Comments from John Mordecai

I don't really follow pop stars at all, so it's weird that for some reason I do Miley (OK, fairly obvious reasons). But I think maybe she's got her head in the right place... she definitely has the right influences and hangs out with the right people. There are other pop stars who hang out with "cool" indie musicians or whatever, but none that are like, Miley-level famous/popp. Like most millennials, her tastes are all over the place. So I like seeing her with Against Me, with the Flaming Lips, all that stuff. The only thing is, it's all meaningless if the next albums she puts out is just more bs pop music. I think she's weird enough and certainly operates with no PR filter (like say, Taylor Swift), so it's possible to think she could maybe pull something credible off... I wouldn't hold my breath, but it's possible.
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February 17, 2015 on Miley Cyrus Might Be Recording With Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace
Aside from my unabashed crush on Mz. Cyrus, the comparison is quite stark. I have hope for her because she's so damn weird (working with the Flaming Lips helps too), and clearly doesn't give a fuck. Smoke weed, do whatever, be crazy.... Oh yeah. Team Miley all the way. I just hope she makes some legit good music going forward...
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February 6, 2015 on Taylor Swift Takes Legal Action Against Her Fans On Etsy
Mostly yes, but even as seriously as they took themselves musically, they still had some fairly hokey/silly songs on most of their albums, and a lot of times they were really goofy live. There was a give and take and that worked out for better and for worse, I suppose. But I think there's still something to be said for a band that took itself seriously at a time when it wasn't cool to do so, I guess.
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February 4, 2015 on Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon Has Some Harsh Words For Courtney Love And Billy Corgan In New Memoir
I was also gonna add that in some respects it was "very punk rock" that SP was one of the few bands who went against the heavily punk-influenced grain of the mid-90s. They were never really "cool," even back then, but like, that's sorta what made them misfits, and in turn, cool. That mindset is still around in indie circles now: if you show signs of big ambition instead of wanting to play in basements, you're some kind of traitor or "not punk enough" or "careerist." And that's all bullshit of course. Cuz I bet you all those indie elitists still have some Journey records (or insert 80s monolith band here) in their collections. SP took the music really seriously, but if you ever went to one of their shows or saw interviews, more often than not they were just a bunch of goofballs! Anyway, all those bands were good and each made their own unique contributions in very different ways, so it's a little crummy to see them trashing each other at all.
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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
Get good headphones, and buy high-quality audio files (or rip your music at a high bit rate), and where's the problem in the first place, really? If you're on-the-go, at what point does it matter how high-quality the audio is? You're still contending with the environment you're in. To some extent, even when listening to pristine "uncompressed" audio on a portable CD player...
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January 30, 2015 on It Sure Seems Like Neil Young’s Pono Player Is Bullshit
Hey ya know what if playing music in a band that makes ya a lot of money is your "shitty day job," it still beats having a normal shitty day job. I'd go play bass for Miley Cyrus tomorrow if it meant being able to give up the 9 to 5, even if just for a year. So yeah, it's Limp Bizkit, but I get where he's coming from.
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January 29, 2015 on Limp Bizkit Guitarist Is Dreading Next Week’s Nü-Metal Cruise
I still listen to Howard Stern because his show is funny. Same reason some people watch a TV show for a long time. It's on. People listen.
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January 27, 2015 on Sam Smith Is Having A Rough Year
Has anyone here actually listened to the segment in the show?? If you did, you'd hear how NOT homophobic it is. Stern was saying how much he thought the guy was talented, etc. He always points out famous people who are a little heavier or ugly because he loves it when "normal" people are famous because it makes him feel less ugly. He thinks he's wicked ugly so he takes the piss out of other people. He does it all the time. And yeah, the gay stuff, HE EVEN SAID: "NOT THAT ANYONE ACTUALLY LOOKS GAY..." It was a totally non-homophobic conversation. It was humorous, but in no way insulting. And yes, sometimes gay folks looks really gay, i.e. flamboyant. Be honest: sometimes you can tell. It's not a bad thing and it's not a 100% thing... it's a stereotype, yes. But it just is.
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January 27, 2015 on Sam Smith Is Having A Rough Year
But sometimes gay people LOOK REALLY GAY. Flamboyant. All that. We're not making this shit up. It's NOT a bad thing. It just is!
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January 27, 2015 on Sam Smith Is Having A Rough Year
Or they just talk off the cuff... it's not usually meant to be insulting. Taken out of context of the show itself and put in print, anything can seem far more offensive than what was actually intended.
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January 26, 2015 on Sam Smith Is Having A Rough Year
Stern isn't at all homophobic ... remember the phrase "shock jock"? He makes jokes. Sometimes offensive jokes. Get over it. Again: JOKES.
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January 26, 2015 on Sam Smith Is Having A Rough Year
the rest of the visual elements are really cool, and at times i also noticed what looked like references to some of the old videos, whether it was intentional or not.
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January 19, 2015 on The Smashing Pumpkins – “Being Beige” Video
Pretty decent video. The parts with just him singing solo are a little hokey with the hand gestures, but even that would be fine if he looked a little more stylized... with that ratty hoodie and scruff he looks like he just stepped off the street. Not a big deal, but when you're doing an arty video, it sorta helps to like, play the part. And this is the guy who wore makeup, capes and skirts in the late 90s... It was just a little distracting. The bird shot at the end was really cool though.
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January 19, 2015 on The Smashing Pumpkins – “Being Beige” Video
Surprised THAT Sigur Ros song (Untitled #8) isn't the one that made this list. My mind blew the fuck up the first time I heard it... still gives me chills. In a lot of ways it was a game changer for me, as it played a big part in making me pay attention to the whole post-rock thing -- the music and the ideas behind it. And yeah, it's pretty much insane live.
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January 8, 2015 on 30 Essential Post-Rock Songs
Amazing. Really wish I could have been there, especially because seeing And Also The Trees open for the Cure would be like, the greatest lineup ever. AATT only ever played the US once, and that was more than 20 years ago, so... I hope they take that shit on the road. (Look up "Slow Pulse Boy" or "Gone... Like the Swallows.")
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December 23, 2014 on The Cure Play “A Man Inside My Mouth” Live For The First Time In Rarity-Packed London Show
I still use my Classic, btw. The iPod Touch not only doesn't have anywhere near enough storage for me, but I really like the click wheel. Tactile buttons never go out of style for me.
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December 10, 2014 on Classic iPods Are Selling For As Much As $900
So upset about this and wish I bought a spare. Apple couldn't get the parts anymore???? You're APPLE. You can get whatever fuckin' parts you want!
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December 10, 2014 on Classic iPods Are Selling For As Much As $900
But I think "instead of making another 'Rhinoceros' we got '1979'" is part of the problem... I mean, maybe you don't like that song, but it's overall well-loved. Why make another Rhinoceros when you can make a 1979? I just don't see why variety (in and of itself) is bad. I mean, if that's what you're getting at.
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December 10, 2014 on Billy Corgan On The Smashing Pumpkins: “The Fanbase Is Gone”
Not sure that's what happens...
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December 10, 2014 on Billy Corgan On The Smashing Pumpkins: “The Fanbase Is Gone”
Cue the "Billy Corgan is a douche" comments, but I think this is bullshit because he deserves a lot more credit than he's gotten.
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December 9, 2014 on Billy Corgan On The Smashing Pumpkins: “The Fanbase Is Gone”