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The day Stylus dies

is tomorrow, ‘sniff.

As a fan of the site, I think it’s only right that I point you at a number of their articles to encourage you to fall in love with the site just before they stop putting up new content.

Why White Town – Your Woman was a one-off moment of pop genius

The audacity, not to mention ludicrous improbability, of “Your Woman” is astounding in retrospect

The non-stop nastiness of “Gotta Get Thru This”: Dom Passantino’s Survey of the New Millenium’s UK #1 Singles – Article – Stylus Magazine:

Madonna- American Pie
[03/05/2000; 1 week]

It takes a bad, bad song to make a man feel sorry for Don McLean, but this is that song. Don’s version, for all its faults, was at least a cryptic crossword that gave dullards something to decode before their next CAMRA meeting. This, on the other hand, is more like The Sun’s coffee break crossword, with the official first appearance of “SHOCKING LESBIAN OVERTONES” in a #1 song (more will follow) of the millennium. Whatever last vestiges of “not-horrid” this song has are wiped out by the backing vocals, deep in the mix, sounding eerily like Terence Trent D’Arby speaking at you through a medium. In the chronology of Madge #1’s, this comes between “Frozen” and “Music.” It’s a trough between those two moderate peaks.

(which runs all the way from the start of 2000 right up to Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy and reminds you of the terror)

A very nasty dig at Jarvis Cocker, which I don’t agree with but still love, if only for comparing him to the singer from Baby D.

Where record collections go when their owners go where they cannot.

And the ultimate and scary triumph of the fanboy.

Also, naturally, they mainly reviewed albums so it seems only right to link to their right-headed review of Caribou’s Andorra, which unlike most annoying reviews managed to pay attention to the last two tracks, Irene and Niobe which I think are easily the most important and interesting on the album.

‘sniff, at least there’s still Popmatters.

YouTube – XTC – The Road To Oranges & Lemons

Apparently all the cool kids are destroying the internet by rotting their brains looking at videos on google video and youtube. I’ve succumbed as well, having found that there are a lot of interesting vintage clips along with even rarer footage of Scotland winning football matches. I’ll be logging my favourites over there.

Such as this puppet show made by XTC depicting their history which is chaotic genius. Clearly Adam and Joe stole all their ideas from XTC.

YouTube – XTC – The Road To Oranges & Lemons

New adventures in Hi-Fi

So, imagine if the RIAA was lying all along and sales of music were actually improving?
You don’t need to dream.
Yes, all of those RIAA decline in music sales figures would appear to have been based on figures for “sold in” to shops rather than sold from. Naturally, high street stores are generally aiming to stock less and yet sell more (it’s a much more profitable way to operate). There’s also some interest as to how much the RIAA are interested in the sales all along the tail rather than just in the top 200.

You’ll be reassured to note therefore that online music (even the illegal stuff) is not evil after all. It would also appear that Sony like the idea of a itunes for video. Nifty but I’d like to see the Sony wireless movie viewer to watch them on first…