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 0Posted on Jan 14th, 2010 | re: Stereogum & team9 Present... MySplice 4: 2009 Mashed Up (64 comments)

Nice job on the mashups. Not to detract from Team 9 at all because he’s really good, but it still doesn’t hold a candle to pretty much everything The Hood Internet has done.

I’m not saying that as some crazy promoter or anything, just a fan. You guys HAVE to check them out. Not just anybody can make every song they touch sound better than the original. Especially if you imagine Dizzee Rascal with Cyndi Lauper…. They’re seriously just EPIC. I’m going to see them play for the 2nd time in 2 months tomorrow :)

This is INSANE right here: Kanye West, 1985 Bears, and Wilco….WTF! But it sounds so natural?!

 0Posted on Jan 14th, 2010 | re: Owl City Rips Off Album Art, Too (178 comments)

I have no idea why I am defending this guy because the song annoys me too, now that it’s played like “10 million” times a day. (see what I did there…)

Anyways, I like many things on Stereogum but lately it seems it’s just made for 16-23yo highschool and college wanna-be music snobs that would still stop listening to a band they love if their sound changed a little claiming they just “sold out” and therefore they suck now without any actual reason.

Saying he stole art when you have no idea if he got permission or even paid the guy TONS of money is just a shitty job at reporting “music news” if this is supposed to remain a credible music blog. Now if you have proof other than “because he admitted he copied Postal Service before!” then please show it. (It’s already been shown he didn’t actually say that either) Otherwise it just creates more controversy which keeps him in the spotlight longer and gives this guy even more money.

If he copied postal service, then Creed copied Alice in Chains, Nickelback copied one of them, Puddle of Mud copied a few, and numerous others with that same sound and “country singing” style did the same.

Here’s some facts proving most of you guys are just following each other’s feelings and being sheep in this whole pop-culture controversy that is Owl City:

Listen to this Relient K song with Matt Thiessen singing and Adam Young helped produce:
If you knew how long he’s been singing like that you would think this whole comparison is as stupid as I do. A good start would be here:

Now listen to Fireflies of which Thiessen is the dominant singer…

Obviously they both have similar ranges and Young is heavily influenced by Matt Thiessen’s style of singing that he has perfected over his long career. Especially in his more modern work like Ocean Eyes.

Now if the band you are heavily influenced by and has been making music professionally for over a decade decides to collaborate on your next project with you, I don’t think during that process you are thinking, “Oh no, you sound a lot like Ben Gibbard and when put to the electronic type of music I make, everyone’s going to think we copied him!” No, you just make your music and figure “There’s no way people would be that unreasonable. Things can sound alike without intending it. It’s not like I’m gonna sing in a baritone or you would change the type of music you normally make or something…”

Maybe it’s just because I love the Postal Service and when I was younger and into pop punk I used to love Relient K, but I don’t see this as an issue of somebody copying anyone because if they wanted to, they could have done it so much better with the talent they had involved in the production of it.

I’m not saying I know or care about this guy at all, but you can choose to check facts and keep an open mind or just continue to be a bitter person judging people you know nothing about. One will get you a lot further in life than the other.

**It would be nice to think since I showed facts and wasn’t judgmental that this would be rated up, but with the trend I’ve seen it’ll probably be -40 by the end of the week. Please commence flaming ;) **

 0Posted on Jan 13th, 2010 | re: Owl City Rips Off Album Art, Too (178 comments)

Wait, so this is just an article assuming he didn’t get permission? Or do you actually have facts?

Obviously if he didn’t make it himself he would have to find art in other places. I could make like 100 stories like this one to fill up a blog if I didn’t have to verify if they actually “stole” it first…

(Oh, and btw, everyone saying they hate him because it sounds like Postal Service should really do some of their own fact checking…That’s a guest singer who normally is in a band Relient K and has sounded exactly like that for a decade or more now. “OMG, if I happen to sound like somebody else when I sing it must mean I copied everything they stand for!”)

They sounded about 400% better than this at the Auditorium theater in Chicago about a month ago. Harmonizing and everything was spot on. Musically and acoustic-wise it was just about the greatest show I’ve ever been to.

I either blame the monitors there or the fact they didn’t have their fancy ear pieces in ;)

 0Posted on Nov 11th, 2009 | re: Owl City Pretty Much Admit Ripping Off Postal Service (254 comments)

It’s good to see some of the 14yo fans you guys rip so much are smarter than you and use google before posting. If you did, you would find that it’s not even the one man behind Owl City singing…

It’s Matt Thiessen from Relient K. He has sung that way his whole career which coincidentally has been roughly a year after Gibbard started DCFC. Why didn’t anyone accuse him of copying his voice the last decade he’s been making pop/punk and now more poppy music? Oh yeah….it’s because there wasn’t a blippy-bloopy electronic-inspired soundtrack for it to go along with.

Grow up. People sound like other people by chance and sometimes even songs made on opposite ends of the world by people who’ve never heard each other have similarities. It doesn’t mean anyone copied off of anyone, it just means they’re making music to make music and with a limited number of notes to play with, things on occasion can sound similar.

Now please proceed with discussing the actual musical content. (I personally think it’s good but probably just because I used to love Relient K, but as for electronic sounding stuff, Postal Service beats Owl City and probably always will.)

 0Posted on Nov 11th, 2009 | re: Owl City Pretty Much Admit Ripping Off Postal Service (254 comments)

He never said that…you did.

He said with all these people comparing the two, that he guesses critics are saying the Owl City album fills that “OMG where’s the new Postal Service?” void.

 0Posted on Nov 5th, 2009 | re: Hear DJ Hero's Daft Punk, Justice, Weezer Mashups (5 comments)

Some horrible mixes in there it seems. Maybe I’m just used to the awesomeness that is though…

 0Posted on Nov 5th, 2009 | re: Paste's 50 Best Albums Of The Decade (136 comments)

Good list (except I can’t stand that particular White Stripes album and the Bright Eyes album should be Digital Ash in a Digital Urn, not Wide Awake…)

It’s totally missing these however:
-John Vanderslice – Pixel Revolt
-13 & God – (self title)
-The Weakerthans – Left and Leaving (or if 2000 is too old, definitely Reunion Tour)

And maybe even Dredg or M. Ward, etc

 0Posted on Nov 5th, 2009 | re: This Weezer & Kenny G Video Is Your Daddy (24 comments)

What makes you think that? I know “autotune” is the buzzword of the moment but Rivers has always been able to sing spot-on when he really tries.

Most bands use some small form of pitch correction for maybe a 2-5% correction if they’re playing shows every night but not many do the whole 80-100% correction like Black Eyed Peas or Miley Cyrus…

And wow, I know the site isn’t completely saturating the internet right now but I had no idea so many hipsters that only like the “older stuff” were on here. NO BAND could EVER follow something like the Blue Album and not get criticized and compared to it for everything they do after it. It was and is epic, and it always will be. It’s still current and still sounds as good as anything new that has come out in the last decade. Just let Weezer be who THEY are, not who YOU think they are. If you want put up a fuss and nitpick career moves, do it to someone that deserves it, like Nickelback…