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 +1Posted on Oct 30th, 2014 | re: Mark Kozelek Responds To The War On Drugs With "Adam Granofsky Blues" (145 comments)

“Of Sky” = “Du Ciel” in French.

 +2Posted on Jul 23rd, 2014 | re: 30 Essential Songs From The Golden Era Of Emo (159 comments)

I think Cowboy Dan fits better.

 0Posted on Jul 23rd, 2014 | re: 30 Essential Songs From The Golden Era Of Emo (159 comments)

That was the one band I was looking for too, and that’s one of two songs I would have put on the list (“Killing It in a Quiet Way” would have been first).

 0Posted on Nov 15th, 2013 | re: David Lowery Leads Effort To Shut Down Lyric Websites Like Rap Genius (83 comments)

Unwise? The purpose of this was never to shut anybody down, but only to stop them from using lyrics to generate profit without licensing them. It seems like it’s accomplishing exactly what it was intended to do:

 0Posted on Nov 13th, 2013 | re: David Lowery Leads Effort To Shut Down Lyric Websites Like Rap Genius (83 comments)

The argument isn’t that the end user is stealing anything. It’s that the guy running a lyrics site is using other people’s work as content on a site he’s making money off of. It’s not analogous to somebody at home downloading music; it’s analogous to a company like Ford or Pepsi using a song in a commercial without paying the artist.

He’s not even bagging on lyrics sites in general, he’s only going after sites that profit using content they didn’t create.

 +2Posted on Oct 29th, 2013 | re: No Alternative Turns 20 (40 comments)

I will happily take the minority position that Uncle Tupelo’s blistering cover of CCR’s “Effigy” is *THE* track that puts this comp over the top. (And yet somehow only warrants a dismissive mention in this article?)

 0Posted on Oct 18th, 2013 | re: The 10 Best Frightened Rabbit Songs (25 comments)

“In some ways, maybe this song skews positive at moments, “And the fast blood/ Hurricanes through me” suggesting a relationship that’s overwhelming in a passionate (not yet unnerving) way, the guitars warm and sensuous in their own way.”

Huh. I always thought Fast Blood was pretty blatantly about sex. “Midnight organ fight, yours gives into mine”, “snake hips, red city kiss”, knowing somebody in a ‘biblical’ sense, dying (or as the French put it, “la petite mort”), “dirty sin”, “then I fall down, I stumble, and she said goodnight”.

 0Posted on Oct 18th, 2013 | re: The 10 Best New Pornographers Songs (71 comments)

Anybody who doesn’t sing along full-voice to the end of Execution Day simply has no soul. That and The Jessica Numbers are the glaring omissions from this list in my book.

No. Nothing John Cage did was meant to be antagonistic. 4’33″ when it was composed and premiered (in 1952, with Cage present) was a sincere artistic statement about presentation, perception, ambient sound and the nature of music itself. People focus on that one piece out of context, never considering how it fit into a career that spanned six decades and included hundreds of compositions. No matter how much people might hate that piece and hold it up to ridicule, it clearly wasn’t borne out of laziness or intended as a middle finger to the audience.

The word for what Death Grips did here — and I’ve yet to see anybody else use it — is “fraud”. You lead a venue to believe you’re playing live, and convince people to pay money to see you perform live, knowing full well that you have no intention of even appearing at the venue, let alone playing. Even if they intended it as some kind of artistic statement, that doesn’t excuse the fact that it’s fraud.

 +4Posted on Mar 16th, 2013 | re: Guided By Voices Albums From Worst To Best (47 comments)

Honestly, my first reaction was “wow, GBV has only done 20 albums”?