Adam Swiderski

Comments from Adam Swiderski

Just wanted to add my voice to the "This was a fantastic show" chorus. I've seen the National four times, now, and this was the tightest and most energetic they've been, by my lights.
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October 10, 2017 on Watch The National Cover The Ramones In Queens
This is an excellent write-up...but, I have to ask, was the self-loathing and awareness of one's own impending obsolescence all that subtextual in "Losing My Edge?" It's kind of right there in the lyrics. The real subtextual irony there is that the guy writing those lyrics is just 32 years old, but is talking like someone experiencing a midlife crisis. That's the cost of being a part of a world invested in "coolness," I suppose. I still remember playing an acoustic show on my 30th birthday and thinking I'd probably be winding down with the whole music thing, soon. Such a jerk, I was.
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September 7, 2017 on Lost Edge: LCD Soundsystem’s Road To Sincerity
No, sorry - this is the Internet. A person or thing can only either be all good or all bad, and you have to pick one and then argue about it forever.
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August 21, 2017 on James Murphy Implies He Ended LCD Soundsystem On A Lark To Drive MSG Ticket Sales
No sting on my end, really. It's just that I don't feel like Murphy owes me anything one way or another. He doesn't owe me the continuation of a musical project he feels like retiring, he doesn't owe me a "legitimate" reason for retiring it, and he doesn't owe me staying retired when he feels like coming back. LCD Soundsystem's *music* means a lot to me, but they, as individuals, don't - I've known for years that Murphy is a neurotic, sometimes pretentious, sometimes asshole-ish control freak who's impossible to work with if he doesn't have absolute say about everything and who obsesses over himself to the point of absurdity, as would anyone who's read anything about the guy for the past two decades. None of what I'm reading now changes that one way or the other. But, man, he puts out some great records and puts on a hell of a rock show. That's really all I'm asking of him. The problem with the Trump analogy is that we're talking about a guy with the power to directly affect people's lives through policy and through his bully pulpit. James Murphy makes pop records. Sure, pop records are important to people - they're important to me - but trying to say it's in any way the same as sticking with a president who supports white supremacists is one hell of a straw man.
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August 21, 2017 on James Murphy Implies He Ended LCD Soundsystem On A Lark To Drive MSG Ticket Sales
Perhaps, but...so? Your standard record collection that includes any artist from the past two decades probably contains several releases by egomaniacs. Jack White is a raging egomaniac, but people aren't always up in his shit about it as if he owes it to his listeners to not be.
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August 21, 2017 on James Murphy Implies He Ended LCD Soundsystem On A Lark To Drive MSG Ticket Sales
Yes, a pop artist flip-flopping on a decision to retire is exactly the same thing as this.
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August 21, 2017 on James Murphy Implies He Ended LCD Soundsystem On A Lark To Drive MSG Ticket Sales
I still think he doesn't...or, maybe, I think people just invest too much in this. For one thing, I think this story takes a couple of quotes out of a larger tale and makes it seem like his ending the band was just a lark to drive ticket sales when, elsewhere in the NYT interview, he also goes into the idea of wanting to walk away before it was the band's turn to put out something that didn't measure up to its previous output. I mean, look, do I think James Murphy is an angelic being of pure goodness descended from the heavens to grace us all with his benevolence? Of course not. He is a human person and, by all accounts, something of a troubled human person. Maybe he has some stupid ideas. Maybe he thought one thing for a while and then changed his mind without taking into consideration how changing his mind would affect some people...but I also think that it's not his responsibility to think about that, or his "legacy," or any of that crap. It's his art - he can do what he wants with it. Personally, I'm just happy there's a new record and I got to see a bunch more shows from a band I really like. Oddly, I don't feel jerked by the dick at all.
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August 21, 2017 on James Murphy Implies He Ended LCD Soundsystem On A Lark To Drive MSG Ticket Sales
42, I've seen them three times in the past couple of years, and all were great shows. They were in the top three sets I saw at Governors Ball this year, and "Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales" is a monster song. TL;DR - Your take is bad and you should feel bad.
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August 8, 2017 on Car Seat Headrest Played One Of The Best Sets At Lollapalooza 2017
This was my first Nine Inch Nails show, and I was absolutely blown away. "I Can't Give Everything Away" gave me actual, physical chills, "Head Like a Hole" felt like group therapy for thousands of people all at once, and "Hurt" legitimately made me cry. 10/10 would be atomized again.
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July 31, 2017 on Nine Inch Nails Crushed Panorama With Controlled Rage
Brill Bruisers is a great record front to back, you monster.
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July 14, 2017 on Watch The New Pornographers Bring “Whiteout Conditions” And Neko Case To Colbert
I don't particularly like Coldplay and I love Cloud Nothings, but this was bullshit. If they wanted to jerk off, they could have done it in the privacy of their own homes.
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July 3, 2017 on Watch Cloud Nothings Turn Coldplay’s “Clocks” Into A Godawful Racket
Yeah, I'm grateful that a band I love is making more music and that I have a chance to see them play live, again. Such a weirdo, me.
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June 22, 2017 on LCD Soundsystem Continue To Preview American Dream At Second Brooklyn Residency
Same same - and I've already been for both the April and June residencies. Y'all are in for something special.
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June 22, 2017 on LCD Soundsystem Continue To Preview American Dream At Second Brooklyn Residency
Major flashbacks to their Governors Ball performance a couple weeks ago, which was so, so much better than I expected it to be. Check out Phoenix live, if you can.
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June 14, 2017 on Watch Phoenix Perform “Ti Amo” And “J-Boy” On Kimmel
For a long time, I was sure that I was open-minded enough about music that I'd never become the type of person who just wouldn't *get* any new style or take or genre. Then, I listened to that Ugly God song.
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June 14, 2017 on Let’s Talk About This Year’s XXL Freshmen
I mean, you know he's just playing a bunch of shows, right? He's not, like, planning to murder any puppies, or anything. The last Brooklyn Steel residency was a mess. Tons of people missed out. What does LCD Soundsystem playing this run, here, hurt, exactly? Like, the universe is somehow diminished because a bunch of people get to see a band they like play live? Weird.
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June 13, 2017 on LCD Soundsystem Explain New Brooklyn Steel Shows
I know! I was all, "Cool, I missed them last time, so now I'll get to see them on the come-back." Then, I saw the venue. Sigh. Better than nothing, I suppose.
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June 13, 2017 on Slowdive Announce North American Fall Tour
Seeing them for the fifth time a week from this Saturday. Woohoo.
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June 7, 2017 on Watch Sigur Rós’ Full Performance With The LA Philharmonic Orchestra
Honest to g-d, that's how I misread the headline at first glance.
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May 15, 2017 on Katy Perry Announces New Album Witness
Wow, this, new Grizzly Bear, and new LCD Soundsystem, all in the same day? It's like the universe is trying to make up for yesterday's shit show all in one fell swoop.
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May 5, 2017 on Kanye West Deletes His Twitter And Instagram
I am a huge LCD Soundsystem fan and have been for a long time, and in no way do I feel I have ever been burned. Sometimes, you miss out on tickets to an in-demand concert. It's not personal.
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April 7, 2017 on LCD Soundsystem Played 3 New Songs At Brooklyn Steel And They Sounded Like This
There's mickrandom26 above, but I probably should have put this comment in the story about the original message asking people not to record, which had a bunch of comments calling the band pretentious and worse for wanting to keep people from recording video at the shows. That's my bad, really, but the sentiment remains. :)
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April 7, 2017 on LCD Soundsystem Played 3 New Songs At Brooklyn Steel And They Sounded Like This
"WORDS? WHAT ARE THESE WORDS? I DEMAND SHAKY CELL PHONE VIDEO, NOT SOME PALTRY 'DESCRIPTION.' GIMME GIMME GIMME." - Everyone Seriously, y'all. Just because you've gotten used to getting everything you want at the touch of a button doesn't mean the band owes it to you. Get over yourselves. Jeez.
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April 7, 2017 on LCD Soundsystem Played 3 New Songs At Brooklyn Steel And They Sounded Like This
Shout out to the hero who streamed pretty much this entire show on Periscope. My fiancee and I sat on the couch eating pizza and having our minds blown for an hour and change. Wherever you are, guy, you da real MVP.
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April 6, 2017 on Watch Radiohead Play Live Rarity “Where I End And You Begin” In Kansas City
With this and a new New Pornographers record imminent, our cup on that particular front runneth over.
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March 31, 2017 on Broken Social Scene – “Halfway Home”
Isn't this kind of the same chord progression as "Gone For Good"?
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February 17, 2017 on The Shins – “Mildenhall”
All lists that do not include "The Bleeding Heart Show" are invalid.
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January 27, 2017 on The New Pornographers – “High Ticket Attractions”