Comments from overtheneptune

I learned of the Clientele through Apple Music recommendations. This convinced me to keep my Apple Music account. Great music.
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April 22, 2016 on The Clientele – “Since We Last Spoke”
I honestly hadn't heard of this band. These songs sound very 90s. But, hey, I like 90s rock. I'll check out this album!
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April 15, 2016 on As Good As Dead Turns 20
So, I work in the music industry and read licensing contracts all day long. Thought I'd clear the air about a few things. This provision isn't granting Adam Levine or NBC ownership of the songs. It's saying that NBC can use the song in connection with this TV show without paying any royalties. That's a big difference. It does not allow Adam Levine to release one of these songs as a Maroon 5 tune without having to credit or pay the original writer, and assuming the agreement is non-exclusive, the clause does not necessarily conflict with Songland's promise to "keep intact all trademark, copyright, and other intellectual property notices." Though, it's still not a great clause for writers. If a copyrighted song is used heavily throughout a show like this, normally the writers would be entitled to probably several thousand dollars of performing and synchronization royalties, but this contract stipulates that they forego that money. Another thing that would concern me is the generality of the clause. The grant of rights allows use of the song "in connection with the Program or any other work." That implies to me that NBC could use the song royalty-free in connection with shows or promos other than Songland.
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March 7, 2016 on Adam Levine’s New Songwriting Reality Show Has Some Deeply Shady Contracts
Also, as far as shitty first singles go, I very much prefer "Thank God For Girls" over "Back to the Shack"
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February 26, 2016 on Weezer – “California Kids”
This one's decent! All of the songs released so far have a really good energy, including "Thank God For Girls." My biggest issue with EWBAITE is that it sounded too produced at times, but the songs we've heard from the white album so far capture more of the raw, garage Weezer sound I like so much.
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February 26, 2016 on Weezer – “California Kids”
Yep, BTS and GBV are two of my favorite bands, and they pretty much operate with totally opposite music-creating philosophies. Pollard's approach is obviously quantity, whereas Martsch will take his time with a record until he's satisfied. The two bands complement one another and I'd absolutely loooove to see them in the same lineup.
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February 10, 2016 on Guided By Voices Reunite, Again, Kind Of
To me, this is undoubtedly the band's worst album. I just don't enjoy listening to it at all. I actually think the production was a fantastic change for them, but the songs themselves lack good melodies and are largely forgettable. That being said, "You Only Live Once" and "Razorblade" are like my two favorite Strokes songs.
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January 4, 2016 on First Impressions Of Earth Turns 10
It's not at all fair to compare iPhones to life saving medication. iPhones are a luxury, and I think it's hard to fault Apple for charging tons of money for their luxury product. The price will match whatever demand there is for the product. A drug that saves lives, though? There's not a demand for this medication, there's a need. Nobody chooses to buy this drug. They buy it because their health depends on it, and they are forced to pay whatever price the drug company decides. People are rightfully disgusted with this Martin Shkreli guy because he so obviously values profits over the lives of actual human beings. Liberals are fed up because our capitalist economy enables and actually encourages this sort of profit-driven behavior. Clearly, Shkreli can charge whatever he wants because it is a free market (as you point out), but that's the reason people are upset. Maybe not every industry should be governed by the free market, especially when human lives are at stake. It's a moral thing. #FeelTheBern
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December 9, 2015 on Pharma Villain Martin Shkreli Paid Millions For The Mysterious Wu-Tang Album
I also think those last two Oasis albums are very solid. I really like "(Get Off Your) High Horse Lady" from Dig Out Your Soul, which is not on this list.
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November 25, 2015 on The 18 Best Oasis Songs Since Be Here Now
Hey, this song is good. I liked EWBAITE okay, but it was recorded a little too cleanly for my tastes. This song here is raw in a Pinkerton-esque way. If Weezer could give me an album of songs like this, I would be very happy... but we all know that they won't.
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November 4, 2015 on Weezer – “Do You Wanna Get High?”
I like Infinite Arms okay, maybe even better than Cease to Begin, but yeah. Everything All the Time is clearly their masterpiece. I think that first album is magical and flawless. The second album has similar production, so it retains some of that awesome sound, but the songs are lacking (in my opinion). Infinite Arms has some really good tunes, but the band lost that intangible "magic" somehow, perhaps due to the production.
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October 27, 2015 on Band Of Horses Finishing New Album Produced By Jason Lytle
It's not the most offensive Weezer song I've heard
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October 27, 2015 on Weezer – “Thank God For Girls”
Ya'll should read this article (Joanna Newsom should too) about Spotify royalties. Spotify is not the enemy. http://flavorwire.com/539066/why-the-major-labels-are-the-streaming-wars-true-villains As has long been the case, it's the major labels that are acting most villainous here. They take such a large slice of the royalties pie, that there isn't money left over for smaller record labels, independent artists, and music publishers. On top of that, the money the major labels collect does not trickle down to the artists that they are supposed to represent.
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October 16, 2015 on Joanna Newsom Says Spotify Is Evil, Garbage
I'm halfway through my first listen right now and really enjoying it a lot. And like every Beach House album, I'm sure it will only get better with repeated listens. I totally agree with James, though, that the emotional impact is somewhat dulled with it being released so soon after Depression Cherry. I kind of wish they had just put these out as a double album, or simultaneously released companion albums. Releasing two similar-ish albums the way they did seems more likely to induce Beach House fatigue.
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October 16, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Beach House Thank Your Lucky Stars
Whaaaat? This is most excellently surprising news.
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October 7, 2015 on New Beach House Album Thank Your Lucky Stars Out Next Week
I saw MBV on their last tour and not bringing earplugs was a huge mistake on my part. It sounded horrible. Everything was so loud that entire songs were indistinguishable from one another. It was all just unrecognizable screeching noises. BUT when I plugged my fingers in my ears, I could actually make out what was happening and it sounded much better.
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October 1, 2015 on The Jesus And Mary Chain Working On First Album Since The ’90s
I'm definitely looking forward to a new album! I never understood the hate for Comedown Machine. In my opinion, it was a really strong showing after the couple 'meh' albums before it. One Way Trigger and Welcome to Japan are obviously awesome. The choruses to Slow Animals and Happy Ending are so good. That groove in Welcome to Japan is so damn funky. Ah, good stuff.
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September 28, 2015 on The Strokes Are Going Back In The Studio
I dig it. Nice work, Lou.
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August 27, 2015 on Stream Lou Barlow Brace The Wave