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 +12Posted on Jan 26th | re: Sam Smith Is Having A Rough Year (112 comments)

Twitter-size quotes are the currency of 2015, aren’t they?

 +12Posted on Jan 26th | re: Sam Smith Is Having A Rough Year (112 comments)

Stern is a prime example of someone who seems completely different in isolated quotes (and even brief audio snippets) than he is in his personal life. It’s become pretty well-known over the past what, 30 years that Stern says things with harsh-soulding bluntness to grab attention (how do you think he got where he is now – by Larry King-ing softballs?), but that he’s also one of the most self-effacing people in media. He pokes fun at everything and everyone, straight, gay, black, white, and himself.

It’s usually people who haven’t followed along that say things like “his barely-veiled homophobia.” (Mind you, among millennials that’s probably a reasonable percentage.)

And I’m someone who 10 years ago would have refused to defend Stern as well. Then I learned about books and covers.

 +10Posted on Jan 24th | re: Rihanna, Kanye West, & Paul McCartney - "FourFiveSeconds" (98 comments)

Did they mislabel a Sheryl Crow song?**

**And I don’t necessarily mean that as snark.

As much as I’m ambivalent about iTunes, every time I hear something about Amazon I like Amazon less.

I saw the lede and said to myself, “I’d do that.”

Of course, nowadays airport cops will arrest you for trying to take a Frappuchino through TSA.

 +4Posted on Dec 25th, 2014 | re: Watch Eminem Reveal He's Gay In A Scene From The Interview (16 comments)

C’mon, it’s a typical Rogen/Franco movie. It’s SUPPOSED to be dumb. You’re SUPPOSED to feel like it was written by buddies smoking way too much weed, and that maybe you shouldn’t have had to pay full price to sit through it.

Just also know that there’s an entire segment of young American males who think this stuff is genius because it sounds just what they and their bros come up with over herb and pizza on a Saturday night.

 +1Posted on Dec 15th, 2014 | re: DIIV Respond To Controversy Over Bassist's Hateful 4Chan Comments (75 comments)

It’s not even being “politically correct.” All Smith was trying to do was be the responsible adult in the room, and there’s been such a resulting Twitstorm (4chan posters can and do also use Twitter accounts to spread their shit) that it could reasonably be called news. He didn’t even go after his bandmate – he just tried to make clear his stance on that kind of thing.

Perez was pretty much just being That Drunk Idiot At The Party Trying Too Hard To Impress The Other Drunk Idiots, except he did it on a much more public scale.

 +12Posted on Dec 14th, 2014 | re: DIIV Respond To Controversy Over Bassist's Hateful 4Chan Comments (75 comments)

Is there a single positive contribution to society that can be attributed to 4chan?

 0Posted on Dec 8th, 2014 | re: The 50 Best Albums Of 2014 (531 comments)

TAYLOR SWIFT is higher on this list than SPOON.

I remember when Stereogum would mercilessly mock other sites for stuff like that.

 +7Posted on Dec 6th, 2014 | re: Making Sense Of The 2015 Grammy Nominations (77 comments)

My only amazement is that ANYONE, EVER, expected the Grammys to be relevant at any time, past, present or future.