Michael Bell
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 +6Posted on Jun 17th | re: Stream Lana Del Rey Ultraviolence (2 comments)

Wait, it’s officially released and there’s a headline telling me to stream it…on Spotify? Thanks for the commercial, Stereogum.

 +3Posted on Jun 15th | re: Premature Evaluation: Lana Del Rey Ultraviolence (45 comments)

Man, you’re gonna hate hip hop then. I know I demand authenticity from artists like Rick Ross before I can enjoy their music. In fact I heard that Dre isn’t even a doctor!

“…because Lorne Michaels.” HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHHA!! That’s some hilarious syntax! Where’s the beef?!!? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…*wipes tear* Oh, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!! Remember that?!

Seriously, stop it.

 0Posted on May 21st | re: Watch Black Flag Play "Slip It In" With Their New Singer (4 comments)

I give it 1 and a half.

Well, there are good pop ideas and bad ones. The Flaming Lips have been serving up a lot of bad ones. And let’s face it, it’s not like your reward for getting into the gummy skull is a USB drive with great tunes on it.

 0Posted on May 8th | re: Aesop Rock Albums From Worst To Best (19 comments)

I know it’s dumb to debate these subjective lists, but this subjective list is way off. The Bazooka/Fast Cars/NoneShallPass/Mallon sweet spot is the tops, and the rest cascades behind it.

 +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.