Comments from michaelc


Answering with bro-sults kind of underscores Gallagher’s point.

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July 29, 2015 on Avicii, Deadmau5 Respond To Noel Gallagher’s EDM Insults

Rule #1 for staying sane as a celebrity in the Internet age: Do not read comments.

That goes double for tweets.

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July 13, 2015 on Runaways’ Jackie Fox Releases Statement In Response To HuffPo Story Challengers

Yes, the curious case of “Hey Ya”: When it turns up within earshot, there’s no escaping its charms, yet you don’t really ever seek it out.

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July 10, 2015 on Surfer Blood – “Hey Ya!” (OutKast Cover)

Well, you do have to admit, having to use an axe to get intruders out of your house might be a considerable inconvenience.

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July 10, 2015 on Modest Mouse’s Isaac Brock Explains Why Portland Sucks

Number One most viewed post on Stereogum.

Only 7 comments, and 0 about the music.

Tidal, you have a problem.

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July 7, 2015 on Stream Lil Wayne FWA (Free Weezy Album)

Why have a rivalry at all? Wouldn’t it be awesome if they could work together?

If anything, it doesn’t remind me of any rap beef – it’s more like Brandon Flowers before he grew up. Won’t affect how much I like the music though – on a scale of Andrew WK-to-Morrissey, this is tiny potatoes.

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July 6, 2015 on Miguel Talks Frank Ocean Rivalry: “I Make Better Music”

Unless Chicago also already applied this tax to cable TV, it’s NOT just “clarifying the application of existing laws.” Of course, they might have done that, but something makes me doubt it.

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July 3, 2015 on Streaming Music Now More Expensive For Chicagoans

Exclusivity makes me NOT use a service. Tidal seems so based on exclusivity that I can’t imagine ever signing on there.

I already own every Prince album worth a damn, so this doesn’t really affect me, but let the guy figure this out. After making no money on Tidal for a while, his stuff will quietly come back everywhere.

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July 2, 2015 on Prince Removes Music From All Streaming Services Except Tidal

The problem is, it requires “waking up,” and “artists” by definition like to sleep in.

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June 24, 2015 on Billy Corgan Returns To CNBC To Talk Taylor Swift And Apple

And now she’s getting a better deal from Apple than she is from her own record label, which no doubt gets a “promotion allowance” for copies it gives away.

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June 22, 2015 on Apple Caves To Taylor Swift, Will Pay Artists During Trial

And she has certainly not been paid for giveaway copies of her music before. It’s a standard clause in a recording contract enabling your label to take usually around 5% of your copies for promotion, with no royalty.

Artists now seem to think the “hard copy” past was some idyllic world where every musician made a living and were given fair treatment by their labels, distributors (for indie artists) and publishers. It just wasn’t so.

Also, Appke has relented and will pay royalties for the free trial listens, which is a fairer shake than any major label ever gave.

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June 22, 2015 on Read Taylor Swift’s Open Letter To Apple Music

The bigger news here: my idea for a unique cover band has been taken.

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June 20, 2015 on Spoon Played A Spoon Cover Band’s Afterparty In Maine Last Night

Well, if you won’t stream and you can’t be sold on what nevertheless is the #1 music marketplace in the world, are you going to live on CD sales?

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June 19, 2015 on No, 1989 Won’t Be On Apple Music

I think the audience and his band were plenty willing to just do the show without him.

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June 15, 2015 on Smash Mouth Singer Freaks Out When Food Fest Crowd Won’t Stop Throwing Bread At Him

The iTunes Store once ran at a loss too.

It’s called “starting up.” And despite the losses, not only are streaming services becoming entrenched, everyone seems to want to start one.

Marginal artists don’t make money, or have to find, er, creative ways to do so. It has been that way since there was money in music. It hasn’t changed; the only thing that’s changed is who the musicians blame for their poverty.

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June 11, 2015 on Read Marc Ribot’s Angry Open Letter To Steve Albini

It’s funny how an article like that can be so timeless.

Or sad. Maybe it’s more sad.

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June 11, 2015 on Read Marc Ribot’s Angry Open Letter To Steve Albini

Would you two just get a damn room already?

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June 11, 2015 on Read Marc Ribot’s Angry Open Letter To Steve Albini

Keep in mind that much of the “fabrication” was done by Kurt himself.

I completely believe that he did and said a lot of things just to get a rise or for shits and giggles, AND I understand that means any “first-person” bio taken from found statements/scribblings and things he said to random people to get a rise out of them should be taken with a grain of salt.

In fact, in a way this bio is perhaps Kurt’s way of giving a finger from beyond the grave to anyone who would obsessively pore over the details his life.

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June 11, 2015 on More Buzz Osborne On Kurt Cobain: “The ‘Truth’ About His Situation Has Always Been False”

Whoa. Hold on just a second:

“That money, of course, goes to labels and music publishers, and only a tiny bit ever seems to trickle down to artists. We’ll have to see whether the other services do much better on that score…”

What score is that? The artists sign those contracts that give most of their sales revenue to the labels and publishers, not the streaming services.

For this discussion to ever get real, we can’t forget that even for a minute. Doing so is like blaming the gas station when your car gets 10 MPG.

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June 10, 2015 on Spotify Hits 75M Users, 20M Premium

Dear streaming services,

Thank you for taking the blame for artists that make no money on their recorded music sales. We used to take the heat for that.

The record labels.

PS: Thanks for the big royalty checks.

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June 10, 2015 on Read Marc Ribot’s Angry Open Letter To Steve Albini