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"Hynes, true to form, shares the spotlight most with women, some already widely celebrated (Debbie Harry, Nelly Furtado, Jepsen) and others perhaps on their way (Empress Of, Kelsey Lu). Asked about working predominantly with female singers, Hynes told a recent interviewer, 'I guess I just view women higher.'"
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"My sister passed away during the process of the record, of suicide. And also Josh is best friends with her as well, so it hit very close to home, obviously, for the both of us. But that motivated us. We kind of wanted to put some stronger inspiration of Bowie in there and Prince, as well. Kind of a crazy fucking year for all of our heroes to pass. It’s a whirlwind, kind of crazy, but looking on the bright side, it made a great record, I guess."

My talk with Phantogram started off playful and got really heavy.
Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter also talk with Pitchfork about the heartbreak behind their new album Three.
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I recently had the pleasure of talking with Wu-Tang Clan's RZA and Interpol's Paul Banks.
Interpol's Paul Banks is a longtime hip-hop fan, while RZA acknowledges he came to rock more recently, partly through a Christmas gift of a 30,000-song iPod from System of a Down's Shavo Odadjian.
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"'Nowadays, my expectation of finding music on the internet for free is so high that I feel slightly offended when I can't do it,' he says. 'It's kind of a warped mindset, actually.'"

Wrote about how the streaming landscape is evolving here:
With streaming services asserting their market dominance, the music industry must now try to convince an entire generation raised on free to start paying up—without scaring them off.
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"Whenever and however the follow-up to 2013’s Matangi arrives, it will be difficult for M.I.A. to find a new way of provoking the record industry and beyond. She's not only consistently released her music outside of traditional channels, she's challenged the pop-star hierarchy while finding her own place in it."

Wrote about the (long) history M.I.A.'s conflicts with the music industry and beyond.
Whether triumph or trainwreck, M.I.A.’s challenges to the music business and the broader media infrastructure that surrounds it have usually been must-watch events, so we figured it was time to roll back the tapes all the way to the beginning.
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"As tempting as it may be to look to Chance’s success as a template, he seems more likely to continue to confound expectations; what works for him may only work for him given his unique set of abilities."

Retraced how Chance the Rapper went from a high school suspension to potential Grammy noms without a label.
Chance the Rapper is the arguably the biggest unsigned rapper in the world, keeping his homegrown hero status intact as he's navigated the mainstream. Here's how he does it, and here's why it matters.
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"We haven’t played shows or anything. We just did a couple of songs together."

Wrote about a surprising collision of music and marketing.
As throngs of new listeners were discovering Hollywood Life's “Hey Hi Hello” via a recent Apple ad, others were finding it oddly familiar to Shamir's “On the Regular.” The whole thing, it turns out, is a curious case.
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As demand for vinyl has surged, supply has been limited by a fairly finite amount of vintage record presses. Recently, I talked to some people making (and buying) brand-new ones.
As vinyl has continued to grow in popularity, record plants have scrambled to keep up, in large part because record presses must be scrounged and rehabbed from vintage machines instead of being built new—until recently. Jack White's Third Man and Toronto startup Viryl lead the way towards the vinyl boom's next phase.
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Wrote about Led Zeppelin's upcoming "Stairway to Heaven" trial and how who can grab a co-songwriting credit has been getting pretty arbitrary lately.
Next week, Led Zeppelin will appear in court to battle claims that “Stairway to Heaven” infringes on the copyright of Spirit's “Taurus,” an instrumental released three years before “Stairway.” If past copyright flair-ups are any indication, Page and Plant are capable of sharing credit—but times have changed, and their case could have ramifications.
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With apologies to Frankie Cosmos, Martha, Rihanna, Drake, Beyoncé, Chance, and many more, wrote about the mighty Anderson .Paak.
The charts suggest Rihanna or Drake or Justin Timberlake will take the Song of the Summer title, but for now, while the race is still on, Pitchfork staffers have their own ideas about what *should* soundtrack the season.
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Seasonal metaphor: Nao's previous songs filled the bases. This is the slugger that clears 'em. (And I haven't even been watching baseball, just pre-T-ball.)
Her latest single is an anthem of transcendence
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“If you drive around in Grand Theft Auto 5, you can hear ‘Stalker Ha’ playing,” Rubin says. “So that got some people into it and just wondering what the hell it was. And then it ended up on ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ that dancing competition show. I still see videos of Vine little viral clips of people vogueing to it.”

Picked out some essential Kingdom tracks and then talked to him about how they happened.
Fade to Mind head Ezra Rubin—aka Kingdom—has been on a roll lately, collaborating with D∆WN on a new collaborative EP and gearing up for his first full-length this fall. The innovative producer walks us through his 10 most essential tracks to date.
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