Thom Yorke spells out the downside of pay-what-you-will

Thom Yorke at Latitude 2009 photo by Hero of Sorts

This is a very interesting post from The Trichordist, which eloquently sums up my feelings on how music is treated. Yes, it’s always been a business, but, ironically, at least Sony et al actually cared.

‘”We were so into the net around the time of Kid A,” he says. “Really thought it might be an amazing way of connecting and communicating. And then very quickly we started having meetings where people started talking about what we did as ‘content’.’

– Thom Yorke talking to the Guardian

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The new rules of growing old gracefully

Nick Cave 2009 New York City David Shankbone

I was reminded an old post I made here, back when I could write. It’s not that I’ve forgotten how to do it, or magically been zapped by some wicked witch, but I’ve just run out of time and enthusiasm. I wonder if that’s what happens to everyone in the end. When was the last good Metallica album you heard? Isn’t the best recent Ministry album a pale copy of Psalm 69? I might hope for a good new NIN album, but we’ll likely get a dull slab of corporate dad-rock with some tinkly bits.

What happened to us all?

We got old. Rock ‘n’ roll comes with a deadline, and when you reach it, time to die or move on. You’re not supposed to still be there at 50.  Continue reading

Most overlooked posts of the past 3 months

3:10 to Yuma

1. Terminator 2, and other remixes
Pogo: “Comprising nothing but small sounds recorded from Terminator 2, Skynet Symphonic is my tribute to one of the greatest action features of all time.”
I’ve also included a few of Pogo’s other innovative “remixes”.

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Hoppy New Year: UNKLE – Rabbit In Your Headlights

UNKLE: the collective of James Lavelle, Tim Goldsworthy and DJ Shadow, plus whoever they could rope in that week. The first song I heard by them, Celestial Annihilation, marries an 80s electro-techno sensibility with a 90s build-up-break-down structure of the type Fatboy Slim and Junkie XL were renowned for. Everything about it is meticulous without being cold, from the blissful percussive synth tinkles at the 2:58 mark to the “we came here to rock” vocal sample; a sheer delight from start to finish.

I was looking for rabbit-themed songs to herald in the Lunar New Year, which starts today, and was reminded of another UNKLE track, which won the MVPA’s Best International Video of the Year Award in 1999.

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