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I like corn. It's good for you.
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April 29, 2016 on Beach Slang Are Not Breaking Up
"The band Limp Bizkit will not be here on Thursday 04/20/16." OK, but here's the thing: 4/20/16 (i.e. today) isn't a Thursday, it's a Wednesday. This show is TOTALLY happening.
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April 20, 2016 on Dayton Police Deny There Will Be A Limp Bizkit Concert At The Gas Station On Wayne Ave Tonight
Haven't had time to see EWS yet, although it's at the top of my "to see" list. But I *will* be seeing Kvelertak for the first time next week, and am fully expecting the show (and the new album) to be incredible.
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April 12, 2016 on On Everybody Wants Some!!, Metal’s Genre Problem, & Kvelertak’s Amazing New Album
If you only know Tesla as "the guys who did the cover of Signs", you're missing out on some great music (assuming you're a fan of late 80s/early 90s hard rock, which I realize isn't exactly a safe assumption for the average Stereogum commenter). Anyway, Tesla's first three (arguably four) studio albums are some of the most underrated records from that period, if you're so inclined.
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April 3, 2016 on Watch Guns N’ Roses Play Their First Reunion Show
"A Clandestine gift card to Sunlight Studios", that's great. (Seriously though, does anyone know where I can get one of those?)
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April 2, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – March 2016
The just-announced Guns N' Roses show in Toronto is the exact same day as the Def Leppard/Tesla show, which I already have a ticket for. I grew up on all three bands, never seen any of them live, but I would definitely put GN'R on a higher level than the other two. So do I sell my Def Lep ticket and go to GN'R instead? Do I bank on GN'R's well-earned reputation and assume the Toronto show will be postponed/cancelled? Or do I say "fuck it" and just go to Def Lep/Tesla like I originally planned? Decisions, decisions...
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April 2, 2016 on Watch Guns N’ Roses Play Their First Reunion Show
Damn. I decided not to see them on this tour (in my defense, my concert-going time/budget is definitely limited now that I have kids), sounds like that was a big mistake!
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April 2, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – March 2016
I'm seeing them when they come to Toronto in April (with Torche!), was hoping the new album would be out by then, but like you said, can't win 'em all...still expecting it to be a total blast, like you also said. (Then again, VH is one of my most loved bands of all time, so we're obviously coming at this from different directions!)
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March 8, 2016 on Kvelertak – “1985”
(insert Homer Simpson drooling noises here)
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March 8, 2016 on Kvelertak – “1985”
I've got three words for that band's singer, and any other homophobic metal bands/fans: Rob Fucking Halford.
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March 3, 2016 on Beast Mode: Metal’s Evolution From Caveman To Cobalt
Thanks for this, Michael. I'm still trying to sort out how I feel about Charlie Fell (that crack/LSD anecdote you mentioned is certainly...interesting?), and this helps - not to mention that, on a purely musical level, what I've heard of the new album so far has been amazing. Anyway, I concur with the comment from Darren Frye above - looking forward to your first book.
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March 3, 2016 on Beast Mode: Metal’s Evolution From Caveman To Cobalt
You're not wrong - this song is awesome. Can't wait to hear the rest of the album!
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March 1, 2016 on WODE – “Cloaked In Ruin” (Stereogum Premiere)
I second that, The Week In Metal (or "Status Ain't Hood(ed Menace)" if you will) sounds like a great idea to me.
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February 29, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – February 2016
Somewhere in Virginia right now, someone is typing furiously and cursing Kanye for dropping this at 1:30 on Sunday morning. "Prematurely Evaluate THIS, motherfucker!"
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February 14, 2016 on Stream Kanye West’s The Life Of Pablo … Finally!
Intentionally or not, the title is lifted from Ghostface's verse on "Protect Ya Neck": "I give an order to my peeps across the water/To go and snatch up props all around the border/And get far like a shooting star/Cause who I are is living the life of Pablo Escobar" So...this is Kanye's Wu-Tang tribute album?
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February 11, 2016 on Kanye West Reveals The Life Of Pablo (!) Tracklist
That's an excellent point, I haven't stopped listening to Megadeth since Mustaine's descent into lunacy. Even if he hasn't done anything as egregious as, say, the Anselmo fiasco (that I know of), I certainly don't agree with his politics, but because he's made some of my all-time favourite metal albums, I hold him to a different standard than a band like Cobalt who I don't have that attachment to. So yeah, definitely some hypocrisy there on my part. I guess I'm still trying to figure out where to draw the line - a person could really drive themselves crazy thinking about all of this.
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February 10, 2016 on Cobalt – “Beast Whip”
No worries, it's obviously a sensitive subject, and I definitely should have been clearer with my original comment. (In my defense, I didn't ask Adrien because someone else on Twitter beat me to it, I believe he responded that the album was amazing musically, but he was reserving full judgement until he read the lyrics and talked to the band. Plus, I'm always tweeting at him about hockey, I'm sure he's sick of me bugging him!) I'm definitely curious to hear the rest of the new album, if it's as good as this song, but I just want to get some more background on Charlie Fell before I do. For the same reason that I'm hesitant to go back and check out Gin and Eater of Birds, great as they may be - I don't know the details of the Phil McSorley situation, but "spewing misogynist/homophobic slurs" doesn't sound too promising, I just know that "McSorley is a misogynistic homophobic bastard" would be running through my head the whole time. I understand the "separate the art from the artist" argument, but it just never works for me personally. Anyway, I'd certainly be interested to hear more of the "book" on Fell, but I understand your reasoning for not giving it. I've never read any of Laina Dawes' stuff, nor did I hear the NPR podcast you mentioned, so thanks for those recommendations, I'll have to check them out.
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February 10, 2016 on Cobalt – “Beast Whip”
I didn't mean to criticize you, Michael, just wanted to get your take on Charlie Fell, obviously I went about it the wrong way. It's not necessarily that I don't care about these bands, just that I don't really know much about them as of yet, or about Charlie Fell in particular - I don't know if he should be excommunicated, I don't know *what* to think about him, which is why I asked the question. Like you said, that line is indefensible, and I was curious why you didn't mention it, but your explanation makes perfect sense. Didn't mean to be antagonistic, and I apologize.
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February 10, 2016 on Cobalt – “Beast Whip”
I don't know, that Lord Mantis lyric that Adrien quoted in the Blood & Thunder piece you linked to strikes me as more than just "insensitive". To quote further from that article: "Some might argue that it takes on a different metaphorical meaning in context, but when such a line perpetuates a hateful stereotype of a black person as a raping brute, it is damaging to the African-American community, and wholly unacceptable, without exception...nobody, save for the excellent website Last Rites, made the effort to take Fell and Lord Mantis to task for that hateful, racist lyric...Racism in heavy metal, like homophobia, transphobia, and misogyny, must be addressed mercilessly, no matter what excuse given by the artist, no matter how “nice” or “cool” the artist is...seriously, Cobalt. What the hell?" I've never really followed Cobalt or Lord Mantis, so I don't know the full background, I'm just honestly asking: has something changed in the past couple of years that Charlie Fell now gets a pass (as opposed to, say, certain other prominent metal vocalists who shall remain nameless)?
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February 9, 2016 on Cobalt – “Beast Whip”
I've heard them all now, I don't think In Mourning is as good as the first two, but man, those first two are awesome.
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February 7, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – January 2016