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new psychedelic/electronic album from UNKLE

30 Apr

UNKLE will release a new album on May 11th. It’s worth spending money on. Read my review for Where Did the Night Fall by UNKLE for more details. And check out the links in the article for the behind-the-scenes videos and a couple free tracks to download.


OiNK is dead, R.I.P. OiNK

25 Oct

I have no words to describe how the death of OiNK makes me feel, so I will share what some others have said:


Paraphrased Wikipedia: Copyright agencies described Oink as an online pirate pre-release music club; former users described it as one of the world’s largest and most meticulously maintained online music repositories. There were around 180,000 members at the time of closure and all of their avatars had to be cute.

never forget

“If you’re not familiar with Oink, here’s a quick summary: Oink was was a free members-only site – to join it you had to be invited by a member. Members had access to an unprecedented community-driven database of music. Every album you could ever imagine was just one click away.”

[Read the rest on: When Pigs Fly: The Death of Oink, the Birth of Dissent, and a Brief History of Record Industry Suicide.]

…and it wasn’t just me:

What do you think about OiNK being shut down?

Trent Reznor: I’ll admit I had an account there and frequented it quite often. At the end of the day, what made OiNK a great place was that it was like the world’s greatest record store. Pretty much anything you could ever imagine, it was there, and it was there in the format you wanted. If OiNK cost anything, I would certainly have paid, but there isn’t the equivalent of that in the retail space right now. iTunes kind of feels like Sam Goody to me. I don’t feel cool when I go there. I’m tired of seeing John Mayer’s face pop up. I feel like I’m being hustled when I visit there, and I don’t think their product is that great. DRM, low bit rate, etc. Amazon has potential, but none of them get around the issue of pre-release leaks. And that’s what’s such a difficult puzzle at the moment. If your favorite band in the world has a leaked record out, do you listen to it or do you not listen to it? People on those boards, they’re grateful for the person that uploaded it — they’re the hero. They’re not stealing it because they’re going to make money off of it; they’re stealing it because they love the band. I’m not saying that I think OiNK is morally correct, but I do know that it existed because it filled a void of what people want.

[the rest of the interview is on: Trent Reznor and Saul Williams Discuss Their New Collaboration, Mourn OiNK]

Joss Whedon writes Buffy Season 8 (!)

6 Jan

Buffy the Vampire Slayer will continue where season 7 left off this March…in a comic book.


Joss Whedon is writing the first story arc and says that the series will be “canon in the Buffy-verse”. Some of the other writers will be Brian K. Vaughan, Jeph Loeb, Brad Meltzer, Jane Espenson, Drew Goddard, Drew Greenberg and Steven DeKnight. You might recognize some of those names from the Television show. The art for the comic will be by Georges Jeanty, and I hope to like it half as much as Karl Moline’s art from Fray.