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We started off this week with news from Ultra Music Festival, which sounded like a bit of a disaster. Hopefully vibes are more mellow at next weekend’s Coachella (don’t forget your Hydroxycut). Hot off his SNL debut, rising UK soul singer Sam Smith was the subject of The Week In Pop. We looked at the month of March in metal and soundtracks. We saw some entertaining beefs from Robert Smith and Jason Pierce. St. Vincent and Jeff Tweedy stopped by Portlandia. David Letterman announced his retirement, according to R.E.M.’s former bassist’s Twitter. We made a pretty Justin Vernon family free. Jack White was back in action, announcing Lazaretto and promising its title track will be the world’s fastest record. Album Of The Week went to Cloud Nothings (better luck next time, Nick Cannon). And we listed the 10 best songs by Joy Division and, to commemorate 20 years of a world without Kurdt (bka the guy from all those unearthed Seattle PD photos), Nirvana. Relive this week’s best and worst comments below and we’ll all float on OK



Craig Freeman | Apr 3rd Score:12

That sounds awful.

Attending a Kings of Leon concert I mean.


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Melissa Gustafson | Apr 2nd Score:13


Yes, exactly. BRAVO Robert Smith BRAVO.

Posted in: The Cure’s Robert Smith Goes Nuts On Guardian Critic
#8 michael_ | Mar 28th Score:13

“See, this is what rap should be.” – Cole Alexander

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#7 undergroundspoon | Apr 1st Score:14

This album is 1% better than their last album.

Posted in: Album Of The Week: Cloud Nothings Here And Nowhere Else

Doris Montgomery | Apr 1st Score:15

now do lou bega

Posted in: Behold The Justin Vernon Family Tree
#5 smokeallyouwantandseetheplanets | Mar 28th Score:15

I might have posted the EMA song on my facebook – nobody commented :(

Posted in: The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
#4 awesome opossum | Apr 1st Score:16

No he’s not. He’s a sex object.

Opossum out.

Posted in: Behold The Justin Vernon Family Tree
#3 homesickalien | Apr 2nd Score:16

Personally, I thought her ‘buy a drink’ quip was designed as a simply rhetorical retaliation to Smiths ALL CAP written assault on her, but whatever…hardly the point here.

The shock here is that a writer took an effort to point out a band (playing for a worthy cause, mind you) playing ‘too long?’ If you are going to criticize a show, I’m sorry, but length should not be on the top of any negative commentary regarding the event. How about something like, “…and although the set was a monstrous 45 songs, The Cure came and delivered for the crowd which is quite commendable.”

We’re talking about a band that’s been around for 40 years, and the fact they took to the stage for a 45 song set list may be one of the most devoted gestures any band could have done for their fans or the cause they were there supporting.

As if I needed a reason to love Smith more.

Posted in: The Cure’s Robert Smith Goes Nuts On Guardian Critic
#2 reggieohead | Apr 1st Score:25

Jesus, Stereogum, stop sucking this guy’s dick!

…so I can get some!

Posted in: Behold The Justin Vernon Family Tree

Rick Sandmann | Apr 1st Score:44

He’s never really discussed it but I heard michael_ hates Dylan Baldi.

Posted in: Album Of The Week: Cloud Nothings Here And Nowhere Else



Sean Chambers | Apr 1st Score:-7

Very clever reparte anonymous mofo.

Posted in: The 10 Best Joy Division Songs
#4 kilgore trout | Apr 2nd Score:-8

Robert Smith is a grumpy Gus.

Posted in: The Cure’s Robert Smith Goes Nuts On Guardian Critic
#3 lieutenant wine | Mar 31st Score:-9

The latest in an increasingly tiresome list of aggressively pointless experiments in anti-songs by the Flaming Lips. Splendid. Wayne Coyne must have more free time on his hands than any other person on the planet.

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#2 michael_ | Apr 1st Score:-9

Posted in: Album Of The Week: Cloud Nothings Here And Nowhere Else

Sean Chambers | Apr 1st Score:-16

It’s painfully obvious that this article was written by someone that knows very little about JD.

Posted in: The 10 Best Joy Division Songs


sdnabors | Mar 31st Score:1

There’s a 99.99999999% chance this is going to be fucking awful.

But I’ll be holding out hope for that tiny chance that it’s not.

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Comments (13)
  1. My comment was obviously an April Fool’s joke. He HAS discussed it a lot.

  2. Does anyone know when the Fleet Foxes are coming back. SERIOUSLY.

  3. You guys, I’m preeeetty drunk, and full of love for all of you. This site is the bomb-diggety. And Real BC can jam out to his zen elecrronic teahouse jams, but fake ol’ BC over here can jam out to you fools bein’ cool as ever. But really, I <3 U


    NO, IT'S NOT.

    Opossum out.

  4. So today is the day we remember that it’s been 20 years since Kurt Cobain passed away, but in watching old YouTube videos of news reports from then, it struck me that there is another Kurt whose legacy is tied into that era that I dearly miss, and it’s that of MTV News’ Kurt Loder. Watching clips of his delivery of music news and interviews has me realizing that this day in age, we don’t get that same level of professionalism from our biggest music news outlets. When something real and important happens, coverage of the story is only the set up for some huge influx of editorialization through think pieces we could in all honesty do without alongside listicles or galleries that serve the purpose of driving ad traffic revenue rather than supply information we as readers can actually use. Imagine if Kurt Cobain had died today? It would be an overload of social media, and almost completely impossible to sift through the white noise. When music journalism was a game led by professionals and not some 22 year old Pitchfork writer who hasn’t even finished his college degree yet , we got the facts and more importantly, we got them without bias. While your friends’ may be inundating your news feeds with the quote “It’s better to burn out than to fade away” today, here’s another from the other Kurt you should remember today:

    “You shouldn’t make friends. It’s not a good thing to be friends with people you’re covering. There’s just no point in doing it. It’s tempting, but they’re not going to consider you their friend anyway. They just know that you’re somebody that can do something for them. So you shouldn’t really flatter yourself that they want to be your buddy. They don’t… They want you for some reason or other, and you just have to fend that off all the time. And you can’t really cover people critically that you’re friends with. How would that work? That would be bad. So you always have to keep that in mind.”

    I’m in no way addressing this comment to anybody that writes here because this is a site I think does a very good job at separating the writer from the artist and if there ever happens to be a friendship connection involved, it is fully disclosed, but forgive me when I say, at large, that today’s music journalists have failed us at the truth.

    • It’s a nice thought, but I’m always wary of anything too closely resembling rose-colored glasses. Probably to a fault. And I’m not exactly sure how the (wise) quote about separating reviewing from friendships relates to the mass of white noise that modern music reporting could be seen as.
      Anyway, I do agree that there’s a lot of noise on the internet, and not just about music happenings. The thing is, I feel like it was probably around then too, just in different forms. Newspapers, magazines, radio, record stores, other listeners? It’s human nature to want to communicate with people, and music is practically begging for it. I think the internet just saves all those reactions/thoughts/interactions, and makes them easily to find and quickly get sick of.
      I guess I’m saying that all the noise is more a byproduct of how the internet works rather than a decline in the quality of the top publications. It’s up to you to tune out the nonsense, whether that’s pruning your facebook friends list, or only following a couple music sites, or just not caring as much, whatever works.

    • That Kurt Loder quote reminded me of a movie quote based on another rock journalist portrayed by ANOTHER artist that passed too soon:

      “You CANNOT make friends with the rock stars. That’s what’s important. If you’re a rock journalist – first, you will never get paid much. But you will get free records from the record company. And they’ll buy you drinks, you’ll meet girls, they’ll try to fly you places for free, offer you drugs… I know. It sounds great. But they are not your friends. These are people who want you to write sanctimonious stories about the genius of the rock stars, and they will ruin rock and roll and strangle everything we love about it.”

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