Sean Hannity — in case you didn’t remember — is someone they let appear on a national cable news channel. This is a cold hard fact (and one that, despite the Fox News Channel being a lowly place, still surprises at times), despite the other cold, hard fact that last night, he said that if we’re banning the Confederate flag, we should also ban Jay Z, Beyoncé and Prince essentially equating a symbol fraught with America’s history of hate with some of the most important black musicians and icons.
Alternate Routes is a column from Flavorwire contributor and WFMU DJ Jesse Jarnow, in which he’ll explore music solely distributed outside the Big 3 of Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon.
The highest-profile new alternate route of 2015 is easily the celeb-endorsed hi-fi streaming service Tidal, presenting a would-be challenge to iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon with the glittering attraction of music unavailable elsewhere. The notion of an artist-owned platform that doubles as a label is enticing, though perhaps music is not what they meant when advertising “exclusive content and experiences.” Two months in, the $9.99/month site only offers two recordings that would obviously qualify as original releases in a proper discography, a pair of new live non-albums by Jay Z and Jack White — archived streams technically, with neither tracklists nor backing musician credits — captured weeks apart in Manhattan and Fargo, North Dakota, respectively.