Peter Slipp

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Mumford and Sons would like you to believe they are this vista onto the beautiful cityscape at night. Who knows what nocturnal adventures are happening down there in the twilight hours? But they are actually the bench: I mean, it does what it's supposed to do, but nobody remembers that one time they sat on a bench.
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April 10, 2015 on Mumford & Sons – “The Wolf”
No one finds it strange that Black seems to believe that a lady bassist is needed to fill that role? I mean at this point it's not a coincidence and a little weird.
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December 11, 2013 on Kim Shattuck Talks Pixies Exit
The problem here is one that's come up for just about every 'ism' under the sun, and that is "who gets to decide what a vegan is?" Some literal minded people would point to a dictionary, but a dictionary doesn't define words, speakers do - the dictionary serves to report those findings. The question has no answer, people will always expand and alter the definitions of political, religious or philosophical movements. Can a pacifist defend himself or his family with physical force? In truth, every meal is a separate action with separate moral choices. I commend her for making a tough decision almost every time she eats. It's not easy. And I also get that DIIV guy thinks it's unethical to ever consumer animal products. All labels aside, I imagine Grimes and DIIV would find way more in common in their ideals than not. And DIIV can condemn the action without having to bring in the slippery issue of who is a vegan. What they both aspire to is the same end, and perhaps they should both remember that.
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November 22, 2013 on Grimes Responds To Criticism From Dogmatic Asshole Vegans
I can't believe Gabe is leaving. I hope he continues to have success outside that site. Is really like imagining The Daily Show without Jon Stewart: Gabe is the voice and the ancient, haggard face of Videogum. We will miss you.
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August 2, 2013 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Mike representing the bloc party deep cuts.
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August 1, 2013 on The 10 Best Bloc Party Songs
No kidding, I never would have predicted this kind of versatility. I have become a huge fan all on the basis of his ''crimewave'' remix.
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August 1, 2013 on CFCF – “Jump Out Of The Train”
Does this mean CFCF is making another dance album? I love his minimal stuff but I've really been hoping for more dance music from him.
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August 1, 2013 on CFCF – “Jump Out Of The Train”
It's about more than just not raping people; almost every man in history has not raped a single person. And yet sexism continues to exist because we allow a culture where misogyny thrives. Everyone who believes in equality should be combating that culture, not merely sitting complacent as it continues to oppress people.
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August 1, 2013 on Deconstructing: Dead Girlfriends, Mansplaining, And When Being An Ally Goes Wrong
I was actually hoping to open a dialog with the author but seems like that's not going to happen. There is a degree of anger in the comments section, but the discussion for the most part has been rather one-sided. Anyway, I'm glad this song has opened up a discussion that normally isn't brought up in music criticism.
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August 1, 2013 on Deconstructing: Dead Girlfriends, Mansplaining, And When Being An Ally Goes Wrong
There is debate in the feminist world about whether men can be feminists or are they feminist allies. I consider myself a feminist and I don't think that using that term will ever make me feel what a woman feels being subverted or oppressed. It won't wipe away my privilege, but I don't think it is supposed to. To me it signifies that my aims are wrapped up in the same issues as many females who self-identify as feminist. Again, it doesn't mean I am the same as them, but no two feminists are alike anyway.
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July 31, 2013 on Deconstructing: Dead Girlfriends, Mansplaining, And When Being An Ally Goes Wrong
I think you can look at that interview with Reza Aslan about being a Muslim discussing Christianity. Part of scholarship is discussing things that aren't just about who you are. As a Jew, I don't expect every article written about Jewish works and addressing Jewish themes to be written by Jews. But at the same time, nobody needs to explain to me that Jews are being denigrated. I think the author was upset by the tone of the song itself, not that a man tried to address it. Part of what confused me is the song itself; I'm not exactly sure who the audience is for that song.
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July 31, 2013 on Deconstructing: Dead Girlfriends, Mansplaining, And When Being An Ally Goes Wrong
My hope when I write a song with feminist themes is not to explain anything to anyone so much as to highlight something I care about. I am a little confused about the argument this article is making; I'm assuming you are not making the argument that all songs dealing with gender and feminist issues written by men are an attempt to usurp the voices of women. I'm sorry if I come off as ignorant, but I am asking for a little more clarity from the author.
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July 31, 2013 on Deconstructing: Dead Girlfriends, Mansplaining, And When Being An Ally Goes Wrong
Diarrhea Planet is the name of a fake punk band someone would write into a movie but then change because it's 'too stupid.'
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July 31, 2013 on Diarrhea Planet – “Babyhead”
Savages are anything but lazy. I have never seen them in a color press photo, nor have they smiled in one. Their aesthetic is minimal and for me it calls into question what a band's visual aesthetic has to do with their music. Yes, the design is crowded, I'm not going to pretend I know why, but it certainly seems to me to be niggling.
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July 24, 2013 on Sufjan Critiques Savages LP Typography
I am disturbed a little by the sentence that opens this article. I think Yeezus was just entitled whining by a rich brat with brittle beats and no real substance. It was a hissy fit set to acid squelches. And I'm not trying to be contrary to get a rise out of people, though I welcome your down votes.
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July 21, 2013 on Kanye Faces Felony Charges After Attacking Paparazzi At LAX
I like that this list makes more recognition of black artists who've shaped popular music than some other lists (rhymes with bowling grown). But I have a question: If we're going back to greatest albums SINCE ALBUMS EXISTED: where is the jazz? I don't even need to throw out my favorites; I'd be willing to accept Kind of Blue or A Love Supreme as the only token jazz entries. Instead, there's nothing.
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June 28, 2013 on Entertainment Weekly‘s 100 Greatest Albums Ever
I would gladly listen to this on Spotify, but Spotify never works right for me, so I guess it's back to manual-mixing through iTunes and Foobar.
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February 28, 2013 on Stereogum Monthly Mix: February 2013
"You can't help but think Taco Bell eaters are a subspecies." - Trevor Powers
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February 27, 2013 on Stereogum Range Life 2013 Lineup
I remember driving home from a friend's house when Mumford and Sons came on the "alternative" radio station I had on. This was the first time I had heard "Little Lion Man," and I didn't know what Mumford and Sons was, but I remember an almost sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. I felt, at the time, that this was folk that was poised to make a huge splash in the "alternative" scene and I certainly recognized their craftsmanship. On the other hand, it did feel like it was formulated to pull my heartstrings in a certain way that made me uncomfortable. I guess the best songs, movies and literature make you feel things without the underpinnings becoming too visible. Mumford, to my ears, felt phony and I'm not sure I could overcome that feeling even with repeated listens. And I don't mean to suggest that Mumford is phony; every musician who's ever written a sad song wants other people to feel how sad it is, some of them are more successful than others. Mumford's bombast machine might just be too well-oiled for me to ever enjoy it.
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February 8, 2013 on In Defense Of Mumford & Sons
Dude just wanted someone to listen.
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January 27, 2013 on The Strokes – “One Way Trigger”