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

By Scott Lapatine / June 28, 2013

What an exciting week to end the month! SCOTUS struck down DOMA. Wendy Davis filibustered to block a Texas abortion ban. Run The Jewels. We have a lot to celebrate. But first, let’s take a look back at the week’s top Stereogum stories… We welcomed back the Dismemberment Plan and the Pixies. We “deconstructed” indie rock optimism and punk nostalgia. We ranked Sigur Rós’s discography and the 10 best T. Rex songs. We reviewed the month in metal, named a band to watch, spoke to Kim Gordon, and saw Wilco cover “Get Lucky.” Busy week! Your reaction to some of those things (and to MGMT’s LP3 announcement) are below.

THIS WEEK’S 10 HIGHEST RATED COMMENTS

#10 plastic pants | Jun 22nd Score:9

Oh my lord. Will there even be music next year?

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#8 saturnian | Jun 26th Score:9

Such an underappreciated band. Emergency & I is seriously one of the best albums I have ever heard, both musically and lyrically. Cannot wait for this album.

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#7

Andrew Burr | Jun 25th Score:10

I don’t know about you guys but I’m pretty stoked on hearing it. *shrug*

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#6

Nathan Christensen | Jun 24th Score:10

This is super interesting. It seems like a catchy pop song is more likely to be a “crossover hit” if it comes from the top. Taylor Swift or Ke$ha have no artistic integrity to lose, because they’re part of the commercial machine, so if they pump out an ear worm there’s less shame in a member of the “indie” audience admitting they like it than there is in defending an indie artist who is potentially pandering to a mainstream audience.

I don’t really know what to make of this. Part of me is happy that “indie culture” is shedding its infamous, pretentious hipster stereotype by being open to decent mainstream pop songs, but the fact that there is so much truth behind the sentiment “Hipsters like Justin Timberlake and Beyonce in 2013, not the National” makes me pretty uncomfortable, despite the fact that I’m not even a big fan of the National. Part of me wants douchey elitism to prevail so there’s at least something counteracting the inane bullshit that occupies top 40 radio the majority of the time. I like to think that the rising indie demand contributes to the quality pop songs that come out, and thus blurs the indie-mainstream dichotomy to make popular music less insufferable in general. But that dichotomy still needs to exist for universally appealing artists like Kanye West to continue making music that is interesting. I could be completely off with my perception on this whole thing though.

I dunno man.

Posted in: Deconstructing: Liz Phair And Indie Rock Poptimism
#5 adddo | Jun 25th Score:10

take it up with my parents.

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#4

Matthew Hadley | Jun 25th Score:11

I’m too positive this album will be great.

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#3 adddo | Jun 25th Score:11

“Grandkids”

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#1

Sam Nabors | Jun 25th Score:19

“WE DIDN’T MEAN TO BE POPULAR WE PROMISE”

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THIS WEEK’S 5 LOWEST RATED COMMENTS

#5

Nuno Proença | Jun 25th Score:-4

Thanks, Tom. Comparing the band to James and Ocean Colour Scene is a good way of letting me know I need to stay the hell away from them!

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#4 crania americana | Jun 24th Score:-4

While not liking an album/ giving it poor reviews is totally justifiable, what sticks out as bullshit about this situation in hindsight is the whole “Liz Phair betrayed indie blah blah blah” nonsense that a lot of people bandied about (and still do, really). As long as you’re making musical choices on your own volition, more power to you. Artists are completely in their rights to make something as accessible or inaccessible as they damn well please. Listeners who demand artists to adhere to a certain set of standards regarding quality or sound or whatever and act as if they’ve been personally wronged if they don’t, on the other hand, just come across as extraordinarily childish.

Posted in: Deconstructing: Liz Phair And Indie Rock Poptimism
#3

David Stockdale | Jun 23rd Score:-5

If you care about music at all, sign this petition now: http://wh.gov/lOkow

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#2 i want lou mars inside of me | Jun 21st Score:-5

OH come on! Having “Pigs” and “Dogs” up there but no “Sheep” (which is easily one of their best songs) is absurd. This list smells of casual listener.

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#1 mickrandom26 | Jun 26th Score:-6

How long til we can stop paying attention to this band? Seriously, if this album is full of more self-indulgent crap like Congratulations was (with the exception of the title track), why should we listen to this one?

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THIS WEEK’S EDITOR-IN-CHIEF’S CHOICE

adddo | Jun 26th Score:5

Kim, I will date you. Some of my comments on stereogum have had up to and including 6 up-votes. Intrigued?

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