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Comments from byers

Breaking news: Old people like things better the way they were before, which were not actually any better.
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June 12, 2015 on Read Marc Ribot’s Angry Open Letter To Steve Albini
That doesn't really respond to the point I was making.
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June 8, 2015 on Ariana Grande Posts Declaration Of Feminism, Quotes Gloria Steinem
I once ran into Nick Cave twice in one day, in two different airports. I think he was getting ready to call airport security.
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June 8, 2015 on Nick Cave – “The Sick Bag Song – Los Angeles” Video
If either one of that trio had a talk show, it would be all I would ever watch.
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June 8, 2015 on Nick Cave – “The Sick Bag Song – Los Angeles” Video
It's a little bittersweet, that a celebrity like her who doesn't have a particularly sophisticated or nuanced understanding of feminism still will inevitably have a much greater influence on most people than infinitely more qualified or compelling feminist speakers.
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June 8, 2015 on Ariana Grande Posts Declaration Of Feminism, Quotes Gloria Steinem
Great
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May 26, 2015 on MXMS – “Rx” (Stereogum Premiere)
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”