Comments from ingalls1969

I admit it, I drank the Kool-Aid in the mid-90s and bought this album (as well as "Definitely Maybe" and the enormously problematic "Be Here How" - more on that later). I'll admit that Noel Gallagher has written enough genuinely memorable songs to fill one decent-sized album, but that's it for me. In terms of these ridiculous "Brit Pop Wars," I feel that Blur definitely comes out on top, at least artistically. Their self-titled 1997 album is more interesting and creative than anything Noel and Company have accomplished. It may not have the recycled familiarity of Noel's obssesive Lennonisms, but it gets more rewarding with each listen. I enjoyed "Morning Glory" enough back in the day to scoop up "Be Here Now" on the day it was released. Wow, what a letdown. There's good songs in there, sure, but they're all stretched out to interminable length. That should have been a warning of creative bankruptcy. Do we really need 87 choruses of "All Around the World?" After that, I lost interest for good. Meanwhile, Pulp released "We Love Life" in 2001, the Scott Walker-produced masterpiece that deserves all the kudos that Oasis' latter-day output somehow continues to garner. Then again, I'm American. We kind of gave up on these guys a long time ago.
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October 2, 2015 on (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? Turns 20
Sheeran's So Cold
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September 16, 2015 on Noted Hater Keith Richards Gives Ed Sheeran Another Shoutout
Casale attempts to apologize, and instead throws some unnamed friend under the bus.
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September 15, 2015 on Devo’s Jerry Casale Had A 9/11-Themed Wedding
Bruce Thomas as in "The Attractions?" I knew he and Elvis had a major falling out, but I wasn't aware that Bruce was a dickhead in general (as opposed to "only in the vicinity of Elvis").
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September 14, 2015 on Devo’s Jerry Casale Had A 9/11-Themed Wedding
"Face Value" is actually a pretty good album. I'll even vouch for about half of the follow-up album, "Hello, I Must Be Going." But that's it for me.
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September 2, 2015 on Phil Collins Recreates His Iconic Album Covers For First-Ever Deluxe Reissues
I don't mind that these options exist, I just think it's sad that it's practically the default method of getting into new music. There's something inherently lazy about throwing up your arms and saying, "I don't have time for this! Recommend something for me, Apple overlords!"
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August 5, 2015 on Noel Gallagher Isn’t Impressed By Apple Music Either
While Noel still strikes me as the perpetually cranky old man, he does have a point here. I want my own music and my own collection. I'm not crazy about the fact that a bunch of people at Apple whom I've never met are suddenly recommending stuff to me. I understand the attraction, to an extent, but it seems like recommendations and "playlists you might like based on stuff you listen to" is becoming the prevailing way to get your music. It takes the power out of the listener's hands. I don't like that.
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August 4, 2015 on Noel Gallagher Isn’t Impressed By Apple Music Either
Vinyl is not a convenience format, and I'd venture to say that nobody out there is buying it because it's a compact way to get your music. It IS part of a lifestyle that caters to the ritualistic aspect of buying the record, putting it on the turntable, poring over liner notes, appreciating cover art the way it was intended, turning over the record after 20 minutes. I'm 46, I was buying records in the 80's, and way before that I was enjoying the record collections of my three older siblings. So for me, it's not about the hipster factor - it's a throwback to an era when music consumption was a truly tactile experience. And since most new releases come with download codes, there is a convenience factor built in. I'm hopeful that the vinyl will, in the words of an earlier commenter, "eventually plateau and shirnk back down to a much more niche market." When that happens, I'll probably still be buying.
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July 27, 2015 on Have We Reached Peak Vinyl?
"Pretty much all cars still come with a CD player..."
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July 27, 2015 on Have We Reached Peak Vinyl?
"The former child star, who is probably best-known for his role in the cult classic film The Goonies..." And by "The Goonies," I hope you mean "Stand By Me."
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July 21, 2015 on Minor League Baseball Team Apologizes For Corey Feldman Concert
I'm digging it. It definitely has a "rough around the edges" feel to it. If you like the fact that Nels Cline is in Wilco, you'll probably love this album. Favorite track so far is "Cold Slope."
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July 17, 2015 on Download Wilco’s Surprise New Album Star Wars
If you're declaring the "death of music" because a reality TV star is on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, you're not making much of an effort to find good music.
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July 15, 2015 on Sinead O’Connor Says Music Has Officially Died Because Of Kim Kardashian
"There are no bands or singers who become successful without overwhelming marketing...everything is stringently controlled, obvious and predictable and has exactly the same content. So, we are now in the era of marketed pop stars..." Wow, Morrissey, REALLY? I suppose you're also going to tell me that wrestling is staged and reality TV is scripted. Preaching to the choir...I doubt the average Moz fan or "alt weekly" reader is going to disagree with that.
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July 10, 2015 on Morrissey Disses Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith
TIL "Joe Dirt 2" exists.
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June 19, 2015 on Sharknado 2’s Mark McGrath Announces Debut Solo Record
Coleman predicted the future by accurately titling his 1959 album “The Shape of Jazz to Come.” Nearly a half-century later, his album “Sound Grammar” won the Pulitzer Prize for music. The man defined the word “innovation.” This is a huge loss.
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June 11, 2015 on R.I.P. Ornette Coleman
"Persuasians?" They're not Asian. And Stereogum needs spellcheck.
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May 22, 2015 on Persuasions Leader On Jamie xx Sample: “I Was Told About It But Forgot”
Freddy Fender is going rise from the dead to be Dave's final musical guest.
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May 20, 2015 on Foo Fighters Are David Letterman’s Last Musical Guest
Given the state of Bob's voice these days, I'd say he sounded pretty spectacular last night. That goes for the band as well. "Willfully strange?" "Meandering?" Bob's not exactly known for being smiley and chatty onstage or television, so this is pretty much par for the course. What were you expecting? Do you even know anything about Dylan? Jeez.
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May 20, 2015 on Watch Bob Dylan’s Willfully Strange Performance On David Letterman’s Penultimate Show
VNYL: From the people who brought you DIVX and Flooz.
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May 13, 2015 on VNYL Sliding: Why The “Netflix For Vinyl” Service Is Such A Mess
I see your point, but - to be fair - the Honeydrippers album is from the '80s. BUT STILL.
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May 13, 2015 on VNYL Sliding: Why The “Netflix For Vinyl” Service Is Such A Mess