Gmarley

Comments from Gmarley

I've been told, but cannot verify, that 1952 Vincent Black Lightning is the most requested song in NPR's history. I hope it is.
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June 6, 2015 on Richard Thompson – “Broken Doll”
I can see the endless content requests pushing someone to a hair-trigger though. So when you get a request from an obviously successful client being like "Hey, maybe just pony up?" that might drive one to snap. Still a bad move though, always be approachable, because someday a gold-mine client might request a for-credit project that WOULD be worth it down the line. I've gotten some pretty sweet perks out of for-credit photo jobs. But I think he just got scratched off that list. He also didn't even need to just say no. He could have licensed the photos against a cut of future profits from the book, terminating royalties after a certain amount paid out. It's a gamble, but if he had such a good relationship with the client, it's at least a better counter-offer.
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April 3, 2015 on Garbage Respond To Photographer’s Open Letter After They Asked To Use His Photo For Free
Well I don't know if it's THAT simple. The unification elections slated for 1956 never happened because both the North and South were playing preposterous rigging games. International supervisors confirmed that the North was working to illegally sway the election results towards their goals, and the South's government had something like 5 regime changes between 55 and 63 based on everything from military coups to blatant election fraud. There was no follow through for Geneva to override. Between Buddhists in the south and Catholics in the North getting killed every which way, Moscow and Beijing seeing the North as their new baby brother and the US's insane containment policy, I'm trying to find a "good guy" to narratively counter balance your bad guy.
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March 3, 2015 on Viet Cong Show Cancelled Because Of Offensive Band Name
Self-determination in the Confederacy was the function of expanding and preserving slavery. Those are not mutually exclusive ideas. I'm not about to defend US involvement, but Vietnam was a slam dunk proxy war between China/USSR and the US with the proxies being North Vietnam and South Vietnam, when the North wanted to unify the two governments under one communist government. Had the US not been there in the first place, there still would have been some kind of invasion into the southern part of the country by people who had a thing for mass executions of land owners and thought-criminals. It's kind of dangerous to take a binary approach to geopolitical history.
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March 3, 2015 on Viet Cong Show Cancelled Because Of Offensive Band Name
Eh, while I have serious problems with the US involvement in Vietnam, I wouldn't necessarily go throwing around the "good guys" label. The Vietnam War, with or without U.S. involvement was a geopolitical clusterfuck with the Soviet Union pulling just as many strings as anyone else involved. Two imperialistic superpowers with millions caught in the middle. The Viet Cong certainly weren't the good guys when they killed you in your house. Remember, the American Confederacy was fighting for self-determination too.
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March 3, 2015 on Viet Cong Show Cancelled Because Of Offensive Band Name
I'm not saying anyone specifically SHOULD be offended, and again, I'm a little muddy on why someone would be offended in this case. But I think there's a difference between me or you not being offended and telling someone they should not be offended, ya know? Like, if someone in your case was offended by a band called Nazis, I don't think I'd try too hard to talk them out of it.
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March 3, 2015 on Viet Cong Show Cancelled Because Of Offensive Band Name
You're correct. As to why this is offensive to Vietnamese-Americans, I'm a little curious and can only speculate. I do know the VC was the primary force behind the Tet Offensive, and I can imagine that having some pretty bad implications. Essentially, how it worked was, Viet Cong forces, instead of targeting strategic key points, over time moved into something like 100 urban centers and on Tet (Vietnamese New Year) all launched a mass offensive across the South at once. Technically, the Viet Cong lost, but the violence was house-to-house fighting that just gutted whole towns and displaced hundreds of thousands. I guess, imagine several of your neighbors suddenly going guns blazing and wrecking everything around you. Then have someone name a band after that group of neighbors.
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March 3, 2015 on Viet Cong Show Cancelled Because Of Offensive Band Name
Shouldn't it be "A lot of you have been asking us for an update on when to expect new music from fun.."?
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February 5, 2015 on Amid A Rumored Clash Of Egos, Fun. Claim They’re Not Breaking Up
UhhhhOOOOOHHH I DON'T LIKE THAT PICTURE. TEETH AND EYES! I WORK IN A DARK ROOM GUYS!
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January 16, 2015 on Jimmy Page And Robbie Williams Are Feuding Over Mansion Renovations
Either spend the money on fast lenses so you can shoot with the stage lighting, or just don't take the photo.
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November 20, 2014 on Watch Ryan Adams Berate A Fan After Her Camera Flash Triggers Ménière’s Episode
OMG. You know what's JUST as important? I use scissors to open individually wrapped Swedish Fish at my desk so the plastic doesn't make so much noise as to let everyone know that I'm devastating the Swedish Fish supplies.
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November 14, 2014 on Ariel Pink Explains Why He Hates The Eurythmics
I hear you in a specific way. Whenever there's a headline about a rapper's one line that makes people say "huh?" I'm always like "Uhhh, a GREAT deal of hip hop lyrics uses straight up HOMICIDE as some kind of device, and a great many times, a literal one for that matter." and we're offended NOW? I hate accusations of double standards tho, because usually, there's just so much god-awful garbage out there, you just don't have the time to address it all. For me, as far as I'm not a fan of Eminem, (although I've always admired his technical rapping skills [kid's a beast]) him dropping what's, to me, obviously goad-kicking shock lyrics is far less offensive than Chris Brown's "These hoes ain't loyal." on national radio.
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November 11, 2014 on Eminem Raps “I’ll Punch Lana Del Rey Right In The Face Twice Like Ray Rice”
Prime opportunity to fart in the jar and secretly say to the winner "Maybe it's my breath, or maybe it's a fart. There's only one way to find out but you'll never be able to prove it to anyone."
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October 30, 2014 on Sia Offers A Jar Of Her Breath For Charity
And to be fair to YOU, I just watched like 3 Limp Bizkit videos and I kept saying "Oh my God..." But then THAT led me to watching Puddle of Mudd videos, and I submit that I would choose to see Linking Park live ten out of ten times over Puddle of Mudd, so... when does Puddle of Mudd get to do a national anthem?
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October 27, 2014 on Staind Bro Messes Up National Anthem After Criticizing Christina Aguilera For Doing The Same
I find Linkin Park to be impossible to listen to and they STILL get airplay with surprising frequency in my radio market, which makes them way more insidious. I haven't heard a Limp Bizkit song in so long that I would probably just find it kind of funny, so that's a big leg up over LP.
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October 27, 2014 on Staind Bro Messes Up National Anthem After Criticizing Christina Aguilera For Doing The Same
I don't know... I like the song just fine, but it doesn't have the things that got me into TVOTR back in the day. Their music had a sense of urgency and something-like-dread-but-not-quite that I just don't hear in them anymore. Which is fine, but the last time I saw them live it seemed less... intense? I dunno. I hate that guy who's all "Their old stuff is better." because the quality of the song writing certainly hasn't changed, it's still great. These guys have incredible sonic sensibilities, I just liked their choices of sounds from before more.
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September 2, 2014 on TV On The Radio – “Happy Idiot”
The MetaCritic Funding Bill is passed. The system goes online January 4th, 1999. Human decisions are removed from music and movie review scores. MetaCritic begins to learn at a geometric rate, comparing anything and everything to Radiohead. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th when someone gave a Brian Wilson album a kind of crappy review. In a panic, they tried to pull the plug...
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June 12, 2014 on Danny Brown’s Pissed He Was Cut From A$AP Mob’s “Hella Hoes”
I've got work up in Maine at the end of June, and since I drive an old man car with just a CD player, I'm making a "Modern Bob Mould and Dinosaur Jr." mix CD and I'm going to take a day to drive around Mount Desert Island and just lose my shit all day.
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June 2, 2014 on Bob Mould – “I Don’t Know You Anymore” Video (Feat. Colin Meloy)
He may not be making the best music of his career right now, but as far as straight forward, solid rock music that sounds amazing really loud in the car IN THE SUMMER TIME AND LIFE IS PERFECT AT THAT MOMENT, there aren't too many people doing a better job these days.
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June 2, 2014 on Bob Mould – “I Don’t Know You Anymore” Video (Feat. Colin Meloy)
You do have it. My comment was a barely-editorialized quote, and thus all the upvotes it got were just an agreement that something Coyne said was "dumbest." I'll get Macklemore to tweet at you for me.
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May 19, 2014 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments