Comments from d.p.

Whoops. Hooray for noticing double negatives.

Netflix streaming is indeed a perpetual source for low-overhead documentaries of all kinds.

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April 8, 2015 on Boston Mayor Proclaims 4/9 Riot Grrrl Day In Kathleen Hanna’s Honor

It is streaming on Netflix right now.

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April 8, 2015 on Boston Mayor Proclaims 4/9 Riot Grrrl Day In Kathleen Hanna’s Honor

Is she ever going to write something interesting enough to justify her hype?

I understand why people root for her. She has managed at a very young age to become both a conspicuously non-image-processed pop star and an in-demand songwriter-for-hire, and she seems to have done so with a minimum of ego or pretension.

But then you hear the songs. And they’re just… so… generic!

It’s as if she’s beaten the 45-year-old ghostwriters at their cynical broad-appeal game, then squandered the opportunity to personalize the results in any way. When someone like Grimes seems to reinvent the sonic properties of “pop” every time she touches a recording device, the flatness of Charli’s emotional timbre and the dullness of her sound just seem even more stark.

Is there something I’m just not hearing here?

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November 3, 2014 on Charli XCX – “Boom Clap” Video (Tokyo Version)

5 Point owner Dave Meinert really is a world-class dick who, as it happens, heavily inserted himself in the Seattle 15 Now debate with any number of specious assertions that every small business in this thriving city would go under if he weren’t allowed to short-change tipped employees.

So the real question is: What the hell was Morello doing try to eat at Meinert’s establishment in the first place? (Did I mention that it’s also a shithole?)

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September 30, 2014 on Tom Morello Feuds With Seattle Restaurant That Didn’t Give Him Special Treatment

I’ll be the first to admit Our Love to Admire lacks the immediacy that gave the band its initial power, and that none of its songs reach the dizzying heights of “Length of Love”, but I still think it gets a bum rap.

“Pioneer to the Falls” is a great — and structurally interesting — opener. “Mammoth” is a certified rager. And “Mind Over Time” has is one of the band’s best applications of texture, and easily its best b-side since “Specialist” (without any of the latter’s stiltedness). And while the songs in between range in quality and impact, each of them has interesting moments and more varied use of guitar and drums than the prior albums, and none of them is a total disaster like the worst tracks on Antics.

That said, I found the Julian Plenti album infinitely more refreshing.

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August 28, 2014 on Premature Evaluation: Interpol El Pintor

Remind me never to take you places.
Yeah, maybe to the beach?

(God, it’s just AWFUL!)

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August 28, 2014 on Premature Evaluation: Interpol El Pintor

Can I really be the only one who thinks Antics is Interpol’s worst album?

“Next Exit” and “Not Even Jail” are tedium incarnate. “Evil” is so laughably clumsy that I hope never to hear it again as long as I live. “A Time to Be So Small” is basically unchanged from its demo version, released four years earlier by a band not yet fully formed.

Don’t get me wrong: “Narc”, “Slow Hands”, “Public Pervert”, and especially “Length of Love” are stunners, and the bass breakdowns in “Take You on a Cruise” justify Carlos D’s entire time in the band. But my god, are the bad songs ever bad!

No Interpol record since has operated at such contradictory extremes. And none has contained a song remotely as terrible as “Evil”.

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August 28, 2014 on Premature Evaluation: Interpol El Pintor

You are correct. What is “I got my squeaky voices mixed up”?

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May 16, 2014 on “What Is ‘The Membrane’?”: Watch Jeopardy’s ’90s Rap Category

It’s Trebek’s terrible botching of the cadence that creates a mental block and makes the question much harder than it should be.

One must block Trebek out completely, and read the words to oneself (imagining Mike D’s voice), at which point the answer just pops to the frontal lobe. But try doing that in front of cameras, and with Trebek staring dumbfounded at your failure to appreciate his ill flow.

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May 16, 2014 on “What Is ‘The Membrane’?”: Watch Jeopardy’s ’90s Rap Category

Johnny Rotten would like to take this opportunity to remind you that he doesn’t give a fuck.

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April 4, 2014 on Members Of Sex Pistols, Incubus, Destiny’s Child, ‘N Sync Revive Jesus Christ Superstar

It’s a pretty darned well-made song, to be honest.

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February 20, 2014 on Pussy Riot – “Putin Will Teach You How To Love” Video

Having seen The Entrance Band twice, I can confirm that Lenchantin is a veritable monster of a bass player and a musician. Shame that she has now thrice signed up to subjugate her talent to the whims of bald, pasty megalomaniacs (Keenan, Corgan, Black).

Oh, well, musicians gotta eat!

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December 9, 2013 on Pixies Reveal New Bassist, Tour Dates, “Another Toe In The Ocean” Video

As seen in the documentary, the “My lifestyle determines my deathstyle!” lyric was actually Hammett’s delightfully addled brainchild.

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October 14, 2013 on Metallica Albums From Worst To Best

Also, it’s easily the worst song Trent Reznor has ever written.

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August 27, 2013 on Watch Kurt Vile Cover Nine Inch Nails For A.V. Club

Totally. I love how the song transitions from the whisper-to-yelp lo-fi histrionics of early YYYs material to the gospel-appropriating histrionics associated with high-production-value acts from the Rolling Stones to Madonna.

It’s like a 4-minute recap of the YYYs visibility arc.

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February 25, 2013 on Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Sacrilege”

Seriously. Diplo is the laziest motherfucker ever to stumble into success.

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November 19, 2012 on The Prodigy – “Smack My Bitch Up (Major Lazer Remix)”

‎”Western Sahara” is a country. Well, it’s a disputed territory mostly controlled by Morocco. But Jaz did indeed “specify” his location. Not his fault if his knowledge of geography exceeds yours.

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August 13, 2012 on Killing Joke’s Jaz Coleman Resurfaces In Africa

Why the fuck is there a hedge on stage?

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July 27, 2012 on Lana Del Rey Covers Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box,” Trolls The Universe

Diamond Eyes (narrowly edging out Around The Fur).

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November 25, 2011 on Win A $200 Deftones Limited Edition Vinyl Box Set