overtheneptune

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It doesn't offend me like the worst of Weezer songs, but I'm not crazy about it either. The song is pleasant enough. This is shaping up to be a glossy, poppy summer album. By the way, the last 15 seconds of this music video made me laugh. Great ending.
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August 17, 2017 on Weezer – “Mexican Fender” Video
I have mixed feelings about Rubin's work, but I admire some of his albums. I like what he did for RHCP on Blood Sugar Sex Magik. I like how he cleaned up and commercialized the Avett Brothers' sound. I definitely do not like what he did for Weezer on Make Believe. I think his production style is compatible with the Strokes though. I'm cautiously optimistic.
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July 28, 2017 on The Strokes Are Recording With Rick Rubin Says Albert Hammond, Sr.
I listened to Funeral today for the first time in a few years and it's still an incredible album. But it's been a gradual decline for Arcade Fire ever since (though Suburbs > Neon Bible). I actually kind of like the title track on Everything Now, but none of the other songs appeal to me.
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July 26, 2017 on Premature Evaluation: Arcade Fire Everything Now
No, I didn't mean to suggest that Spotify does not need to be held accountable and should be left to their own devices. Currently, the bulk of music publishers have licensing deals in place, which gives them greater control over how their music is exploited on Spotify and the ability to better review payments and ensure songs are being reported on accurately. It wasn't like that in the beginning though, so a number of lawsuits were justifiably brought forth. To bring a new lawsuit now though, years after the service has been available and growing, suggests to me that these companies have intentionally been holding out on licensing to Spotify for whatever reason. In my experience, without cooperation from a publisher, Spotify has a harder time learning all the specifics of that catalog and is more likely to pay inaccurately. Spotify should absolutely be held accountable, but I believe publisher cooperation is essential to that accountability. I agree that if Spotify can't identify all the owners of a copyright, they shouldn't be using that music. I just wanted to point out though that music copyright is a complex minefield of data and it is difficult to license such a high volume of songs with perfect accuracy, especially without cooperation from the rights holders.
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July 19, 2017 on Spotify Hit With Two More Lawsuits Claiming “Staggering” Copyright Infringement
Interesting stuff. I work in music publishing and am not sure how I feel about this. Streaming is obviously where the market is heading (or where it already is?), so to see companies continue throwing lawsuits at Spotify is frustrating. The music industry needs to be cooperating with streaming companies so everybody can profit, not vilifying them. Any new media or radical transformation of an existing market is going to have kinks in the beginning, but from my perspective, Spotify is doing their best to iron that shit out. Also, it is basically impossible to identify all the songwriters and copyright owners for every song in existence and serve them all notices of intention in a timely manner, so I don't entirely fault Spotify for being inadequate at this. It's not a an exact science; the industry is a mess on the copyright end of things. Music publishers themselves can't even locate the songwriters they represent in every instance. That being said, I've never audited Spotify. I haven't looked at the royalty statements and payments being delivered to the plaintiffs. If these people truly believe Spotify isn't doing their due diligence and paying what is required by law, sure, maybe it makes sense to sue them.
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July 19, 2017 on Spotify Hit With Two More Lawsuits Claiming “Staggering” Copyright Infringement
Yep, that's the accusation, but I don't think there's been any evidence yet to suggest this is what Spotify is actually doing. Spotify denies owning any music rights in its statement. As far as the public knows, the person making this music is being paid per the same terms as any other artist or songwriter on Spotify.
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July 17, 2017 on “Fake” Artist Discusses His Controversial Pseudonymous Songs For Spotify
This is really really nice on my ears.
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July 14, 2017 on Ben Gibbard – “The Concept” (Teenage Fanclub Cover)
I like it, but maybe don't love it. Excited to see the band trying new things though. I'm looking forward to the full album.
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June 15, 2017 on Queens Of The Stone Age – “The Way You Used To Do”
I think it probably depends on whatever is in the contract between PWR BTTM and Polyvinl. From an outside perspective though, seems like this has potential to be a drawn out legal battle.
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June 13, 2017 on PWR BTTM Attempting To Reclaim Rights To Pageant; Ugly Cherries Returns To Streaming Platforms
Touche. I'm curious to see what the negotiations between Polyvinyl and the band's team look like now. Per the Billboard article, it sounds like Polyvinl has unrecouped money invested in the band, and they're asking that the band pay that back before they give up the rights to the album. Interesting stuff!
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June 13, 2017 on PWR BTTM Attempting To Reclaim Rights To Pageant; Ugly Cherries Returns To Streaming Platforms
I don't know if Ben is guilty or not, but the labels' decisions to immediately end all distribution of the band's albums was unwarranted. PWR BTTM has every right to lawyer up and fight for the right to share their own music. As a counter example, Lost Prophets are still available on all streaming services, and that guy was convicted for literally sexually abusing babies.
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June 13, 2017 on PWR BTTM Attempting To Reclaim Rights To Pageant; Ugly Cherries Returns To Streaming Platforms
Hahaha nope. I have a much more conventional opinion on that matter.
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June 12, 2017 on Premature Evaluation: Ride Weather Diaries
Controversial opinion: my favorite Ride album is Tarantula.
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June 12, 2017 on Premature Evaluation: Ride Weather Diaries
I guess I'm something of a diehard, but my most listened to album this year is definitely Guided By Voices - August By Cake. This album is a real treat for longtime fans and arguably the band's best since reuniting in 2010. I can't stop listening to it! It kicks too much ass.
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June 6, 2017 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2017 So Far
The Shins album is really good. Feels like it was overlooked by most people :(
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June 6, 2017 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2017 So Far
Say what you will about Linkin Park, but "In the End" is a fantastic karaoke song
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May 26, 2017 on The 10 Best Linkin Park Songs
Yep, I had lots of fun playing with this video. Song is OK.
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May 22, 2017 on Real Estate – “Stained Glass” Interactive Video
Nate Mendel also has co-writing credit on every song that Pat Smear does!
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May 19, 2017 on The Colour And The Shape Turns 20
I rarely listen to this album nowadays, but still hold it in high esteem. High school nostalgia is a powerful beast. My favorite tracks are Doll, Hey Johnny Park, Wind Up, and obviously Everlong.
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May 19, 2017 on The Colour And The Shape Turns 20
This is an absurdly unfortunate and complex situation. I do think the band's statement seems somewhat genuine, and I don't fault them for waiting a week to say something. I can only imagine the emotional devastation that comes with being dropped by venues, management, record labels, and more over the course of a weekend. They probably needed time to make sense of what was happening. Maybe the allegations are true, maybe they aren't. I believe Ben and the accuser can each believe their own realities of what happened. There may never be resolution. I wouldn't fault anyone for jumping off the PWR BTTM bandwagon at this point, and I wouldn't fault anyone for sticking with them.
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May 18, 2017 on PWR BTTM “Strongly Contest” Sexual Assault Allegations In New Statement
I really like this album. Thurston's songs were my favorites on the last few Sonic Youth albums, and 'Rock N Roll Consciousness' really scratches that Sonic Youth itch.
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May 11, 2017 on Thurston Moore – “Aphrodite” Video
Hijacking my own comment for a sec to defend the last BOH album, Why Are You Ok. This album is a consistently enjoyable listen, which successfully revived the dreamy, swirly sounds of their first two albums. Why Are You Ok is at least as good as Infinite Arms (an album which I was dismissed at first, but grew on me over time). Admittedly, the album is a little sleepy, but that alone is not a reason to write it off (Real Estate anyone?). There are some seriously likable songs: Dull Times, In a Drawer, Country Teen, etc. Really, give it another chance. I prefer Why Are You Ok over Cease to Begin (Marry Song notwithstanding).
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May 3, 2017 on Guitarist, Bassist Quit Band Of Horses
This album was something of a disappointment for me, but this is one of my favorite tracks from it.
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May 3, 2017 on Cloud Nothings – “Enter Entirely” Video
Wow, I didn't realize the band has only been around about 10 years. I would've guessed "Everything All the Time" came out 2002ish, but it was apparently 2006. Five albums over the span of 10 years is a pretty steady output. Wonder if something happened to prompt the exit of these two guys...
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May 3, 2017 on Guitarist, Bassist Quit Band Of Horses
I think this is my new favorite Feist album
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April 28, 2017 on Stream Feist Pleasure
Can someone explain to me why Lena Dunham is hated so much? I'm pretty surprised to see such strong backlash from Waxahatchee fans. Katie's letter makes perfect sense to me, but it feels ridiculous that she has to defend this move in the first place...
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April 26, 2017 on Waxahatchee Responds To Criticism About Joining Lena Dunham’s Lenny Tour