Phil Herring

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The War On Drugs??? Nah bra, even though I enjoy their last 2 records from time to time. Also, The Killers will have a phenomenal greatest hits set in 1-2 records.
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May 18, 2015 on Brandon Flowers Says The Killers Are The Best Band From The Last 15 Years
Clueless soundtrack had this song by a minor blip on the alternative nation scene in 1995, "Fake Plastic Trees" by Radiohead. I believe that same band once played the MTV Beach House.
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March 3, 2015 on Clueless, Boogie Nights, & Other Classic Soundtracks Coming To Vinyl For The First Time
Modern Guilt over Midnite Vultures?!?!?! Homeboy, you are TRIPPIN!
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February 19, 2015 on Beck Albums From Worst To Best
Wouldn't really lump Candlebox in with them. They were basically a classic rock band that just put on some flannel to appear to be more "alternative" (similar to Collective Soul). There were some solid tunes on that debut album too.
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February 19, 2015 on You Can Fund Ugly Kid Joe’s 1st Album In 19 Years By Buying Handwritten “Everything About You” Lyrics For $229
For anyone who works in the business, do the promoters pay for all this stuff (hotel room, food, booze, etc.) on top of the guarantee the artist gets OR does that come out of the guarantee?
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February 11, 2015 on 10 Tour Riders Crazier Than Jack White’s
Another classic case of lazy journalism. Silverchair's Diorama stands as a great record years later and was LIGHT years different from their grunge-in-pajamas debut.
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February 9, 2015 on Silverchair Frontman Daniel Johns Is Making Sultry Soul-Pop Now
I imagine the price depends on the area. Jack recently played MSG and no way any promoter can book someone at that venue for under $150-200k. Oklahoma/college prices are probably a little cheaper due to their being less overhead in terms of venue rental.
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February 6, 2015 on Jack White’s Agency Blacklists University Of Oklahoma After School Paper Publishes His Ridiculous Rider
I mean, no way Puddle of Mudd would headline over kid Rock.
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January 29, 2015 on Limp Bizkit Guitarist Is Dreading Next Week’s Nü-Metal Cruise
Apparently not. Though they are far more interesting, left-of-center, indie-leaning than the likes of War On Drugs, FKA Twigs, Father John Misty and what not, because they once toured on the Vans Warped Tour and were associated with those types of acts, sites like Stereogum continue to ignore them.
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January 27, 2015 on Coachella Announces 2015 Sideshows
What are you talkin about man? Cherry Poppin Daddies are coming back any day now.
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January 16, 2015 on The Week In Pop: Where Do Rock Music And Pop Radio Intersect In 2015?
Great article Chris and an interesting question that keeps popping up. Love him or hate him, Pete Wentz had a quote that stuck with me recently. I'm paraphrasing a bit but it was something along the lines of "the problem with modern rock is that it doesn't sound very modern any more" and I think he has a point. For bands that want to stick with the age old guitar-bass-drums formula, all the power to 'em, but I don't think most people find it that interesting anymore save for us purists who still cherish that sound (I'm one of them). That being said, as I've entered my 30's, it becomes harder and harder every year for meat-and-potatoes rock bands to truly interest me. Maybe that's why Fall Out Boy still continues to synch into my subconscious because they blend non-rock (albeit obvious non-rock) elements into their music. Another issue that I think many Stereogum commenters have with "The Week In Pop" probably stems from the fact that this site started out as an "indie blog" (whatever that means). For some jaded commenters, they probably feel annoyed that the mainstream is creeping onto their turf which used to be one of the few places they could go to read interesting think pieces on Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and the sort (which, btw, is the only time I ever use interesting and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah in the same sentence). That's a totally fair stance albeit a bit tired one. I'm actually really happy with this column as it allows me to pay attention to music I miss since I don't drive a car, really only hang out in bars that play non-Top 40 (lower Manhattan, Brooklyn) and don't associate with many Top 40 fans. Finally, one last take away from the comments on this column. As much as Stereogum readers might trumpet the works of St. Vincent, The War On Drugs, Sun Kill Moon and similar artists, they just aren't what MOST people prefer to listen to and that will likely never change.
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January 16, 2015 on The Week In Pop: Where Do Rock Music And Pop Radio Intersect In 2015?
Also, who in their right mind is ever exicted for DIIV? Like, do people wake up thinking "MAN, I'm just DYING for some new DIIV today!" Also, Sky fucking Ferreira before Adele, Tool, Modest Mouse, James Black, My Morning Jacket ?!?!? Ain't NOBODY got time for that, son.
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December 22, 2014 on The 101 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2015
It's interesting that with the likes of Nickelback, Creed and those bands, it really shows how Bush was dealt FAR too harshly with. Also, I enjoy their entire catalog (haven't heard the latest yet). "Letting The Cables Sleep" off The Science Of Things is a nice companion to "Glycerine".
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December 5, 2014 on Sixteen Stone Turns 20
I think it's alphabetical (though someone must have fucked up and not realized Interpol starts with an I and therefor should be in front of Modest Mouse).
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November 10, 2014 on KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2014 Lineup
"ghosts of modern rock radio past"... Linkin Park, Rise Against and Fall Out Boy all put out (fairly) successful new albums in the past 3-4 years so that comment reeks of "I only pay attention to the corner of the internet that is relevant to my narrow crowd" syndrome (all tastes aside). System Of A Down and Incubus, while fairly stagnant recording-wise, still do big business on the road. AND, finally, Vance Joy is opening for Stereogum's beloved Taylor Swift this summer but I'm assuming that was supposed to be snark so whatever.
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November 10, 2014 on KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2014 Lineup
Sites/properties like Stereogum operate on a business model based on pageviews/clicks. While I'm sure there is a sizable audience that cares about Flying Lotus or whatever "cool" new artists there are, articles relating to new releases big more popular artists will likely still drive more pageviews and discussion. Also, sites that are on the endless chase for the next "cool" and "big thing" often end up exhausting users due to them being overly excited about a new band every two days.
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September 30, 2014 on Premature Evaluation: Weezer Everything Will Be Alright In The End
That's pretty impressive. Wish they'd to that hear in NYC.
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September 30, 2014 on Boston Weezer Fans Punish Craigslist Scalper
The summer before college I saw Weezer on their ampitheater tour with Dashboard Confessional opening. Maladorit had been just been released. I remember walking around and seeing a guy wearing a t-shirt that read "Fuck you! I like the green album." At that point, I didn't realize I wasn't supposed to like the Green album (I did, and still do). Point being is that Weezer fans take the band's 90's output WAY too seriously. That sort of awkward confusion about sex mixed with angst is only something you can capture in your 20's. 40-year-olds just can't mimic that no matter how hard they try.
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September 30, 2014 on Premature Evaluation: Weezer Everything Will Be Alright In The End
The Foo Fighters have an "extra" guitarist because Pat Smear is actually IN the band. Also some of their songs have three parts so...makes sense to have the third.
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September 18, 2014 on Hear Jack White Clown Rolling Stone, Foo Fighters From The Stage
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?
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August 26, 2014 on Savages’ Jehnny Beth Rails Against Rock Festivals’ Class System