Comments from michaelc

So you're calling her stupid?
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April 21, 2015 on Amanda Palmer: $1.2M Kickstarter “Was Actually A Loss Leader”
If you can't hate someone who makes over a million dollars off a Kickstarter and then complains she can't make money, who can you hate?
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April 21, 2015 on Amanda Palmer: $1.2M Kickstarter “Was Actually A Loss Leader”
I'm distracted by the concept of putting the title of a digital single in Braille.
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March 27, 2015 on Rihanna – “Bitch Better Have My Money”
I can't believe that the major labels face declining profits.
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March 24, 2015 on Earl Sweatshirt’s Label Fucked Up His Album Release
This...plus, I find that as artists get older they become less melodically direct. If they can make up for that in other ways, they can still create great music though.
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March 23, 2015 on Blur – “Lonesome Street”
Oh, I can argue it. I've heard it four times now and: • I still can't remember the verse melody five minutes later. • I still think the chorus is more try-hard than actually catchy, like the writers were deliberately trying to make some kind of cascading melody while clearly avoiding any plagiarism lawsuits. • Looks like America agrees - it seems to be stalling out on the download and streaming charts - hasn't even made Spotify's chart - although payola, I mean radio play, hasn't kicked in yet.
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March 7, 2015 on Carly Rae Jepsen – “I Really Like You” Video (Feat. Tom Hanks)
While I don't give a rodent's posterior about "advancing music" (that may literally be the most pretentious reason to make music ever, literally)... That song does nothing to make me say "wow, what a hook." It's like a whodunit you solve in the first five minutes that then spends two hours doing no plot development, just scene after scene convincing you the detective is a good guy and the villain is a bad guy. And the good guy is Tom Hanks and the bad guy is Danny Trejo. And like that hypothetical movie, not even Tom Hanks can save this song.
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March 7, 2015 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
So you're saying you hate mashups...
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March 6, 2015 on This Hall & Oates x Metallica Mashup Is Almost Great
"CRJ is 29. Not 15." Shhhhh! Her entire income counts on 12-year-old girls! Do you want to ruin it for everyone??
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March 2, 2015 on Carly Rae Jepsen – “I Really Like You”
It really is kind of a try-hard song. The best pop songs make you pleasantly surprised at a sudden bit of melody/lyric. Call Me Maybe had that. Single Ladies. Bang Bang. Happy. Even something like Uptown Funk, which is more a genre exercise than an original song (I still flap my arms like I'm listening to The Time when I hear it), has a way of leading you down a path you weren't thinking about. Even (ack) Shake It Off, after the try-hard verse, pays off with the melody if not the words. This...kind of sits there. Someone thought it would be cute to put lots of "reallys" in the chorus, but the title even prepares you for that. I've already forgotten the melody, which is something that never happened when I heard the songs mentioned above.
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March 2, 2015 on Carly Rae Jepsen – “I Really Like You”
So all ya gotta say to get in the Worst Comments is "bewbs"? (clears throat) ...Bewbs.
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February 14, 2015 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
"Coffeehouse" is my favorite early KISS song.
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February 11, 2015 on Kenny G Says He’s Responsible For The Starbucks Frappuccino
Mr. G wasn't claiming he (or Starbucks) invented the name or the drink. He's claiming that he gave Starbucks the idea that Starbucks should have a drink like that. So, not wrong.
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February 11, 2015 on Kenny G Says He’s Responsible For The Starbucks Frappuccino
I demand credit for the Grand Budapest Hotel reference. I will accept the Tom Petty "I Really Did Think I Made It Up Myself (Before Remembering the 1000 Times I Heard It On The Radio As A Kid)" 25% share.
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February 9, 2015 on Grammys 2015: Performances From Worst To Best
I think the only time one can, and SHOULD, have a problem is when the critiques are wrong (usually due to a lack of even perfunctory research, such as the above). I think it's our duty to point out injustice, but it's also our duty to point out where there is NO injustice when it's clear there isn't - maybe the Grammys' gender/race record in its large/general categories should be held up as an example of where people of all kinds are on equal footing. That all said, the other two major cross-genre categories, Record and Song of the Year have been dominated by white artists, although since around 1996 they've also often gone to younger artists, and this year the Song award broke a five-year string of being awarded to a song performed by or featuring a female artist. So maybe Kanye would have made a more accurate statement by running on stage during Sam Smith's acceptance speeches - although I'm sure that wouldn't have gone over quite as well.
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February 9, 2015 on Morning-After Phase: Thoughts On The 2015 Grammys
I don't have time to look, but did Pharrell get nominated for his role in The Grand Budapest Hotel?
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February 9, 2015 on Grammys 2015: The Best GIFs, Tweets, & Videos
Considering the winners of Song and Record of the Year, it should at least be tagged "Tom Petty."
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February 9, 2015 on Grammys 2015: Winners List
Oh great. Now I've got a loop of "Temporary Secretary" in my head. Thank you so very effing much.
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February 6, 2015 on Buzzy Singer-Songwriter Paul McCartney Is Now Recording With Lady Gaga & Mike McCready
Was just going to write that. Go to TheSmokingGun, pull up a rider at random, and I GUARANTEE it will be more "ridiculous" than this one. (Did SpinMedia make you use that headline, Stereogum? Is the corporation's accounting showing you falling short on your quota of viral clicks? Level with us, we're on your side, Stereogum!) As for the guac recipe: find David Lee Roth's explanation of why Van Halen asked for the purging of brown M&Ms. EVERY rider should have at least one item that acts as a quality check to make sure the staff is reading the actual important stuff.
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February 6, 2015 on Jack White’s Agency Blacklists University Of Oklahoma After School Paper Publishes His Ridiculous Rider