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May 16, 2022

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AN ELEGY FOR THE IPOD – Join me in mourning by solemnly playing "1234" by Feist on your Apple Watch
Does Spotify have access to the treasure trove of untitled tracks by unnamed artists that I’ve had in my library for over a decade? Probably, but I don’t have to worry about them suddenly disappearing after a legal dispute, or losing access because I forgot my password, or paying a subscription fee to listen without commercials. I have even more gratitude for my iPod in a period when art is immediately available but blandly frictionless and more often than not tied to some form of surveillance.

The ORIGINAL recording and video of Ted Leo covering Kelly Clarkson's 'Since U Been Gone' mixed with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs 'Maps'
Pitchfork recently revisited Kelly Clarkson's 2004 album and I had no idea that the producers of Since U Been Gone had based the chorus on the Yeah Yeah Yeahs 'Maps.' Now listening, it's so obvious. They featured an exact replica of the guitar break! NO WONDER IT WAS SO SCREAMABLE!
Karen O was a raucous art school iconoclast who’d written “Maps” as a vulnerable plea to her boyfriend, shedding real tears in the music video—and she would notably describe the experience of hearing “Since U Been Gone” as like “being bitten by a poisonous varmint,” her life cannibalized by the machine." (via Pitchfork)

The Superman sequels were a complete shitshow

Making Superman sequels are hard. Let’s talk about how difficult it was to make Superman III and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, from stunt casting Richard Pryor to slashing a budget in half, days before filming. 

Robert Pattinson and Bong Joon-ho are making a sci-fi movie together
Here’s what we know about ‘Mickey7’, the ‘Parasite’ director’s first English language movie in five years.

The Quiet Rage of Ambient Music
My ears perked right up when a recent episode of How Long Gone made passing mention of Brian Eno’s $30 app. There’s really no middle ground in charging $30 for an app. Some things are $30 because they are good (lobster), others are $30 because they are bad (a single Shein haul).