Michael O'Neill

I write for college publications at brownpoliticalreview.org and bsidemagazine.org

Comments from Michael O'Neill

I actually think critics do a MUCH better job of considering the artistic value of big releases than fans do. Fans will literally say "this is going to be fire no doubt" and there's a heavy confirmation bias already involved once it comes out, whereas critics tend to evaluate albums pretty well.
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August 29, 2016 on Here Are The Best GIFs, Tweets, & Dank Memes Of The 2016 VMAs
I agree with this very much, the hypetrain/zeitgeist/memes have taken over and infatuation is now even more premature than ever. Example: IMO, "Formation" isn't actually that good of a song. The video's great, and so is the rest of Lemonade, but when that single dropped people freaked out partially just because it was Beyonce.
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August 29, 2016 on Here Are The Best GIFs, Tweets, & Dank Memes Of The 2016 VMAs
I already love Doolittle! C'mon Bloc I deserve more credit than that. I even bought it on vinyl.
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August 28, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
As a follow-up to the Dear Tommy thread, I listened to Kill For Love tonight I think I finally get it. :)
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August 27, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
I love Frank (including "Nights") but "Sister" really is something else, easily a song of the year contender.
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August 26, 2016 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
DIIV, Vince, and Tame will not disappoint you, my friend.
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August 26, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Alright I'll bite - what makes you dislike it?
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August 26, 2016 on 3 Reasons History Will Look Fondly On Blonde
"God forbid there's a queer black man who just wants to make some soul-touching songs about growing up and falling in love without being some kind of generational spokesperson." Thank you so, so much for saying this. The end goal of a lot of the activism that's going on (or at least the stuff I tend to support) is to get to a point where you don't have expectations placed upon you based on what identity categories you fall under. To decry Frank for making music as a human as opposed to a politicized identity is so backwards and hypocritical to me.
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August 26, 2016 on 3 Reasons History Will Look Fondly On Blonde
I think it's a bit more like TPAB than Kid A also because Kid A was a total shock to the system and definitely more abrasive; Kid A sounds like a completely different band than the one OK Computer made where Blonde doesn't have that same level of departure.
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August 26, 2016 on 3 Reasons History Will Look Fondly On Blonde
I've had good experiences with Jet Blue too, thought I've only flown them like twice.
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August 26, 2016 on Vic Mensa Says He Was Kicked Off A Flight For The Second Time In 3 Months
On the album: First two tracks are excellent, could've been on Emotion, the rest are clearly B-Side material but still pretty fun.
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August 26, 2016 on Stream Carly Rae Jepsen’s E•MO•TION B-Sides Collection
Did you guys hear that?!? She likes our memes!!!
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August 26, 2016 on Stream Carly Rae Jepsen’s E•MO•TION B-Sides Collection
They do! Even my baseball cap from when I made the all-star team in second grade (AKA my peak) says "O'Neil." Even worse is when I get "O'Neal" or "O'Niel."
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August 25, 2016 on Chromatics – “Dear Tommy” Video
I like this nickname much more than "camel fucker" or "duck fondler"
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August 25, 2016 on Chromatics – “Dear Tommy” Video
MAYBE donnytilla but it would be an uphill battle
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August 25, 2016 on VMAs Will Give Kanye West 4 Minutes To Do “As He Pleases”
Just kidding, nobody can stand up to Queen Carly
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August 25, 2016 on VMAs Will Give Kanye West 4 Minutes To Do “As He Pleases”
I think you'd give them all a run for their money Bloc
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August 25, 2016 on VMAs Will Give Kanye West 4 Minutes To Do “As He Pleases”
Britt Daniel and Annie Clark joins Kanye by chowing down on delicious tacos
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August 25, 2016 on VMAs Will Give Kanye West 4 Minutes To Do “As He Pleases”
A somber rendition of "No More Parties in LA" where he walks off right after the "good dick will do that" line
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August 25, 2016 on VMAs Will Give Kanye West 4 Minutes To Do “As He Pleases”
Could've paid off that 50 million in debt with that, 'Ye!
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August 25, 2016 on VMAs Will Give Kanye West 4 Minutes To Do “As He Pleases”
I dunno I kinda like this. Shamelessly having something pointless yet entertaining is definitely better IMO than forcing some cheesy, awkward filler (see: the Grammys & every slot they set aside for LL Cool J to speak)
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August 25, 2016 on VMAs Will Give Kanye West 4 Minutes To Do “As He Pleases”
Thank you everybody for your advice. I've definitely got some listening to do when I get home from work! Will check back in on Shut Up, Dude this week.
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August 25, 2016 on Chromatics – “Dear Tommy” Video
I've listened to Kill for Love several times and it's never really clicked for me - anyone have a good pitch for me/a way for me to approach it so I can finally "get" Chromatics? I feel like maybe I'm just listening for the wrong things.
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August 25, 2016 on Chromatics – “Dear Tommy” Video
I haven't downloaded the leak yet either but after two listens this is already a SOTY contender in my book. Can't wait for the full album.
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August 24, 2016 on Angel Olsen – “Sister” Video
...amoré are yet another band releasing a great album this year, I agree
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August 24, 2016 on Angel Olsen – “Sister” Video
Going down the football route, I'd liken J. Cole to the Andy Dalton of rap. In terms of alternative music I'm not sure, maybe Band of Horses?
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August 24, 2016 on J. Cole Is One Of Rap’s Biggest Stars. Why?
DAMN IT Should've refreshed before posting
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August 23, 2016 on Letters To Cleo Announce Reunion Tour, New EP
Damn it https://img.pokemondb.net/artwork/ninetales.jpg
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August 23, 2016 on Please Watch These Pokémon Dance