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  1. i wrote that! thanks for the bump, anton! 



    No offense to the guy who wrote this, but wow....someone needs to learn to have some of their own opinions.


    ??? the whole article was about the dissonance between matt's coming around/making nice with them and my own opinion of how they still suck? sure his opinion informed my own, i say as much in the article, but just because matt's friendly with them doesn't mean i'm about to start. 



    Jesus the press just loved to picture him as a dick. 


    phrasing! though you're half right. i think matt fed off of the press he got from being contrarian as much as the press fed off of his contrarian opinions. even today he does not couch his words, which is both a blessing and a curse. it's not an either/or situation  

  2. can also attest to how nice everyone was. although some people near me (floor, stage right) balked when matt started talking about gun control while introducing "a boy with a machine gun." 


    don't really care for the record but "something like a storm" was quite killer live and made me appreciate it. the song had major "born to kill" vibes to it, with those major roomy "kashmir" esque drums. 

  3. can't say i'm really shaken by this. i liked them when they first came out because they were largely different than anything else on the canadian pop music scene. i'd also have to say that i'll always appreciate them for helping make it easier for bands like fucked up to get exposure. overall their output was pretty inconsistent, and they really didn't leave us on a high note. you could see and hear the interest in the band waning, and that's pretty disappointing for a group that started with so much promise.


    i find it interesting when so many people call george petit "talentless" yet claim to be huge fans of the band. what kind of standard do you have for music you listen to when you admittedly listen to a group whose members you dislike. what's even more irritating is when people can't even be bothered to explain why george is talentless. the world would be a better place is people could once in awhile QUALIFY THEIR THOUGHTS ON A WRITTEN FORUM. what george brought to the table was immensely important, since the vocal juxtapositions were what set that band apart from any of their canadian counterparts.

  4. Arcade Fire made a brilliant record, but they don't need a hand after winning the Grammy. I'd love to see Braids get the prize. I've been following their development for the past 2 years, and they absolutely deserve it for the work and dedication they've shown not only to their work and performances, put through touring practically non-stop since I saw their first gig in TO back in Sept '09. If you haven't given 'Native Speaker' a listen yet...!!

    I'll have to finally check out Destroyer ;)


    yep, braids work hard. i've seen them twice now, but with a difference of about 3 years. it's cool to see how they've grown as a band. i hope they stick it out.


    i'm currently listening to the colin stetson record and it's phenominal. won't change my love for austra one bit, but i'm really pulling for this record now as well. it's pretty "avant" territory, so i'd be VERY surprised if he took the award home, but he's definitely deserving. check out this moody piece (with vocals done by shara worden):


  5. i could say the butthole surfers, but that's kindof their point.


    i agree with what was said up thread about this being more about singers people don't like, as opposed to singers who lack technical proficiency, or whose voice is an awful match for the music. especially after that comment about all metal singers being shitty. if you don't like them, that's fine, but don't knock them. my vote goes to cedric from the mars volta. pretty shite singer if you've ever seen him live. has no projection, whatsoever, and struggles to compete with the rest of the volta's busy instrumentation. paul whoever from interpol is kinda the same. has very little range, low register, little-to-no projection, but i've heard he's improved in recent years.


    people without projection always make me think of deryk whibley from sum 41, when i saw them once on SNL. he was practically whispering into the mic, and that was the only way he could hold a note. kind of embarrassing. i'm not going to include them here though because that would require the rest of the band to be good.

  6. do any of you follow this at all? they announced the long list on june 16th, and the short list will be out july 6th. i've bolded the pics i'd like to see make it.


    Arcade Fire, The Suburbs

    Austra, Feel it Break

    Black Mountain, Wilderness Heart

    Braids, Native Speaker

    Buck 65, 20 Odd Years

    Louise Burns, Mellow Drama

    D-Sisive, Jonestown 2: Jimmy Go Bye Bye

    The Dears, Degeneration Street

    Destroyer, Kaputt

    Diamond Rings, Special Affections

    Dirty Beaches, Badlands

    Luke Doucet and the White Falcon, Steel City Trawler

    Eternia & MoSS, At Last

    Galaxie, Tigre et di

  7. no i still listen to matt. but his album doesn't do it for me in the same way this one does. lights is a great album, especially after the abomination that was vancouver. i'm in no way a fanboy though, so just because matt released an album this year, that doesn't mean i have to fawn over it. it's good, but not as good as this record.

  8. From what I've heard, (not the whole thing yet mind you) I really like the album. It does sound very much like it is returning to a sound closer to their old stuff. With that though, I have to point out that their appearance on SNL last weekend seemed very lackluster, almost as if they weren't really into what they were playing.


    i can't think of an SNL performance from the past 10 years that has been flattering for a band.


    as for the record, i didn't know there was much hype for it. yes, it's a return to form, but the only reason you can call it that is because they're coming to terms with their strengths. an example of a bland foo fighters record is echoes silence patience and grace. it was them trying to be tom petty or bruce springsteen and their songwriting failed miserably because they sounded so forced. adult contemporary doesn't look good on any band, but it especially never fit the foos.


    this record plays to the band's abilities, and although it can be seen as a throwback to their 90s sound, it's hardly a backward-looking record. they sound like the foo fighters again, and stylistically, they're drawing from a lot of different periods, not just the 90s. that's what TC&TS was all about. i can't think of a better example of a band that melded the california power-pop sound with the D.C. hardcore punk aesthetic. i happen to like them a lot better when husker du are an influence as opposed to bruce springsteen. i'm also not really sure how anyone can think the first half of the record is bland, it's just one colossal rocker after another. sure, you can fault them for not bringing anything new to the table, but i think they need to take things one step at a time.


    dave grohl's talents lie in his ability to write songs with amazing wallop, so i'm not sure why he tries to hide from that. perhaps it's hard to scream at the top of your lungs night after night, but damn is he ever good at it.

  9. i also don't really see this as an opportunity for things to change. then again, i think it was the cbc that noted that very few PMs last as many terms as harper has, so things might actually change.


    overall i don't think the conservative movement has lost any ground, if anything i think the conservatism in this country has been gaining momentum.

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