Aaron Cunningham

Comments from Aaron Cunningham

On the one hand, yes, trrrruhblll... On the other hand, how do you top making "I Need Love" sound like "I'm In It" when it gives us that quote?!?!?! Flawless!
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February 15, 2016 on Macklemore’s “Spoons” Is The Worst Song Ever Recorded
I'm not sure what you consider "actual talent," but Ariana Grande can almost certainly sing better than you can do anything. I don't like what I've heard of her music and I don't care to hear more of it, but I can't help but suspect that your preference for "musicians with actual talent" is one of the most subjective things anyone could ever discuss in public.
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November 25, 2014 on Bette Midler: Ariana Grande Looks “Ridiculous,” But That’s None Of My Business
I'm confused... How are they hyping something they didn't release which was leaked by someone else? And what about this leak makes a video they shot in the past but didn't release an attempt to be "topical" for that matter? I'm reading the words you typed but I don't think they mean what you seem to think they mean.
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November 20, 2014 on Watch The Unreleased Marilyn Manson Video In Which Lana Del Rey Is Raped
Super-fucking-sonic. Though I did have an incredible "everyone in this bar is singing their hearts out" experience to "Don't Look Back In Anger" once...
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September 16, 2014 on Win A Limited Edition Oasis (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? Super Deluxe Box Set
The "original" shirt is... kinda less aesthetically pleasing than the version featured in the article. And, to be clear, if someone gets to profit from backlash to something you say or do, as long as it isn't illegal, what's the harm in profiting from the thing you said/did? There isn't any harm. If it's inappropriate to make asshole comments to people that pay money to see/hear you perform, isn't it at least as (if not more) inappropriate to talk during the set of/impede the ability of others to enjoy the experience of experiencing you playing music for a living? I love how the knee-jerk reaction to artists not enjoying having a room full of yammerers and cell phone papparazos is to demand that they accept rude, obnoxious behavior as part of the experience. I didn't buy a ticket to stand next to you while you ramble. I didn't buy a ticket to stand behind you while you take shitty pictures with your phone. Those are impediments to the experience, not enhancements.
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September 16, 2014 on Sun Kil Moon Responds To Hopscotch Drama With “All You Fuckin’ Hillbillies Shut The Fuck Up” T-Shirt
My guess would be that it's an Adidas commercial so they edited out a few R-rated things that Yeezy may have said that would be "bad for the brand" or just impossible to get on television...
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May 27, 2014 on Kanye West – “God Level”
Opinions are great. Overheated rhetoric? Attempts to silence those who are not 100% aligned with one's views. An unwillingness to seek information and differing viewpoints? Well, let's just say those are characteristics that make for less than great opinions.
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May 27, 2014 on Laura Jane Grace Responds To Arcade Fire’s Defense Of “We Exist” Video
Or make music and a video that communicates your perspective, incorporating choices that reflect your artistic, political, and sociological visions, perspectives, and experiences without lashing out at people who are more likely aligned with than against you... Oh, shit. There's gotta be a way I could've typed that without making what would seem like an obvious Against Me! pun. Oh, well...
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May 27, 2014 on Laura Jane Grace Responds To Arcade Fire’s Defense Of “We Exist” Video
So you've decided that only trans people NEED the message. Got it. And you've decided that because Laura Jane Grace doesn't approve of the message, no trans people approve of the message. Got that too.
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May 23, 2014 on Laura Jane Grace Criticizes Arcade Fire’s Pro-LGBT “We Exist” Video
Someone is gonna have to explain to me how this video constitutes dictating the course of the transgender cause.
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May 23, 2014 on Laura Jane Grace Criticizes Arcade Fire’s Pro-LGBT “We Exist” Video
Let me make sure I understand this correctly: You just accused someone of being "extremely biased" toward a particular perspective and having "a vested financial stake" in that perspective in one paragraph and then turned around and noted that this individual publicly said critical things on television months prior. Help me understand it: What is Ms. Addams' incentive to be publicly critical of Jared Leto's performance BEFORE it won an Oscar that also makes it logical to be publicly supportive of his performance after he'd won the Oscar and publicly thanked her for her role in shaping it? And how does being critical of something preclude one from also being complimentary of it?
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May 23, 2014 on Laura Jane Grace Criticizes Arcade Fire’s Pro-LGBT “We Exist” Video
Sorry Joey... To the extent that there's a monolithic LGBT community speaking with one voice on this or any issue, it is the same community and the same voice that was complaining that President Obama wasn't being pro LGBT enough. How'd that conversation turn out?
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May 23, 2014 on Laura Jane Grace Criticizes Arcade Fire’s Pro-LGBT “We Exist” Video
Except Kevin Drew is from Ontario, which isn't America, while Yasiin is from Brooklyn, which (technically) is... So unless he renounced his citizenship, this would be more like Win Butler not being able to re-enter the country.
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May 23, 2014 on Yasiin Bey Forced To Cancel U.S. Tour Because Of “Legal/Immigration Issues”
This is one douchebag's perception of hip hop.
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March 26, 2014 on Black Lips’ Cole Alexander Disses Lorde, Drake, & Macklemore
His comments about Lorde were just as empty and ignorant as his comments about everything else (besides Drake being whack). Maybe you just don't like her because you just don't like her. I mean, I don't know how many teenagers you've met recently but statements like "She’s really pretentious sounding as well for a just being a teenager" make me think the number is pretty low. "Self-absorbed teenager writes self-absorbed songs about things teens like and do." Thanks, 50s headline writer. Tell us more about the scourge of that demonic rock'n'roll! The production on "Pure Heroine" is fantastic. She does some really interesting things vocally. And her lyrics are either deep or not, relatable or not, but neither that nor the "minimalistic album artwork" has any connection to whether or not the album is "real" in any way. She's not genuine because you don't like her album? She's not genuine because the artwork is minimal? She's not genuine because her generation uses Tumbler? That's a set of insults that doesn't even approach cohering into actual observations or criticism.
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March 26, 2014 on Black Lips’ Cole Alexander Disses Lorde, Drake, & Macklemore
What connection do Lana del Rey, Amy Winehouse, and Lorde have to each other musically? And how are their personas in any way similar? I'm not sure what Lana del Rey's persona is supposed to be (goofy-seductive? goofductive?), but Amy Winehouse's seemed to be hard-living old soul repackaging the classics. I'm not sure how to go about aligning either one of those with "17 year old naive expat from New Zealand." I'm also not entirely sure how a 17 year old naive expat from New Zealand would go about faking a persona that is "17 year old naive expat from New Zealand." What is there to not buy? What part of that is an act? She's young. She's probably naive. She's from New Zealand. She makes music about the things that she likes, the things she does with her friends, and the things that she's been through. And all of it sounds like music made by someone who is pretty young. If people are gonna "not buy it" it'll have to be because she stops making good music or people stop liking it. I've got twenty years on her and I love "Pure Heroine" precisely because it seems to capture her perspective in an authentic, naive way that reminds me of authentic, naive 17 year olds I've met and the authentic, naive 17 year old I once was...
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March 26, 2014 on Black Lips’ Cole Alexander Disses Lorde, Drake, & Macklemore
Was his statement also not verbatim? Because his statement was pretty terrible too. Maybe if I'd seen him write his statement in person, it wouldn't look as bad?
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March 26, 2014 on Black Lips’ Cole Alexander Clarifies Rapper Criticisms
I think that's a ground rule RBI Double of racism!
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March 26, 2014 on Black Lips’ Cole Alexander Clarifies Rapper Criticisms
She Loves You. (And you really should be more grateful for that. Woooooo!)
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February 18, 2014 on Win The Beatles The U.S. Albums Box Set
You're totally allowed to feel that way. Anyone between Gaithersburg and Fredericksburg is allowed to feel that way. It's ridiculous, but have at it.
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January 14, 2014 on Arcade Fire’s Win Butler Has Hilarious Response To Mean Review: “Yeah, I’m A Super-Dork Because I Play With David Bowie”
He respects himself less for answering a question honestly with his own opinion? How does that work?
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January 14, 2014 on Arcade Fire’s Win Butler Has Hilarious Response To Mean Review: “Yeah, I’m A Super-Dork Because I Play With David Bowie”
I couldn't disagree with you more. Everything you just typed is how you'd like to think you'd respond to this situation if you were in it. But the reality of the situation is this: David Bowie and Bruce Springsteen are two of the biggest artists in the history of contemporary music. Their approval IS validation. He was responding to a journalist from Rolling Stone magazine; namedropping two of the biggest rock artists of all time is completely appropriate in that venue and in the context of indicating why you don't care too much if a guy in a shitty band no one north of Gaithersburg doesn't like your record compared to artists who are well-established and world-renowned. As to that whole "maybe the point the writer was trying to make" bit, my only question to you is this: Why should a music journalist writing a review of an album be trying to make any of the points you're asserting he was making? He was asked to write a review of the album. Review the album. What does Reflektor have to do with whether or not Win Butler as an individual or Arcade Fire as a whole is a dork? What do their sex lives have to do with the album they made? What does Win Butler being the same person he's always been underneath the hype have to do with the album his band made? To the extent that any rock band in history has ever been important, Arcade Fire certainly qualifies as important right now. That didn't begin with Reflektor. It won't end with Reflektor (unless they don't put out any more albums). And it isn't harmed by the praise the band has received from David Bowie or Bruce Springsteen any more than it is diminished by Win Butler mentioning that praise. They certainly matter a whole helluva lot more than a bitter music journalist who used to be in a band. So you might want to pretend that nobody gives a shit about that, but people do. You might want to pretend that it's out of bounds for him to mention it, but it isn't. He was asked a question. He answered that question. He certainly doesn't lose any points for not answering it the way you think you would have...
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January 14, 2014 on Arcade Fire’s Win Butler Has Hilarious Response To Mean Review: “Yeah, I’m A Super-Dork Because I Play With David Bowie”
Here's the beginning, middle, and end of this for me: (Whether you like Arcade Fire or not, whether you like Reflektor or not, etc. etc.): One of these people wrote an album review that calls a band with a native French speaker "pretentious" for having lyrics sung in French... And this wasn't some band with a totally unknown backstory releasing their first album. This was a band that has lyrics sung in French by the native French speaker in their band on every one of their albums. A band that hails from a part of the world where French and English are at best co-equal. That person writes for what was once considered a major publication. That person presumably has an editor and likes to refer to himself as a journalist, possibly even a music journalist. So it's safe to assume that he didn't write any of what he wrote out of ignorance. The other person was responding extemporaneously to a question being asked by a journalist from what was once considered a major publication. He is not a journalist and presumably didn't have an editor or a publicist standing between his voicebox and his lips. If I'm assigning "wrong jerk who sucks" points, the music journalist who didn't know Regine is a native French speaker and/or didn't know Arcade Fire is from Montreal, where they likely have many French-speaking fans, and/or decided to equate singing in French with pretentiousness in an English-language publication in 2014 gets ALL the points.
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January 14, 2014 on Arcade Fire’s Win Butler Has Hilarious Response To Mean Review: “Yeah, I’m A Super-Dork Because I Play With David Bowie”
Wait... Did you just grill yourself for double posting? Hahahaha
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December 17, 2013 on Jay Z Signs Grimes To Roc Nation Management
Richard: I don't agree at all, but that's irrelevant. He wasn't commenting on the quality of the album. He said he hadn't heard it. I'm not sure how that makes him the voice of reason. He has an uninformed opinion that he was willing to express publicly. I'm pretty sure that makes him the voice of asshole.
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December 11, 2013 on Noel Gallagher Slams Reflektor, Praises Yeezus In 2013 Recap
On the other hand, he went out of his way to shit on an album he admitted he'd never heard because of the format the album was released in... That's worth a little scorn.
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December 11, 2013 on Noel Gallagher Slams Reflektor, Praises Yeezus In 2013 Recap
So, wait... are you "baiting it for the attention the [commenters on a] buzz blog [will] give [you]" because that's how this post reads?
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November 21, 2013 on Grimes Responds To Criticism From Dogmatic Asshole Vegans