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 +9Posted on Nov 21st | re: Vitalogy Turns 20 (44 comments)

As I was reading this article, I was planning to comment that I think Vitalogy has held up the best of anything in their catalogue over time. But then I got to these sentences, with which I totally agree:

“If there’s any era of Pearl Jam’s career that a more indie-oriented listener can get behind today, it’s the era that begins with Vitalogy. The rawness here feels less dated than the muscularly slick rock of Vs. or Ten, and it’s easier to get behind something that sounds this lived-in.”

Good article.

 0Posted on Jul 15th | re: Conor Oberst Rape Accuser Admits She Lied (73 comments)

Sorry – Faircloth, not Fairchild.

 0Posted on Jul 15th | re: Conor Oberst Rape Accuser Admits She Lied (73 comments)

Conor already did sue her, for libel. My guess (and I don’t know this for sure, I’m just speculating) is that this notarized statement was released by Fairchild as part of a settlement agreement, and Oberst will now drop the suit.

On the plus side, it’s good to see Moby making a comeback. Right?

I’ve never gotten into Death Grips, but this piques my interest. I’ll have to check this out.

Dick Litman, I love your posts. They’re good posts, but it’s also in large part because I read everyone of them in my head in the voice of Don Draper.

 +2Posted on Apr 18th | re: Throwing Copper Turns 20 (85 comments)

I am not ashamed: I love this album. Not loved. Love. Well, maybe I am a little ashamed, because liking Live has become such a shameful endeavor; but I do love it nonetheless. I actually just listened to it a week or so ago for the first time in years. Some goofy lyrics? Sure. Overly earnest? Definitely. But I still think it’s great.

Live’s career trajectory was weird and, ultimately, quite unfortunate. I think the band’s own severe trajectory toward crapiness (crappyness?) is one of the reasons they’re today remembered as “being a de-evolutionary step on the path from Pearl Jam to Creed,” as Chris put it. But I can’t help but think that this album would be remembered much differently if they hadn’t released anything afterward. I think if they had just stopped here, they wouldn’t have garnered so much ill will, and people might be able to discuss this album without having such a bad taste in their mouths.

 +3Posted on Mar 18th | re: Courtney Love Solves Missing Malaysian Plane Mystery (33 comments)

This showed up on my Facebook news feed this morning with the picture (including what looks like children’s handwriting of the word “plane”), the heading “Courtney Love thinks she’s found Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.” It was posted under “The Onion via the A.V. Club.”

My brain skipped right over the “A.V. Club” part and I totally did think it was an Onion article because, c’mon, there’s no way this could be a real story. Right?

Well I’ll be damned.

 0Posted on Mar 12th | re: Premature Evaluation: The War On Drugs Lost In The Dream (69 comments)

Cool! Just down the road. I know C-Ville well.

 +1Posted on Mar 11th | re: Premature Evaluation: The War On Drugs Lost In The Dream (69 comments)

Tom – do you live in Richmond?? Just caught your reference to central Virginia and last week’s random-ass snowstorm.