Pitchfork first created an MP3 page back in the autumn of 2001. But until a couple weeks ago when they rebranded it as Forkast, the mp3 page was strictly an ad revenue channel, just like the free CD that comes with Magnet magazine. Bands and labels paid Pitchfork to post their mp3s. The small print at the bottom of the page disclaimed: “Paid promotion. No critical endorsement of these songs by Pitchfork should be assumed.”
Who knows how bands and labels get their mp3s posted on the new Forkast, but so far they’ve given out some pretty interesting tracks. We’ll try to give a regular round-up of the best stuff that isn’t available elsewhere, or at least the stuff we think you ought to hear.
This is so wrong. Percolator reprints an email exchange between a record label and Amplifier magazine wherein Joe Joyce, Publisher & Dir. Advertising (!) of Amplifier, comes right out and says, “if you’re never going to advertise with us I can’t justify the cost of covering your releases.”
This might be unfortunately common, but it still breaks the #1 rule of reputable publications: the wall of separation between editorial and advertising.
Pot/kettle disclosure: Here at GLONO, we do not have a separate advertising staff. But we never allow advertisers to influence our content. And since we launched our record label, we’ve placed ads in several publications including Magnet, the Fork, and Chromewaves, none of whom ever reviewed our releases.
On Rivers Cuomo’s MySpace blog, he keeps a running tally of his disagreements over published articles about himself and his band, Weezer: Clarifications, Corrections, and Supplemental Materials. Right now, he’s taking issue with Wikipedia’s Rivers Cuomo entry and its claim regarding his “affinity for Asian women.” Apparently, he doesn’t fully understand that Wikipedia is composed of user-created (and edited) content, which means that he is able to make corrections himself as opposed to asking others to do it for him.
V2 Records has been “restructured.” Its parent company, Sheridan Square, fired V2’s 35 employees on January 12 and “will no longer issue new music” other than gospel. It will retain V2’s catalog which includes albums by the White Stripes, Grandaddy, Isobel Campbell, Jim White, Moby, Mercury Rev, and the Raconteurs.
V2 Records was started in 1996 by Richard Branson after he sold his Virign Records to EMI for a billion dollars. In November, 2005, Branson sold V2 “to create a relationship that keeps the V2 imprint in business.” Huh. Kept it in business for just over a year. Nice.
Think Branson will start a new label called V3? And what’s going to happen with the new Mooney Suzuki album, Have Mercy, that was supposed to be released on January 30?
“On one hand, there’s merit in being able to deliver (and take) a joke, but eleven albums’ worth of really bad jokes (even though most are short) seems like totally pointless overkill no matter how you slice it.”
You can still listen to this stuff for yourself at Cardinal Radio. And be warned, Ryan has released even more Shit (and DJ Reggie) on there since these were reviewed.
Sly’s catalog has been criminally neglected. The label rushed out horribly mastered versions of the most popular albums in the early days of compact discs, but it took them until 1995 to release CD versions of the first three Sly albums, A Whole New Thing, Dance to the Music, and Life, each with a single bonus track: “What Would I Do,” “Soul Clappin’,” and “Only One Way Out of This Mess,” respectively. And now even those have gone out of print.
Hopefully this material will finally be given the respect it deserves.
Just the facts, ma’am. Nielsen has released a summary of its year-end music sales stats for 2006, revealing a lot of really bad taste.
Congrats to JT who released the only album in the Top Ten that I actually own. And also to Carrie Underwood who received several of my votes over the phone (but not my shelf space or my attention—I was not one of the 3.02 million people who bouight her album).
And hey wow: apparently the rednecks, Republicans and ClearChannel did not manage to squash the Dixe Chicks after all…
Welcome to late-night Lifetime syndication, bitch!
Fox has finally shit-canned The O.C. According to a press release, the final episode will air February 22. Schwartz was quoted; “For a certain audience, at a certain time,” he said, “The OC has meant something. For that we are grateful.”
I’ve mostly enjoyed the show this season. I was willingly engulfed by an Autumn Reeser crush, which I’m sure was the writers’ plan all along, and that was before they rocked the Whitesnake video resets; I thought the cage match under the sewers (or wherever) at Avocado Ave. and 4th was fucking great; and I still liked Seth and Summer’s whole thing, even if it was coasting on fumes without the benefit of the best writing. (Julie Cooper and her damaged soul daughter were getting all the great asides.)
I still knew the end was near, though. Besides, everyone knows Grey’s Anatomy breaks more bands than The O.C. these days. Or, at least The Fray knows that.
Now that it’s been officially shut down, I envision an O.C. spinoff for Mini Cooper, sort of like a Saved by the Bell: The New Class. Maybe Adam Brody can hang out for that shit, be like Mr. Belding’s assistant, now that Dustin Diamond took off for the lucrative celebrity boxing circuit.
I didn’t realize that NBC has started using YouTube… Earlier this year they demanded that awesome Natalie Portman rap video (my 2006 single of the year) to be pulled…
I’ve been Tivoing Saturday Night Live for a few years now, which renders it entirely watchable. Justin Timberlake was great the last time he hosted, and this time I was sad that Jimmy Fallon was no longer in the cast because the “Barry Gibb Talk Show” sketches had been so funny. Lo and behold, they brought Fallon back for the sketch (he probably wasn’t super busy).
Anyway, thanks to NBC and YouTube, you can watch the highlights after the jump, including the uncensored version of A Special Christmas Box…
Remember that Velvet Underground acetate on ebay? Apparently, that one wasn’t “one of a kind.” Or else someone ripped the vinyl before losing it. Or something… Because there’s a Japanese bootleg of the material floating around.
The bootleg’s source was apparently in rougher shape and contains more surface noise than the one that was being auctioned off last week. But there are probably a lot of people out there who just want to hear the alternate versions, no matter how shaky the quality.
Well, Merry Christmas, motherfuckers! After the jump, you can download the four songs from the acetate that were completely different takes from the officially released album, The Velvet Underground & Nico.