a.j.howard09

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So is nearly everybody releasing their albums on the last Friday of the month a thing now?
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February 21, 2017 on Album Of The Week: Vagabon Infinite Worlds
"Unk, the big trouble with dumb bastards is that they are too dumb to believe there is such a thing as being smart." - Vonnegut
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February 18, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Pavement broke up because Stephen Malkmus didn't feel like being in Pavement any more. He had started rapidly losing interest well before Goodrich was hired. These things happen. There's no need to blame a band's demise on anything else when the answer is so blatant.
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February 18, 2017 on Pavement’s Stephen Malkmus Talks About Working With Nigel Godrich On “Overproduced” Terror Twilight
Malkmus probably shouldn't have used the word "overproduced," but it's pretty clear what he's getting at. He's using "overproduced" to refer to a type of record, not Terror Twilight specifically. I don't think he's saying Terror Twilight is bad because it was overproduced, he's saying that the band had plenty of resources and failed to deliver the goods. If anything, he's blaming the rest of the band for not going along with the producer's wishes. That "Malkmus Calls Terror Twilight "overproduced" Pitchfork tweet, while not being false, isn't really accurate. Oh well. Terror Twilight is my least favorite Pavement album, but I've been waiting to buy a Deluxe Reissue since 2008, if they ever feel like putting one out.
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February 18, 2017 on Pavement’s Stephen Malkmus Talks About Working With Nigel Godrich On “Overproduced” Terror Twilight
Ken Starr is also a Duke Law alumnus and Rand Paul got his MD from there. It's a wretched hive of scum and villainy.
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February 17, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
I admit this reluctantly. The Laettner "Shot" happened the day after my 7th birthday. Although my Dad was rooting for Kentucky, I rooted for Duke because I thought they had a cool name. I've had to live with that guilt ever since.
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February 17, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
That's true, although the whole "double A-side" thing was basically a gimmick. Considering that it's probably my favorite song of all time, "God Only Knows" is an extremely easy choice for my favorite B-side of all time though.
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February 17, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Ok, these are the better arguments. But I wouldn't say that it's unequivocally subjective, or at least personally subjective. For instance, I saw the movie The Thin Red Line when it came out and hated it. I thought it was overlong, pretentious and boring. But then I watched it again a few years ago and loved the hell out of it. I hadn't really changed personally in the intervening years, but I was much more culturally conversant. I'd seen other Terrance Malick films, and read a James Jones novel. I could better appreciate the long-lingering shots and enjoyed that it wasn't a typical WWII movie. Both of my reactions to that movie were valid, but the second take was much more well-informed. And I think there's a degree of a objectivity in a well-informed cultural view. That glimpse of objectivity isn't infallible, but it's reliable.
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February 17, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Not to repeat myself, but between this and Richard Spencer and Stephen Miller, my opinion of people associated with Duke keeps getting proved more and more correct.
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February 17, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
... the boxer? ... the Miles Davis album?
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February 17, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
It's from a year earlier, but the only one that approaches it... "Wouldn't It Be Nice?"/"God Only Knows"
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February 17, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
No they're not. There are various reasonable arguments to be made for the presence or absence of cultural taste, but it's immeasurability isn't one of them. The measurability of something isn't a criterion for its existence. You can't measure a parent's love for their child, but nobody would argue it doesn't exist. Plus, thinking that people who like Nickleback have bad taste isn't just for hipsters. It's for all of us.
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February 17, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
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February 17, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Or "You're So Silent." And I'm not certain its better than the underrated "I Know What Love Isn't."
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February 17, 2017 on Premature Evaluation: Dirty Projectors Dirty Projectors
It's a pretty clear cut and standard example of verbal irony. If a particularly neurotic mother told her young child "Remember to look both ways to cross the street or you could just plow across and get hit by a truck" she isn't expressing the sentiment that she wants her kid to get hit by a truck.
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February 16, 2017 on Kesha Releases Emails From Dr. Luke Criticizing Her Weight
It makes it incredibly less fucked. She was being obviously ironic. Believe it or not, Kesha's manager probably does not want to turn her into a machine.
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February 15, 2017 on Kesha Releases Emails From Dr. Luke Criticizing Her Weight
I tried, but I just can't downvote Pacific Ocean Blue
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February 15, 2017 on Is Chance The Rapper About To Get Corny?
That is a quote from Kesha's manager, not Dr. Luke.
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February 15, 2017 on Kesha Releases Emails From Dr. Luke Criticizing Her Weight
That is one possible context. I don't know, I know nothing about the facts of this case. But it does seem like Kesha's camp is conducting a PR campaign against Luke through inadmissible, irrelevant character attacks, and the media and most readers are immediately seizing the worst possible context for everything.
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February 15, 2017 on Kesha Releases Emails From Dr. Luke Criticizing Her Weight
Yeah, that's a Carl Sandburg quote. I'm pretty sure you can't get through 1L orientation without someone quoting it.
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February 15, 2017 on Kesha Releases Emails From Dr. Luke Criticizing Her Weight
Your peanut gallery opinion matches my peanut gallery opinion. I think Kesha's attorneys have been orchestrating a PR campaign trying to get Sony and Dr. Luke to settle for about a year now because they know that their legal arguments are weak. You're right about what the absence of supporting statements shows us that Dr. Luke is a deeply unpleasant person to work with. But I'd say that the lack of supporting evidence corroborating Kesha's specific claims are indicators that he's not an outright monster. Unfortunately, you can't completely rewrite your contract when your boss is only deeply unpleasant to work with. Which is why Kesha has been fighting this battle mostly through the press.
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February 15, 2017 on Kesha Releases Emails From Dr. Luke Criticizing Her Weight
Are we pretending that image isn't a serious aspect of being a pop star? I mean, it's unsavory, but it's kind of the way things have always worked. I'm not justifying mental abuse or hostile working environments, but being conscious of her weight is kinda what Kesha signed up for.
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February 15, 2017 on Kesha Releases Emails From Dr. Luke Criticizing Her Weight
Good point. Sometimes law school forces you to look at the world through "will this hold up in court"-tinted glasses.
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February 15, 2017 on Kesha Releases Emails From Dr. Luke Criticizing Her Weight
Yeah. I mean normal only in the sense that it is a thing people did. Because people seem to be taking the fact that Dr. Luke lectured Kesha about following a diet she was on as prima facie evidence that he's guilty of what she's accusing her. Again, law school fucks your head.
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February 15, 2017 on Kesha Releases Emails From Dr. Luke Criticizing Her Weight
Aren't juice cleanses a relatively normal thing? I know that people have questioned it's effectiveness as a weight-loss measure, and possible health benefits, but it's a thing that plenty of people were doing a few years ago.
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February 15, 2017 on Kesha Releases Emails From Dr. Luke Criticizing Her Weight
This is the asshole lawyer in me, so please try to look past that, but the only direct quote that deals with Dr. Luke creating a hostile environment for Kesha is the thing where he admits that they were discussing her diet. The quote about songwriters and producers being reluctant to collaborate with Kesha is without any sort of context (like who the email was addressed to). The quote about lyrical content comes from an email written by Kesha's manager, and is inadmissible hearsay. (Also, although this is off-point, I can help noting that the words street and freak don't rhyme.)
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February 15, 2017 on Kesha Releases Emails From Dr. Luke Criticizing Her Weight
Wow, are you a philosophy major? Because that logic seems pretty airtight to me!
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February 15, 2017 on Is Chance The Rapper About To Get Corny?