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My guess is because James would shuffle up to the microphone with all the gogettem’ fervor of a human duvet and then let the beat build for nine minutes before he even *started* to talk sing about how much he despised the superficiality of the endeavour.
I don’t understand why people would use a Stereogum comment board to voice their outrage that Stereogum reported on the stuff Stereogum is designed to report.
Paying to boo. YOU’RE PAYING TO BOO.
I’ve said it before, but if somebody were to commission a whole TV show that was just Owen Pallett talking about things to no particular end, I would never miss an episode.
I’m pretty sure he’s covered at least all of those bases at least once. You’re talking about a group of black kids known to wear swastikas on stage and praise school shooters in magazines – their schtick depends on wrapping up a certain amount of substance in as provocative a wrapper as possible.
You’ve gotta look at lyrics like this in the context of all the other stuff they say and do. Tyler’s response was mindless, and will only confirm the worst of the accusations against him in the eyes of his critics, but it’s in keeping with his uncompromising persona.
If he were to apologise or explain – or perhaps even take the opportunity to point out that one of Odd Future actually *is* a lesbian – it would kind of undermine the sense that the fairly tight knit OF fanbase are in on the joke, laughing at all the outsiders and crochety old grownups like us who keep taking the damn bait.
Again, I’m not an OF fan or looking to play apologist for them, but you’ve got to look at them from a punk perspective rather than in a hip hop context. If you’re going to go ahead and criticise them anyway, fine, all power in the world to you, but at least do it from the right standpoint. I think that’s what Tegan, Sara and now GLAAD are failing to do, and it makes them seem too out of touch to be worth appeasing.
I don’t disagree with you there.
As much as I want to answer my natural call to lefty liberalism, I don’t think you can really single out Tyler’s homophobic or misogynistic lyrics without at least acknowledging that *all* of his stuff is aggressive and abrasive, in all directions, and intended to be so.
Whether you find that repulsive or appealing is one thing, but I think it’s disingenuous to suggest that he’s zeroed in on either gay folk or women for particularly harsh treatment. I’m not a huge fan, and I’m definitely not an apologist, but even I can see that his misanthropic outlook and naked pursuit of shock value is pretty consistent.
More interested in the movie & Making Of than the expanded album, but I think that’s kinda factored into the price.
GARA. His name is Jeremy GARA!!!
Poor guy, first you forget to mention him and now you misspell his name. Canadian though, so he probably wouldn’t fight you over it.
Uh, also, that dude standing slightly concealed to the left of Régine Chassagne is Arcade Fire’s drummer Jeremy Gara – the fourth “troubled soul” that James initially overlooks.
Love Arcade Fire, if not The Suburbs, so I was glad to see them win. It doesn’t lend the Grammys any credit, and I’m sure Arcade Fire would have been fine without it and all, but their surprise and delight at the win made for a really nice moment.
The lightshow for Month of May was a bit overpowering, but I thought the actual performance itself was awesome.
What’s “strictly legal” to do, and what’s “not douchey” to do only have limited overlap.
This stuff doesn’t keep me awake at night or anything, but it is annoying, and it does make Microsoft look like a bunch of arseholes.
Foals did get a couple of mentions on release, so I guess you can’t call it “most overlooked”, but I do think it was bizarrely underrated. Great album, one of my top 5 of the last year, and I was really baffled to see it totally absent from a lot of the end of year lists.
Agreed too about Romance is Boring. Both discs significant developments on what those bands did before, and outstanding discs in their own right. I was really surprised by the strength of those two, and the relative disappointment of the other follow ups from some other high profile bands I’d been looking forward to.
Isn’t that kind of the point of just about any song, movie, or combination thereof? To ask people to think about something?
Insert snarky comment about the post-Pop Idol world here, I guess.
*on the news.
Butler has mentioned a few times, in some older interviews, that when he was a kid, he and a friend came up with a story about a civi war breaking out in the US. I think this is basically an offshoot of that idea.
I don’t think it’s necessarily about the loss of civil liberties in a direct, “Ooh, look at the TSA being jerks, weren’t the Tea Party right?” kind of sense, but I do think part of the idea is to remind people that this stuff happens all around the world, and people still have to find a way to live with it. There are plenty of kids trying have their childhoods in the shadow of warzones and at the mercy of nervous soldiers, and I think it’s an interesting idea to bring that unfamiliar scenario home to a familiar setting; to force people to think about the full implications of the stuff they hear about on the knews, to see kids who look like kids they know being treated as potential enemy combatants.
I don’t think the soldiers are really the most important part of the video or anything, but as far as they are significant to the idea behind it, that’s my thinking. Looking forward to the full short to have some more light shed on it though.
It’s an excerpt from a longer short, I think it’s been kind of edited to reflect the lyrics in that sense. I like this, but I’m quite a bit more interested in seeing the full length version before I try figuring out what the story is.