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Thanks for reading and responding so quickly, Michael. The extra points you made here about Apple's interests are what I really appreciate. We can agree to disagree about Cohen, but I have to go with my heart and hate his rich guts, regardless of his time in the industry. As for the HDCP issues, I've never dealt with anything like that, though my HDMI setups are rather simple. I also guess I've gotten lucky with cheaper Apple cables and stuff. As for your lightning port dying though, damn! That's a serious hard break. And I don't blame you for looking elsewhere. I thought about it before upgrading to the 6s, but I decided I'd spent too much on apps and such over the years to buy them all over again for an Android. Thanks again for reading and responding. I love your perspective and really enjoy digging into a conversation on topics like these.
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August 12, 2016 on No Control: Thoughts On The End Of The Headphone Jack And The Future Of Digital Music
Great article, Michael, and a great series of articles, but I feel like this isn't nearly as much a slam dunk argument as some of your other writings. I have some thoughts, and they won't be nearly as eloquent, researched, or lengthy as yours, but I'm going to share them regardless. For starts, why quote Lyor Cohen for anything? Sure, he's Jay Z's mentor, but he's Chuck D's enemy, and by that rationale, probably the enemy of most of the music buying public. He's calling Steve Jobs a bully? The guy who went to Warner Bros., laid off a ton of employees, gave himself a massive raise, and most recently was mocked for trying to tell a successful musician, that being Young Thug, that he needed to write "songs"? I'll never speak of Jobs in purple prose alone, but I have very little positive to say about Cohen, a bully since his time at Def Jam and renown for being Russell Simmons' pitbull since he was less interested in running his business than screwing models. But none of this is really important to the real matters at hand. Why does it matter if Apple wants to remove their headphone jack? They'll likely include the adapter, and of course they want you to buy their headphones, they own the biggest name in headphones on the market. None of this should be a surprise. If we don't like it, we can go buy a Samsung or another Android device. But Apple has never really left their customers out in the cold, they've always provided backwards compatibility among other aids. And why would they stop now? I'd assume there is going to be some kind of half and half feature on all their future Beats devices from here out, either headphone jack to lightning adapter, or the other way around. But this won't be the end of the headphone jack, just the end of the headphone jack on the iPhone, mostly because they want it to be thinner and with stereo speakers. Furthermore, what of DRM? You were the first to note the workarounds always happen, and this won't be an exception. Secondly, what kind of DRM can they exactly put in place if you have an adapter? Can't you just plug that in and reopen the analog hole? And won't there be companies making unauthorized adapters just like there are now making unauthorized lightning cables, old-school iPhone, iPad and iPod pin cables, as well as cables for every kind of Android device you can think of, all being sold ridiculously cheap by comparison to the brand name goods? No one will pay $40 or $50 when they can pay $5 to $10 at their local gas station. Finally, regarding the comment from Pandora's Herring about the evisceration of the music business, who was he fooling? The music business mortally wounded itself. Jobs' bringing iTunes to the front was a good thing for the labels, along with Amazon and other retailers going digital. Before that, albums were being leaked, sales were down, a ream of blank CD-Rs and a burner was cheaper than buying the next five or six hot albums to drop. Labels were spending money like they could burn it if it got too cold in their offices, and it was their own fault! iTunes and all the other digital retailers put money back in their pockets and cost them much less than physical distribution ever could. So the digital retailers cut themselves sweet deals in the process? Like the labels hadn't been doing that for years? And streaming companies saying a digital retailer killed the industry? Isn't that the pot calling the kettle black? Spotify is the big fish and they can't make a profit. If that's the case, how is Pandora doing? And if Apple can make a profit and focus on their core of users, how is that wrong? Samsung and Google are trying similar things. Are only the old-school crooks allowed to make a killing? In the end, the music industry is a mess, and it's painful to watch it get messier and weirder, stinking with desperation to get back to the days when they could charge prostitutes to the company accounts without question while cutting funding for the band they just signed because they don't hear a hit. Apple's actions scare me much less than a Lyor Cohen, someone making statements like they've got the utmost respect and sanctity for the business they've spent decades destroying. Thanks for letting my go off there. Keep up the good work and I'll keep reading it. It's always a pleasure.
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August 12, 2016 on No Control: Thoughts On The End Of The Headphone Jack And The Future Of Digital Music
Okay, I will confirm, Lil Yachty DOES suck. If you enjoy his "music", that is fine, and he can be entertaining at times, but he is the extreme of extremeties when it comes to this happy happy, joy joy mixtape business. Anyone can make a mixtape now, let alone an album, and just because you get a co-sign because you're a nice guy or support other artists doesn't mean it's worth listening to your stuff. We've seen French Montana mocked for his intense mediocrity, yet he still gets hyped no matter how midling his tracks are, even if it's only for whomever is on the track with him. Yachty is annoying like a bad rash, and while you can giggle along with how silly a track like Minnesota is, his raps, kinda funny or not, are ridiculously weak, especially compared to Thugger's verse. I enjoy some Future stuff, though I think he's burning out. I can't understand a lot of what Young Thug is saying, but I genuinely like his tracks. Chance can rap his ass off, and that's all there is to it. Daveed Diggs can destroy just about any rapper's verse and he's been on Broadway. Yachty, he just sucks. Sorry man, that's just how it is. Commence downvoting.
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August 4, 2016 on Does Lil Yachty Suck?
There is a bootleg tape of Prince rehearsing with his Lovesexy-era band that starts with him talking to the band about how incredibly funny Al's video for Fat is and how impressed he is with Al's work. He also notes that he'll never let him do it to him, he'd be afraid he'd hit home way too closely. So, I don't think Prince hated him or whatever, I think it was more about his social-weirdness and not wanting to be parodied.
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August 3, 2016 on Weird Al Laments “Decades Of Weirdness” With Prince
Tidal and When The Pawn are both great albums, but the Extraordinary Machine bootleg and Idler Wheel are so good. Still, the best moments on Tidal are the ones where it doesn't sound like they grafted a band onto the track. Sleep To Dream is great, and Criminal is still good, but The First Taste is like artificial Latin-groove 101. Favorite song on Tidal is Sullen Girl. Yeah, the one about being raped. It's mind-blowingly powerful.
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July 22, 2016 on Tidal Turns 20
Michael, you are a saint. Please continue doing these articles. They make me want to kill myself, but only in the best kind of way.
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July 22, 2016 on We’ve Passed Peak Vinyl – Here Comes The Collapse
There is a theory on reddit that there will be a release on June 2nd, or at the worst, June 26th, but June 2nd makes more sense since they have their first live show in years the next day if I'm not mistaken. I'm fair to bet it could be a full album or just the Frankie Sinatra single, but with their putting a different song on the hotline than the one they shot a video for, it makes me think we might just get that whole album. I have so many questions, and it's nice to know we might get some answers sooner than later.
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May 28, 2016 on The Avalanches Tease New Song “Subways” Via Hotline
My mother-in-law likes Nickelback, thinks they're great. She also likes Adele, thinks she's amazing. Neither do a damn thing for me and never will, BUT... she was a groupie in the sixties and seventies and followed the Velvet Underground and David Bowie all over the US. She's got great taste in "classic" rock and has a wicked sense of humor. So, I'll forgive her mistakes of loving Nickelback and Adele because I'm simply blessed to have her in my life. If I occasionally have to hear Nickelback's Rock Star or anything by Adele because of this, I can see past it.
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May 20, 2016 on Nickelback Won The ’90s Culture War
Great article! I'd never seen the original back/inlay for Makaveli nor was I aware it existed, but I'm not surprised it does. That said, two interesting details you left out. 1) If Suge had his way, Chronic 2000 would have included songs left off of the original Chronic. It's possible it could've included unreleased Snoop and Rage tracks that Dre had produced too, but that's not clear. What is certain though is that part of Dre's legal attack on Death Row was because of these unreleased tracks. I don't know what tracks could have been up for consideration, but Mr. Officer and The Ho-Hopper would be likely contenders, as well as the original version of The Next Episode which was intended for Doggystyle but was left off at the last minute for unclear reasons. 2) Hammer's album for Death Row was finished and could've been released. It was named Too Tight, featured several tracks with 2Pac though it wasn't a Hammer/2Pac album as some have labeled it, and it was laughably bad, with Hammer talking about being a god-fearing man, trying to do the right thing, all the while bragging about grabbing your girl at the party and running shop. Promo CDs were pressed, albeit most likely in very small numbers. You can find pictures and a track list on Discogs. Lastly, a question for the people bootlegging 2Pac's tapes from the Death Row vaults, if you got all that stuff and it eventually surfaced in excellent quality, why haven't the other unreleased Dre, Snoop and Rage tracks from the Death Row years shown up in better quality or appear at all? It doesn't look like much of that stuff will ever get released, what with the Death Row catalog in such perilous status (I believe eOne holds the catalog now, but that doesn't mean they control it outright). The Chronic and Doggystyle are deserving of the deluxe reissue treatment as much as any other classics albums, so it's just wrong to watch them collect dust as crappy re-pressings.
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May 20, 2016 on Fake Tupac, Chronic 2000, & Suge’s Psychotic Revenge: The Weird & Forgotten Final Days Of Death Row Records
Go ahead and hate me, but 3121 and Musicology are retreads of his formulas, but they're good retreads. The Gold Experience has some genuinely great moments, but I think it's too overproduced in places, especially on Gold. Emancipation is too long, but there is so much incredible material on it, and it should be mentioned alongside the rest of his highlights. The Symbol Album, while kinda dated, is also excellent, brimming with imagination and twists. And Lovesexy is good, but I'm more about the Black Album. As a die-hard Prince fan, I'll say that Purple Rain is chock full of great songs, but I kinda never want to hear it's namesake song ever again. It wasn't my favorite song to begin with, and now it just hurts. Instead, I'm hoping we finally get an official release of the full length version of Computer Blue, maybe on a 12"!
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April 29, 2016 on Tom Petty Reminisces About Prince’s Newly Viral Rock Hall Guitar Solo
Well, Monday morning and this hasn't happened. Yet.
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April 25, 2016 on Beyoncé’s LEMONADE Will See iTunes, Physical Release
Great article. Few small comments. 1) I bought 2 copies of the deluxe CD of E•MO•TION, though I gave one away. Yeah, I like it. 2) Anyone been having problems with the mobile site redirecting to some BS clickbait lately? 3) Piracy means way more than sales, but since it's not a legitimate business it will never be counted and only looked at as theft, which is missing the point. 4) Can someone beat the industry heads half-to-death with articles like these so they'll understand the crap they're doing? What's the point in running a profitable business if you do everything in your power to not make it optimally profitable?
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February 2, 2016 on If Rihanna Can Go Platinum Giving ANTI Away For Free, What Does Platinum Even Mean?
Looks like Stereogum has to work on their anti-spamming security. Or add a spellcheck for questionable misspellings like "computar", "ov" or "woz". And fuck a spammer.
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January 5, 2016 on Tommy Lee Gets Stuck In Roller Coaster At Mötley Crüe’s Final Concert
THIS. IS. GREAT! You Keep Me Hangin' On sounds like a love letter from the devil!
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November 3, 2015 on Slowed-Down Alvin And The Chipmunks Makes Great Sludge Pop
Don't believe the Prince being hopped on coke and LSD thing, as everyone around him has constantly reinforced how straight he was about drugs, but I believe he could have fooled around with some guys. It wouldn't surprise me. And regarding the stories of Prince's "boundless" sexual energy, yeah, it's pretty played up. He wants to give off that vibe of course, but when it came to anyone who could show him up (read: Vanity), he ended up cutting ties with them.
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October 31, 2015 on Boy George Tells The Voice U.K. Audience “I’ve Slept With Prince”
I bought a copy of N.W.A.'s Greatest Hits years ago that had a techno record on it instead of proto-gangsta rap. Never figured out who it was, and returned it to Best Buy the next day as it wasn't of any interest to me. And speaking of that Skinny Puppy CD, bought a copy of that mispress from a friend. Was funny to find that it didn't want to play all the way through. I guess a mispress can be more than just the music.
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October 4, 2015 on Some Copies Of Lana Del Rey’s Born To Die Accidentally Feature Baltimore Shoegaze Band Instead
I've seen a lot of mixtapes that were better than the albums the artists in question later put out. Mixtapes from focused artists are usually more in vein with what they want their albums to be, whereas those albums end up being major label curated messes, or at least nowhere near as awesome as the earlier mixtapes. Action Bronson comes to mind, where as great as Mr. Wonderful is, and it really is great, both of the Blue Chips mixtapes and the Rare Chandeliers tape are much better. Wayne's No Ceilings comes to mind too, being better than Carter IV and much of anything he's put out since. It's dated to mention it, but Das Racist's first mixtape is way better than their album, and that album is by no means bad, but it feels tamed compared to Shut Up, Dude. I'm sure other people can keep the list going.
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September 6, 2015 on Download Rick Ross Black Dollar Mixtape
By your mention of Dick, here are a few suggestions that come to mind. PKD's Ubik is a hell of an interesting read, and one that could draw a lot of interesting responses. PKD's The King Of The Elves is a really short story, but it makes me smile all over in a way his books usually never do. Vonnegut's God Bless You Mr. Rosewater will confuse and entertain, and then let the members of your book club know that Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, the duo that brought Little Shop Of Horrors to the stage, intended the same for Rosewater and almost got there. Uh, everyone has probably read this one, but it's a favorite, especially when it comes to post-apocalyptic hoodoo... Stephen King's The Stand still really holds up. I prefer the "uncut" version, but honestly, both are equally entertaining and engrossing.
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August 23, 2015 on Straight Outta Compton “Sequel, Of Sorts” Will Reportedly Focus On Snoop Dogg, Tupac
Oh yeah, remember that time Dre rapped for someone to get in his pickup and suck his dick up until they hiccup? Or that song N.W.A. had about not biting "it"? Or when Cube talked about violence towards Korean shop owners? Or when Eazy rapped about "clocking" a "ho" and pulling out her "nappy-ass weave"? Have we really forgotten all of these things? I love Dre, Cube and Eazy, but let's not act like we didn't know that they weren't angels. I think some of that was definitely for show, but you can't say it and then act like it didn't happen. And as Maurice noted, the aforementioned "Bitches Ain't Shit". None of this changes how I feel about Dre or N.W.A., as I'm fully aware of these things, but it certainly doesn't mean what they did was right. It's similar to how people praise 2Pac despite all the shitty, awful things he did, and he did some REALLY AWFUL THINGS.
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August 19, 2015 on Dee Barnes Reflects On Straight Outta Compton, Dr. Dre Assault
Has everyone forgotten when Em called out Dre in Guilty Conscience? But in all seriousness, I've known about this for years and I know it's terrible, but something about this also smacks of opportunism. What has Dee Barnes been doing for years? Now she gets the chance to jump back in the media, and while it is true what happened, it all seems so convenient. It's also really easy for her to blame Dre for all that happened to her, when it could go back to her program and efforts being a relic of an earlier time. What happened to most of those other hosts that weren't on major networks and such? As for Michel'le, all I can say is she was married to Suge Knight. Perhaps she should also be noted for having made bad decisions. And before anyone downvotes the hell out of me, Dre was wrong to hit Dee and Michel'le, no question. I hate violence against women and violence against anyone. Taking the opportunity to profit on someone's mistakes though, I don't care for that either. If Dee's career was truly destroyed by the events in question, rather than a number of other factors, that is truly awful. But I simply question the true motivations here. Why aren't they in the movie? Why aren't Jimmy Z, Colin Wolfe and Greg Royal not mentioned in the movie? Because they weren't members of N.W.A., that's why.
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August 19, 2015 on Dee Barnes Reflects On Straight Outta Compton, Dr. Dre Assault
Can the Gaye family please fuck the fuck off? Seriously, what a bunch of assholes. I'm waiting for them to claim Marvin Gaye wrote most of Taylor Swift's songs or something equally insane. Funny to imagine the family of a legend could ruin said legend's name by being a bunch of lawsuit happy trolls. And I'm sure they'll be totally confused when no one wants to play or release Marvin Gaye's music any longer.
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August 10, 2015 on Marvin Gaye’s Son Claims Empire Was His Idea
Ugh, indeed. I totally believe that Kurt was killed by aliens and his soul was re-appropriated in the same secret location that JFK, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin's souls are kept so that the secret braintrust can write theme songs and speeches for illuminati get-togethers (Illuminati-Con 2016: If you're not here, it's because we don't exist!), but those photos were totally re-created in an alternate time scenario so they'd prove nothing. Geez, these conspiracy theorists give us true believers a bad name. Oh yeah, Paul is dead too, but that's a clone performing so he's still alive as well. Thought I'd leave out such an important detail, didn't you?
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August 1, 2015 on Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Seeking Graphic Kurt Cobain Death-Scene Photos
I guess someone is going to have an accidentally interesting experience?
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August 1, 2015 on Meek Mill Finally Delivers Drake Diss Track “Wanna Know”
I know how I feel about the lawsuit, and I feel that's it's ridiculous. One might even say, it'll likely go up in smoke. Or not, because that's not terribly funny. Anyway, fuck the Doobie Brothers for doing this, or whomever is doing it on there behalf. I bet Michael McDonald would sing rather soulfully about how uncool this is. In the end, why they can't just light a... joint, or a blunt, and just get high and be cool with each other? I'd use the other word, but I don't want to get sued.
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July 27, 2015 on Doobie Brothers Corp. Sues Millionaire VC’s Cover Band
I don't like (ha ha) Chief Keef or Rahm Emanuel, so fuck both of them. Keef is an outright imbecile, one of those people that want to complain even when people give them a hand (yelling at Kanye for doing a remix of Don't Like?), and if he's got outstanding warrants and wants to be part of the Chicago community, he should go back and make things right rather than trying to be an "outlaw" or whatever. As for Emanuel, I just don't have anything positive to say about him, but I'm not trying to start a political argument so I'll leave it there.
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July 23, 2015 on Banned By Chicago Mayor, Chief Keef Says Hologram Show Will Go On In A Secret Location
Problem with that picture is everyone is wondering about the Smiths shirt behind it with Will Smith terribly photoshopped into it. Still, GREAT SHIRT! I think it's something Dave Grohl and Courtney Love could actually agree on as needing to come to retail. Hanson would probably like it too. Anyone else less impressed at the Lisa Simpson shirt with the old Beasties logo on it?
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July 21, 2015 on Teen Unearths Previously Unseen Photos From Nirvana’s First Show
Already exists, and honestly, it's not that confusing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnWTcpBk5xI
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July 21, 2015 on Ghostface Killah To Action Bronson: “Who Gives You The Right To Even Mention My Name?”
What happens next? Are Nas and Your Old Droog going to sit down and discuss who owns Nas' voice and if there are licensing restrictions? Ghost, get over yourself. You can't publicly say you're okay with someone and when they make an innocent comment get all holier-than-thou on them. I don't think Bronson is right that he is "not rapping like this no more", but I don't think that's a diss or anything. Seriously, if we're going to talk about bad things Bronson has done, this wouldn't even make the list. Is Ghost just mad he's not on a major any more or getting hype like he used to? I love Ghost and I love Bronson, and none of this is gonna change any of that. Ghost needs to calm down though. This isn't Ghost vs. 50 Cent, this ain't Wu-Tang vs. Bad Boy, this isn't even KRS-One vs. PM Dawn (look it up for a laugh). Just accept that some people have voices and sometimes they can somewhat resemble each others. I've never mistaken Bronson's raps for Ghost's beyond a brief moment of "hey, doesn't he sound like...?". Hell, I had more trouble discerning Alanis Morissette's voice from Meredith Brooks' and Patti Rothberg's voices in the nineties than telling the difference between Ghost and Bronson.
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July 20, 2015 on Ghostface Killah To Action Bronson: “Who Gives You The Right To Even Mention My Name?”
Just to clarify, when I wrote "what did I expect him to do?", I was talking about Nathan. I would have hoped Dev would have written the whole occurrence out though.
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July 17, 2015 on Wavves Shares “Way Too Much,” Fights With His Label
As much as Twitter can be the lazy way to make your argument, how many people will read a full-length blog or website posting about their grievances? And no offense to the artists in question, but how many of them are going to sit down and write a perfectly penned statement of their issues? Twitter is a rather immediate portal for getting your angst out. But I do agree, especially when it comes to serious issues and statements. For example, Dev Hynes' statement about being jumped at Lollapalooza should have been a full statement, not a bunch of angry tweets. And again, no offense to Nathan or any other artists, but what did I expect him to do? Write out a sparkling dichotomy of Warner Bros. alienation of himself and other similarly mismanaged artists?
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July 17, 2015 on Wavves Shares “Way Too Much,” Fights With His Label