The Beatles or Radiohead can forever flog key works to consumers prepared to pay £100 for unheard sessions on picture-disc vinyl. Icons like Morrissey can keep on reissuing even the unlamented likes of Maladjusted as part of their bigger story, safe in the knowledge fans want to buy into that idea too. But digital closes the door on nostalgia as much as it mucks with the album as a format. Will the 2026 reissue of Solange’s A Seat at the Table meet with the same ripe whiff of remembrance from a generation who recall where they were the first time they opened Spotify and it was algorithmically recommended to them? If not, Our Love to Admire may be one of the last albums in history to make it to its 45th anniversary super-deluxe box set. … [Read more...] about The reissue racket: how many more ‘classic’ albums will be repackaged?
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In Germany, the grape harvest started on its earliest date yet amid an exceptionally hot summer. The first grapes are used to make Federweisser, a young wine that gives the first hints about the year’s potential quality. The main harvest is expected to start in late August or early September. … [Read more...] about Heat wave: Portugal tames wildfire; French cities ban cars
“My main point is that I am absolutely certain that Boris Johnson, Liam Fox, Alan Duncan who has the Russia brief, and [Brexit secretary] David Davis will have been absolutely looked at. All of these people the Russians will be following very, very closely. They will have created a file and they’ll be attempting to watch everything they do.” … [Read more...] about Senior British politicians ‘targeted by Kremlin’ for smear campaigns
The company did not explain, however, how they planned to start fighting. They could start with donating some money, given that Jeff Bezos is on track to become the world’s first trillionaire by 2026. Another recommendation, per the ACLU, “commit to stop selling face recognition surveillance technology that supercharges police abuse.” They were referring to the Amazon Ring, a video doorbell that has been slammed by civil rights organizations for incorporating facial recognition software and partnering with police departments. The fact that Amazon workers faced grueling conditions even before the global pandemic made delivery workers one of the most at-risk labor forces in the country, and even then, were denied hazard pay, sick leave, and basic sanitation seems like another good entry point. … [Read more...] about These Companies Have the Most Hypocritical Black Lives Matter Messaging
"It wasn't hard to me," Lauryn shrugs, "because I grew up as a tomboy, and none of that stuff ever really phased me. I knew who I was, and I knew that I wasn't any of the women that they ever talked about. Also, I find it hard to just criticise hip hop music, because music is a microcosm of the world. Better we discuss the issues in the community and the greater world that affect the kids who make the music, 'cos they're just the voice of people. Also I'm not confused because I understand that a lot of people who make rap music are very young when they start. They're 16, 17, and they don't really know any better, they're just figuring out the world for themselves. I'm not very judgmental, because I try to be part of the solution rather than the problem, so I provide the type of message in my music that I do, to communicate the other side of the story." … [Read more...] about Lauryn Hill: ‘I’m not afraid to be the person I am’