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Dear Music Industry: No One Cares About Hi-Res Audio
Music Musings

Dear Music Industry: No One Cares About Hi-Res Audio

Billboard reports that the three major music labels—Universal, Sony, and Warner—have collectively announced their support for hi-res audio for streaming services. This is a big step up from the inferior sound quality of MP3s—inferior because they’re compressed—and will instead offer listeners studio-quality audio. That’s great. But I doubt many people care. Unless these labels, in … Continue reading

“The Soul of This Country is Being Destroyed” – Fascism in Henry Bean’s “The Believer”
Film

“The Soul of This Country is Being Destroyed” – Fascism in Henry Bean’s “The Believer”

I’ve been thinking a lot about Henry Bean’s 2001 film The Believer. In it, Ryan Gosling plays a self-hating Jew who joins a fascist group with the intention of killing high-profile Jews in New York. I’m less thinking about what the point of the film is and more about a specific scene at the beginning … Continue reading

Hamilton Leithauser & Rostam – “I Had a Dream That You Were Mine” Review
Record Bulletin

Hamilton Leithauser & Rostam – “I Had a Dream That You Were Mine” Review

HAMILTON LEITHAUSER & ROSTAM – I Had a Dream That You Were Mine (Glassnote): Former Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser’s shtick has always been that of the drunken, crooning troubadour stuffed inside a pea coat, wailing and warbling as he stumbled from microphone to microphone in search of a higher note. His fellow collaborator, Rostam Batmanglij, … Continue reading

That Was When I Ruled the World: Coldplay’s world-conquering “Viva la Vida”
From the Vaults

That Was When I Ruled the World: Coldplay’s world-conquering “Viva la Vida”

COLDPLAY – Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (Parlophone ’08): Unlike Maroon 5, who are content as they push forty to reign supreme in the singles world, Coldplay want to be an Important Band, the rightful heirs to U2 as world-conquerors. Nowhere else in their discography is their bid for Very Serious … Continue reading