Hope everyone remembered to get a free Slurpee today. Because goddammit I forgot to get one.
As a capper for their multi-part feature on punk in the 90’s (“Fear of a Punk Decade”), the AV Club engaged in a roundtable to discuss whether the music had a lasting impact.
David Greenwald has an extended look at the business of streaming and breaks down the band payments for Spotify in this article from The Oregonian.
Somebody uploaded a video from 1983 that features the first live performance of “Purple Rain”, which would then go on to be used in the film itself. Included in the video is a “director’s commentary” a la Pop-Up Video, providing additional insight into the song. Better watch it soon, before Prince takes it down.
(Update: And sure enough, it’s been pulled. Hope you enjoyed it while it lasted!)
Pitchfork interviews Geoff Rickly about his new band, United Nations. I had been a fan of Thursday (Full Collapse will always be a favorite of mine), but didn’t realize they had broken up with the release of their latest. Rickly talks a bit about Thursday’s break up as well in the interview. Pitchfork also catches up with Christopher Owens, formerly of the band Girls, and they discuss his upcoming album. Father, Son, Holy Ghost was one of the best albums of 2011, but there wasn’t much on Owens’s solo debut Lysandre that seemed worthwhile, so I’ll hold off on my anticipation a little bit.