Entries Tagged as 'commentary'

REUNION: Ride

November 22nd, 2014 · Comments Off on REUNION: Ride

I’m always completely torn when a band I worship – or have worshiped – decides to reunite. Of course, there’s the selfish desire to relive the nostalgic emotions a certain record may have evoked during the formative teenage years. But then there’s the cynical desire to understand the invariably disappointing motivation, which always points to […]

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Nirvana’s Going to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame — Without Chad Channing

March 19th, 2014 · Comments Off on Nirvana’s Going to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame — Without Chad Channing

There’s one big sticking for eligibility for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (outside of that whole, y’know, being good and important thing). As in baseball, it’s all about time: To qualify for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, there must be a passing of 25 years since the […]

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Alex Turner’s Mic-dropping Brit Awards Speech

February 23rd, 2014 · Comments Off on Alex Turner’s Mic-dropping Brit Awards Speech

Arctic Monkeys racked up again at the Brit Awards this year, taking home Best British Group for the fourth time and its well-deserved third Best British Album for AM. Lead singer Alex Turner used the occasion to drop an irony-laced speech that was a winking piss-take on the “state” of rock ‘n roll. Reactions have […]

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Patrick Wall’s Top Albums of 2013

December 31st, 2013 · Comments Off on Patrick Wall’s Top Albums of 2013

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Patrick Wall is the man whose name you’d love to touch. But you mustn’t touch. People pay him to write things. KNEE MEETS JERK In Which a Beleaguered Music Journalist Attempts — and Fails — to Identify Ten Records Released Between December 2012 and December 2013 That Were Better Than All Other […]

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The New Order Reunion Is a Joke without Peter Hook

November 11th, 2011 · 1 Comment

New Order reunited recently to help raise money for friend and video-producer Michael Shamberg, as he fights a debilitating illness. Well, some of New Order reunited. Bassist Peter Hook was sadly absent from the festivities. Not every band’s bassist is integral to its sound. Some bass players are, in fact, totally replaceable. However, Peter Hook […]

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The Cure Add “Reflections” Concerts Stateside, Call Out R&R Hall of Fame

September 28th, 2011 · 2 Comments

The Cure has been nominated for induction into the joke that is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Kudos! Except, wait, Robert Smith is pissed about something. Evidently, The Cure’s “current” drummer was left off the name check list on the band’s bio at the official Hall of Fame site. In the Hall of […]

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Fender Unveils Kurt Cobain Guitar

September 7th, 2011 · Comments Off on Fender Unveils Kurt Cobain Guitar

With the pending 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s Nevermind, Fender has decided to cash in on the festivities by releasing an exact replica of Kurt Cobain’s 1965 Fender Jaguar. The replica comes complete with Cobain’s scuff marks and wear and tear. Besides the creepy factor, what surprises me most is that this hasn’t happened already. If […]

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Titus Andronicus Somehow Surprised That The Pogues Are Dicks

April 5th, 2011 · 1 Comment

I like Titus Andronicus‘ music well enough, but it seems like every time I read a story about them they are complaining. Here’s a sample from another woe-is-me tale from the band’s frontman, Patrick Stickles, regarding their recent experience opening for The Pogues: “After doing nine shows with them, they never took the time to introduce themselves […]

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You Won’t Ever See Steve Albini at Fashion Week

October 7th, 2010 · Comments Off on You Won’t Ever See Steve Albini at Fashion Week

Steve Albini says seemingly outrageous things in interviews, but he never comes across as glib or unprepared. The guy means what he says, and he’s actually thought about his opinions before giving them. He’s one of the most uncompromising musicians I’ve ever admired. Sure, he can sound like an asshole, but he makes sense. Most […]

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Campaign to Convince Weezer to Break Up Has 99% to Go

October 7th, 2010 · Comments Off on Campaign to Convince Weezer to Break Up Has 99% to Go

The campaign to bribe Weezer into breaking up for $10 million is so funny because it’s probably how all 852,000 people who bought Pinkerton actually feel. Weezer has been a big bag of suck for the last 10 years. 10 years. That’s a long time to disappoint your fans, repeatedly. I tried to get on […]

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No, All Shook Down Is Just As Bad As You Remember

September 20th, 2010 · Comments Off on No, All Shook Down Is Just As Bad As You Remember

When The Replacements’ All Shook Down came out in the fall of 1990, I was a junior in high school. I’d been a Replacements fan for exactly two years, but even as a 16-year-old, I knew that this was the sound of a band sucking. A few of my friends went out and bought this […]

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Fugazi close to finishing complete concert archive

July 20th, 2010 · Comments Off on Fugazi close to finishing complete concert archive

I like to think of myself as a pretty big Fugazi fan, having seen them live five or six times over the years, but the news of the band’s upcoming massive live archive website isn’t as exciting to me as it seems to be for everyone else. With literally hundreds of shows being digitized and […]

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Sting is an insufferable twat

July 15th, 2010 · Comments Off on Sting is an insufferable twat

I doubt it’s news to anyone that Sting is an insufferable twat, but Dave Itzkoff of the New York Times had the point hammered home in a recent interview that The Guardian has snarkily whittled down to its most abhorrently pretentious bits, which I am more than happy to share with you now: “Ask Sting […]

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Angry fans demand recall of Duran Duran remasters

July 15th, 2010 · 1 Comment

With all the fan backlash regarding the sound quality of EMI’s recent Duran Duran remasters, I’m glad I’ve held off purchasing my third or fourth iterations of albums I’ve owned the better part of my life. Some fans are so disappointed – even angry – over the poor sound quality that they are campaigning for […]

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Is Prince right about the Internet?

July 8th, 2010 · Comments Off on Is Prince right about the Internet?

An amusing, if slightly rant-ish, response to the response Prince received for his social-media-baiting “the Internet is completely over” line. I must admit I reacted with the same dismissive scorn as everyone else did to Prince’s seemingly clueless quip, but I’m not wholly convinced that Prince is as astute about the internet as this author […]

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USA Today slags Bird and Bee tribute to Hall and Oates

March 25th, 2010 · Comments Off on USA Today slags Bird and Bee tribute to Hall and Oates

“The pop duo’s ‘Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates’ just misses the mark.” Maybe they should have chosen to do Journey covers instead?

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So, you’ve totally been waiting for a new INXS record, right?

February 24th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Well, you’re going to be super-stoked because not only is INXS putting out a new record, it’s also kinda/sorta simultaneously putting out an old record but with new singers on old songs. Sound awesome? Or more like a desperate attempt to drum up some business, using the cheapest, most shameless means possible? Well, it gets […]

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MTV stands for what exactly?

February 9th, 2010 · Comments Off on MTV stands for what exactly?

With MTV’s removal of the words “Music Television” from its iconic logo, the reality network finally admits, however passively, that music is in no way a driving force behind its existence anymore. This is news to absolutely no one, much less to the train-wreck-craving rubberneckers who seem glued to watching Guidos confirm that America is […]

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With no understanding of the concept of supply and demand, Hole reunites, anyway

January 13th, 2010 · 1 Comment

It’s not news to hear that Courtney Love is an embarrassing trainwreck, but this Hole reunion is scraping the resin off the bottom of the barrel. First of all, no one cares. No one liked Hole to begin with. The only reason anyone paid any attention to the band’s second album, Live Through This, was […]

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Simon Reynolds weighs in on the noughties

December 7th, 2009 · Comments Off on Simon Reynolds weighs in on the noughties

There was such a wide range of quality music made in the noughties that it is hard for critics to agree on which albums had the most impact

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