I’ve always been a little skeeved out by the Warped Tour scene as well. Tweens worshiping One Direction or Beiber is one thing, those boys are at least around the same age (or at least I think they are? Beiber was when he started but I think he’s older now). It’s another thing to have tweens worshiping grown men who seem to still dress and act like pseudo punky teens themselves. If you are in your 30s and you are writing songs that appeal to people 20 years younger than you then there’s probably something wrong with you. I’m sure that the vast majority of these guys aren’t peder-asses but they’re at least stuck in some weird arrested development and I’d hate it if I had a kid who looked up to someone like that.
Gah! This always happens. I vote and then forget about the thing I loved most this year. FKA Twigs “Water Me”!!!!!!
Almost as bad as using LCD Soundsystem’s “Someone Great”, a song about death and loss, to sell a stupid fucking watch.
I’m definitely in disagreement about putting down a cat to save other animals. Cats can’t survive on a diet that doesn’t include meat. Dogs can, but will often refuse to eat vegetarian dog food. My own dog gets lamb and rice formula. Also, most dog food that includes meat is technically “healthier” for the dog. Much like the healthiest possible human diet would include meat (although FAR less than most Western people eat).
We wouldn’t kill a lion to save some gazelles, right? Although that has more to do with not upsetting an ecosystem. I suppose you could argue, then, that the proliferation of cats as domestic animals is inhumane both because it necessitates the production of pet food that includes factory farmed animals, and it forces cats to live indoors in an unnatural way (Although, I wouldn’t agree with the latter point. I’m pretty sure my indoor cats are happy little guys.). This is why spaying/neutering is important. We shouldn’t be breeding more domestic animals when there are already too many in existence. However, it isn’t humane to put down a cat that’s already living, unless they are too sick/old to experience any quality of life.
Sorry for the downvotes. Seemed like it was meant to be a snarky question, not a legit one. But yeah, veganism is all about preventing cruelty and giving a BJ is quite the opposite of cruel.
Agentcooper, Kyle never said that veganism was morally/ethically SUPERIOR. He only said that people choose that lifestyle for moral/ethical reasons.
While I agree with you on a technical level (if you eat animal products at all you aren’t vegan) I think taking such a hard line approach is a little too harsh. Like seanpen15 said, it’s just too much of a pain in the ass to say “I’m a vegan but…” Just let her call herself vegan! I’m mostly vegetarian but every once in a while, at a fancy restaurant or if I’m a guest in someone’s home, I’ll eat seafood. TECHNICALLY, I’m a pescatarian. But that makes me sound like a douche, so I don’t go around saying it. It also makes it seem like I eat seafood all the time instead of meat and that’s not the case either. If someone asks followup questions when they find out about my dietary choices, I’ll bring up seafood, but that’s it.
Also, I take some issue with your use of the term genocide to describe factory farming. While factory farming is certainly abhorrent (I’d say factory farmed poultry probably have the most hellish existence of any being on the planet) comparing it to something like the holocaust reduces real, human, genocides just a little bit. Animals aren’t people. They are certainly deserving of our compassion and shouldn’t be treated poorly, but using the term genocide compares them to people in a way that makes me uncomfortable.
My personal reasons for vegetarianism have a lot more to do with compassion for people than for animals, although concerns over the conditions of factory farms certainly play into it. I could actually eat organically raised, free range, hormone free, etc… meat and not feel like I’ve stepped outside my morals. But that kind of diet is both expensive and difficult to do, so I choose to just opt out of the system instead.
Nirvana headlines Coachella with a Cobain hologram…
Seems to me like they’re probably too big in the britches for p4k these days. When I went to p4k the headliners were AnCo and Fleet Foxes. Both bigger name indie bands, but Arcade Fire isn’t even really an indie band anymore. I can see them headlining larger scale festies, but p4k is (unfortunely) “beneath” them now.
Anyone else notice how the called Kendrick Lamar an “East Coast Rapper”???? For christ’s sake there’s a song called “COMPTON” right there on the album…
I grew up in Michigan and moved to California about a year and a half ago. Since I moved I almost can’t get through listening to Michigan because I get too homesick! My profile pick above is me at Sleeping Bear Dunes.
Nostalgia aside, I do tend to reach for Illinois more often. I really want to like Michigan more but you can’t beat songs like “Casimir Pulaski”, “Chicago”, “Predatory Wasp of the Pallisades”… et al.
I never saw Sufjan as “Christian music”. It’s just music made by a person for whom Christianity is a central part of his life. Naturally his music is going to reflect that. That’s what makes Sufjan good and most other “Christian music” (by which I mean modern Christian pop) I’ve heard total crap. He isn’t marketing a value system/religion to anyone, he is writing intensely personal music. Anyone can relate to that, only the converted can relate to “Christian music”.
You left off every other song on I’m Wide Awake… I know you had to diversify and that the hardcore Oberst fans would whine about how there’s more to him than that album. But from what I’ve heard, he’s written some good things on other albums, but nothing else comes close.
I hated Evil Urges until I saw them on tour for that album. They started playing Highly Suspicious and I rolled my eyes but by the end of it I was rocking out SO HARD. I didn’t “get” that song until that moment.
Agreed!! I’m normally not a proponent of including live albums in “best albums” lists (determining the “greatness” of an album is as much about songwriting as it is performance and if the songs were written for another album then you can’t really call a live album “great”) but I think this should be an exception. As Ryan said in the write up, their live show is the best thing about this band. Which is an amazing thing because their studio albums are also really, really good. My MMJ faves are Okonokos, Z, It Still Moves, At Dawn, Evil Urges, and Ciruital, in that order.
Is “udder shite” like, lumpy stuff that comes out with milk sometimes?
Creep always seemed like their most Pixies influenced song…. loudQUIETloud
I know right? Is he really that popular? I’ve never seen a comedian get a billing that high.
Can someone explain Tyler’s appeal to me? I’m not trying to be snarky I just really don’t get it. Is it going over my head? Is there some big joke I’m not in on? As far as I can tell he’s just a marginally talented juvenile asshole with no filter for his overgrown id. Again, maybe I’m missing something but it seems like Frank Ocean and Earl Sweatshirt have kinda grown up a bit and moved on to make more meaningful music that isn’t morally repugnant but Tyler’s still doing the same old shit. “Kill people, burn shit, fuck school”??? How did anyone over the age of 13 identify with that? What am I missing?????
For real, I want to be in on the party too. What makes this guy so good?
I’ve always thought Tommy was a better “concept album” but not a better album than Quadrophenia. It has a more comprehensive and interesting story but Quadrophenia has better songs start to finish. Not that the songs on Tommy aren’t great too. I just thought Quadrophenia was a stronger effort musically speaking.
Please clarify what you mean by “Rihanna is just as guilty”. That statement has some SERIOUS implications. Are you saying that her lyrical content is partly to blame for creating a nasty celebrity culture, or are you implying that she is somehow to be blamed for what happened to her? I really hope it’s the former…
Most artists exist in a weird dichotomy nowadays, though, where their art is both “art” and a “commodity”. We can separate art from artist but commodity shouldn’t be separated from producer. I guess what that means is that it’s ok to like Chris Brown’s music as long as you don’t support him in any way?
Throw in some racial slurs while you’re at it and you’re on your way!
I wasn’t at all surprised that Britt’s voice suited this song well. I saw the link and immediately thought “oooh, that’s a great song for them to cover!”. Also, I think that’s some sort of textbook he’s beating on, not a shoebox.
Well said. I’d also like to add that even things that are “mainstream culture” nowadays are soooooo much better than “mainstream culture” from 10-15 years ago and I think the phenomenon you explained above has everything to do with it. I’m not saying they’re my favorite, but how much better are Beyonce and Lady Gaga than Brintey Spears and N’Sync? How much better is present day Justin Timberlake or Beyonce that late 90s/early aughties N’Sync or Destiny’s Child? (I consider late 90s/early aughties to be the worst time period ever for popular music, BTW) In the internet age major acts don’t have to dumb themselves down to the lowest common denominator (as much) because even something a little quirkier will still get a lot of attention. Mumford may not be the best band ever, but they’re a hell of a lot better than Hootie and the Blowfish.