Only a few #longreads this week, which is OK, because you should probably be out enjoying the first official weekend of summer.
The most significant news of the week has probably been the breakdown in negotiations between various independent labels and YouTube over the terms of a new subscription service. Consequence of Sound has a piece providing details how a potential block on videos would work, and Billboard has specifics on the contract details, breaking down exactly how the various services work with the labels. Both pieces get pretty technical, so you should probably read them at a point when say, a soccer game isn’t happening at the same time.
The Atlantic has a great piece with Hamilton Leithauser, who explains how Elvis proves that there is such a thing as “brilliant nonsense” when it comes to write lyrics, and goes on to detail his own process in coming up with lyrics.
OK Go released a new music video this week, and though we don’t have an article to go along with it, we’re posting it now instead of waiting until Monday so that you have time over the weekend to find all the optical illusions.
The AV Club featured a great write-up about how Tool’s Lateralus was able to break through and reach the number one spot, and represented not only a commercial high point for metal but an artistic one as well.
Continuing with the theme that 2014 is the Year of Nostalgia, Stereogum has write-ups on the 20th anniversary of Rancid’s Let Go (which immediately prompts the reaction of “Is this necessary? …And Out Come the Wolves would be understandable, but not this”) and Guided By Voices’ Bee Thousand (understandable). In further GBV news, it was announced that Dogfish Head brewery will be whipping up a special batch in honor of the anniversary, called “Beer Thousand”. I believe that Stephen Thomas Erlewine had the best quip about the news.