psouthern

Comments from psouthern

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
He's quite obviously an asshole, and while this is, of course, an entirely subjective pejorative term, it's hard not to come to this conclusion if you've ever seen him interact with other humans in social context or read any of his insufferably sanctimonious statements concerning whichever human rights issue or heterodox liberal celebrity is guaranteed to sell tickets to his one of his endless PF cash-grab tribute performances.
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October 11, 2018 on Roger Waters Causes A Stir In Brazil After Criticizing Presidential Candidate
The hypocrisy of this comment is really quite funny. You "hate" him because his worldview is "infected" with anti-semitism, while tacitly acknowledging that hatred itself is in "his DNA", presumably because of his ethnicity and upbringing. And yet somehow you find his politics agreeable on the whole. How did you form this nuanced view of him? Did you carefully consider his positions, or were you, like him, simply born with hatred?
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October 11, 2018 on Roger Waters Causes A Stir In Brazil After Criticizing Presidential Candidate
I took this “song” as being entirely satirical, especially in the context of the video. I think they’re just having a laugh. It’s too bad the track itself is such shit.
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September 7, 2018 on Kanye West & Lil Pump – “I Love It” (Feat. Adele Givens) Video
One gets the feeling that if Asia Argento didn't exist, Bourdain would still be alive today.
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August 22, 2018 on Asia Argento Withdraws From Le Guess Who? Curatorship Amid Sexual Assault Claim
At first this comment made zero sense to me, but I just went back and listened to that Arctic Monkeys song, and you're totally right, both in terms of the very similar choruses and even, to a lesser extent, the verse riff. Also, Don't Sit Down really kicks ass, which makes a lot of sense because Arctic Monkeys have always been great (unlike Weezer, who were once briefly great).
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July 31, 2018 on Watch Toto Cover Weezer’s “Hash Pipe”
I expected this song to work horribly acoustic, but it actually made me take another look at how honest, sweet, and unpretentious the lyrics are. I didn't exactly *cry* per-se, but I suspect I will in 40 years when I hear this song on an oldies station.
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July 31, 2018 on Watch Brandon Flowers Sing “When You Were Young” Acoustic, Talk The Killers’ Origins On Seth Meyers
Everyone I know loves it, even the snobs that (understandably) haven't taken them seriously until now. Critical response has been great too. I'm not sure anyone could ask for more considering how out of left field the actual music is.
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July 11, 2018 on Watch Arctic Monkeys Cover Elvis Costello’s “Lipstick Vogue”
Which, taken .out of context, is a marvelous achievement.
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June 21, 2018 on Live Release First New Song Since Reuniting With Ed Kowalczyk
I agree that it, production-wise, it sounds somewhat pandering to the present (or recently-past) moment, but it does a few of those tricks better than most. But yeah, Summer is a mind-blower.
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June 18, 2018 on Beyoncé & JAY-Z’s Album Is Now On Spotify & Apple Music
He probably went out for the nutty private investigator.
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June 7, 2018 on Albert Hammond Jr. Auditioned For Stranger Things
Interpol have always relied upon dirt-stupid guitar parts to convey Very Serious Detachment, but this a new low, especially combined with Banks' excellent Ozzy impersonation. What is this band about, again?
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June 7, 2018 on Interpol – “The Rover” (Prod. Dave Fridmann)