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Good music longreads

Articles featured in our weekly Stack newsletter.

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

The Prehistory of Music

A conversation on the deep history of humans and music with Gary Tomlinson, author of A Million Years of Music.
Lapham's Quarterly

How Long Does It Take to Make a Classic Album?

From D’Angelo’s infamously slow creative pace to Frank Sinatra’s rapid-fire release schedule, our expectations of artists’ output have always been…
Pitchfork

When major labels were releasing witchcraft rituals

During the 1960s, labels capitalised on the witchcraft phenomenon with spoken-word albums of occult incantations
Dazed

The Success Of Streaming Has Been Great For Some, But…

It's tough to recall a time when listening to music — and making it — wasn't completely synonymous with streaming.
NPR

How Streaming Is About to Reshape DJ Culture

Once upon a time, being a DJ meant a lifelong accumulation of stuff
Pitchfork

The Essential Guide to Dancehall

Everything you need to know about one of Jamaica’s most influential musical exports
Red Bull Music Academy Daily

Redemption Songs

Chinese Jamaican music producers helped turn reggae into a global sensation.
Topic

big divorce energy

Berninger’s voice, with its desultory baritone, sounds like the bar next to a marriage counselor’s office.
Griefbacon

Big Mood Machine

Spotify pursues emotional surveillance for global profit
The Baffler

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