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 +11Posted on Oct 23rd | re: U2 May Have Scrapped A Danger Mouse-Produced Album (14 comments)

Wow, congrats! There’s a whole Stereogum article on U2 without one snarky quote about the album being The Worst Album Ever!

As far as the iTunes thing, it’s ironic that now I’m forced to read over and over again about how awful it was that spoiled people got a free album they didn’t want. It’s almost like something has been delivered to me that I didn’t ask for…

I just don’t get the “making music free devalues it” argument.

It’s actually quite a relevant comparison.

If someone believes that the act of paying money for music is what gives that music value, they’re not thinking of music as creative, they’re thinking of it as a transactional service whose value is boosted primarily by the price the listener is made to pay. (If that’s true, Wu-Tang’s “Once Upon A Time In Shaolin” must surely be the best album of all time.) The commercial licensing of Black Keys music just reinforces that line of thinking.

There are millions of people who can tell you that their lives (or at least their day) was transformed by hearing a song on the radio, which they didn’t pay a penny to hear.

The whole argument that the value of a song is lowered by its financial cost to the listener…it’s just ridiculous.

If Moz really feels that strongly, HE should be wearing the t-shirt.

Did they have to pay Gene Simmons a royalty for the use of a money bag?

1. I believe the headline used sarcasm as a literary device.

2. The best part is how Tyler comes around to loving Bono. I can only think that Tim Cook and Paul McGuinness paid him a “visit” somewhere between 4:15 and 4:24 pm.

 +14Posted on Sep 11th | re: Premature Evaluation: U2 Songs Of Innocence (144 comments)

Thaaaat’s…kind of over the top. In almost every way (if an album just showing up in your iTunes is “creepy,” let me tell you a story about a thing called “Facebook”).
Maybe the journalism is a commentary, a metaphor if you will, for what you believe U2 used to be: brash, overstated and a bit pompous?

 +2Posted on Sep 10th | re: OK Go Say Apple Ripped Off Their Video (9 comments)

The etymology seems to be:

1. Felice Varini gets idea from (somewhere).
2. 1stAveMachine gets idea from Varini.
3. OK Go get pitch/production from 1stAveMachine.
4. Apple gets idea from OK Go.

No one in that entire chain should be claiming originality, and especially not either of the last two.

 +1Posted on Sep 10th | re: OK Go Say Apple Ripped Off Their Video (9 comments)

OK Go say “any press is good press!”

…Hey, I think that might make a great t-shirt.

I think it’s been established that there’s no re-gifting of iTunes tunes.

You *could* download the songs by clicking the cloudy arrows, then right-click the songs and choose “Create MP3 version” and send those to your Dad, but that would be Stealing Music and I for one cannot condone it.

Also, we NOW know why the album was mysteriously delayed.

So far it’s kind of “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb Lite,” which on one hand speaks of its tunefulness, but on the other speaks for a kind of running-in-place feel.