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It’s Governors Ball weekend, three days and nights when the epicenter of NYC’s music scene relocates from Brooklyn to Randall’s Island. This year’s lineup is stacked: the Strokes, Jack White, Vampire Weekend, Spoon, Deafheaven, OutKast (duh). Today’s already seen performances from Run The Jewels (who said onstage they’d have a new album “very fucking soon”) and Julian Casablancas (who said his album with the Voidz is out in September). Grimes goes on at the Gotham Tent shortly, and she’ll play three new songs, including one she wrote for Rihanna. We’ll have news and photos from the fest throughout the weekend. For now, watch a clip of the Voidz performance, then check out your best and worst comments of the week…

THIS WEEK’S 10 HIGHEST RATED COMMENTS

#10 frog oracle | Jun 4th Score:28

That is the best argument against feminism I’ve ever heard. I mean what if we get to a planet and they don’t even have men and women? What if they have three sexes? What if the women are oppressing the men? What then? INTERGALACTIC POSSIBILITIES, PEOPLE!!!! OPEN YOUR MINDS

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#9 ifeelpretty | Jun 4th Score:30

his only claim to fame is covering a song by The Ataris. Lame.

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#8 wordcore | Jun 4th Score:30

His problem is his conception of covers replacing the original work. Like that “going to a museum and painting a mustache on a painting” — it’s like printing out a picture of a painting and drawing a mustache on that. The dude only sees the negatives of it and not the positive effect it could have in prolonging the life of his music. He really just wants it to be in a museum.

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#6

Nathan Robert Kesegi | Jun 4th Score:34

Well, that’s like your opinion, man.

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#5

Wesley Morgan Paraham | May 30th Score:35

It’s cool someone remembered Duffy.

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#4 FRX | Jun 4th Score:37

In other news: Cranky old man is cranky, old.

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#3 frog oracle | Jun 4th Score:51

Trying to imagine a future in which I’m rich and old, younger people are interested in something I made and I get angry about it.

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#2

Marc Schroeder | Jun 4th Score:52

How many middle-adged dudes have made statements that include the words “…and that’s the problem with the younger generation…” while listening to The Eagles? They’re like the official band of “get off my lawn” fist-shakers everywhere.

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THIS WEEK’S 5 LOWEST RATED COMMENTS

#5 Cerebus | Jun 5th Score:-15

Then why don’t the vast majority of them express it that way? Because truthfully, they don’t. Modern feminism is one of the most backbiting, twisted, confused and incestual of all social movements. It has not idea what it really is or what it really wants, but it sure as hell wants everybody to listen and do as they’re told. LDR’s statement is simplistic brilliance that more people would do well to adopt.

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#4 unregistered33 | Jun 4th Score:-17

Trying to imagine a future in which I’m rich and old, younger people are interested in taking advantage of the ubiquity of something I made and reshaping to serve their own ends without my permission and I get angry about it.

How’s that?

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#3 unregistered33 | Jun 4th Score:-18

I don’t get it, but then again I’m part of a (group of idiots).

Is that an okay rewrite?

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#2 unregistered33 | Jun 4th Score:-18

How’s this?:

“That’s a problem with some of the [Bullins] generation, [we] don’t understand the concept of [mixtapes being released precisely because they can contain some elements of intellectual property and that they are released in the spirit of self-promotion and completely exploiting the ubiquitous familiarity of the underlying work in order to get people to listen to them further].”

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#1 unregistered33 | Jun 4th Score:-24

(I love) Don Henley. He should feel (nonplussed) that anyone under the age of 50 gives a shit about his (pretty good) band.

How is that little rewrite? Okay?

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THIS WEEK’S EDITOR-IN-CHIEF’S CHOICE

Wesley Morgan Paraham | May 31st Score:9

raptor you’re such a kiss ass. <3 u tho.

Anyway, me getting #2 this week reminds me of when my media writing professor a couple semesters ago asked the class if we’ve already been published somewhere. I hadn’t yet then, but I told him “Well, sometimes I write smart or funny comments on this music site and they pick the highest-voted ones at the end of the week and do a little page about it.” I showed him one and he was like “Yeah, this counts!”

Thanks for kickstarting my “writing” career, Stereogum!

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Comments (28)
  1. Yikes at this Don Henley stan

  2. Yowza, that’s some major bracket (ab)use by unregistered69.

  3. Is it wrong that this is the first time I’ve ever made either “Shut Up, Dude” list, highest or lowest rated, and the only thing I care about is that my comment has a grammatical error? :/

    • I care that you actually said something thoughtful and intelligent and people just shat on it with down votes rather than intelligent discourse.

      • Thanks. I tried to go at it hard in that comment section, but the eventual result was known before I ever started. Speaking out against feminism in its current form immediately makes you a woman hating pariah in the eyes of most. Which is so unfortunate, because nothing could be further from the truth for me. I was raised by my Mother, Grandmother and Aunt, and I believe they did a very fine job teaching me how to respect women (and people in general for that matter). But in my opinion, feminism in its modern form does a piss poor job of exactly that. It doesn’t raise people up and bring them together, it alienates them with angry, belittling judgment.

        But enough of my soapbox. I wasn’t really trying to make the list again next week.

        • Only if an adult male ranting about how modern feminism is “backbiting, twisted, confused and incestual [sp]” is your idea of thoughtful discourse. How do you even respond to that, other than a downvote blitz?

          Also, LDR’s statement is “simplistic brilliance”? You mean simple. “Simplistic” is always bad. But who has time for using real words / using words to mean what they mean when there are so many “thoughtful and intelligent” disquisitions on modern feminism to share!

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          • And for the record, what I said made perfect sense and I meant every word of it. Use incestuous if it makes a fucking difference for you. My points, every one if them in that comment section, still stand. The fact that you’re too afraid to discuss them or too ignorant to see that they’re true is your problem, not mine. Keep on hating, its a good look for you.

        • I think it’s a mistake to attribute this problem to feminism as an ideology, rather than individuals who are just bad at articulating their opinions without sounding like assholes.

          There are plenty of intelligent discussions and insightful writers within “modern feminism”, which is a nebulous term at best.

          Regardless, I think some feminists being touchy or belligerent (and they definitely exist, I know what you mean) is a much smaller problem than, you know, actual sexism.

  4. After seeing RJ’s comment, I went to netflix to stream The Big Lebowski. But it’s not on there anymore! Was thoroughly disappointed. Don’t do that, Reed Hastings! When did that even happen? :(

  5. Fuck you for kickstarting Wesley’s writing career, Stereogum… I got a novel, you wanna publish it? Dicks.

  6. Auto  |   Posted on Jun 7th +11

    I’m gonna put this out there: EMA is really really fucking nice. As with last week I’m gonna recount last night’s gigging here instead of Facebook because nobody IRL cares about good music.

    After taking my best friends out for a great gig the week previous they were both hungry for more so I invited them along to EMA’s gig in Bristol this Friday. I’m used to being a lone music geek so it’s very nice to share the music with people I really care about. To be honest it was a pretty disappointing turnout, there was probably no more than 50 people in the room and they took their time arriving. You could almost see Erika’s disappointment when she saw the crowd, but she played the hell out of it. I’ve always thought she conveys a lot of tangible emotion in her voice but she gives it a really visceral energy injection in concert. It was definitely elevated by her stage performance; during her more ‘vulnerable’ songs like 3Jane she almost curled up in a ball on stage and just sang her heart out but the louder stuff like Neuromancer was a full on rock out. She does a fantastic job of constructing her dystopian atmosphere in her live soundscapes and she gave the front row audience multiple ‘hold my hand and sing it right back to me’ moments… Captivating gig, I was totally immersed. That is, until I felt my friend next to me almost fall onto me; I looked down and my heart jumped out of my mouth when I realised he’d fainted! We had to drag him outside and give him some water; he came around fast, he was just a bit dehydrated. He’d been drifting about with his eyes closed for a while but I thought that was just a natural reaction to 3Jane. Erika dedicated ‘Dead Celebrity’ to him which was pretty cool. That wasn’t all though, because she came out into the lobby after the gig along with her band to chat with the audience. I’ll let you in on a secret; despite ‘The Future’s Void’s critique of selfie culture she is totally down for a fan selfie in the flesh! And hugs, too, as it would have it. I think in between my usual over the top singing, flailing and dancing (yeah, I’m THAT annoying guy at the front. Sorry.) and my friend’s swoon she must have taken a shine to us because she sat outside the venue for 20 minutes for a chat. Starstruck doesn’t quite cover it. We had a really involved discussion about travelling; I only realised afterward but for the most part Erika was asking about us rather than the other way around. It’s almost a little disorienting to connect with an artist who you’ve idolised and spent the last month jamming to on a human level; I’m sort of feeling like she is a friend rather than just some person I listen to. Needless to say I have a signed T-Shirt.

    So yeah, EMA is wonderful. Her tour is winding down I think, but grab any tickets you can. Anybody else have any good gigs this week?

    • I went to see Sharon Van Etten at Koko, it was a really great show. The drummer in my girlfriend’s band was working backstage, so we went to go have a chat with her. She was genuinely lovely, really funny too. So we had a chat for a bit and on the way out my girlfriend stole a digestive biscuit from her rider. Rock n roll.

    • Singing? No problem. Dancing? Might annoy some people, but if they hate seeing people dance, they should have stayed home. But flailing? Please stop flailing. Why are you flailing? Are you drunk? Drunken flailing is probably my least favorite thing about live music.

      • Auto  |   Posted on Jun 7th +3

        Ooooohhhh I’m jealous of that Sharon Van Eaten show, I read a review of it which sounded superb.

        I think the definition of ‘flailing’ we are using is different, although I think yours is more accurate to the word’s actual dictionary definition. Probably the wrong term to use, I hadn’t meant to convey the randomness and drunkenness that flailing implies. In retrospect I would probably use a word like energetic instead. TBH I think there is very little point being drunk at gigs; the music is enough of an intoxicant.

  7. Is it a good or bad thing when the worst comment of the week is a parody of your own post?

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    • Personally, I kind of found some of your comments a bit funny, in a bitchy way.

    • Go to bed Michael_, you’re drunk.

    • The point you’re missing is that both of those songs paid tribute to the original material, whereas you were self-righteously mocking everyone whose comments you altered, plus totally beating a dead horse into a bloody pulp after about the second or third time.

  9. Damn. Almost made the top ten with my first comment in close to six months. Was hoping for a glorious return. Oh well. Love ya, Gumheads.

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