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You’re probably right, Scott…and come to think of it, I haven’t heard boo from her regarding any of the recent events that have gone on anyway. It’s sad too because with her reach and how relative it is with her, it’s a huge opportunity to make a stand and possibly draw many into recognizing and possibly taking action against domestic violence. This could have been a great way for her to create positive spin and help others fight in acknowledging the real issue.

Maybe Rihanna just didn’t want to be associated with what surrounds her in regard to the obvious issue so made a stand and simply backed out on her own?

Another classic example where this should not be seen as an NFL decision but an individuals stand against domestic violence in order to make a statement.

 +13Posted on Sep 11th | re: Premature Evaluation: U2 Songs Of Innocence (139 comments)

Fricke used to be a critical force, too. This is very disconcerting. Five stars is something that used to be that white whale for any band and he drops back and lobs this out there like he’s handing out a stick of gum. I’m all for each publication having their own genre niche and U2 is certainly one of RS’s poster children in that respect, but seriously, they think this is better than what they gave Achtung, Baby.

And, just for giggles, here’s what Steve Pond wrote about Joshua Tree back when that came out:
“That’s not to say that this record is either a flagrantly commercial move or another Born in the U.S.A. The Joshua Tree is U2′s most varied, subtle and accessible album, although it doesn’t contain any sure-fire smash hits.”

 +19Posted on Sep 9th | re: Album Of The Week: Hiss Golden Messenger Lateness Of Dancers (32 comments)

Great pick…man, this is a solid album. Heard it was recorded in a barn which, in a weird way, adds to its enjoyment when you close your eyes and push play.

On a side note, I must acknowledge El Pintor and Pitchforks review which, mind you, I really didn’t take into any consideration. What infuriates me is that about 70% of the review is the writer pontificating and discussing Interpols past success/failures and general opinion as to where he believes the band evolved and stands today. I want a review of the album…if I want I bio on a band I’ll pull up their fucking Wikipedia page. Amiright??

There, now that I got that out….back to that U2 album.

Just go in accepting the fact that the days of Unforgettable Fire, War, Boy, Achtung and Joshua Tree are very much behind them and this’ll be a fun listen for ya. You cannot expect U2 to fire their (once) creative torpedoes at you when they are handing off a free album to you that was distributed by the Evil Empire that is Apple. It’s simply not possible.

 0Posted on Sep 9th | re: Stream The Juan Maclean In A Dream (2 comments)

This gets really good once it settles down at track 3. There is a serious Papa Don’t Preach rip coming off of “You Were a Runaway” which, mind you, isn’t at all a bad thing. A seriously cool album.

 +19Posted on Aug 28th | re: Premature Evaluation: Interpol El Pintor (142 comments)

The thing about Interpol that people seem to forget is how they’ve (for years) hovered so well between ‘cool’ and mainstream. Its a balance few can successfully pull off. Not sure if I’d label them as a ‘joke’ to some like the article states but will say they definitely exploited the world of brood. Think this album is exactly what any Interpol listener, whether cavalier or diehard, should hope to expect. Its by far the closest thing to Antics/TOYBL I’ve heard. These songs are stripped down, unlike the albums that are associated with their dip for a few years which I thought were just simply overworked.

We need more bands in our world like Interpol. These guys don’t compromise. They don’t sell out and they certainly don’t try and go outside their comfort zone because, really, why should they? Their only fault is probably the difficulty they had adjusting to the loss of Carlos D because really, I don’t think a band as limited as Interpol’s sound can withstand that death rattle. What are they going to do, go all EDM on ya? And if you want fucked up Interpol, just wait for Banksy next coke induced solo project to scratch your itch. I’ve honestly been waiting for an Interpol album like this for a long time and have finally gotten this, and its a gooood thing, people…

This is as refreshing a release as I’ve heard because it feels like Interpol, it sweats like Interpol and it smells like Interpol. Turn down the lights, push play and sink into it, ya know, like ya did 15 years ago.

 +1Posted on Aug 27th | re: AC/DC Albums From Worst To Best (40 comments)

Nice band to tackle…being a boy growing up smack dab in 80′s (don’t envy me ;-/) my heart belongs to Back in Black mainly because there’s simply not one throwaway track. I remember hearing Shoot to Thrill fpor the first time as a kid, and just listening in amazement. I also think Who Made Who is a little lower than it should be but understand, its not outstanding yet it greatly affected me as a rock radio listener at the time. And you’re right….you can’t separate Bon from Brian. They both made such a great impact on the band.

It’s kinda sad to see an article where the highlight of commentary centers on the monthly douchebag moves of a self absorbed ego maniac that is Kayne West when lightly dropped into the informational paragraph reads…. “James has a few more albums in the works.” I find that much more interesting.

This at least gave me the joy of reading a passage from Infinite Jest which I’ll never underappreciate. Heres a classic example of some fool who laboriously tries to act brilliant (Rollins) and an example of another who simply exudes brilliant (Wallace)