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Good music longreads

Articles featured in our weekly Stack newsletter.

How Pandora Won Its Royalty Battle But Lost the War…

Pandora found a brilliant loophole with the recording industry, but it tied the company's future into a knot.
Vice

What Does Daft Punk Leave Behind?

The now-legendary French duo called it quits this week after years of silence.
NPR

Southern Hustle: Houston Hip-Hop and Chinese Chicken

Timmy Chan’s, memorialized in Houston’s hip-hop scene, was opened by Alana Dao’s Chinese immigrant grandparents.
Bitter Southerner

on diminishing newness

talking about whether we're actually talking about new music for less time or if we just think we are.
something old

SOPHIE Transcended Everything

SOPHIE’s blend of technical excellence, childlike wonder, and ideological clarity were evidence of a generational talent.
Vulture

What to Know About Music’s Copyright Gold Rush

Artists recently sold their song catalogs, in deals that have implications for the future of the recording industry.
Pitchfork

Re-record: Celebrating 120 Black Artists In Electronic Music

Contributors set the record straight, highlighting standout acts active between 2001-2020.
Resident Advisor

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

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