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Brand New – “I Am A Nightmare”

Oh shit! A few hours ago we were getting teased with a snippet of new music from the awesome (and absent-too-long) Long Island post-emo quartet…
Michael Nelson | May 17, 2016 - 2:17 pm
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RLYR – “Reconductor”

The borders dividing metal, post-rock, noise, screamo, and/or shoegaze have grown almost imperceptible over the last few years, having reached a point now where any
Michael Nelson | May 17, 2016 - 2:00 pm

Astronoid – “Up And Atom”

The Boston-based shoegaze-metal quintet Astronoid will release their debut LP, Air, in June. Stereogum premiered the title track last month, and in that post, I…
Michael Nelson | May 17, 2016 - 10:55 am
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Morrissey Laments Label Indifference To The Queen Is Dead’s 30th Anniversary

In 2013, the NME named the Smiths' The Queen Is Dead "the greatest album of all time." I stopped falling for the NME's beast-feeding hyperbole…
Michael Nelson | May 13, 2016 - 5:56 pm
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Agalloch Break Up

Well this is some horrible news. Portland, OR-based Agalloch are one of the best metal bands of the 21st century, but I guess as of…
Michael Nelson | May 13, 2016 - 3:48 pm
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Comments from michael

Well I'm not gonna argue with thoughtful analysis from a serious fan. All I'll say is, I feel like some of the things you perceive as weaknesses are, to my ears, strengths. I actually think the "simpler" approach and "repetitive" sections serve the music really well, but I also felt like the first two albums were compositionally scattered and dense, like they wanted to work in every trick they could -- often very abruptly and only once, as if to maximize some sort of "WTF HOLY SHIT!" reaction in the listener -- which made for a pretty exhilarating experience, but sometimes at the expense of truly memorable or immersive songs. And for me, this album just feels more like the band is working to do something bigger and more permanent, and they're hitting a better balance of wild acrobatics and really solid, engaging song structures. But I'm not saying you're wrong or that you should come around to my way of thinking, just trying to give you an idea of where I'm coming from. In any case, I really appreciate you following up -- I hope the album grows on you, and if it does, lemme know!
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May 18, 2016 on On Everybody Wants Some!!, Metal’s Genre Problem, & Kvelertak’s Amazing New Album
Ah shoot, you are correct. I amended the text above to reflect this. Thanks for the heads up!
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May 17, 2016 on Party Off, Garth: The Short Life And Long Death Of Chris Gaines
Yeah Queen isn't always my favorite Smiths album but "There Is A Light" is my favorite song by anybody ever.
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May 13, 2016 on Morrissey Laments Label Indifference To The Queen Is Dead’s 30th Anniversary
It was supposed to arrive by Easter so that His fans could effectively scandalize our family members/pious neighbors, but in classic Morrissey fashion, it was like a month late. I had forgotten I even ordered it, and maybe a week or two after Easter, I remembered outta nowhere. I just assumed He'd pocketed my money and never got around to printing the shirts, and I was like, I'm not gonna bug the guy for a refund, it's fucking MORRISSEY. I should probably be tithing him like a hundred bucks a month on principle. Anyway, long story short, the shirt arrived and it's beautiful and as my wife said to me, "There's always Christmas."
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May 13, 2016 on Morrissey Laments Label Indifference To The Queen Is Dead’s 30th Anniversary
Sorry, I misspoke here - I clarified with Nielsen, and the bundled album counts as a SINGLE SALE not two sales. However, a purchase of 10 individual tracks ALSO counts as an album sale, just as 1,500 on-demand track streams also counts as an album sale. (Again this is Nielsen's methodology, which is distinct from the RIAA's in that Nielsen doesn't count YouTube streams toward its sales chart.) I sincerely apologize for the error!
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May 6, 2016 on Drake “Sold” 1.2M Copies Of Views Only Thanks To Old “Hotline Bling” Streams
It's ludicrously complicated, but technically no, because hard-copy sales will only count once, and retail will be single-album price. But yeah it functions similarly to the way double albums did in the pre-Internet era, in that you buy one copy of Melon Collie and it counts as two albums sold. And because they've bundled it like this, every person who buys the album (at $13.99 I believe) will technically have bought two copies of the album (for the price of one!) for accounting purposes.
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May 5, 2016 on Drake “Sold” 1.2M Copies Of Views Only Thanks To Old “Hotline Bling” Streams
The only way Drake ACTUALLY sold 600,000 copies of Views in one day on iTunes is if Apple paid for at least half of those and gave them away à la Samsung and ANTI. Look at this (via MBW)
[T]rusted market monitor BuzzAngle ... estimates that Views sold 582,289 album equivalents on Friday. 574,604 sales within this number were ‘pure’ album downloads on iTunes, while an additional 48,188 song sales and 4.3m streams have been factored in. (BuzzAngle uses a formula of 1,500 streams – or ten track purchases – to one album equivalent.)
OK so here's the thing: Views is a 20-track album, so if you want to get a clear picture of demand, that 574,604 can be split in half -- meaning Views ACTUALLY sold 287,302 copies on iTunes its first day. Drake/Republic made the wise call of bundling Views as a solid package, so you can't download individual tracks (beyond the singles). Everyone HAS TO buy all 20 songs. Every person who bought Views accounted for two "album equivalent" sales of Views. Like you said, he's still selling a ton of albums -- 287k in one day is no joke! All I'm saying is, the numbers they're feeding you are bullshit.
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May 5, 2016 on Drake “Sold” 1.2M Copies Of Views Only Thanks To Old “Hotline Bling” Streams
Nah, we just go for fun. I can't imagine having to sit there at a table hawking my shit while a few dozen one-time-only bands are playing 100 feet away on the other side of a tent. It seems like torture.
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April 30, 2016 on Stream Grave Miasma Endless Pilgrimage (Stereogum Premiere)
Yeah, when I saw that lineup announced, my first thought was, everyone involved in this thing is fucking crazy to have High On Fire playing before Abbath. Who the hell would voluntarily play after High On Fire? It's suicide.
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April 29, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – April 2016
Yep, the best and it's not even close.
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April 29, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – April 2016