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“People that stupid should know better…” Hahaha.

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March 14, 2014 on SXSW Crash Suspect Was There To Perform

Gorgeous

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December 19, 2013 on Pure Bathing Culture – “Good King Wenceslas”

Well put! When Impossible Soul winds down with Sufjan whispering “we made such a mess together” it just kills me. I love how the album is bookended by two acoustic passages–the musicianship and writing in Age of Adz just blows me away (don’t get me started on Now That I’m Older). It’s a stunning/beautiful/heartbreaking album, and as an amateur musician and writer it just makes me throw my hands up because I’ll never be able to create something that could even come close.

And as another comment below mentioned, the tour in support of that album was incredible. I’m gushing a bit but I think Sufjan is one of the most talented people alive.

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October 16, 2013 on Sufjan Stevens – “Take Me” (Demo)

That picture is nuts

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September 30, 2013 on Sky Ferreira Discusses Drug Arrest

I love this

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September 11, 2013 on Au Revoir Simone – “Crazy” Video

Country Fest…rarely can I so emphatically denounce, well, anything.

For a few years, before they cracked down on it, people wouldn’t even buy tickets for the show, they’d just go park in the lot and drink for the entire two days. I’m not against festivals or having fun but this was extreme. And not surprisingly there were some really tragic car accidents involving young people, which as a local guy I’m sure you remember too, michael_.

Not to mention the arrests: 100k attendees with 268 arrests this year and 617 in 2012. Bonnaroo attendance is like 150k and it had 42 arrests this year.

Not to throw the entire pop country machine under the bus–certainly no genre or festival is without its problems, stereotypes, bad behaviors–but it lends itself to a gross festival. Pop country is music for people who don’t like music but enjoy a catchy tune romanticizing beer and hats. And as such things are pretty ugly when they congregate en masse for days.

That came out sounding pretty judgmental, and let it be known I happen to really like a lot of older country music as well as southern rock and other sister genres. But when it comes to modern country I’m constantly reminded of a Don Draper quote that basically goes: “advertising tells you that whatever you are doing is ok.” Pop country is pure advertising and it attracts a certain person really well.

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September 3, 2013 on Sexual Assault, 31 Arrests Reported At Electric Zoo

I’ve listened to this like 10 times already today, so pretty.

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July 15, 2013 on Pure Bathing Culture – “Dream The Dare”

Been keeping up those occlumency classes though. RIP Sirius.

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March 15, 2013 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

I’m really bummed about the Phoenix.

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March 15, 2013 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

Love the Strokes but I think the video is better than the song.

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March 15, 2013 on The Strokes – “All The Time” Video

Cale, you must be 16 years old, tops. People with similar musical tastes tend to get along and have other things in common, and vice versa. I hope you’re not just figuring this out now. It’s really not surprising you would be more likely to deem someone “awesome” if they like the same bands as you.

So that girl earns your contempt because she starts conversations with you about Frank Ocean and Bon Iver and listens to what you recommend? Yikes. She could be a Dave Matthews groupie and it sounds like she’d be a better person to spend time with than you. Maybe there’s more to your relationship you haven’t explained but she sounds pretty nice and you sound straight up mean.

As for the cocktail comment I’m a bit speechless–as if the ability and decision to consume alcohol is in any way indicative of a person’s character as a gentleman. Next time the commercials come on hit fast forward on the DVR, especially if it’s Ketel One.

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March 15, 2013 on Band To Watch: Wampire

One of the funnest shows I’ve ever seen was Dom opening for the Go! Team at the Paradise. It was just after their first album came out and I got the sense that all their Worcester buddies had driven into the city for it. My friends and I ended up right in the middle of them and it was raucous. A bottle of whiskey was being passed between stage and crowd, there was tons of stage diving and stage crashing, and Dom sounded AWESOME. Almost broke my glasses.

I only made it through one Go! Team song but lasted long enough to see Dom’s guitar player run up and dive off the stage a few more times. It was hilarious.

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February 21, 2013 on DOM – “H o t . l i m i t”

My body is ready

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February 13, 2013 on The Strokes – “All The Time”

YES

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February 13, 2013 on Phoenix Bankrupt! Details

Why would you come to a comments section asking for less commentary?

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February 12, 2013 on The 10 Least Boring Moments From The 2013 Grammys

Hey, don’t let anyone or anything take writing away from you. I enjoy your blog and the content is miles beyond most. Your passion really comes through and that makes a difference. Thought the mbv write-up was especially great.

If you feel like tastes are shifting away from yours, make that your strength! Use it to define your point of view. Or if you really do want to take a break from writing, try another medium. Lots of college radio stations make airtime available to “community members” (I live in MA too and know that Boston College’s WZBC does this).

And don’t get discouraged by the downvotes here. Reading comments on sites like these is like watching pundits yell at each other on TV news shows, but yours always feel like they are coming from a human being. I respect (and frequently agree with) the things you have to say and in general I think if we were all talking in person we would all be friends.

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February 12, 2013 on The 10 Least Boring Moments From The 2013 Grammys

That’s just about the weakest anti-Strokes rant I’ve ever heard. So if Julian’s dad made pizza for a living you’d like their music better? Take the songs for what they are; there’s no need to trash anyone based on where they came from or who their parents are. There are a zillion variables that contribute to a band blowing up and it’s silly to fault the artists for having a few in their favor or taking advantage of the resources available to them.

Even if they were “unfairly” promoted over other NYC bands, well, just because someone helped you get your foot in the door doesn’t mean you aren’t busting your ass to keep it there.

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February 11, 2013 on Preview The Strokes’ “All The Time”

I actually love listening to MBV at the office while I work. The textures take over and I get pulled into the music yet it doesn’t distract me when I need to write cogent emails. It’s kind of like listening to classical.

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February 6, 2013 on Album Of The Week: My Bloody Valentine m b v

How so? No snark meant, I’m curious. Most of the music I listen to and read about features female musicians and pop culture is littered with massively popular women. I’m not saying sexism doesn’t exist, just that I find it hard to believe that someone as established and wealthy as Beyonce can’t play with women if she wants to. It’s hard for me to think that all this time she’s been forced against her will to play with men.

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February 5, 2013 on Watch Beyoncé’s Super Bowl Halftime Show