Pixies Sold Out! … Right?

Warning: The following is long, boring, and may not make a tremendous amount of sense. This is the nonsensical rantings of myself, a fellow music lover frustrated with people’s expectations and accusations of modern day musicians and how fans seem to think their bands “sell out”.

The death of musical integrity?

As a band, changing the style of your music can sometimes a double edged sword. In the eyes of your fans, or future fans, you either become a genius for innovating, and taking your music in a brilliant new direction, or you “sold out” and are no longer the same you once were. A lot of bands that begin as small independent acts and soon thereafter find themselves on billboard charts and headline marquees tend to loose there luster after the album that helped launch their newfound stardom. I mean this in terms of music quality sometimes, but mostly and in the numbers of their original fan base. Generally this is because said band decides to sign with a “bigger” label. From there, producers and executives that now essentially own that band step in and begin turning the bands music into a product to sell. Something that will be much more accessible and listener friendly to most of the public, and will help gain a much larger audience that they couldn’t possibly achieve on their own. Musicians either straight up want this, suck it up and do it for the money/fame, or don’t sign and stay on the lower tiers of labels as well as the lower tier of “popular” musicians.
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iTunes Match: A Cancer to my Music Library

iTunes Match unveiling

As up-to-date as I stay on music, I’m not always an early adopter when it comes to the latest music technologies. When everything went digital, I had a hard time giving away the tangible feel of CDs, which now I would never waste time buying, but at the time seemed like a huge thing to sacrifice. Now that everything is going to the cloud, I am again having a hard time of giving away the possession of an MP3 file.
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A Scott Weiland Christmas (aka “A Very Douchey Christmas”)

Christmas Album, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
The cover of Scott Weiland's upcoming Christmas album

Which pop singer’s Christmas album do you want to listen to during the holiday season? Josh Groban? So you can hear the pop-classical crooner with the sparkling clean image. Mariah Carey? For her sultry rendition of “All I Want for Christmas Is You”. Or how about Scott Weiland, former lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver, and The Magnificent Bastards. If you chose Scott Weiland, you have stumbled upon a veritable gold mine. If you said, “Yes, I would like the former grunge god; cocaine, heroin, and crack-cocaine addict; domestic abuser; and (worst of all) Notre Dame football fan to be the sound of my Christmas”, then you are in luck. Strap on your seat belts, because somebody thought Scott Weiland would be ideal to sing the vocals ushering in the birth of the Christ, with his new Christmas album The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.
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Blink-182: A Retrospective

Blink-182: A Retrospective

For shits and giggles, I thought I might review the new Blink-182 album, Neighborhoods.  This is their first album after an 8-year hiatus, meaning I probably haven’t heard a Blink song, except for by accident, in around 8 years.  Upon listening to the album, I can’t exactly say that I was disappointed, because it is hard to disappoint when one has absolutely zero expectations.  Suffice it to say, the album was mostly trash.  What I found interesting while listening to Neighborhoods, was how much I wanted to go back and listen to some earlier Blink.  I felt an intense need to evaluate my adolescent affection for Blink-182.  Was my taste in music just disturbingly flawed?  Are there redeemable qualities to be found in the earlier work of Blink?  And finally, what is the legacy left by the turn-of-the-century success of this band?  I hope to answer all of these questions.

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Keep it tight; Keep it fresh

After a whirlwind 3 weeks with a wedding every weekend, I am more than ready to put an end to my tour de Midwest, and just sleep.  But, in the 40+ hours I have been traveling I have had a lot of time to listen to music, and pretty much did not taken advantage of this opportunity at all.  M83, which Wes will be reviewing in the next couple of weeks here, provided the bulk of my musical listenings.  Instead of music, I took the alternate path of the stand-up comedy album to consume my time.  I basically just searched “best stand-up comedy albums” and downloaded various recommendations from blogs just like this one, or sites like avclub.  I didn’t think I would enjoy listening to these near as much as I did, and came away with a few thoughts, favorites, and recommendations of my own.
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