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 +14Posted on Apr 15th | re: The 10 Best Galaxie 500 Songs (36 comments)

This reminds me. Next week we should do The 10 Best Powerman 5000 Songs.

 +2Posted on Apr 5th | re: Jared Leto As Kurt Cobain (44 comments)

Let’s just watch Last Days and call it a night.

Someone’s not getting their security deposit back.

 +2Posted on Mar 24th | re: Touché Amoré Defend "Good Riddance Fred Phelps" Shirts (5 comments)

Truth. At this point, I’m content to just pretend he never existed.

 +3Posted on Mar 17th | re: Seven Swans Turns 10 (22 comments)

I’d like to posit an odd theory: Sufjan Stevens doesn’t just love Jesus Christ. He is IN love with him.

I get this idea from a variety of sources: Sufjan’s inability (or refusal) to pin down sexuality in his songs, especially on Illinois (Casimir Pulaski Day, Predatory Wasp). The tenderness of the lyrics, such as:
“I’d swim across Lake Michigan
I’d sell my shoes
I’d give my body to be back again
In the rest of the room
To be alone with you”

And how different this sounds than anything else that I’ve ever heard called a Christian album. These aren’t praise songs, a la “Awesome God” or “God of Wonder”. These are love songs.

Of course, it’s entirely possible I’m just projecting. I’ve been in the position of having both been in love with a really good male friend and having had that same friend save my life when I felt I wasn’t worth saving. If that isn’t a solid Christ metaphor, I don’t know what is.

 +16Posted on Feb 21st | re: Shut Up, Dude: This Week's Best And Worst Comments (107 comments)

Although, upon reading his attempt to prescribe “cures” for mental illness, I’m more than a little flabbergasted. Lecturing people on how to deal with their own mental illness when you clearly have such a poor grasp of your own? Woof.

 +9Posted on Feb 21st | re: Shut Up, Dude: This Week's Best And Worst Comments (107 comments)

Sorry to bring it up, but I missed the initial smashdown, so here are my unasked for two cents.

I genuinely feel sympathy for michael. It’s hard to deal with what has to be a serious depression that causes him to have so much anger and frustration. I often have it, too. But dude, if you’re still out there, reading – you really do need some help, because whatever you’re doing right now isn’t helping you. I hope that you don’t push people away in the same fashion in your life away from the computer, because (at least for me) the best thing I have is the people around me to support me when I’m weak.

 0Posted on Feb 11th | re: NME's 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time (96 comments)

*scans list* Arctic Monkeys, Libertines….
Poor Kasabian. I guess NME’s love affair with them is over.

 +6Posted on Jan 29th | re: Kendrick Lamar Addresses Grammys Rap Drama (48 comments)

I saw 12 Years a Slave last week too. It made me truly, deeply, madly sad.

 +3Posted on Jan 21st | re: Album Of The Week: Against Me! Transgender Dysphoria Blues (45 comments)

I am extremely proud of Laura, both for her daring to embrace an aspect of herself that must be so hard to reveal (in public, no less) and to then take those emotions and put them to music.

It all makes me wish I didn’t think Against Me was a terrible band.