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 +12Posted on Aug 26th | re: Savages' Jehnny Beth Rails Against Rock Festivals' Class System (26 comments)

At Governors Ball the VIP section was to the side of the stage and sort of crept up along the side which I think is fair. As a band, I can’t imagine you want the very front to be all VIP dick-heads/industry hanger-on people. The most rabid fans are usually the general admission ones. Is this how most European festivals are set up?

I totally get the celebratory vibe of EDM shows and, while it may not be my thing, tip my hat to the crowd that gets into it. I DO question, as I said below, if the majority of the audience would still be able to enjoy some of things without the use of drugs.

As a guitar player, I have no problem also accepting that music people create with computers/electronics also falls under the category of art (which I don’t think is even the argument here so I have no idea why I typed that). As much as I love being slightly buzzed/drunk at many rock shows I go to, I find that (most of them) still have the possibility to be enjoyed sober. I am genuinely curious if there are people who go to the mainstream-type EDM concerts without being on some sort of drug and enjoy them. That’s not to say that electronic music can’t be enjoyable in a non-altered state but I’m speaking specifically do the “wub wub” popular style right now. Any takers on this? Any straight-edge Deadmau5 fans out there care to weigh in?

“and that’s the thing that annoys me. I like those bands that it’s coming from, all those bands I just named I will listen to their album, but the stuff that rips them off just makes me bored.”

Key quote that is missing. Shinoda is obviously a fan of these bands and a wide variety of music. I think it’s more of the fact that we are in a soft rock resurgence that bothers him.

 +5Posted on Jun 18th | re: The 10 Best Tori Amos Songs (80 comments)

Ah, see, I find Boys for Pele to be a slog to get through a lot of the time. On the other hand, I find Scarlet’s Walk to be a really pleasant listen and don’t understand why more folks don’t enjoy it.

 +1Posted on Jun 18th | re: The 10 Best Tori Amos Songs (80 comments)

For any hardcore Tori Amos fans, how do you rank the albums (worst to best)?

I think it was more funny to me because it showcased the early 00′s “hip” crowd now being out of touch with what some of the ACTUAL youth liked. This isn’t a slight to you personally but it’s funny how having hip NYC/SPIN tunnel goggles can make it hard to differentiate between blog chatter about what kids should be listening to vs. what kids are ACTUALLY listening to. In that regard, I’d place Third Eye Blind as more influential to kids age 15-25 these days vs. The Strokes any day.

Hey, remember when you were totally confused about why all those young kids liked Third Eye Blind? That was funny.

 -11Posted on Jun 9th | re: The 10 Best Sets At Governors Ball 2014 (31 comments)

Interpol, Jack White, TV On The Radio not on the list yet fucking Grimes is? Whack.

Also I know it’s not popular Stereogum opinion because these bands are basically just, well, pop bands but I though The 1975, Bastille and Foster The People were thoroughly enjoyable. AlunaGeorge also played a great set on Sunday that picked things up. I did not realize The Kills were that big (they had a huge crowd) though I think that probably had more to do with their competition at the time not being that big either. Vampire Weekend closing was a dependable (though predictable) set and enjoyable. The Strokes…totally phoned in. Exact same set they played in Port Chester.