Rex Manning Day

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I was a quiet kid with embarrassingly terrible taste in music in high school, and also lived in a small city where the terrible bands that I liked never visited, so I didn’t go to a proper concert until college.

That first concert was a Rancid show that my roommate took me to for my birthday. At this point I still had terrible taste in music, and all I knew about this band was that it was called “Rancid,” so I figured all I’d get out of the deal was a funny story about this weird, awful, angry band I went to see.

Instead, I saw all these punk kids in studs and mohawks who I didn’t know even existed any more (this was in 2003) joyously dancing around and having a blast while a bunch of dudes who looked exactly like them barreled away on stage. When I got kicked in the face by a crowdsurfer and lost my glasses, all the punk kids around me stopped dancing and got their cellphones out to help me look for them. We failed, but that sure was nice of them.

All of which is to say, Rancid was my first real concert, and it was perfect.

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June 20, 2014 on Let’s Go Turns 20

Because they apparently can’t give an interview without reciting the most boring possible negative comment on that week’s top YouTube music video.

I would be fine with this sort of transparent marketing tactic if their opinions were remotely interesting. By all means, play the media game and get your pageviews. But to try to stir shit up by saying Nickleback sucks and Justin Bieber is spoiled? Come on.

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May 14, 2014 on Black Keys Take Turn Blue To Colbert, Patrick Carney Says Michael Jackson’s Xscape Is Fucking Bullshit

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.

Man, fuck the Black Keys.

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May 14, 2014 on Black Keys Take Turn Blue To Colbert, Patrick Carney Says Michael Jackson’s Xscape Is Fucking Bullshit
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February 7, 2014 on Life Is A Highway, You Guys

I haven’t commented here in forever, but I just wanted to say that this is the only comment section I have ever come across on the entire Internet that has ever been worth reading.

You are all the best.

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February 7, 2014 on Life Is A Highway, You Guys

Releasing a comparatively underwhelming lineup, waiting for the festival to sell out anyway because it always does, then adding Daft Punk as a surprise would have to rank among the most amazing troll moves in festival history.

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January 9, 2014 on Coachella 2014 Lineup

“Spotify is not generating their own value besides creating the architecture for a streaming service (which by the way, they’re riding the coattails of Facebook for user accounts). They do not create (significant) content or value.”

…what?

According to the NY Times, in 1995, “when a CD is sold, 35 percent of the retail price goes to the store, 27 percent to the record company, 16 percent to the artist, 13 percent to the manufacturer, and 9 percent to the distributor.” (source: http://www.nytimes.com/1995/07/05/arts/pennies-that-add-up-to-16.98-why-cd-s-cost-so-much.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm)

I might be mistaken, but I don’t recall anybody complaining that record stores were keeping too much money for themselves in the 90s. Furthermore, back in that pre-digital golden age of record sales, rightsholders were only keeping 43% of CD revenues. That’s less than half! On Spotify, rightsholders keep 70% of revenue.

You’re right, Spotify is not being generous in paying 70% to rightsholders. Nor, however, are they being somehow unreasonable in keeping 30%. That’s less than a physical store kept in the 90s, and it’s significantly less than the store and the distributor kept combined. If you were right and building Spotify wasn’t worth anything, then the record companies wouldn’t have agreed to this revenue scheme in the first place. They would have laughed those techies out of the room, slapped together their own service, and called it a day.

But they didn’t. They saw value in Spotify, and they agreed that that value was worth 30% of revenues. You might argue that record companies were forced to agree to this by the current environment, to which I reply: yes, duh, welcome to capitalism. When nobody is willing to buy music any more, whoever builds the biggest streaming service will be king.

Artists and labels are fighting for better deals and better venues to distribute their music. The labels weren’t forced at gunpoint into this agreement. They got the best deal they could in the market that existed. If you ask me, artists should spend more time overhauling the record labels and less time complaining about the current version of the record store. Fixing the labels will produce far, far more money for artists than getting Spotify to drop its rate ever will.

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December 4, 2013 on Spotify Explains Royalty Payments

Preemptive criticisms of indier-than-thou Stereogum comments are the new indier-than-thou Stereogum comments.

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September 30, 2013 on Fall Out Boy – “Love, Sex, Death” (Prod. Ryan Adams)

I am not Rex Manning. I am Rex Manning DAY.

A fine distinction, but an important one.

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September 27, 2013 on Kanye West Is Really Pissed At Jimmy Kimmel

What bus?

Anyhoo, I am just always amused when dudes go off about how everyone’s so “overly-sensitive” about “political correctness” these days, and I like to point out such occasions so that others may join in my amusement. I am simply spreading joy, here.

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September 27, 2013 on Kanye West Is Really Pissed At Jimmy Kimmel

Always nice to see 2 dudes sort out the finer details of what is and isn’t misogyny among themselves.

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September 27, 2013 on Kanye West Is Really Pissed At Jimmy Kimmel

I mind that stuff being included in the first place.

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September 24, 2013 on Justin Timberlake – “TKO”

Oh look, another Justin Timberlake song that is already too long at 5 minutes but then segues into an unnecessary vocal beatbox interlude followed by a dully repetitive coda that will be removed from the radio edit because nobody wants to listen to it.

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September 20, 2013 on Justin Timberlake – “TKO”

My wife used to attend these weekly swing dance parties in DC that were put on by an organization that ran swing classes beforehand. One week, Bill Nye showed up at the party, and while she did not get to dance with him, she attests that he acquitted himself very well.

This is pretty much my only “tangential run-in with a celebrity” story, so I am pretty psyched that Bill Nye is giving me the opportunity to start telling it to people constantly again.

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September 17, 2013 on Bill Nye The Science Guy On Dancing With The Stars

If you want to put yourself in physical peril, just hang out with Ray Lewis and his friends after the Super Bowl, amirite?

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August 23, 2013 on Download Pharrell & Ray Lewis Natural Born Hitters Mixtape

First off, admitting that you are trolling defeats the entire purpose of trolling. You imply that you might respect her for trolling, but disrespect her for not admitting it. But by denying that she was trolling, she is simply continuing to troll. Thus, you should respect her for sticking to her guns.

But you don’t, because you have been trolled.

It’s also worth noting that there are two kinds of potential trolling here: 1, playing bad songs just to get a reaction; and 2, playing songs she likes that are nonstandard for the environment and are thus likely to garner a reaction. It’s Trolling v. 1 that she denied doing, and she was probably being honest in that denial because she seems to genuinely enjoy the songs she played. But she is probably guilty of Trolling v. 2, because she must have known that Boiler Room is typically a more-obscure-than-thou contest and therefore could probably have foreseen that playing T. Swift would get a negative reaction. But she played it anyway because who cares, get over yourselves, this is a stupid thing to be talking about.

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August 15, 2013 on Grimes Denies Trolling Boiler Room

The pre-recorded dance video was clearly planned well in advance, since those episodes of Fallon and Charlie Rose were both from last week.

But I don’t find it too hard to believe that a dance bit like this was originally planned for Daft Punk’s actual appearance. The context would have been different (perhaps he would dance through those scenes and then end up on stage with Daft Punk?), and it may have been shorter, but the bit could have been basically the same.

At that point, DP’s surprise absence just requires a couple last-minute guests (which Colbert rarely seems to have trouble with) to expand the bit into a longer/different context.

All of which doesn’t mean the whole thing definitely wasn’t contrived. I wouldn’t be too surprised either way. But I don’t think the prerecorded bits definitively prove that it was all contrived.

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August 7, 2013 on Daft Punk Didn’t Play Colbert Because They’ll Appear At The MTV Video Music Awards

Your top 10 is the correct top 10.

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July 26, 2013 on Bruce Springsteen Albums From Worst To Best

I assume you’re talking about the Adam Duritz back piece. Which really is pretty spectacular.

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April 17, 2013 on This Is The Worst Radiohead Tattoo