Leituras da Semana: St. Vincent, Lana Del Rey, Courtney Love e mais

Separamos alguns dos melhores textos sobre música que lemos pela Web nos últimos dias

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Semanalmente, filtramos os melhores textos nacionais e internacionais que encontramos na rede, a fim de enriquecer ainda mais seu conhecimento sobre música

The Girls With The Most Cake: The Parallel Ambition and Artistry of Courtney Love and Lana Del Rey no The Pitch

Após o anúncio de turnê conjunta entre Courtney Love e Lana Del Rey, o blog do Pitchfork analisa o que as duas tem em comum.

“We shouldn’t discount the parallels between the way Love and Del Rey are fiercely contested artists who are either worshipped or maligned. Del Rey’s fractious debut was subject to impossible scrutiny when it arrived in 2012; Love has been subject to the same since before Hole so much as had a 7″ single out”

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Is Bigger Better for St. Vincent?, por David Yaffe no The Daily Beast

O autor faz uma análise sobre a popularidade de St. Vincent, que recentemente lançou seu single Pieta, e os riscos que as dimensões de um trabalho reconhecido amplamento podem trazer para uma artista criativa que já conquistou o público de uma esfera menor. É interessante ver como ele conecta elementos de sua persona a diversos produtos culturais e a maneira com que lemos essas informações dentro da Cultura Pop.

“When she emerged as recording artist, she looked like an almost earnest graduate student, a kind of brainy beauty who didn’t wear much makeup (even on album covers), and who, like Leonard Cohen’s Suzanne, touched your perfect body with her mind. Her stage patter was off the cuff, directed to friends, or trying to make new ones, with the kind of self-effacing jokes you would hear from someone you know. But moving to the bigger stage requires bigger moves, at least in the post-Gaga universe, although I’d like to believe that she takes cues from no one but herself”

sugerido por André Felipe de Medeiros

Commerce Vs. Consumption: A Revolutionary Rethink Of Billboard’s Album Chart por Chris Molanphy no site da rádio NPR

A compra da música não exatamente reflete o consumo dela feita pelo ouvinte. Essa é a principal questão desta interessante matéria que questiona o rankeamento de vendas de álbuns feito pela Billboard e o que ela representa na realidade.

“Imagine you’re in a Tower Records in the late ’90s. You head for the cash register with a credit card and two compact discs in your hand. Let’s say one CD is by OutKast, the other by Smash Mouth (remember, it’s the late ’90s). The following week on the Billboard 200, America’s premier album chart, both of the CDs you bought have been tallied. In effect, by plunking down 16 bucks per disc, you and thousands of fellow Americans gave each of these albums a “vote” on the chart that week. Now let’s flash forward three months: You’re playing the OutKast CD constantly, but the Smash Mouth disc is gathering dust, having been played maybe once or twice. How is this activity reflected on the Billboard charts?”

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Starter: 10 Essential Japanese Netlabels no Pitchfork

“Netlabels” são selos primariamente online em que todos os seus lançamentos são distribuídos de forma gratuita, sendo que a grande maioria é ainda licenciada via Creative Commons, permitindo remixes infinitos de quem as baixa. O artigo da Pitchfork mostra um apanhado de selos japoneses neste formato, assim como algumas curiosidades sobre o excêntrico meio musical japonês.

“The netlabel scene grew larger thanks to the rise of social-networking sites, and the more established outfits started crossing into real life with parties featuring artists who once only shined in .ZIP form. Even live, the Internet isn’t absent—at Maltine’s club nights, there are always designated computer corners where punters can use their devices and charge phones, while more daring attendees clutch their laptops on the dancefloor and livestream themselves enjoying the event… often to people across the floor from them.”

sugerido por Gabriel Rolim

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