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 -2Posted on Sep 20th | re: Whip-Smart Turns 20 (22 comments)

This album has been on many best-of lists ever since its release. You are clueless.

 +2Posted on Sep 19th | re: The CD Still Rules In Japan (16 comments)

I’m 34, which means that I am a relatively young person who lived through the transition from CDs to audio files. For a while, like most people, I was just listening to mp3s without actually knowing anything about them. Eventually, I began thinking that these mp3 thingies don’t sound as good as CDs. I wondered why that was and then after some online research discovered that mp3s only contain a fraction of the data from the original recording. That’s when I decided that if I would only use lossy files as an initial means of checking out a band. Since that epiphany, I have only bought and ripped lossless files. So yes, I was able to notice. There have been other similar instances since then as well. A few years ago, I was trying to make a mix CD for someone (yep, I still do that), and there was one song I didn’t own and that I just downloaded off of Soulseek. At first, I could only find an mp3 of it, but later I found a lossless file of it. I forgot to delete the mp3, and somehow, when I was dragging all the files into my player (to see how it all sounded together prior to burning), I accidentally chose the mp3 version of the song instead of the FLAC. Well, guess what? The way that I discovered this was that when I got to that song on the playlist, I thought, “This sounds kind of two-dimensional and crappy in comparison to what preceded it. I wonder what…oh yeah!” I should mention that I don’t listen to music through earbuds and that I don’t own an iPod. When you listen to garbage on a garbage device, it will be harder to realize you have a garbage file. The genius of the iPod revolution is that it lowered people’s sonic expectations by accustoming them to a listening experience that would never be better than okay, no matter what kind of file you had. If your primary listening device is an iPod and earbuds, well, you probably won’t hear the difference between an mp3 and a FLAC/WAV file. You’re not supposed to! Unlike previous technology, this is not a device made for music; this is a device that dictated how music would be made and sold to suit the devices preexisting limitations. It is an anti-music, anti-art device. It says that art must operate within THESE size constraints; it must be packaged THIS way to suit Apple’s purposes, which of course had everything to do with capitalizing on the American public’s weakness for the most portable, fast, and cheap technology.

 +4Posted on Sep 18th | re: The CD Still Rules In Japan (16 comments)

The impression I’ve gotten over the years is that the Japanese care more about the quality of what they buy and make than Americans do, so this isn’t that surprising. I recently ordered an album that was only released in Japan, and the packaging was way cooler and more intricate than what we get.

 +1Posted on Sep 16th | re: Blood Sister - "Ghost Twin" (2 comments)

There needs to be a comment about Blood Sister. THIS IS AWESOME! The guy plays like his life depends on it. I don’t know that I’ve ever had a most-anticipated EP of the year, but this year I do. Plus, when I combine these songs with the ones that came out last year, it’s like I have a Blood Sister album.

I feel victimized by Taylor Swift’s existence on a daily basis.

 +1Posted on Sep 14th | re: Kanye Halts Sydney Show Until Seated Fans Prove They're Disabled (62 comments)


 +1Posted on Sep 14th | re: Kanye Halts Sydney Show Until Seated Fans Prove They're Disabled (62 comments)

What he wanted was for everyone to obey his command because he believes he should be worshiped.

 +6Posted on Sep 14th | re: Kanye Halts Sydney Show Until Seated Fans Prove They're Disabled (62 comments)

But if “disabled people” is one of the preferred terms, as the website says, I would say that term sounds way more like it is defining people by their disabilities than “handicapped” is. In other words, “disabled people” is literally saying, “This is a person who is not able.” Larry David was right when he said that it made no sense that that term would be preferable. I’ll call you whatever you want, but it does actually sound worse than what preceded it. The only way that you could think otherwise is if you don’t understand words. I think what happened was that some people got sick of the old terms just by way of repetition and wanted something better. However, at some point they realized there was nothing better and simply settled for something that was different, even if that meant it had to be worse.

I don’t like Courtney Love at all, but since she’s been writing songs for quite a while, I really do believe she can play guitar decently. The audio here simply proves that if one is wasted enough, guitar-playing becomes impossible.

 +1Posted on Aug 27th | re: Will Someone Please Right Swipe Adam Duritz On Tinder? (29 comments)

Curiously, when I search the Rolling Stone site or click Stereogum’s link to the article from 2008, it appears to be gone. However, I did find a site that typed out the excerpt pertaining to the dreads. Click this, and have your world shattered: