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John Mordecai
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 +11Posted on Jan 30th | re: It Sure Seems Like Neil Young's Pono Player Is Bullshit (66 comments)

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…

 +3Posted on Jan 29th | re: Limp Bizkit Guitarist Is Dreading Next Week's Nü-Metal Cruise (54 comments)

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.

 +1Posted on Jan 27th | re: Sam Smith Is Having A Rough Year (112 comments)

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.

 0Posted on Jan 27th | re: Sam Smith Is Having A Rough Year (112 comments)

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.

 +2Posted on Jan 27th | re: Sam Smith Is Having A Rough Year (112 comments)

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!

 +1Posted on Jan 26th | re: Sam Smith Is Having A Rough Year (112 comments)

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.

 +1Posted on Jan 26th | re: Sam Smith Is Having A Rough Year (112 comments)

Stern isn’t at all homophobic … remember the phrase “shock jock”? He makes jokes. Sometimes offensive jokes. Get over it.

Again: JOKES.

 0Posted on Jan 19th | re: The Smashing Pumpkins - "Being Beige" Video (9 comments)

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.

 0Posted on Jan 19th | re: The Smashing Pumpkins - "Being Beige" Video (9 comments)

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.

 +4Posted on Jan 8th | re: 30 Essential Post-Rock Songs (87 comments)

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.