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Bob Mould & Nine Inch Nails Review

Music News

First up in the news is a discussion of Wal-Mart's plan to cut prices dramatically. The number one music retailer has announced a five-tier plan that would bring some titles down to as low as $5. Labels are not responding positively, but as Greg explains, they don't really have an option other than to cooperate-Wal-Mart dominates the music retail industry. Jim is in favor of such low prices, but notes that the plan could be disastrous to independent stores.

Also making news is The music website has been the prevailing force in indie music criticism and discourse since it debuted 12 years ago. Now they are going one step further to offer Pitchfork.TV, a website dedicated to offering“original mini-documentaries, secret rooftop and basement sessions, full concerts, exclusive interviews, and the most carefully curated selection of music videos online.”Greg is intrigued by this MTV-like idea, but Jim is concerned about conflict of interest. With an annual concert, deals with video game manufacturers and now its own video“channel,”Pitchfork is moving further away from music journalism and closer to an empire on par with Rolling Stone.

Mike Smith, lead singer of The Dave Clark Five died last week at the age of 64. Greg thinks the British invasion band is one of the most underrated of its time. The group had 15 top 20 hits in a two-year span and also appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show 18 times. While The Dave Clark Five is named after the drummer, Mike Smith was central to the band's songwriting and sound. To honor him, Jim and Greg play the 1964 tune "Bits and Pieces."