+11Posted on Sep 19th | re: Whip-Smart Turns 20 (24 comments)

“If you’ve never sung along to “Supernova” while locking eyes with a significant other, I feel sorry for you and your sad-ass love life.”

Christ, how does inane stuff like this get through the editing stages?

My love life is just fine, thanks. And I think my wife appreciates the fact that Liz Phair isn’t a part of it.

“When someone asks you if you’re a god, you say ‘Yes!’”

-Winston Zeddmore

 +3Posted on Sep 13th, 2013 | re: In Utero Turns 20 (65 comments)

Hum were great. You will like them.

 0Posted on Jan 30th, 2013 | re: Deconstructing: How The USPS Is Killing Indie (64 comments)

My thoughts on this article are mostly disconnected and anecdotal, so I apologize if I don’t offer a linear response.

It seems to me that Amazon has to be in this conversation. I worked at UPS for a long time, before Amazon had a contract with UPS and while they had (and still have) a contract with UPS. Amazon is *huge* business for that company. Believe me, the amount of Amazon packages that move through UPS hubs at Christmas time is nothing short of amazing.

Now, it’s my understanding–anecdotally–that Amazon, in the myriad ways that it has contracted its services to smaller sellers, also ships with FedEx and the USPS. I don’t know the details of those contracts, but I do know that I’ve ordered some music and some DVDs–_Mad Men_, in particular–that are merely “fulfilled by Amazon.” Those packages almost always come to me via the USPS.

I’ve noticed that there are a whole lot of indie labels out there that do not sell on Amazon (or who do not sell on Amazon with regularity). Captured Tracks comes to mind. A few years back, I bought Wild Nothing’s _Gemini_ on Amazon, but then I had to purchase the _Golden Haze_ EP, as well as some Beach Fossils records and the Medicine remasters directly from the label because they weren’t available on Amazon (though they seem to be now). That’s fine with me. No problem.

*However*, shouldn’t we be asking what kind of picture we get when we piece all of these parts together? Could contracting with Amazon be a cheaper and more efficient option than standard mail order?

Perhaps the answer is just a blatant, “no.” That would be fine. It just seems like we should be talking about that question.

 +2Posted on Jan 25th, 2013 | re: The 10 Best New Order Songs (88 comments)

I was really disappointed with _Waiting for the Sirens’ Call_, the record. However, I’ll go to bat for “Waiting for the Sirens’ Call,” the song, until my dying day. Sublimely heartbreaking it is, and I think it could have made this list.

 +9Posted on Nov 5th, 2012 | re: Radiohead On A Friday Demo Cassettes Going For $50K On eBay (8 comments)

I believe in my heart that what I’m about to say actually happened. However, the mists of time have suggested to me that I could have imagined the whole thing.

Back when tears were perpetually flooding heaven, I was in a record store. I owned a copy of _Pablo Honey_ at the time. I remember looking in the CD singles bin. (“CD” is short for compact disc, by the way.) Every ounce of me has a recollection of staring at a copy of Radiohead’s _Drill_ EP and noticing that three of the EP’s four songs were already on _PH_. Therefore, I recall putting it down and purchasing something else. Since that time, I have repeatedly thought that I made one of my dumbest decisions that day. I don’t think I made that decision on a Friday, but still.

I know that _Drill_ was severely limited, so again, I might be imagining this whole thing. However, the record store I patronized on that day specialized in all kinds of import stuff. Eventually, they would stock all 20 versions of the _Dissident_ EP, as well as Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 of the _March of Pigs_ single. Therefore, I really do think this event happened. I spent the better part of the 90s trying to track down “Stupid Car,” a song that I wouldn’t have known existed had I not seen it somewhere. Eventually, I heard the song, further proving my apparent misguided move. “Stupid Car” is not very good, so I could have sold the EP for much more than I would have paid for it, had I paid for it. Alas.

The merits of their music aside, no one! abuses! exclamation marks! like this band!

 +2Posted on Oct 12th, 2012 | re: Peter Bjorn & John - "I Wish I Was A Spy" (2 comments)

And of course I would misspell “its” while typing that comment. Extra awesome, Joe. Extra awesome.

 0Posted on Oct 12th, 2012 | re: Peter Bjorn & John - "I Wish I Was A Spy" (2 comments)

This song would be extra awesome if it were sung in the subjunctive, as it’s lyrics suggest that it should be.

 +5Posted on Oct 8th, 2012 | re: Grave Dancer's Union Turns 20 (39 comments)

“But there was nothing challenging about plenty of the stuff that blew up on modern rock radio in the years immediately after Nevermind: Counting Crows, World Party, Spin Doctors, Cracker, Belly.”

I think it’s about time that you back up for a moment to take back that nasty thing you said about Belly. The rest of the sentence is fine.