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Dirty Projectors Go Ask Willy

ARTIST: Dirty Projectors
TITLE: Bitte Orca
RELEASE DATE: June 9, 2009
WEB DEBUT: April 9, 2009 …

Mike Barthel | April 10, 2009 - 11:30 am

Glad Hits A Jesus Christ Pose

Glad is a Christian acapella group.

Mike Barthel | April 10, 2009 - 5:30 am

On Billy Corgan

Look, I’m not going to try to explain Billy…

Mike Barthel | April 10, 2009 - 4:00 am

Look, I’m not going to try to explain Billy…

Mike Barthel | April 10, 2009 - 4:00 am

Look, I’m not going to try to explain Billy…

Mike Barthel | April 10, 2009 - 4:00 am

Look, I’m not going to try to explain Billy…

Mike Barthel | April 10, 2009 - 4:00 am

Look, I’m not going to try to explain Billy…

Mike Barthel | April 10, 2009 - 4:00 am

On Pearl Jam’s “Ten” And ’90s Revisionism

Pearl Jam’s Ten was recently reissued, and the $200 limited edition version had a ludicrous slew of extras (though it would be kinda cool to have the original Vedder audition tape); even the basic edition includes an entirely new mix of the album. Most publications took the opportunity to review the album as a chance…

Mike Barthel | April 10, 2009 - 3:30 am

Qtrax More Frustrating Than Q*bert

You may or may not recall Qtrax, though given that our last post about it was in mid-2008, you probably don’t. So, a brief refresher: Conceived of as an ad-supported “legal P2P service” that would offer free downloads of major-label music, it launched in January 2008 at the MIDEM convention, but was forced to admit

Mike Barthel | April 10, 2009 - 1:00 am

Keri Hilson Makes TV Work For Her

If you’re looking for an example of good-sounding live music on TV—and I assure you, I do not write this sentence lightly—Jimmy Kimmel seems to have figured it out. It helps that, rather than having bands perform in the Late Night With Jimmy Kimmel studio, they play outdoors at the “Pontiac Garage” which, while kind…

Mike Barthel | March 30, 2009 - 12:30 pm

Is “DIY” Just Another Word For Nothing Left To Lose?

When I get sick, I tend to read music books. (I don’t really know why—maybe because all the plots are basically the same?) And during a recent illness, I broke out Michael Azerrad’s telling of the indie foundational myth, Our Band Could Be Your Life, and it’s informed a lot of my thinking lately about…

Mike Barthel | March 30, 2009 - 12:00 pm

T-Pain, who underwent medical treatment and…

Mike Barthel | March 30, 2009 - 5:30 am

T-Pain, who underwent medical treatment and…

Mike Barthel | March 30, 2009 - 5:30 am

T-Pain, who underwent medical treatment and…

Mike Barthel | March 30, 2009 - 5:30 am

T-Pain, who underwent medical treatment and…

Mike Barthel | March 30, 2009 - 5:30 am

T-Pain on Medical Treatment Post-Accident

T-Pain, who underwent medical treatment and…

Mike Barthel | March 30, 2009 - 5:30 am

T-Pain on Post-Accident Medical Treatment

T-Pain, who underwent medical treatment and…

Mike Barthel | March 30, 2009 - 5:30 am

T-Pain, who underwent medical treatment and…

Mike Barthel | March 30, 2009 - 5:30 am

Google Giving Away Music In China

Google has the lion’s share of the search engine market in most countries; the major exception is China, where native search portal Baidu is by far the dominant site. This was achieved not just by being a local company sensitive to local concerns (though that is certainly a large part of it: Chinese consumers prefer…

Mike Barthel | March 30, 2009 - 4:00 am

Leonard Cohen Revises “Hallelujah” Into A Love Song

If you were Leonard Cohen, and you kept hearing how no one considers your version of “Hallelujah” to be the best one—and, trust me, most people do not—you might be tempted, on your new tour, to change the song’s arrangement a bit. Make it a little more like that dead pretty boy, with chiming guitar,…

Mike Barthel | March 30, 2009 - 3:00 am

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