I wish I didn't have to see photos of these bands before listening to their music. I might have otherwise enjoyed it. Save for Parquet Courts, whom I know and love, these people all look a bit like assclowns.
I'm with Michael Tapp. Your slideshow blows
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@Michael Tapp: Aw, you seem easily frustrated. Some advice:
1) If it's the actual slideshows that are bothering you -- like, the ones where we're just showing you outtakes of each band's individual photo shoot -- it seems like it would probably be really easy to just not click on them, right? Like, just move your mouse away from where they appear on the page, and then you just won't have to worry about them, I don't think.
2) If it's the admittedly dicier situation where we've placed each band's photo/interview/music sample on a different page, well, I don't feel like it's SUCH a crazy thing for us to have done, but still: we try to be mindful of the people who feel differently, which is why we still include a link to show the "full text" of the article. If you click on that (right beside the "next" link), you'll see the whole thing on just one long page.
If it's something else, let me know, and we'll try to work through it together.
More frustrating slideshows, please.
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I agree with Steve's point that the album format is still a relevant, and most useful, standard for the music industry. But I also see Jeff's point that an album *release* is no biggie, even among music fans. There's no threat it will sellout at the record store, you can hear it/buy it whenever, so time or inaccessibility is not a critical factor building anticipation.
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Also, "top-shelf entertainment brands"? WTF?! Bullshit marketing speak will slay us all.
I don't think aloof is the right term here; they're not being cold and distant, they just seem to want to involve as little artifice as possible in how the outside world evaluates their album. And if you come to the conclusion on your own that the album is full of "so-so, belabored songs" and not via the influence of outside factors, then that was the point. The Strokes are many things but "naive to the point of cluelessness" is not one of 'em. At least, not at this stage of the game.
(Btw, for the record: not a fan of the band, can't even believe I'm defending 'em.)
Listen, it's silly to state the obvious, but all music should be judged on its own merits. However, that seems to be a passé concept these days. Furthermore, I routinely find that an artist's current critical standing determines the nature of a review more than the music itself. In other words, short of delivering a musical abomination, a critical darling might as well be made of teflon. But if an artist has fallen out of favor not even a masterpiece can guarantee them more than a passing acknowledgement. Sure, I might be exaggerating but not by much.
I at least meant to broadcast conflictedness about it all. I Just feel like that sort of aloof move is over. And that the Strokes are being naive to the point of cluelessness. Like they are way worse at modernity than Kevin Shields or David Bowie, which is damning. And maybe it'd be noble if their album wasn't no fun, with or without savviness. Maybe it's the so-so, belabored songs, maybe it's the out-of-touchness. I dunno. But if you are you are going to be that noble and remote, your art's gotta be better.
Wasn't the point of this article that the album is dead? It's literally in the title. Steve says it's not and proceeds to explain why. So, how is it missing your point?
So, Jeff Klingman, The Strokes have made a concerted effort to have their new album be strictly judged on its own merits, one of the more artistically pure acts an established artist can muster in this day and age, but you'd prefer to be marketed/pandered to?
Huge fan of The Strokes' new stuff. Especially after listening to the album stream http://smarturl.it/StrokesCMStream too awesome. They definitely win this battle!
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