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How's exactly is he "getting fucked over"? Sturgill didn't really elaborate on that in the interview, and the interview didn't really dig for answers.
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February 21, 2020 on Sturgill Simpson Blasts His Record Label: “They Don’t Know What The Fuck To Do With Me”
Love Sturgill, own all his albums, and seen him live a bunch of times, but his "tortured martyr" shtick is getting really old. He's got a shitty attitude. At a certain point it's really not everybody else who sucks, it's probably just you.
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February 21, 2020 on Sturgill Simpson Blasts His Record Label: “They Don’t Know What The Fuck To Do With Me”
Lanegan's great n' all, but didn't he JUST put out an album? Like, barely four months ago? Unfortunately, the frequency at which Lanegan releases albums has the unintended consequence of making me somewhat indifferent about each new album release. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing.
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February 19, 2020 on Mark Lanegan – “Skeleton Key”
Can’t wait to hear more about this from the Netflix doc next year.
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February 19, 2020 on Lil Kim Says Lovers & Friends Lineup Is “So Fake”
True but, just for comparison's sake, in 2010 Ghost and Kvelertak were both small, virtually unknown Scandinavian bands, both signed to non-US indies, both opening for the same bands (Mastodon), and getting love from the same usual suspects (Dave Grohl). Knowing that Scandinavian countries frequently fund band tours abroad through their arts programs, I'd always assumed Ghost got a huge helping hand from the Swedish government to tour the US at the time. I figured Kvelertak had access to similar funds from the Norwegian government. Maybe not. I'm fairly convinced at this point that the band has simply decided they wanted to be a big fish in a small pond, focusing on the Scandinavian/European market above any other. Shame, the handful of US shows I saw them at, years back, were hands down some of best shows, in any genre, I've ever been to.
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February 13, 2020 on Album Of The Week: Kvelertak Splid
I remember around 2011-2014, Kvelertak were firing on all cylinders, getting a lot of buzz, and touring a lot in the US. However, I feel like they've really neglected the US market since then and I'm not sure why. They could've actually become pretty huge here. Ghost's trajectory was almost identical at the time, but they never let off the gas pedal for one minute, touring in the US (and worldwide) like crazy. Predictably, and deservedly, they became one of the biggest bands in metal. I've seen them live at least a dozen times since 2012 - at least once a year, sometimes twice a year. That sort of tour schedule is nuts. I can't help but think that even if this new Kvelertak album is amazing, it's not going to do much for their profile or popularity, especially in the US. I think that ship sailed years ago. I mean they have zero tour dates scheduled in the US. All Scandinavian and central European dates for the next four months at least. That's weird, considering the new album, which they recorded in the US.
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February 12, 2020 on Album Of The Week: Kvelertak Splid
I don't read enough of your posts to know precisely what you think about anything, and far be it from me to tell anybody what they should or shouldn't be into, but it's hard for me to think that commercial, prefabricated boy bands are worth this kind of coverage on a site that always seemed to specialize in covering lesser-known indie artists and seldom-covered genres.
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January 29, 2020 on Watch BTS Perform “Black Swan” For The First Time, Play Hide & Seek With Ashton Kutcher On James Corden
Not bad, but I miss the pop-bass of the original.
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January 24, 2020 on David Bowie – “Stay ’97”
For a long time I was really pissed my stoner parents gave me the middle name "Masta Killa". I haven't told anybody about that, but I think I can finally own it.
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January 15, 2020 on S. Raekwon – “Parts Towards Whole”
I think the only people who would even "get" this reference/homage are music people with knowledge of (relatively) obscure mid-century session musicians. I got it immediately, but my wife (who's a bigger fan of the show than me) didn't. I had to pause and explain it to her - though "getting" the reference/homage has absolutely no bearing on the average viewer's enjoyment of the show. The show makes a ton of references and homages to real people from that era, some of which I didn't catch and my wife had to explain them to me. They're just fun little easter eggs. This show is historical fiction/fantasy, and isn't even pretending to be faithful to history or even reality.
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January 6, 2020 on Wrecking Crew’s Carol Kaye Blasts Mrs. Maisel Homage
She really captured that toxic white male incel angst in this soundtrack. A true achievement. I kid, I kid. The controversy around this movie has been so overblown and ridiculous.
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January 6, 2020 on Hildur Guðnadóttir’s Joker Score Wins Golden Globe
It's actually a pretty flattering homage on a fictional TV series full of composite character homages and adaptations (Mrs. Maisel herself is loosely based on Joan Rivers and Jane Lynch's character is a highly unflattering take on Minnie Pearl), that doesn't hide the fact that it's all a rose-tinted fantasy. Nothing more. I think Kaye's ire outweighs the actual context of the situation.
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January 6, 2020 on Wrecking Crew’s Carol Kaye Blasts Mrs. Maisel Homage
Yeah, was gonna, but my list this year is mostly indie-country albums. Guessing most Stereogum readers wouldn’t be interested.
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December 3, 2019 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2019
Every audience member will be strapped to a stationary bike, and forced to pedal the entire show, to power the band's five-story wall of LED screens displaying the usual edgy stuff - deep fakes, dead bodies, war footage, 9/11, conspiracy theories, indictments of consumer culture etc.
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December 3, 2019 on Massive Attack Announce Low Carbon Show In Liverpool
Fuck me, I've only passively heard a couple of these albums and own none of them. Not a single album on my personal top-twenty albums list for 2019 crosses over with this list. Well, I guess I'll show myself out.
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December 3, 2019 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2019
Goddamn. Would've loved to hear those Williams covers, and that other country album.
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November 27, 2019 on Beck Fears He Lost Entire Unreleased Albums In The Universal Warehouse Fire
Whaa? Sea Change is my go-to stereo/headphone testing album. One of the best produced albums I've ever heard, though I suppose that's subjective.
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November 27, 2019 on Beck Fears He Lost Entire Unreleased Albums In The Universal Warehouse Fire
You haven't heard the debut? Fuck, that's like somebody saying they're a Nirvana fan but haven't heard Nevermind yet. Kevelertak's self-titled debut is an absolute ripper of an album. Perfect from start to finish.
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November 27, 2019 on Kvelertak – “Båtebrann”
Totally agreed about Nattesferd sounding "pillowy" with too many slow songs. Ballou is my favorite contemporary metal producer. I will listen to anything he produces with an open mind, just knowing at least it'll sound great. Always balanced, but super punchy.
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November 27, 2019 on Kvelertak – “Båtebrann”
Agreed, the debut and Meir floored me (Meir a little less so), but Nattesferd just didn't have the same magic at all. Despite having an entirely different singer now, I am hearing that magic again. Really digging this single and cannot wait for the album. It's been too long. I totally feel you on having the Ballou production and Baizley artwork at once. Both of those things together are usually a stamp of quality for a contemporary metal album. I felt the exact same way about Skeletonwitch's album Serpents Unleashed. Ballou production and Baizley art. An absolute banger of an album. Sadly, I haven't felt the same way about that band since their founding singer was booted out. Frankly their sound changed a bit with longer track times, no fault of the new singer, I think they just wanted to evolve - but I think they made a mistake.
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November 27, 2019 on Kvelertak – “Båtebrann”
His bit in Madonna’s song is actually exactly 15% of the song, in terms of timing. A $25K advance on 15% of royalties, is a fair offer. He got greedy with that 1% of tour proceeds shit. That’s not how this shit works. He’d be earning performance rights royalties on that automatically anyway. That said, I saw Fischerspooner live in 2003. One of the best live shows I’ve ever seen.
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November 25, 2019 on Casey Spooner Says Madonna Didn’t Credit Or Pay Him For Co-Writing “God Control”
I mean, Neil Young had his finger on the pulse of digital audio with Pono, so we have to respect what he has to say about social media too.
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November 21, 2019 on Neil Young Will No Longer Use Facebook Because Of Its “Obvious Commitments” To Republicans
Pretty sure nobody is saying, nor has ever said, the Black Keys are "now the vanguard of rock" and the only people saying Greta Van Fleet are its future are their publicists.
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November 19, 2019 on Watch The Black Keys Play “Lo/Hi” & “Go” On Kimmel
Some starving kid in the third world (assuming they had a computer with web access) is reading this story, looking at that photo, and shaking their damn head.
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November 18, 2019 on Postmates Driver Sues Lizzo For Accusing Her Of Stealing Food Order
Rhodes scholar, military vet, janitor, master songwriter, beloved recording artist, played Whistler in Blade. Legend.
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November 14, 2019 on Kris Kristofferson Joins Fargo Bar Band Onstage After They Left A Note On His Tour Bus Door
Lol, but guys like Dwight Yoakam, Johnny Paycheck, David Allan Coe, even Sturgill Simpson, have never won a CMA award.
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November 14, 2019 on Trent Reznor Just Won A CMA Award
Agreed. Because of a few serious bad apples, many have decided to take a sledgehammer to social norms and cues, rather than the more appropriate scalpel. Yes, the baby has not only been thrown out with the bathwater, but smashed to a pulp for good measure. Now, people don't know how the fuck to connect with other people, and we've been reduced to puritanical infants (both intellectually and sexually), abandoning true agency and self-actualization. The sexual revolution of the 60's and 70's was about true agency and empowerment for women, equalizing the playing field and eliminating sexual stigmas and limits. This, now, is quite a bit different. Now it's the future predicted in Demolition Man, where sex is just ew ew ew, or worse. Better just engage via electronic device and skip all the ickiness.
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November 8, 2019 on Here’s John Legend & Kelly Clarkson’s Woke “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” Remake
You been watching the news for the last five years? Not sure exactly where it started, but a man pursuing a woman at all (flirting, complements, plainly asking somebody out) is increasingly perceived in many political and philosophical circles as harassment. It is in part why younger generations of people in the west have a lot less sex than previous ones, and marry in far fewer numbers. I'm just thankful I met my wife of nearly a decade at a bar while both of us were high and drunk, like normal people used to do, and avoided this minefield of shit that passes for "social norms" now.
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November 8, 2019 on Here’s John Legend & Kelly Clarkson’s Woke “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” Remake