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 +1Posted on Mar 25th | re: Black Lips' Cole Alexander Disses Lorde, Drake, & Macklemore (57 comments)

I’ve never listened to a Black Lips song—at least not while I was in a cognizant state of mind. Regardless, this guy seems like so many burned-out, pseudo-activist floaters that I see around my neck of the woods. Even if he had valid points to express, it’s like gnomes in his brain are just dicking around instead of working at the articulation machines.

Even still, Lorde is mostly whack (though relatively harmless) for a variety of reasons. One of which being a more intelligible, more informed version of what Cole was trying to say.

 0Posted on Mar 24th | re: The Black Keys - "Fever" (61 comments)

edit: Patrick Carney’s EDITORIAL facial expressions.

 +2Posted on Mar 24th | re: The Week In Pop: The Mis-MGMT Of Foster The People (85 comments)

I read somewhere that Mark comes off as a “moody boy” and the lyrics on this album tried too hard to sound urgent but ultimately came off as pretty trite—I’m mostly paraphrasing, by the way.

I’m aware of the fact that Foster the People fall under the umbrella of “a band people that love to hate”, but in the defense solely of some lyrics (and catchiness), “Are You What You Want to Be?” is probably one of the most pertinent, relatable songs in the pop/alternative/whatever the fuck genre to come out thus far. Granted, it’s definitely candied. It also has some clichés, but so does everything.

 0Posted on Mar 24th | re: The Black Keys - "Fever" (61 comments)

This song is the audible equivalent to Patrick Carney’s ubiquitous facial expressions, which resemble an unenthused donkey.

Also, I agree with Elvis vs. Shark.

 +3Posted on Mar 17th | re: Tyler, The Creator Arrested For Inciting A Riot At SXSW (65 comments)

I don’t want to single anyone out, and I don’t mean to bash on chaditoburrito in particular for his opinion of Earl or Tyler because, well, I’m aware that different opinions do actually exist, but my case for these guys being generally unremarkable is a pretty informed one. This is mostly do the fact that I’m pretty critical of myself, too. After reading what I consider to be “enough” of Tyler and Earl’s lyrics, watching interviews, reading biographies, etc., it’s pretty easy to see that these guys spew a lot of the same pseudo-intellectual, naval-gazing observations, analyzations, and critiques that many of us (myself included) have been guilty of barfing out–usually after a couple beers.

To be super general and somewhat concise, OF and the lot are capitalizing on the fact that they’re charming and interesting in an “I don’t give a fuck, but I also don’t drink and I’m not a typical degenerate” way. It seems alluring, I guess, and I’m sure they probably are decent dudes, fun to be around, but even Tyler and Taco’s appearance on “Ridiculousness” was uncomfortable as fuck to watch. The group’s behavior for the most part makes them look like jackasses. You don’t need to wear Ralph Lauren, always put out your best etiquette, or write convoluted lyrics like Ezra Koenig to appear vital in music culture, but you also don’t need to act like a gazelle that just got tased. It’s grating, and it’s just unnecessary.

We all realize there’s an abundance of shock factor with many artists today (OF obviously included), there’s controversy and shit to stir up, but there’s also the fact that we’ll never really know for sure if what most of OF does (or any celebrity, for that matter) is for the publicity, for genuine reasons, or just for the lawlz. Personally, without endorsing compartmentalization, I think human beings weren’t meant to emote and analyze their ennui or social environment so much, but then again I realize not everyone is going to feel that way. Point is: it would behoove most people to not laud OF too much. They’re relevant to some, but they’re not revolutionary.

 0Posted on Oct 4th, 2013 | re: Watch Lorde Play Fallon (29 comments)

She looks like Jean-Ralphio’s sister with a little less abrasive Bjork qualities to her voice. And maybe some of that girl from The Knife.

And the one from The Exorcist.

Okay, I’m just being a dick. I’m not really into it, but she’s having fun and she “is only sixteen”. Let’s stop peeing on her party bus.

 +2Posted on Oct 4th, 2013 | re: Fiona Apple & Blake Mills @ Newmark Theatre, Portland 10/3/13 (64 comments)

There is no defending this “heckler”—and I’m basing this judgment off of basic human etiquette. It can be fun to pretend that sometimes the obvious guilty party isn’t at fault, due to the sugary notion that “sometimes people (re: fans) say asinine things out of genuine concern.” And yeah, maybe sometimes they do. But voicing these things at the performer’s FUCKING SHOW makes you void of common sense.

My money is on the fact that it wasn’t genuine concern, and this woman—like many people who blurt things veiled as “worry”—just wanted her megaphone for 5 seconds.

And as for Fiona’s reaction, her emotional response is her emotional response. It clearly inhabits her music, and I personally love her for that. Maybe she’s mentally frail, and personally, I would’ve just thrown up a finger and continued on with the set, but people get too wound up in this bullshit. The audience member was being a boisterous idiot that—more than likely—had an alcoholic catalyst, and Fiona’s response is what it is.

Let it be done.

 +1Posted on Mar 24th, 2012 | re: Premature Evaluation: Beach House Bloom (155 comments)

I was just texting a friend that Beach House had a new album coming out and my phone autocorrected it to Bitch House. But yes, like most everything they do, Bloom is great.

 +1Posted on Feb 19th, 2012 | re: Nicki Minaj - "Starships" (10 comments)

I mean, I’d dance to it drunk.