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The Fader

7/20/07 by Endorse

The blog Idolator gave a nice summary of The Fader this past week, and the comments that ensued after its posting really represent my own evolution of opinion for this magazine:

Stage One: Pleasantly surprised
BY DANGIBSON AT 07/13/07 01:15 PM

"It is a very pretty magazine, and...I actually learn something from the magazine each issue, which is certainly more than I can expect from most music rags these days."

Stage Two: Skeptical at potential conflict-of-interest
BY JETSETJUNTA AT 07/13/07 01:38 PM

"You forgot to mention how the Fader is just another PR device for Cornerstone Promotion, and as such not actually a magazine at all. But sure, it is very pretty."

Stage Three: Resignation at ethical impasse, digging the tunes
BY TAYLOR T-SIDES AT 07/13/07 03:30 PM

"@loudersoft : "It's a damn good looking magazine in which they cover good music, so I could care less." exactly. if they covered only Cornerstone artists, I'd be miffed, but who gives a shit?"

I should note that Cornerstone exec Jon Cohen went to my college, knew my professors, and gave me an excellent series of tips on the publishing biz when I came to NYC.

Download their issues here, or better yet, buy one.
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This is what the best band in the world looks like

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Laurie Anderson knows problems

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Even if ambient electronica and spoken-word monologues aren't your thing, give Laurie Anderson a try. I saw her last May at the private, la-di-da National Arts Club (reminiscent of Eyes Wide Shut, wealthy-class-orgy type stuff, I have to say) after B had shown me a video of her stuff - big arena, projected-screen, nonsense rants and cheese-sustain keyboards. For whatever reason, it didn't hit me, so I wasn't too thrilled for the show.

But she really shined. A little older, a little more graceful. She played an electric violin and a keyboard now and then, and on one song sang through a vocoder. Sounded like James Earl Jones. She went off about politics/policy for a bit (see video below), but mostly she just went.off.the.deep.end. We're talking 10-minute jams mimicking the flight of birds. Hipster aristocrats abounded. But who else is going to show up in droves at a ritzy hole like that?

This is pretty good: "Only An Expert."

EDIT: Oh, and this is classic, too:

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