Comments from lily

I'm kind of surprised that anyone thinks Meeting People Is Easy looks amateurish (even if you did qualify that by saying it's only until you get used to the style). I think it's one of the most beautifully-shot documentaries I've ever seen, from start to finish. I'm very glad to see it included on the list though. I've noticed that a lot of people tend to dislike it simply because it isn't a typical rock documentary - the actual performances of the music decidedly take a backseat to the film's message, and the live concert footage that is there obviously isn't selected simply for its aural awesomeness. But I think for anyone who can accept the fact that it was never meant to be about Radiohead rocking out, it's a really poignant and insightful film. I think my favorite parts of it are the scenes that show the making of the "No Surprises" video (which was directed by the same filmmaker as Meeting People Is Easy). The film contains plenty of uncomfortable moments, but the clips of a bunch of sarcastic journalists making fun of the final result, contrasted with scenes of Thom Yorke repeatedly trying (and repeatedly failing) to hold his breath underwater as long as the director wanted him to, are some of the most effective. Those three minutes sum up the entire point of the film in a nutshell:
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September 18, 2012 on The 10 Best Indie Rock Documentaries
I (and many others) beg to differ - anyone who thinks that Amanda Palmer is "awesome" and "revolutionary" should read the hell out of this. I'm usually not one for Tumblr, but I think this sums up all of the problems with Ms. Palmer quite handily, and despite the typically memetic nature of Tumblr in general, every single point mentioned in the link above is easily verifiable from other sources (sometimes even from Palmer herself). Wanting professional musicians to work for her for free (and crying poor about it when criticized, to boot) is just the tip of the shitty iceberg with her, so to speak. And it's been that way for a pretty long time. It boggles my mind that anyone can think of this horrible, horrible woman as a person to respect, or an ideal to which others should aspire.
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September 14, 2012 on Amanda Palmer Responds To Volunteer Musician Criticism
I feel rather silly replying to a months-old comment, but I suppose I'm already wasting my time reading old stories on a music blog for no particular reason (other than being extremely bored), so whatever. I guess I can see why you may have thought that about this comment, even though I honestly don't think saying that I met a modestly popular indie rock musician is that special, in the grand scheme of things. (I thought I did the right thing to avoid sounding like a namedropper by going out of my way to say that I've only met a small handful of people who could even marginally be considered famous, but perhaps not.) I'm not exactly sure why past comments of mine gave you that impression though. Especially given that over the past two years, give or take, I haven't commented regularly on this site anyway. I'm probably just taking this way too personally. Oh well. Given some of the interpersonal insanity this site has seen over the past several months, at least I won't be the only one, nor the most egregious offender by a long shot. And hopefully if you do notice this somehow and respond, it'll take me less than two months to reply this time. :-P
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July 25, 2012 on The Gummy Awards: Your Top 20 Indie Rock Crushes Of 2011
re·tard·ed adjective \ri-ˈtärd-əd\ sometimes offensive : slow or limited in intellectual or emotional development : characterized by mental retardation. QED. Though if you truly think that Mr. Carney meant "retarded" in the verbal sense, I'm sure the complexities of Latin will escape you as well.
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June 24, 2012 on Black Keys’ Patrick Carney Calls Van Halen “Fucking Retarded”
Yeah, because bringing up the fact that it's blatantly offensive is really snooty, right? Using "retarded" as a casual replacement for things one doesn't like is hurtful. Period. I know this is a bit of an aside from the issue at hand, but the fact that ableism still tends to be quite rampant, even among people who are otherwise pretty reasonable on most sensitive issues, is really disconcerting. Can you imagine if this guy had used "gay" as a stand-in for something he thinks is stupid instead of "retarded"? I have a very hard time imagining you telling someone who saw a problem with that situation to get off their high horse (unless, of course, you happen to be a homophobe as well as an ableist). Long story short - this kind of thing is real for so, so many people. It's demeaning, it's hurtful, and I wish more people would start standing up to it. A bit more on topic: the more I learn about Patrick Carney, the more he sounds like a complete tool. Fuck this guy.
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June 23, 2012 on Black Keys’ Patrick Carney Calls Van Halen “Fucking Retarded”
I'd take Jeff Mangum coughing into a microphone over some of the shit listed here any day.
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April 3, 2012 on Stereogum’s 25 Most Anticipated Albums For Spring/Summer 2012
I know this may come off as a bit ill-humored, but all of the "Bradford Cox iz totes ugly u gaiz!!!11!1" comments in this post strike me as rather immature and more than a bit too Hipster Runoff for my tastes. Yeah, everyone gets it - he's not going to be on magazine covers anytime soon. Hilarious stuff, that. And maybe this is also a very feminine viewpoint, but crushing is hardly all about looks (in my opinion of course, though I'm sure lots of others would agree). Besides being a ridiculously talented and endlessly fascinating musician, I've had the pleasure of meeting Bradford before, and he's very kind, engaging and endearing. (Not that I've had the chance to meet tons of famous people, but of all the ones I have, he was probably the sweetest.) What isn't attractive about being kind, interesting and super talented again?
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December 21, 2011 on The Gummy Awards: Your Top 20 Indie Rock Crushes Of 2011
I agree completely. I like the idea of a list that has plenty of new stuff for me to check out. I'll take something like this any day over the year-end opinions of British Magazine That Still Loves Everything Noel Gallagher Does #417.
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December 2, 2011 on FACT Magazine’s Top 50 Albums Of 2011
Personally I don't get the passion that this girl instills in people at all, positive or negative. I do think she's probably full of shit, but lots of "artists" are. It's easy to pick and choose who you want to listen to though. I give Lana Del Rey roughly the same amount of attention I would give someone like Katy Perry - none, except for the occasional bemused comment when she shows up on my radar.
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December 2, 2011 on Lana Del Rey – “Born To Die” (Official Audio, Topless Video)
Um, I'm a little confused? If you mean Deerhunter, I really don't think their last Conan appearance was bad at all? Maybe not the most mindblowing thing ever, but they did the song "Helicopter" essentially how it's supposed to be. If you don't like their sound, okay, whatever... but there was nothing wrong with that performance. They are also far, far, far from a worthless band. Halcyon Digest is one of the best albums of the past few years, in my eyes, and the first Atlas Sound album is one of the few records I hold closest to my heart. Then again though, I'm of the school of thought that just because I don't like something doesn't automatically make it "worthless." For example, I don't really care for LCD Soundsystem or Vampire Weekend - but lots of people like them, and the musicians comprising each band are very talented, hardworking people. Worthless is a strong word, in my honest opinion. But what do I know?
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December 1, 2011 on Rolling Stone’s 10 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time
How very sexist of you, Mr. Pants. I for one am female and I cannot stand Florence. With the exception of Bon Iver and PJ Harvey, this top 10 is dreadful. I like the St. Vincent album but it's not top 10 material. Actually the whole list is dreadful. The notion of Noel Gallagher and Kasabian making relevant music in 2011 - brb loling forever.
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November 30, 2011 on Q’s 50 Best Albums Of 2011
I know electronic-tinged stuff isn't really Paste's "thing" (which is probably why James Blake is so low) but no Panda Bear and no Atlas Sound is pretty unforgivable, I think. Especially when there is some definite filler lingering on this list (coughAdelecough).
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November 30, 2011 on Paste’s Top 50 Albums Of 2011
I LOVE Atlas Sound and Deerhunter, and I think Bradford Cox is one of the most overall creative musicians/responsible for some of the best music made within the last several years. But no way is he one of the 100 best/most iconic/however you want to say it guitarists of all time, and I honestly think he would be the first person to agree. Come to think of it, neither are all of the other people you mentioned, with the possible exception of Kevin Shields. The list may be a pile of shit, but insisting that one's favorite indie and alt stars should be added doesn't really improve it.
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November 27, 2011 on Rolling Stone’s 10 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time
There is a very simple reasons why lists like these always seem like exercises in futility, and it's because comparing an alternative guitarist to a metal guitarist, a punk guitarist to a hard rock guitarist, a folk guitarist to a blues guitarist are like comparing apples to oranges. They may all be of the same genus but they are not of the same species. How do you compare Jimi Hendrix to Joey Ramone? Jonny Greenwood to Eddie Van Halen? Chuck Berry to Neil Young? The answer is that, unless you're a jerk trying to sell magazines to baby boomers who don't know who any of the musicians recording after 1980 are, you don't. You should know better.
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November 24, 2011 on Rolling Stone’s 10 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time
I love most of what James Blake has put out so far, but to me this song is just incredibly obnoxious.
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November 18, 2011 on James Blake – “Curbside”
I wish I could upvote this a million times.
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February 15, 2011 on Radiohead The King Of Limbs Available This Saturday
Okkervil River. According to their Twitter they've been recording/mixing new material for months now. As for stuff already on the list... any year with a new Radiohead album is a good one as far as I'm concerned!
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November 24, 2010 on Stereogum’s 50 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2011
Oh, I agree completely... I guess I didn't say it as clearly as I intended. Radiohead are arguably one of the most creative and critically lauded bands of their time. Aerosmith in their heyday were considered a second-rate version of the Rolling Stones, and have basically been a joke for the last twenty-five years or so. All I was saying is that a one-spot difference between the two is practically insulting.
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September 5, 2010 on VH1 100 Greatest Artists Of All Time
Anyone who thinks Radiohead is exactly one degree better than Aerosmith is not worthy of my time. Also, KISS at 56. KISS "better" than R.E.M., The Stooges, and forty-one other musicians. Hell, KISS on the list AT ALL. I will never understand what baby boomers see in those pseudo-clowns.
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September 3, 2010 on VH1 100 Greatest Artists Of All Time
1. Phil has a really lovely voice. I like this a lot more than I was expecting to. 2. Thom + hipster-band = Bjorn Yorke? 3. You guys left out the best video of the set - acoustic (kind of) Idioteque!
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July 1, 2010 on Phil Selway – “By Some Miracle” (Plus Videos Of Thom & Jonny At Glasto)
I read the piece earlier and I thought Diplo's comments were the most damning too. The writer's input, as well as that of the political analyst, was hardly flattering either, but criticizing MIA's political credibility (or lack thereof) is hardly anything new. What's so brutal about Diplo's comments is that they seem to hit her where it really hurts: her artistic credibility. This is someone who knows her very well basically calling her a manipulative liar, which I think is a hell of a lot worse than implying she's a bit naive where global politics are concerned. No matter how unflattering the article may have been though, there's zero defense for posting the writer's phone number on Twitter, which was a disgustingly immature and thin-skinned move on Maya's part. I've defended her a few times here and there in the past, but somehow I don't think I'll feel compelled to do that again anytime soon.
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May 27, 2010 on Diplo & M.I.A. Are Frenemies
What a sad way to kick off SXSW. I've only gotten into Big Star in the last couple of years, but it doesn't take much exposure to their music to realize that, as was said above, this is indeed a great loss to the music world.
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March 19, 2010 on R.I.P. Alex Chilton
I find it very hard to believe that Damon Albarn made a conscious decision to copy Eddie Grant's song, blatantly avoid getting proper clearance, and then release his own song as the lead single to his new album - but according to The Guardian article that's pretty much what Grant's claiming. Like nearly everyone else has said, yeah, it sounds the same, but I'm sure it's hardly the only time that particular three-note progression has been used in a song.
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March 17, 2010 on Eddy Grant Outraged Over Gorillaz’s “Blatant Ripoff”
Yeah, that was pretty awesome. I can't wait to hear the whole album. It seems like these guys just keep getting better and better. I have to agree with the people who said that the sound was reeeeaaaally muddy though. Great song, not-so-great mixing.
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March 11, 2010 on National Debut “Terrible Love” On Fallon
I was so sad to read about this late last night. He was a brilliant, underrated musician. I'm a big fan of his music and as such I wanted to say something more poignant, but the bottom line is that this just really, really sucks. Best wishes to his friends and family.
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March 7, 2010 on R.I.P. Mark Linkous
I'll add my name to the "impressed" column. I think it's one of the better albums I've heard this year. I love albums that grow on you and reveal themselves slowly, and I think Plastic Beach is definitely going to be one of those for me. Each time I've listened to it I like it a little more, different songs make themselves noticed, and so on - and to me, that type of intricacy is the mark of a good album. I do agree that there's a lot to digest, but thus far I'm having a great time doing so.
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March 4, 2010 on Premature Evaluation: Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
I'm all for unique marketing techniques and making yourself stand out from the crowd, but an unusual idea doesn't necessarily equate to a good idea. What exactly does a scratch-off album cover have to do with their music again?
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March 2, 2010 on A Video Devoted to The MGMT Congratulations Packaging
Just finished listening and yeah, this is great. Well done yet again, Mr. Albarn.
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March 2, 2010 on Stream Gorillaz Plastic Beach
I've kind of come to expect great videos from these guys, and this one is no exception. I had a bit of an "er, I don't know about this..." moment when I first realized it was a blend of live action and 3D rendering, but that quickly passed. Damn, what an awesome video (and an awesome song too, imo).
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March 2, 2010 on Gorillaz – “Stylo” Video
That random lady-hater who insulted me for no reason was just having a conversation with himself?! I feel used. Anyway, now that I finally have the password reset thing squared away (I'm smart, really), I love the new look and all the little changes. Way to go, Stereogum!
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February 23, 2010 on The Story Of The Story Of Stereogum