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

By Scott Lapatine / September 6, 2013

This week we ranked Coldplay’s discography from worst to best then got to hear the band’s Catching Fire anthem “Atlas.” Also this week Derek and Alexis from OG BTW Sleigh Bells dropped “Bitter Rivals,” one of our favorite new songs and videos. We spoke with Janelle Monáe, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Dirty Beaches & Dum Dum Girls. We highlighted 10 new album streams you should check out and listed the 10 best Mastodon songs. Now it’s Friday and we’re only a few days away from Arcade Fire’s “Reflektor”! Look for the video here Monday at 9PM and the vinyl in these cities, probably. Your best and worst comments of the week, which are mostly about Fiona Apple, are below.

THIS WEEK’S 10 HIGHEST RATED COMMENTS

#10

Andrew Burr | Aug 31st Score:11

Did you try turning it off and on again?

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#9

Michael Hanna | Sep 1st Score:11

This sounds like an Onion story.

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#8

Tyler Emken | Sep 3rd Score:13

I love, LOVE, Viva La Vida. I do not feel like I have to apologize for liking that record at all.

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#7 seanpen15 | Sep 3rd Score:13

That’s just another way of ranking them all #1.

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#5 lobster dog | Aug 30th Score:15

I like the attitude.

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#4 raptor jesus | Aug 30th Score:16

If it is so predictable, then why did she sign up for a fashion show in the first place?

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#3

Michael Hanna | Aug 30th Score:17

It’s time for a Fiona Apple/Dave Chappelle tour.

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#2 michael_ | Sep 4th Score:17

Sit-and-SPIN is one of my favorite publications, right next to Stereodumb, Pitchfart, Trolling Stone and Consequence of Caca Sound. If you don’t agree, then you’re just a big meanie head!

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#1

Marlina Guzman | Aug 30th Score:19

That’s the Fiona I know.

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THIS WEEK’S 5 LOWEST RATED COMMENTS

#5 victorchaynang | Aug 31st Score:-7

omg sorry to do this but seriously who gives like even half a fuck what the 10 best le tigre songs are especially like right now. this question also goes for soundgarden…

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#4 kellstud | Aug 30th Score:-8

great list but it is missing “Men must die and their dicks should be ripped off.” Totally got me through college.

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#3

Rickey Newman | Aug 30th Score:-8

she’s looking strung out. I’m sure vegans r usually thin n unhealthy but that’s ridiculous. Get yourself healthy girl. U have some good music, I really like across the universe. Really good version!

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#2 joshua sanders | Aug 30th Score:-12

Not quite sure I get what you’re saying there big daddy….but my gist is when you get up on that stage, you give it your all. if someone isn’t paying attention, you pull something out of your bag of tricks so that they will. Maybe play a slow ballad, or something to grab their attention. But let’s say hypothetically I am a fan of hers, and I am paying attention despite the chattering, and she tells them off and storms off the stage? Hey I ain’t paying money to go see her again…

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#1 joshua sanders | Aug 30th Score:-30

Sorry Fiona, but you can’t do that. All of us performers have faced loud, unruly and chatty crowds, and it is YOUR JOB to compel them to listen through your music and your performance, and not by telling then to STFU. When I have witnessed performers doing this, I have gotten up and walked out.
Fiona darling I know I am being harsh, but your audience is giving you one of their most important assets, which is their time. Play, sing and perform like you appreciate it.

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THIS WEEK’S EDITOR-IN-CHIEF’S CHOICE

Anthony Kirk | Sep 5th Score:1

This seems just silly. FLAC, ALAC, WAV, and other codecs already allow perfect reconstructions of a sound file’s waveform. Furthermore, ABX testing of lossless audio codecs has repeatedly shown that at about 250kbps, using modern encoders, people cannot tell the difference between a song that is perfectly translated through FLAC and the same song in compressed MP3.

The real issue (or at least the most relevant one today) is that studios brickwall their recordings so that songs sound louder, since consumers have been shown to prefer louder songs over quieter ones. However, doing this introduces large amounts of distortion whenever the volume “ceiling” of the digital format is crossed. Often, remasters of older albums take masters that never hit the ceiling and brickwall them to fit the supposed market preference for loud and undynamic music.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-v6ML2DsBfA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Nfqpr3ygSg (skip to some point in the middle of the video)

These are gross alterations of musical fidelity that consumers cannot “fix” with lossless codecs or expensive headphones. Once someone has made a modest investment into a decent soundsystem, the biggest obstacle to hearing realistic and natural-sounding music will be the choices of studio engineers.

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