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Good music longreads

Articles featured in our weekly Stack newsletter.

Classic iPod Hackers Say There’s No Better Way to Listen…

A large community of iPod modders resurrects them for their sound and nostalgia
OneZero

Hip-Hop Needs No Other Supervillain After MF DOOM

DOOM took the scenic route to recognition and earned a place in the annals of history on his own terms
Vulture

Harold Budd's Music Was Heaven On Earth

The ambient composer and Brian Eno collaborator died at the age of 84 from complications brought on by COVID-19.
NPR

The 12 Days of Christmas

The story behind the holiday’s most annoying carol
Vox

"WAP" Proves Music’s Dirty Secret: Censorship Is Good Business

Making clean versions of explicit songs means taking advantage of every possible revenue stream.
The New York Times

TikTok Accepts The Caretaker Challenge

What Happens When TikTok Looks To The Avant-Garde?
NPR

Rethinking Appropriation and Wokeness in Pop Music

Over the last decade, the language and aesthetics of social justice have become the social currency of the music industry
Pitchfork

How the 'Requiem for a Dream' Song Became the Default…

Twenty years later, versions of Clint Mansell's 'Lux Aeterna' can still be heard in sports games, trailers, and ads
VICE

Before Pun Went Platinum

The Unsung History of New York Latinx Rap
Vulture

How Bandcamp became the toast of the COVID age

With artist-friendly Bandcamp Fridays and initiatives that benefit progressive causes, the online music platform has become beloved beyond its indie…
Los Angeles Times

19 things I’d tell people contemplating starting a record label

Brassland co-founder Alec Hanley Bemis explains what he's learned during almost two decades of running a label.
The Creative Independent

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