Comments from philphosby

Logged in for the second time ever to say this: these songs are punk as fuck.

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May 19, 2013 on Watch Kanye West Do “Black Skinhead” & “New Slaves” On SNL

Oh yeah I wasn’t gunning you in particular, it’s just one of those phrases that I can’t get over. Read it out loud, or maybe I’m just weird.

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March 20, 2012 on In Defense Of Skrillex

Alright I’m gonna be honest, I’ve only skimmed most of these comments but I’ve got a few visceral, specific reactions, and one legitimate critical thought:

1. If you’re talking about Skrillex apologism being a circlejerk, perhaps you haven’t ever noticed the way certain people talk about Skrillex. It’s a circlejerk. Pretending that you’re not stroking your opinion brothers’ dicks because you’re doing it artfully doesn’t mean you’re not doing it. Not saying that numbers invalidate an argument, but let’s call a spade a spade.

2. “Corona-addled white dudes”? I understand that we all get excited on the internet and say ridiculous things on the internet (I just did) but I’m guessing most of Stereogum’s readers are white, which leaves you as just being a beer elitist. I have no problem with this comment in particular, but I think it illustrates the pattern of out of hand rhetoric dominating this discussion. We get it dudes, you do/don’t neccessarily like Skrillex’s music and/or believe he’s a valid existence on this Earth. I also realize that the post I quoted is actually pretty conciliatory, but I’m just saying, regardless as to our opinions, let’s cool our proverbial/verbal jets (I will too).

3. Seeing the phrase “bass drop” written repeatedly will never seem normal, what an inexplicably silly phrase.

4. That E. Honda gif is incredible, and the one with the fish might possibly be better.

On to my serious point: I’ve noticed in some comments about Skrillex, both on this site or otherwise and in either explicit or implicit ways, the idea that Skrillex/dubstep/brostep “isn’t music” floated. This is rather contradictory for a website/cultural subset who view music as art that can be objectively picked apart and analyzed. If brostep isn’t music as far as you’re concerned, then you succumb to the idea that music is just personal, relative, subjective, etc as far as taste goes. Yet you’ll probably bounce over to that other music criticism site and languish over one of their reviews. So which is it? Is a work of music’s validity able to be analyzed and applied universally or is its worth just as far as you’re (and everybody, individually is) concerned? It cuts both ways. I realize the answers somewhere in between, but by framing the argument with extremes you create this sort of polarized spectrum. This piece which is avowedly “In Defense of Skrillex” attempts to view things from a detached perspective. It takes the music within its context (arguably) but still views it in terms of what it does and how it does it. That’s art criticism on a basic level, sorry. You can like something that lacks artistic merit. You can dislike something that has artistic merit. Argument about either however, requires some consistency of perspective.

Personally I just don’t like Skrillex’s music. I thought this article was pretty well written/reasoned though.

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March 20, 2012 on In Defense Of Skrillex