What Cook and U2 probably wanted to duplicate yesterday was the organic delight when Beyoncé released an entire album out of the blue last December on iTunes. Instead, U2 stuffed a locksmith card in your doorframe, which you’ve probably already tossed.
…imagine what it would have been like if, instead of a free U2 album, Apple gave away a brand new Dr. Dre album.
In this episode of Song Exploder, Anamanaguchi talks about how words don’t mean anything in pop music – they may as well not even be in English. Then it hit me, I didn’t even know the words “prom” and “night” were even in this track.
A familiar theme appears at 2:12.
Final Fantasy was released in Japan in 1987. Moody Blues’s The Other Side of Life came out a year earlier.
I tried to keep a datebook one summer, but it didn’t work out. I’d get confused and write down things just to write them down and I came to this realization that I didn’t do enough things to keep a datebook.
- Bret Easton Ellis, Less Than Zero
Windowing will mean a much different thing once Apple uses its relationships to get exclusive stuff for Beats.
On the electronic dance music boom.
For older Americans, or those with an interest in music history, the rise of EDM might seem eerily familiar. Disco took the country by storm in the late 1970s, only to flame out spectacularly amid a fierce backlash from rock music enthusiasts. Proponents of the genre obviously don’t think history will repeat itself. “This isn’t disco,”John Boyle, the CFO of Insomniac, an EDM tour promoter, said in comments reported by The Verge. “This is hip hop with a lot more legs.”
How is it hip hop?
Richard Anderson on running:
In April, I started the Couch to 5K training program. As I write this, I’m in week 7, having missed some time due to travel, injury, and other issues. I run because I want to be in better shape. I want to lose weight, and stave off an early death from a life spent sitting. I do not run because I like it. In fact, I hate running.
I run twice a week. I use the Nike Plus app. When I rate the run I never ever ever use anything above the middle face with the flat mouth. I don’t smile. I convinced myself I do this for fresh air and so I can sleep better.
This and the “look better naked” mantra is the only reason I exercise. There is no mindfulness. There is no zen moment. There’s only a feeling that this sucks and that I’m doing this for the right reasons.
I’m on a Bret Easton Ellis kick after subscribing to his podcast a few weeks ago , so I missed this February 2014 interview in Vice with the author about millennials:
When I hear millennials getting hurt by “cyber bullying,” or it being a gateway to suicide, it’s difficult for me to process…It’s very difficult for them to take criticism, and because of that a lot of the content produced is kind of shitty. And when someone is criticized for their content, they seem to collapse, or the person criticizing them is called a hater, a contrarian, a troll.
…What we have is a generation who are super-confident and super-positive about things, but when the least bit of darkness enters their lives, they’re paralyzed.
What’s very damning are the sites people go to for free stuff that benefit by selling advertising space.
A report by the Digital Citizens Alliance released earlier this year found that pirate sites took in nearly a quarter of a billion dollars in revenues in 2013, with the largest 30 sites averaging $4.4 million in ad revenues and even the smallest sites pulling in $100,000 annually, all on the backs of uncompensated artists. As these sites need not bother with licensing fees, their profit margins are estimated to range between 80 and 94 per cent.
It’s more lucrative to leach than it is to create.