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Written by | July 21, 2015 6:11 | No Comments

It sounds great but it sounds too much, it overloads you and not in a great way (though certainly in a good way). But I may be wrong, the move between the two parts of the album, from “More Perfect Unions” extended instrumental coda to “Sun Salutations” a capella and then the classic rock thump of “(S)HE SAID/(S)HE SAID” is kinda major stuff… Nobody else can do it.

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Written by | July 19, 2015 7:37 | No Comments

The problem with Apple Play is it makes navigation a little too difficult. The service is a little counter-intuitive. But, the more I use it the easier I find it: just click “New”, use the search, double click “New to start the process again. Save to “My Music” if you want to download it and add to your music, when the merge works it will merge with your own downloaded songs.

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Written by | July 16, 2015 5:32 | No Comments

t’s not because of the money, although my share (like all the other artists) was dramatically reduced by bad deals made without my consent.
It’s about sound quality. I don’t need my music to be devalued by the worst quality in the history of broadcasting or any other form of distribution. I don’t feel right allowing this to be sold to my fans. It’s bad for my music.

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Written by | July 5, 2015 15:45 | No Comments

I just checked on Itunes Store… they aren’t there either. Does Prince want to protect his copyright so much he doesn’t want to sell the albums at all? It is so very strange, These can’t be albums he isn’t proud of, Crystal Ball alone is better than anything he released this decade. The man is a nutcase, he should put all his music anyway but at least he should sell them.

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Written by | April 28, 2015 14:41 | No Comments

It is a wild and abrasive thing, earth-shaking, wall-crumbling, playing with dissonance and twisting around distortion. The first track, ‘Acetate’, sounds like Nirvana meets the Pixies in a hairy bath of testosterone. There is so much rage and passion, such fuzz and buzz that ‘Swimmer’ explodes at your face like a Nepal bomb and ‘Spit You Out’ does exactly this… with disdain and fury.

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Written by | April 17, 2015 0:07 | No Comments

We wouldn’t have joined it anyway, even if they had asked. We don’t want to be tribal. I think smaller bands should get paid more for it, too. Bigger bands have other ways of making money, so I don’t think you can complain. A band of our size shouldn’t be complaining. And when they say it’s artist-owned, it’s owned by those rich, wealthy artists.’

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Written by | April 13, 2015 0:07 | No Comments

We still don’t know much about Tidal, but according to The Verge,Tidal reportedly offered millions of dollars and an equity stake to artists such as Coldplay, Rihanna, Daft Punk, Alicia Keys, Calvin Harris, Jack White, Madonna, Usher, Arcade Fire, Deadmau5,… in exchange of their exclusive conten

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Written by | April 10, 2015 0:07 | No Comments

I have never heard of a business enterprise whose main selling point was more money for the billionaire artists and not a thing for the consumers. What sort of business model is that? There are many things that might concern the average fan, but Beyonce not making enough money isn’t among them.

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Written by | April 5, 2015 0:08 | No Comments

There is a very simple test you can do on Tidal, it allows you to play five songs (you don’t pick the songs, and I got the Killers, James Blake, Daft Punk, the Eagles and the Dixie Chicks) using two sound sources A and B. You can switch back and forth between A and B during the short music sample, then determine which of the two is the high fidelity sound source. I was using my Macbook connected to a Logitech speaker system. I paid around $40 for them and they sound okay for me, but I did very badly at the test, I guessed 2 out of 5 correctly!! Not bad? Are they kidding?

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Written by | March 14, 2015 0:06 | No Comments

Spotify are the least customer friendly outfit in the world. You gotta problem with their app? Tough luck, go deal with it yourself, they don’t give a rat’s ass. It is one reason they might go under. They just don’t give a damn about the customer, you are simply, on your own.

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Written by | February 27, 2015 0:03 | No Comments

What is truly disappointing, is Bjork of all people knows how to prove the limitations of streaming by using it, she could have if she wanted it, make the album itself secondary to the overall experience.

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Written by | November 19, 2014 0:06 | No Comments

The Taylor Swift controversy continues, and there’s not a day that passes when Taylor and her decision to remove her songs from Spotify isn’t not commented by somebody… if Dave Grohl ‘doesn’t fucking care’ about the whole deal — but his comment is not really relevant to anything — Billy Bragg has now shared his opinion.

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Written by | September 16, 2014 0:05 | No Comments

It is so great it is the greatness that you find in later period Nabakov, like “Transparent Things” -and it is the ululating completeness of something like a mid-period Nabakov like “The Vane Sisters”. I guess I mean it is eastern European in nature.

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Written by | July 31, 2014 0:04 | No Comments

It seems to me Spotify have settled themselves after last years somewhat stalled growth (and I still think they have passed on the older generation before they had to), are back to taking over the world of streaming by storm. And I believe this is a future of music distribution (which is what we are discussing, of course

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Written by | July 29, 2014 0:03 | No Comments

I guess it is the guy in me, the lover of lists, but I find stuff like Billboard charts and here the Spotify streaing list interesting though, really, what here couldn’t you figure from the Billboard’s singles charts. Iggy, Sam Smith, Ariana, Nico, maybe Sia is a little higher than I thought would be, and maybe “Break Free” broke free a little earlier on Spotify than Billboard but what other surprises?

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Written by | July 25, 2014 0:05 | No Comments

It seems like a good deal to me because it is at least one for a good cause and you don’t have to actually go to New Jersey. The last time I did it, for Maria Taylor, the PC kept freezing but I’ve invested my $50 and I will be watching.

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Written by | July 22, 2014 0:02 | No Comments

Apparently, it has just been made available but I don’t know since there has been no official annoucement. You would have thought Spotify would’ve been all over that announcement and the reason I’m guessing they weren’t isbecause Columbia wouldn’t pay for advertising space and so it snuck in the back door

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Written by | April 11, 2014 0:04 | No Comments

In the real world, what everyone from 1D to Marshall Crenshaw has discovered is that they can sell more by breaking up the album into shorted more frequent releases. The single song or four song EP, with a quarterly presence, is a more effective way to sell product.

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Written by | April 6, 2014 0:10 | No Comments

The ideology of any content streaming or distribution on the global networks is one of the foundations of disruptive innovation and what’s now called the sharing economy. This sharing economy is one in which the holders of the internet gateways and services get all the share and everyone else gets shit.

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Written by | April 4, 2014 0:06 | No Comments

This manifests itself as a callousness, a neglectfulness, about the music people listen to. Since they don’t own the music, they don’t have anything invested in it. There interest is as limited as somebody who is spending a coupla nights in a Days Inn

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Written by | January 8, 2014 0:02 | No Comments

The problem with a Superbowl buy is however memorable it is, nobody will remember a week from now. They are much better off spending their money judicially. But, of course, this is about impressing their backers, though why wasting money would embrace anybody is beyond me.

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Written by | December 20, 2013 0:08 | No Comments

The difference between streaming and buying music, is not the difference between renting and buying a house, it is the difference between enjoying what you own when you’re alive and losing it when you die and believing you are gonna take it with you.

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Written by | December 14, 2013 0:04 | No Comments

So altogether, I wasn’t thrilled by the band but listening to Zep 1 – 4 plus Houses Of The Holy and the incredible Physical Graffiti, I must admit I think punk has something to answer for, while it is true that all six albums dropped pre punk still it was punk that made them obsolote with one amphetemine sneer from Johnny Rotten’s lips.

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Written by | December 13, 2013 0:07 | No Comments

At the moment you can stream just about everything Pink Floyd have ever released though the Led Zep availability is still in its infancy, only the first four albums are up and, oddly enough, with “Immigrant Song”, “Since I’ve Been Loving You”, “Black Dog”, “Immigrant Song”, “Stairway To Heaven”, and “Misty Mountain Hop” missing.

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Written by | December 11, 2013 0:05 | No Comments

They will see their music freely distributed on every iPhone and iPad of the planet without being concerted. The new free Spotify mobile streaming service will launch on December 11th, just on time for Christmas.

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Written by | November 30, 2013 0:05 | No Comments

It is simply not what we have been trained to, turn on the TV to listen to music? What a crazy idea if there is no image. We have our computers, iPods and iPhones, why the hell would I turn on the TV to stare at a blue screen while listening to some has-been band of the 80s?

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Written by | October 5, 2013 0:05 | No Comments

In practice it is all about the music and the ability to pull a hundred Jones albums with a click is heaven. It is a miracle of science. I am so happy and Spotify aren’t finished yet. Within five years they will be a major archival resource for George Jones recordings

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Written by | September 9, 2013 0:07 | No Comments

I stand firm in supporting the little guy. I couldn’t see not paying for their work when they literally mortgage their parents home for a dream. But there will never be a day when I pay for The Stones or The Beatles.

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