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Would have liked the video to show the actual performance.
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May 21, 2015 on Watch Foo Fighters Perform “Everlong” For Letterman’s Final Show
I think it's sad that the world should be deprived of the chance to enjoy African imagery or expression as art (i.e., an aesthetic object) because it might evoke a faint sense of objectifying voyeurism if you squint hard enough. That is of course assuming that there's nothing overtly racist or distasteful about the video itself.
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May 19, 2015 on M.I.A. Says Her Video’s Release Is Being Blocked Because Of “Cultural Appropriation”
You had me at kittens
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May 19, 2015 on Wet – “Deadwater” Video
I'm not entirely sure but I think they might be referencing masturbation.
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May 18, 2015 on Nicki Minaj – “Feeling Myself” (Feat. Beyoncé) Video
That footage looks like something off my 'The World at War' DVD box set.
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May 18, 2015 on Steve Aoki Sued For Breaking Audience Member’s Neck During Concert
Well, considering he's like 112 years old, I can't fault him.
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May 18, 2015 on David Crosby Apologizes For Calling Daryl Hannah A Poisonous Predator
As a Norwegian, I highly anticipate this being the most unintentionally hilarious thing ever wrought by man.
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May 4, 2015 on Jonas Åkerlund Directing Norwegian Black Metal Thriller
The problem is making the humanitarian venture that is artistic expression and appreciation fit inside a capitalist economy that only truly cares about art from the perspective of monetizing it, and consequently wants to restrict access to it based on one's income. The failure of artists to make a comfortable living should be taken as clear indication that the system itself is insufficient and needs to be reworked, not serve as an excuse to limit the exposure or availability of art, or punish those who seek it out. Where I live, artists can apply for financial aid from the government, and although not without its problems and shortcomings this helps to promote local artists and musicians to an extent. Ideally, these kinds of efforts would go further and be even more readily available. The flipside of that, obviously, is that nobody makes Jay-Z-level money, due to taxation, which to me is no problem, but would be ideologically problematic for many Americans (who often seem to dominate this debate).
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April 30, 2015 on Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker Thinks Music Should Be Free, Makes His Money From Commercials Anyway
You cut out the part where he throws even more shade!
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April 24, 2015 on Ethan Kath Clarifies Statements About Alice Glass, Says Crystal Castles Are In The Studio
The name Diplo is fine. He should just change his last name to Docus.
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April 23, 2015 on Diplo Is Trying To Phase Out Diplo
I find it highly unlikely anybody making comments like this would ever follow through with their 'threats'. They're just sad nerds trying to elicit a reaction from someone they perceive as being sanctimonious or whatever. The extremity of their threats has everything to do with their anonymity. It gives them a vicarious thrill with zero negative consequences. Acting on their threat would remove their anonymity, i.e., the thing that acts as the impetus for their behavior in the first place. Not that it makes their behavior any less disgusting, but jumping to the conclusion that they're all hidden serial killers as a general rule is not gonna do internet privacy, a huge issue in its own right, any favors.
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April 23, 2015 on Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry Responds To Misogynist Trolls: “Bring It On, Motherfuckers”
Well, it's not like people who tweet (or whatever) extreme things like that will use their personal accounts to do it anyway. Nine times out of ten they'll just create a dummy account that they know will get blocked/banned.
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April 23, 2015 on Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry Responds To Misogynist Trolls: “Bring It On, Motherfuckers”
Generally speaking, I find her statements and business practices distasteful. However, it's hard to say how much of that splenetic disrelish stems from those practices themselves and how much stems from the fact that I find her music insufferable. (By that, I mean that I find it agonizing to listen to, the worst kind of tripe; empty posturing masquerading as art). If an artist I actually enjoyed engaged in that very same behavior, I wouldn't put it past me to defend them for it. I'm nothing if not morally adaptable. I think I had a point to make, but it seems to have gotten away from me.
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April 22, 2015 on Amanda Palmer: $1.2M Kickstarter “Was Actually A Loss Leader”
There's a fine line, though, between refusing to humor trolls and the indiscriminate labeling of any critics as haters in order to dismiss them.
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April 22, 2015 on Amanda Palmer: $1.2M Kickstarter “Was Actually A Loss Leader”
Oh man. My hatred of J-Biebz is pitted against my equally significant hatred of festival security. I don't know how to feel about this.
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April 13, 2015 on Justin Bieber Reportedly Thrown Out Of Coachella After Scuffle With Security
They're not wrong.
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April 13, 2015 on Mumford & Sons Blast Tidal And The “Plutocrats” Behind It
Saw them play a tiny venue in my home town a few years ago and completely tear it up. One of the best live acts you'll ever see.
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April 3, 2015 on Watch Calexico Perform “Falling From The Sky” On Conan
Their only mistake was to take a leaf out of Amanda Palmer's book.
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April 3, 2015 on Garbage Respond To Photographer’s Open Letter After They Asked To Use His Photo For Free
If anyone's able to tell the difference between flac and high end mp3s they possess superhuman hearing and should be studied as the medical marvels they are. I can't believe we're still at a point where people actually believe there's any perceivable difference. This is not controversial in the least - it has been thoroughly debunked.
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April 2, 2015 on Behold The Half-Assed Hubris Of Tidal