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weird how little this breakdown delves into the musicality of any of these albums. there are interesting things to be said about some of the tracks beyond just what they immediately sound like.... and no mention of Nile Rodgers' influence on 'Virgin...'? his autobiography made me re-like her a lot more again. anyhoo... 1. tie - Like a Virgin / True Blue 3. Like a Prayer 4. Madonna 5. Ray of Light 6. Erotica 7. Bedtime Stories ...the rest are tied for last.
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March 19, 2015 on Like A Prayer (1989)
we have gone so far down the wrong fork in this road now, we don't know what's down or up. this isn't like the worst thing happening in the world right now, but it is crazy. we are crazy. we have lost our damn minds on this issue. I don't get any of it. while many of us can get behind the idea that Robin Thicke and Pharrell should both be punished, in some way, for some of their recent output, this taking money for micro-segments of songs that bear a resemblance to other micro-segments of songs is some bullshit.
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March 16, 2015 on Marvin Gaye’s Family Thinks Pharrell Ripped Them Off On “Happy,” Too
somewhere, I can't remember where, I saw someone do a sort of breakdown of particularly the intros of the two songs. and there is a striking similarity between very specific sounds within them. there is a technique where the tracks are made to sound 'live' by using muffled voices in the background carrying on overlapping, unintelligible conversations, then a bell tone, then the bass line. they both followed that exact pattern. afterwards, they are less similar. BUT, in as much as they Gaye estate is trying to say that someone could hear the stat of 'blurred lines' and think they were about to tuck into some Marvin, they have a pretty solid point. whether that's enough to meet the legal criteria here will be interesting to see. but it really sounds like someone (pharrell) thought that the way to capture the mood of 'Got to give it up' was to simply mimic the beginning and then sustain a falsetto male voice throughout. and that very, very similar intro might just f#(k them out of a lot of $$.
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March 4, 2015 on Robin Thicke Trial Reveals Extraordinary “Blurred Lines” Financials
sounds like how the US won the revolutionary war...
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March 3, 2015 on Viet Cong Show Cancelled Because Of Offensive Band Name
yeah, it's problematic to compare our American 'left/right' political spectrum to even Canada or the UK, let alone cultures that have even less direct lineage with our political evolution here. say you get Pol Pot on TV right now (despite his being real dead), and you say "Hey, Pol Pot - Obamacare: yes or no?" his answer is to have his lieutenant cut your head off. not really a left/right thing...
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March 3, 2015 on Viet Cong Show Cancelled Because Of Offensive Band Name
I think this brings up a few issues of general stupidity. ? - Is 'Viet Cong' a stupid band name? A - yes ? - should we curtail free expression and speech here in the US because of their (or our) actions during the Vietnam war? A - unequivocal NO. ? - is it morally wrong for a band to name themselves something stupid and not really give a shit about what it means? A - no. ? - what's worse: torturing people, or torturing people? burning people alive or burning people alive? gunning down whole villages of civilians, or ... you get the point, I hope. A - yeah, it all sucks. ? - should ostensibly 'liberal' colleges refuse to book bands with names they don't like? A - if they don't care about free speech and free expression, sure. sadly, in this era of perpetual outrage, where some people wake up on your average day hoping to be so 'offended' that they will have something to spend the day complaining about, we seem to be choosing our weaknesses as a culture as more important and worthy of attention than our strengths as a culture. that's not to say this band has a specific 'right' to play this particular show. club owners can and should be able to cancel a booking for whatever reason. although IMO, this is a weak one. but as many have already pointed out, if this mentality had pervaded during the whole rock era, we'd have no: joy division (or new order for that matter, which was called fascist at first too), dead kennedys, slayer, marylin manson, NWA, U2, circle jerks, morbid angel (nearly any metal band, really) etc etc ad nauseum. ? - will cancelling all the shows of every band with a name you don't like solve even one solitary problem anyone, anywhere, actually has? A - no.
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March 3, 2015 on Viet Cong Show Cancelled Because Of Offensive Band Name
yyyeah, never really developed a taste for Beck. the only track I've heard that I really liked was 'Debra', but even then, I think it's kinda stupid. have never really understood the appeal, other than that if you are into dudes he's really pretty. he gets some nice soundscapes going at times, but ugh, the, uh, 'rapping', or whatever it is, that was his shtick when he got huge, is not at all good rapping.
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February 19, 2015 on Beck Albums From Worst To Best
arg, this was supposed to be a reply to Erich Smith. ooops
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February 6, 2015 on Jack White’s Agency Blacklists University Of Oklahoma After School Paper Publishes His Ridiculous Rider
well, to each their own and all that. if guac a being made in my bowl, there be garlic in it, and lots of it.
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February 6, 2015 on Jack White’s Agency Blacklists University Of Oklahoma After School Paper Publishes His Ridiculous Rider
I would just like to point out that there is NO GARLIC in that guacamole recipe. A batch that size should have at least 1 tbsp of finely minced garlic. And yellow onion? WTF. Red onion. Red.
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February 6, 2015 on Jack White’s Agency Blacklists University Of Oklahoma After School Paper Publishes His Ridiculous Rider
well, "the same song", no. part of the verse of 'I won't back down' is very similar to parts of the chorus of 'Stay with me', but there's nothing in SWM that sounds like the chorus of IWBD. and I guess I'm in the minority here, but to me, if you have to slow down and pitch-shift a track to show how it's 'just like' another track, then they are by definition, not that much alike.
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January 27, 2015 on Tom Petty Awarded Songwriting Credit For Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”
Ended up kinda similar in some parts? Sure. "Stole" and "ripped off", no, that seems way overstated.
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January 26, 2015 on Tom Petty Awarded Songwriting Credit For Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”
Lucky for me I live in Brooklyn and massive outdoor humanity-fests make me want to off myself, so I never have to worry about what to do about shit like this. Just for fun, I pared this list down to things I'd actually be excited to see in such a setting: Friday April 10 & 17 Ride Azealia Banks Flying Lotus Raekwon and Ghostface Killah Caribou Todd Terje and the Olsens Squarepusher Kimbra Saturday, April 11 & 18 Belle and Sebastian Swans Parquet Courts Sunday, April 12 and 19 St. Vincent Lil B Panda Bear Sloan I guess Friday's the best day for me. Out of these, would probably be most excited about Ride, Lil B, St. Vincent.
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January 6, 2015 on Coachella 2015 Lineup
God freakin dammit I wish I had seen this. It seems like the Cure has finally put their weird late 90s-mid 00s period behind them and refocused on what made them great. I saw them at the Beacon Theater back in I think 2011, they were playing 3 Imaginary Boys / Seventeen Seconds / Faith. I thought that would be more than enough by itself. It started off kind of weird, like the audience was looking at an exhibition of some sort rather than at a rock concert. But they proceeded to just take the atmosphere in the place and make it collapse in on itself. Especially 17 seconds and Faith - a lot of this is weird rock music to play or see live. 'Rock!' is so not what's going on most of the time. But it was really gripping. By the time they were really digging into Faith, Lol Tolhurst was back up on stage, which I never thought I'd see. They were playing superb, way-better versions of all of these tracks than their studio versions, which I largely already loved. And, AND, they followed that up with a huge run of 70s-80s b-sides. Weird stuff like 'Splintered in her head', 'descent', 'another journey by train', 'I'm cold', just one after another and again, so loud, so awesome, soooo weird. And, AND THEN, on top of that, they came out and played a string of about 15 'hits' in a row as a second encore. It was insane. This show above is 40 songs. 40!! The show I saw was 47. God damn. Forty motherfucking seven songs in about three hours with a few minor breaks. What other band can do that and cover the sheer range of styles the Cure can cover? In the rock world, these days, no one. The Cure are the great elder statesmen of weird, creative, oddball rock. And sugary power pop. And gothic dirges. And heart-rending love songs. And skin-crawling screaming confessionals. When Robert Smith isn't busy sabotaging his legacy, he can, Aragorn-style, "summon an army more deadly than any that walks the Earth".
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December 23, 2014 on The Cure Play “A Man Inside My Mouth” Live For The First Time In Rarity-Packed London Show
I didn't not like this album because I thought they were 'posers' or 'ripping off grunge' - 'grunge' as a thing was pretty well dead & buried as an actual creative thing by the time this album made it to the US. I disliked it for being clunky, trite, musically unadventurous, and frankly boring. I think a lot of kids got into this just to have a new wave of rebellion of some kind. Something that went further, in at least some way, than Nirvana. Parents will hate Kurt screaming, but they'll hate this pointless bracken with a terrible-voiced singer saying "sex" and "violence" and hinting at drug use under the name of 'Bush' even more. So, if your brother or sister was 2 or 3 years older, you could buy this and be a step ahead of where they had been at at a comparable age. I guess there are some people who actually like this band musically, but I find that hard to fathom. A lot of it was people who found the lead singer pretty, which, fair enough. But these are not good songs, folks.
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December 5, 2014 on Sixteen Stone Turns 20
they are pals, have been for a while. no idea how that happened, but I now I kind of want them to reproduce together....
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November 6, 2014 on Azealia Banks Surprise-Releases Broke With Expensive Taste
Great job on this list! People don't spend nearly enough time going on and on and on about Miles Davis. He is the greatest. 'On the Corner' is for sure one of the best musical, uh, things, ever made. It's amazing. I have loved the living crap out of that album ever since I first heard in in 1995 or so. Its the intersection of Krautrock, funk, radical politics, post-psychedelic rock, and a bunch of other sh#t thrown in. I have a soft spot for 'In a Silent Way' though, probably my #2 Miles record. But it does seem almost silly to call anything besides 'Kind of Blue' the *best* Miles album. 'Kind of Blue' isn't even an album anymore. Its a significant part of the planet's psychic atmosphere. It's the nitrogen of music. Miles Davis could change one tiny element of his sound, and entire genres and subgenres would just open up and take form on the spot. He is the greatest.
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November 6, 2014 on Miles Davis Albums From Worst To Best
thank you! I have tried to point this same thing out to numerous people, and everyone's all like 'eh'. but I find it endlessly annoying. made of what indeed.
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October 22, 2014 on Taylor Swift – “Welcome To New York”
It's pretty funny when journalists don't realized that they are being messed with. I'm sure he was hoping very much that people would take that Rwanda comment seriously, just so he could laugh at the ensuing histrionics.
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October 22, 2014 on Ariel Pink Responds To Misogyny Charges: “Everybody’s A Victim Except For Small, White, Nice Guys”
Wow, what a jerk! I have tried to listen to RHP, and I'm someone who likes atmospherics and diminished chords and melancholy and the like, but....lot of soundalike songs in this guy's catalog. And someone had the nerve to say "this is what My Bloody Valentine would sound like if they could sing or write a song"? Oh ho ho, oh no you don't. Nope. No you do not.
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October 6, 2014 on Mark Kozelek, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down