Mark Ampersand

Comments from Mark Ampersand

Just so you know, the strike-through style doesn't show through RSS, and I may have had slight heart-attack seeing Korn in that headline.
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July 15, 2014 on Cold Cave, Dillinger Escape Plan, & Korn Oneohtrix Point Never Replace Death Grips On NIN/Soundgarden Tour
This almost fits perfectly with the tune. I am currently mesmerized. Good work.
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February 7, 2014 on David Lynch – “And Light Shines”
I really love that Eddie is still working at his 'Tambourines for Everyone' project. Such a worthy cause.
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February 4, 2014 on Watch Win Butler And Pearl Jam Cover “Rockin’ In The Free World” In Australia
They're in such a better mood than they were last time they were here. It was a couple of years ago for the same festival, and when I saw them in Perth (the last stop on the tour) Win said something along the lines of "This is probably the last festival we'll ever play". I guess lugging a pipe-organ around Australia and playing directly into the sun at 2pm really got to them. So glad they came back, just wish it was on their own tour. Still, I'm effectively seeing Arcade Fire open for Pearl Jam on Sunday, so I'm pretty happy with that.
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January 30, 2014 on Watch Arcade Fire’s Unplugged Triple J Session
Fingers crossed Rick McCullom is still in the mix. He was absent during the SxSW and Subpop shows, and is nowhere to be seen on Dulli's instagraming of the recording sessions. While I'm super excited to have anything new with the words "Afghan Whigs" on the cover, it'll be bittersweet if Rick isn't around anymore. He's such a core part of their sound.
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January 27, 2014 on Afghan Whigs Announce Reunion Album Do To The Beast
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September 24, 2013 on Stream Lorde Pure Heroine
This is ridiculous! Terms of service should never apply to someone like Wayne. If he wants to post nudity where it's strictly forbidden, or bring a grenade into an airport he should be able to! He's an artist! Why should the same rules apply to him as everyone else? Wait, I think I got that around the wrong way. Can we suggest Wayne should go to prison, or is that the other 'Gum?
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September 23, 2013 on Wayne Coyne Kicked Off Instagram
It's really good to see Charlie Wilson bounce back after that whole trouble with the rebels in Afghanistan and the Soviets. I know the impact was pretty huge in the scheme of things, but dude was just trying to help those brothers out. Say what you want about Kanye, I think it's a pretty bold move bringing him on tour. No hard feelings and all that.
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September 18, 2013 on Watch Kanye Perform “Bound 2″ On Jools Holland
Missed opportunity Trent. (Seriously though, this is pretty good. I am becoming more comfortable with the fact that we're never going to get Downward Spiral 2/Fragile: The Revenge, and Trent is more interested in creating albums of songs, a-la Pretty Hate Machine)
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August 1, 2013 on Watch Nine Inch Nails Debut “Disappointed” In South Korea
I think everyone's ignoring the biggest crime here. So far I've yet to come across a music blog to use the headline - "Sufjan savages Savages sleeve". What a missed opportunity.
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July 24, 2013 on Sufjan Critiques Savages LP Typography
They were playing this one towards the end of their live set on the last tour to Australia. It was an awesome contrast to the stuff of Valtari, which I found to be a little too sleepy. Can't wait to hear more.
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March 25, 2013 on Sigur Rós Kveikur Details & “Brennisteinn” Video
There were many brains melting over in the Afghan Whigs community as this was streaming.
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March 16, 2013 on Watch Usher Join Afghan Whigs At SXSW
You think that's bad? Did anyone see the Surface when it was featured on Suburgotary? It was... not good.
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March 13, 2013 on This Is Just A Good Example Of Product Placement In Television
I wonder if it was to do with the mix? The guitar sounds really soft compared to how it does on record and at their shows. If he'd gone full pelt, he might've drowned it out.
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February 27, 2013 on Watch Japandroids Play Conan
Needs more Afghan Whigs. A run of awesome live shows, and an amazing cover of LoveCrimes made for an amazing year from them.
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December 31, 2012 on 2012 In Review: The Year In Comebacks
I'm confused. Did they run out of money for the animated section, or the live action segment. I don't understand why it needed both. Still, nice idea, and it's good to hear the Killers sway away from Disco and back to Springsteen.
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December 17, 2012 on The Killers – “Miss Atomic Bomb” Video
Just got back from the show in Perth (Western Australia) and this was played in the encore. Definitely a highlight of the set.
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November 13, 2012 on Watch Sigur Rós Debut “Brennisteinn” In Iceland
huh... huh... huh huh... you said 'in-her'... huh...
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October 23, 2012 on A Place To Bury Strangers – “And I’m Up” Video
Magical. It's so amazing to have them back, finally. Enjoy the tour American people!
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September 21, 2012 on Watch The Afghan Whigs Play Kimmel
Actually not to try and jump to his defence because he just needs to be quiet about this stuff, but his recent tour was basically their new album from start to finish with a few hits thrown in at the end. Even on their last tour, the set was made up of all new stuff, which didn't go down all that well with the crowd I was in.
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August 16, 2012 on Billy Corgan Says Soundgarden, Pavement Came Back “Only To Make Money”
I guess they didn't hear the rule. You never go full Skrillex.
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August 12, 2012 on Muse Go Dubstep
No no, it's spelt 'douche'.
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August 11, 2012 on Beastie Boys Sue Monster Energy Drink
Have you read the 33 1/3 book about Gentlemen? Now You Know is made all the more awesome after reading about it was recorded. It makes me so happy to see all this Whigs love around on the internet right now. Make me even happier to see those first two dates on the tour schedule. I'll be at both shows. A dream come true.
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June 21, 2012 on The Afghan Whigs’ 13 Most Vicious Songs
The 90s + Ra's Al Ghul's Lazarus pit = Carson Daly
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February 2, 2012 on Watch The Horrors on Carson Daly
Beautiful. And Greg is looking really slim these days too! Good on him!
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January 25, 2012 on Greg Dulli Covers Leonard Cohen
New links from his Tumblr: ( YAY!
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January 21, 2012 on Download Himanshu Nehru Jackets Mixtape