Atoms for Peace

How Spotify Became the McDonald’s of the Music Industry

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Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich caused quite a stir last week by pulling their music off Spotify, demanding that the service pay more to up-and-coming musicians. The thing is, however, that Spotify is already losing money hand over fist, despite expanding its user base dramatically over the last couple of years and only paying out pitifully small per-stream fees to artists. If Spotify can’t make things work paying artists these pissant royalties — and the consensus seems to be that it can’t — then it’s got a problem, especially if the slow trickle of artists moving away from the service starts to speed up and/or emerging artists decide that it’s not worth the time or effort to essentially give away their music for free via the site. So, is Spotify doomed?
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10 Supergroups That Were Less Than the Sum of Their Parts

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This week sees the release of Amok, the debut album by Thom Yorke’s much-heralded Atoms for Peace project. The album sets Yorke with an unlikely cast of collaborators: Flea, long-time producer Nigel Godrich, REM drummer Joey Waronker, and a Brazilian multi-instrumentalist by the name of Mauro Refosco. They’re a supergroup, basically, no matter how much Yorke decries the term. And like many supergroups, they prove less than the sum of their parts — getting the idea of putting a bunch of successful musicians together to work is more difficult than it seems. For proof, check out this selection of other supergroups who didn’t quite live up to the promise of their membership, along the way demonstrating some of the problems that plague the entire concept.
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Just About Every ’90s Alternative Side Project Album Is Streaming for Free This Week

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This week, it seems, is the week that the grand overlords of ’90s indie return to the land. This morning saw a bunch of new records by the decade’s alt-rock luminaries appearing on the Internet for advance streaming purposes, so we thought we’d do the decent thing and round them up in one place for you. The most prominent, of course, is the debut album by Thom Yorke’s Atoms for Peace, which appeared online overnight, but there’s also new work from Trent Reznor’s How to Destroy Angels, Thurston Moore’s Chelsea Light Moving, and a (very) belated solo debut from ’90s godfather Johnny Marr. Click through to have a listen.
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10 New Tracks You Need to Hear This Week: David Bowie, Suede

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It’s Friday, which means that, yes, it’s time for us to round up the 10 most noteworthy tracks of the week that’s gone by for your listening — and, ideally, downloading — pleasure. It’s been a pretty fantastic week for new music, and thus there’s plenty of goodness to be had after the jump: the return of Suede and that Bowie chap, Jens Lekman writing a song for two big-hearted fans, Thom Yorke doing Thom Yorke things, new solo stuff from Electrelane’s Verity Susman, a kinda interesting Majical Cloudz remix, new songs from Low and La Big Vic… and more! Everything awaits you at the click of a mouse. Get into it, gentle readers!
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Our 15 Most Anticipated Albums of 2013

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We have good vibes in general about the year to come, and we’re hoping that it holds as much musical goodness as 2012 did. The early part of the year is certainly shaping up well, and we’ve put together a kind of extended edition of our regular monthly album release preview, looking at the 15 albums (with confirmed release dates) that we’re hanging out for in the new year, in addition to a roundup of records that are rumored/don’t have firm release …Read More