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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
Awesome is when a song named "Leave Me Alone", with lyrics about the inability to communicate, gets characterized as "weightless glimmer."
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January 26, 2016 on Nothing – “In Metal” (Low Cover)
Was half an essay about PC culture really necessary as a preamble to this list (one that I, personally, look forward to every year)? Was anyone really thinking about these matters in terms of the best metal albums of this year? This is such a tired subject that is everywhere else on the inter webs and such handwringing was a lot more applicable to metal a few years ago when Burzum's post-prison albums were garnering high praise everywhere. That there are unsavory characters in metal ought to surprise no one and I hardly think that it does surprise anyone. Nonetheless, I will relish digging deep into this list over the next couple of weeks. My few cents: 1. Midnight Odyssey - Shards of Silver Fade (maybe the most epic atmospheric black metal album evah!) 2. Trial - Vessel - Outstanding Mercyful Fate/NWOBHM- influenced band that carries the sound forward beyond 1984 in a way few others have. 3. Krallice - Ygg huur - total departure; they've cross-bred their previous sound w/ Gorguts to great results. 4. Horrendous - Anareta - These guys are just fantastic riffmeisters; interestingly this album starts off very coincidentally similar to the Krallice before veering off somewhere else (more consonant) entirely. 5. Faith No More - Sol Invictus - A fantastic comeback and metal enough for me. 6. Lychgate - An Antidote for the Glass Pill - organ-driven black metal with the organ played by Kevin Bowyer, who is one of the world's foremost virtuosos of the instrument. 7. Khemmis - Absolution - excellent doom metal with more involved guitar work than most. 8. Mastery - Valis - Not for the faint of heart!
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December 10, 2015 on The 50 Best Metal Albums Of 2015
You know I was weighing whether to buy the new Carly Rae Jepsen or the new Deafheaven. Thanks for clearing it up! What a pointless list.
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December 1, 2015 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2015
Change Sung Tongs to MPP and I agree 100%. This is so aggressively awful, as was Centipede Hz, that I cannot even enjoy listening to what I previously liked by them without hearing the seeds of this pastel crayon dog vomit.
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December 1, 2015 on Animal Collective Announce New Album Painting With; Hear “FloriDada”
Uh, that's describes about 85% of all large-venue tours at this point.
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November 18, 2015 on Here’s Why I’d Hate A Guns N’ Roses Reunion
Nah, I'm cool with it. I saw the GnR lineup in late-2011 with Dizzy on keys being only other link to anything close to the "glory days" and they were still fantastic. Even the Chinese Democracy songs were awesome. Maybe Axl has put on a few pounds and has disappeared for years at a time, but the guy really gives a fuck about what he does which is a lot more than you could say about a lot of other big-time "legacy" bands at this point.
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November 18, 2015 on Here’s Why I’d Hate A Guns N’ Roses Reunion
Transdermal celebration!
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November 16, 2015 on Ween Announce 2016 Reunion Shows
Music criticism (and maybe music, too) would be a lot better if people spoke their minds like Noel and Father John Misty instead of acting like a bunch of suckups to the highest grosser.
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November 5, 2015 on Noel Gallagher Mocks Radiohead In Esquire UK Cover Story
Both the nod to Death in the preamble and the outstanding Apparatus both got me thinking more about this. Whether or not Chuck Schuldiner was the first death metal vocalist aside, he was clearly there around the beginning and was clearly restless about its limitations toward the end. His delivery changed from album to album and Control Denied demonstrates that he was done with death metal vocals and wanted something else. On the other hand, something like this awesome Apparatus album, where the vocals are clearly carefully considered, could not exist any other way. For a lot of other recent stuff that is less dissonant, even with bands I really like, the vocals just seem perfunctory; as if they aren't a choice the band is making but rather is something done that is ceded to the aesthetic choices made in Tampa/Gothenburg/Oslo/etc. 20-30 years ago. For instance, I love that Horrendous album, and like the previous one, but I think I'd like their awesomely melodic guitar work even more with some melodic-but-rough vocals on top of it. I guess I'm saying, maybe if the default setting was early HetfieldArraya/Anselmo-type vox for a lot of erstwhile death metal bands on the more melodic end of the spectrum, things might be better.
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November 1, 2015 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – October 2015