Split Decision: Are DJs musicians?

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- Global Dance Festival Survival Guide
- Split Decision: Is vinyl obsolete?
Split Decision: The Legend of Zelda Symphony

With upwards of 20,000 kids descending on Red Rocks this weekend for Global Dance Fest 2012 -- a music festival made up mostly of DJ's -- it seemed like a good time to put our resident electronic music writer, Britt Chester, in the Split Decision ring with our resident music history writer, Josiah M Hesse, and let them duke it out over the question: Are DJs really musicians? Feel free to weigh in with your own thoughts on the issue.

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Is vinyl still a viable format or as obsolete as pager technology in the age of smart phones?

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Today, the Denver Record Collectors Spring Expo is taking place at Ramada Plaza in Northglenn (I-25 and 120th). For a $2.00 admission, you can sort through a treasure trove of vinyl from over forty dealers from all over the country. While there will also be CDs, posters and other stuff available at the expo, it's the vinyl that got us into a heated debate, particularly with all this talk about records lately, and in the shadow of Record Store Day. The primary point of contention: Is vinyl still a viable format, or is a relic of the past that's becoming more and more obsolete? Josiah Hesse and Britt Chester mix it up below. Feel free to weigh in with your take.

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The Legend of Zelda Symphony: Debating the merits of tonight's symphony excursion

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Catch the Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses tonight at Boettcher Concert Hall.
Tonight at Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver will be graced with the four-part Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses tour, where audiences will see the legendary Nintendo game soundtrack scored by a collection of classically trained musicians. But is this just another gimmick to get people out to see the symphony, a trite beating of the proverbial dead-horse of millennial post-modernism? Or is it the culmination of a nostalgic generation, paying tribute to the 8-bit fantasies of their youth through a timeless medium? Patrick Rodgers and Josiah M Hesse enter our Split Decision thunderdome to debate the merits of tonight's symphony.

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Radiohead's The King of Limbs: Instant reaction

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As you may have heard, Radiohead's eighth album, The King of Limbs, was released today, a day earlier than expected, and only four days after it was announced. The complicated release strategy the band has devised is no longer the novelty it was when the band suprised us all with In Rainbows in 2007, which means this time around, we can focus less on the business and more on the music. Is it good? Is it worth the $9 for a download today, or $48 for the deluxe edition due in May? Kyle Smith and Kiernan Maletsky communed earlier today via instant messaging to discuss their initial reactions.

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Split Decision: Kanye West, young man. Or not.

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Kanye West is about as polarizing a figure as there is these days. The mere mention of his name inspires a variety of reactions, everything from exasperated eye rolls to passionate rants or equally passionate raves girded with an apologetic undertone for all of his often inexplicably brazen behavior. Discussing the impending release of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy sparked a heated debate at Backbeat HQ last week, which made another installment of Split Decision seem only natural.

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Introducing Split Decision: Tale of the tape

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Cassettes, in case you haven't noticed, are once again becoming viable. The number of tape-only imprints that seem to keep cropping up have not only made for decent blogger bait (see our recent Deathbomb Arc item or the recent NPR blog post focusing on Ft. Collins Patient Sounds), but it's served as a somewhat polarizing conversational topic.

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