Jon Stevens
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 +1Posted on Jan 26th | re: Premature Evaluation: Björk Vulnicura (125 comments)

Has nobody else had the title of this album remind them of the word “vulva?” And then also the fucking treat going down the middle of her chest…

 0Posted on Jan 26th | re: Death Cab For Cutie - "Black Sun" (34 comments)

This song needs a vocal filter on Ben. It’s growing on me, but at some points I feel like I’m about to be led into an NPR special.

 0Posted on Oct 8th, 2014 | re: TV On The Radio - "Careful You" (30 comments)

Shit. I needed that today.

 -4Posted on Sep 15th, 2014 | re: Kanye Halts Sydney Show Until Seated Fans Prove They're Disabled (62 comments)

Apologies in advance for this fire and brimstone tangent that’s about to take place, but as far as tonight goes, this is the fucking anvil that dropped on the already shaky, arthritic camel’s back.

Kanye was interviewed in GQ a couple issues ago, and in said interview he compared the constant lambasting and overall sour, nonchalantly dismissive treatment of celebrity behavior to be very similar to the treatment of blacks in the 60s. I could be paraphrasing, but it was something to that close effect. Naturally I wanted to roll up the issue and molotov cocktail his mouth for that statement alone, but then here’s this bullshit. And honestly, sadly, it’s not even Kanye alone who should be taking all this flack.

We really, really, really fucking need to stop heralding celebrities. I think a plateau will soon be reached where people just can’t take this shit anymore, but until then; these musicians, actors, whoever—the majority of them— are flawed, broken, prone to spouting as much asinine garbage as the rest of us “civilians.” Most of them will never really be participants, just passengers, albeit in first class. And what I mean by that is: from my own standpoint as someone who wants to succeed in the unconventional world of the arts (and as someone who has considered hanging up his hat in this field due to convictions fueled by moments like this), it’s imperative to remember that all art, all of it, is just bread before the meal. That isn’t to say art and its contribution to society isn’t important, but it’s far too subjective of a domain to have spawned this hierarchy in our world between “us” and “them.” It’s far too similar to Medieval Ages for my liking.

To get to this point where we’ve produced and then bred human beings who think—though manufactured or not—they’re so supremely vital, for creating something that’s purely enjoyable or entertaining, but not essential, we have failed as a culture. And that’s seriously terrifying.

 +6Posted on Jul 29th, 2014 | re: Premature Evaluation: Spoon They Want My Soul (100 comments)

I lied to my boss—a pretty chill guy who isn’t much older than myself—in order to be able to leave an hour or so early today so I could listen to this stream in peace. Tomorrow when I come in, I’ll be honest with him and say I went on a pilgrimage to Heaven. And he’ll understand.

 +2Posted on Jul 22nd, 2014 | re: Spoon - "Inside Out" (26 comments)

Annnnnnd thank you Spoon for justifying, yet again, my spending $75 on the one day you perform at Boston Calling.

 -3Posted on Jul 2nd, 2014 | re: Check Out Weezer's Everything Will Be Alright In The End Album Cover (19 comments)

Where the Wild Things Are?

Either way, Weezer’s consistency (or lack thereof) confuses me. I can’t tell if I’m just attached to the memories of the Blue and Green Albums in high school, or if they’re genuinely just unchanging for the most part. Or if they’re like living on life support and the cord needs to be snipped.

 0Posted on Jul 2nd, 2014 | re: Metal Band To Play In A Box Until They Run Out Of Oxygen (12 comments)

Hahaha, fuck. I can see Brian Williams now.

 +5Posted on Jun 30th, 2014 | re: Bon Iver - "Heavenly Father" (14 comments)

Also, the loop in the song is fucking maddening, like gnat that gets in your sweaty ear while you’re running.

 +3Posted on Jun 30th, 2014 | re: Bon Iver - "Heavenly Father" (14 comments)

It appears as though Mistah Braff is in a competition with himself for having Indiest Soundtrack to A Film Indier Than Garden State. And, admittedly, I did love Garden State’s soundtrack, I don’t know if I can handle another competition between the World Cup, Wimbledon, and MLB, Dr. Dorian.