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Spotify Hater Thom Yorke Is Streaming His Albums On Apple Music

In July 2013, Thom Yorke pulled his solo album The Eraser and the Atoms For Peace album AMOK off the streaming services Spotify, Rdio, and Deezer. Discussing the decision, Yorke’s producer/collaborator Nigel Godrich said in a statement:… More »

By: Michael Nelson / June 30, 2015 - 6:00 pm

Myrkur – “Onde Børn” Video

I wrote a little bit about Myrkur’s upcoming full-length debut, M, at the beginning of this month, when we heard its lead single, “Hævnen.” At that point, I hadn’t heard the whole album, but I was excited about it, based on a bunch of factors, not least of those being the involvement of producer Kristoffer… More »

By: Michael Nelson / June 29, 2015 - 12:06 pm

Billy Corgan Forecasts A Bleak Future For Streaming Music

Billy Corgan went on CNBC earlier this week to talk about the state of the music business, particularly regarding Taylor Swift’s open letter to Apple, and more importantly, Apple’s swift response to that letter. Said Corgan: “Once artists understand the power they have in this marketplace, all heck’s going to break loose … We’re not… More »

By: Michael Nelson / June 24, 2015 - 4:54 pm

Baroness Are Recording With Dave Fridmann

Georgia sludge-prog giants Baroness were high on our list of 2015’s most-anticipated albums, but there was a real chance 2015 wouldn’t bring a new Baroness album. After their horrible bus accident in 2012, half the band handed in their resignations, and leader John Baizley was severely physically mangled. As he wrote of his memory of… More »

By: Michael Nelson / June 10, 2015 - 7:07 pm

Stream KEN Mode Success (Stereogum Premiere)

The title of KEN Mode’s upcoming album, Success, feels at least a little sarcastic. Even to the extent a discordant, abrasive noise/hardcore/metal band can achieve “success,” it’s of a tenuous sort. But in many ways, KEN Mode are the model of that success: The band’s two constant members — brothers Jesse and Shane Matthewson (vocals/guitar… More »

By: Michael Nelson / June 9, 2015 - 10:31 am

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These dudes didn't like it as much as I did, hence its lack of inclusion here, but I am pretty into that new Gorgoroth record. It's not going to change the world but it rips really hard, it works a ton of hooks into the chaos, and it sounds pretty raw for a band this deep into their career without being full-on necro. Worth seeking out IMO.
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June 30, 2015 on The Black Market – The Month In Metal: June 2015
I'm just kidding. I'm a huge Craig Finn fan and IMO giving him any sum of money is never a waste!
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June 27, 2015 on Check Out Craig Finn & Marnie Stern In Seamless Subway Ads
I was just saying "wtf?" because they don't identify him at all, and he's the most normal looking guy, so I'm guessing that like 100% of people who see that ad don't even clock it. I mean, I did, but there can't be more than, like, 200 working music bloggers who live in this particular neighborhood. And because I'm an anti-social shut-in, I've been using Seamless since it launched! They are wasting their money with this one.
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June 27, 2015 on Check Out Craig Finn & Marnie Stern In Seamless Subway Ads
Full disclosure: As part of the agreement with CRJ marketing, we had to put that comment at #1 this week. Funny comment tho.
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June 26, 2015 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
"Maximum Mart'n'roll"
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June 26, 2015 on The Week In Pop: Instead Of Going Big, Kacey Musgraves Goes Home
"Stress Cab For Courtney" I dunno just spitballing here.
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June 25, 2015 on Courtney Love Attacked By French Uber Protesters
Close! It's actually Carly Rae DeVille. That was stipulated in the contract. Pretty name tho.
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June 25, 2015 on The Week In Pop: Instead Of Going Big, Kacey Musgraves Goes Home
I actually can't figure out what he means by that. A streaming service "that features new music only from the artists of each generation"? Like ... what is that? Only new music? Or new music and catalog stuff only from a single generation of musicians? Would those records be exclusive to that service? How would that work? How many of those musicians own their masters? (How many are still alive?) Why would they choose to move their music behind that wall when they could be on EVERY other service? Who would actually pay for that service? Assuming he could work out the licenses (which is a total non-starter), this seems like a great way to isolate older artists from all contemporary relevance (and revenue streams), not least because a lot of people who are really into '60s and '70s music still own and play CDs, or listen to the '60s and '70s stations on terrestrial/satellite/Pandora, or maybe they don't want to feel like they're so goddamn old and hopeless that somebody made a special app just for them. "It's the '60s and '70s app, Mom! It's not all confusing like Spotify, it's just the stuff you liked when you were a kid, don't worry. It even has bigger buttons so you won't press the wrong one and get all flustered!" I mean, maybe that's not his vision though.
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June 24, 2015 on Billy Corgan Forecasts A Bleak Future For Streaming Music
Mastodon haven’t released a record on Relapse since 2004! (I don’t totally disagree with you, though, on Relapse’s and/or Mastodon’s respective diversifications.)
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June 24, 2015 on Mastodon’s Brent Hinds Really Hates Heavy Metal, Interviews
I dunno, you gotta consider the source here. Why wouldn't Beggars include that detail in their open letter if it were an actual stipulation? If it were true I would say it borders on extortion. Having said that, Apple did claim at the announcement that subscribers would be allowed to stream everything in the iTunes Store; therefore, if labels chose not to opt in to Apple Music, I guess Apple could just say they have no choice but to at least suspend those artists from selling their music via iTunes. Still probably tantamount to extortion considering iTunes' market share, but that would probably be their justification for such a decision.
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June 18, 2015 on Beggars Group Shares Apple Music Concerns In Open Letter