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Ben Ferguson
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I get the “jam bands” stereotype. Most of them aren’t that interesting. But these guys musically are light years ahead of bands like String Cheese Incident, moe., etc. If you’re the type of person who doesn’t need Pitchfork to validate everything before you listen to it, I would recommend checking them out.

 +1Posted on Oct 16th | re: The Next Radiohead Album May Get An Unconventional Release, Too (11 comments)

BitTorrent has been around for over a decade, so kudos for knowing that, but I think the groundbreaking part lies in using it to show that the “Where it needs to go from here” in this comic is indeed possible:

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/music_industry

It’s like a musical version of the childhood game “Telephone,” only instead of a message getting more and more distorted as it gets passed down the line, it’s a song based on a single piano riff getting shittier and shittier as it gets recycled.

 +18Posted on Sep 15th | re: Hero Rushes Stage And Stops Widespread Panic Concert (106 comments)

Interesting. What you call a “hero” I call a “complete and utter shitbag.”

 +3Posted on Aug 21st | re: The 10 Best Arctic Monkeys Songs (69 comments)

Very glad to see Certain Romance #1 on the list… why do they not play this live anymore??? Crying Lightning is a close 2nd.

I’ll give some love to “Pretty Visitors” because it hasn’t been mentioned yet in the comments. “Temptation Greets You Like Your Naughty Friend” is a pretty awesome B-side, and I like “Arabella” off the new one. Not to say that any of these were snubbed from the Top 10 list, which are all great. Just that they deserve honorable mention.

 0Posted on Aug 21st | re: Who Should Arcade Fire Cover In Brooklyn? (58 comments)

The National is from Cincinnati but based in Brooklyn, right? And they happen to be quite chummy with the Arcade Fire crew…

That’s a lot to pay considering you don’t even get to play real instruments.

“he probably needs to get the fuck out of here with that comparison, don’t you think?” Most unnecessary probably OF ALL TIME.

I was shocked not to find the Vampire Weekend version on here, until I googled it and realized that “I’m Going Down” is the Boss song that they cover. Most of Mr. Springsteen’s catalog runs together for me…

 +10Posted on Mar 26th | re: Lollapalooza Lineup 2014 (72 comments)

The way they sell out the tickets and then release their lineup a day later basically says that they want festival goers to not give a shit about the music. What’s disappointing is that quite a few halfway decent midcard acts that I would like to check out will count this as their Chicago visit.