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

This week we praised bro-step, K-Pop, and Doritos JACKED, leading some of you to wonder if the staff experienced major head trauma at SXSW. (We did!) Then Lana Del Rey played a TV show and everything was back to normal. After the jump, check out the highest and lowest rated comments of the past seven days as chosen by your clicks!

THIS WEEK’S 10 HIGHEST RATED COMMENTS

#10 dbr | Mar 19th Score:42

Grilled cheese sandwiches.

Posted in: In Defense Of Skrillex
#9 sopa middleton | Mar 22nd Score:45

Beach Howse

Posted in: Premature Evaluation: Beach House Bloom
#8 kerda | Mar 19th Score:45

I’ll be honest in saying that I know very little about dubstep, and have no business judging the artistic merits of Skrillex vs. any other laptop warrior fueling this sort of sweaty, drug-sauna bacchanalia, but two points worth making:

1) Why is it that people are always “shocked” when someone takes a nuanced genre of music, reduces it to its most obvious, visceral components, and proceeds to make millions selling it to Corona-addled white dudes? Isn’t that typically just refereed to as “pop music”? It’s weird to me that this eternally replicating phenomenon always launches a million think pieces and conflicted hand-wringing from the music intelligentsia, as though it’s not the same basic formula being repeated over and over and over again.

Music for most people is JUST entertainment. People just want something fun and danceable to soundtrack their parties, or their drive home. I know that’s obvious, and it sounds patronizing in a way to point it out, but it being obvious doesn’t seem to stop the people from always being outraged by it.

2) With that in mind, there’s really no purpose for these “establishment defense of a cultural pariah” articles. I swear that anti-snobbery is the new snobbery, where having a deep, unironic love of Britney Spears is likely to generate less eye rolls than saying you enjoy Belle & Sebastian.

Art that’s dumb, obvious and immediate is never going to want for an audience, and to reprimand people who seek something more for daring to have standards or expectations is essentially speaking power to truth. Skrillex, or Rhianna, or Coldplay or whoever don’t need bandwidth wasted in defense of them, because the millions of people who buy their records and/or go to their concerts are already damn effective at giving these artists validation.

Posted in: In Defense Of Skrillex
#7

Nick Degel | Mar 19th Score:45

Party on, Wayne

Posted in: In Defense Of Skrillex
#6 plb102 | Mar 21st Score:48

Joe Howse: The greatest man alive

Posted in: Premature Evaluation: Beach House Bloom
#5

Michael Robenalt | Mar 19th Score:49

This article is good…but where’s the drop?

Posted in: In Defense Of Skrillex
#4 nightsinatx | Mar 19th Score:53

Cool story, bro.

Posted in: In Defense Of Skrillex
#3

Ben Cornell | Mar 21st Score:55

one time i had pizza with joe howse. he pretended to be full so i could have the last slice.

Posted in: Premature Evaluation: Beach House Bloom
#2 djfreshié | Mar 19th Score:66

Or did you mean….this one?

Posted in: In Defense Of Skrillex
#1 djfreshié | Mar 19th Score:67

you mean….this one?!

Posted in: In Defense Of Skrillex

THIS WEEK’S 5 LOWEST RATED COMMENTS

#5

Griff Fuller Jr. | Mar 19th Score:-16

The “indie press” will always try to find a way to legitimize hipster garbage bullshit.

Posted in: In Defense Of Skrillex
#4

Notty Culture | Mar 20th Score:-17

nice article – some great stuff on his new website

http://skrillexworld.com

Posted in: In Defense Of Skrillex
#3 rubberjohnny0829 | Mar 19th Score:-19

Fuck Skrillex. Go listen to Dear Diary, My Teen Angst Has a Body Count. My favorite album of the first half of the 2000s.

Posted in: In Defense Of Skrillex
#2

Edward John Castillon | Mar 19th Score:-20

just took stereogum.com off my bookmarks. so sad.

Posted in: In Defense Of Skrillex
#1

Robert Miller | Mar 22nd Score:-24

Doesn’t matter. Album sucks.

Posted in: Premature Evaluation: Beach House Bloom

THIS WEEK’S EDITOR’S CHOICE (SCOTT)

rubberjohnny0829 | Mar 21st Score:3

This is Tyler’s biggest influence. Anyone who says otherwise, LOOK IT UP!!!! I like beach house because Tyler likes them.

ODD FUTURE > BEACH HOUSE but BEACH HOUSE > MOST OTHER SHIT (cause my boy tyler loves em)

Posted in: Premature Evaluation: Beach House Bloom

THIS WEEK’S EDITOR’S CHOICE (AMRIT)

Wesley Morgan Paraham | Mar 20th Score:20
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