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Good music longreads

Articles featured in our weekly Stack newsletter.

How Indie Went Pop—and Pop Went Indie—in the 2010s

Ten years ago, a collaboration between an indie act and a pop artist was something to marvel over.
Pitchfork

An Oral History of LimeWire

The Little App That Changed the Music Industry Forever
MEL

The Hissing of Vintage Tapes

The ongoing fight against tape hiss has proven a useful creative tension for the music industry
Tedium

How One Of Music's Biggest Stars Almost Disappeared

How does one of the biggest stars in American popular music go missing?
NPR

The Unsolved Case of the Most Mysterious Song on the…

Inside the question that’s been driving the internet crazy for years.
Rolling Stone

‘Taaaake onnn meee!’

The unkillable, oh-so-profitable afterlife of a-ha’s ’80s classic
Los Angeles Times

The Hardest Song I Ever Chased

Today, selecting the appropriate scores or songs to accompany everything from blockbuster movies to indie-film trailers remains an art form…
Vulture

The story behind the best-known local jingle in America

The mysterious power of local jingles, like the famous Cellino & Barnes ad, explained.
Vox

Remembering Daniel Johnston, the Godfather of Bedroom Pop

When Daniel Johnston was about 19, he spent a lot of time making things in his parents’ West Virginia basement.
Pitchfork

The Graphic Design Duo That Helped Bling Hip-Hop

Strictly abiding by a “more-is-more” philosophy, the Brauch brothers shaped the visual aesthetic of Southern hip-hop’s flashiest era
Red Bull Music Academy Daily

The changing economics of electronic music

Avalon Emerson, Mat Dryhurst, Marta Salogni and others on the impact of streaming services on artists.
Resident Advisor

Chillwave: a momentary microgenre that ushered in the age of…

It was the first sign of a generation fleeing to the past to escape a bleak future.
The Guardian

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