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Since it’s the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame, think of the schlockiest possibility you can imagine and then double it.

For example, I’m imagining Bruno Mars so put me down for Cee Lo Green.

 0Posted on Apr 7th | re: The Black Market: The Month In Metal – March 2014 (34 comments)

Big ups to Pyrrhon!

 +2Posted on Apr 1st | re: The 10 Best Joy Division Songs (63 comments)

Seriously. Joy Division’s catalog ain’t exactly daunting. An EP, two albums and a singles collection. Go for it!

 -2Posted on Apr 1st | re: The 10 Best Joy Division Songs (63 comments)

My list is better:

10. Wilderness
9. Dead Souls
8. Disorder
7. Transmission
6. The Eternal
5. She’s Lost Control
4. Love Will Tear Us Apart
3. Atmosphere
2. Heart and Soul
1. 24 Hours

 +1Posted on Apr 1st | re: The 10 Best Joy Division Songs (63 comments)

Where is Heart and Soul?

 +1Posted on Mar 28th | re: Fennesz - "Static Kings" (1 comments)

I like this guy, but he has been treading water for a while (pun semi-intended).

Every word Ted Gioia wrote is true.

 0Posted on Mar 25th | re: The Week In Pop: The Mis-MGMT Of Foster The People (85 comments)

“Coming of Age” is really odd. Not good or bad, mind you, but totally anachronistic. It sounded like a MOR song from 1990 (one poised to do battle with/slot in between singles from Alannah Myles and Bad English) somehow infiltrated 2014 “Bro”-rock radio. When I realized that it was Foster The People then it all made sense. Just the wheels of idiocy turning.

 -1Posted on Mar 14th | re: The Week In Pop: It's Time We All Agreed That Coldplay Is Great (181 comments)

@ Ben Cornell

1) Martin has a hoarse croon that sounds like Matthews’ WITHOUT the idiosyncracies.

2) “The Man Who” blows the doors off of anything Coldplay has ever done. Fran Healy is lightyears beyond Chris Martin as a singer and melodicist. I’d take the first couple of Keane albums over Coldplay as well. Or anything by Muse (except for most of their last one). The Doves, well, maybe you got me there.

3) There is no veiled argument. I listen to Coldplay songs and, by and large, there is nothing interesting going on beneath the surface. Pavement is a straw man. You can be interesting without being weird or dissonant (and Pavement, for that matter, isn’t all that interesting, either).