Michael Bell
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 +1Posted on Apr 10th | re: Smash Turns 20 (27 comments)

There’s more to be said about ‘Smash’ than how it got here. Sure, it cemented something that Epitaph had been building, but at the same time it almost destroyed Bad Religion and Mr.Brett. He split from the band and went missing on a drug-fueled bender. There was the ‘Hate You’ Daredevils single directed towards Jay Bentley. This was the influence of ‘Smash’ on the independent label that released it. And why isn’t there a sexy 20th anniversary re-release? Because there was long-time animosity between the band and the label. Why would a guy who signed his own flagship to a major label stress about Offspring’s decision to do the same? It was no small thing to see Bad Religion and Offspring on the same bill recently. Yes, there’s more to write about when it comes to ‘Smash’…


 +3Posted on Jan 14th | re: La Dispute - "Stay Happy There" (4 comments)

You know those movie theaters where you sit in your car? This sounds like being at one of those.

 0Posted on Jan 13th | re: Christine McVie Is Back In Fleetwood Mac (2 comments)

If there’s a ‘Rick Rubin/Anton Corbijn Classic Artist Makeover’ for live performances, Fleetwood Mac should do that. I saw their show in 2003 and the music was great, but the show was corny as hell.

 +2Posted on Apr 22nd, 2013 | re: Stream Cayucas Bigfoot (Stereogum Premiere) (4 comments)

Echo-y canyon vocals!!? IT’S ABOUT TIME SOMEONE DID THIS.

 -7Posted on Dec 26th, 2012 | re: My Bloody Valentine Finish Mastering New Album (9 comments)

I hope the album has a Frank Ocean guest spot on it so music outlets will be more apt to write about it.

 +1Posted on Dec 19th, 2012 | re: No Age Blast Converse At Converse-Sponsored Show (10 comments)

If you don’t like Converse, then don’t take their money and play their shows. This whole ‘throw it back in their faces!”-type statement is a bunch of hot air to make the band seem less complicit, and it’s become a fairly standard indie trope. If No Age, or LCD Soundsystem, or whomever want to do something different that matters, then get to doing it. But don’t make me funnel the dollars through the system just so you can waste stage time making a statement about it.

 +7Posted on Dec 17th, 2012 | re: The Chronic Turns 20 (32 comments)

I worked at a corporate record store when The Chronic came out, and I’m pretty sure I personally rang up a million copies myself. I had heard some of it, but by and large it wasn’t something I was into. That summer I went to a party that was fairly divided by cultures and cliques, until somebody threw on The Chronic. I saw that record single-handedly break down interpersonal barriers for precisely the reasons written about here: it’s fun to listen and dance to. Dr. Dre’s The Chronic is the Bob Marley’s ‘Legend’ of the hip-hop era.

 +12Posted on Dec 10th, 2012 | re: Watch The Decemberists, Daft Punk On The Simpsons (3 comments)

I hope Stereogum will now give us a list of all the Decemberists appearances on The Simpsons from best to worst.

 +3Posted on Nov 21st, 2012 | re: Deconstructing: Sufjan Stevens And Christian Music (60 comments)

Do we have to let them co-opt the term ‘evangelical?’ I love music, I love Jesus, and I wholeheartedly find the American religio-political institution called ‘Evangelicals’ to be quite off the mark and distasteful. But living life with an enthusiasm that is compelling and attributable to having experienced forgiveness? That’s evangelism to me and in that sense I’m happy to be known as such.

The detail about praise bands and The Edge is hilariously spot-on. Whenever I visit a church with a praise band, I always think about that. Then again, I suspect 100% of the praise band members out there consider The Edge to be the guitar player for the biggest Christian praise band on the planet, hence the influence.