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at the BBC Collective:
Apols if this is a repost.
its absolutely awesome. i hated the last album, too meandering and i just didnt feel it, but this is full of really good songs. More than anything, its so dancey and properly electro that it makes all the nu-ravey-i-pretend-to-like-electro-and-im-cool-because -i-own-a-microkorg-but-im-actually-just-a-complete-twat kids look like complete amateurs.
new album i've heard in ages. amazing.
It's actually the first LCD i've heard and I immediately bought the first album too and it's not as good. still alright though.
this album is just great though.
I heard some of his sell-out Nike thing and I know a single from the first album but only in a general way. I've not really heard it fully.
In essence it's this:
He admitted he had a problem with Nike, yet he did it anyway. He could have done the project on his own (since he claimed it was that which attracted him) but he didn't.
You can only be a sell-out to 'yourself' so by his own admission he 'sold out'.
It's not stopped me listening to him that's the way it is. Doing an advert isn't necessarily selling out: it's about who you were in the first place. Clearly Missy Elliot and Madge didn't sell-out doing GAP adverts because they never went around claiming GAP were evil or something.
Just as clearly if Thom Yorke decides to advertise Nike tomorrow he's a sell-out because it goes against everything he's laid down about who he is.
I'd be pissed off if Thom Yorke sold out because I have a lot of respect for him.
I have no views on the LCD Soundsystem guy so I don't really care if he backtracks on such stuff.
I can't be bothered to debate this as a download exlusive to iTunes commissioned by Nike doesn't really affect me - i know on the DFA forum James has written about 5000 words on why he thinks it was a good thing to do, so respect for the guy in my opinion.
More importantly, not enough people have heard Tribulation [Shallow Version] as its was only available on the 7" B-side - however any LCD fan NEEDS THIS IS IN THEIR LIVES
Its not a fairly pointless alternate version a la Yeah [Pretentious Mix] its a completely legitimate reworking of the song, and arguably better than the original - go download!
and I thought it was pretty good.
'Sell-out' is just a term for a specific form of u-turn or hipocrisy. No one should get upset unless they've somehow assured themselves they will never like artists who 'sell out'.
To me the people getting annoyed about it need to question why the idea annoys them.
There are plenty of people who've recanted on what the once thought for all kinds of reasons. Sometimes it's a good thing, sometimes it's bad; often it has no real affect on anyone.