+2Posted on Aug 14th | re: Here's A Tour Of Bethany Cosentino's House (32 comments)

She’s in one of the more “successful” “indie” bands and probably makes enough to cover her mortgage payments from that. Best Coast is only 2 people so they’re splitting the band’s share of the money between fewer people than most bands. She probably got the down payment money from the Bushmill’s endorsements I’ve seen to the left and right on this site a ton of times. She’s doing Sonos now too I guess, I think I’ve seen her do stuff for Urban Outfitters…

 +1Posted on Aug 12th | re: Stereogum's 14 Favorite Sets At Outside Lands 2014 (13 comments)

I left Kanye about 2/3 or the way through to go see Arctic Monkeys and was a bit disappointed. I’ve never been a huge Arctic Monkeys fan though. My gf wanted to see them.

 +2Posted on Aug 11th | re: Shut Up, Dude: This Week's Best And Worst Comments (16 comments)

What were those people doing even reading the review in the first place??? How did they find their way here of all places?

 0Posted on Aug 6th | re: Shut Up, Dude: This Week's Best And Worst Comments (6 comments)

There’s definitely a dose of schlock to it but I wouldn’t call it a bad song. Overrated, sure. But if it hadn’t been so ubiquitous it could have been a good minor hit.

I was at this show! If you listen close you can hear me shout “FRANKLIN’S!” right after they announce that they’re gonna play a cover. They had kinda teased it in between songs earlier. Thanks for posting this!

 0Posted on Jul 26th | re: Watch Justin Vernon Join Sharon Van Etten In Minneapolis (4 comments)

I saw her a few weeks ago in San Francisco and the same shit was going on! It’s a shame too because she’s actually really funny but people these days for some reason think that as soon as she opens her mouth to tell a joke they have the right to do the same thing. This is why we can’t have nice things…

 0Posted on Jul 20th | re: Premature Evaluation: Swans To Be Kind (45 comments)

So I know I’m 2 months late to this party but I just had to come here and say that this shit is motherfucking incredible! fuck AotW. AotY!

 0Posted on Jul 19th | re: Portrait Of An American Family Turns 20 (32 comments)

I heard the same rumors at my middle school in southwest Michigan. He removed his ribs so he could suck his own dick, supposedly one of the tracks was a recording of one of his bandmates fucking him in the ass, he was “quadrisexual” (men, women, animals and vegetables!), how did we all hear the same things?

@cheap_suit, to be fair, I think you’re mischaracterizing bloc’s argument a bit. I think he was implying that most pop artists and their production teams are trying to “pin the tail on the donkey” by manufacturing something that appeals to the broadest possible audience rather than creating something that is an expression of their humanity. I agree that most music in every genre sucks, but those black metal musicians you speak of are different from the pop music industrial complex in that at least they’re TRYING to create art, even if they end up with something that’s derivative and lame.

My point is this: the two don’t have to be mutually exclusive. You can try to create an intensely personal expression of art and end up failing miserably, and you can also try to create manufactured pop but end up with something that’s also brilliant and artistic. It’s possible for something to be both “pop music” and “artistic” just like it’s possible for something to be “artistic” and “shitty”.

Surely there’s a difference between something like Beyonce’s “Drunk in Love” and Jason Derulo/Snoop Dogg “Wiggle”, though, right? Both were certainly “tweaked by corporate lackeys.” Both are a product of the pop music industrial complex, but that Beyonce song is undeniably fucking brilliant and “Wiggle” is undeniably shitty. Maybe “Drunk in Love” is cotton candy, but it’s cotton candy that’s been deconstructed by a 5 star molecular gastronomy chef and turned into something that hardly resembles cotton candy in the end. Most pop you hear on the radio isn’t my favorite music by a long stretch (although “Latch” made my year end mix 2 years ago) but to pretend that it’s all created equal (equally shitty) is dismissive and myopic.