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I thought this pic was Austin Powers remaking Whiplash…not gonna lie, I was kinda psyched.

 0Posted on Oct 16th | re: Viet Cong - "Continental Shelf" + Debut LP Details (4 comments)

I LOVE the Cassette EP…vibe comes off like early Talking Heads mixed in with a little Wolf Parade.

 +1Posted on Oct 15th | re: Album Of The Week: DJ Quik The Midnight Life (54 comments)

Allo Darlin’s new one is such a great Fall album..

 0Posted on Oct 15th | re: Wilco Reveal Tracklists For Rarities & Greatest Hits Comps (9 comments)

That was Jay Bennetts song, I believe. And, we all know how that whole thing turned out

 +8Posted on Oct 14th | re: You Can Finally Pay For U2's Songs Of Innocence Today (12 comments)

Be careful young man….you may on that same lunch break twenty years from now with a free Arcade Fire album in your clutches.

 0Posted on Oct 14th | re: You Can Finally Pay For U2's Songs Of Innocence Today (12 comments)

Bravo Eggy…bravo. It’s so easy to lob in random comments in an effort to be cool. I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a Motorola store? I hear all the cool kids take their lunch breaks at Verizon…

With much respect, I am very similar to you and I gotta tell ya, I love following all the great personalities that make up the Stereogum comment board. We are a nation!

My mirepoix started with a scuffed up Stones ‘Still Life’ cassette and the sly punk of Talking Heads, then mixed in with a little garage dust of The ‘Mats, Beastie Boy brat rap and ultimately the band that changed the course of my listening joy, The Bends and Radiohead. I’m very proud to love this group of bands.

But…it was that anthem rock of the 80′s and 90′s that started my love affair and one I will never forget or disrespect. It was the air splits of David Lee Roth with the fret tapping of Eddie. It was the bridge between Waters’ Final Cut and the unavoidable baton pass to Gilmour. We’re talking Born in the USA, REM’s Murmur, Back in Black, Mr. Brownstone and yes, Boy and subsequently War…The Unforgettable Fire among so many others. The power of arena rock grew in front of my eyes. I remember the smell of a coliseum, the scalper we met in the hotel I knew by first name still today.

Ya know, (and I apologize for the sports reference) its like that athlete in the twilight of his career. You wanna see that last shot to the gap that he stretches into a double, or the scramble away from a sack before firing a bullet in between tacklers…but you cannot expect it at some point. You just have to let it pass on and covet what memories were given to you while never forgetting what it meant to you as you were living it.

We’re all cynics, I get that, and there’s no better avenue to stroll down with that disposition than with the the internet as our vehicle, and I know we live in different times. Vinyl is dead. The cassette is a memory and the joy of Tuesday mornings and running to the record store to grab Neil Young’s ‘Freedom’ or reading Loders Rolling Stone review of it are long gone..

Keep it up blochhead, I’ll keep reading.

Just trying to keep it real, my man. At the core, everyone here loves music…we all need to bear that in mind before we criticize those who deserve rock and roll immunity. This is a band that is partly responsible for our love affair with it in the first place.

I have no idea why so many here continually rip a band whose discography is one that a handful could only possibly wish to accumulate? Do they really need to justify themselves to your snarky degree anymore? The constant, sarcastic commentary relating to a band that is not at all ashamed of the position there are in today comes off pedantic and narrow minded. We all are supposed to be students at the school of rock and instead, criticisms and disrespectful comments are tossed around as opinions that you think are credible for no reason other than self righteousness.

This is a band that released some of the greatest music of my generation, and because some communistic company like Apple buys into U2 as an institution in order to make another billion bucks with a band that is in their twilight and truly feels no need to justify themselves to anyone, you feel the need to sit up in your ivory tower and rain down pompous opinion with no merit to their successes..

Seriously, go back to that 500 capacity club and watch the next band play their version of Boy for then to only to know that in 25 years, you’ll shit on them, after they have proven their strength to survive for decades.

 +3Posted on Sep 27th | re: Premature Evaluation: Thom Yorke Tomorrow's Modern Boxes (58 comments)

The fact that we just got the ability to sink into some more Yorke music as a bridge between Radiohead albums is pretty much the only thing that needs to be appreciated here. Evaluating the $6 album is the last thing on my mind. There is nothing new going on here…its an album made up of Thom putting together some late nights at his cpu and soundboard. Good enough for me. Enjoy.