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 +7Posted on Sep 14th, 2012 | re: Amanda Palmer Responds To Volunteer Musician Criticism (66 comments)

This reminds me of another controversy from a book called Intern Nation, built around the use of unpaid interns in industry. The basic gist is, it’s exploitative (and probably should be illegal) to use people as part/full-time employees but to classify them in a category where they get no compensation, benefits, etc. Coming from someone who worked with the Occupy Movement as she has, this kind of shocks me — she should know better. Her excuse that she’s done the same rings true of most business owners today who use interns, because they themselves were once interns. That doesn’t make the position right. It’s still an exploitative practice to ask a group of people to take no compensation for the work they’re doing when you’re in a position to compensate them, especially when you raised as much money as she did. It’s a lazy and/or naive attitude to say, “Well, I got mine and succeeded, so I don’t have to worry about them.” You’re in a position to legitimately help people and your response is “I’m not interested in theory, just the reality.”? Seriously? Just because they’re happy doesn’t mean they aren’t being exploited.

Also, putting up your opener in your bus isn’t the same thing as not paying the people who perform with you in Vancouver, or wherever; it’s even worse when you admit you’re stacking cities based on importance, so New York gets some paid players while other tour locations don’t. What does that say to the players in the lesser cities? “You’re not as important as New York, sorry.” The fact that she hides behind the idea that she’s “from another culture” as an out from this argument is probably what bothers me the most.

 -1Posted on Sep 6th, 2012 | re: Sonic Youth Albums From Worst To Best (101 comments)

Honestly, the only 3 Sonic Youth albums that even register to me are Bad Moon Rising, because of my penchant for death rock, Evol, and Daydream Nation. Of those, Evol is far and away the best. I know Daydream is the “landmark achievement” or whatevs, but Evol just sounds better to me.

 +4Posted on Aug 14th, 2012 | re: DJs For Obama (12 comments)

Are we going to get barber shoppe quartet singers for Mitt Romney? Folkies for Stein? This could be very interesting.

But then how are we supposed to shoot deer? And protect ourselves from the evil federal government? While shooting the deer!

Thank you, Amrit. I wish more people would discuss subjects like this in depth without lowering the situation to mindless fear-mongering.

 0Posted on Aug 8th, 2012 | re: From T.I. To TNGHT: A Look At Trap Rave (16 comments)

 +2Posted on Aug 8th, 2012 | re: Matthew Dear - "Earthforms" (6 comments)

Do what this man says immediately!

 +2Posted on Aug 6th, 2012 | re: Morrissey Not An Olympics Fan (46 comments)

Are you people new to Morrissey? The man has opinions and they’re never pleasant.

But he would’ve been better off drawing a stronger parallel to Greece and making note of the fact that the Olympics tends to bankrupt almost every city that hosts it. It’s a fucking sad excuse for pomp and circumstance that it is rife with corruption. Look up how Salt Lake City lost out to Nagano, and then look up what they did to host the winter Olympics after that. Also the tendency of host cities to make their homeless populations “disappear” during the games. Seriously though, fuck the Olympics.

 +1Posted on Aug 3rd, 2012 | re: Read Fiction From Twin Shadow: "The Night Of The Silver Sun" (5 comments)

No, he’s right. That chapter is hilariously awful. Hopefully Georgie is trolling with this.

 0Posted on Aug 2nd, 2012 | re: Premature Evaluation: Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti Mature Themes (21 comments)

Nothing as catchy? Have you people heard “Baby” yet? Granted, it’s a cover, but that’s the closest I think Ariel will ever come to recording a radio-friendly song.