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hmmm, tough one.
Record Store Day
and Steve Albini just stopped registering for his new DiS account
You can tell because everyone whoever owned one pretends it was a great idea.
That was £150 I didn't mind losing. Minidiscs were totally shit.
went to school with a guy who loved them. he used to buy new albums on them and then rip the music to CDRs :')
I almost flatlined... goddamn Yakuza set me up
new album. Both are fucking poor.
Which is another way of saying "our last offering was utter shite and now we're desperately trying to win back our fans by telling them that this album will sound like their favourite"
£4-5 extra for a couple of b-sides and a hastily put together 'behind the scenes' dvd
I can cite only a handful that were significantly better (and not just louder) than the original release
Do extrapolate on this further.
Only true in the case of those albums released in 2000 or 2001 that are now doing those ten year anniversary rip off releases. Like Postal Service and Interpol. There is practically nothing they can do to update the sound on those albums though there are some good unreleased tracks on the Postal Service one. But remasters for all the albums in the 70,80's even some in early 90's were crucial with the advances made in mixing and mastering techniques. Listen to the original and the remasters of any of the Dylan, Kinks, Rolling Stones, Fleetwood mac, Clash albums just to name a few. Totally different, crisper, clearer and you don't have to turn your stereo up full blast just to hear them. They are even re-releasing the Clash one's because Mick remarked how much has changed since the last remasters and the new mastering is even stronger (which is why I'll be buying them). Even several albums from the 90's sound much better like the first two Suede albums, Screamadelica, Ride, Cure, have great sounding remasters that are noticeably improved.
Occasionally you do get that canned, compressed sound like on the recent Boo Radley's reissues or the Blur one's but I think the major issue is those album's were already so sonic and were so well produced upon release that it's currently hard to improve them. That being said I love having those Boo Radley reissues with all the b-sides from the era on the bonus disc. Those aren't a rip off at all for me but i'm a bit of a completest with most of my favorite bands and I enjoy feeling like I own an artifact that captures everything from that moment in a bands career.
unless maybe the difference is noticeable only on high-end hi-fi systems, in which case it's a con anyway, as most people wouldn't have the equipment to notice the difference.
I could notice no difference whatsoever in the mastering levels, on the first half a dozen Cure remasters. And with the Seventeen Seconds remaster, they didn't even clean up the glitch in M, ffs.
no matter how old the band's original material.
In the early days of CDs it always seems that the material was mastered for vinyl and then just transferred to CD without adjustment. That stuff is well worth buying remastered versions of - the CD versions sound appalling
Can't see the point of a remaster of anything released since the mid 90s. That stuff was mastered for CD to start with and CDs haven't changed.
before the bottom fell out of the market. I look back some discs I have with their £15.99 price sticker on and weep.
But not with leaving the price stickers on CDs. Not classy.
Looking back to a time when I actually bought CDs with my hard earned paper round money... the waste. I could have spent it on some decent clothes, a haircut...
always Pink Floyd and Beatles CD's. The Wall being £29.99 in some places back in the 90's. Fuck..right..off.
As I live abroad I've not been to a gig in the UK since 2004, which was Tom Waits at Hammersmith Apollo. The only beer available was cans of Carling at 3.50 a pop. 9 years ago. Disgraceful.
No I anticipated such outrageousness & crawled down from Shepherds Bush pre-gig. The pre-abstinence Tom would've been proud.
it's now over £4, sometimes £4.80 for a pint of watered down piss lager.
Saw Tindersticks in Berlin last year - 2 euros for a beer, 1.80 for a red wine. Went to get my coat out of the cloakroom afterwards, held out a few coins & the attendant just laughed & said "Is no charge", as if to charge for looking after someone's coat would be an absolute outrage. What a great city.
It's like The Rolling Stones on mushrooms.
It's like Devo on bath salts.
It's like Bruce Springsteen on coke.
It's like Led Zeppelin on vitamin D.
It's like The Hold Steady on panadol.
It's like Sparks on xanax
i resent that
Not to mention that the charge is usually a percentage of the face value - the more expensive the ticket, the higher the surcharge.
''Oh I see, so it's MORE expensive for you to print out my tickets for Bruce Springsteen at Wembley because they are a higher price than Cat Power at the Roundhouse. What are they printed on? Calf skin??''
And by that I don't mean the whole 'fake' thing, I just mean that it's sold as about 'music' when really it's about 'people' and TV.
60+ years old and has been stuck in a rut for a good 20 of them.
it's like a A&R rep figured out that Alternative was dead by 1997 and didn't want his new signings to get the same fate as Geggy Tah, so they repackaged it as something groundbreaking. It always struck me as some kind of willful re-enactment of the excitement of Hair Metal (in this case, Nu-Metal) being killed by the underdog Alternative movement.
Imagine being the person who signed The Datsuns....FOR A MILLION POUND?!
i was under the impression pretty much all music historiccally was of Black origin, pretty much all of it,also New jack R n B...what the fck was that, seriously
why don't we have a music of white origin award
Did you just seriously take a dig at New Jack Swing?
I think I did
That confirms my point.
Sad to hear Clarence Burke died, that guy was a talent.
I need to have a lie down
by pulling a guitar from a stone and playing some seriously derivative battle chords.
But I guess I was wrong
especially one day central London ones
equal to that you would pay to have some posted.
And charge £5 for a program and don't show the stage times around the festival site.
but only 2€. it used to be free as well!