Martijn ter Haar

Comments from Martijn ter Haar

The big thing is not the player, which is just a high ended dedicated portable audio device. The big thing is the store, which will sell the music in the HD format and apparently already has backing of all major labels. Two problems though: - A lot of new music has this 'loudness war' overcompressed mastering, optimized for mp3 listening on noisy subway trains. You can put that in huge FLAC files all you want, it will still sound like crap on a hi-fi system, unless it's mastered for it. - From what I saw in the video, old albums like Nirvana's will be priced $17,99. Which will make sure this stays a niche product for audiophiles. The music should not be significantly more expensive than it is on cd, preferably the same price. In fact, I think that if they really want to make it a success, they should throw in a killer deal that convinces you to get rid of your mp3's or cd's, like 50 or even 100 album downloads for free if you buy the player or any album of which you can prove you already own it on cd or vinyl for $1 (this might be problematic logistically.)
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March 12, 2014 on Watch Neil Young’s PonoMusic Kickstarter Video With Arcade Fire, Beck, Jack White, & Many More
I don't like Hotel Yorba at all and Girl, You Have No Faith in Medicine should definitely haven been in this list, but otherwise a pretty fine list, with the obvious #1 & #2. Well maybe, Little Cream Soda should be in there too, to represent Icky Thump, an album I like better than Get Behind Me Satan.
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February 26, 2014 on The 10 Best White Stripes Songs
Here's my list. - I love The Birthday Party, but their compilation Hits is so good, that I never listen to the original records. - There's no denying Let Love In - To me From Her to Eternity and The Firstborn Are Dead are almost a double album. I like the latter a little better than the former, so I think it's strange they are so far apart in this list. - I think Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! is almost as bad as Nocturama (and it misses a banger like 'Babe, I'm on Fire'). Grinderman 2 is pretty mediocre too. - I prefer Cave's more kitsch-y ballads over the more earnest stuff (I don't like earnest music in general for some reason, I guess it's a character flaw.) Give me 'The Weeping Song' or 'The Loom of the Land' over 'People Ain't No Good' anytime. So for me it's The Good Son over The Boatman's Call every time, especially since The Good Son also has The Hammer Song and the title track. (Hits) Let Love In Henry's Dream The Firstborn Is Dead From Her to Eternity Murder Ballads The Good Son Tender Prey Grinderman Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus No More Shall We Part Push The Sky Away The Boatman's Call Kicking Against The Pricks Your Funeral... My Trial Grinderman 2 Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! Nocturama
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January 9, 2014 on Nick Cave Albums From Worst To Best
I'm a very a-typical Daft Punk fan, being more of a rocker/metalhead. So Human After All is by far my favourite album of theirs. It's like their tribute to bands like The Stooges and Black Sabbath. I also happen to have a soft spot for late seventies AOR, so I also like the things on R.A.M. everyone else hates (Fragments of Time! Touch!). My top 10: 1. The Brainwasher 2. Stream Machine 3. The Prime Time of Your Life 4. Technologic 5. Da Funk 6. Harder Faster Better Stronger 7. Lose Yourself to Dance 8. Fragments of Time 9. Around the World 10. Touch (Like I said: Human After All is by far by favourite Daft Punk album.)
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July 3, 2013 on The 10 Best Daft Punk Songs
The first Queens of the Stone Age album is Homme's masterpiece and ...And The Circus Leaves Town is almost as good as Welcome to Sky Valley (El Rodeo! Spaceship Landing!) and both are much better than Blues for the Red Sun. The QotSA discography actually is quite simple: start with a masterpiece and it's all downhill from there - although at a very low angle - until ...Like Clockwork, where Homme re-invents himself again. So my list is: 1. Queens of the Stone Age 2. Welcome to Sky Valley 3. ...And the Circus Leaves Town 4. Rated R 5. ...Like Clockwork 6. Songs for the Deaf 7. Blues for the Red Sun 8. Lullabies to Paralyze 9. Era Vulgaris 10. Them Crooked Vultures I have to admit I never listened to Wretch.
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June 15, 2013 on Josh Homme Albums From Worst To Best
Streaming sites pay much less than cd or download sales, which is the reason some artists and labels withhold their records from them.
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May 15, 2013 on Google Announces Music Subscription Service
It's: 1. Yeah (Crass Version) 2. Losing My Edge 3. Movement Sound Of Silver is one of the most disappointing second albums in history (just after Primary Colours by The Horrors), and I couldn't be bothered with anything after that.
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May 15, 2013 on The 10 Best LCD Soundsystem Songs
1. Whiskeyclone, Hotel City 1997 (Mellow Gold) 2. O Maria (Mutations) 3. Asshole (One Foot in the Grave) 4. Lord Only Knows (Odelay) 5. Get Real Paid (Midnite Vultures)
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January 17, 2013 on The 10 Best Beck Songs
Metal bans already had their own infrastructure with labels, magazines and PR-companies that came out of a DIY-ethic when filesharing came around. Labels like Relapse and Southern Lord were never seen as the enemy, but as enablers of bands. So this whole crap about "killing greedy labels" got a lot less traction. And of course metal originated as a counter movement to hippie utopianism. Maybe that made metalheads weary when hippie utopianism resurfaced as techno utopianism.
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January 1, 2013 on 2012 In Review: Opening The Books On Spotify, Grizzly Bear, And The Economic Plight Of The Working Musician
Some metal picks: - Darkthrone - The Underground Resistance (February) - Ghost - Infestissumam (Spring) - Enforcer - Death By Fire (2/1) - Suffocation - Prince of Bedlam (2/15)
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December 24, 2012 on The 50 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2013
We are 138! Best sing-along anthem ever. It's time to be an android, not a man!
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October 31, 2012 on The 10 Best Misfits Songs
Is it me or does this sound quite a lot like Lost Sounds or Jay Reatard's other project Terror Visions?
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June 19, 2011 on Prurient – “A Meal Can Be Made” (Stereogum Premiere)
This is how I like my black metal.
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September 28, 2010 on Profanatica – “Angel With Cock”
I didn't like Microcosmos at all, it lacked bite and felt formulaic. This new one is much better, but bands like Drudkh of WitTR will never be favourites, simply not my taste. The Watain and Nachtmystium are 2010 favorites, but I'd add Diamonds by Enforcer and two albums by bands that are not really metal, but do evoke the spirit of great bands like Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin: Black Mountain's Wilderness Heart and The Dead Weather's A Sea of Cowards.
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September 25, 2010 on Is Drudkh’s Handful Of Stars The Best Album Of 2010?
What this list makes me want to do is blast Watain's 2010 masterpiece Lawless Darkness as loud as possible.
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July 1, 2010 on NPR Listeners’ Top 50 Albums Of 2010 So Far
If this song is a good indication for the album, Masters Of Reality would be the perfect opener. It sounds like something straight of Sunrise on the Suffer Bus.
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May 14, 2010 on Tom Petty – “I Should Have Known It” Video
It's a private video...
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May 1, 2010 on The Black Keys – “Next Girl” Video
It's about time that Scooter get the tribute they deserve.
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March 19, 2010 on The Lonely Island & Julian Casablancas – “Boombox” Video