Adam Smith Riggs

Comments from Adam Smith Riggs

I used to work for a plant, and this stuff legitimately happens. It can be a pretty tense legal situation for the plant too, especially if both acts are major label (but not the same major label) artists. I don't think this is made up.
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September 19, 2017 on Beyoncé’s Lemonade Vinyl Accidentally Pressed With Canadian Punk Band’s Album
But it will. Digital files do degrade. Also, technology often outpaces file types, so there's also the question of if you find a folder of digital files on a hard drive in twenty years, will they be playable?
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September 18, 2017 on Beyoncé’s Lemonade Vinyl Accidentally Pressed With Canadian Punk Band’s Album
Divorced from historical context (I got into the band decades after they broke up), "Candy Apple Grey" might actually be my favorite.
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September 14, 2017 on Hüsker Dü’s Grant Hart Dead At 56
I'll be one of the folks to drop in and say I don't fully understand the snark. It's that whole "fandom isn't cool" thing that I find woefully pretentious. "Sonic Highways" the album was a snoozer, but "Sonic Highways" the show was a lot of fun, as was "Sound City". I can't see what's so uncool about loving the history of rock music and its varied hallowed grounds. And "Wasting Light" is an incredible album. I'll stand by that all day long. Long live the Foos.
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September 12, 2017 on Premature Evaluation: Foo Fighters Concrete And Gold
Other albums not mentioned: Hammock Akercocke The Haunted Leng Tch'e Orthodox Sannhet
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August 23, 2017 on Album Of The Week: EMA Exile In The Outer Ring
I wander who pressed it. The plant I used to work for had a few fun (fun? yeah, let's call them that) mishaps like this over the years, as well as at least one major Car Seat Headrest-style recall.
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August 18, 2017 on Gordi Vinyl Accidentally Pressed With Unreleased Queens Of The Stone Age Songs
Pink is awesome. She's been among my favorite pop stars for nearly fifteen years now. Sorry, just not understanding some of this snark.
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August 17, 2017 on Pink Denies That “Lady Marmalade” Is Her Only Relevant Music Video, Says She’s Made Amends With Christina Aguilera
I thought this was already the widely-accepted story for AJFA's lack of bass, but maybe previous to now it was merely apocryphal?
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August 15, 2017 on Metallica Producer Says …And Justice For All’s Horrible Mix Isn’t His Fault
Took me a while to reply here but I have jammed this repeatedly and it is sick. Those death metal vocals elevate this record for sure.
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August 10, 2017 on Stream Firewalker’s Self-Titled Debut
Parents of a 10-year-old girl that wants to see Metallica? Is there something wrong with this?
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August 9, 2017 on Man Arrested For Allegedly Peeing On Family During Metallica Concert
I'm sad he's gone, but boy am I glad he's done wrestling with that terrible disease. Go gently and rest easy, sir.
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August 8, 2017 on Glen Campbell Dead At 81
Not that this is the appropriate time to discuss her music, but when "I'm Not Bossy, I'm The Boss" came out a couple years back, I though she was turning over a new leaf and even had a shot at a late-career comeback. It was really a great album. I'm sad that she has been so derailed by her struggle with mental illness. I started following her on Facebook around the time of that album, and shortly after her posts slowly moved toward just weird and sometimes nearly incoherent rants and, while I don't think I realized the fullness of what I was seeing happen, it was very disturbing.
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August 8, 2017 on Sinead O’Connor Says She’s Suicidal, Living In New Jersey Motel
I always feel crazy for saying this, but The Killers are one of the best live bands I've ever seen. I won tickets to one of their shows around the time of "Day & Age" and was absolutely floored. A statement like this will presumably be considered heretical, but their presence onstage, particularly Flowers, was very reminiscent of Queen.
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August 2, 2017 on Watch The Killers’ 10-Song Set On The Vegas Strip For Kimmel
I'm no expert on this sort of insurance claim, and I'm a peripheral Kanye fan at best (I like a lot of music but find him personally grating most of the time), but, especially with an independent medical review sought by the insurer agreeing that he was unfit to tour, this seems like some shady shit by Lloyd's, no?
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August 2, 2017 on Kanye West Files $10 Million Lawsuit Over Tour Cancelled Due To His Mental Breakdown
Glad you guys posted this, but I can't help but feel like it's burying the lede a bit that most mentions of this band just say "and members of the Locust" and not "Justin Peason, bassist & frontman from near-legendary noise/hardcore unit The Locust". I get that Patton & Lombardo is exciting as fuck, but I can't help but feel like The Locust influence is much more immediately identifiable in the music. Anyway, just .02.
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August 1, 2017 on Stream Dead Cross Dead Cross
AOTY contender I know it already.
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August 1, 2017 on Bully – “Feel The Same”
Well, prior to this comment was a long-winded explanation of the lacquer cutting process, but it seems to have disappeared. Short version - they haven't opened their own pressing plant. What they've likely done is acquired a cutting lathe which is the first step in the vinyl process, wherein the source material (analog tape I would assume in Gillian's case) is transferred to an acetate/lacquer-coated disc which serves as the first component in a multi-step process that culminates eventually into a metal disc that is the inverse or negative of the record, called a stamper. The stamper goes in the hydraulic press and stamps the records. The lacquer cutting process is in some ways the most important step, because what you get out of that process is what you get on every single record after...so at best it never changes and at worst it only gets worse. That's the tl;dr version. If my mysteriously disappearing comment comes back there will be a long version.
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July 27, 2017 on Q&A: Gillian Welch On The Arcane Process Of Pressing Vinyl & Why She Didn’t Feel Like A Proper Artist Until Now
To clarify, in the vinyl production process, the lacquer cutting is referred to as "mastering". As far as I know, this predates the more well-known use of the word mastering. In fact, back in the day, the two processes were essentially one-in-the-same or at least occurring simultaneously.
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July 27, 2017 on Q&A: Gillian Welch On The Arcane Process Of Pressing Vinyl & Why She Didn’t Feel Like A Proper Artist Until Now
VERY VERY VERY excited to hear about this. As a former employee of one of the many plants she references here, I can attest to the care they have put into this and confirm that she isn't exaggerating when talking about how long the process has been for them.
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July 27, 2017 on Q&A: Gillian Welch On The Arcane Process Of Pressing Vinyl & Why She Didn’t Feel Like A Proper Artist Until Now
Late reply, but I just saw this. I personally don't hate on Lars too much. I was a Napster kid and held a grudge for a while, but yeah...dude rocks. I was just pointing out the reason I usually hear. That said though, while overall I think he's fine, I think his behind-the-beat playing is actually more indicative of poor technique than a stylistic choice. I have no evidence of that, just my gut feeling watching and hearing him play. I love that Questlove/J Dilla story, by the way, but don't think it quite applies. No human drummer is completely on beat to the nanosecond 100% of the time...the point of the Quest story is that he was a live drummer doing his damndest to play like a drum machine, and Dilla played his drum machine to intentionally sound more like a live drummer.
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July 25, 2017 on Watch Metallica Replace Lars Ulrich With A Little Girl
His snare hits are almost always behind the beat. And his snare tone sucks. Those are the reasons I have most often heard.
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July 19, 2017 on Watch Metallica Replace Lars Ulrich With A Little Girl
RJ nailed it above, but I'll second it. Beck is utterly phenomenal live. I saw him play as part of a two night stand at The Ryman in Nashville, TN. Unfortunately my night didn't include any "Midnite Vultures" tunes (he played "Sexx Laws" and "Debra" the next night), but it did showcase his ability to go from gorgeous countrypolitan ballads (he frontloaded the set with songs off "Morning Light", which he said was inspired by the venue he was playing in) to his funky 90's rap-influenced tracks and then on to his Guero jams without missing a beat. The first song of the encore was "Hell Yes", but a full-band rendition of the "Ghettochip Malfunction" remix version! Every member but the drummer on a synth of some kind. Speaking of the drummer, in all my years of seeing metal bands play (not to mention Stewart Copeland of The Police) I've never seen a bigger kit. He had some electronic pads onstage for the obviously electronic drum parts, but very few of the other percussion sounds were sampled - he had them all there and ready to play. Anyway, yes, Beck is awesome live.
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July 13, 2017 on Watch Beck Play “Sexx Laws” & “Where It’s At” With The Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Really late response here, but what I meant was he is Slayer's former drummer, not a "former drummer" as written in the article.
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July 12, 2017 on Watch Fantômas Play At Tool’s Festival
All the talk about women in rock above and no mention (unless I missed it) of the fact that Boris' lead guitarist is a woman. Anyway, Waxahatchee and Japanese Breakfast are much anticipated, but for me, along with them, Boris, and Integrity...what I'm REALLY looking forward to is Lo Tom.
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July 12, 2017 on Album Of The Week: Waxahatchee Out In The Storm
Downvoted by accident. Carry on.
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July 12, 2017 on Album Of The Week: Waxahatchee Out In The Storm
Small edit, and sorry for being pedantic, but Dale Crover was a member of Melvins from 1984 onward. As far as I know he was pulling double duty during his short stint with Nirvana.
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July 6, 2017 on Watch The Unearthed Full Video Of Nirvana’s 1988 Performance In An Aberdeen Radio Shack