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Krallice – “Hate Power”

It's not easy to keep up with the stylistic changes made by Brooklyn-based avant-garde quartet Krallice, partly because their album releases don't temporally line up…
Michael Nelson | December 7, 2016 - 11:57 am

Metallica – “Atlas, Rise!”

In last month's Black Market, I went kinda long on "Moth Into Flame," the second single released off Metallica's upcoming Hardwired...To Self-Destruct. As I explained…
Michael Nelson | October 31, 2016 - 3:12 pm

Martyrdöd – “Harmagedon”

I remember seeing Martyrdöd at Maryland Deathfest 2015 -- this was my second time seeing them; I also caught them at the Acheron in Brooklyn…
Michael Nelson | October 28, 2016 - 4:41 pm

Spotify Reportedly In “Advanced Talks” To Buy SoundCloud

SoundCloud has had a rough go of its move toward monetization, but it's still the most important and influential service on the planet for unsigned…
Michael Nelson | September 28, 2016 - 5:32 pm

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No Wave: Is This The End Of Tidal? And If So … Then What?

On June 30, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple was in talks to acquire Tidal, the on-demand music-streaming service launched by Jay Z (and…
Michael Nelson | September 27, 2016 - 10:07 am

Metallica – “Moth Into Flame” Video

Look, I'm not gonna say anything about the new Metallica album, Hardwired...To Self-Destruct, till I actually hear it, because my feelings about Metallica are way…
Michael Nelson | September 26, 2016 - 11:09 am


Planes Mistaken For Stars – “Riot Season”

When Colorado-via-Illinois' Planes Mistaken For Stars released their debut album, 2001's Fuck With Fire, they appeared to be a better-than-average screamo band lost in a…
Michael Nelson | September 15, 2016 - 11:59 am


Oathbreaker – “Immortals”

The Belgian quartet Oathbreaker don't belong to any existing metal subgenre, and the self-ascribed subgenres listed on their Bandcamp don't do much to clarify what…
Michael Nelson | September 8, 2016 - 1:46 pm


Alcest – “Je Suis D’Ailleurs”

The French band Alcest have effectively been around for about a decade now -- their first EP, Le Secret, was released in 2005, and that…
Michael Nelson | August 31, 2016 - 10:48 am

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CMJ Sure Seems To Be Over. So How Come Nobody Is Talking About It?

The CMJ Music Marathon has been around longer than many of its participants have been alive. Like infinite waves of incoming NYU freshmen, the marathon…
Michael Nelson | August 29, 2016 - 12:30 pm

Universal Reportedly Bans Its Artists From Any More Streaming Exclusives

A couple weeks ago, Chance The Rapper's manager, Pat Corcoran, talked to Billboard about the Chicago rapper's decision to release his recent mixtape, Coloring Book,…
Michael Nelson | August 23, 2016 - 7:08 pm

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No Control: Thoughts On The End Of The Headphone Jack And The Future Of Digital Music

Do you know who Lyor Cohen is? This isn't a rhetorical question. I have no perspective here. If you work in the music business, he's…
Michael Nelson | August 12, 2016 - 11:29 am

The Smiths & PETA Launch Meat Is Murder Videogame

For many of us, the '80s were largely defined by the Smiths and 8-bit video games, but it's been quite rare to see those two…
Michael Nelson | August 10, 2016 - 10:51 am

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Skewed VIEWS: The Huge Truth About Drake’s Record-Breaking Chart Run

There's no point anymore in trying to keep up with the records broken and set by Drake's VIEWS because its legacy further swells every week.
Michael Nelson | August 5, 2016 - 12:03 pm

Alcest – “Oiseaux De Proie”

Look, under normal circumstances, new music from Alcest would be my cue to write a 5,000-word essay, but I'm crunched for time at this particular…
Michael Nelson | August 4, 2016 - 3:17 pm

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Yeah, they're easily one of the most ferocious live bands I've seen in the last five or so years (and I've seen 'em a bunch of times), and your description nails it. Absolute monsters.
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December 7, 2016 on Krallice – “Hate Power”
Ah man, it's really encouraging to hear that, and deeply appreciated by everyone here. Thank you!
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December 2, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – November 2016
Doug Moore: bringin' back Cosmo since 2011.
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December 1, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – November 2016
Yeah, Torche is actually a really great comparison. (They had a dB AOTY too not THAT long ago!) On the subject of Goes Cube: My little writeup above initially stated that "I've listened to 'Goes Cube Song 57' probably a thousand times in my life, and the thing still crushes." However, I meant to say "Song 30," not "Song 57." Nothing against "Song 57," but "Song 30" was/is my jam; I just got the generic song titles confused. I've amended the text and link above, but everyone should spin "Song 30" if they don't know it (and even if they do!). It's killer. Do it! [videoembed size="full_width" alignment="center"][/videoembed]
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December 1, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – November 2016
Man I was gonna mention Pete Steele in this thread but I feel like I somehow bring him up in every conversation so I held back. (To be fair, he wasn't historically averse to "slinging slurs" as well as baring his emotional nakedness, sometimes in the same song, sometimes in the same lyric, using the former to achieve the latter.)
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November 30, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – November 2016
Nah, I was supposed to go but I bailed at the last minute, in part because the town in which the event was held had been papered with KKK fliers a couple nights earlier and I'm not looking to get in a room with those scumbags. Not that I have any reason to believe people who turned out for that show are racist assholes -- in my experience, Carcass and Deafheaven fans have been pretty cool people, and I count a very small number of them among my closest friends -- but I woulda been out there looking for a fight, and that wouldn't have been much fun. http://pix11.com/2016/11/17/kkk-flyers-found-in-patchogue-overnight/ How was the crowd for the two headliners? I was curious to know if people turned out. I hope they did -- those bands are so great, and they deserve big crowds wherever they play.
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November 30, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – November 2016
You are way too fucking kind, thanks man. I actually decided not to write a review because the outline I had was literally broken up into chapters (not kidding) and I just got overwhelmed by it, especially because I keep finding new things to say and I want to sit with the album a little longer before publishing anything. I kinda think I might work it all into a gigantic end-of-year essay or something, so you may still get that write-up, but I don't wanna make any promises I can't keep. That said, you should listen to the album! It's got a few throwaways in the back half, but on the whole, I like it a lot, I think it's objectively really strong, and I absolutely endorse it.
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November 17, 2016 on Stream Metallica Hardwired… To Self-Destruct
The album he premiered at MSG ended with "Wolves," and also, he says on "30 Hours" (the first actual "song" among the "bonus tracks" after "Silver Surfer Intermission") something like, "These are the bonus tracks." I definitely consider them to be bonus tracks, personally.
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October 28, 2016 on Being There Turns 20
Already apologized to the rest of the Black Market crew for that unreasonably long Metallica blurb (essay?) but wanna apologize to you guys too. It's unreasonably long, and I know it, and I'm sorry.
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September 30, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – September 2016
I love Blood Fire Death but Hammerheart is The One IMO.
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September 6, 2016 on Rihanna Dressed Up Like A Giant Fur Heart And Fed Pigeons In NYC
Fenriz is the fucking king. Good stuff.
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August 31, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – August 2016
HAHAHAHA. I stand corrected! The description still fits (tho Ted's vox are not the same kind of "ugly" as Fenriz's). Tbh, now that you mention it, I actually might have been quoting Fenriz when I came up with that.
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August 31, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – August 2016
Hahaha, Fenriz is a total fucking legend, that's a great quote. Credit to Doug for coming up with that genre tag, btw, it's a perfect encapsulation of the music.
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August 31, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – August 2016
I'm beyond stoked for that Carcass/Deafheaven/Inter Arma show; they're playing in the sticks on Long Island, which is a real '80s metal move and I love it. Used to be that all the metal bands would hit the suburbs on their national tours and I think that was a big reason why I discovered metal as a kid. This whole tour is like secondary and tertiary markets and that's so rad -- you get way different crowds than you do in the city, it's just a whole other experience.
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August 31, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – August 2016
By "room-rattling urgency," I'm referring to the sound of the recording, not the "heaviness." It sounds really immediate and organic in ways that I think Neige increasingly moved away from after Le Secret, Souvenirs, and Amesoeurs. And the "unsettling shadows" ... man I dunno, I think of Souvenirs as being a warm, beautiful record with a real dark, ominous quality, and the disparity between those two tones is partly what I find so magical about it, and I think that got flattened out a little bit on Ecailles and Voyages, and flattened out entirely on Shelter.
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August 31, 2016 on Alcest – “Je Suis D’Ailleurs”
Yeah, I dunno, I moved out of Astoria like three years ago so I'm not gonna pretend to be Mr. Queens, but I saw good bands in cool spaces when I lived there, and I definitely think LIC, Ridgewood, and Astoria are pretty central to the culture right now. Plus you gotta remember that CMJ shows aren't always hosted at places like Bowery Ballroom, but like Cake Shop or Brownies (RIP) or whatever. Places like that -- little bars with performance spaces -- absolutely do exist in Queens, and if you were hosting an honest small-room music festival spanning NYC, you'd want to include them ESPECIALLY because the scene in Manhattan is so wack today. Also in fairness St. Vitus is way closer to LIC than South Williamsburg, and Shea Stadium is way closer to Ridgewood than North 6th St. etc. But if you wanna strike the Queens mention, that's OK, I think the point stands -- I was just saying present-day NYC is not like Austin, where you can walk to and from basically any SXSW-participating venue in 15 minutes or less. If you gotta haul from Baby's All Right to fucking Irving Plaza, you're probably just spending the night at Baby's All Right.
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August 30, 2016 on CMJ Sure Seems To Be Over. So How Come Nobody Is Talking About It?
Haha yeah those quotes are gold but that's Lefsetz, and he's just a reporter. It would really be something if Sir Lucian Grange went in on Frank Ocean (publicly).
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August 23, 2016 on Universal Reportedly Bans Its Artists From Any More Streaming Exclusives
I'm on vacation or else I woulda written about it here. Not gonna go deep on my immensely complicated feelings about it from my motel in Cape Cod, but because you asked (and because I really WANT TO talk about it): I'm into it! But super reticent to commit for obvious reasons. Leaving it there for now but will return to it later I promise.
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August 18, 2016 on Metallica – “Hardwired” Video