Pixelized Soul

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What sort of hogwash is the notion that "speed has no practical purpose in music?" That is like saying "brightness has no practical purpose in the visual arts" or "spice has no practical purpose in cooking."
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May 31, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – May 2016
You write all that, yet can anyone or anything possibly be dumber than almost all of the music that is regularly covered in this very column?
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May 27, 2016 on Is Hard Rock About To Roar Back Into The Mainstream?
Nickelback's music does sound cynically constructed. But there are many a sacred cow around the 'Gum and other blog sites whose music sounds every bit as cynically constructed (if not even more so) albeit to appeal to a different group and/or class of people. Why is it that rock is just about the one genre of music that isn't viewed/listened to through the credulous, kindly "if it works, it works" poptimistic lens that now dominates critical thought throughout the blogosphere?
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May 20, 2016 on Nickelback Won The ’90s Culture War
While it goes without saying that this is the most interesting band in the world that garner "general interest" website coverage, I'm finding this to be pretty underwhelming. Some beautiful stuff to be sure, but it sounds overly fussed with, Yorke's voice is sounding pretty ragged and they sound exactly like "they have written themselves into a grey, glitchy corner" far more than TKOL did (or Yorke's other work since then). Since this is a premature evaluation, I might be wrong (compared to which, this new version True Love Waits is completely bled white)...
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May 9, 2016 on Premature Evaluation: Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool
These lead times on releases are killing me! It's like the Mr. Show pre-taped call-in talk show sketch. Reading about the May-released Gorguts in February, July-released Inter Arma in April. Get it together, labels!
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April 29, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – April 2016
The overarching goal here is apparently to propagandize people to move them from listening to 2000s era iconoclasts like Sufjan, Dirty Projectors, AnCo, Radiohead, etc. to 2010s establishment figures like Kanye, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, etc., and do it so gradually that they hardly even notice. However, occasionally a bridge to far is attempted and it crumbles. Hence, The 1975 ATOW.
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February 26, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
I truly believe that Kanye was a huge fan when the name "David Bowie" was trending everywhere on January 11, 2016. Also, the KC sample was mind-numblingly obvious. When you first read Kanye was sampling Crimson, was there any doubt what he was sampling? Did you think, maybe, "hey maybe it's 'Elephant Talk' or 'The Watch' or 'Starless'?" But then you realized that Kanye IS THE 21st century schizoid man! And that Fripp and Sinfield came up with that mainly as something Kanye could make use of 40 years down the line.
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February 25, 2016 on Watch Lorde Cover David Bowie At The BRIT Awards
Also, Kanye? Yeah, I'm sure he was probably broken up about when Rykodisc lost the rights to the Bowie catalogue and the new rights holder stopped reissuing the albums with B-sides and outtakes.
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February 25, 2016 on Watch Lorde Cover David Bowie At The BRIT Awards
No more or less ground than MIA was. Actually I didn't know that was a sample for years and had been giving MIA way more credit than necessary.
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February 25, 2016 on Watch Lorde Cover David Bowie At The BRIT Awards
Way too many words for apparently not comprehending what I wrote.
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February 25, 2016 on Watch Lorde Cover David Bowie At The BRIT Awards
At least they got the right country.
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February 25, 2016 on Watch Lorde Cover David Bowie At The BRIT Awards
My problem is WTF does Lorde have to do with David Bowie? Compared to her, even Lady Gaga is the combined forces of Iggy Pop, Mick Jagger, Bryan Ferry and Thom Yorke. It's a tribute to the man who travelled everywhere from "Rubber Band" to "I Can't Give Everything Away" from that girl you know from that one song that sounded like "Paper Planes" and that other song that sounds like "Paper Planes" (incidentally, Paper Planes itself is a pretty serious lift of a song by The Clash, like to the point that you wouldn't know which is which until the vocal comes in). On the other hand, it's cool to see Mike Garson at center stage. That guy's phenomenal!
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February 25, 2016 on Watch Lorde Cover David Bowie At The BRIT Awards
I'd say it's closer to being his Shark Sandwich.
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February 19, 2016 on Ye’s The Boss: Is The Life Of Pablo Kanye’s Born In The U.S.A.?
People, do you realize that you are just consuming oxygen that would be far better utilized by Kanye West? Imagine that you are an O2 molecule floating around hoping to some day contribute to providing energy for Kanye West, only to find yourself in some non-Kanye's lungs? Your whole existence, ever since being fused in the shell of a red supergiant star billions of years ago, was to supply vital energy to the artist who is 50% superior to Stanley Krubrick, but then you wind up catalyzing the metabolic processes of some inferior specimen? And, on top of this waste of your utility, you are then bound to a carbon atom for your troubles, hoping vainly that solar radiation or some floral life form will shear you of this interloper so that you get another chance to possibly contribute to the only human being that truly matters? So next time you breathe, remember you are merely diverting resources that are better served elsewhere (that is to say, Yeezwhere).
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February 19, 2016 on Ye’s The Boss: Is The Life Of Pablo Kanye’s Born In The U.S.A.?
I guess this place is where some of that $53 million went.
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February 19, 2016 on Ye’s The Boss: Is The Life Of Pablo Kanye’s Born In The U.S.A.?
I think its weird that you think "shoegaze"" bands would give a shit about Kanye, much less be lining up to cover one of his songs.
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February 18, 2016 on Stars – “Streetlights” (Kanye West Cover)
On a day when Paul McCartney wants to go to Tyga's party but gets turned away, when Kanye gets mad about Pitchfork giving his new album a 9, to say nothing of Trump and other absurdities in the world at large, I just don't think Dadaism now packs quite the same punch as it did 97 years ago.
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February 16, 2016 on Premature Evaluation: Animal Collective Painting With
Kinda depressing and embarrassing for all involved, including those of us reading about it.
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February 16, 2016 on Watch Paul McCartney Get Denied From Tyga’s Grammy Afterparty
I wish I loved anything as much as people on the internet love Beyoncé.
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February 9, 2016 on Keeping Up With The Knowleses: Beyoncé And Solange’s Differing Approaches To Activism
Seriously. Coldplay played their crappy recent material that I can only assume is targeting the boundless East Asian market for sappy soft rock (aka Air Supply of the 21st century), Bruno Mars performed his crappy Minneapolis ca. 1981 funk jag that was tired before the NFL preseason began and Beyonce and her ladies danced around like Sparkle Motion only to lesser music than Notorious by Duran Duran. No one got out unscathed by suckitude.
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February 8, 2016 on Beyoncé Slays Coldplay’s Super Bowl Halftime Show, Announces Formation World Tour
It's the goddamn Super Bowl! That run was the only era when the halftime entertainment was even remotely appropriate. Even BS big-time Nashville country would at least make sense. But an English pop/rock band 10 years past their prime that no one really cares about anymore? On the heels of year after year of music that skews heavily female? WTF? It all makes about as much sense as having Mastodon be the house band for the Victoria's Secret primetime special.
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February 4, 2016 on Has The Super Bowl Become Music’s Biggest Event?
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February 2, 2016 on Lady Gaga Will Sing David Bowie Medley At The Grammys
If Def Leppard broke up in 1982, I think both "High and Dry" and "On Through The Night" would be up there with "Lighting To The Nations" by Diamond Head in the pantheon of lost NWOBHM classics.
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January 29, 2016 on Def Leppard – “Dangerous” Video
Since there seems to be a growing gulf between the music that is covered here and the music that most of the posters here actually seem to be interested in, then why not?
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January 29, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
New Ihsahn, Krallice, Lycus, Oranssi Pazuzu, Obscura, plus some other very promising sounding bands all in one month? I think metal might be the only genre of music that IS healthy at this point.
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January 29, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – January 2016
It's funny how "poptimism" will indulge every tacky idea that sells with a "good job" except for certain kinds of "rock" music for which the vestigial knives will still come out.
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January 28, 2016 on (Panic! At The) Disco Sucks
Seriously. This band may suck but it's not as if the endless stream of booties 'n' brags that gets trumpeted around here is chock full of tasteful artistic triumphs.
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January 28, 2016 on (Panic! At The) Disco Sucks