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Not necessarily a smaller site, but if WonderingSound.com gets a bit more consistent with their content strategy, it will be a music site super power.

We’ve traded enough barbs for me to to know that you’d not do that, but FWIW, there’s always this in terms of how the others operate: a former Pitchfork writer / current SPIN writer Brandon Soderberg disclosed an example of how a “best for business” model forced a BNM review of an album that nobody on staff was high because it stood to favor their SEO gains. (read about it here if not: http://no-trivia.tumblr.com/post/64660558089/wondering-what-happens-behind-the-scenes-at-p4k-i-knew)

It may not be Pitchfork payola, but it sure is opportunistically making money off of music that isn’t really a realistic reflection of the writers’ beliefs. I wanna say they’re doing even more of that now over there?

 +5Posted on Jul 9th | re: Interpol - "All The Rage Back Home" Video (62 comments)

I could be wrong, but I think the three-piece look is just for promotional image purposes (even the pictures from the last album depicted them as a trio) and live, they’ll still be joined by the dude from the Secret Machines.

Whatever the case, they still look cool as hell with their updated suit goth-gone-surfer look and they almost make me wish everyone was still wearing blazers, because blazers were so much more easier to layer and coordinator than denim jackets. Screw you, denim jackets!

Wow, and she doesn’t look a day under 60! Happy birthday, Courtney!

 0Posted on Jul 8th | re: Conor Oberst Seeks Judgment Against Rape Accuser (9 comments)

I got downvoted for this? If that’s the case, we are in some serious shit, America…

 +7Posted on Jul 8th | re: Conor Oberst Seeks Judgment Against Rape Accuser (9 comments)

Right on. More information came to light about who this woman was, and it wasn’t pretty, so I think it’s safe to say Oberst deserves every penny. A decade ago, this wasn’t as big of a problem in our world, but in this day in age, I think everybody needs better protection on the Internet from people who intend to damage others’ reputations without any truth behind their words. It’s so easy to spread lies about people and there’s unfortunately a lot of people who think that because it’s the Internet, it doesn’t count in real, but try telling that to a potential employer who Googles you and sees some pretty terrible stuff about you written.

I can’t agree with the PreEval. I think this is his best post-2000s album yet, and it was maybe the first album I’ve heard in 2014 that I instantaneously knew was special. It’s comedic genius, controversial, vicious and Moz just doesn’t age despite his “illnesses.”

Also, what the eff is up with the joint by-line? Did a husband-wife or brother-sister duo write this thing or something? Conjoined twins perhaps? Who listened to which half? Who wrote which paragraphs? Who thought what? I’m going to guess it’s some married couple mischief, because in the grand tradition of couples being the most unbearable two-headed monsters of sharing everything on the Internet, this has the markings of one all over it. Would it kill them to be their own individuals for once? Mercy…

“The Michigan husband and wife duo Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) were key figures in the Midwest emo scene long before anybody was talking about an emo revival…”

This is technically not a true statement. On June 1, 2010, I began a music blog, and my absolute first post was devoted to the return of respectable new wave of emo bands. Empire! Empire! was one such spotlighted band:

http://www.awkwardsound.com/2010/06/in-case-you-didnt-get-memo.html

So, I guess in essence, I was the first person in the world of independent music writing to recognize something was happening in the genre. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Translation: “I saw what Sky did didn’t exactly translate to commercial success, and then my two hits happened, so here I am back in bed with pop again!”

 -4Posted on Jul 2nd | re: Grimes Explains What "Go" Is About (7 comments)

Sad when these millennials can’t even be bothered to write out full words and use punctuation. That is why Twitter is not useful, Grimes…