I must have read Goodnight Moon to my kids about a million times, but I have to admit that his rendition puts mine to shame. Sad news, RIP Dave/Oderus.
I liked Hurley too! “Trainwrecks” is my jam.
I’ve been waiting for this one too, and glad to see you got one of my favourite metal writers to do it. Can’t say I fully agree with the rankings, but that’s no surprise – if you asked 100 Maiden fans to rank these albums, you’d probably end up with 100 different lists. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, No Prayer is Maiden’s most underrated album. Certainly not a classic, but far from their worst – WAY better than Fear of the Dark, for one thing. Oh, and the DiAnno albums should be lower. And Powerslave should be #1. See what I mean? :)
I missed commenting on the original story (which was a great read BTW, comments-section drama aside), but I’m a parent of two myself and wanted to add my thoughts, hope no one minds if I comment here.
First off, to be honest, I have to admit that I personally don’t think smoking “ungodly amounts of weed” is a good look for any parent. I’m sure I sound like a cliche, but I imagine that Tom (and any other parents out there) would agree that raising kids is HARD work; you seriously need to be on top of your game, especially when they’re young (I don’t know how old Damian’s kids are; mine are pre-school age). I can’t imagine how consuming large amounts of any mind-altering substance, even one as relatively mild as pot, wouldn’t have at least SOME effect on your ability to function as a parent. (I may be overly sensitive here because, without getting into detail, my twins are in a position where they need even more attention than the average kid, but anyway). Having said that, there’s obviously no way in the world that a couple of paragraphs about weed in an online feature are justification for labeling someone a negligent parent or suggesting that (god forbid) they should have their kids taken away. Hell, for all we know he left Vapor Central and went straight to a PTA meeting.
Also, as heart-explodingly awesome as my kids are, as Tom said in his comment, they can definitely be a source of stress and anxiety. You’re making decisions every single day that will potentially affect them for the rest of their lives; you’ve got to have some outlet for dealing with that or you’ll just go batshit crazy. My stress-reliever of choice tends to be music (a good nap always helps too), but just because I don’t smoke pot, I’m not comfortable sitting in judgement of someone I don’t know at all just because he chooses to do so – god knows there have been times over the past few years where I could have used a joint!
“I love this song and most of the new album” – very glad to hear this, especially in light of your comment about Heaven Is Whenever (which I actually liked more than most people did, but would still agree was their weakest album to date). I’m not put off by the production either, slickness doesn’t bother me as long as the songs are good (see also: the last few Against Me! albums). I’d say this song is just good, not great, but I’m still really looking forward to hearing the whole album.
Right, except it’s a really good song, and a really good album, and that’s a really stupid reason to just dismiss it out of hand.
Almost every song on the album deals, directly or indirectly, with the trans issue. The word “transgender” is RIGHT IN THE TITLE, for crying out loud. The fact that the music is straightforward and hooky makes it much more likely that it will reach a larger audience. That’s not a “huge and powerful statement”? You would have preferred they make a sloppy, noisy album that nobody but old punk scenesters would want to listen to? Fuck outta here.
From the Grantland piece on LJG from last week (which I thought was quite good, the subsequent Essay Vanderbilt fiasco notwithstanding):
“If this were a world where rock radio programmers didn’t blanch at heavy-riffing singles in which the chorus asks, “Does God bless your transsexual heart?,” Blues would be blaring out of car stereos everywhere for the next 18 months.”
I think (or at least hope) it still will, this is definitely a driving-around-howling-choruses-out-the-window-jabbing-fingers-in-the-air kind of album, I’ll be doing just that on the way home tonight (well, maybe not the window part, since it’s minus-20 Celsius out there, but anyway).
“Tornoto”? Come on now, don’t make me sic Rob Ford on you…
“Offensive” might be pushing it, I assume Tom just meant that Neko has a higher profile or more name recognition than Isbell. But yeah, Isbell’s new album is just as “seriously great” as Neko’s, if not even better.