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Spotify: Apple Rejected Our iOS Update To Drive iPhone Owners To Apple Music

Do you guys like to live in a state of constant paralyzed technophobic horror? You should read Dave Eggers' 2013 novel, The Circle, or this
Michael Nelson | June 30, 2016 - 5:58 pm

Noel Gallagher Steps Into Brexit Debate: “I Like The Fact That It Sounds Like A Cereal”

You guys been following this Brexit stuff? I have. I don't know if I should find it reassuring or terrifying that the UK has a…
Michael Nelson | June 22, 2016 - 6:34 pm

Harakiri For The Sky – “Funeral Dreams”

I don't know if it's intentional or not, but the cover art accompanying Harakiri For The Sky's upcoming III: Trauma bears more than a slight
Michael Nelson | June 20, 2016 - 1:55 pm

Kanye West Announces Saint Pablo Tour

Kanye West has been promising a fall 2016 tour in support of The Life Of Pablo for months now, and today, he makes good on…
Michael Nelson | June 14, 2016 - 8:35 am

Numenorean – “Thirst” (Stereogum Premiere)

Calgary's Numenorean self-categorize as "post-black metal," a term that is often used interchangeably with "atmospheric black metal." Popular bands that play this style of music…
Michael Nelson | June 9, 2016 - 10:00 am

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All Tom's PE's are sublime, but this one was written by Chris (and I agree it too is sublime).
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July 1, 2016 on Premature Evaluation: The Avalanches Wildflower
Also, fwiw, they're the least "hipster"-ish people in the world to an almost comical degree (based on the interview I did with them, anyway). They worship Devin Townsend; the two founders have sound engineering degrees; and the band name was born when they were playing some sci-fi video game for hours on end the day it came out, and one of the dudes said "asteroid" wrong, which they both thought was funny. But I get what Doug's saying, and I doubt anyone who seriously uses the term "hipster metal" (or "hipster" for that matter) really cares to examine that kinda stuff anyway.
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June 30, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – June 2016
Well I was talking about Britain specifically, and the British faction that would like to see its country become less European by way of leaving the European Union. But yes, Trump's "policies" mirror those of France's longstanding National Front party, among others. Point taken about America's fascist nutjobs and their countless acts of murderous violence dating back to...I mean, I'd like to start the clock with John Wilkes Booth, but we both know it predates him by almost a full century. I stand corrected. In any case, I didn't intend to start a conversation about politics on a blog about music, and for that I apologize. As long as we can all agree that the Brexit debate was at least in part motivated by a segment of the British public feeling chastened after hearing Jonathan Groff as King George singing "You'll Be Back" while being clowned by Lin-Manuel Miranda's heroic Hamilton, then we've reached a meaningful understanding while also staying on-topic. Thanks guys!
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June 23, 2016 on Noel Gallagher Steps Into Brexit Debate: “I Like The Fact That It Sounds Like A Cereal”
Nah I was being, how you say, cheeky? I think the sentiments powering both the Leave initiative and the Trump "campaign" are identical, and both pander to nationalist ideologies. Feel free to strike the last sentence from my reply; I do not mean to suggest that Leavers endorse the assassination of Remain-backing pols. If that's the only claim in my comment with which you take issue, then we, in fact, agree. The reason Noel is telling politicians to "do their job" and ignore the emotionally charged views of the public at large is because he knows that THEY know leaving is a terrible idea with terrible consequences, but they're punting because they're backlash-averse cowards. "Hey you guys wanted this, we were just doing what you guys wanted us to do..."
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June 23, 2016 on Noel Gallagher Steps Into Brexit Debate: “I Like The Fact That It Sounds Like A Cereal”
I guess I called it that because it's jingoistic populist exceptionalism promising economic vitality by localizing industry, creating borders, and eliminating immigration. It masks fear and xenophobia as "pride." And if it wins the vote, it will almost certainly be catastrophic for the country and the world. But no American politicians have been killed by zealots for opposing Trump, so it is different in that respect...
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June 22, 2016 on Noel Gallagher Steps Into Brexit Debate: “I Like The Fact That It Sounds Like A Cereal”
Nah, not at all, he's saying it's really easy for copyright holders to keep their content off YouTube, but they choose to keep it ON YouTube. I think this excerpt covers the salient points:
If you don’t want your song on YouTube, upload it into the ContentID database and issue a blanket takedown for all videos using that song. Boom. Done. And yet, this is done only very rarely. Every record label has their own policy for what they will do, and many individual artists have their policies as well, but very few do blanket takedowns of their property.
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June 15, 2016 on Trent Reznor: YouTube Was “Built On The Backs Of Free, Stolen Content”
Yeah this is exactly right. All these music-industry criticisms of YouTube are just trying to win favor in the court of public opinion and I've read a bunch that seem willfully disingenuous. Hank Green recently wrote a fantastic essay about this in the form of an open letter to Irving Azoff. http://www.recode.net/2016/5/10/11645760/youtube-hank-green-response-irving-azoff-artist-rights
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June 15, 2016 on Trent Reznor: YouTube Was “Built On The Backs Of Free, Stolen Content”
I'd be pretty surprised if Tidal had a really big pre-sale block, which is exacerbated by the fact that a high percentage of Tidal's subscriber base is gonna want tix to these shows, so I can definitely envision Thursday morning being pretty fraught and resulting in a lotta anger, frustration, and heartache...but still better than waiting till Saturday. I might do it.
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June 14, 2016 on Kanye West Announces Saint Pablo Tour
He's probably got the weakest verse on "Monster," but everybody looks bad next to Nicki Minaj on that one. However, his nadir is "Drunk In Love," no question.
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June 8, 2016 on Jay Z Would Like To Remind You That He Can Rap
Not sure if serious, but if serious: that's a watermark, not a sample. It's not actually part of the song.
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June 3, 2016 on Kanye West – “Champions” (Feat. Travis Scott, Desiigner, Big Sean, Gucci Mane, Quavo, 2 Chainz, & Yo Gotti)