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 0Posted on Apr 8th | re: Watch St. Vincent Cover Nirvana's "Lithium" In Chicago (8 comments)

Yet she didn’t play it in Seattle

Yeah, the Klinghoffer thing is ridiculous. You beat me to that comment. You can also make the argument that Robert Trujillo was in Suicideal Tendencies, etc. but he was still inducted for Metallica, so it’s all a load of shit.

I’m not even a fan of KISS, but why isn’t Eric Carr being inducted with them? This whole thing is a sham.

 +5Posted on Mar 17th | re: Courtney Love Solves Missing Malaysian Plane Mystery (33 comments)

I assumed that the reboot would have her trying to make a case as to how/why the murder victims killed themselves on every episode.

 +1Posted on Mar 17th | re: Courtney Love Solves Missing Malaysian Plane Mystery (33 comments)

I’m not happy about being able to see what she’s referring to, but I actually do.

Also, I heard that she offered someone 50 grand to take that plane down and the police didn’t believe him.

 0Posted on Mar 14th | re: SXSW Crash Suspect Was There To Perform (27 comments)

At least these tracks are receiving some constructive criticism in the soundcloud comments.

 -1Posted on Mar 14th | re: SXSW Crash Suspect Was There To Perform (27 comments)

Matthew Broderick was driving through a shitty route in the rain that he was advised against, but he wasn’t drunk and mowing down pedestrians. He went on to make Glory, Cable Guy, The Lion King and have a pretty successful career. That whole situation was completely different, with him taking some crazy road in Ireland, and even involved him eventually meeting with the family of the people that he killed. Now he’s not only incredibly well respected in the industry, but actually incredibly rich and stacking up Tony Awards. In fact, his net worth is reportedly $45 million. His wife was the star of Sex In The City, for chrissakes (she’s worth twice as much). He definitely hasn’t faded into “poverty and obscurity.” Not exactly terrible repercussions for someone who killed a mother and daughter with a head on collision.

I’m hoping and trusting that this guy’s fate is a hell of a lot different. The idea that his rap “career” was the right path to help support 6 kids already demonstrates his poor decision making, aside from the fact that he had 6 kids at the age of 21, in the first place.

 0Posted on Mar 14th | re: SXSW Crash Suspect Was There To Perform (27 comments)

I hate condoms too, but at a certain point, you have to weigh some consequences–something this guy clearly isn’t good at. If condoms sound annoying, I’d imagine that 6 kids have to be worse.

 0Posted on Feb 24th | re: Win The Beatles The U.S. Albums Box Set (522 comments)

It’s a tough one, but I’ve always been a fan of “Two Of Us.” “The Nigh Before” is also incredibly overlooked in their catalog.

 0Posted on Feb 20th | re: Conor Oberst Responds To Anonymous Rape Allegations (148 comments)

He looks so sad

 +4Posted on Jan 29th | re: Kendrick Lamar Addresses Grammys Rap Drama (48 comments)

Both of those albums were released in 2012, so I don’t understand how the Grammys work any way. On top of that, the awards are worthless. This is rich people drama. The fact that Kendrick was recognized by the Grammys at all is something — and he WAS recognized, because millions of people have never been included in the ceremonies, EL-P being one of them. I’d rather have seen Run The Jewelz, or Ghostface nominated for something, but the fact that they weren’t doesn’t reflect on the quality or value behind their releases. Killer Mike’s R.A.P. Music was never nominated. Dilla and Madlib were never nominated. Mos Def, Talib, Company Flow… none of those guys were ever even acknowledged for a best album award, other than Mike winding up on a winning Big Boi collab at the start of his career.

I’m from Seattle and nobody is a bigger Macklemore “hater” than I am and have been. I’d say GKMC is definitely better than the Heist, but I think everything is better than the Heist. I just don’t understand why Kendrick should be guaranteed anything, though. I might be the only one to feel that he’s overrated (or at least be willing to state it openly), but why the uproar toward an institution like the Grammys? Yeezus just stole from B L A C K I E and Death Grips, without crediting either, and got praise from all directions for it as being “groundbreaking” and “original”; everyone tried to explain what Kanye “really meant” and the “hidden brilliance” but when they gave him a chance to speak, it turns out that he really is just pissed about not getting to be respected a fashion designer. Plus, a million other people made that album with him. Good Kid sounds like 90s Outkast beats.

To me, it feel like a bunch of people are complaining about which of the popular kids should have been elected student body president. Meanwhile, there’s some unpopular poor kid with all of the real ideas, but the battle is between the captain of the basketball team and the guy whose parents own a local chain of convenience stores

A lot of people might be too young to remember when tracks like “Around the World” were originally released, but the fact that Daft Punk just took home so many awards is kind of mind boggling.

Good Kid’s another album with Pharrell doing production work, just like on Daft Punk’s, just like for Robin Thicke. Meanwhile Daft Punk is doing production on Yeezus. The nominees are all the same people.

Out of 19 total best Rap Album Grammys, Kanye has taken 4 of them, Eminem has 5, Outkast has 2, Jay-z’s been nominated 10 times (won once), Nas and Lupe Fiasco have each been nominated 4 times. Even as someone who despises Macklemore for endless reasons, I don’t feel bad that all the same people didn’t win, and these are definitely all the same people. Look how many cooks were in on all of the other nominees releases. Granted, that might be why they were “better,” but it’s just rich industry folks that lost, not some poor underground kid that lost. People that fit that description weren’t even recognized.

If you want some perspective, in 1998 Puff Daddy & The Family won a best rap album Grammy over Missy, Wu Tang, and Notorious B.I.G.’s “Life After Death.” The first year it was a category (1996) Naughty By Nature beat out 2Pac, ODB, and Bone Thugs (also Skee-Lo was nominated?). This isn’t the most respectable organization, the biggest tragedy that’s ever happened, or even the biggest theft of a Seattle rapper over unrecognized brilliance at the ceremonies: “Baby Got Back” took best song in 1993 over nominees like Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch’s “You Gotta Believe” and MC Hammer’s “Addamm’s Groove” — other albums released in 1992, making them eligible for the award: The Chronic, Bizarre Ride 2 The Pharcyde, Pete Rock & CL Smooth’s “Mecca and the Soul Brother,” Gangstarr’s “Daily Operation,” Beastie Boys’ “Check Yo Head,” Ice Cubes “The Predator,” Eric B & Rakim’s “Don’t Sweat the Technique,” Das EFX’s “Dead Serious,” UGK’s “Hard to Swallow”…. etc. etc. etc.

Either way, both Macklemore and Kendrick and getting bigger and bigger and richer and richer. They’ll both be fine.