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 +1Posted on Mar 27th | re: Pharrell - "Happy (Woodkid Sad Remix)" (Stereogum Premiere) (22 comments)

This is amazing. I find the original to be so cloying, but it’s amazing how suddenly the exact same awful lyrics twist and become heartbreaking in this context. Awesome.

 -2Posted on Mar 4th | re: Watch Wild Beasts Cover Miley Cyrus's "Wrecking Ball" (10 comments)

Tom, if I could give you all the thumbs up in the world for that comment, I would.

 +1Posted on Feb 20th | re: The Echo Friendly - "Fuck It And Whatever" (Stereogum Premiere) (4 comments)

Wow. This is great.

Enrique. Mothafuckin. Iglesias.

Prince was definitely playing live.

Ha can’t argue with that! Somebody messed up.

We have tracks in our in ear monitors so we are hearing a full mix, but in general it is definitely weird to mime a song. Definitely not why I spent hours practicing in my room as a kid : ) But yeah, just wanted to point out that this is definitely not singular to the RHCP performance last night.

Having played guitar in a pop backing band on TV before, I can vouch firsthand that most of the instruments are usually prerecorded. Drums are frequently live and vocals are usually live, but guitars, basses, keys, etc, are often canned. I have mimed guitar at a football halftime show, on American Idol, X Factor, Dancing With The Stars, and the American Music Awards. I think the only onse where we were fully live were The Today Show and Good Morning America. It’s just the way it is with most TV broadcasts.

 +3Posted on Sep 25th, 2013 | re: Premature Evaluation: Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience - 2 Of 2 (45 comments)

I firmly agree with this. I am a HUGE fan of JT’s first two albums, and the word “disappointed” doesn’t even begin to capture how I felt about the first 20/20. This one feels like more of the same. Where his first two albums felt exciting and different, these have both felt supremely lazy. Everybody seemed afraid to say it with the first record, but I guess maybe folks are coming around to say it for the second.

 +2Posted on Jun 21st, 2012 | re: Mixtape Of The Week: Kitty Pryde Haha, I'm Sorry (19 comments)

Mixtapes are the same as albums, but just way cooler.