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 0Posted on Jul 22nd | re: Album Of The Week: Courtship Ritual Pith (17 comments)

Martyrdod is exactly what I need right now. This will tide me over until From Ashes Rise and/or Disfear get around to putting out something new.

 +1Posted on Jul 22nd | re: 30 Essential Songs From The Golden Era Of Emo (71 comments)

As long as we’re naming overlooked additions to this list, how about some love for Samiam?

 +5Posted on Jul 22nd | re: 30 Essential Songs From The Golden Era Of Emo (71 comments)

Love that Piebald got a mention. Terribly underrated, and a lot of fun live.

Gotta say, I always considered ATDI more a part of the post-hardcore scene, with their peers being Refused, Glassjaw, and Blood Brothers, more so than emo proper, but I suppose the lines are blurry.

Serj what are you doing, everyone else in your band wants to make another album and you’re dicking around with this doofus?

 +4Posted on Jul 21st | re: Portrait Of An American Family Turns 20 (32 comments)

Portrait of an American Family and Smells Like Children are marginally interesting, Halloween-rock curios. A couple solid tunes here and there, but the band is still finding its voice.

Antichrist Superstar and Mechanical Animals are legitimately interesting albums. Whether or not they’re good is a matter of taste, but they are definitely interesting. One is an industral rock tantrum about the rise of the Antichrist and one is a glam rock odyssey about an androgynous alien.

Holy Wood and Golden Age of Grotesque slide back into “marginally interesting” territory. The music gets more rote and the concepts/aesthetic are boring. Holy Wood has something or other to do with the JFK assassination and Golden Age has Manson as the ringleader of some sort of Weimar Republic kitsch revival.

After that, I stopped paying attention. It seems like Manson’s persona has gradually watered down from larger-than-life characters like “I’m the fucking Antichrist” and “I’m a sexless alien glam creature” to “I’m a sleazy old creep who does hella coke and bangs girls significantly younger than me”

 0Posted on Jul 21st | re: Portrait Of An American Family Turns 20 (32 comments)

A lot of this album (and MM’s music in general) sounds really silly now that I’m no longer 14, but “Cyclops” is still a hell of a jam.

 0Posted on Jul 18th | re: Portrait Of An American Family Turns 20 (32 comments)

Daisy was the most interesting guitarist the band ever had. Shame they kicked him out.

 +1Posted on Jul 15th | re: Album Of The Week: United Nations The Next Four Years (18 comments)

Antemasque have a song on their album that straight-up sounds like Journey. Never thought I’d hear that from the Mars Volta guys.

That song aside, I actually like the album a lot. It’s not as ferocious as ATDI and not as bizarre as TMV, it’s lean and garage-y while still being weird enough to be memorable.

 +2Posted on Jul 14th | re: Muddy, Druggy Hudson Project Festival Ends Miserably (9 comments)

The other day, I saw a girl on the subway who still had her Bonnaroo wristband on (Roo was a month ago)

Some people are die-hards, I guess.

 +11Posted on Jul 14th | re: Conor Oberst Rape Accuser Admits She Lied (73 comments)

Eh, it’s more ammo for the MRA brigade to spread their “women lie about rape ALL THE TIME” agenda. I’m glad it turned out that no one was raped, but this is shitty all around.