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Taylor Swift, Steve Albini, Spotify, and the Fruitless Quest for a Music Industry Savior

If you ever need a reminder that all those rose-tinted remembrances of the pre-internet music industry do not account for the full story, look no further than Steve Albini’s seminal 1993 essay for The Baffler. It’s called, simply, “The Problem With Music.” In it, Albini details the flaws of the major-label music system in actual numbers and simple math — something that’s not done often enough in trade and consumer publications alike when it comes to how musicians actually make their money. … Read More

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Why Sisterhood in Pop Music Is the 1990s Trend We Need to Resurrect

I don’t want to shock anybody here, but the ’90 are back. Or, at the very least, our tendency to over-romanticize the ’90s has led to the return of the certain staples of the decade: plaid, crop tops, and an energetic re-appreciation for Beverly Hills: 90210. But there’s a particular ’90s trend that we’re missing: sisterhood in music. And not in a clichéd, shared-pants sense of the word. … Read More

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What If T. Swift’s ‘Blank Space’ Were a Horror Movie? : Links You Need to See

The second trailer for 50 Shades of Grey dropped this morning, but that’s not the scary, relationship-themed trailer worth watching. No, that title belongs to this rework of Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” video. Posted over at Slate, the trailer makes clear that T. Swift is actually a murderous lover. Surprise, surprise. No wonder she’s “Never, Ever Getting Back Together” with her ex: he’s dead! And was “I Knew You Were Trouble” actually a song about herself, wherein “trouble” meant “crazed serial killer?” Is Taylor Swift’s whole discography a thinly veiled allusion to her own murderous life? … Read More

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Watch Benedict Cumberbatch Attempt Christopher Walken, Matthew McConaughey, and Taylor Swift Imitations

Benedict Cumberbatch — who is now engaged, lest you forget — is just so endlessly charming, right? That’s why… Read More

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Twitter Beef Alert: Diplo Said Taylor Swift Has No “Booty,” Lorde Told Him He Has a “Tiny Penis”

Ah, Twitter. With its limit of 140 characters and real-time aggregating of all our thoughts, we have more insight… Read More

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Meet the Murderer from ‘Too Many Cooks’: Links You Need to See

Are you obsessed with “Too Many Cooks”? No? Don’t know what it is? Well, it’s the 11-minute, Casper Kelly-directed (read Gawker‘s interview with him here) Adult Swim feature that parodies ’70s and ’80s television title sequences while slowly introducing a serial killer plot-line into the mix. It’s been viewed nearly two million times. And that’s baffling! The fact that an absurdist piece of entertainment has succeeded in infiltrating the Internet’s most mainstream channels, and has not been strictly relegated to the most underground Reddit subs and /b/ threads, is a sign that people are either really, really bored at work, or just really into delightfully well-produced nonsense. … Read More

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The Word “Feminist” Isn’t Overused — It’s Winning

Time is asking its readers to vote one overplayed word or phrase from 2014 off the island (“voting off the island” should definitely have been voted off the island back in 2006), and is conducting a poll to that end. Along with such currently-ubiquitous slang as “bae,” “basic,” “obvi,” and “I can’t even,” Time included as an option the slightly older word “feminist,” which indeed got a brisk workout in 2014. … Read More

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Quiz: Who Said It, Dave Grohl or Your Rockist Baby Boomer Dad?

Throughout his nearly 30-year career, Dave Grohl has evolved from teenage DC punk opting out of mainstream culture to Gen X hero to Baby Boomer rock’s most outspoken son. Somewhere along the way — particularly in the last few years as he’s worked with Paul McCartney and filmed his ’70s rock-centric doc Sound City the things that 45-year-old Grohl says have started to sound an awful lot like your rockist dad’s offhanded comments during music awards shows. Grohl’s dissed reality singing competitions and pop radio as many times as he’s breathlessly saluted The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and the spirit of that old time rock and roll. He’s slighted EDM at the Grammys, only to place a small Band-Aid over the whole thing after the fact (peak dad). He’s remained skeptical of technology. My own father thinks he makes some salient points about modern music.  … Read More

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Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” Video: A Meta Ode to the Crazy Chick

Taylor Swift has played a band geek, a bitter bedroom dilettante (twice), and a bumbling modern dancer, but her latest role is one that’s often associated with young women who burn through boyfriends as quickly as the public believes Swift does: The Crazy Girl. … Read More

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