Comments from psouthern

There’s no question that the phrase “vote like your life depends on it” is leveraging fear for political gain. The question is whether or not that’s justified or even appropriate given our current circumstances. I think psuedohipster’s personal condition offers powerful anecdotal evidence that it is.
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August 20, 2020 on Watch Billie Eilish Perform “My Future,” Slam Trump At DNC
Regardless of how intentional these similarities are, I think it’s telling that all of his melodies sound like things you’ve heard before. Peck, to me, is all style and no substance, but I’d love to be proven wrong.
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August 14, 2020 on Orville Peck & Shania Twain – “Legends Never Die”
I’m sorry but wtf are you actually trying to say here? That at least police departments are trying to improve? You do realize you’re defending Chauvin and the police here, right?
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May 31, 2020 on Beyoncé Demands More Charges In George Floyd Killing: “We All Witnessed His Murder”
I realize I’m a little late to this party, but I just had a baby so fuck it. I don’t really care to label LDR’s initial lost as racist, but what I won’t hesitate to point out is that he me writing, choice of words and phrases, and the way she conveys her broader points are disturbingly incoherent and egoic. These are simply not the words of an intelligent, grounded, introspective, empathic person. They’re the words of someone ego-sick and self-obsessed. “The Culture” in 2020 has no room for retrograde people like this, even when that person is as talented an Kanye... and LDR ain’t no Kanye.
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May 28, 2020 on Lana Del Rey Talks FKA Twigs, Marianne Williamson, & New Album Chemtrails Over The Country Club In Latest Self-Defense
I think what you’ve described here is the generally understood narrative of Kanye’s initial transformation from a hip hop superstar to a Serious Artist. The death of his mother seems to have prompted his best work, and some of his most honest and touching behavior in public. However, let’s not forget that Kanye spent several years after this event being productive before degenerating info the batshit crazy iteration of him we’ve been forced to witness ever since The Life of Pablo, which to me is total garbage. It’s been a long descent. Remember how everyone freaked out when he called himself a God? Seems quaint now, does it? My only point here is that while the death of Kanye’s mother was clearly an important event in the trajectory of his artistic career, it’s not like we went crazy all at once. The fact is, we don’t really know what took Kanye from his arresting and inspiring MBDTF era attitude to what we have today, although clearly it was some combination of mental illness, drug use, fame, and the fact that Kanye is a total asshole.
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April 27, 2020 on Kanye West Is Officially A Billionaire
I’ve never been a big fan of Sudekis, but for some reason he won me over with the insanely stupid dance.
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April 27, 2020 on Watch Pete Davidson & Adam Sandler’s Quarantine Rap From SNL At Home
I have loved Rufus since the first time I saw him perform on that Live from Studio 54 series back in the day. I just adore the way he blends pop songwriting with lush, diverse arrangements and sophisticated songwriting. That being the case, what other artists should I be making sure not to miss? To me, Rufus is a bit like a modern Elton John, but there’s got to be a better comparison...
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March 15, 2020 on Rufus Wainwright – “Peaceful Afternoon”
He did more than build a few chargers: he jump started the entire industry of electric cars. Taking that into consideration, I’d say he’s already had a pretty positive impact on the environment, regardless of what he personally does with his time and money.
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March 5, 2020 on Grimes Is Still Concerned About Income Inequality But “Can Make An Exception” For Elon Musk
Arcade Fire did not get "torched" for one bad album, they got it because starting with Reflektor, their charming shtick was replaced with a preening, attention-demanding attempt at performance art which was accompanied by suddenly boring music. Just another example of David Byrne's direct or indirect influence ruining an artist (see also: St. Vincent).
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January 20, 2020 on Nick Cave Says Kanye Is Our Greatest Artist Right Now
You write as if you’ve never read either of these artists’ published words, despite having read Morrissey‘a autobiography (which was horseshit).
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October 29, 2019 on Morrissey Is Selling $300 Copies Of Other Artists’ Albums With His Signature
This was deeply cringe-inducing on a purely conceptual level, but Halsey sang beautifully and I find it hard to fault her. She’s a gem and I look forward to her eventually making or contributing to music that isn’t entirely vapid.
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September 23, 2019 on Watch Halsey Sing “Time After Time” For The Emmys’ In Memoriam Tribute
I'm sure this has been a difficult time for Rocky, but I'm guessing it's been pretty rough for the people he assaulted too. Kanye and others want him freed - why exactly? If he committed a crime, he should be prosecuted and punished accordingly, which probably won't involve jail time anyway. This whole thing is only a travesty in the even that Rocky didn't do it.
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July 25, 2019 on A$AP Rocky Charged With Assault In Sweden
Thanks - this helped me understand who exactly is better than Ezra.
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July 16, 2019 on Carrie Brownstein Comments On Janet Weiss’ Departure From Sleater-Kinney
You need to qualify your statement that her music is shit just a little bit. It’s clear that you don’t like it, which is of course fine, but typically when dumping on an artist it’s customary to offer some specifics as to why you think the music is bad. That way, you can begin a discussion. Otherwise, you’re really not saying anything at all.
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July 11, 2019 on Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy (Remix)” (Feat. Justin Bieber)
I think this is a very weird example to pick when ostensibly discussing the possibility that Cornell is the best rock vocalist ever. That said, this track is extremely kickass in a variety of ways.
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July 11, 2019 on David Berman Says Critics Enable Bad Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen Records
I deserved to experience this sad realization because, after all, I was the one who clicked on an article about Jeremy Renner making music in the first place. What did I expect?
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July 10, 2019 on Jeremy Renner’s Original Music Soundtracks New Jeep Commercials
Every FJM song started sounding exactly the same to somewhere around the middle of last year.
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June 17, 2019 on Watch Father John Misty Debut His Rejected A Star Is Born Song
I genuinely don't understand this reaction. Are you suggesting that the world would be a better place if this video didn't exist? No matter how much you dislike her, the song, or this deeply stupid video, I think that's a very difficult argument to make.
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June 17, 2019 on Taylor Swift – “You Need To Calm Down” Video (Feat. Katy Perry)
Of course it's a slimy marking move, that goes without saying since almost everything that happens in capital P pop music is. However, that doesn't make it evil or not worth discussing. It's interesting that slimy marking moves now encompass explicit allyship, regardless of motive.
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June 17, 2019 on Taylor Swift – “You Need To Calm Down” Video (Feat. Katy Perry)
Beautifully choreographed, but the camera work and overall visual style feels cheap and dated to me. Maybe that's the point, like they're referencing a style or type of video from the past? Can someone please help me like this?
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June 17, 2019 on Robyn – “Ever Again” Video
While I think the broader discussion surrounding non-professional photography at shows is worth having, it's also possible to view this incident simply as a fan behaving poorly on stage. If you crowdsurf your way to the stage (or just jump up there), you're expected to make a fairly swift exit, usually by getting off the same way you got on. You're not allowed to stand there like an idiot and do whatever you please, which includes taking a selfie.
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June 12, 2019 on FIDLAR Frontman: “No Selfies While I’m Performing”
I wonder what it is about that photo was offends your sensibilities so much.
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May 16, 2019 on Behold The 1975 In 2019
Way back when, I was present for the filming of the video for "Level", which was incidentally tracked live. Between takes, Jack White went around to the small group of us in the "audience" and introduced himself, even letting people hold his "Triple Jet" all-copper Gretsch. This was obviously quite cool and gracious of him, but what really stuck with me is that in between takes the band ran through a bunch of other songs that day (which they didn't film), and Jack White absolutely fucking killed on guitar. There was palpable feeling of danger to the way he played (and especially solo'ed), as if the whole thing might fall off the rails at any second. His musical output mostly hasn't hit home for me in the decade+ since, but I'll never forget the way he brought it in front of an audience of maybe 30 people. The video turned out pretty cool too. Anyway, hope this didn't sound like a weird brag, I just felt like sharing that memory.
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March 13, 2019 on The Raconteurs Announce First Show In 8 Years
They went in such a shamelessly valid pop direction that it’s actually made me hear the first album differently. Everything about this band is punishingly superficial and it blows my mind that they’re popular.
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February 25, 2019 on Chvrches Help Launch BBC Scotland With Orchestral “Miracle” Video
Well, singing over a prominent backing track has definitely happened, but I can’t recall a performance before Eastside that felt lip synced. What’s your take?
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February 10, 2019 on Watch Halsey Host And Perform On SNL
According to her, no. And she’s made the very valid point that SNL probably wouldn’t let her even if she begged to because if there was a malfunction it would compromise the intergrity of the show.
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February 10, 2019 on Watch Halsey Host And Perform On SNL
First of all, I agree entirely with you second paragraph and share your disgust. I’m not taking issue with that, or with how fucked yo the lyrics in wuation are. That said, I do think my analogy works if you imagine that the character of “Rivers” is a manufactured and malleable public identity created for the purpose of entertainment. Instead, you’re assuming that actual person of Rivers Cuomo is represented accurately and honestly through the lyrics of his songs. You certainly don’t apply this same standard to, say, Nick Cave. We all assume he sings either “in character” or at least as a sort of shard of his actual personality: a cathartic expression of a certain frame of mind in which he may find himself or be able to imagine. We understand this, and therefore we don’t actually think Nick Cave is a bad guy. He’s just playing a role, or a series of roles. Somehow, Rivers isn’t afforded the same courtesy. Why is this? In any case, the idea that a musical artist is or should be writing from a place of total personal authenticy is entirely wrong to me, but I respect that others might not feel this way. It’s all theater anyway, regardless of how much we might pretend that it isn’t.
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February 7, 2019 on Rivers Cuomo Still Hasn’t Watched SNL’s Weezer Sketch, But Is “Almost Sexually Aroused Looking At Spreadsheets”
I don’t really understand this perspective. Sure, some of the lyrics on Pinkerton are “creepy”, but he acknowledges that fact in the very lyric you quoted. Is an artist ever allowed to express having had a desire or impulse that society might deem as wrong? To me, this like people saying they didn’t like the film Three Billboards because they didn’t approve of the main characters’ actions or opinions. Yes, of course you don’t approve of the character, that the point of the project.
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February 5, 2019 on Rivers Cuomo Still Hasn’t Watched SNL’s Weezer Sketch, But Is “Almost Sexually Aroused Looking At Spreadsheets”
At times, this reminds me of an even more anodyne version of The Killers' "The Man".
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October 11, 2018 on Weezer – “Can’t Knock The Hustle” Video (Feat. Pete Wentz)
His vocals make me cringe in ways that I just don't understand, especially considering that I generally enjoy similarly understated twee vocals,
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October 11, 2018 on Westerman – “Albatross” Video