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Michael — Actually, Chicago already had a tax for cable TV, so there’s a serious argument that they’re just equalizing the tax treatment: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/fin/supp_info/revenue/tax_list/amusement_tax_subscriberstopaidtelevisionprogramming.html

As for whether it’s a good tax… meh. It probably falls more on the rich, it doesn’t reduce jobs/work, and Chicago really needs money. Sounds good enough to me — and I’m a Chicagoan, so I’m the one who’s going to be paying the tax.

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July 5, 2015 on Streaming Music Now More Expensive For Chicagoans

RE: “If there was a band called “The Fa##ots” you would all be up in arms about it. ”

Look, I’m gay, I’ve been called fa##ot, and frankly I don’t see any problem with a band called “The Fa##ots.” (FYI, I took out the “g”s because it seems like the comment won’t post if it has “offensive” words in it or something.) This doesn’t have to be a hypothetical. There’s a band called the Queers. It’s not a queer-core band, they’re not gay, and they got the name long before the term “queer” was re-appropriated. Now, they aren’t the greatest band in the world — they’re just a Ramones knock-off. But I’d be pretty pissed off if my fellow gays just decided one day to pressure venues into not booking the Queers.

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March 4, 2015 on Viet Cong Show Cancelled Because Of Offensive Band Name

Re: “If there was a band called “The Fa##ots” you would all be up in arms about it”

Look, I’m gay, I’ve been called faggot etc etc, and frankly I don’t see any problem with a band called “The Faggots.” This doesn’t have to be a hypothetical. There’s a band called the Queers. It’s not a queer-core band, they’re not gay, and they got the name long before the term “queer” was re-appropriated. Now, they aren’t the greatest band in the world — they’re just a competant Ramones knock-off. But I’d be pretty pissed off if my fellow gays just decided one day to pressure venues into not booking the Queers.

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March 4, 2015 on Viet Cong Show Cancelled Because Of Offensive Band Name

Re: “Like, if someone in your case was offended by a band called Nazis, I don’t think I’d try too hard to talk them out of it.”

But I’d hope you also wouldn’t demand that a venue cancel the show for this hypothetical band — which appears to be what happened here. This isn’t about telling people what they should consider offensive; it’s about offended people deciding what bands you can go see.

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March 4, 2015 on Viet Cong Show Cancelled Because Of Offensive Band Name

I’m also pretty disappointed that Stereogum endorsed this silliness too. By this reasoning, Joy Division is a horrible band name — and obviously it’s not a horrible band name. Privileged liberal arts brats love to play victims, and I don’t see why we should be endorsing that.

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March 4, 2015 on Viet Cong Show Cancelled Because Of Offensive Band Name

Actually, that would be a pretty good name.

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March 4, 2015 on Viet Cong Show Cancelled Because Of Offensive Band Name

I feel like, if anything, TBYML is underrated, possibly because it had so few imitators. It’s a contender for best album of the 90s, and deserves a high place on any list of best rock albums ever.

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February 28, 2015 on To Bring You My Love Turns 20

I’m not a Beck expert (which is what, a Beckxpert?), but it’s pretty obvious that “Midnite Vultures” should be in the top 3, if not #1.

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February 19, 2015 on Beck Albums From Worst To Best

Sounds like gossip at the punk rock high school.

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February 3, 2015 on Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon Has Some Harsh Words For Courtney Love And Billy Corgan In New Memoir

Also: I’m listening to AJA for the first time right now and it seems like the whole album has been sampled for hip-hop at some point or another.

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January 29, 2015 on Steely Dan Albums From Worst To Best

Has Steely Dan been officially elevated to the status of “influential old bands” with regards to indie rock in the 2010s, e.g., with Mac DeMarco, Destroyer’s Kaputt, etc.? Sort of like how Bruce Springsteen was an influential “old guy” fixture in the 2000s (e.g., Hold Steady, Arcade Fire, etc.), Brian Wilson had the same role in the 90s (e.g., Sterelab, Flaming Lips, etc.)?

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January 29, 2015 on Steely Dan Albums From Worst To Best

Actually, after listening to it again — ok, fine, this is pretty great.

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January 25, 2015 on Rihanna, Kanye West, & Paul McCartney – “FourFiveSeconds”

Very interesting that, after his most outré album, Kanye is making earnest pop songs. Pretty brave, in its own way. Reminds me of 808 & Heartbreak in the sense that I won’t be listening to this on repeat, but I get what he’s trying to do and he’s doing it well.

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January 25, 2015 on Rihanna, Kanye West, & Paul McCartney – “FourFiveSeconds”

In the interests of feeling like you’re 17 again, here’s a video full concert by Sleater-Kinney at CBGB’s in 1997: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoCDSngUGmY&list=PLBF0638FE3322957C

Saw them at the Metro in Chicago around the same time — the video is exactly how I remember them.

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January 16, 2015 on Watch Sleater-Kinney’s High-Kicking Letterman Reunion

The Viet Cong record is basically what I always wished Interpol would have developed into.

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January 12, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Sleater-Kinney No Cities To Love

This record makes me so happy.

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January 12, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Sleater-Kinney No Cities To Love

I’d definitely put Strange Mercy on the top-10-of-the-decade list.

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December 31, 2014 on The Gummy Awards: Your Top 10 Albums And Songs Of 2014

I think the more interesting question is: when we look back in 10 or 20 years, what are the albums that we will consider as undervalued at the time? (Discovery and Clouds Taste Metallic are good examples.) This is sort of an impossible task, since you can’t know the future until it happens. However, I think you could make some interesting guesses.

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December 30, 2014 on The Gummy Awards: Your Top 10 Albums And Songs Of 2014

Morrissey doesn’t, for what it’s worth (probably not much).

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December 30, 2014 on Listen To Lou Reed React To Hearing The Ramones For The First Time