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Good music longreads

Articles featured in our weekly Stack newsletter.

‘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

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

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