saturnian

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I think the fact that you can’t understand how someone could hate Spoon is exactly why I don’t like them much. Because I agree. I can’t really see how anyone could have a strong reaction to them, one way or the other. It’s that safe, inoffensive, kinda bland sound, combined with the overly excessive praise, that makes me not get it at all. Like my reaction to them has always been “Well I was at The Gap and they put Spoon on, it was kinda nice.” Why them over My Morning Jacket? Or any other similar indie rock band?

I don’t think any artist deserves that level of extreme praise, because it inevitably creates a backlash when people understandably get tired of hearing about how ________ musician is literally better than anything else ever of all time and fuck you if you think otherwise. Look at Beyonce. Or classic rock in general. To this day a lot of classic rock leaves a bad taste in my mouth because of the sheer insane amount of people who act like it was the pinnacle of musical and artistic achievement to ever grace humanity. When that kind of ridiculous amount of praise/backlash happens, nobody wins. Obnoxious fans probably end up pretty close minded to other music, and people who get soured on the artist getting hyped miss out on something they might otherwise enjoy.

But I realize that’s sort of a cop out answer, even though I stand by it. So my favorite artist and the one I most respect is J Dilla. Probably the only artist I would go full on stan mode for, under the right circumstances. Donuts had a profound effect on me on a lot of levels and is easily my favorite album ever. I wrote a paper on it when I was in college. Dilla’s vision and just the person he was in general is really inspiring to me. I took up beatmaking after getting really into his music and Donuts legit helped me through a pretty dark time in my life. So if everyone on this site jizzed themselves over Dilla all the time I would enjoy it I guess, but I still don’t think it would be a good thing overall.

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August 20, 2015 on Congratulations To Tame Impala On Their First Sample Lawsuit

OK ok ok ok I have to upvote this because I seriously do not get the circlejerk about how Spoon is like the second coming of music, I mean obviously, guys, it’s Spoon! They are such a splendiferously talented unique band that innovates beyond everyone’s wildest dreams! SPOON! YOU HAVE TO LIKE THEM!

They’re just ok for me. I don’t really get it.

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August 20, 2015 on Congratulations To Tame Impala On Their First Sample Lawsuit

And you think I like that shit?

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August 19, 2015 on Azealia Banks Was Right About Nicki Minaj’s Wax Figure

Finally, global warming gives us something to look forward to

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August 19, 2015 on Azealia Banks Was Right About Nicki Minaj’s Wax Figure

“Hi, Worms-2-Go? Yes, this is Rototom Sunsplash. We recently ordered two large cans of worms as part of your buy one get one free deal for our festival. I know this is hard to believe, but opening these giant cans of worms got out of control and made more of an impact than we could have ever imagined. We’re a bit overwhelmed here, so we would like to return the cans of worms we ordered. What’s that? We already opened them so they can’t be returned? Do you know of any easy way we could get the worms back in the can and dispose of them? What? How would placing a large order from Craig’s Crow Catering help any of this?”

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August 19, 2015 on Reggae Fest Invites Matisyahu Back After Condemnation From Spanish Gov’t

“Hi, Rototom Sunsplash? Yeah, I am with Worms-2-Go, where we supply all the worms you need, whenever you need. I am calling about a special buy one, get one free deal we currently have on our XXL industrial grade cans of worms. Really just massive, 30 gallon cans of worms. The sale is for a limited time only though, so you are gonna want to act fast. What’s that? You would love a couple of cans of worms for your upcoming festival? Great! I will put you down for one order, that’s two XXL indutrial grade cans of worms, express delivery. Thanks so much! I hope you and your festival attendees enjoy these massive cans of worms, I bet it’s all anyone talks about!”

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August 17, 2015 on Matisyahu Kicked Off Festival For Not Clarifying His Position On Palestine

Obligatory gripe about how “pulling a Beyonce” is actually pulling a Radiohead. They set the precedent in a major way.

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August 14, 2015 on The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Fucking YES. Love that album cover.

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August 13, 2015 on FKA twigs Drops Surprise M3LL155X EP, 17-Minute Video

I also like that hashtag problematic has caught on, and especially that its applied here, because that was some reactionary bullshit to begin with. Listening closer to the lyrics is pretty obviously not trying to cast the excuse in a positive light.

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August 6, 2015 on Tame Impala – “‘Cause I’m A Man (HAIM Remix)”

Don’t forget, Shaq was also prominently featured in the video for the classic hit “How I Beat Shaq” by none other than Aaron Carter. I once derailed an entire party with that song, turning it into a giant viewing of that video and it is one of my fondest memories.

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August 6, 2015 on 17 NBA Rappers Ranked Worst To Best

This week I have gone back and gotten REALLY into At.Long.Last.ASAP. Always thought ASAP Rocky was pretty cool but nothing amazing, but man I think he really stepped up his game for this one. More interesting flows/personality to the verses. I think “L$D” is one of the best songs of the year, and a hell of a summer chill out song. The one two punch of that followed by “Excuse Me” keep making me go back and I find something else I like on the album each time.

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August 4, 2015 on Album Of The Week: HEALTH Death Magic

I thought his younger brother’s name would be Ryan Lake. Maybe he’s only his half brother or something.

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August 3, 2015 on Frank Ocean’s Brother Rickrolls Fans Waiting For Boys Don’t Cry

Donuts is my favorite album of all time. The last 5 tracks (“U-Love” “Hi” “Bye” “Last Donut of the Night” “Welcome to the Show (Donuts Intro)” ) are so moving and sad and beautiful, perfect sequencing and the such an amazing ending (and beginning if you let it loop back on through with the Intro/Outro trick). I can gush about how incredible Donuts is for a while but I am going to stop now.

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July 31, 2015 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Regarding the inscrutable song name, if it’s similar to Syro, it’s related to the synths and equipment he used to make the song. Or it’s just classic Richard D. James trolling and/or fucking around. I do sort of wish we got song names I could pronounce or even write out without having to check, but I’ll take anything the man is willing to put out there.

Also do people make fun of pop song names? There’s stuff like I Really Really Really Like You or whatever I guess, but that would probably get jokes about it regardless of genre. Most of the time if I shit on pop music its for the incredibly bland songwriting/production or the annoying obligation to pay attention to something I wouldn’t normally give a second listen.

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July 31, 2015 on AFX (Aphex Twin) – “oberheim blacet1b”

Probably just a typo, and I hate being one of those pedantic commenters, but its AFX, not AFK.

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July 31, 2015 on AFX (Aphex Twin) – “oberheim blacet1b”

Nah, that was kind of an asshole thing to say. I’ve lived in New York for a long time now and that’s just wrong. New Yorkers really aren’t rude on average and are generally very helpful when someone is in trouble. I’ve seen people rush to help strangers who faint on the subway or are too drunk to stand and need a cab home, etc. Everyone I know, myself included, will help people who need directions somewhere whenever I can. New Yorkers unfairly get the reputation for being dicks for 3 reasons:

1) New York is extremely densely populated. There are dicks all over the country, just as much as New York, but because there are just. so. many. people here in such a small space you are bound to encounter a few more dicks on an average day in New York than an average day in whatever state you came from.

2) New Yorkers walk everywhere. You can’t always distinguish who really needs to be somewhere and can’t give you directions and who is just walking along, as you might in other cities where the former group would likely be driving. I am always happy to help someone who is lost, if I have the time. But I am not going to make myself late to work to help you find the Empire State Building, and I wouldnt expect you to do the same if I were visiting your hometown.

3) The main reason: Tourists come to New York and are either completely clueless or just straight up disregard the local social etiquette. This primarily happens in midtown, where a large percentage of New Yorkers work, and where there also happens to be a ton of the tourist attractions. Because of this combination, you have a lot of New Yorkers trying to get somewhere they legitimately need to be and just go about their day, while also having to dodge clueless tourists who tend to form large groups in the middle of the sidewalk where everyone needs to walk, stop abruptly at random to gawk at the tall buildings, disregard unspoken rules like walk left, stand right on escalators, or just generally get in the way in crowded areas to take pictures of everything from internationally famous landmarks to fucking bullshit like hot dog stands that are on every corner. When your commute or just general workday involves having to deal with hundreds of these people every day, it gets to a point where the constant stream of petty annoyances becomes overwhelming and you just get understandably frustrated.

I’ve heard tourists say bullshit like “well if you stopped to explain that to me I would know, this is your job since you live here!” which is wrong because a) if you are visiting somewhere, it is your job to know the local cultural etiquette. People around the world hate Americans because they don’t do this, and b) I simply don’t have the time or energy to explain this to the literally hundreds of tourists I encounter every day. There are very simple, informative guides on the internet. This one is my personal favorite: http://nathanwpyle.blogspot.com/2013/03/blog-post.html

New York is a great place to visit, and most New Yorkers are decent people who will assist you if you need. But have you ever had someone come to your house who just had bad manners and was inconsiderate? Imagine if every day you have a version of that guest everywhere you go and there are hundreds of them. That’s kind of why New Yorkers just get sick of it and come off like dicks sometimes.

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July 31, 2015 on NYC U2 Fans Boo Woman Who Helped Bono After His Bike Crash

Uh guys. Apache by the Sugarhill Gang? Will throwing Carlton into the crowd at the talent show? Please?

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July 30, 2015 on The Week In Pop: Watch Us Whip Through The History Of Dance Crazes, From Chubby Checker To Silentó

Next you’re going to tell me those insufferable people who pronounce meme as “may-may” are correct.

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July 30, 2015 on Hear Josh Homme & Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner Exchange Dour One-Liners On Beats 1 Radio

I saw it in theaters. Twice. I tried. I really tried to like it. I had very pretentious friends who were very condescending about how bad it was before I saw it, and I wanted to prove them wrong. But maaaaaaaaan. Even in 6th grade I knew that was one hot steaming pile of garbage. Really might be the worst movie I have ever seen. That or Indiana Jones 4. I imagine if they made sequels to The Matrix they would be up there as well.

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July 29, 2015 on Grimes Shares Love Letter To Star Wars

“Like who in the hell is comparing a movie about space wizards to “A Clockwork Orange” or a literal horror movie?”

This made me actually laugh out loud at my desk. Thank you dansolo, you have done valuable work with these posts. I really don’t understand some of the points lobster dog is making and don’t have the energy to properly argue them right now.

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July 29, 2015 on Grimes Shares Love Letter To Star Wars