Jason Whitehead

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Totally forgot Dead Letter Office. That was mostly a knock off and covers record but it made me want to learn guitar. Playing along to that record trying to figure out Buck’s moves was a blessing for a 22 year old trying learn guitar the right way. See Stereogum? Try again.

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November 7, 2013 on R.E.M. Albums From Worst To Best

I thought Daysleeper had it’s moments.

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November 7, 2013 on R.E.M. Albums From Worst To Best

Stand as one of the worst things in REM’s catalog? I wish they would get people that know REM to write about REM rather than some kid that just ran through the songs at lunch time on his iPod. Why isn’t there a Stereogum reviews from worst to worst on here? Sure needs to be one. Ridiculous.

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November 7, 2013 on R.E.M. Albums From Worst To Best

The problem with this band, and a lot of other bands that are coming out right now, isn’t the constant drumming of the foot or anything like that. It’s the fake emotion and wind trying to be caught in a time loooong ago when this kind of music was actually believable. It doesn’t fit anywhere…And to me, it just seems like it’s the same formula over and over to please the masses. When I hear people cover this band, I literally want to stab my eardrums because it’s bad music just worse. I understand where they’re trying to come from. But one thing I always want to ask bands when they ARE trying to catch the wind that left a looong time ago: Do YOU believe in what you’re singing about? Because unless you convince yourself, I will never be. And people who understand will know what I’m talking about. If you don’t believe it, why should I?

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February 8, 2013 on In Defense Of Mumford & Sons

If this is the future of good music, we’re screwed. Yes, Divine Fits, North Highlands…Come on.

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September 11, 2012 on Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2012

And for the first question above from Mr. Whine-something…Blur have always been important. I just think a lot of Americans were too busy being force fed Nirvana and grunge respectively. Graham Coxon is one THE greatest and most innovative guitarists to ever grace that instrument. And finally people are starting to realize this. What a shame. Listen with your ears, not with your eyes.

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August 8, 2012 on The 10 Best Blur Songs

I respect this list, but hello…Tender? Chemical World is soooo good too. Charmless Man from TGE? Come on man, you can do better than this. All great songs, but not their best. And this comes from a 40 year old Blur fanatic from the start. I will say though…Trimm Trabb is one of their best riffs ever. Nice try though.

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August 8, 2012 on The 10 Best Blur Songs

Sounds like an outtake from the Spongebob soundtrack. Love some Wilco…just not feelin it. Wasn’t too excited about the Album as well. Just seems too safe.

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June 25, 2011 on Wilco – “I Might”

The most disappointing thing about this song is the fact that Brian Eno produced and has his name tagged to this. The producers job is to tell the band Yes and No. Do it better and ask questions. I respect Coldplay and you have to move in different directions to achieve some sort of artistic growth. But I just can’t see this going anywhere. Remember before X/Y came out, some of their new songs were just Echo and the Bunnymen rip offs? Ex: Listen to “Moses.” Maybe this is another decoy in lieu of better tunes. Who knows right?

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June 24, 2011 on Coldplay – “Major Minus”

Well honestly why would they reunite? Some people just don’t understand that when you spend a great deal of your life surrounded by different individuals every single day, especially if they’re a perfectionist like our Billy up there, you tend to want to be by yourself or do your own thing. When bands reunite and do tours, most of the time it’s not because they want to be together, it’s to please fans and check books. Simple as that. When bands make music together there’s that spark one time and it tends to fade after a while. And the reason they wanted to make music will most probably always change in time. There’s always a purpose why bands make music, and sometimes that vision will fade over time. It’s just part of life in a band. If it’s not fun, why do it?

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May 6, 2011 on Smashing Pumpkins Will Never Reunite Says Billy

I can’t believe what I’m reading from the comments. Better than Kid A? Wonderfully written? People, it’s ok not to like a Radiohead record, seriously. It’s far worse than a “mediocre” effort…It honestly sounds to me that it wasn’t finished for one, like Thom’s solo work (which isn’t bad, but isn’t the point), but the songs don’t really “live” anywhere with me. There are no songs on this record. It’s all just unfinished business that you would find on a Radiohead outtakes record. That’s why we fell in love with Radiohead isn’t it? Because of The Bends through In Rainbows? With a little hiccup at Hail to the Thief? I mean seriously, it’s not a good record by one of the best and innovative bands around is it? No, it’s not. It’s ok to disagree with a band and not like some of their work. I mean, even the Beatles put shit songs out and so did the Stones, but that’s what makes it so beautiful, because you have the right to say “NO, I deserve better.” And Radiohead, as a whole band, should be asking themselves the same thing. Not hating, just being sincerely honest.

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March 29, 2011 on The Trouble With The King Of Limbs

After that crap Radiohead put out a few weeks ago, this sounds like gold compared to that. Did anybody not listen to their last album? It had really good songs on it. And face it, they’re not going to remake We Have The Facts a billion times because people grow up…I know it sucks to hear, but they do. Listen to this song very carefully now…hear the drumming? Hear the guitar riff? That’s nice…don’t eff it up.

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March 28, 2011 on Death Cab For Cutie – “You Are A Tourist”