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 +2Posted on Sep 30th | re: Premature Evaluation: Weezer Everything Will Be Alright In The End (110 comments)

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.

 +3Posted on Sep 30th | re: Boston Weezer Fans Punish Craigslist Scalper (6 comments)

That’s pretty impressive. Wish they’d to that hear in NYC.

 +1Posted on Sep 30th | re: Premature Evaluation: Weezer Everything Will Be Alright In The End (110 comments)

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.

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.

 +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)?