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The Hives are still one of the best rock and roll bands of all time. That being said, why did they rip off “Don’t Bring Me Down” by E.L.O.??
If MGMT came out this year, I don’t know how I’m going to pick between that and Santogold. Good thing I get three choices….
Guys, glaring omission just came to me: for Best Web Video, Akon calls T-Pain.
My partner told me to express: the real big ups belong to ?uestlove and The Roots for this. I’m just a messenger, so respect is due to them.
Also, Chad VanGaalen – Soft Airplane — pretty tough to beat that or Santogold imo
Pretty sure that AOTY is Santogold, though the new Q-Tip is making a strong showing on my short list.
And thanks Amrit.
Amrit, where’s the love? Can I get a little HT brotha? Shit. The Music Slut via Loudersoft. That’s what “Thanks LS!” means in his post. Let’s hug it out.
It feels good to be home baby.
Oh no wait, you’re right! They’re opposed to blood transfusions entirely, wow. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jehovah's_Witnesses
Those are Christian Scientists, not Jehovah’s Witnesses.
I was reminded that Prince also wrote, performed and sang the song “If I Was Your Girlfriend”.
He gets plenty of slack from me.
It’s been cleared up. More to the point, in the song “Controversy”, he sings the question, “I don’t understand/All the things people say/Controversy/Am I black or white/Am I straight or gay/Controversy”. A guy who sang those words, I’m willing to believe was misquoted.
Of course, he goes to Perez Hilton to make it clear that he was ‘misquoted’ and is ‘very angry’. I would be, too. Link sanitized for anyone who won’t click for Perez:
He built his entire career around questioning the macho dickbaggery of the world around him and directly explored androgyny. Along with millions of other people around the world, I paid a lot of hard-earned money to subscribe to Prince’s musical world views over the years. If there’s a valid reason for me to feel cheated, you’d better believe I want to know about it.
On repeated readings, I don’t see him as haven really taken a position about the whole thing. He places all the hard work on his interpretation of God without judging anyone.
I read the words ‘Jon’ and ‘Brion’, causing me to twitch slightly before clicking the shit out of the link to this thread repeatedly until it loaded.
Pointing to the Bible with the same hand you’ve been pointing to your dilznick with for 30 years as a musician smacks of irony and hypocrisy. But that closing paragraph where he talks about the stalker, see that’s the real shit.
Prince has been doing the same thing effectively since he started in the music industry: keeping people guessing. We can call him crazy or whatever else, but he’s playing some chess that we can’t even understand. He’s already got us checkmated, we just don’t know it yet.
i don’t mean to be a dick either, but if you read the entire thread, both Jimmy Eat World and a Get Up Kids reunion were mentioned before i brought up the Popes. no matter which of these bands you like more or you think are better, they’re all purveyors of the same genre of music. and like i said, not trying to derail thread. let’s talk about thorns of life by all means! i think i made my point — also, lol @ work for their label. can i just like them and want them to do well without having a personal stake in it? i guess that’s why i write a music blog, too — so bands can pay me to go on stereogum and talk about them in the comments section. gg.
I apologize to Brandon…I really don’t want to derail your blog posting or this thread, and I mean all due respect to Blake. I’m thrilled he’s still making records & this new project is great.
But Smoking Popes’ record has been a consistent go-to record for me stretching all the way back to early summer. I played it over and over and over again for weeks. It makes my stomach churn when I see some of the things being written about (not Thorns of Life mind you, I just thought this entry would make an apropo segue-way for my argument). Maybe if some people come out of the woodwork and champion it the way it deserves to be championed, the album doesn’t die an undeserved regional death.
Kanye, I love you but every day you start to sound more and more like Diana Ross and it scares me. — a concerned fan
The song is supposed to be lampooning the people it’s about. Even though its a failed attempt at humor, it’s meant to be as funny as it is awful.
May I suggest to Midlake that you simply make a record that makes you happy. Disavowing a sound that has brought you success in an attempt to make yourself into the antithesis of that sound makes for great press, but people who really love your music will love you no matter what record you make. Your perceived credibility as artists isn’t about disavowing a sound, it’s about putting music out into the world.
Rock stars show contempt for their fans. The music you make is in no danger of demonstrating contempt for anyone, and that’s why people love you.
Thorns of Life are quite good. Jawbreaker, influential and phenom. Schwarzenbach, one of the best of the 3-chord punk masters. Mad respect. I take nothing away from them with this comment.
…how does Thorns of Life get a big splash in a world where Smoking Popes first new album in 10 years, which came out earlier this year, has been totally overlooked? I’m just asking. I’ll bet good money your a chunk of your readers have no idea Smoking Popes even put out a new album or, if they did know, haven’t heard it. Anyone?
I spell check you because I care — it’s Bloomberg not Bloomgberg. RIP Mitch.
You know, on the other hand, I’ve reviewed the audition piece of Paula Goodspeed. Her obsession with Paula Abdul is incredibly obvious. This poor girl didn’t need to go on American Idol: she needed a mental evaluation and psychological help. Nothing like taking someone who is clearly mentally ill, putting them in front of their obsession and filming the fallout of rejection — like Robert DeNiro’s Rupert Pupkin character in the film The King of Comedy.
That makes me even sicker.