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really, they don’t look good on anyone

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September 1, 2015 on Chance The Rapper Critiques Miley Cyrus For Wearing Dreadlocks, Saying “Mammy” At VMAs

meh. appetite has 2 great songs (sweet child o’mine, welcome to the jungle), 2 second-tier good songs (paradise city, mr brownstone), and then a bunch of filler.

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August 23, 2015 on Axl Rose & Slash May Be Making Up

yeah, the horses can go, and so can the weird, bogus ‘native americans’ who are almost certainly not Native Americans…

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July 13, 2015 on Deadmau5 Slams David Guetta For Using Live Horses In Ibiza Club Show

yeah, I had that same exact experience. also don’t forget that ‘Drown’ as a single came out between Gish and SD, and I was really hoping for more of that type of awesomeness on the new album. and then it just sounded like, uh, grunge. the songs on Siamese Dream that people think are the most beautiful, like say ‘Disarm’, I find unlistenable. just awful, to my ears, Corgan’s mosquito-whine voice just squirts ammonia all over the music. “the killer in me is the killer in you….send this smile over to you…” what? I don’t understand what they mean, and I could really give a fuck.

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June 20, 2015 on Watch Billy Corgan Play A Medley Of Every Song From Gish In 3 Minutes

Damn Stereolab were the fucking best. I miss them so! Songs I would put on the list – Ping Pong, Wow & Flutter, Parsec, Miss Modular, Outer Accelerator, Tomorrow is Already Here, uh…frankly it would be best to just calculate in total how many songs Stereolab made and then make a ‘top ___’ list out of all of them. I don’t think there’s a Stereolab song I don’t at least like…

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May 28, 2015 on The 10 Best Stereolab Songs

yes, the Horrors. personally I’d put them 3rd on my list, which would be 1) the National, 2) Cut/copy, 3) the Horrors, 4) Arcade Fire, 5) Animal Collective, to name 5. I don’t hate the Killers, some catchy/fun songs in there. but I don’t think they have an album that could stand up to the Horrors’ ‘Primary Colours’ as a song cycle.

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May 19, 2015 on Brandon Flowers Says The Killers Are The Best Band From The Last 15 Years

Chairs Missing really is so great. Those first 3 albums are all magical, but Chairs Missing is nearly perfectly conceived & executed. Probably the album I’ve listened to in its entirety more than any other in my 40 years of existence.

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April 23, 2015 on 01. Chairs Missing (1978)

all 3 albums are pretty radically different from one another

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April 23, 2015 on Wire Albums From Worst To Best

I particularly love ‘she’s my girl’…

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April 2, 2015 on Ariel Pink Albums From Worst To Best

I’ll have to look for some live versions. it’s such an insane piece of music.

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April 2, 2015 on Ariel Pink Albums From Worst To Best

Hee hee, I do think “Are you going to look out for my boys” is Pink’s greatest song. I’m glad to see it getting mentioned repeatedly here. Who else on Earth could have made that song? Who could even cover it credibly? That said, numerous possible re-orderings of this list above are seconded. I think that album by album is not the best way to analyze this guy though. You could do a ’50 best tracks by Ariel Pink’ and it would still be hard to narrow it down enough, but it would probably illustrate better what his deal seems to be. IMO.

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April 1, 2015 on House Arrest (2002)

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