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Comments from roland1824

My whole point is why give it any time to begin with. Even if it is technically brilliant. This is not a record that has been packaged and presented in anyway to say "This is for you" to me and I'm guessing that goes for many others here.
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August 20, 2018 on Premature Evaluation: Ariana Grande Sweetener
I know, it is crazy! That's what I'm saying!
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August 20, 2018 on Premature Evaluation: Ariana Grande Sweetener
I haven't opted out completely. I want to believe there is still hope for local politics and local elections. But the big national ones every 4 years are done--end of story. Go back to Bush v Gore--that wasn't the beginning, that was the end of the end. The electoral college is just the front.
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August 20, 2018 on Lana Del Rey Criticizes Giuliani’s “Disturbing” Comments On Meet The Press
Ah, yes, the old "sheeple" trope, you got me. I laid it out pretty succinctly, but to boil it down: none of us know anything. Do what you want with that fact.
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August 20, 2018 on Lana Del Rey Criticizes Giuliani’s “Disturbing” Comments On Meet The Press
I'm baffled by any grown ass adults with jobs and lives who have the time and inclination to listen to a new Ariana Grande record. What about this speaks to you? Is it just about keeping up with the contemporary pop "conversation" on an academic level? Or do the music and lyrics really connect? Or is it just filler until queen CRJ returns? There's just too much worthwhile new music, too many classics to revisit, too many unheard gems of the past to discover, and too few hours in a day.
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August 20, 2018 on Premature Evaluation: Ariana Grande Sweetener
Even that semicolon...? Maybe... But does feel like a business handler taking a shot at the streaming companies within the cloak of her "meltdown".
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August 19, 2018 on Nicki Minaj Blames Travis Scott & Spotify After Queen Fails To Debut At #1
Well put. Glad to see someone of color calling out this b.s. Like you HAD to give money to Marvel for Black Panther or else you weren't supporting your people. Her follow up tweet cuts right to the bone: https://twitter.com/RuffneckRefugee/status/1030991851942236161
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August 19, 2018 on Here’s The Story Behind That Coldplay Cover In Crazy Rich Asians
For some reason, I have a hard time believing she actually composed this exact sentence herself: "Spotify had to teach me a lesson but rewarded the man who has had an Apple radio show the longest; inadvertently helping the Apple platform the most. "
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August 19, 2018 on Nicki Minaj Blames Travis Scott & Spotify After Queen Fails To Debut At #1
I can get on board with that.
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August 19, 2018 on Lana Del Rey Defends Tel Aviv Show
I didn't say I don't vote and I didn't say polices don't matter. I just believe that Power with means does not leave things to chance. I envy your religious like conviction that the process works as advertised. This latest presidential cycle convinced me otherwise. The fact is none of us really know what exactly happens mechanically when you punch that chad or press that screen, full stop. You take it on blind faith that it goes where it is supposed to; I choose not to. This government has lost its right to expect any faith.
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August 19, 2018 on Lana Del Rey Criticizes Giuliani’s “Disturbing” Comments On Meet The Press
Between this and Lana bizarrely quoting Meet the Press, it's like someone in some boardroom pulled a lever to get hip young singers to engage more with leftie talking points in the media.
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August 19, 2018 on Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry Does A Dramatic Reading Of Omarosa’s Book Prologue
Beyond this being weirdly out of character for her, it is an oddly phrased statement. Since when has there ever been "a shared agreement on what the basis of reality and truth is"? Weirdly feels like some robotic command intended to plant a seed.
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August 19, 2018 on Lana Del Rey Criticizes Giuliani’s “Disturbing” Comments On Meet The Press
Whatever will happen here in 2 years or 20 years is already determined by the actual powers that be. Politics is just theater to argue over while the real ugly work goes on out of view.
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August 19, 2018 on Lana Del Rey Criticizes Giuliani’s “Disturbing” Comments On Meet The Press
So tired of this touring musician issue being used by both sides to trot out their same old arguments. It's like every few months the two sides get a bone to fight over involving some artist and they crank up the propaganda machinery. Wake me up when either side has some new practical suggestions for peace and equality.
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August 19, 2018 on Lana Del Rey Defends Tel Aviv Show
You should have an interesting time going backwards in time to hear their earliest work. It's almost as if the production and songwriting qualities are inversely related.
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August 18, 2018 on Watch The Decemberists Perform On CBS This Morning
I like her but she was pretty bad in He Won't Get Far on Foot (not a bad flick overall). Her character is meant to be stern and unlikable but she hammed it up way over the top.
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August 18, 2018 on Watch Carrie Brownstein In The Trailer For The Oath
The irony is that early Decemberists are basically made for this program and its audience. They finally get on but it's about 3 albums too late for anyone to really care. This band is probably done. Colin is basically just keeping the rest of the guys in a job. They about half filled the Greek Theater here last month. Colin could have a decent solo career. I remember seeing him solo touring his e.p. of Morrissey covers (imagine that today) at Hotel Cafe maybe 15 years ago. Just him and a guitar and it was just fantastic. That might have been the best thing I've ever seen him do with or without a band.
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August 18, 2018 on Watch The Decemberists Perform On CBS This Morning
It's actually nonsense like this that contributes to any actual (minor) relevance. Any legitimizing is part of the problem. It's not endemic to just Stereogum, it's everywhere. Liberals and conservatives need their villains or else they might have to have original ideas.
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August 17, 2018 on Devil Without A Cause Turns 20
I guess this means both pieces must be good.
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August 17, 2018 on Devil Without A Cause Turns 20
Stop being disingenuous. It's not about Kid Rock, it's about ridiculous hot takes on any topic that flame up engagement and views.
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August 17, 2018 on Devil Without A Cause Turns 20
I agree. But there's always room for fresh insightful critical takes. It's just that this piece isn't up to the task. It's healthy to revisit their legacy so they are not this suffocating presence looming over pop forever unquestioningly. (I think John and George would even agree with that; Paul and Ringo probably not so much.)
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August 16, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Beatles’ “Yesterday”
There are good cases to be made for the overvaluing and overpraising of aspects of the Beatles catalog, but this silly piece isn't one. The stated reasons for knocking down this tune are kind of embarrassing. This series seems to value hot takes over real analysis and critical rigor.
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August 16, 2018 on The Number Ones: The Beatles’ “Yesterday”
Great photo choice. It nicely underscores the ridiculous amount of thirst she has been displaying this whole album roll out.
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August 15, 2018 on Nicki Minaj Aims To Edge Out Travis Scott For #1 By Retroactively Adding “Fefe” To Queen
It really does feel like the walls are closing in on Ms. Hill with people just tired of her whole bag of b.s. I predict it culminates in her skipping out on her big Hollywood Bowl show next month.
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August 15, 2018 on Robert Glasper Accuses Lauryn Hill Of Stealing Music, Mistreating Band
(Also, nice homage to Tom Petty's "Breakdown" in the Rhodes riff here.)
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August 15, 2018 on Cat Power – “Woman” (Feat. Lana Del Rey) Video
Lovely. This title may throw off the LDR stans though. People are used to at lease a full solo guest verse when they see "feature" these days, not just backing vocals. Maybe a contract thing? Chan seems to be fully back. She's in good form and was fantastic at a free sunset show on the marina a couple of weeks ago. She covered LDR's "White Mustang". Really does seem to be a fan.
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August 15, 2018 on Cat Power – “Woman” (Feat. Lana Del Rey) Video
Today's myriad outrages of sexual nature are nothing if not selective. Hypocrisy abounds. One just has to hope the mob doesn't come for them but if they do, that they lose interest and move on quickly.
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August 15, 2018 on Iggy Pop Eats A Hamburger
Interesting choice to not include a Prince character in this. I wonder if it's his family heirs that blocked that rather than it being solely an artistic decision. And will they get the rights to get any of his oroginal music in this?
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August 15, 2018 on Elizabeth Banks To Star In Movie About 1986 “Win A Date With Prince” Contest
I think when you have to rely on the guy from Onerepublic to write your songs, it's just time to hang it up.
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August 15, 2018 on Paul McCartney – “Fuh You”