Rob Casper

Comments from Rob Casper

there's really so much wrong with this list that it's almost like a horrible term paper and i don't really even know where to start in terms of correcting it
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February 21, 2015 on Mellow Gold (1994)
courtesy of brooklyn vegan: Setlist: One and All (We Are) Being Beige Hummer Tiberius Tonight, Tonight Drum + Fife Glass and the Ghost Children Stand Inside Your Love Monuments Drown Disarm Zero Bullet with Butterfly Wings Fame (David Bowie cover) Silverfuck Encore: Ava Adore Burnt Orange-Black
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December 9, 2014 on The Smashing Pumpkins @ Webster Hall, NYC 12/8/14
i was thinking the same exact thing. this actually fits quite well with the '59 sound-type stuff they've been alluding to with the past two records. and what the fuck, when have they never been a ballads band? weird history rewrite, stereogum/stereogum readers.
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July 24, 2014 on The Gaslight Anthem – “Get Hurt”
yeah the video is a little ridiculous, but definitely not as awful as i was expecting. it's actually pretty interesting in a way, and i did like the ending. but also wow, this song is definitely what i was looking for in their last record: classic tga pantheon stuff. after a few years of really uneven songs, i hope with this record they're finally giving up the goods.
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July 24, 2014 on The Gaslight Anthem – “Get Hurt” Video
i got turned onto springsteen by the gaslight anthem 6 years ago, of whom i'm grateful to see mentioned here. a fitting tribute, but i really could've done without lines like "Springsteen has two albums that begin with the word "born" and would've appreciated at least one mention of "i'm goin' down." it's quite obviously the best song on the record.
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June 4, 2014 on There’s Something Happening Somewhere: 30 Years Of Born In The U.S.A.
i think it's appropriate to leave out most of the early stuff in favor of the LP-centered material. it completely represents this band, and even in an alternate history where they weren't known for the zodiac records or the more proggy latter-day stuff, it's hard to make the case that their 2-minute throwdowns come anywhere close to the nailed ambition of david comes to life. that record is a total masterpiece and ignoring it on the basis of "punk" or lush production would be ignorance in its purest form. but as for "Hell, I’ve got a friend who can only get into the Zodiac series, which might surprise even its makers" - running times aside, i've never felt as if those songs were ever difficult to digest.
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June 3, 2014 on The 10 Best Fucked Up Songs
i like journey, and perry is one of the best singers of all time. but does anyone else think e is basically apologizing the whole time for being friends with him to protect his own credibility? to me, comments like "I really have a genuine appreciation for those songs now" are borderline patronizing.
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May 29, 2014 on Q&A: E Explains Steve Perry’s Surprise Return To The Stage And The Stirring New Eels Album
keep in mind, the argument isn't "a transgender role should always be played by a transgender actor." she's merely giving the suggestion that instead of throwing an already-accomplished actor the part, why not consider a transgender actor? it's not like they don't exist.
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May 22, 2014 on Laura Jane Grace Criticizes Arcade Fire’s Pro-LGBT “We Exist” Video
well i guess that makes that weird-ass seth meyers performance make a little more sense now. also seems like the record company isn't doling out bad girls bucks anymore for her videos. those are drones, btw, not hovercrafts.
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May 19, 2014 on M.I.A. – “Double Bubble Trouble” Video
whoever said we needed dave grohl, of all people, to reinvent the wheel? i admit he often toes the line between rock credibility and blandness, but he's created more hits than misses in his lifetime, for me at least. he has more ties to mastodon than just the hbo thing, btw. google image search "dave grohl mastodon."
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May 15, 2014 on Rock & Roll Made Safer: Foo Fighters Record With Joe Walsh, Dave Grohl Gets An HBO Show
"I don’t think I’ve ever seen Radiohead play a single song off “The Bends,” and that’s just a shame to me" if he was there in person to see them at reading 2009, then he saw them play street spirit and just. i think that pretty much disproves his point. it can truthfully be said that they don't cling to the old material as much, but they do throw the audience a bone once in awhile.
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May 14, 2014 on Frank Turner Suffers The Wrath Of Radiohead Fans (AKA “Indie Beliebers”)
again, zero mention of the status of mike byrne. so i guess that's definitely something billy's just not going to address? for all the crowing in the past about byrne's drumming, it'd be nice to know if he's still considered a full-time member, if only for the insight to how much of a chokehold billy continues to have on the band.
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May 9, 2014 on Billy Corgan Explains How Tommy Lee Has Turned His Band Into “Supersonic Pumpkins”
it was a filtered porn sample tommy lee created for "big man with a gun" apparently
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May 8, 2014 on Tommy Lee Is Smashing Pumpkins’ Drummer On Monuments To An Elegy
and yet no word about the status of mike byrne. awkward.
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May 8, 2014 on Tommy Lee Is Smashing Pumpkins’ Drummer On Monuments To An Elegy
that's not the erykah badu i know
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May 1, 2014 on Erykah Badu Defends Performance For Swazi King
well like i said, not the same thing, but i felt it was newsworthy because it involved beyonce and it was a totally ludicrous statement. not to mention they're both commenting on the hyper-sexualized nature of her videos, one argument much more reasonable than the other.
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May 1, 2014 on Warpaint Guitarist Says BEYONCÉ Is Slutty
i guess maybe it's worth mentioning bill o'reilly took this topic on earlier this week on the factor: http://www.thewire.com/politics/2014/04/bill-oreilly-blames-beyonce-for-black-teen-pregnancy/361385/ i know it's not exactly what warpaint was trying to express, but they do share the same opinion in a way.
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May 1, 2014 on Warpaint Guitarist Says BEYONCÉ Is Slutty
yes, alone with everybody was really pretty great, and it's not unworthy of verve-related projects. and i'm with you on the output after that. even forth seemed like two distinct projects that never really gelled: ashcroft falling back on whatever skills he got from his solo career guiding him through the songwriting process, and the rest of the guys either too timid to contribute or nothing left to do but attempt to jam together. i tend to think, though, that ashcroft's singing lifts even the shittiest of the shit (united nations of sound). although i've been sad to hear about every verve breakup through the years, i wasn't too terribly upset knowing he'd be alright. all solo albums after alone with everybody weren't really that great, but they're still highly listenable because of ashcroft's voice. to me, some of the worst lyrics that he's ever written aren't as horrible if he's singing them.
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April 25, 2014 on Stars Of Britpop: Where Are They Now?
i agree, you've laid your case out quite well. there is a distinct possiblity that liam really does have the tenacity to reunite oasis in spite of his brother. there is also a distinct possiblity he was completely wasted on twitter yesterday.
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April 25, 2014 on Liam Gallagher Tweeted “OASIS,” But Don’t Get Your Hopes Up
this comment is x10 funnier than your first.
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April 25, 2014 on Peter Buck Reveals How R.E.M. Once Sabotaged The Verve
i can get behind this list. it strikes a decent balance with the first 3 records, although "all in the mind" and "she's a superstar" are pretty obvious omissions, as is "the rolling people" and "sonnet." to me, this is music 92-98 compilation was already pretty close to the 12 best verve songs - i can't think of many other absolutely immaculate compilations doubling as catering to the diehard fans (remastered versions of the earlier singles and storm in heaven songs) and providing the perfect gateway to a band. even the two bonus songs are great.
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April 24, 2014 on The 10 Best Verve Songs
that was probably it, 2008. although the setlist doesn't exactly scream "greatest hits" as much as peter buck claims: 1. Living Well Is the Best Revenge 2. These Days 3. What's the Frequency, Kenneth? 4. Begin the Begin 5. Man-Sized Wreath 6. Drive 7. Ignoreland 8. Hollow Man 9. Imitation of Life 10. Electrolite 11. The One I Love 12. Losing My Religion 13. Fall on Me 14. Let Me In 15. Bad Day 16. Horse to Water 17. Orange Crush 18. I'm Gonna DJ Encore: 19. Supernatural Superserious 20. It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) 21. Man on the Moon
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April 24, 2014 on Peter Buck Reveals How R.E.M. Once Sabotaged The Verve
the verve, to me, was the greatest thing to come out of britpop among so many other great acts. i was completely thrilled about the reunion in 2007 - even if forth is undoubtedly their worst album, they still sounded amazing during that string of reunion shows. i still can't help but feel sad about richard ashcroft's solo career. his contribution to "the test" by the chemical brothers should fit somewhere in the best things he's ever done. his first album was a total classic, to me anyway. but that's about it. i still love listening to urban hyms and cranking "the rolling people" - that song alone cements the verve's status in the history of britpop.
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April 24, 2014 on Stars Of Britpop: Where Are They Now?
it wasn't really "overdramatic." some decent humor thrown in.
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April 23, 2014 on Watch Google’s Overdramatic “Moving Portrait” Of Future Islands
i'm definitely aware there's a connotation in the video, which may or may not be intentional
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April 17, 2014 on Sky Ferreira Denies Charges Of Racism Surrounding “I Blame Myself” Video
oh whoops, let me rephrase that just for you. in the context of exemplifying/excoriating "sax rock" with a photograph of clarence, i don't find that any more offensive than tossing jake onto the tour mere days after clarence's death for the sake of filling a hole in "jungleland." sorry dude
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April 17, 2014 on Courtney Love Deletes Springsteen Dis, Burns QOTSA, Learns About Normcore
i don't find the clarence clemons reference offensive or even in bad taste. he died three years ago, and yeah it was sad, but still, three years. even the e street band got over that relatively quickly by hiring jake clemons almost immediately afterwards. i just find the whole idea that saxophones don't deserve to be in rock music pretty ignorant, and especially writing off the entire springsteen catalogue which doesn't even include clarence's contributions even half the time. and for the other half, clarence is pretty much responsible for popularizing its inclusion to rock music and taking it to entirely other levels of musicanship. she can't simply sit there and pretend like she's a guitar-punk purist and hasn't added string arrangements and other accents to her own work.
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April 17, 2014 on Courtney Love Deletes Springsteen Dis, Burns QOTSA, Learns About Normcore
the video clearly isn't racist, but instead of taking a more subjective point of view on the whole thing, it's really disheartening to see her take the whole "i'm not racist, you're racist for calling me racist, and i have multiple examples of why i'm not racist" defense. that could be chalked up to the fact she's young and has a history of bad judgement, but she comes off as really ineloquent in what she's written. as for the controversy over how african americans are depicted in her video, i can't help but think everyone is making a big deal over nothing. not to mention the double standard over not including enough diversity (hbo's girls) and including too much diversity (this). i really don't want it to affect how much i love the song, though. i fucking love the song.
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April 17, 2014 on Sky Ferreira Denies Charges Of Racism Surrounding “I Blame Myself” Video