Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

This week in Stereogum… We gave Speakerboxxx/The Love Below the Anniversary treatment; we ranked Okkervil River’s discography; we recapped the month in metal; we spoke to Este Haim, Frankie Rose, and Damian Abraham (about GY!BE’s Polaris Prize slam); we told you Chvrches’ The Bones Of What You Believe is a good album and Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience – 2 Of 2 is not; and we published a few things about Drake. Your comments on Kanye’s feud with Jimmy Kimmel won’t be eligible until next week’s Shut Up Dude, but check out which ones made this week’s roundup below…

THIS WEEK’S 10 HIGHEST RATED COMMENTS

#10 donnytilla | Sep 24th Score:11

It’s a clean album. Like an old man.

Posted in: Album Of The Week: Chvrches The Bones Of What You Believe
#9 spiritualize | Sep 24th Score:11

i am so pumped they are going to help prisoners through music – they have a lot of time on their hands and art is therapeutic. a worthy cause.

Posted in: Read Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Statement On “Weird,” “Tone-Deaf” Polaris Gala
#8 oblivion | Sep 25th Score:12

Yeah I actually just had lunch with Justin and I can 100% confirm this is correct, as he told me the very same information (when I had lunch with him, just now).

Posted in: Premature Evaluation: Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience – 2 Of 2
#7 bogota rocks | Sep 20th Score:13

As someone who came of age in the 90s when alt rock was big, and who has always loved classic and indie rock, I find this sad. I realized something was up when I downloaded that torrent of Pitchfork’s best songs of 2012 and liked maybe five tunes, all of them guitar-based (Cloud Nothings, Ariel Pink, Japandroids, etc.).

A lot of music today, even the kind pushed by blogs with good taste like this one, sounds so rinky-dink to me. Even Icona Pop just sounds like Bananarama for people with shorter attention spans. I know, I’m old, things move on, and blues-based guitar rock sounds like it was made a million years ago at this point. But it hasn’t been replaced by anything nearly as good.

People are gazing at their mobile devices all the time, posting everything they do and like to social media, and never disconnecting from the Internet hive and as a result you get this kind of music, synthetic dreck that rewards instant gratification and cheap, flashy pleasures. Sure, you can make whatever on GarageBand in five minutes, but there’s a lot of soul missing, and the talent that comes from thousands of hours of practice and life experiences that happen when you are not staring at a screen is all but absent.

Maybe y’all don’t hear it, but I do. And for the last time, keep those damn kids off my lawn!

Posted in: Deconstructing: Chvrches, Icona Pop, And The Decline Of Guitar Rock
#6 mr. mayonaise | Sep 20th Score:13

And yet, your very own “40 Best New Bands” list is like 50% guitar rock and you have people in the comments discussing the revival of 90s-style emo and metal is enjoying the most exposure and critical approval that it’s had in a long time.

Posted in: Deconstructing: Chvrches, Icona Pop, And The Decline Of Guitar Rock
#5 plastic pants | Sep 20th Score:13

People tend to forget how cyclical music trends can be. Guitar driven rocknroll (for christ’s sake) is not going anywhere any time soon.

Posted in: Deconstructing: Chvrches, Icona Pop, And The Decline Of Guitar Rock
#4

Evan Fox | Sep 20th Score:14

Fads, phases, trends, and rages. Guitars aren’t going anywhere. And certainly a 15-minute fame band like Icona Pop is not going to change anything. C’mon.

Posted in: Deconstructing: Chvrches, Icona Pop, And The Decline Of Guitar Rock
#3

Jared McCarthy | Sep 20th Score:14

Haim’s taking off right now and they’re all about 70?s-style guitar playing.

Posted in: Deconstructing: Chvrches, Icona Pop, And The Decline Of Guitar Rock
#2 Chris DeVille | Sep 20th Score:14

Not better, just younger.

Posted in: Deconstructing: Chvrches, Icona Pop, And The Decline Of Guitar Rock
#1 fartbasket | Sep 25th Score:15

*cough cough hack* Sorry, something in my throat. Must be all this Drake that’s been shoved down it lately.

Posted in: The Drakeography: The 100 Best Drake Songs

THIS WEEK’S 5 LOWEST RATED COMMENTS

#5 miguelito1 | Sep 26th Score:-4

Maybe on part 2 he’ll stop singing like a 16 year old and debut his new big boy voice.

Posted in: Premature Evaluation: Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience – 2 Of 2
#4

Robert Wohner | Sep 20th Score:-5

I saw two shows this summer by Manhattan’s Hudson River Park. One was guitar band Ducktails. One was EDM phenom Zedd. Seeing Ducktails was one of the most soulsucking musical experiences I’ve ever had. The performers tried their best to look as entirely disinterested as possible. The crowd followed their lead. I was so bored it become uncomfortable. Zedd featured an explosive set that brought the crowd into a brilliant frenzy. This article is missing the obvious detail. Guitar music, in 2013, is boring. If you had a chance to see Porter Robinson, I hope you took it. His song, “Language”, is one of the most beautiful pieces of music I’ve heard. It didn’t need a guitar to make it that way. I’m glad he didn’t feel any obligation to the past or our parents’ sense of “good music”. Guitar rock today wants to get the 80s approval. But the 80s doesn’t pay for festival tickets.

Posted in: Deconstructing: Chvrches, Icona Pop, And The Decline Of Guitar Rock
#3 wordupmang | Sep 25th Score:-5

Whoop — I apologize for my dumbness.

That is a great ranking for “Dreams Money Can Buy.”

Posted in: The Drakeography: The 100 Best Drake Songs
#2 youmustlearn | Sep 23rd Score:-8

just sitting here, the last white man in the 25-34 demographic not givin’ a sh!t about Justin Timberlake

Posted in: Stream Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience — 2 Of 2
#1 michael_ | Sep 24th Score:-8

Give the money to prisoners? I hate when this stuff happens. C’mon, guys, I think for all your anti- everything stance, you’d at least put your money to a more worthwhile cause like — I don’t know? — Helping out people who deserve it or something. I understand there are some who believe art can be therapeutic and rehabilitate some individuals, but at the same time murderers, rapists, burglars, drug peddlers and pedophiles are in the clink or a reason. Godspeed You! giving some life fuck ups their prize money is totally un-punk.

Posted in: Read Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Statement On “Weird,” “Tone-Deaf” Polaris Gala

THIS WEEK’S EDITOR-IN-CHIEF’S CHOICE

rubberjohnny0829 | Sep 20th Score:-1

sup doodz. how’s my fav music peez doin?

Posted in: Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2013