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I saw someone else blaming Pitchfork for some strange reason. One of the problems with any hypothesis that blames Pitchfork over their help curating is that you're believing ATP is telling the truth when they say the event was cancelled due to ticket sales. Remember that ATP posted 2 weeks ago that there were only 300 weekend passes left for sale. I'm not sure anyone should believe anything ATP says right now. In the past, the reason they cancel or change dates is because they lost so much money from the last event they can't get above water to pull off the next one (at which point they announce a future event and use those ticket sales to spend the minimum needed in bills to pay for the current one). My best bet would be ATP went to Primavera and Pitchfork (and who knows else) for a bailout after losing money on ATP Iceland, and when they refused ATP had to cancel.
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August 15, 2014 on ATP, Zeitgeist Release More Statements In Ugly Jabberwocky Fallout
I was at ATP Asbury & the botched NYC one and I agree with you - compared to what passes for most American festivals ATP is insanely superior but... how can they go forward? I can never plan international travel to an ATP event after what's gone on the last few years. If they do the festival world a favor and just close shop, maybe something else can come along in their place? Basilica Soundscape in Hudson, for example, could maybe one day grow to what ATP is? Who knows? I just know from this point forward ATP is useless to me no matter how good the lineups and attitude and setup because I'd have to be crazy to trust them - and it's not about the festival ticket, it's the airfare and hotel and time cleared from work...
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August 13, 2014 on Jabberwocky Ticket Seller, PR Firm Take Legal Action Against ATP
I disagree, at this point the festival landscape would be much better off without them. Time for someone new to replace them and that won't happen until they've disappeared for good. How could anyone book plane tickets for Iceland, or anywhere, in light of ATP's behavior the last few years?
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August 13, 2014 on Jabberwocky Ticket Seller, PR Firm Take Legal Action Against ATP
I think he was implying it was irresponsible to to have a festival for a form of music where everyone going and listening takes molly, a drug known for overheating your body and dehydrating you, in a city where the weather is hitting 105 degrees on average. Having typed that, I acknowledge that EDC is almost entirely at night, when the temperatures are more fit for human living (and partying). But, I've thought similar things about EDC and not temperatures but drug laws. Las Vegas and Nevada drug laws are draconian. Simple possession is a felony that can lead to actual prison time (as well as a life-destroying felony conviction). Having a festival based around drugs there is like a honeytrap for ruining the lives of your customers. And, like Petty, I did think that the festival organizers in this case care more about money than the well being of their attendees.
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July 30, 2014 on You’ll Never Believe This, But Tom Petty Thinks EDM Shows Are Stupid
I'm not sure what's "troubling" about the allegations - I breezed through them in the article summaries when this first happened and it seems like normal stuff for being around this particular label. I mean, if any of this counts as sexual harassment in this work environment, then so would basically reading any of the lyrics by any of these artists. I mean, there has to be some context for the workplace one is in - I had a friend that worked in porn publishing, silly gifts and dildos as bookends or paperweights were the norm - I'm not certain how different this label would be from any other adult entertainment workplace - I mean, the fact that Kid Rock accepted the glass dildo seems more proof to me that it wasn't anything connoting sexual violence directed at her, but a silly gift. Maybe in the future this will teach them to spend real money and hire a real publicist?
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July 23, 2014 on Kid Rock Subpoenaed To Produce Glass Dildo As Evidence In Insane Clown Posse Lawsuit
The attacks on Richardson seem to be part of a new Puritanism disguising itself as feminism/women's rights.
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June 20, 2014 on Check Out Terry Richardson’s “Do What U Want” Video Lady Gaga Wisely Scrapped
I'm not *that* angry! just annoyed. And you're right - I hadn't bothered looking at albums before '59 Sound. I was introduced to the band via a label showcase for the release of '59 Sound and read the pr the music press was copy/pasting as "punk" and... Yeah it's annoying to me when wannabe stadium rock gets labelled punk and music writers who should use a little independent thought keep using the term even many years and albums after it would be remotely applicable.
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June 20, 2014 on The Gaslight Anthem Announce New Album Get Hurt
die antwoord - pitbull terrier
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June 16, 2014 on Let’s Shortlist The Song Of The Summer 2014
Why did you ever call them a punk band? I mean, I know it's what their publicist told you to call them in the press materials, but what about '59 Sound was remotely punk to you? And I loved '59 Sound as a great, Springsteen inspired album. But there was nothing remotely punk about it or anything that has followed. They've always been wanna-be stadium rock - which I'm not insulting; they're good at it. But music blogs willingly calling them punk just because their label/publicity machine told you to for "authenticity" always got under my skin a little.
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June 16, 2014 on The Gaslight Anthem Announce New Album Get Hurt
There's no reason to think it's true. Her career started with a whole lot of lying to the press so there's no reason to think her or her publicity machine has changed.
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June 12, 2014 on Lana Del Rey: “I Wish I Was Dead Already”
I liked it. I bet Hornsby is all like, WHERE'S 'THE RANGE'?!
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June 5, 2014 on Here’s The Okkervil River Song Don Henley Doesn’t Want You To Hear
Agreed. Between this and your Lilly Allen piece in my feed today... If I wanted coverage of shallow, shit pop acts I'd follow Rolling Stone or Spin. What the fuck? I'm on the verge of giving up and dropping you from my feeds. Eh, I'm pretty addicted to your videos section, honestly. But let this be another reader asking you to stop this shit.
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May 22, 2014 on The Week In Pop: Ain’t Paramore Fun?
Well, it could be true... it could be false. But since it's nothing but an internet rumor with no proof it would be unfair to mention it at every mention of his name forevermore.
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January 31, 2014 on Conor Oberst Finishing Solo LP, Is Not A Fan Of The Internet
I swear to the internet gods, if Bethany Cosentino is ever playing a music festival I'm attending, I'm going to stop by that stage during her set so I can throw a McDonalds cheeseburger at her.
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October 30, 2013 on Please Don’t Throw Cheeseburgers At Best Coast
I've been surprised to see in FB comments so much sympathy for the drummer. Pollard seems completely in the right and reasonable to me. The asking price was embarrassing, it was an embarrassment for the band name - they got embarrassing press over it. The email from Pollard just seems honest to me. The idea that the FB page and the drummer think they are somehow exposing Pollard with it seems strange to me. The fact that people are calling Pollard an ass over it seems even stranger - he's just calling it honestly as far as I can see.
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October 24, 2013 on Guided By Voices’ Feud With eBaying Ex-Drummer Gets Ugly
So Love can say hundreds of vicious things about this woman, but when she responds publicly, finally, *once* you declare it's jealousy? You've got some serious blinders on.
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October 14, 2013 on Mary Lou Lord, Courtney Love Disagree On Which Of Them Is A Cat Killer
Please stop posting cell phone concert videos. You're encouraging these assholes to do this at concerts and no one wants to see the shitty video and audio results.
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August 21, 2013 on Watch Tegan And Sara Perform With Taylor Swift In L.A.
I was initially thought to write that Pauly D on a list of top EDM earners is proof mainstream EDM is a cultural joke. But then I saw they're counting his television revenue. It's absurd to put him on this list if his income is not from music but from reality television appearances. That's a different list...
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August 17, 2013 on Highest Paid DJs 2013
Lots of crazy stuff gets accused in custody battles. I wish you wouldn't go all Surfer Blood over the guy when nothing has been proven yet. It's a strategy of custody attorneys to encourage clients to make up or exaggerate claims in order to get a leg up or force a settlement. I enjoy schadenfreude as much as the next person but calling the news disturbing, or concluding anything negative about him, seems a little out of line so far.
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August 2, 2013 on Jack White Thinks Dan Auerbach Is Ripping Him Off And Won’t Let Their Kids Play Together
This is at least 30 bands less then previous years but they say on Facebook that this is the final lineup? Shorter festival? Longer sets? Just saving money this year?
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July 11, 2013 on Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 Lineup