Author: Mates

Daw and George went to St. A’s and it’s all they ever talk about

Imagine you’re a new parent, and you’re touring potential schools for your kid in Evanston Illinois. You look to your left and see a tall gangly 8th grader in a ‘Ride The Lightning’ Metallica shirt reading a Marvel “What If” comic book, he looks at you and loudly says “I drew 7 Ms on my

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‘Magic Mirror’ – Pearl Charles

This album is AMAZING. Everyone and their HBOMax password leeches know that Wrap Around Joy is my significant other, and this gives me some major Wrap Around Joy vibes. With, in Pearl Charles fashion, a breezy twang to boot. I may be stepping on our resident twang expert Amber’s toes here but this album deserves

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Finally my immense knowledge of antipiracy is useful for the blog: King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard shares torrents to their masters

I was reading the antipiracy trades for my other job which has literally never yielded any useful music-related information, until NOW. That’s called SYNERGY. https://torrentfreak.com/band-shares-torrents-of-master-recordings-and-invites-fans-to-create-bootlegs-210111/ Much like how in professional sports athletes are taking the power back by demanding trades, holding out, etc.- it seems like artists are starting to take the power back from

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Nicki Minaj forced to pay indie legend Tracy Chapman 450K for uncleared sample

^pictured above: Nicki Minaj and one of her fast cars. https://www.barstoolsports.com/blog/3234984/nicki-minaj-forced-to-pay-tracy-chapman-dollar450000-for-not-getting-permission-to-sample-her-song-baby-can-i-hold-you.-bonus-one-of-the-greatest-most-slept-on-90s-tracks-of-all-time UH OH! Gotta clear those samples Nicki! This is one of those behind the scenes things you don’t think about, but that can seriously hinder a project. A great example of this is Cartoons and Cereal by Kendrick Lamar, that song was supposed to

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I’ve been taking a little vacation from indie music, so here’s my top ten musical theater songs of all time

I did the last playlist update in December and took a little break (sorry to all of the Twitter and Instagram submissions I have yet to get to, I will, I promise). Well, kind of a break. I spent most of my so called break putting together my top 50 tracks of 2020 playlist (blog

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If more people don’t read George’s article I’m going to have to let him go

This is in response to George’s post which I think you’ve probably already seen if you’re reading this:indiepong.com/2020/12/29/tuesday-time-machine-december-2020-trying-to-make-sure-mates-doesnt-fire-me-exalpha-edition/ George wrote this article about how his job was on the line because of a passing conversation the other day, and it wasn’t. I was just in a hurry because I was bidding on a high level

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Have an AI judge your Spotify, or don’t, I did it and it sucked

Have an AI judge your awful taste in music is an algorithm by the website Pudding, which is a groundbreaking journalism vehicle driven by data-centric visual essays. I did their latest project where I had an AI voiced by a chart-posting internet music nerd judge my Spotify, and well, consider it judged. That’s one of

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Best Trader Joes Meals and the songs to match them

I honestly don’t even want to match songs to these, I just felt the urge to blog about the 5 best Trader Joe’s meals, but since this is a music blog it’s the least I can do. 5. Mozzarella Sticks I chose this image because this is pretty generally what they look like, some of

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I’m literally just waiting for Daw to publish his best songs of the year list

Daw told me it was coming last night, but like the Y2K bug it never happened. I’m waiting for it to do an Instagram recap update, and I suppose like ambitionless Ryan Reynolds in the 2005 film ‘Waiting…’, I will continue doing as such. I don’t know why I’m letting Daw have power over my

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