Phil Herring

Comments from Phil Herring

Always thought these guys were incredibly over-rated and their whole schtick was super irritating back in '08 but maybe I was just bitter that there was a new thing coming up under me as I was about to turn 25. Nonetheless, this album is fine and the other ones are fine but I rarely go back to it like I go back to, say, Boxer, Vampire Weekend s/t, Dear Science, For Emma and many of the other acclaimed "indie" releases of the time.
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October 3, 2017 on Oracular Spectacular Turns 10
P.S. how is there not a Counting Down focused on the Depeche Mode catalog?
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August 28, 2017 on The New Pornographers Albums From Worst To Best
This x1000. Whenever I listen to Twin Cinema, I go back to hear the end of "The Bleeding Heart" show at least 3-4 times
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August 28, 2017 on The New Pornographers Albums From Worst To Best
Little context about the opening band Mark Tremonti references. The Tea Party were, from what I recall, very big in Canada which is probably why they had that set up while being relatively unknown in the states. I....think...I remember hearing them played on the radio around the same time Creed broke in late 97 on 92.3 K-Rock in NYC. Other cool fact about this album is, according to his autobiography, Butch Walker was initially offered the opportunity to produce this album and passed.
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August 25, 2017 on Last Of The Multi-Platinum Post-Grunge Bands: Creed Talk My Own Prison At 20
Ah, I actually attended that Ozzfest in 2001. It's hard to over-state just HOW popular that music was. It morphed into several sub-genres and, though emo gave it a run for its money, was one of the last times guitar-driven music was a dominant force in the pop culture landscape. I'm curious as to the level of disdain Alternative Press had to the scene since, it seems, basically the same thing has happened to the magazine as of recent. Every time I see AP on a magazine stand, there's always a tatted up post-screamo/nu metal, whatever band on the cover (Bring Me The Horizon, PIerce The Veil, etc.) which doesn't really seem that far removed from Slipknot, Linkin Park, Papa Roach, etc.
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July 21, 2017 on Against All Odds, Linkin Park Were America’s Last Huge Rock Band
I recommend still going. Caught them a few weeks ago in NYC and they were excellent. They were celebrating the blue album's 22nd anniversary and busted out a few rare jams (Brodels, Hive, Random)
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July 21, 2017 on Chester Bennington Turned Nü-Metal Universal
I would assume it was Dave A, that guy can never catch a break.
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June 12, 2017 on Paul McCartney Once Hit Eddie Vedder With A Surpriiiiiise Left
Why thank you and, yes, those two seem to set a great example for forging your own path and staying relevant. It helps to have the power of the brand but, perhaps, maybe audiences are more accepting of being challenged so long as it's coming from the "right" artists? For example, if Katy Perry put out a "difficult" record, it might draw more press coverage but how would that fair for ticket sales? She seems very much like a singles act who lives hit to hit (throw Rihanna in this same category). On another note, funny enough, I think Beyonce has become what Madonna has been straining to be for the past decade.
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June 9, 2017 on Watching Katy Perry Struggle For Relevance This Year Has Been Painful
Yeah I think they were. Pop music has always been youth-obsessed but seems to be more so now than ever. Alt-rock also seems to flame out around 33-35 with the exception of the likes of Green Day who made their big rock "operas" in their mid/late 30's. Pearl Jam was in no man's land by the time the members were in their mid-30's though they were happy being a gang of rock journeymen.
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June 9, 2017 on Watching Katy Perry Struggle For Relevance This Year Has Been Painful
I'm curious to see if there is still the same amount of interest in Beyonce music as she enters her mid-40's. She could be like the ULTIMATE golden standard (Radiohead) who has everyone salivating for anything new as they approach their 50's (!!). In stark contrast, the likes of U2 and Madonna are now finally realizing (too late?) that they are nostalgia acts where any new material they play is merely an excuse for concert attendees to go to the bathroom.
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June 8, 2017 on Watching Katy Perry Struggle For Relevance This Year Has Been Painful
It certainly would have and HAS: http://www.stereogum.com/1855206/panic-at-the-disco-sucks/franchises/the-week-in-pop/
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June 8, 2017 on Watching Katy Perry Struggle For Relevance This Year Has Been Painful
Interesting article. I've often theorized that once music acts reach their mid-30's, it becomes harder and harder to penetrate and be relevant in the pop culture sphere. There are, of course, some exceptions to the rule (Beyonce, Jay-Z, Kanye West) but overall, that seems to be time period where singers/bands struggle to maintain relevancy. This is not meant to cut down Katy Perry or discourage ANY act from putting out musing in their mid-30's, 40's, 50's, etc. but more so making the point that appealing to youth culture is (understandably) harder as you approach middle age.
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June 8, 2017 on Watching Katy Perry Struggle For Relevance This Year Has Been Painful
"Indie" Rock 4 eva!!! Hopefully they got a good deal. I remember the days when articles like this would cause a shitstorm on the internet, even up through 2011 when TV On The Radio played a pop-up Heineken show. Kind of cool that what label a band is on really no longer matters in the age where everything is able to be listened to by a simple mouse click regardless of if its self-released or on a major label. Also cool that labels like Columbia and Capitol still bother with bands like this.
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May 31, 2017 on Arcade Fire Sign Two-Album Deal With Columbia
As much as it would be cool to see this album performed start to finish, I HIGHLY doubt they will do that. They just do not seem like that kinda band plus they are still at their peak in terms of ticket draw/relevance so need to bank on nostalgia like U2 finally succumbed to this year. 2027 on the other hand....we might be able to revisit that discussion. I think this teasing is hopefully leading to some deluxe package that nicely collects all the B-Sides in one place though I'm not sure what their relationship with Capitol is like. SIDENOTE: An extensive Radiohead B-side collection would be amazing in order to get all those tracks in on place.
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May 1, 2017 on Radiohead Tease OK Computer Anniversary Celebration
Have to imagine there was a LOT of writer's block, in-fighting and/or label interfering for a follow-up to take this long. They got off the road in late 2014 so I'm assuming they've been pounding the pavement in agony trying to make this thing (similar to Lorde). Curious to see how it shakes out.
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April 13, 2017 on Haim Billboards Tease Long-Awaited LP2
Are Blossoms that big in the UK? They are at the bottom of the Gov Ball lineup
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February 24, 2017 on Eminem, Kasabian, Muse Headline Reading & Leeds 2017
“In the 1,000-to-3,000 range, there aren’t that many venues for a city this size, and there hasn’t really been anything new in a decade." Besides Irving Plaza, Webster Hall, Playstation Theater, Terminal 5 and (just outside that) Hammerstein Ballroom (3900) yes barely any that size.
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December 5, 2016 on New Williamsburg Venue Brooklyn Steel Opening In April With PJ Harvey, Decemberists, Animal Collective
The summer between my senior year of high school and freshman year of college I picked up Maroon 5's debut after hearing "Harder To Breathe" on 92.7 LIR (for those of you in the tri-state area, you'll maybe remember that station). Enjoyed that record, forgot about it until over a year later when it finally caught on. Still will back that record and most of the second one. If poptimism existed in those days, I'm sure it would have gotten some 'Gum love. That being said, so weird to think that THAT band is still around and doing THIS.
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October 12, 2016 on Maroon 5 – “Don’t Wanna Know” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)
Also, doesn't include the Japanese bonus track ("Prom Night")
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October 5, 2016 on Weezer – “Fake Smiles And Nervous Laughter”
Interestingly, the only thing I hear about this record are around the sales statistics. There is very little written about if it's even GOOD or not.
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September 27, 2016 on Adele’s 25 Certified Diamond
"Feeling This" definitely needs to be on here. Btw, it's so weird to read this list on Stereogum of all places. Remember, this is a site that once posted an article merely titled "System Of A Down has fans?!?!?! This surprises me". Hopefully we'll get a 10 best SOAD songs soon.
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September 26, 2016 on The 10 Best Blink-182 Songs
Doesn't sound like they had an issue marketing whatever he put out so much as the guy (talented as he is) must just be a pain in the ass to work with.
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September 16, 2016 on Reports Describe Label’s Difficulty In Working With Frank Ocean
Sense of speed missing from American Idiot? Have you not listened to St. Jimmy?
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September 9, 2016 on Green Day – “Revolution Radio”
This speaks to my typical American ignorance but is $91 extremely high for most concert goers? In the states, and maybe I'm biased living in NYC, sure it's a high price but not THAT high of a price where I'd consider suing.
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August 18, 2016 on Israeli Fans Sue Sia Over Short Concert With No Banter
Heard her voice crack on one of the songs so they were definitely live. Everything else was pre-recorded though. Not something i'd pay $90 for if it wasn't part of a festival with other acts.
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August 18, 2016 on Israeli Fans Sue Sia Over Short Concert With No Banter
These kind of leaks still fascinate me. Perhaps it was someone at Apple/iTunes? I'm assuming this release was digital only so it was probably a fuck-up on the label's end.
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August 4, 2016 on Atlantic Subpoenas Reddit To Identify Twenty One Pilots Leaker
Rock The Bells was always supposed to be a one-off thing I thought. Remember Amsterjam held at Randalls Island?
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July 29, 2016 on Countdown To Extinction: An Update From The Front Lines Of The Festival Wars
Great article. Too bad we ain't g-chat friends or something, I could talk about this shit all day. Don't forget that AEG purchased Bowery Presents who, from what I understand, kill Live Nation in NYC when it come to talent relations. I'm not sure if that means you'll start seeing more "indie/critically approved" type bands playing the Playstation Theatre but I'd expect Bowery to leverage those relationships since many bands come up exclusively using them. Mercury Lounge -> Bowery Ballroom -> Terminal 5 (previously Webster Hall though I think they are now independently booked) -> MSG/Radio City/Summerstage/Barclays. Live Nation only exclusively books Irving Plaza (who has had better bookings recently), Gramercy Theatre (which rarely has any thing worth a shit) and that new godawful ampitheater in Coney Island which might as well brand itself "NO SOUND EXCEPT FOR BASS AND DRUMS ALLOWED". Otherwise they compete with AEG/Bowery presents for Summerstage, MSG, Radio City, Hammerstein Ballroom. If Live Nation and AEG can both give acts more money for exclusivity to their festivals, ticket prices will jump up and both festivals will be half full.
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July 29, 2016 on Countdown To Extinction: An Update From The Front Lines Of The Festival Wars
Yeah but NYC gets all the exclusives, I got to see him play Webster Hall (1400-capacity) and also have the option to go to Radio City which....I'm still stirring over. A seated theater is definitely the right place for him as opposed to a club (more loud talkers there) but it's such a big room you lose a lot of the intimacy.
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May 31, 2016 on James Blake Announces North American Tour Dates