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 0Posted on Sep 18th, 2012 | re: The 10 Best Indie Rock Documentaries (93 comments)

I’m kind of surprised that anyone thinks Meeting People Is Easy looks amateurish (even if you did qualify that by saying it’s only until you get used to the style). I think it’s one of the most beautifully-shot documentaries I’ve ever seen, from start to finish.

I’m very glad to see it included on the list though. I’ve noticed that a lot of people tend to dislike it simply because it isn’t a typical rock documentary – the actual performances of the music decidedly take a backseat to the film’s message, and the live concert footage that is there obviously isn’t selected simply for its aural awesomeness. But I think for anyone who can accept the fact that it was never meant to be about Radiohead rocking out, it’s a really poignant and insightful film. I think my favorite parts of it are the scenes that show the making of the “No Surprises” video (which was directed by the same filmmaker as Meeting People Is Easy). The film contains plenty of uncomfortable moments, but the clips of a bunch of sarcastic journalists making fun of the final result, contrasted with scenes of Thom Yorke repeatedly trying (and repeatedly failing) to hold his breath underwater as long as the director wanted him to, are some of the most effective. Those three minutes sum up the entire point of the film in a nutshell:

 0Posted on Sep 14th, 2012 | re: Amanda Palmer Responds To Volunteer Musician Criticism (66 comments)

I (and many others) beg to differ – anyone who thinks that Amanda Palmer is “awesome” and “revolutionary” should read the hell out of this.

I’m usually not one for Tumblr, but I think this sums up all of the problems with Ms. Palmer quite handily, and despite the typically memetic nature of Tumblr in general, every single point mentioned in the link above is easily verifiable from other sources (sometimes even from Palmer herself). Wanting professional musicians to work for her for free (and crying poor about it when criticized, to boot) is just the tip of the shitty iceberg with her, so to speak. And it’s been that way for a pretty long time.

It boggles my mind that anyone can think of this horrible, horrible woman as a person to respect, or an ideal to which others should aspire.

 0Posted on Jul 25th, 2012 | re: The Gummy Awards: Your Top 20 Indie Rock Crushes Of 2011 (145 comments)

I feel rather silly replying to a months-old comment, but I suppose I’m already wasting my time reading old stories on a music blog for no particular reason (other than being extremely bored), so whatever.

I guess I can see why you may have thought that about this comment, even though I honestly don’t think saying that I met a modestly popular indie rock musician is that special, in the grand scheme of things. (I thought I did the right thing to avoid sounding like a namedropper by going out of my way to say that I’ve only met a small handful of people who could even marginally be considered famous, but perhaps not.) I’m not exactly sure why past comments of mine gave you that impression though. Especially given that over the past two years, give or take, I haven’t commented regularly on this site anyway.

I’m probably just taking this way too personally. Oh well. Given some of the interpersonal insanity this site has seen over the past several months, at least I won’t be the only one, nor the most egregious offender by a long shot. And hopefully if you do notice this somehow and respond, it’ll take me less than two months to reply this time. :-P

 -2Posted on Jun 24th, 2012 | re: Black Keys' Patrick Carney Calls Van Halen "Fucking Retarded" (57 comments)

adjective \ri-ˈtärd-əd\
sometimes offensive : slow or limited in intellectual or emotional development : characterized by mental retardation.

QED. Though if you truly think that Mr. Carney meant “retarded” in the verbal sense, I’m sure the complexities of Latin will escape you as well.

 -2Posted on Jun 23rd, 2012 | re: Black Keys' Patrick Carney Calls Van Halen "Fucking Retarded" (57 comments)

Yeah, because bringing up the fact that it’s blatantly offensive is really snooty, right?

Using “retarded” as a casual replacement for things one doesn’t like is hurtful. Period. I know this is a bit of an aside from the issue at hand, but the fact that ableism still tends to be quite rampant, even among people who are otherwise pretty reasonable on most sensitive issues, is really disconcerting. Can you imagine if this guy had used “gay” as a stand-in for something he thinks is stupid instead of “retarded”? I have a very hard time imagining you telling someone who saw a problem with that situation to get off their high horse (unless, of course, you happen to be a homophobe as well as an ableist).

Long story short – this kind of thing is real for so, so many people. It’s demeaning, it’s hurtful, and I wish more people would start standing up to it.

A bit more on topic: the more I learn about Patrick Carney, the more he sounds like a complete tool. Fuck this guy.

 +3Posted on Apr 3rd, 2012 | re: Stereogum's 25 Most Anticipated Albums For Spring/Summer 2012 (138 comments)

I’d take Jeff Mangum coughing into a microphone over some of the shit listed here any day.

 +10Posted on Dec 21st, 2011 | re: The Gummy Awards: Your Top 20 Indie Rock Crushes Of 2011 (145 comments)

I know this may come off as a bit ill-humored, but all of the “Bradford Cox iz totes ugly u gaiz!!!11!1″ comments in this post strike me as rather immature and more than a bit too Hipster Runoff for my tastes. Yeah, everyone gets it – he’s not going to be on magazine covers anytime soon. Hilarious stuff, that.

And maybe this is also a very feminine viewpoint, but crushing is hardly all about looks (in my opinion of course, though I’m sure lots of others would agree). Besides being a ridiculously talented and endlessly fascinating musician, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Bradford before, and he’s very kind, engaging and endearing. (Not that I’ve had the chance to meet tons of famous people, but of all the ones I have, he was probably the sweetest.) What isn’t attractive about being kind, interesting and super talented again?

 +1Posted on Dec 2nd, 2011 | re: FACT Magazine's Top 50 Albums Of 2011 (25 comments)

I agree completely. I like the idea of a list that has plenty of new stuff for me to check out. I’ll take something like this any day over the year-end opinions of British Magazine That Still Loves Everything Noel Gallagher Does #417.

 +2Posted on Dec 2nd, 2011 | re: Lana Del Rey - "Born To Die" (Official Audio, Topless Video) (69 comments)

Personally I don’t get the passion that this girl instills in people at all, positive or negative. I do think she’s probably full of shit, but lots of “artists” are. It’s easy to pick and choose who you want to listen to though. I give Lana Del Rey roughly the same amount of attention I would give someone like Katy Perry – none, except for the occasional bemused comment when she shows up on my radar.

 +1Posted on Dec 1st, 2011 | re: Rolling Stone's 10 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time (227 comments)

Um, I’m a little confused? If you mean Deerhunter, I really don’t think their last Conan appearance was bad at all? Maybe not the most mindblowing thing ever, but they did the song “Helicopter” essentially how it’s supposed to be. If you don’t like their sound, okay, whatever… but there was nothing wrong with that performance.

They are also far, far, far from a worthless band. Halcyon Digest is one of the best albums of the past few years, in my eyes, and the first Atlas Sound album is one of the few records I hold closest to my heart.

Then again though, I’m of the school of thought that just because I don’t like something doesn’t automatically make it “worthless.” For example, I don’t really care for LCD Soundsystem or Vampire Weekend – but lots of people like them, and the musicians comprising each band are very talented, hardworking people. Worthless is a strong word, in my honest opinion. But what do I know?