ShadowMorpheus

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Comments from ShadowMorpheus

He/they didn't though. I worked at Tower Records at the time 'Foo Fighters' was released and even the roll out for the album was small to begin with. That album became much bigger as it became much bigger - it sort of fed on it's own success. So much so that by the time 'The Colour and the Shape' was released it already seemed like Foo Fighters were a huge thing on their own. Mtv and modern rock radio DEFINITELY played major roles in that growth, though. Definitely correct there. It just wasn't so immediate.
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February 19, 2020 on Foo Fighters Announce 25th Anniversary Van Tour
Yeah I mean, if he had toured as "Dave Grohl from Nirvana". He didn't, he worked the Foo Fighters from the ground up and was always very cognizant of NOT taking advantage of being "Dave Grohl from Nirvana". It didn't matter for long because the Foo songs took on a life of their own very quickly. But I'm not surprised the early tours were small and frugal.
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February 19, 2020 on Foo Fighters Announce 25th Anniversary Van Tour
10/10 comment. But SO MANY bands who "make it" talk about how touring in a shitty, smelly van was the literal "best times", even when they're presently travelling in relative luxury and playing huge venues. It must be a fun, powerful experience to embed so deeply in so many artists minds.
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February 19, 2020 on Foo Fighters Announce 25th Anniversary Van Tour
One assumes by watching the video evidence that they maybe didn't throw ALL his ashes on stage. I can kind of get with this. I mean, it's a bit gross and possibly illegal, but the sentiment is pretty rad.
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February 18, 2020 on Watch A Fan Throw His Friend’s Ashes Onstage At Mr. Bungle Reunion Show
"The biggest hit of 1979, then, was a song about a grown man being hopelessly horny for a teenage girl." I feel like you could probably change out the year for a lot of other ones and still be accurate.
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February 18, 2020 on The Number Ones: The Knack’s “My Sharona”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSepwArWKq0
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February 18, 2020 on Andrew Weatherall Dead At 56
Legend. One the greats. He was a "name" in several different scenes where artists and producers had mostly remained nameless before him. And Boy's Own/Junior Boy's Own were massive. RIP
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February 18, 2020 on Andrew Weatherall Dead At 56
While I'd love to agree with you, LIVING is the qualifier here. The vaults are filled with music Prince chose not to release. I very much want to hear ALL of that music, but it's something else. It's not art made by someone current, living in the zeitgeist of the moment. And maybe it wasn't even that for the latter part of his career. Please don't get me wrong, I am the hugest of Prince fams. I put him in the GOAT category now, but he's not current.
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January 20, 2020 on Nick Cave Says Kanye Is Our Greatest Artist Right Now
In relation to the three "name" headliners everybody from Miley to Finneas all make about the same amount of sense. They're all known, but none of them fit easily together. It a legitimately eclectic lineup that could actually be a lot of fun. I don't really understand why people are having so much snark and negativity about the entire under card, to be honest. I would have thought there'd be more disdain and head scratching for the headliners.
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January 7, 2020 on BottleRock 2020 Lineup
I mean, honestly, that's a pretty decent lineup for Bottle Rock. Definitely eclectic. Looks like they actually tried this year.
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January 7, 2020 on BottleRock 2020 Lineup
P!nk tours the crap out of Australia and has always spoken highly of the land down under, from what I remember, so that makes a lot of sense. The more I hear and see about those fires, the more frightening they sound. Living in California that threat is always real, but these Australian fires are something else. Peace and solace to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives.
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January 5, 2020 on Pink Donates $500K To Australian Fire Relief Effort
Also, as with most of my posting to Stereogum, I'm late. Oh well. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year and happy don't celebrate anything to all of you. Hope whatever you've chosen to embrace treats you well.
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December 29, 2019 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
I'm maybe in the minority as I kind of hoped this would never happen. I was really hoping she would just keep using Paramore as a vehicle to shape and mold to whatever musical expression she/they felt like at the time. That being said, still excited.
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December 29, 2019 on Paramore’s Hayley Williams Teases New Solo Project
Prince - 1999 Super Deluxe box set It's great. I had already checked out most of the music I hadn't heard over the years on Spotify, but it sounds much better on the discs on my home system. The book/liner notes were far more entertaining than expected, as well. The biggest surprise is the DVD, which it seems like not a lot of people are talking about. Recorded in Houston on 12/29/82 (he says Merry Christmas, lawl) it's Prince & The Revolution (almost) nearing the heights of the powers they would ride on for the next (far too short) few years (almost). Dez Dickerson is still on guitar, so no Wendy, but the band is already ultra-tight and funky (although they got funkier with Wendy), their musical personas firmly in place. They look like Purple Rain era Prince & The Revolution, with Prince already wearing the purple trench coat with the studs on the collar (and a shorter version, and several other outfits before eventually ending up topless). Other than Lisa and Matt being on opposite sides of the stage from where they would end up everything is like it would be for the Purple Rain tour. Only, obviously, it's the stage set you see in the 1999 and Little Red Corvette videos, with he louvers across the back of the stage that lights pass through. The setlist is heavy on 1999 tracks, but no Little Red Corvette. He fucks a bed that rises out of and disappears back into the stage during International Lover. They do a great ass-kicking version of 1999 though. Jill Jones appears at Lisa's keyboards to sing backup and dance during 1999 and Head. Head isn't the same without the whole Wendy thing. Overall it's just an amazingly powerful show from a band that was about to take over he world. I forgot how good they were by that point and this video was a solid reminder. Prince - The Beautiful Ones (book) Makes me sad he didn't get to finish it and so far I'm finding it pretty difficult to read. I've thumbed through it and read various small bits several times though. The quality of the book is top notch. They went all out. The dust jacket has texture, the pages are thick and glossy, the book itself is very well bound, purple with gold lettering on the spine and cover. I don't think it really needs much endorsing as most Prince fans have probably already purchased it or plan on doing so. And it's definitely meant for the hardcore fans. The various documents included from the vault go deep. It's nerdy and reveals behind the scenes info about the making of Prince's earliest work that I doubt even the most fervent fam will know all of. Sadly, it ends in 1984 and there was so much more story for Prince to tell. Personally, I would have been much more interested in hearing what he had to say about pretty much everything post The Revolution... but this is all we'll ever get. Like I said, I'm still finding this one hard to read. Anyway, I got those first two in one box, as one gift. Thanks Mom (who dropped me off at the theater - at the mall - as a twelve year old in 1984 to see Purple Rain, back in the day when a 12 year old could go see a movie like Purple Rain with a bunch of friends and nobody batted an eye). Ani DiFranco - No Walls and the Recurring Dream: A Memoir This book is out-fucking-standing! From the first lines of the introduction it feels like you're sitting down for storytime with Ani herself (because you are). Cannot recommend this book highly enough if you've ever loved Ani, her music, her business sense, her politics, or just wanted to know more about any of those things. There is no doubt that these words come straight from Ani and an incredibly warm and rewarding reading experience. Both books are deeply discounted in hardback on Amazon right now. Get them.
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December 29, 2019 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
It is, no argument. But Billie Eilish (in a not meant to be fucking creepy at all) is a 30 year old 17 year old. I fucking love that she wears baggy clothes (instead of being half naked, which has been the trend for a good long while with female pop singers) and burps and in many other ways is comfortable enough in her skin to just not give a shit. Watching a couple interviews with her prior to really knowing her music is what sold me on her. She's an old soul teenager and it works.
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November 25, 2019 on Watch Green Day Play “Basket Case” At The AMAs
Shut up, do research. I'm right, you're wrong. Metallica and Slayer had existed since the early 80s, they have nothing to do with the conversation. College radio had been making a slow push into the mainstream for most of the previous decade. "Modern Rock" (a term mocked by Nirvana) and Alternative radio were pushed fully into the mainstream by Smells Like Teen Spirit. It made popular albums that were released before it and got a ridiculous number of bands signed after. There is a literal point that you can look to where hair metal died, and that's it. And I will say again, it happened FAST, and the hair metal guys who lived it will tell you the same thing. The number of bands from that scene who had platinum success after Smells Like Teen Spirit are small, VERY small (Like, Guns n' Roses), whereas just a year before they were constant. Also, I was born in 1972 you jackhole, I lived fucking hair metal. I have long hair and eyeliner in my 8th grade year book photo. I wore a black satin Ratt jacket for fuck's sake. So fuck off with your unnecessary insults. If you have something to say, say it. No need to be a dick.
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November 25, 2019 on The Dirt Is A Terrible Movie About Terrible People
This doesn't even work as snark when there is an uncountable number of one-hit wonders who toured of said hit for the remainder of their careers/lives. If you have to ability to write and record one of them I highly recommend you do so immediately.
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November 25, 2019 on The Dirt Is A Terrible Movie About Terrible People
Nah though, Scientology frowns big on that. It's usually a don't talk about it if you're in, or a "nope, done with that" if you're out.
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November 25, 2019 on Beck Says He’s Not A Scientologist
Not for nothin', but 15 years ago Scientology hadn't been 'outed' like it has now. It was just that weird 'religion' that people were like, "wtf, really?" about. Also, the family connection runs deep, so it's at least a little bit understandable that he would be like, "yeah sure." But now, knowing what we all know, I'm willing to give him a pass and a good glad to hear that for going with a "nope, not", without going much deeper. It's been 15 years, he said no, good enough for me.
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November 25, 2019 on Beck Says He’s Not A Scientologist
According to Kevin Smith he stopped acting for the most part because he was tired of the Hollywood bullshit (that's a pretty direct paraphrasing, if I recall correctly). He's big into photography now and pretty successful with it.
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November 25, 2019 on Beck Says He’s Not A Scientologist
Photography. He's Jason Lee 3.0 His work is exhibited and sought after. His last book was a big success and there's another one on the way. You can check out his work and follow what he's shooting on his website, where he posts to his 'Journal' pretty regularly. As you might expect, he's got a very original eye. I love the composition/framing of his shots.
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November 25, 2019 on Beck Says He’s Not A Scientologist
Damn, would have liked to watch that. Also, I'm interested to see how Green Day bounces back in 2019, or if they do. People forget that they had done a good bit of the fading from the public consciousness prior to American Idiot making them freaking huge. I don't know that they can be relevant or important again, I just want to see what they can be in the age of no guitar hits ruling the pop landscape. Maybe they won't even try to be part of that again, but that first singe says otherwise.
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November 25, 2019 on Watch Green Day Play “Basket Case” At The AMAs
OK... wtf? This is better than it should be.
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November 22, 2019 on Sting & Shaggy – “Silent Night (Christmas Is Coming)”
I'm going to be completely honest; the only reason I gave you a down vote is because I think it's funny that you have so many down votes.
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November 22, 2019 on Janet Weiss Says She Left Sleater-Kinney Because She Was No Longer “A Creative Equal In The Band”
Weren't they going to stop? Not even being snarky. Does anybody else remember Martin saying the last album would be their last? Or maybe, could be their last. Idk, not sure on the exact words, but I 100% remember that. And then they went and toured behind that album for literally years, so I guess I believed him. I thought that was it. Also, in the end, Coldplay sounds like Coldplay to me. You either like that or you don't.
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November 22, 2019 on Premature Evaluation: Coldplay Everyday Life
I don't have a facebook account under a real name or email that would can be connected to the "real me" and I never have. I have a fake name that I use to be part of a few music discussion groups. People have taken facebook way too seriously for far too long. It's the internet, if facebook completely disappeared over night everyone would be moved on to something else next week.
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November 22, 2019 on Neil Young Will No Longer Use Facebook Because Of Its “Obvious Commitments” To Republicans
It fits in the realm of the Hangable Auto Bulb EPs, Richard D James Album, Girl/Boy EP, Come To Daddy EP and culminates with Drukqs (released just two years after Windowlicker - which means by Richard's own explanation of how he (used to) release his tracks he was probably working on them around the same time). To my ears there's an era and and evolution of playing with those sounds and styles from 95-2001. But those release tend to sit just slightly outside the rest of his massive catalog (so does his early work as Aphex Twin/AFX/Caustic Window) and he hasn't gone back there since.
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November 22, 2019 on Beck Discusses Failing To Get Aphex Twin To Produce Him In The ’90s And Denying Dumb And Dumber “Loser” For Its Theme Song
I don't care about this, not even a little bit. But they're right that talking about it publicly is a bad look. What they're not getting is that it's a bad look for both sides. It feels like modern finger pointing politics, and that's gross. It's obviously going to court, keep it private and let it get decided there.
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November 16, 2019 on Taylor Swift And Big Machine Exchange More Heated Words Over Performance Rights
The thing is, he doesn't have to perform. It wouldn't even be an unusual thing for him to pass on that part of the night at this point. I hope he does, though, personally.
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October 30, 2019 on Trent Reznor On The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: “I’ve Changed My Opinion”