Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

By Scott Lapatine / November 23, 2012 - 6:19 pm

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

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#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