Michael Hanna

Comments from Michael Hanna

Hey man, these music journalists can't be expected to know things about music!
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November 2, 2016 on Watch An Unearthed Neutral Milk Hotel House Show From Halloween 1997
Aeroplane was released in February of '98, so this show predates its release.
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November 2, 2016 on Watch An Unearthed Neutral Milk Hotel House Show From Halloween 1997
I don't want to give him any credit, but I actually found this interview easier to follow than some of his other ones.
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May 21, 2016 on Watch Kanye West’s Intense, Passionate Ellen Interview
You're viewing all art through the same lens as mundane services or disposable goods, but good art should be something more meaningful than that and have more lasting value. It ought to be a vibrant extension of identity and a way to connect with other human beings. I'm sorry that you've apparently swallowed whole all of capitalism's most harmful lies at the expense of your humanity. This isn't about martyrdom; it's about certain people doing art (or perhaps a clever, marketable approximation of it) for the wrong reasons.
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April 11, 2016 on Watch Josh Homme Berate Autograph Seeker Outside Detroit Afterparty
Yes, let's take this discussion to unreasonable extremes that were never intended. That's a surefire way to pander to online simpletons and get lot of clicky kudos. I am neither a musician nor a dude following celebrities around. I am, however, somebody who generally believes that people ought to be treated with dignity and that if somebody appreciates your music (which is, 95% of the time, why someone would want an autograph), it's no big deal to politely sign whatever they brought as long as the timing of the request isn't poor. It's a way for someone to remember a moment that meant to something to them because the artist's work means something to them. Good art has a way of making the audience feel connected to the artist; if no one appreciated the art, then the artist would have considerably less dignity. It's actually a two-way street. Being verbally abusive or even merely rude is not acceptable for either party involved, but I'm sure those raised by wolves would find some way to disagree.
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April 11, 2016 on Watch Josh Homme Berate Autograph Seeker Outside Detroit Afterparty
So even if your intentions are good and the musician in question is by any normal person's standards clearly the one who is spoiled and a jerk, you won't come out of the situation looking good because it's understood that the aggressive rock star must be superior to you? Is that because might makes right or because if someone made some nice music, then that automatically makes him/her infallible?
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April 11, 2016 on Watch Josh Homme Berate Autograph Seeker Outside Detroit Afterparty
The only thing good about this band is that they were so popular and so awful that, along with Styx, they were probably the number one reason that punk rock happened.
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April 8, 2016 on In Defense Of Chicago
I'm as concerned about Stereogum as I am about DIIV. Displaying professionalism at a time like this? It would appear that the entire staff has come down with something dire.
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March 28, 2016 on DIIV Cancel European Tour Due To Urgent Health Issue
Seeing Ariana Grande (of all people) be so effortlessly funny on SNL just served to further reinforce how boring and useless Jonah Hill was on his recent episode. I can't believe that guy has made a living on mostly comedic roles.
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March 13, 2016 on Watch Ariana Grande Debut “Be Alright” And Impersonate Jennifer Lawrence On SNL
Okay, I realize it's just a coincidence, but I couldn't help but notice the linked article below this story that features a pic of Angus Young miming like he can't hear the audience.
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March 7, 2016 on AC/DC Singer Advised To Stop Touring Or “Risk Total Hearing Loss”
I don't like either of these people, but if you go to MWG's Wikipedia entry, it does seem like he has very legitimate reasons to be upset with Manson.
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February 1, 2016 on Madonna Wayne Gacy Wishes Death Upon Former Bandmate Marilyn Manson
Thurston Moore is in a relationship with a woman; therefore, he has no beau. What he has is a belle.
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January 19, 2016 on Thurston Moore: “I Find It Really Strange That I Get Demonized For The Break-Up Of Sonic Youth”
I wish the new Weezer album was titled "Serviceable Performance."
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December 5, 2015 on Watch Weezer Perform “Thank God For Girls” On Conan
Was that really a shot at Ellen? She's way more entertaining than anything you've written.
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November 3, 2015 on Watch Bernie Sanders Step Into The “Hotline Bling” Video On Ellen
This reminds me of that Curb Your Enthusiasm episode where Larry David decides he's going to be a car salesman.
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October 11, 2015 on St. Vincent Is Waitressing At A Dallas Taqueria This Weekend
Tom, I'm younger than you and I've always hated dance music, so disliking it has nothing to do with being "old." Did you know that there have been whole musical eras where most people rejected dance music? It's true. However, I would say that suddenly embracing any and all pop music for the sake of seeming hip in your late thirties does seem "old." Albini's outspokenness and unwavering views on what makes for courageous, substantive art mean that he is a hero--end of story.
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September 30, 2015 on Powell Mocks Steve Albini By Making His Anti-EDM Email Into A Billboard
The difference between what Josh wrote and what you regularly write on this site is that his writing has some guts. It's about something real and ugly. It's saying the unpopular but true thing, something that Stereogum used to do many moons ago. But sure, keep spreading your materialistic pop propaganda (popraganda?); just know that not everyone is drinking the Kool-Aid.
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September 2, 2015 on Disgruntled VMA-Nominated Director Had A Shitty Time On His Crowdfunded Night Out
Yes, could someone clarify? I was big into the first couple of albums when they came out, and I don't remember hearing anything bad about him back then.
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August 18, 2015 on Carlos D Is An Actor Now
How long before Tom catches the glaring typo that everyone else has already noticed?
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August 11, 2015 on John Fogerty Joins The Voice As Adam Levine’s Advisor
Yes, and as we all know, that man is certifiable. That was probably the closest call she'll ever have.
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August 5, 2015 on Grabby Fan Terrifies Taylor Swift On Concert Catwalk
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