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“Odd” does not necessarily mean bad. Calm down.
You shot off your mouth without having read what I wrote initially, so there is no way you could have predicted my response.
In the second sentence I wrote about this band, I said that I liked the song posted above. Expressing your thoughts and strong opinions is fine, but the way you do it reveals that you are an idiot.
I’ve written tons of paragraphs on this site on all manner of things with which I take issue, and I am certainly not the only one to do so. I am very opinionated and passionate when it comes to rock music and the ethics of being an indie musician, and why that would have have anything to do with autism (which I do not happen to have, by the way) is beyond me. If I feel something deserves a reply, I always type one that is thorough. The internet ought to be a means of facilitating communication. Being a silent downvoter is cowardly and a crutch for those with baseless ideas.
I express opinions online for the sake of self-expression (a need to vent) and for the intellectual stimulation it sometimes provides. I never said I had dismissed the band because of their name or that it upset me. I just think it’s annoying, unnecessary, and disingenuous, like if you were trying to forge a friendship with an otherwise cool person who for some reason insisted on talking like a pirate 24 hrs. a day. If they have managed to succeed on the strength of their music, that’s a good thing. I think talented bands should succeed and tour the world. I just think the name thing has been done to death, and while it once served a purpose in the first wave of punk, it is generally now a tired ploy that bands imagine will set them apart from the pack. For a good indie band, it ends up being just one more obstacle to overcome.
I don’t dislike the name because I think it’s controversial; I dislike it because I feel it is an attempt to be controversial rather than give the band a name that has something to do with the music. Inevitably, if they are stigmatized, it will be for the wrong reason, that people take the name seriously and disapprove of whatever they feel it implies. That has nothing to do with me. Honestly, if the album is good, I hope they sell a lot of copies and have lots of fans. I just hate it when bands try to compensate for their insecurities with cheap stunts, and those that really aren’t any good should pay a steep price for being bad and having a dumb name.
I was wondering if anyone else felt this way. I liked this song, but I am actually really hoping they make an awful album so I don’t have to be a fan. This is the kind of band name that bands who play locally their whole career usually have. It’s seems like the most desperate cry for attention, yet it also seems impossible that it would ever be featured in large letters on any marquee.
I too exist in my own hyper-detailed, hypnotic space.
I have heard some of this band’s other songs, so I know they are talented in and of themselves. At the same time, it’s like…really? You couldn’t be bothered to stop for a moment and ask yourself if this song sounds like any really famous rock songs? The music is basically Summertime Blues by Eddie Cochran. Self-editing is important.
No no, Jenn has already said on Twitter that the Wye Oak album is well on its way but that the Dungeonesse stuff was coming first. Now Tom is saying the Dungeonesse album is here, so Wye Oak is next.
For those us still proudly ignorant about pop, electronic, and rap music, all this means is that we are one step closer to the next Wye Oak album. Thanks for the update.
Stephin Merritt already wrote a song about hating Cailfornia girls, and it was way better than this.
Jesus was there alright; it was his guiding hand that ushered Kanye directly into the sign. You think it was a coincidence that it was “Wrong Way” sign?
Adam, you sound like an idiot. I first heard Aeroplane in 1999 when I was just getting into indie rock and well before I had discussed any underground music with anyone. I read a little blurb about Aeroplane in Alternative Press Magazine, and on the strength of the little sound samples on Amazon, I went ahead and bought it. It has been one of my favorite albums ever since. The proof that Aeroplane’s reputation has nothing to do with anything other than its quality is the fact these days there are lots of people who listen to very little indie music who know and love NMH. I know a sixty-year-old woman who mostly listens to classic rock, and she likes Aeroplane. What hip friends is she trying to impress?
Awww, you got mad! How cute. There were certainly other bands on your list I could have mentioned. I just chose to mention those three because they were among the most damaging examples of your taste; I made sure to include 311 because I know they are a long-running joke around here. I would be a poseur if I pretended to like something or be something to impress others, but I don’t do that. I will, however, call out people who try to weigh in on certain topics when they are clearly unqualified to do so. It really seems like you are the one who is bent out of shape. I hope you know that even though I am a music snob, it makes me tear up when I think about how we’ll never be pals now.
Two downvotes for a sincere question? Really? If no one can provide any answers, that’s okay. I don’t know them either. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be asking. I’m a fan who would like to have a better understanding of the alleged problems in the band.
These commercials are not country cool and are too extreme to do the Dew are most certainly not the choice of a new generation.
Dude, seriously? Accordiing to your Facebook, you like 311, Keane, and Lit. Yes Stereogummers, that’s right. I have found someone in the year 2013 who unironically likes 311. Do with that what you will.
I saw them on their Keep It Like A Secret tour in DC, and I have seen them a bunch of times since then. I don’t know what the shows have been like on the current tour, which does not feature Plouf and Nelson, but I think at least up until they have only gotten better live. I would say the best thing that ever happened to BTS’s live lineup was the return of Brett Netson. If Doug trusts you to play lead, there’s a reason.
Perfect From Now On is actually better. You need to hear it. It’s one of those “Where did that come from?” moments in music history, and like loveless, it very nearly didn’t come to fruition. It was recorded three different times. The first version was chunked because Doug wasn’t happy with it, and the second one melted in Phil Ek’s car. It was totally worth all of the effort. It is Doug’s space guitar symphony, and yeah, those songs sound at least as good live.
“Very few of the gauzy song-smears that comprise the bulk of the tracklist are outright bad….”
It’s true that the albums vary in degrees of quality, but Built to Spill has not released any bad songs.
Yeah, I have heard some general remarks from people about there being tension in Pavement, but do you happen to know what the reasons were or any examples of this? I remember them saying they were friends and that there wasn’t any bad blood.