Kyle Culbert

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February 18, 2014 Win The Beatles The U.S. Albums Box Set

Yeah, that’s not honor someone for their great art because they died from an addiction they couldn’t beat. That’s totally being reasonable.

And complaining that a well-respected actor “took” your magazine cover away from you because of an unfortunate passing, makes you a tit. Nice work, Drake!

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February 13, 2014 Drake “Disgusted” With Rolling Stone For Giving His Cover To Philip Seymour Hoffman, Calls Kanye’s Lyrics “Questionable”

Sounds more M.I.A. influenced to me.

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February 7, 2014 Lily Allen – “Air Balloon” Video

I’m specifically talking about the people who didn’t have a problem with it until they were told to have a problem with it. There’s no doubt I would’ve thought it was embarrassingly stupid to have that clip in a song had I heard it, but like I said, I haven’t. It’s kind of like when a pop song has an accompanying war-themed music video (I’m looking at you fun.).

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January 1, 2014 Beyoncé Responds To Criticism Of Challenger Disaster Sample

for instance, putting all of that in italics instead of just the “so.”

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January 1, 2014 Shut Up, Dude: The 50 Best Comments Of 2013

Oh cool, I had two entries. That being said, if I didn’t screw up every time I wanted to post a gif, I would so have at least 1.5 more.

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January 1, 2014 Shut Up, Dude: The 50 Best Comments Of 2013

It’s funny, I don’t remember anyone here bringing this up when the album was released. In fact, the vast majority of the comments were nothing short of glowing praise for the new batch of songs. But now that someone is offended, look at all the people jumping on that bandwagon. Listen, the family members have every right to be upset, but this would be a complete non issue if they never publicly aired their misgivings towards the use of the audio sample. It’s really disingenuous for anyone to criticize Beyonce after the fact, just because the family members didn’t appreciate it — that didn’t stop you lot from enjoying the song beforehand. Her statement is ridiculous, but it’s even more ridiculous that we all play this silly game.

**And full disclosure — I haven’t listened to this album — I’m not particularly a Beyonce fan –I don’t have a meerkat in this fight.**

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January 1, 2014 Beyoncé Responds To Criticism Of Challenger Disaster Sample

Scott, you’re my hero for choosing Superlove.

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December 12, 2013 Stereogum’s 50 Favorite Songs Of 2013

I don’t agree with him on Reflektor, but that shit was hilarious. The guy’s always been a riot. Also, skimming through the FB comments, I’ve noticed people are real assholes. It’s gross how catty some can get when something they like gets criticized – even when the criticism is weaved in exaggerated humor. It’s okay if you don’t agree with him, but it’s probably better to just say “okay” and move on instead of telling to “fuck off” because you think he’s a “has-been.”

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December 5, 2013 Noel Gallagher Slams Reflektor, Praises Yeezus In 2013 Recap

Role Model has always been a favorite of mine.

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December 3, 2013 The 10 Best Eminem Songs

People will always disagree with the order of album placement, but I can’t say I disagree much with the inclusions. Plenty of the choices wouldn’t be on my list, however, that doesn’t preclude them from being worthy. The only two albums that really surprised me were the Phoenix/Tegan and Sara records. I don’t think either are bad, just that they both kind of came and went with lukewarm reactions – at least in the indie blogosphere. An argument could probably be made that all the honorable mentions from the staff would’ve made up a more interesting list, but sites like this shouldn’t make lists based on personal favorites from individual writers. There has to be some form of consensus to make these things presentable.

Anyway, I’m glad you guys didn’t back off Yeezus. Kanye lost the public image battle long ago, but he’ll at least be critically remembered for how important he was to mainstream music.

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December 3, 2013 The 50 Best Albums Of 2013

Album: Yeezus – Kanye West
Song: Mercy – TV on the Radio
Video: Wishes – Beach House
New Act: I voted for HAIM, but instantly thought maybe I should’ve gone with Speedy Ortiz
TV Show: Mad Men
Movie: Gravity

And screw you Gum, my indie crush this year is Charli XCX. I mean, just watch the SuperLove video. Good god…

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November 26, 2013 The 2013 Gummy Awards: Vote & Win The Year’s Best Albums On Vinyl

Oh cool, I feel all warm n’ fuzzy inside now knowing I voted for that Beach House video.

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November 26, 2013 The 2013 Gummy Awards: Vote & Win The Year’s Best Albums On Vinyl

The chick on bass makes some crazy ass faces. Great stuff, though.

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November 24, 2013 Watch HAIM (And An Epic Outfield Tribute) On SNL

**Sorry about all the typos in my past two posts. I’m really tired and loopy at the moment.

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November 21, 2013 Grimes Responds To Criticism From Dogmatic Asshole Vegans

“Uhhhh eating vegan is not inherently more ethical than not”

Inherently no, but when one is privileged in the sense if having a choice, an argument could be made for one of those lifestyles being more ethical. Again, I eat meat.

” If you’re vegan because you believe killing animals for food is wrong, you probably hold animal and human life as equal, in which case, this is your subjective moral belief. It doesn’t make you more moral or ethical than anyone else. This may come as a surprise to you nobody is in favor of torturing animals.”

Does the idea of equality even matter? Is killing something okay just because its inferior? Your first line is misleading anyway, because I’m not sure even the most fervent of vegans would object to the killing of animals for necessity. I don’t think Caleb and his beat juice smoothie would be angry over someone who had to do it to feed his/her family. If so, then fuck them anyway. What I’m really getting at is that moral ambiguity for the people who have options. There are serious moral/ethical questions to be wrestled with here, and though “nobody is in favor of torturing animals,” (not necessarily true) our meat eating lifestyles pacify the fact that they are tortured and killed just because we like the way it taste.

“Human beings are evolved to consume animal protein. This is not up for debate. Don’t believe me? Vitamin B12 is a dietary essential fat soluble vitamin found ONLY in animal products, and it’s essential for a couple of the biochemical reactions in human metabolism. ”

It’s disingenuous to suggest that eating animals is the only way to get there. Eating an assortment of protein-containing foods can lead to the same results. Most of the Western world doesn’t consist of hunters and gatherers at this point. There are numerous ways to fuel your body properly — hence why vegans aren’t dropping dead every 3 seconds.

“If you farm, animals are going to die. They’re going to be displaced out of their habitats, they’re going to need to be dealt with when they eat crops, they’re going to be run over by farm machines, etc. Would you not eat a salad if you knew three rabbits were accidentally run over to get it to your table? If yes, how do you reconcile that? If no, what’s your solution?

Dude, I’m not advocating for Disney’s version of Pocahontas where are the cute little squirrels and deer play hide and go seek with each other. There’s a difference between a giant industry profiting off of the mass consumption of animals – because we just have to have our roasted duck with orange sauce – and collateral damage.

For the 86th time, I eat meat. I just don’t pretend like I’m immune to criticism for it.

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November 21, 2013 Grimes Responds To Criticism From Dogmatic Asshole Vegans

Veganism in its very nature is dogmatic. It’s a very strict diet that people subject themselves to. If she insists on calling herself something she’s not, it’s not a big deal for someone to call her on it. And I don’t know about you, but I don’t usually here people going around calling themselves non smokers — they just say they don’t smoke. There are no actual rules to adhere to in that example, unlike a vegan who has to follow certain rules. Grimes could just avoid all of this by not worrying about the label to begin with.

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November 21, 2013 Grimes Responds To Criticism From Dogmatic Asshole Vegans