Ryan Murphy

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Burke, we may as well be the same person. I, very well, could have written the same post without seeing yours.
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March 6, 2013 on John Vanderslice – “Big Brother” (David Bowie Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)
I can't really stand this band either, but it's mostly because I can't escape it. Had it been played moderately, instead of twice an hour on every radio station for the past two years, I think I'd be able to tolerate it at this point. I don't have high expectations for lyrical content, and the melodies have merit. The biggest problem I have with them, musically, is that the instrumentation isn't terribly dynamic -- every song does the same thing. The fake part seems unfounded too. I actually met these guys once, without knowing who they were until later. All I knew is that they were some band in town who were hanging out with friends of mine at a bar. Seemed genuine to me, really excited to be on the road playing music together, not unlike anyone else who has ever been in a band. And, too often, I have to think about the kind of money DJs make at the expense of musicians. I just can't help but think a truly live act, no backing tracks or off-stage musicians, experiencing this level of success cannot be a bad thing. At least they embody qualities of live music performance that I actually value, simplistic or not.
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February 10, 2013 on In Defense Of Mumford & Sons
Actually, the British more commonly called the sport soccer in its formative years. Too bad it didn't evolve from a 90-minute aimless drag, played by flopping girly-men, as its name evolved into "football".
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April 28, 2012 on See Stephen Malkmus In High School
Holy crap, "Hi-Speed Soul" was phenomenal with the new backing members. I may have to catch this tour if it comes this way...
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January 31, 2012 on Nada Surf – “When I Was Young” Video + Fallon Performance
Steve Albini did not record the version of Boxcar included on Jawbreaker's "24-Hour Revenge Therapy". It was re-recorded upon arriving home from tour, before the record was released -- same with "Condition: Oakland". Albini's version can be found on the internet. It sounds a lot looser and quite a bit slower.
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January 27, 2012 on The Top 20 Steve Albini-Recorded Albums