Michael Bell

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John Waters once said, "I would never cast Monica Lewinsky in anything. I’m interested in good bad taste, not bad bad taste.” Wayne Coyne it seems is incapable of making this kind of distinction when it comes to his projects. But hey, at least he's got a thousand of them just in time for Record Store Day!
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March 6, 2015 on Wayne Coyne Gives An Update On His Album With Miley Cyrus And How A Joint Tour Would Work
Good grief. Ok, sure, it would still exist and it would probably be better. Let me rephrase: "SXSW is McDonald’s and 50 other faceless megacorps paying for everything."
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March 6, 2015 on McDonald’s Responds To SXSW Band’s Angry Letter With A Sarcastic Hashtag
Sure, but Ex Cops aren't playing SXSW 1990. It would be impossible for anyone remotely familiar with the modern event to not think of it as a gigantic corporate logofest.
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March 5, 2015 on McDonald’s Responds To SXSW Band’s Angry Letter With A Sarcastic Hashtag
I think that's a convenient argument to make here, because the band basically says in their open letter that they'll do SXSW shows for free. Look, SXSW wouldn't exist if McDonald's and 50 other faceless megacorps didn't pay for it. So McD's isn't paying bands on the band-to-band level; they're paying for the entire festival to exist. Otherwise Ex Cops could just roll into ATX in March and hope to play in front of 500 ppl like every other band their size. I want everybody to get paid for their work, and respect Ex Cops' right to refuse. I just think their position here is being overinflated. Way to stand up to corporations...at SXSW of all places.
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March 5, 2015 on McDonald’s Responds To SXSW Band’s Angry Letter With A Sarcastic Hashtag
ONE-ARMED SIZZLER.
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March 5, 2015 on Antemasque Accused Of Throwing Boiling Water At Fans
Like, I get it, I guess, but I kinda have to agree with #slownewsday. Granted, I'm not their PR person so I can say it a little more freely. How is McDonald's supposed to know who will and won't play for free? SXSW is a convoluted mess and frankly neither party needs the other one. My bet is some band will be on that stage and they'll have an audience. I hope they do well. But hey, Ex Cops get to feel like fugazi for a day or two, I hope that works for them too. Whatever.
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March 5, 2015 on McDonald’s Responds To SXSW Band’s Angry Letter With A Sarcastic Hashtag
Thank you Stereogum for bringing this issue to a larger audience. I believe folks can make up their own minds about supporting Kels at his own concerts. Festivals on the other hand put other artists and the audience in an unfair position, to say the least. R.Kelly had sex with children. It's astounding to me that he's been able to maintain his popularity.
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March 4, 2015 on Houston’s Free Press Summer Fest Draws Protests For Booking R. Kelly
Sufjan, is that you?
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March 2, 2015 on Mumford & Sons Announce Electric Third Album Wilder Mind
My guess is this is their 'Monster' alright. http://mlc-s2-p.mlstatic.com/rem-monster-7416-MLC5219515874_102013-F.jpg
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March 2, 2015 on Mumford & Sons Announce Electric Third Album Wilder Mind
Kim Gordon keeps expanding on her comments because she's doing press and you can guarantee she keeps getting asked the same questions. Here's a woman who has always been a feminist icon, who made a remarkable amount of incredible music, and has been a singular voice in rock music for decades. Now she has a book and all we're allowed to read about his her husband's affair and what she thinks about another musician. Her criticisms are valid because she has a thoughtful point of view, and that's about it. She's not making an objective declaration of fact. I agree it's not on LDR to be anything, but at the same time it's legit for Kim Gordon to say her actions have meaning regardless of intent.
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February 27, 2015 on Kim Gordon Expands Upon Lana Del Rey Diss: “She’s A Female Chris Isaak”
Thanks for that perspective, Kid Rock's mom.
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February 27, 2015 on Kid Rock Doesn’t Get Beyoncé: Where’s Her “Sweet Home Alabama”?
On the other hand, SeaWorld is basically a theme park based around a wet t-shirt contest, so I get it.
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February 27, 2015 on Kid Rock Doesn’t Get Beyoncé: Where’s Her “Sweet Home Alabama”?
Don't know why he'd even go there. I heard he only likes Whitefish.
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February 27, 2015 on Kid Rock Doesn’t Get Beyoncé: Where’s Her “Sweet Home Alabama”?
Look Stereogum, you're complicit in spreading this nonsense. Nothing new to the fact that Kid Rock represents an unfortunate sliver of the pop spectrum, and more of the same is just part of his album cycle. Plus it's basically Spin Magazine reporting what someone said in Rolling Stone. So you got scooped on sexist nonsense? And you report it?
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February 27, 2015 on Kid Rock Doesn’t Get Beyoncé: Where’s Her “Sweet Home Alabama”?
It's clear to me that the artists who have opinions about streaming aren't actually familiar with the service beyond "Spotify has free content." In Björk's case, she should just say that her new album is high concept and incredibly expensive, and that streaming it isn't her vision for how it should be experienced. FWIW, she has 48 releases streaming on Rdio. Are those less about respect?
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February 27, 2015 on Björk Weighs In On Spotify Debate
Yeah, like it was words that your mouth was full of. Did I do that right?
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February 1, 2015 on Sam Smith Is Having A Rough Year
I don't get it.
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February 1, 2015 on Taylor Swift Is Bringing Haim On Tour
But I'm ok with that answer; people have always chosen to listen to their music based on the delivery medium's "cool" factor. There wasn't anything wrong with my walkman, and cassettes were everywhere; but I wanted a Discman because it was cooler. Sure the sound quality was better, but the device was terrible for walking and mowing the lawn. Records are just way cooler, and they have the potential to sound better than mp3's if you invest a little bit in your system.
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January 31, 2015 on It Sure Seems Like Neil Young’s Pono Player Is Bullshit
I've listened to a pono, and yes, there is a difference. Pono audio quality is better. The issue (now, as ever regarding audio fidelity) is whether the things you can hear in a hi-fi system actually matter to the listener. Do you want to visualize ("image") the environment where it was recorded? Do you want to listen for the acoustic qualities of Abbey Rd Studios vs. Electric Ladyland? Do you want to hear fingers on strings, palm-slaps on congas, etc? If you do, then there's a lot that only hi-fi can give you. If you just want to hear the music for its general effect, then get whatever delivery system works for you and your budget. In my opinion, articles like this one persist because audiophile jargon (and the ppl themselves, frankly) keep the distinctions of hi-fi as esoteric as possible, and so even pros making side-by-side comparisons don't know what they're supposed to be listening for.
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January 30, 2015 on It Sure Seems Like Neil Young’s Pono Player Is Bullshit
I like 3 Taylor Swift records and would buy a 'This Sick Beat' t-shirt if I weren't a 40 year old dude. No opinion on Bjork's production skills.
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January 28, 2015 on Taylor Swift Trademarks The Phrase “This Sick Beat”