Michael Bell

Comments from Michael Bell

Hoo-boy those are some tortured lyrics. Innocents - Wild! - Chorus is the sweet spot
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March 16, 2017 on Erasure – “Love You To The Sky”
You know, if you don't like something you really don't have to cover it.
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March 14, 2017 on Coachella Producers Announce Music & Food Fest With Tom Petty, Jeff Goldblum
This is absolutely not SXSW's doing. The only thing SXSW is guilty of is threatening to have these artists deported.
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March 14, 2017 on US Customs Officials Issue Travel Advisory After SXSW Artists Denied Entry Into US
I prefer to think of it as TS swooping in at the end of the year to put a stop to Ed Sheeren's year of madness. There's a key difference between the two artists: I can easily avoid Ed Sheeren. TSwizz is inescapable, which is ok with me because she is a national treasure.
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March 2, 2017 on Taylor Swift To Punish Us With A Year Of Ed Sheeran
I love this version of 'Classic Man.'
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February 27, 2017 on Moonlight Score Gets Screwed-And-Chopped
But for me the question remains, was Arsenio Hall the drug dealer responsible for Prince's death?
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February 22, 2017 on Sinead O’Connor Apologizes For Claiming Arsenio Hall Was Prince’s Drug Dealer
The only thing worse than a toothless, mediocre JAMC track like this one is Stereogum going into full press release sellout mode over it.
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February 15, 2017 on The Jesus And Mary Chain – “Always Sad”
Tons of Asians™ from myriad financial circumstances use them too.
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February 8, 2017 on Migos On iLoveMakonnen Coming Out As Gay: “That’s Wack, Bro”
I think he was responsible for giving the songs those melody lines that were independent of the lyrical melody. Since his departure we get rhythms and mood, but the melodies are entirely driven by the vocal. If you sat at a keyboard and tried to play 'Just Can't Get Enough' or 'Never Let Me Down Again,' you wouldn't play the vocal melody. That's what's missing for the past 20 years, IMO.
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February 4, 2017 on Depeche Mode – “Where’s The Revolution”
Me too. Not only is it cheesy af, but it was better when it was "let me hear you make decisions/without your television" 31 years ago. The song is corny and lethargic, although I'm feeling the instrumentation. I wish Alan Wilder were around to give the instruments some melody. Trivia: Spirit will come out 31 years to the day after Black Celebration.
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February 4, 2017 on Depeche Mode – “Where’s The Revolution”
Well I'm an American and I don't agree one bit.
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November 17, 2016 on Stream Bruno Mars 24K Magic
Did anyone else love them, or was it just I, alone?
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November 17, 2016 on Live Reunite With Ed Kowalczyk
Delete that "a lot of crowds would have booed" garbage.
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November 15, 2016 on Morrissey Cancels Boulder Show After Keyboardist Collapses Backstage
In this instance, I think Solange misread her surroundings. Kraftwerk tour as a high-art exhibit, not a dance act. The venue in New Orleans (seats should be a clue) is where you go to see the symphony, classically-trained Society of Performing Arts-type shows. I don't think race is the factor here, just a misunderstanding of the event's decorum.
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September 11, 2016 on Solange Shares Essay About “Being A Minority In Predominantly White Spaces” After Harassment At Kraftwerk Concert
As someone who's new to this performer, can anyone tell me what's powerful about this performance? Is it because he had an ending? I don't feel like I experienced "a moment," and so I'm curious what the author is talking about.
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August 24, 2016 on Watch Blood Orange’s Expressive, Powerful Conan Performance
Yeah yeah https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/s320x320/e35/12519116_814311105340718_49601594_n.jpg?ig_cache_key=MTIyNDc4ODMyNDA5MjE1NTYwMg%3D%3D.2
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August 10, 2016 on Die Antwoord Say Suicide Squad Ripped Off Their Look
Another entry in Stereogum's "it's stupid...but good...but bad...but I like it...but unnecessary...but entertaining...but terrible..." attempts to serve multiple masters. Like something or don't, just have some integrity in your conviction, jeez.
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August 5, 2016 on Skrillex & Rick Ross – “Purple Lamborghini” Video (Feat. Jared Leto)
OMG 95º AND 97º HOW DID THEY SURVIVE?!!! Pretty sure those laptops don't melt at literally every music festival held in the south, Texas, southwest...
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July 30, 2016 on Countdown To Extinction: An Update From The Front Lines Of The Festival Wars
Oh man, I glad somebody at Stereogum was able to really think it through and generate some positive coverage of LCD Soundsystem.
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June 8, 2016 on Be With Your Friends Again: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The LCD Soundsystem Reunion
I guess it's worth mentioning Morrissey on The Tonight Show, w/ Bill Cosby as host. Cos peppered his monolog w/ Moz' name every few sentences bc the crowd was full of screaming worshippers. He did 'Sing Your Life' and 'There's A Place In Hell For Me and My Friends.' Also The Lemonheads on Conan singing 'Big Gay Heart,' Dando sings "I don't need you to duck my sick to make me feel good about myself." It was a moment fraught with tension.
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May 20, 2016 on “These Guys Rocked The House”: 10 Surreal Moments When ’90s Rock Met Mainstream TV
Yep, major label bands were on tv then as now, and those of us who were alive remember it. Cool story bro.
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May 20, 2016 on “These Guys Rocked The House”: 10 Surreal Moments When ’90s Rock Met Mainstream TV
I worked in a suburban mall record store during that time. There's no mystery, and I am quite sure, that this record was popular because of Enigma. The 3 years between 'Sadeness pt. 1' and this record is basically the amount of time it took for our parents to discover the song. Case closed.
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May 18, 2016 on Per Chants To Dream: How Evensong Almost Conquered The Charts
" And since Frank’s widow Gail Zappa, who controlled the trust, died last year. And Dweezil tells The New York Times that his brother Ahmet Zappa has now denied him the use of the Zappa Plays Zappa name, and he also won’t let him sell any merchandise with Frank’s image." Was this article dictated by a teenage girl?
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May 6, 2016 on Zappa Family Feud Spills Onto Social Media
I don't understand what this has to do with Drake.
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May 2, 2016 on Billy Corgan Talks D’arcy Wretzky In Smashing Pumpkins Tour Postmortem Essay
Update: STP just tweeted that this rumor is false.
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May 2, 2016 on Creed’s Scott Stapp Hints That He’s Stone Temple Pilots’ New Frontman