If you have to oversell it, it is probably not worth buying.
This band is legit. If you can't appreciate that then you're just being an asshole.
Cut it with the grandkids comments, dude. If there is justice in the universe, yours will be ignoring your cries as they bum rush you and throw you in assisted living.
Most of y'all's grandkids are going to be idiot trend-followers who like heretofore unknown sounds that are so horrible that they'll have us all crying out, "Limp Bizkit, where are you now that we need you?"
And DamosA: a beard typically looks a lot less stupid than whatever faux-punk/goth/fetish nonsense you're trying to pull off in all extant photos of you. How about you disappear completely?
^^^^you forgot cracker ass honkey
bloater is a real piece of dog-ass gobshite.
I saw a live performance of the new "Shins". It just didn't seem like the Shins. Reminds me of Roger Waters without Pink Floyd... Still good (Waters is a master), but not Pink Floyd. And Pink Floyd without Roger Waters...still pretty dang good, but not the absolute shit that PINK FLOYD was. Just goes to show that a band is made up of all of its members, and each one is important to the character of said band, Even if some of them are mediocre.
I read a book once about creativity, called "The Power of Limits". It speaks of how limits can be liberating in the creative process because then you're not lost in an infinity of possibilities about what you can do. You work with what you have and put all of your passion into it. Sometimes the best work comes from this. The Shins in my opinion included Jesse... and their sound was dependent on what he could and couldn't do, mixed with the abilities and limits of each of the other members. Somehow, a certain magic arose from this group of "old buddies" that was the distinctive sound of the Shins, certainly spearheaded by James Mercer, but not his alone to claim ownership of. Such magic cannot be manufactured. It is probably just dead now. I highly doubt that the new version of The Shins, or any other new band that any of these people get involved in will have such a hauntingly nostalgic, psychadellic-pop, emotional-chord-striking quality...such a trademark uniqueness that stands out. I am sad to see the breakup of this great band.
When we are kids, we tolerate the failings of our friends, on a deeply loyal level, as adults, we become achievers, so sure of our direction, and don't let anything get in our way, not even friends. But then we no longer have any real friends and somewhere in the back of our hearts we feel pain about having lost touch with some magic somewhere.
I think Mercer's new band should be called something else, and I do look forward to hearing more of how it sounds. He is a great singer, musician, and songwriter.
Oh joy, another bearded hipster band playing a local show.
Regardless of what these fellows look like, Yr Mama, you have a point.
Lannamann, be more specific! When you stated that "Titus Andronicus is one of those magnificent, majestic bands that we'll be telling our grandkids about" were you referring to the grandkids of you and your friends? If so, fair enough. However, I'd never burden my grandchildren with their tunes, nor would the vast majority of people in the world, I suspect.
i seriously doubt that i will be telling my grand kids or anyone about this band...look at the dude on the far right...c'mon man,really?
Apparently, no one has told these fine Canadians that it isn't 1995.
Hugely delayed comment, but this was the first time I've seen this review.
Your notes about feelings in music really struck a chord with me. Fiona did write this album only for herself, filling up to the point where these songs are a necessary expulsion of emotional buildup. But as Brenda Ueland says in If You Want to Write, "Yes, the more you wish to describe a Universal the more minutely and truthfully you must describe a Particular." Maybe that's why we feel when we listen to The Idler Wheel. Using a definition from Stranger in a Strange Land, we grok the music.
I'm reducing my music library these days, keeping only the sounds that evoke a feeling in me. By this measure, The Idler Wheel is one of those records I couldn't give up if I tried.
Is PISS OFF in the band or something? Haha
U FAIL MR. PISS OFF YOU DORK
The Cult of Youth review is horrendous. Y'all should hire someone who knows an inkling of what they're talking about it when it comes to anything diverging from the swath of typical pop and indie Portland mainstream. You could have done a minute of research, thrown in the words Death in June or Neo-Folk and I would have at least shrugged in complacency. But instead you write: "Think of this as a political rally in a punk-house basement". How utterly off base and belittling. Please never write about anything slightly punk again, because you obviously have no fucking clue what you're talking about. Ryan J. Prado - YOU FAIL.
Oasis was around until 2009!? Really? I thought they were just a '90s one-hit-wonder band. I have expect to see an interview with Hootie and the Blowfish next.
I thought this was about stjohnsrules on 10/17/2012 at 3:08 PM for a minute when I read the headline with no context.
How was the gig last night then, anyone?
I love the quote that was pulled for the headline. This guy's such an asshole.
yes, one of the best Mercury interview in years. Noel tells it straight up.
Thats ok, I will take Oasis over any shitty hipster or crappy "folk" bands you idiots promote. I am hardly surprised by Noels answers however
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