Shut Up, Dude 11/23/12

I’ve been so busy this Black Friday (napping, Homeland, napping) I almost forgot to post this week’s Shut Up, Dude. While this was an abbreviated posting week, you still had plenty to discuss… We deconstructed the Mumford-ization of pop and the Internet Radio Fairness Act. We championed new releases from the Evens and Action Bronson. We ranked Superchunk’s discography. We surveyed the first notable top albums of 2012 list. And we launched the 6th annual Gummy Awards, where you can share your favorites of the year and enter to win an iPad With Retina Display. Below, the highest and lowest rated comments of the past seven days await your meta-discussion…

THIS WEEK’S 10 HIGHEST RATED COMMENTS

#10

Kyle Culbert | Nov 19th Score:15

I guess I’ll go against the consensus here: I don’t really mind anything about them. As far as trends and the commercialization of a specific sound/genre go, this one is pretty harmless. I’ll take a bunch of 19th Century dressed faux folk heroes over most of the mind numbing dance music that all follows the same basic thumping structure that can put an unprepared listener into a state of comatose.

I mean, as long as fun. exists, my ‘fuck these guys’ mentality will be focused elsewhere.

Posted in: Deconstructing: Phillip Phillips, The Lumineers, And The Mumford-ization Of Pop
#9 adddo | Nov 19th Score:15

I like that the lead singer is not exactly fat, but just very well-fed looking. He’s like a baby seal who’s been doted on by his mother.

Posted in: Deconstructing: Phillip Phillips, The Lumineers, And The Mumford-ization Of Pop
#8

Simon Chapman | Nov 19th Score:15

I don’t have much to say here apart from how much I sincerely fucking hate Mumford and Sons. Faux-lk for the masses who think waistcoats and hipster facial hair are markers of authenticity.

Also this article was worth it just for leading to my rediscovery of http://whoisarcadefire.tumblr.com/

Posted in: Deconstructing: Phillip Phillips, The Lumineers, And The Mumford-ization Of Pop
#7

Matthew Hadley | Nov 21st Score:16

If Fiona Apples album doesn’t win, it’s just because people can’t remember the full title.

Posted in: The 2012 Gummy Awards: Vote Now And Enter To Win An iPad With Retina Display
#6 buzz fledderjohn | Nov 20th Score:19

Ego Tripping at Gate #42

Posted in: Wayne Coyne Apparently Brought A Grenade To The Airport
#5

Liz Stolfi | Nov 19th Score:19

Of Monster and Men could fit in this mix too. Sounds like Arcade Fire and Mumford in a blender. 34 mil views on Youtube.

Posted in: Deconstructing: Phillip Phillips, The Lumineers, And The Mumford-ization Of Pop
#4

Robert Wohner | Nov 20th Score:23

In terms of artists getting paid, ease of access doesn’t matter as much as our lack of personal ownership toward musicians we like. The motivation to drink from a local brewery surely involves its superior taste. But it also involves feeling personally invested in a brand’s success. Buying local produce or buying from local bookstores might be (irritatingly) trendy but more so it’s a commitment to supporting institutions we value. Music shouldn’t be so different. Country fans take ownership of their artists. Country artists get paid. Rihanna’s Navy and Little Monsters take ownership of their artists. Rihanna and Gaga get paid. Even Christian hiphop’s Lecrae sells 100K of his releases because Christian culture understands that ministers have to be supported by their constituents. So much of independent music’s culture is based on hearing an albums just long enough to have an opinion of whether or not they belong on end-of-the-year Best-of lists. It’s a fun conversation to have every December. But that’s not a motivation artists can bank on.

Posted in: Deconstructing: Pandora, Spotify, Piracy, And Getting Artists Paid
#3 Slothdrop | Nov 20th Score:28

… And let the 2012 listopalooza BEGINNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!

Posted in: Decibel’s Top 40 Albums Of 2012
#2 crania americana | Nov 19th Score:29

It seems like this is the commercial apex of a style that’s been increasingly popular just below the mainstream for quite some time now. At college towns across the nation for the past 5+ years there have been kids lounging on quads belting out “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show and starting pseudo-bluegrass combos at a pretty steady pace.

I’m deeply ambivalent about the current popularity of this style — I think it’s bland, and at worse, only mildly offensive — but what really pisses me off is the old-timey aesthetic. Just because you own a mandolin doesn’t mean you have the right to dress like an extra from Back to the Future III. Remember, you’re actually not a blacksmith or a dapper woodsman or the proprietor of a sod-floored shoe cobbling shop, you’re just some asshole who can afford extremely impractical clothing.

Posted in: Deconstructing: Phillip Phillips, The Lumineers, And The Mumford-ization Of Pop
#1

Andrew Burr | Nov 19th Score:31

While its not bad to have some elements of folk in the mainstream, Mumford and Sons are the Nickelback of folk. Every one of their songs follow the same formula.

Posted in: Deconstructing: Phillip Phillips, The Lumineers, And The Mumford-ization Of Pop

THIS WEEK’S 5 LOWEST RATED COMMENTS

#5 Michael_ | Nov 20th Score:-8

But the post title says the dog is “Sick.” Also, Pitchfork’s post title says it is “Dying.” I did not read all of Fiona’ babbling, but I’m assuming somewhere in there she talks about what disease the dog has that will ultimately end its life. (Please don’t tell me she cancelled the tour simply because the dog is merely letting its age show. I love her music, but that would be pathetic.)

Posted in: Read Fiona Apple’s Heartbreaking Note About Her Sick Dog
#4 rubberjohnny0829 | Nov 16th Score:-9

how can he be a christian if he is gay?

Posted in: Deconstructing: Sufjan Stevens And Christian Music
#3 Michael_ | Nov 20th Score:-12

I’m sorry, but this album put me to sleep in a bad way. I felt like Fiona Apple’s dog, Janet.

Posted in: Album Of The Week: The Evens The Odds
#2

Scott Gallagher | Nov 16th Score:-14

*My brain hurts after reading this!*

Maybe just enjoy the music?

Thanks Sufjan!

Posted in: Deconstructing: Sufjan Stevens And Christian Music
#1 Michael_ | Nov 20th Score:-15

What’s heartbreaking is that she’s letting her dying pet suffer for her own selfish reasons. Put the animal down and let her out of her misery. Just because you’re miserable most of the time, Ms. Apple, doesn’t mean others need to suffer.

Love,
Someone who voted for legalizing suicide in Massachusetts (because going out on my own terms is 100 times more dignified than shitting yourself in a hospital bed without even knowing your own name)

Posted in: Read Fiona Apple’s Heartbreaking Note About Her Sick Dog

THIS WEEK’S EDITOR’S CHOICE (SCOTT)

JAM Murray | Nov 20th Score:4

did he do it because of those stupid signs above the trash cans? they actually instruct you to put your grenades in the trash can if you happen to have one.

Posted in: Wayne Coyne Apparently Brought A Grenade To The Airport
 
Comments (48)
  1. I kinda just figured I’d give you all one last really good rabble rousing before year’s end, for old time’s sakes…

    Who else is spending their holiday weekend working on their year-end album list?

    • there are so many albums I forgot came out this year. a lot of good muzak, for obvs. will kendrick or frank take the sweep?

    • Mumford and Sons latest album is definitely near the top for me.

    • Lists are hard! I started a blog this year, so I’m working on all my year end stuff. I have my #1 figured out, it’s just the order of all the other ones that’s troubling me.

      • Been reading yours over the past few days. It’s quite comprehensive and I thoroughly enjoy that you actually write instead of the many, many others who merely post a track or video, say a sentence and call it a day.

        Not only is year-end stuff a grueling task, but so is being an effective blogger in general. There’s the need to update your site on a regular and timely basis, and if you work a full-time job, it can sometimes be a bit much work for one person to pull off well. I don’t know where my blogging future lies in 2013. Right now, I’m concentrated on getting the year-end lists done and taking December easy. It would be a nice place to end it, if anything. I would feel guilty for stepping away from the smaller bands I’ve been championing that have likewise supported my efforts or any momentum built over the past year, but there are more days than not recently when I come home from doing everything I have to do in “real” life, and I just think, “Ugh… I have to update the blog.” It used to be really fun, but nearly three years into doing it, that novelty has worn off. Plus, everyone has a blog so my absence won’t be felt I don’t think. I’d still like to write in a more casual sense — Perhaps a bigger blog that has an ensemble cast of part-time writers who send in work maybe once every two weeks or a month might want to have me.

        • if you or anyone ever needs a donny’s corner – you let me know.

        • First things: Thanks for checking out the blog. I’ll be honest, I only made one after I saw yours and thought “Hey, this is pretty cool”.

          Second Things: It can be a pain sometimes just doing it so you remain active, but I still enjoy it. I’m a student, so I have plenty other things to keep up with. But even when it seems like it’s a pain to update, I do enjoy it. I don’t find things “Fun” anymore, but reviewing albums and talking about music kind of is…”fun”.

          I’d love to take off time from regular material, but I’m kind of behind on stuff I really want to cover. So I need to get lists together while I do that. Plus I can’t really release an official list until a couple more albums have been released (I’m specifically waiting for Big Boi’s to drop…just in case).

        • NOOOO! If it wasn’t for your blog I would never have heard “Of Everything I Will Soon Grow Tired”, which is definitely going on my year-end list.

      • And now I’ve checked out your blog. It’s working! But seriously, I’ve always liked the idea of using the shuffle to examine someones music library. The Onion used to do this Random Rules bit with famous people ipods but I haven’t seen it in a while. I’m pro shuffle.

    • My list have officially been set in stone. It was obviously a crazy good year in music, and when you start adding it all up together, you realize how little space you have left on your list. I contemplated making this year’s list bigger, but at the end of the day, I decided that my rules are rules: 25 albums. Nothing more, and no exceptions. I know Beach House and Godspeed You! made some very nice albums, but I just couldn’t fit them in with the other albums that really piqued my interest in a more interesting way.

      Monday morning, if anyone is interested.

      • Nothing says 2012/End of the World like a new God’s Pee album.

        That being said, I’ll be the first official complaint for your Top 25 albums list without even seeing it.

        Good list otherwise!

        • BREAKING: A surprise Honorable Mentions list just dropped.

          • I like how you handled the Ty Segall dilemma. I’m going to end up siding with “Slaughterhouse” but I thoroughly enjoyed “Hair” and “Twins” pretty equally.

            The moment I’d start wearing out one, he’d just drop a new one. Ty Segall deserves high praise this year for those three albums alone. Honorable Mention for sure.

          • Also big ups on posting the new Chromatics jam. I was swinging by your page to see if you dropped yr top albums and saw that and spit up my metaphorical cola.

  2. TAKE THAT MUMFORD AND SONS!

    • I posted that article on my Facebook and it did not go over with many a fans of the Mumford. I think it’s partly why I am sitting at home this weekend with no invitations from the usual suspects, actually… MUMFORD AND SONS ARE RUINING MY SOCIAL LIFE!

    • I really hope Mumford and Sons read that article.

    • 2013 prediction: Suffering from mad hurt feelings, Mumford and Sons make bid for indie-blogosphere’s affection with collaborative EP “Mumford and Sunn.” Pitchfork calls them “basically like Boris now, but British.” Stereogum commenter crania americana raves: “I didn’t like ‘the cave’ until I heard the new version where it’s actually about satan or something.”

  3. But I had a +15, toooooooooooooooooooooooo………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

  4. “Comments” by DonnaTella.

    Comments a lot like life
    make a splash n’ then they die
    though we make repeated efforts
    keep on failing, so we cry.

    Ratings drop, downturned thumbs
    like tears fall from wooden eyes
    like limbs fall from broken strings
    once suspended in the sky.

    Will I be forgotten?
    When will my the end be nigh?
    on that day they cut ma’ strings,
    puppet hand will fall like bye.

    - 1

    • Donny, You make my wood wooden good.

    • someone send this man some beats

    • Comments, you know I got em
      Comments, you know I want em
      Comments cued and common
      Are comments often forgotten

      Comments have what comets lack
      Propensity to impact
      The way that comments on a path
      Make you blog, say somethin daft

      • Comments, by Japandroids

        So here I lie, blinded by the light
        Send my soul into the keys
        Then you and I will fight!

        OOOH WHOAOHWOAHWOAAA!

        I wrote this wall to send away my thoughts
        this album sucks, that album rocks
        But what we love doesn’t matter to us
        WHAT WE DOESN’T MATTER TO US!

        OOOH WHOAOHWOAHWOAAA!

        YOU’RE GONNA THUMB ME UP
        YOU’RE GONNA THUMB ME DOWN
        BUT I DON’T GIVE A DAMN!
        IN THIS LIFE, WE DROWN!

      • “Comment Distress Neutron Bomb”, by Death Grips

        I’M A BEAR AND I SHARED MY ALBUM FOR FREE
        SUCKING FUCKING MCFUCK SON THEY HATE IT
        MY LABEL UNDERRATE IT, I NARRATE DESTRUCTION
        THEY CAN STICK THEY SACKS IN VACUUMS AND TURN ON THE SUCTION

        NEUTRON BOMB, MY LYRICS A NEUTRON BOMB
        I EAT DISPARITY LIKE A BON BON, NOM NOM
        GOT THE BEST DRUMMER IN THE GAME AND HE TAPPIN QUARTER NOTES
        SUCKIN FUCK BLUHDUCK BUMMER WASTIN TALENT LIKE A FOREIGN BLOKE

        DOWNVOTE ME FUCKER, ONLY DOWNVOTING YOU
        AND I’M EJACULATING AND MY SEMEN BE LIKE SPLOO SPLOO SPLOO
        FIND ME A ROOFTOP AND HOLD MY SHIRT
        CAUSE I’M FLIPPING OFF SO HARD THAT IT’S GOING TO HURT

  5. The ‘-1′ at the end is so Important.

  6. Guys. WU LYF broke up, very sad :(

    • I just posted about that as well, but I definitely called out the obvious: The frontman broke up the band due to creative differences with the other three guys, who seem to have grown to hate him and might be carrying on together.

  7. This week I had Thanksgiving in Holland. It was the first thanksgiving I have ever had. There were marshmallows in the sweet potatoes.

  8. Slothdrop,

    I’m going to wear the “I <3 Sloths" t-shirt pictured below to the How To Dress Well show.

    Find me and I'll buy you a beer :)

    (below picture is not me, but is the shirt in question!)

  9. Yeah…made the Shut Up, Dude and it wasn’t in the Worst category…:)

  10. AW SHEEIT!!!

    It’s my first time in the Top comments, though I guess (despite being around for a long time) i’ve just now really started regularly commenting.

    I like to think I’m the sanity structural support to stereogum and I only come out when people need me.

    <3 Y'all

  11. I check “Shut Up, Dude” every week, and still never find out why Craig Ferguson is so mad at that laptop.

  12. You guys, I finally finished my top ten albums!

    http://happymusicsadmusic.blog.com/2012/11/27/the-best-of-2012-volume-1-albums/

    Songs to come! Along with probably another link to this in this week’s Shut Up Dude! :)

    Lemme know what you think!

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