Yossarian

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Yeah, it's kind of a shame about Tidal: In theory, I'd totally be willing to spend more for a hi-fi streaming service that pays artists more equitably. In practice, the weird rollout, the exclusivity bullshit, and just the fact that it hit the market later have made it difficult to justify switching over from Spotify. Exclusivity kind of made sense for television, but it just feels weird to me for music--it's like if the Big Five publishers each stocked their books in different libraries. Plus it really messes with making playlists...
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September 27, 2016 on No Wave: Is This The End Of Tidal? And If So … Then What?
It's weird for me to think that the wait for a new Fiona Apple album has actually been longer than the wait for the new Frank Ocean album. Maybe it's because Channel Orange felt very much like a product of its time, but Idler Wheel... had kind of a timeless quality to it. Both phenomenal albums, though.
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September 26, 2016 on Watch Fiona Apple & Andrew Bird Play A New Song, Cover Bob Dylan, & More On Live From The Great Room
If Dyke Drama gets too much mainstream attention and has to break up, I'm blaming you for jacking up their streaming numbers. (In all seriousness, I respect the band's decision here and just really hope that the end of G.L.O.S.S. doesn't also mean the end of Dyke Drama.)
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September 26, 2016 on G.L.O.S.S. Break Up
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September 24, 2016 on Danzig Says The Misfits Reunion Is Over, Despite What Jerry Only Thinks
Guys, why is nobody talking about how the Don Giovanni New Alternative Music Festival was the best thing ever? It may not have had the biggest names, but if you ever wanted to see, like, King Mike of Screaming Females rocking the fuck out to Tenement or the former lead singer of Bratmobile taking iPhone photos of an obscure Jersey punk band, then that was the festival for you. Just a very nice atmosphere and, like, 10 bands I'd never heard of that totally blew me away. I hate to pick favorites, but I'm just amazed that I'd never heard of Mal Blum before. Their stage banter was Vince Staples-levels of hilarious, and the songs... Goddamn! I think they may have made a better 2015 singer-songwriter album than Courtney Barnett, which is pretty much the highest praise I can give. Add in Girlpool (!), Radiator Hospital (!!), P.S. Eliot (!!!), Downtown Boys (!!!!), no corporate sponsors (!!!!!!!) and $25 per day tickets (!!!!!!!!!!!), and you might actually have the best festival ever. Sorry, I know this sounds fawning, but I'm just surprised that something so cool flew under the radar so much. With all the But Who's Selling columns about failing festivals, it was nice to see a festival that seemed to be doing everything right.
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September 23, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
FWIW, the site actually opens much faster for me with Adblock on. On my computer it seems like it's not the banners on the side that slow things down but the full-screen ads that appear when you first open the page (which Adblock removes with no problem).
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September 17, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
That Lady Gaga single sounds like someone playing a Styx song at 1.5x speed. I'm kind of really into it.
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September 15, 2016 on Usher Is A Huge Star, So Why Isn’t There More Hype For His Great New Album?
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September 12, 2016 on FutureSex/LoveSounds Turns 10
I love this article. I've always felt bad that the jazz I listen to is almost exclusively 50+ year-old stuff, but I was really put off by all the Young Guys Play Dead Guys stuff and didn't know where to find new, original music (outside of the occasional crossover album covered here or in Pitchfork). This looks like a great starting point!
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September 12, 2016 on Defeating The Jazz Zombies: America’s Music Is Alive & Well — These 7 Artists Are Proof
I miss their old novelty products. That 48-hr music looping dildo made out of human skulls really helped me through a difficult time in college.
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September 11, 2016 on The Flaming Lips Get Their Own Whiskey
I meant Nick Cave. It's been a loooooong week.
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September 9, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
I was so excited by Nick Cage that I didn't even realize that Blond(e) was on Spotify (!!!).
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September 9, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
"Bad Girls" can get it, tho.
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September 9, 2016 on Premature Evaluation: M.I.A. AIM
Seems oddly fitting that MIA would name an album after a chat service that fizzled out in the mid-2000s...
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September 9, 2016 on Premature Evaluation: M.I.A. AIM
I know it's a tradition to be like "OMG, how did this album get so old?!" but for me, it honestly feels like this album should be, like, 30 by now. REM feels like such a different era to me--basically classic rock--and it feels weird that this album came out during my lifetime. (Also, "E-Bow" is one of the great songs of all-time.)
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September 9, 2016 on New Adventures In Hi-Fi Turns 20
If by "courage" they mean "liquid courage," then I agree--whoever made this decision was definitely full of courage.
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September 7, 2016 on It’s Official: Apple Is Removing The Headphone Jack From iPhones
IMO, there's nothing wrong with {i}There's Nothing Wrong With Love{/i} being listed as the best Built to Spill album. "Big Dipper" has always been my favorite song of theirs. (Although I will admit that "It takes me a long time to come/to the memory of us" from "Fling" is easily the #1 doofiest use of enjambment ever in Pacific Northwest indie rock.)
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September 6, 2016 on Album Of The Week: Wovenhand Star Treatment
Darn, looks like Reddit is about a month ahead of me on this...
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September 4, 2016 on Justin Vernon Explains Uncredited Sample Of Viral Stevie Nicks Video On New Bon Iver Single
I just realized that when you remove the weird symbols and capitalization from the song title, you get "DeathBreast" which sounds a lot like "Beth/Rest."
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September 4, 2016 on Justin Vernon Explains Uncredited Sample Of Viral Stevie Nicks Video On New Bon Iver Single
Honestly, in a year where Beyonce has a hit song based on a 2011 Vampire Weekend tweet, hearing a mixtape banger inspired by a dead gorilla idol doesn't even strike me as that weird any more.
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August 31, 2016 on Young Thug Is His Own Genre Now
The should add him as a alternate costume in the next Super Smash Brothers.
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August 29, 2016 on Here Are The Best GIFs, Tweets, & Dank Memes Of The 2016 VMAs
I don't like reading too much into biographical stuff, but Holy Motors is a very different movie if you watch it a second time knowing that the director's wife committed suicide a year earlier. Actually, in a way it kind of reminds me of how you can enjoy Channel Orange with zero context, but how it was even more resonant with the backstory of Frank Ocean's open letter.
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August 26, 2016 on The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
I was dismayed to find that Charizard is not only better at breathing fire than I am, but also better at dancing.
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August 26, 2016 on Till The World Ends: Britney Spears And The Extended Shelf Life Of The Modern Pop Star
It's got amazing front cover/back cover synergy.
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August 26, 2016 on Stream Young Thug’s No, My Name is JEFFERY Mixtape
Maybe he'll perform a low-key version of one of his hits and then quietly walk off the stage after exactly 4 minutes.
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August 25, 2016 on VMAs Will Give Kanye West 4 Minutes To Do “As He Pleases”
I'm sure a million people have made this joke already, but I like to imagine Frank has that face because he just realized he forgot to put an "e" on his album cover.
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August 24, 2016 on J. Cole Is One Of Rap’s Biggest Stars. Why?
Yeah, I guess what I was saying is that I was finding the top half of Liam Gallagher kind of adorable and couldn't even begin to decide how I felt about that.
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August 23, 2016 on Liam Gallagher Promises “Bigger And Better” Potato Tweets, New Music That “Ain’t Radiohead”
If you cut that magazine cover off at the bridge of Liam's nose so that you only see the top of his head, he looks kind of like Courtney Barnett if she'd been awake for 72 hours and was having a bad hair day.
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August 23, 2016 on Liam Gallagher Promises “Bigger And Better” Potato Tweets, New Music That “Ain’t Radiohead”
I was going to buy it, but then the charger to my MacBook died after only a few months of use... So now I'm thinking fuck Apple, see ya in 2 weeks, Frank.
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August 20, 2016 on Frank Ocean Blonde Comment Party