Jack Frayne-Reid

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I think you're right that the ideal setlist lies somewhere between those two poles. Mainly, though, especially with a "current" artist like Kendrick, I'd want to see the artist where they are at a particular point in time, particularly if their new record was great. You don't wanna go and see one of the most interesting artists of 2015 and get a set they more or less could've played in 2012.
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May 27, 2015 on Kendrick Lamar Performed At Sasquatch! And Only Did One Song From To Pimp A Butterfly
Don't mind a bit of wilful perversity when artists refuse to play the OLD stuff (someone here mentioned Neil Young...) but it seems bizarre that he wouldn't wanna centre his set around his new material, which he's seemed very proud of before (and bloody well should be.) He's got a couple of albums and some mixtapes and a load of features but not exactly *that* extensive a back catalogue; I'd make the case that said catalogue has been steadily improving and, whilst Good Kid was a more crowd-friendly album, seems a shame not to play some of his dopest stuff.
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May 27, 2015 on Kendrick Lamar Performed At Sasquatch! And Only Did One Song From To Pimp A Butterfly
"This is the sound of money, success, power." Oh, really? Shame I'm not a right-wing free-market capitalist, then. If Donald Trump started putting out records Stereogum would be on 'em like flies to shit. No disrespect to Hit-Boy as a producer. 1Train is an incredible beat. But I'm getting kind of sick of this Republican Party, Conservative Party "don't wanna be famous/I just wanna be rich" shit being valorised by erudite musical thinkers because we wanna get to the fire beats.
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May 22, 2015 on Hit-Boy – “Go All Night” (Feat. Travi$ Scott)
There seemed to be no reason or rhyme to the censorship. It seemed to be like "he just mentioned Chi-Town! Fuck! What if he says the n-word in a minute? Better mute this whole verse just in case."
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May 20, 2015 on Kanye West Releases Statement About Billboard Awards Censorship
Good point here. When Dylan was invited to the White House I didn't hear Fox News going up in arms screaming "this despicable revolutionary communist scumbag defended KNOWN MURDERERS!!!" Yet, Obama invited Common up and Bill O'Reilly had a fucking aneurism. I mean, Jesus. He's a respectable artist! Not DMX or something (no disrespect, DMX - I'm not sure you've ever claimed to be "respectable".) To use the O'Reilly parlance, is the only way right-wing "pinheads" know about him through that one song from 15 years ago? On the bright side, I suppose he should be reasonably proud that a political track of his continues to irk the establishment.
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April 1, 2015 on School Cancels Common’s Commencement Speech After Police Complain
Pretty dope. A lot like the studio version, though, just sparer. Guess Mick & Keef couldn't be bothered to turn some old demos from the sessions into new songs this time. Shame, but can't begrudge them it. The Exile & Some Girls reissues were good packages, loads of music to dig into it. The good kind of back catalogue-milking.
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April 1, 2015 on Hear The Rolling Stones’ Acoustic “Wild Horses” From Sticky Fingers Reissue
“What is troubling here is that a state university that is subsidized with state taxpayer funds, is once again being questioned on their decision-making at the highest levels,” he said before walking out into the street and shooting an unarmed black person. (Posted this exact same comment on Stereogum's Facebook, but I just think it's an unbelievable hypocrisy for police to complain that taxes are being misspent giving a voice to somebody who dares to question their authority.)
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April 1, 2015 on School Cancels Common’s Commencement Speech After Police Complain
yeah, "wilding" as in "I'm 'bout to wild the fuck out." (New Slaves)
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February 3, 2015 on Rihanna, Kanye West, & Paul McCartney – “FourFiveSeconds” Video
see, this kind of thing is why it can be rather hard for us anti-capitalist types to get on the poptimistic bandwagon. corporate as hell.
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January 29, 2015 on Taylor Swift Trademarks The Phrase “This Sick Beat”
"Young’s holier-than-thou schtick hasn’t aged as well as the people he was mocking at the time." This Note's For You isn't his greatest song, but how has Neil Young's rejection of commerciality aged badly? I don't mean to burst anyone's poptimistic bubble, but not cheapening your music with corporate sponsorship is a pretty admirable trait.
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August 22, 2014 on MTV VMA Video Of The Year Winners From Worst To Best
yup, I also went for an obvious joke.
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December 7, 2012 on Rolling Stone’s 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs Of All Time
Surprised they haven't found a way to work Springsteen into this.
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December 7, 2012 on Rolling Stone’s 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs Of All Time
I like that new Bob Dylan album but, c'mon, when it comes to the old dudes, Neil Young puts far more passion into his music. 'Psychedelic Pill' is as great a record as one could expect from an elder statesman of rock.
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November 26, 2012 on MOJO’s Top 20 Albums Of 2012