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 0Posted on Jul 13th, 2013 | re: She & Him Are The Latest Act To Ban Camera Phones Via Patronizing Signage (102 comments)

Ha, this article reminded me of Ian MacKaye, too. Telling people to mellow out is one thing Ian would do when he was displeased with the crowd. Option B was to dive into the crowd and beat someone’s ass. Either way, the point was made. The man’s a national treasure.

 0Posted on Jul 13th, 2013 | re: She & Him Are The Latest Act To Ban Camera Phones Via Patronizing Signage (102 comments)

no, all you gotta do is use your flash. actually bring a separate one, or one of those flashlights that are brighter than the sun. then you’ll get awesome pictures. the picture gets taken before the band squints and before they attack you with their guitars. I miss the good ol’ punk days. You take a picture, the band transforms you into a gurgling bloody mess in the corner.

 +1Posted on Jul 3rd, 2013 | re: Entertainment Weekly's 100 Greatest Albums Ever (245 comments)

Yeah, I’m shocked by this. This is a magazine sold to idiots in grocery store checkout aisles. It’s a list for people who actually have friends and get out of the basement. (God, I hate people like that….they don’t have a clue.) This seems more like a list of 100 albums everyone should hear for basic cultural and musical literacy.

 0Posted on Jul 2nd, 2013 | re: The Dismemberment Plan Uncanney Valley Details (11 comments)

Shitballs yeah!!! Hey, if the D-Plan can get back together for another album, is there hope for Ellen and Ben? These guys are one of the most hopeful bands I know, just hope I’m invited.

 0Posted on Jul 2nd, 2013 | re: Greetings From Michigan: The Great Lakes State Turns 10 (49 comments)

Seven Swans is my favorite, though I’d say there are performances on some of the Christmas albums that blow away anything else he’s done. Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing comes to mind. But anyway, must we really do a ten year anniversary notice for every marginally noteworthy album that rolls around? The anniversary of Raveonettes’ Chain Gang of Love is next month, isn’t it?

 +1Posted on Jun 25th, 2013 | re: Deconstructing: Liz Phair And Indie Rock Poptimism (42 comments)

Here we go again with the Liz Phair Conundrum. I liked the ’03 album (I thought it was a good pop album, and there’s nothing wrong with that). The Indie world is full of such selfish shitheads who won’t permit anyone to be anything other than a projected image of indie awesomeness. I think it comes from insecurity (God forbid you admit you haven’t heard of [XXXXX] who’ve botten 7 listens on Spotify.) Lighten up. Listen to some Weird Al, you all know Like a Surgeon is the greatest song ever written.

 -1Posted on Nov 24th, 2011 | re: Rolling Stone's 10 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time (227 comments)

I’m pretty sure this whole list was just mean to spark violently righteous indignation amongst the readers of websites like stereogum. Kind of juvenile, but hey, ’tis RS.

 +1Posted on Nov 9th, 2011 | re: "Stairway To Heaven" Turns 40 (36 comments)

hell, I’ll take the kick drum from Levee any day of the week.

 0Posted on Nov 9th, 2011 | re: Watch Air's Painted Love Cartier Film (1 comments)

I love Air, but this was a little disappointing. They’re at their best when they cut through the prettiness with a little bit of quirk, like Sexy Boy (made ironic by the gorilla doll in the video!), or the whistling in Alpha Beta Gaga. This one felt a little phoned in….like the lads woke up one morning and thought, “hmmm what would Air do?”

 +4Posted on Nov 6th, 2011 | re: Loveless Turns 20 (56 comments)

About five years ago I was driving alone through the Mojave desert near Edwards AFB at night. It was so dark, all I could see was yellow lane marker flashing by and the stars above; with no external reference point, it felt like I was flying through space. And then, of the 20,000 or so songs on my iPod, the shuffler decided to play Soon. Despite all the people I’ve loved and the good times I’ve had with them, if there were one moment in my life I could call perfect, I think that might be it.