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Indie Rock Is Too White; Meanwhile Two Black Dudes Are Behind the Baddest Punk Rock Records of 2015

We, as Americans, have a long, proud history of segregating music. Rock and country are white. Rap, hip-hop, soul, and R'N'B are black. Go further back, and jazz music was off limits to those of fair skin with and over-protective parents. Removing one word, "indie rock," from the history of music segregation will do little to change the musical landscape. No "indie rock" simply means people will need another phrase to describe music outside of the top 40, ideally, something less wordy than, "Underground rock music, and some electronic music, and a metal band or two, and every once in a while something popular like Kanye." Yet, what grates me the most about the whiteness of indie rock think piece in 2015 is that these writers are missing the big picture. On this very day, in the year 2015 of our lord, the two most exciting bands in indie rock/underground rock/punk rock/not top 40 rock, are lead by black men: MC Ride of Death Grips and Lamont "Bim" Thomas of Obnox.
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In Praise of Lou Reed’s Artistry (And His Dickishness)

The brilliance of Lou Reed was one was never quite sure whether he was being sincere or being a troll. He was both an urban poet without peer, ...
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A Pandora’s Box of Disinformation: How You’re Being Led and Lied To in the Debate Over Internet Streaming Royalties

My song got played 1,000,000 times on Pandora and all I got was $17 sure makes a good headline. Spin ran with David Lowery's extraordinary tale of ...
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Punk Rock is Bullshit, So Says Some Guy Named John Roderick

Because I'm a modern man, and the modern man only reads articles on the internet which reinforce his narrow ways of thinking, I've been able to ...
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Hey You! Music Journalist: Here Are 10 Questions to Ask Iceage During Your Interview Session. They’re Free to Use, Really

Interviews are hard. First you have to come up with questions, ones no other journalist has asked before. This means research and research can ...
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Ridiculous, Your Name is Beck and a 167-Piece Orchestra Shilling for Lincoln

Last night, upon seeing Beck's new car commercial composition, a cover of David Bowie's "Sound and Vision," for a new Lincoln campaign, I could ...
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Know Your Enemy: Fleetwood Mac, Hall and Oates, Spandau Ballet and Those Who Blindly Follow Are Doomed to a Life of Gentle Bands

Earlier today, The Daily Swarm pulled out this quote by James Lachno of the Daily Telegraph about his unashamed love of Fleetwood Mac. Apparently, ...
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Thinking Aloud About Think Pieces About the 2013 Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame Induction Class

The Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame voters have spoken and the 2013 inductees will be Heart, Albert King, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Rush, and Donna ...
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