Adam Swiderski

Comments from Adam Swiderski

I guess I'm in the minority, here - I really didn't like that arrangement. How do you lose that climactic coda? That's the best part of the song! Oof. They performed the hell out of it, for sure, and I guess points for trying something different. But I'm glad I didn't get this version when I saw them earlier this year.
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December 1, 2016 on Watch Car Seat Headrest Play The Tonight Show With Members Of The Roots
I canNOT wait to see them in February. RTJ!
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December 1, 2016 on Run The Jewels – “Legend Has It”
I approve this message.
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November 30, 2016 on Primavera Sound 2017 Lineup
If it's anything like their recent theater tour, Sigur Ros's show will be worth the price of admission. Mind = blown.
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November 29, 2016 on Frank Ocean Headlining Sasquatch! And Hangout Fest 2017
I tend to agree with you, but given how bazonkers people went over his last couple of releases, it seems like he's kind of a big enough deal. I could be totally wrong about that, though - Internet enthusiasm doesn't always translate to ticket sales (see: Snakes on a Plane). But I'd be surprised if there wasn't a bidding war between GovBall and Panorama for his services.
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November 29, 2016 on Frank Ocean Headlining Sasquatch! And Hangout Fest 2017
Consequence of Sound is reporting that he's also headlining Panorama in NYC. That's a big blow for the Governors Ball producers.
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November 29, 2016 on Frank Ocean Headlining Sasquatch! And Hangout Fest 2017
Every 2017 festival is going to be bending over backwards to get these guys on the bill.
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November 18, 2016 on A Tribe Called Quest Tease Farewell World Tour
Obligatory joke about how Lars can't even make it through a song without screwing up even on a toy drum.
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November 17, 2016 on Watch Metallica, The Roots, & Jimmy Fallon Play “Enter Sandman” On Toy Instruments
It's so weird for me seeing this version of Tegan & Sara and remembering how I used to go watch them do the acoustic duo thing with a small crowd of mostly lesbians at the Mercury Lounge.
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November 2, 2016 on Watch Tegan And Sara Play “Stop Desire” On Colbert
PleasepleaseplayashowinNewYorkpleasepleaseprettyplease
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October 26, 2016 on Watch Phil Collins Sing His First Two Singles With The Roots
The big criticism I'm hearing coming out of The Meadows is that space was an issue, particularly at the main stage for headlining shows. People are saying it felt uncomfortably tight and led to some hostility and bad vibes from the crowd. That said, I, personally, would pick Panorama of the three NYC festivals this year. It had the most interesting and diverse lineup, with plenty to please hip-hop, pop/electronic, and rock fans. They didn't oversell (I mean, they didn't sell out, either, which isn't great for the fest, but from a patron experience standpoint...), and the crowd felt slightly older - not stodgily so, but enough to mitigate the out-of-control underage factor - leading to a more chill vibe. The heat was a beast, but they did a good job of providing ways to deal with it, from misting stations to indoor, air-conditioned activities like The Lab and Despacio. And Despacio, itself, was a hell of a draw. I don't know. They all had their problems - GovBall's Day 3 cancelation, Panorama's lack of ticket sales and stifling heat, and The Meadows' schedule issues, crowding, and invasion of young 'uns who don't know how to be cool in a crowd. It'll be interesting to see how it develops from here.
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October 3, 2016 on Kanye West, Grimes, Chance The Rapper, & More Made The Meadows The Best NYC Festival Of 2016
If I were, that downvote I just gave you would have been ironic, instead of me just accidentally clicking the wrong button and now being unable to unclick it. Damnit.
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September 26, 2016 on Father John Misty Deactivates Twitter & Instagram
OH GOD SOMEONE'S NOT ON SOCIAL MEDIA STOP THE PRESSES
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September 26, 2016 on Father John Misty Deactivates Twitter & Instagram
Can we give Zika some kind of award for that?
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September 22, 2016 on LCD Soundsystem’s Beach Vibes Festival Cancelled
I'm 41, and I feel the same, but I think we're definitely the minority.
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September 22, 2016 on The Worst New Band In America Reminds Us That Nü-Metal’s Not Going Anywhere
Dollars to donuts we'll see them at some of the big festivals next year.
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September 21, 2016 on Gorillaz Launch New Website … And Accidentally Reveal Tour Plans?
This record is easily in my top five for the year. The only bad part about it is that, due to the circumstances, Deheza will probably never tour it, and I'll never get to dance my ass off to songs like this and "Ablaze" in a live setting.
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September 13, 2016 on School Of Seven Bells – “Signals” Video
Anyone have a recommendation for affordable, audiophile-quality, over-ear bluetooth headphones?
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September 7, 2016 on It’s Official: Apple Is Removing The Headphone Jack From iPhones
Yeah, they covered this when I saw them in Bethlehem, PA, on this tour. Man, that was a weird show. It was at the Sands, and SEATED, which just seemed to me to be the stupidest thing ever. Then again, the audience seemed mostly composed of docile suburbanites - my girlfriend, her sister, and I were, like, the only people who remained standing three songs into the set. Who sits to watch the freaking Go-Go's? The best part, though, was that, at one point, Jane Wiedlin said they were going to play some of their old punk stuff, and that if anyone wanted to form a mosh pit in front of the stage, they were welcome. This one guy, who knew all the words to every song and was obviously a Go-Go's super-fan, sprinted down there and started dancing at the foot of the stage. Then a few more people joined him...then a few more...by the time the flow had stopped, there were about 30 of us down there pogoing and bouncing around like idiots, and we stayed there for the rest of the show, despite the protestations of the stodgy old fuckers behind us who would occasionally shout for us to return to our seats, and had a grand time rocking the hell out. It was magical.
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September 2, 2016 on Watch The Go-Go’s Cover Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” At Their Last Show Ever
I found that sketch really weird in that it didn't acknowledge that (SPOILERS ZOMG) Eleven saw Barb in the Upside Down and she was totally super-dead. Like, dead as a doornail. Eleven even said, "GONE," which I thought kind of got the point across, except I guess not?
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September 1, 2016 on Watch Eleven From Stranger Things Rap Nicki Minaj’s “Monster” Verse
Astoria has lost a couple of options in the past few years - Olde Prague changed to "Irish Whiskey Bar" (possibly the worst bar name ever) and only incredibly rarely hosts live music beyond an open mic these days, and the Waltz-Astoria, which was good for singer/songwriter-type setups, shut down. About all that's left at this point are Gussy's out by the Ditmars stop, which, while I've enjoyed playing there, is a real dump that couldn't host a showcase, and the Shillelagh, which isn't bad, room-wise, but is somewhat off the beaten path, which totally plays into your point about accessibility. None of this by way of disagreeing with anything you're saying - just kind of lamenting the state of live music options in my 'hood. I do think you could cobble together a walkable collection of venues on the LES, though. I mean, you've got the Merc Lounge, Piano's,, Rockwood, Arelene's, Joe's Pub, the Marlin Room and Studio at Webster Hall, and Cake Shop on the higher end, and everything from Leftfield to Bowery Electric to Parkside Lounge to Sidewalk Cafe to the Delancey to Alphabet Lounge (if we really want to get grimy) on the smaller side. It actually surprised me, in figuring out that list, how many venues there actually still are in that area. I've never tried to book a marathon like CMJ, so I have no idea if that number would be enough to support that kind of thing, though. And, wow, Brownie's. RIP, indeed. Loved that place.
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August 30, 2016 on CMJ Sure Seems To Be Over. So How Come Nobody Is Talking About It?
Accurate. I've often wondered why someone hasn't taken a flier and opened and pushed a decent live music venue in Queens, either in Long Island City or Astoria. Rent would have to be significantly cheaper than in Williamsburg or even Bushwick (given how fast that's gentrified), and, anecdotally, there are certainly a lot more arts-minded people making the move to those neighborhoods since they're still semi-affordable.
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August 30, 2016 on CMJ Sure Seems To Be Over. So How Come Nobody Is Talking About It?
Yeah, not so much. I've played a couple of places in Astoria, but they were both pretty crappily set up and barely able to support a full-band performance. I think it'd be more accurate to say that the club culture in the city has taken a huge hit over the past decade. Lots of low-to-mid-level music venues in both Manhattan and Brooklyn have closed in that time, and new ones aren't springing up to replace them.
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August 30, 2016 on CMJ Sure Seems To Be Over. So How Come Nobody Is Talking About It?
"full comeback tour on the way"????? SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY
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August 30, 2016 on Watch Phil Collins Sing “Easy Lover” With Leslie Odom Jr. At US Open Opening Night Ceremony
Michael, you continue to do the Lord's work with these articles. Excellent stuff. Although I still think you're being too hard on GovBall and Panorama. :)
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August 29, 2016 on CMJ Sure Seems To Be Over. So How Come Nobody Is Talking About It?
I'm surprised to see people saying he sounds like garbage in larger live settings. I saw CSH at 4 Knots in NYC and it was a pretty great set by my lights.
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August 19, 2016 on Car Seat Headrest – “Does It Feel Good (To Say Goodbye?)”
I was at the Panorama performance, and I'm pretty sure that Sia's vocals were live. Also, I really enjoyed the show. No, Paul Dano wasn't actually on stage, but some pretty talented dancers were, and the effect of watching the pre-recorded video syncing absolutely perfectly with the live dancing being done on stage was pretty cool.
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August 18, 2016 on Israeli Fans Sue Sia Over Short Concert With No Banter
Who do I have to massage to get Governor's Ball to book them next year?
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August 7, 2016 on Watch Muppet Band Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem Play Their First Festival At Outside Lands