sure what will. It'll be MY song of the summer though :)
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April 10, 2015 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
I'll play along: 1. Limousine 2. Soco Amaretto Lime 3. Tommy Gun 4. Archers 5. Fork And Knife Also I didn't mention this in the post because it's all wild speculation, but the new lyric booklets apparently hint at some kind of official release for all of the Devil And God demos.
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April 9, 2015 on Watch Brand New Debut Their First New Song In Six Years