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  • I'd guess there are some deep values differences there, and I'm not quite up to trying to suss them out. But the logical extreme of it seems deeply anti-humanistic to me, imagine requiring that all ideas be owned by some legal entity or another for …
  • "Columbia invested considerable funds in Kind of Blue" Of course, and copyright exists to protect that investment and allow the ability to recover it. You're offering that as a response to my post implies to me that nothing ever move from…
  • (Quote) Concern about contemporary artists and labels not getting paid is an obvious one, of course, but I don't see any ethical need to complain about stuff like this. The copyright law's extensions in the past are wildly beyond reason - any "…
  • The image I refer to I think (after looking) is only available to subscribers ($3/mo). Basically, though, it spends 10 seconds displaying one of three stats collections, damn annoying.
  • https://www.last.fm/user/vkargatis/listening-report/year for me. I'm trying to get used to the UI update. Not a fan of the "rotating" artist/album/track stats image. I am impressed they crunched all the updates day-of - last year, iirc, th…
  • The recent thread "Pruning your hard drive" reminded me of this old thread. A couple factoid additions (not bothering updating above stats):  How fast do you "cycle through" your library? One fast measure is the median last-pla…
  • (Quote) Heh, I certainly didn't claim "probably"! :) I just said it could be argued reasonably in a given context. It was purely in response to wondering how to arrive at both. But also, I'm not inclined to give noble intentions much credi…
  • "I wonder if someone could commit a noble but immoral act" Hm, that strikes me as pretty easy, since both are distinct value judgments. Seems trivial to think about acts many would consider noble that violate utility, for example. In fact…
  • Bobby's put one of his best/classic records for NYOP. https://bobbyprevite.bandcamp.com/ (Quote)
  • More Erstwhile news: https://www.facebook.com/groups/545321229469172/permalink/570839426917352/ https://erstwhilerecords.bandcamp.com/ Jon Abbey wrote: (Quote)
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It's a significant artistic effort, for sure. Over 20 hours of music and counting, like, he's speculating 200-odd submissions! It's hard to keep up! Penguin emblem was courtesy of Yuko Zama, creator of the wonderful new-music/class…
  • Hal Willner died of COVID same day as Prine. Only 64.
    in RIP Comment by kargatron April 2020
  • Not sure of best place to put this, but I'll try here: Jon Abbey of Erstwhile Records, a leading presence in the experimental music community, has also curated a series of festivals over the years named AMPLIFY. With the ongoing situation, he's sta…
  • (Quote) 
This just came up in my iTunes shuffle after who knows how many years, but many, totally loved it. Had totally forgotten anything about it, but cool as shit. It helps that I'm finally getting around to watching Twin Peaks: The Retu…
  • Just an FYI. I finally bit the bullet and upgraded to (Mac) Catalina, which includes the new Music app and changes how phones are synced (now through the Finder). For scrobbling, this means that the macbook last.fm scrobbler no longer scrobbles devi…
  • Seems like Pi Recordings earns the poll's unofficial "label of the year" given its releases' standings.
  • Seems like there's "room" for bandcamp, say, to offer a subscription option, where you subscribe with $N/mo and get M% (~10% or whatever scaling work) off anything there. It's possible the subscription benefits wouldn't average out over al…
  • I would like them to add another count: number of #1 nominations, since most of the critics do choose to go through deep mulling to label their favorite.
  • (Quote) Wow! That is interesting. (Quote) I'm not sure that's a "but" so much as an "and". These polls are useful to listeners to supply albums "likely" to intersect with their own tastes because of evidence (the poll) …
  • I like the "solitary #1s" section, just to highlight those "killer" outliers. A fun angle, though also sorta inherently meaningless in terms of the poll's point of accessing consensus. I guess one could argue those choices are mo…
  • rostasi: "Biggest Day - 15,794 tracks" - I'm not sure I ever understand what the "big scrobblers" (i.e. those that listen to an "impossible" amount of music) are doing to yield such scrobbling numbers. What's up with th…
  • Yeah, that may describe lists like "large" (writer) entities like Pitchfork, but they're subject to hidden (un-explicated) editorial choices. Most "best" lists are single author. I love meta-lists like NPR's jazz poll, where thei…
  • I meant personal judgment using personal criteria (that of course one often develops and shares to varying degrees with other individuals). Writers could attempt to ignore their judgment and gauge consensus in a "best-of" list, but they ty…
  • Gp: (Quote) Although everything you wrote was reasonable, I'm surprised you wrote all of that without recognizing the fundamental fact that "best <art>" is an incoherent statement. Art "quality" is a judgment, not a charac…
  • Hank Shteamer's always a great jazz writer - his 2019 "list" (more free-flowing discussion) is a good one: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/2019-jazz-albums-923949/
  • In iTunes (Mojave), it appears that the Up Next queue has disappeared, and instead one can "Play Next" and queue immediately, or "Play Later" and queue at the end of the current displayed playlist. This effectively means one can…
  • Posted this in the other bandcamp thread too, and it's a sister sale to the Erst one noted above: Elsewhere Records is having a 30% sale through Oct 31. It's the contemporary "classical" offshoot so-to-speak of Erstwhile, run by Yuko Zama…
  • Elsewhere Records is having a 30% sale through Oct 31. It's the contemporary "classical" offshoot so-to-speak of Erstwhile, run by Yuko Zama, Erstwhile and Gravity Wave designer and co-producer (and wife of Jon Abbey). Great music, well w…
  • (Quote) Yeah, in general I don't play favorites, unless I do - i.e. I do mark favorite artists with 5-stars (I don't cherrypick tracks), and then use the "Favorites-subset" list to pull in a few of those preferentially into the larger list…
  • The playlist-combo setup allows one to allocate weights among the categories, by limiting counts per playlist (For example, insert 50 "favorites" but not more). The all-in-one makes it easier to see the criteria, but you don't get to weigh…