Brad Walker

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I have a question, as someone who is really only a passing Madonna fan: Why hasn't she performed this song on tour before? Just didn't feel like it, or...?
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February 5, 2016 on Watch Madonna Play ’90s Hit “Take A Bow” For The First Time In 21 Years
This is really ironic to me because I could have sworn I read an article a few years ago (possibly on this very site) about how she's been a lot more successful in the UK, whereas here she's had like two hits, and everybody just thinks she's kinda corny and uncharismatic.
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February 5, 2016 on Jessie J: “I’m Kind Of Celebrated As One Of The Greatest Singers In America”
Meg Myers is not badass. She's pop-NuMetal, which is about the only way an artist can sound dated in 2015. Her songs are just corny and bad. That "Desire" tune is literally about fucking someone until they die. It's ridiculous. But at least that song is kind of so-bad-it's-kinda-enjoyable; the rest of her stuff is just bland and poorly written. I'm not a fan.
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July 23, 2015 on Meg Myers – “Lemon Eyes” (Stereogum Premiere)
I kinda like the Bleachers version of "Break the Rules"; it almost sounds like old She Wants Revenge.
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December 11, 2014 on Watch Charli XCX And Bleachers Cover Each Other’s Songs In A Kia
That sucks. That show at the Newport was badass though.
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November 19, 2014 on Interpol Have Been Trapped In A Buffalo Snowstorm For 40 Hours
I'm really glad it's not a new Taylor Swift song. I've had enough of her this week.
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October 30, 2014 on Secret Mockingjay Soundtrack Song Revealed: Ariana Grande x Lorde x Diplo
I'll usually go to bat for almost any of the poptarts, but Taylor Swift is really one of the worst, despite her popularity. She's just milquetoast and bland.
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October 29, 2014 on 1989 Will Become 2014’s First Platinum Album In Its First Week
"Luna" for sure is about Courtney Love, I'm not sure if any other songs on Siamese Dream are though. I have a hard time believing that "Today", in particular, is about her.
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October 14, 2014 on Most Of Siamese Dream Is About Courtney Love, Says Courtney Love
I suppose it's pretty easy to have "a soft spot for pop music" when you're a pop musician.
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October 13, 2014 on Mayer Hawthorne – “Stay” (Rihanna Cover)
Agreed. This album is phenomenal.
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September 23, 2014 on Whip-Smart Turns 20
While I like both of these songs, I can see how Britney's people would turn them down: they don't sound like anything close to her brand of pop music. They sound, however, a lot like Prince, which means they probably would work a lot better for a number of other pop singers. Dev Hynes could potentially become the new Sia Furler, now that Sia Furler has returned to just being Sia.
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September 23, 2014 on Hear Two Dev Hynes Demos Written For Britney Spears
Ya know what, I don't doubt for a second that he was too fucked up on vicodin to remember recording "Blurred Lines".
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September 15, 2014 on In Incredible Testimony, Robin Thicke Says He Lied About Co-Writing “Blurred Lines” And Was High For All Of 2013
Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't the dude from Black Lips have some less-than-enlightened things to say about hip-hop earlier this year? I seem to remember him having to "clarify" his usage of the word "ratchet" at some point. Just sayin'.
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August 12, 2014 on Watch The Black Lips Call In To Mock Gene Simmons On Huffpost Live
Really enjoy the Awolnation cover. I wish they weren't typically lumped in with Bastille and Imagine Dragons; they're actually a pretty competent band.
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August 6, 2014 on Edgy And Dull: 20 Covers Of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire,” Rated
I'm really pleased with how this turned out. The bootlegged version of this that she recorded for The Wild Heart has always been one of my favorite unreleased tracks and this really does it justice; I'm glad she didn't do much tampering with it (unlike on the last album, when she turned "Lady From the Mountain" into "Moonlight (A Vampire's Dream)", ugh).
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August 5, 2014 on Stevie Nicks – “The Dealer”
She's not been wronged here though. Nothing bad could possibly come from this for her. Her career's obviously got enough momentum now that some third-rate pop band that nobody knows outside of the UK (I sure as hell hadn't heard of them until this) decided to do a karaoke rendition of one of her songs isn't going wash everything down the drain. If this is a matter of "a violation of artistic integrity" then perhaps she shouldn't have released most of the songs on her album before the album was actually released. At any rate, I just think the outrage is silly and that this is nothing to get bent out of shape about. She'll be fine.
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July 31, 2014 on Banks Calls Out Neon Jungle For Covering “Waiting Game” Without Her Permission
Whatever. She's not being ripped off in any way. She'll get her royalties, she's credited in the liner notes of the albums, she really has no reason to be upset. This is a really ridiculous temper tantrum.
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July 31, 2014 on Banks Calls Out Neon Jungle For Covering “Waiting Game” Without Her Permission
This is just stupid. People cover other artists songs all the time. Banks has covered all sorts of people; I doubt she called up The Weeknd personally when she did "What You Need", or got in contact with Aaliyah's estate when she did "Are You That Somebody". Take a chill pill girl, you don't really want to adopt Don Henley's "you darn kids get off my property" mindset do you?
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July 30, 2014 on Banks Calls Out Neon Jungle For Covering “Waiting Game” Without Her Permission
Does anybody else remember Native Korean Rock? The little one-off solo project Karen O did a year or so after Show Your Bones was released? It basically only existed in the form of a poorly-maintained MySpace page that featured six or so songs, but this was definitely one of them. I wonder if the rest of those songs have made it onto Crush Songs. They had names like "OOO" and "Beast" and I think she also did a cover of The Doors' "Indian Summer".
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July 28, 2014 on Karen O – “Rapt” Video
Yeah FMMF has been a hot mess from the beginning. It doesn't help that Columbus doesn't really have a good venue for a festival (which I guess is why it's set up SXSW style, at multiple venues). Furthermore, R. Kelly--in addition to being a highly controversial figure--doesn't really fit in well with the rest of this line-up.
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July 23, 2014 on Saintseneca Withdraw From Fest Headlined By R. Kelly, Plan Alternative Concert To Benefit Sexual Assault Victims
That's nice. I see in your attempt to either run to Lykke Li's defense or make a statement against Lorde, or perhaps both (I'm not sure where your mindset is) you've totally missed my point, which was just that they've both made albums as teenagers that sound like they were written by teenagers (because they were). Radiohead also falls into this category ("Pablo Honey" is their "Youth Novels"/"Pure Heroine", but I digress). At no point did I try to convince anyone that Lorde is more talented than Lykke Li (and I wouldn't, that would be ignorant; they're two totally different artists at very different stages int heir respective careers, from different generations, with distinctly different aesthetics), so I'm not exactly sure from where you gleaned that, or why you felt it so necessary to imply that what I was getting at was "Lorde > Lykke Li". So, just throwing that out there.
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July 10, 2014 on Lykke Li Really Hates Youth Novels
While I really like "Youth Novels", and have ever since it came out, I can totally understand why she as an artist finds it cringey now. It does sound like an album written by a teenager, albeit a very talented teenager, and her sound has changed an awful lot. I kind of expect to hear this same thing from Lorde, two more albums from now, about how she can't stand Pure Heroine anymore.
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July 9, 2014 on Lykke Li Really Hates Youth Novels
Is it okay to be bummed out by artists "going pop" yet?
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July 2, 2014 on Charli XCX Shelving Punk Album For Pop Album Feat. Weezer, Rostam, & Stargate
Yeah I'm not exactly getting all of the "Foster The People is the most boring band ever" stuff that goes on at this site all the time. Sure, they're not earth-shatteringly profound but Maroon 5 has been around for like ten years now and nobody's more fucking boring than them.
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July 1, 2014 on Foster The People Working With Amber Coffman, Soko, Night Beds
Best news I've heard in a good while. I'm awfully excited for this.
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June 25, 2014 on Karen O Announces Solo Debut Crush Songs
Let's not forget the most important bit of information here: both of these bands are fucking terrible.
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May 28, 2014 on Sublime With Rome Claim Linkin Park Had Cops Confiscate Their Weed
Not all that surprising when you considering that you know... they're divorced. How many people actually speak to their ex-spouses when there aren't any kids in the mix? I feel like it can't be many.
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May 22, 2014 on Jack White Doesn’t Talk To Meg Anymore, Didn’t Get Enough High Fives From Her
Is it so far-fetched to assume that Jay-Z's probably kind of a douchebag and Solange had just had enough of his shit?
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May 15, 2014 on Beyoncé, Jay Z, Solange Release Statement About Elevator Fight