Category Archives: Music: Making it, Listening to it.

How Long Is This Gonna Take? The Time and Cost of Recording a Full-Length Album

Vintage record clock by Etsy user "clockstockandbarrell"

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Tales of the Tape: Cassette Culture in the Digital Age

"Restraint" from Seattle band Orca Team, on Cassingle and Loving It

This is a post by associate editor Blake Madden. In his book The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less, psychologist Barry Schwartz slaps us with a provocative theory: The modern consumer’s unlimited freedom of choice is actually a burden that leads to anxiety and unhappiness. Schwartz isn’t culling ideas from Orwell’s 1984, but from […]

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Vanishing Borders: Latin American Music Production in a Globalized World

Vanishing Borders

This is a guest post by Costa Rican musician and engineer, Bruno Cubero. If you page through the calendars of South American music festivals this year, the lineups may seem familiar. Whether in Santiago, Monterrey, Bogotá or San José, you’ll find bands like The Killers, Pearl Jam, DIIV, The Black Keys, Twin Shadow and Ariel […]

Also posted in April 2013, Behind The Release, Featured Stories, Guest Posts, Industry Trends, Most Popular | Comments closed

Björn This Way – What Makes Sweden So Good at Making Pop Music?

This is a post by associate editor Blake Madden Having lived in South Africa for a couple of years as a teenager, my memory of mid-90s culture can diverge wildly from that of my friends. Thanks to a steady diet of the European versions of VH1 and MTV, I’m clueless in conversations regarding American one-hit […]

Also posted in All Stories, Featured Stories, From The Vaults, March 2013, Most Popular | Comments closed

From The Vaults: The Monochrome Set Strange Boutique

This is a post by associate editor Blake Madden. If you manage to sustain a working band for any period of time, you’ll sometimes meet people who claim you are obviously influenced by an artist or band that you’ve never heard of. Occasionally, something strange and wondrous will come out of these exchanges: In researching […]

Also posted in All Stories, Featured Stories, February 2013, From The Vaults, Guest Posts | Comments closed

Behind The Release: Widowspeak Almanac

Sometimes people do their best work when they step outside their comfort zones. Widowspeak‘s latest release, Almanac, out January 22 on Captured Tracks, is evidence of just that. Its sound is the product of a few creative people veering just slightly off course. And the album is better for it. The band’s 2011 self-titled debut […]

Also posted in All Stories, Behind The Release, February 2013, SonicScoop, Sub-Feature 4 | Comments closed

Behind The Release: Philip Glass Rework

The year 2012 was a late-career landmark for Philip Glass. In the beginning of the year, the composer celebrated his 75th birthday with the premiere of a new symphony and the first major production of his 1976 opera Einstein on the Beach in ten years. By December, Beck had curated a new double-album worth of remixes […]

Also posted in All Stories, Back Issues, Behind The Release, February 2013, Sub-Feature 3 | Comments closed

Stations of the Crossover Artist

The highs and lows of artists who refuse to stay their lanes This is a post by associate editor Blake Madden. In the liner notes to one of Miles Davis’ explosive 70s acid-funk albums, a friend of the trumpeter recalls a furious debate with a coked-out, reclusive Miles over what day of the week it […]

Also posted in All Stories, Featured Stories, From The Vaults, January 2013 | Comments closed

PIPELINE: Surf Music’s Rocky Rise, Untimely Death, and Unlikely Return

Dick Dale and his Del-Tones: Surfer's Choice

This is a post by associate editor Blake Madden. “Sliding a wave removes our brains out of the ordinary and slips us into the extra ordinary of being there now. No more worries about mortgages or strife of being poor or rich. When you enter the domain of an ocean cylinder, that moment, those split […]

Also posted in December 2012, Featured Stories, From The Vaults, Guest Posts | Comments closed

From the Vaults: Shuggie Otis Inspiration Information

This is a post by associate editor Blake Madden. Last year, Capitol Records released Beach Boys: The Smile Sessions, an album that was once urban legend. This year, the documentary Searching For Sugar Man reintroduced the world to Rodriguez, the 1960s psych-folk superstar that never was. It’s true: people love second chances, especially when they […]

Also posted in Featured Stories, From The Vaults, November 2012 | Comments closed
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