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Bit of a meandering soapbox-y comment, so apologies... "“While mental illness does not excuse anyone to cause others emotional duress, it should at least be acknowledged that it may cause one to unknowingly hurt others and themselves with their words and actions.” This seems a very accurate statement to me, especially when it comes from a family who themselves are currently dealing with the trauma of having a loved one nearly commit suicide. Mental health is a complex thing, and if we as a society support better treatment and cognizance of mental health issues, that can't be limited to the people with mental disorders that we find unobjectionable. Doesn't mean you have to like him or listen to his music, but there does have to be some level of compassion and understanding of how neurological disorders alter and can undermine decision-making...right? Of fucking course I support her airing these things and being supported. He sounds like he was a real asshole, from what I can tell. Mental health is absolutely not an excuse - as someone who's fucked up many times and also dealt with highly destabilizing mental issues, using depression or suicidality as a cop-out or way to get pity is highly gross and fundamentally wrong. I'm sure I've fallen prey to that in some way at various points. Not that that's necessarily what he's doing. But I was talking about this situation earlier with a friend, and find myself very, very frustrated by these discussions. I'm really uncomfortable with the level of vitriol I see in the comments for these sort of articles sometimes, although admittedly not what I've read on this one thus far. Shouldn't it be possible for us to simultaneously recognize and act with empathy for both people in this scenario? For Polyvinyl not to take away what I assume is his primary source of income, when it's already hard enough for low-level indie musicians to get health insurance as it is? (And also worth noting that a universal healthcare system would make that point moot...) There are probably people who his music has helped deal with their own issues - I certainly have a number of select musicians and books I don't think I would be here without - are we going to compound the negativity of the situation by taking that away from those folks? Then again, are there folks who've also experienced emotional abuse and having his music still available would trigger that trauma for them and potentially cause more damage? I really don't know. Guess these sorts of things have been on my mind as I've been thinking the past week how to think about the folks who committed reprehensible things this week at the capitol. They should, 100%, be held accountable for their actions. I struggle to overcome emotionally-driven anger and disgust towards them. But ... like, I want those people to change. I want happiness and health for them, too, ultimately, so long as it doesn't conflict with that of others. I want them to embrace empathy and be better. It should never be incumbent on the oppressed to help the oppressor not oppress them, but...to completely write people off and denounce them feels antithetical to achieving real change. It feels like the easy way out, because then you get to feel good about yourself and not have to acknowledge the thorniness of why people act the way they do. Again, something I've been guilty of too many times. Dunno, maybe I'm full of shit, that's def on-brand. But I just hope they both heal.
damn, don't do joshua tree-era u2 like that
I like how he talks about being from the 90s as though no one else has nostalgia for that decade
jesus. fuck. that hurts.
feelin a lil low today/this week. but being included on this article lifted my spirits for a second in a desperately needed way (maybe i'm just shallow and need my ego stroked). heartfelt happy new year's wishes and gratitude to the stereogum staff and commentariat. listening/talking music and cracking dumb jokes with y'all has made everything feel a little bit less lonely, especially in a really lonely year. please be safe and excellent to each other.
Yes. Empirically, any differential causing vinyl to sound "better" is not due to inherent differences in the formats. Digital audio, especially now, has vastly superior signal to noise ratios, more headroom, a far better dynamic range, etc when compared with analog. And if you’re listening to records, the “warmth” is mostly caused by engineers having to painstakingly manipulate bass frequencies so they’ll fit on a vinyl without jumping. IMHO, there are some different reasons at play here when we feel a vinyl record sounds better than its Spotify or CD counterpart. Most of the music we consider “greatest of all time” (think Rolling Stone lists) was made in the analog world, and we got used to it sounding like that as an unconscious standard for "great-sounding music". Second, the limitations of the analog world can cause musicians and engineers to make better sounding (or at least, more traditionally coherent) music rather than go down rabbit holes. Third, early AD converters were really bad, and the loudness wars have also created forms of digital audio that are unpleasant to listen to, both of which probably biased some people. Fourth, you’re never listening to vinyl on a sound system as compromised as, say, a laptop speaker, at least not nowadays. And finally, the act of putting on a record as opposed to clicking a button does mean greater investment and attention to what's going on, meaning you're paying attention to things you might not otherwise notice, causing the record to sound fuller and clearer and whatnot.
next week: watch kevin slowly become disenchanted with playing "creep" to his goats and descend down a dark path of hybrid electronic-rock, techno-nihilism, and the ondes martenot. produced by nigel godrich.
Not to be a downer about the one thing in the record industry that’s good for artists nowadays, but a less-discussed aspect of the vinyl comeback is the slew of PVC-caused pollutants that can be released on playback. Extremely negative health and environmental effects can ensue - Benn Jordan has a pretty solid primer and test on youtube for those interested.
this is a good comment and i cackled out loud at it.
I really wish he'd gone with the other half of the Cactus Jack name. Although presumably this would create some confusion with another alcohol brand, Jack Agave Spiked Seltzer would have been ... *chef's kiss*
Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse was one of my favorite albums when it came out, but I hadn't thought about them or heard them in about eight years. So thank you SG for reminding of them, as I'm now blasting For Agent 13 for the first time in eons and remembering how great this album is. Think it may have gotten the short shrift compared with the other big Jagjaguwar release of '07.
...he does realize what acronym "agave spiked seltzer" makes, right? cause, just saying, if i had a team of people worked as hard on a drink as he claims, i really woudn't want "cacti ass" to be a potential nickname
Was anyone else confused by the album-art advertisements placed directly in the middle of the list? For a sec I thought Calexico and M.Ward had somehow made it into the top ten
just holy shit wow they did it again. this is incredible
Yeah but "Fortnite Dancing" doesn't have the same ring to it
Was just coming here to say this. Somehow I only just discovered her EP yesterday and it's been on repeat since.