John Mordecai

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I just can't help but wonder, when a 69-year-old guy puts out an album like this... where are the younger bands who dare do something so bold?? I know Bowie has legend status and decades of experience, etc. But you'd think there'd be a little more effort here and there? I dunno. The music by many young bands just seems so pedestrian compared to stuff like this. Maybe you just need time? And I didn't see "Bowie" spelled in the stars til y'all pointed it out. Yowsa!
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January 8, 2016 on Stream David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)
Pondering the significance of this "character" (if you want to call it that), now appearing in both Blackstar videos. At this point I can't assume it's just random.
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January 7, 2016 on David Bowie – “Lazarus” Video
I don't get it. He was an original and long-standing member/player/writer in the band. Why is he not entitled to a fair share of royalties for his contributions!? All the Beatles still get Beatle money... What am I missing?
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December 17, 2015 on New Order On Peter Hook: “He Decided To Leave The House, And Now He’s Outside It, Chucking Bricks Through The Window”
NO "BLACKSTAR"?!?!?! C'mon now.
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December 16, 2015 on The 50 Best Music Videos Of 2015
Everyone's objections to what this guy's been doing are well documented all over the damn internet. So now we're free to call him what we want. As if I even had to say it: When people are backed into a corner and forced to spend the money for a life-saving drug because there are no other alternatives, that's not exactly the free market dictating the appropriate price. That just seems obvious.
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December 9, 2015 on Pharma Villain Martin Shkreli Paid Millions For The Mysterious Wu-Tang Album
Hey look pa, I found one too! Have fun.
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December 9, 2015 on The 2016 Grammys Are Gonna Be Alright
The ultimate all-positive finish to this would be if Billy Corgan accepts Bradford's apology, gets a kick out of this jam of "Today," and then in a good-natured way of saying "We cool bro," has a pyramid of VOSS water waiting for the band in their dressing room at the Chicago show.
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December 8, 2015 on Watch Deerhunter Reinterpret Smashing Pumpkins’ “Today” While Asking Billy Corgan Not To Sue
Taylor Swift has "major artistic merit," coming from the source that put Carly Rae Jepsen's album at #3 on its year-end list. Stereogum, you're so funny. It's just the goddamn Grammy's. Let's stop pretending it's gonna have any value/impact/significance to anyone other than the people who win the damn statues.
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December 8, 2015 on The 2016 Grammys Are Gonna Be Alright
Ya know what? Amen. I still like Muse. I admit that after their 3rd album things sorta tapered off, but still. If you want to go see a fuckin' arena rock spectacle (that isn't some watered down Coldplay tripe), they're pretty damn solid.
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December 8, 2015 on The 2016 Grammys Are Gonna Be Alright
Yeah exactly. He seemed in a really f-ed place back then, so a lot of things could have been at play here. It's just so troubling. I really want Billy to respond and be like, "That was wrong of me then, i'm sorry guys." Ugh.
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December 6, 2015 on Bradford Cox Recounts Backstage Fight With Billy Corgan Over A Water Bottle
I remember in 2007 when he got SP back together, Corgan was considerably more of an asshole, like outwardly aggressively douchey. Seeing as he's mellowed in recent years, I would hope he's more humble than this now. The fact that he was apparently a dick to one of the best rock bands of the last 10 years makes it even worse. Anyone who's gone from noone to famous should fucking know better than to step on the little guy. That said, it's still pretty hilarious. I wonder if this will warrant a response from the almighty Corgan.
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December 6, 2015 on Bradford Cox Recounts Backstage Fight With Billy Corgan Over A Water Bottle
Jehnny Beth and Julian Casablancas are "two of rock's greatest living lead singers"?????????? I'm not knocking either of them (I really like Savages), but COME-THE-FUCK-ON. There's nothing entirely unique about either of them! And Savages has only had ONE album and a few singles. "Greatest living singers." Jesus Christ, you guys.
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November 26, 2015 on Julian Casablancas & Jehnny Beth Collaboration Is A Danish Punk Cover Out Next Month
Doesn't look like he bashed Cobain at all.... "Justin Bieber is our generations Kurt Cobain..." "...Minus his contribution to music." A continuation of the joke, no?
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November 25, 2015 on Justin Bieber’s Stylist Explains His Controversial Nirvana T-Shirts
Saw them on the 2013 tour as well and it was incredible. Since we're all sharing surreal moments here, I saw them at the Boston Opera House in 2005, and one the most amazing concert moments I ever had took place. During "Vidrar vel..." there's a brief pause. Playing it live, they extend that pause indefinitely. In this case they let the last note fade into complete silence as they stood motionless on stage, Jonsi gesturing his head as if he was about to continue, but not. It was COMPLETE SILENCE in this full theater and it stretched on for at least a solid minute but I tell you it felt like forever. You could even hear the slight electrical hum from the stage. I was literally on the edge of my seat, white-knuckled, wondering how long it would last and hoping there wouldn't be some asshat who decided to yell "Yankees suck!" or something. No one did. You didn't even hear a cough, a door close or a seat flap. When they finally resumed, the audience fuckin' erupted. To feel that sense of being completely on the same wavelength with a few thousand other people in complete silence was one of the most thrilling moments I've ever had at a concert or anywhere. So yeah, going to see these guys is always a treat...
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November 24, 2015 on Sigur Rós Promise New Songs, New Show, “Maybe Some Other *New* Things” On 2016 Tour
Isn't it kind of a stretch to say Blackstar is "inspired by" Kendrick Lamar? He said they listened to him a lot and admired what he was doing, but I don't think that means the same thing. Sounds to me like it was inspired by whatever Bowie gets his inspiration from.
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November 24, 2015 on David Bowie’s Blackstar Was Inspired By Kendrick Lamar, Features James Murphy And Possible Reference To ISIS
I also think that quote was simply to say that they wanted to throw a whole lot of influences in there without just going the rock 'n roll route.
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November 23, 2015 on David Bowie’s Blackstar Was Inspired By Kendrick Lamar, Features James Murphy And Possible Reference To ISIS
If you listened to "Blackstar" even once, you can probably gather there won't be much "contrived" about it!
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November 23, 2015 on David Bowie’s Blackstar Was Inspired By Kendrick Lamar, Features James Murphy And Possible Reference To ISIS
David Bowie to Scott Walker: "I'll see your Bish Bosch and raise you a Blackstar." I was holding out hope that Bowie still had something like this in him. Best and most interesting thing he's done in 20 years. Even better that it's not just good "compared to other recent albums," it's actually fuckin' good. I wish more bands would do crazy shit like this. At the very least, the "rock elders," but I guess they never quite had as much of a foot in the avant garde camp... Scott Walker was 70 when he did Bish Bosch and Bowie's about to be 69... I mean for fuck's sake!
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November 19, 2015 on David Bowie – “★” (Blackstar) Video
I wonder what the indie blogosphere thinks of Grimes.
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November 18, 2015 on Grimes Was Sick As Fuck At Terminal 5 Last Night
Haha, my sentiments exactly! Only we have to worry about getting the "less good than NYC show," which is also its own trade-off.
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November 18, 2015 on Grimes Was Sick As Fuck At Terminal 5 Last Night