Michael Hanna

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This is all very nice, but we must ask ourselves what kind of ghostwriter would actually admit to being one. It’s one of those jobs where your duties are right in the name.

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July 24, 2015 on Quentin Miller: I Am Not Drake’s Ghostwriter

With all the air pollution, you wouldn’t think they’d be so tough on waste management, but kudos for a job well done.

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July 18, 2015 on Maroon 5 Banned From China

Nevertheless, this is still the best song about Robin Williams, Richard Pryor, John Belushi, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman that any of us have ever heard.

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July 17, 2015 on CeeLo Green’s “Robin Williams” Is Some Craven Shit

No, he was actually murdered. Tom ended him with a Taylor Swift CD slash to the throat. Yes, it was Red.

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July 15, 2015 on Sinead O’Connor Says Music Has Officially Died Because Of Kim Kardashian

This reminds me of something I once wrote to dear old Tom. If I could shake your hand, I would.

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July 15, 2015 on Sinead O’Connor Says Music Has Officially Died Because Of Kim Kardashian

Yeah, may as well post a .gif that perfectly captures the attitude responsible for both bad music and bad writing…

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July 14, 2015 on Sinead O’Connor Says Music Has Officially Died Because Of Kim Kardashian

Of course this site would find some way to justify putting the worst Kardashian on the cover of Rolling Stone. This is the logical endpoint for the poptimist ideology. Every time I start believing a Stereogum writer has a mind and voice of his/her own, that person starts writing like Tom Breihan…or maybe Tom only hires people who think the way he does.

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July 14, 2015 on Sinead O’Connor Says Music Has Officially Died Because Of Kim Kardashian

I don’t like Crosby that much, and I don’t think he is a hero. That said, as much as I dislike Kanye West, I have seen and read enough Kanye interviews to know that he’s not dumb. I happen to find crazy people fascinating; what can I say? However, he has said many, many dumb things that he honestly believes are true, and if those things were all you knew about the guy, it’s easy to see how, if you are a rational person in full control of your faculties, you could think he’s dumb. I was watching a documentary about Jim Jones, and the reason most of his followers drank the Kool-Aid had to do with the mass delusion that Jones really was as infallible as he claimed. Every time I hear someone defend Kanye West, I just hear a sad person who is drinking the Kool-Aid. At the heart of such a delusion is a desperate need to believe in something, anything, and there are about a million better people/ideas to believe in than a rich narcissist. I like being an American, and I feel fortunate to live here. At the same time, it bothers me that capitalism seems to nurture and reward egoism and materialism and that a lot of people my age and younger want to lionize someone who exemplifies those qualities.

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July 9, 2015 on David Crosby Still Really Hates Kanye West

Oh yes, Kanye is blameless when it comes to people’s perception of him.

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July 8, 2015 on Slipknot Frontman Has A Message For Kanye West

Egoism is repulsive, and the fact that so many people are unbothered by this guy’s lack of respect for anyone’s talents but his own and are even willing to stick up for him when he says something that is ludicrously false (as false as if McCartney claimed to be the world’s greatest rapper) is disturbing.

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July 8, 2015 on Slipknot Frontman Has A Message For Kanye West

It means that he listens to music other than Kanye West’s and is therefore able to make an observation that someone who is not exactly rational or self-aware (Kanye) is unable to make for himself. I will say that I am disappointed in Taylor for not taking Kanye to task for his abuse of the term “rock star.” Carrie Browntein wrote a great rant in her Monitor Mix blog years ago about how meaningless the term has become due to misuse/overuse. First step: You have to play rock music.

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July 7, 2015 on Slipknot Frontman Has A Message For Kanye West

Oh right, NOW this guy spontaneously develops a conscience. I’ll Ms. Gordon know…

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June 26, 2015 on Thurston Moore Issues Statement Supporting Israel Boycott

Nope. I was excited to hear the older songs and to be part of the first crowd to hear the excellent Hot Traveler. So were a lot of other people that night.

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June 1, 2015 on Failure – “Mulholland Drive”

It may seem shocking, but you are the first Stereogum writer to actually give a crap about LOOP. This site totally ignored them when they reunited and did their first tour since ’91. Bex and Robert were married in the early days, by the way.

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April 23, 2015 on Loop – “Precession” (Stereogum Premiere)

Beech Creeps and Beaches are the best. That is all.

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March 27, 2015 on Know Your Beach Bands

I was at this one and the last Mitski show. I guess we have similar taste.

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March 23, 2015 on Good Thing Makthaverskan Made It To SXSW Because They Were Awesome

Well, that’s never been Sleater-Kinney’s position, and I’m glad. People should not allow their art to be commodified. When you do that, you allow someone else to redefine the song’s meaning. The song is no longer really yours, and what you have actually sold is a piece of your identity. Janet Weiss was totally right about Lust for Life. Once it was in a cruise commercial, it wasn’t the same thing anymore.

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March 17, 2015 on Carrie Brownstein’s Memoir Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl Arrives This Fall

If you choose a life where steady work is not guaranteed and you’re a bit under the radar for much of that life, something like acting in the occasional commercial is like insurance and could also be used for some future project. It’s hard to predict whether the level of recognition she’s achieved with Portlandia will last, and I’m sure that crossed her mind. I think she used an opportunity afforded to her by the show to ensure that she could continue her creative endeavors, no matter her level of fame. It’s not that much of a leap.

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March 17, 2015 on Carrie Brownstein’s Memoir Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl Arrives This Fall

I just bought this album and love it. When I heard that someone from Pterodactyl was involved in this, I knew I had to check it out. I’ll be seeing them this week at SXSW.

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March 17, 2015 on Stream Beech Creeps Beech Creeps (Stereogum Premiere)