Some #longreads for your weekend as we try not mention Spoon for the first time this week. Oh…goddammit.
Well, we might as well keep the streak up and talk about Spoon again. But we have a really good reason this time, as Britt Daniel talks to Pitchfork about a number of songs from the entirety of their career, and provides some great insight into the songwriting process and explains a lot of the specific references in their songs.
And while you’re hanging around Pitchfork, be sure to take a look at the story behind the legendary underground hip-hop album Madvillainy, and this piece that looks at why older artists are now hitting the top spot on the albums chart.
Slate has an article that discusses the neuroscience behind people’s natural inclination to adore the songs of their youth, despite the fact that objectively they realize the songs are not very good. This inspired me to take a look through my collection to see if there was anything that I should be ashamed of, and I really didn’t come up with anything. But I’m going to post this video of N.E.R.D.’s “Rock Star”, because how often will I have the chance? I wonder what Pharrell ever did after this…
Continuing with the theme of articles of a more analytic nature, FiveThirtyEight has a look at the regional differences in playlist construction of Classic Rock Stations.
Rolling Stone has a couple of pieces that should provoke some interest. First, there’s an investigation behind a lost classic by the Beastie Boys from the Paul’s Boutique days. Then there’s a look behind the recording of Mother’s Milk for its 25th anniversary, an album that remains my favorite from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Impose Magazine has an interview with clipping., as they argue against being pigeonholed as “noise-rap”.
And finally, there’s a profile of The New Pornographers in the Wall Street Journal of all places. Wrap your head around that concept for a second, then go ahead and read the piece.