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WTF Comments II: Everyone’s a Critic edition
Jeez, everyone’s a critic these days! Even critics have critics! Welcome to another installment of WTF Comments. This time I collected comments from readers who had a bone (or two, or three) to pick with my reviews! I realize that sometimes my reviews can be a bit acerbic, but I calls ‘em like I sees ‘em. Sometimes I can be a bit harsh, but it’s all in fun. It serves me right to have some critics of my own take some shots at me! First up, Bryan did not like my 3.5/5 (70%) review for the Rival Sons. Bryan’s comment was lengthy so I took the liberty of highlighting the parts I like best!
your gimmicky comment is idiotic. They record with real vintage gear because they are trying to create that vibe not for one song, but that’s who they are and frankly I’m glad. So much of what is out now is 150 tracks of productions and tricks that cater to the ADD society who needs a new sound effect coming at them every 10 seconds to keep their attention. Just enjoy the fact that these are guys are setting up a few mics into some of the best gear studios can pull out of the closet and they deliver great songs that they can actually reproduce live with backing tracks…hey, there’s a concept. If you can appreciate that you shouldn’t be reviewing music…you know..music???
also, STOP comparing them to Led Zeppelin just because the drums are open mic’d and there’s space. Go back and read the reviews when Zep was playing…the critics killed them…but somehow now their the greatest thing ever. Have you ever hear them live? I love Zep but Jay Buchanan can hit EVERY note on the album live, Plant couldn’t do that a lot of the time. But I don’t even compare the two, just enjoy the band without having to pigeon hole them. Basically your saying here’s this band, but we don’t really validate them because I heard something similar before. The album has potential…Geez.. the album kicks ass so just get past yourself and get on board. How about this for a review…”Hey everyone, in this day and age of laptops and samples, finally a band just plugs in and records to tape and here it is…enjoy some great rock with soul and vibe and enjoy these guys laying it out there while not pitch correcting and time aligning everything. AND, when you see them live they’ll sound like what you heard on your iPod, how refreshing. Rival Sons should be applauded and you should buy the CD”.
Thanks, Bryan! I always thought being compared to the mighty Zeppelin was quite a compliment, myself. Then there’s Dave. Dave also does not think much of my writing skills, in regards to Triumph’s 1986 turd The Sport of Kings:
This article is pretty lame. Please do some research before you post stuff like this. Triumph had issue with the producer Ron Nevison. He wanted them to have a hit single and he was trying to craft the songs to be radio friendly. The band had been pretty much cranking out an album a year for the whole decade and touring in between and the record company was demanding more. The band was spent! Some of the songs aren’t as strong as previous outings, but it sounds like you were never much of a fan in the first place. Never be embarrassed about the music you like…whether it’s Triumph, Kenny G or Michael Jackson. I like what I like and i don’t care what anyone else thinks!
Somebody needs to tell Dave that you don’t have to be “much of a fan” to write a music review!
Then lastly, there’s scm. He or she isn’t a person of many words, but smc didn’t think too much of my Man of Steel movie review.
You continue writing articles about what great screen writers & film makers bring son. Man of Steel 4.5/5.
For the record: I am not scm’s son! Hope you enjoyed these comments.
This is, by far, the most painful loss that Star Trek fans have had to endure yet. Even more so than the great Gene Roddenberry, Leonard Nimoy embodied Star Trek. He was Spock — he became that character. After Star Trek, he struggled against it. His first autobiography was entitled I Am Not Spock. A couple decades later, he recanted and released a new book called I Am Spock. It took him a while to come to peace with the fact that he will always be remembered as Mr. Spock, but he did and the fans loved him for it.
I’ll miss you, my Vulcan friend.
RECORD STORE TALES MkII: Getting More Tale
#370: “I use that bucket for everything now!”
Am I ever glad that I started journaling 10 or 15 years ago. Most of what I recorded is nonsense that I can barely relate to, but every once in a while I stumble across relevant entries from the Record Store. Just a glimpse of Record Store life — the bad times, the good times, and a laugh or two!
Date: 2004/06/01 16:57
God I’m tired. I slept well but work has been non-stop since I got here. I hate that kind of day, you need to breathe some times! And Matt is late, so I can’t eat my lunch. I am having a Bad Retail Day. Everything and everybody is making things worse.
Date: 2004/07/30 12:47
I am expecting the new Pearl Jam to arrive today (late). [That would have been Live at Benaroya Hall, released officially on July 27.] I can’t wait to hear it. Two discs of unplugged Pearl Jam? Count me in. The best “grunge” bands weren’t “grunge” at all. What’s so grungy about Pearl Jam? Nothing. They are just good rock rooted in the 70’s and in the willingness to try anything once. Hence, Eddie Vedder doing drunken covers of ridiculous stuff onstage. I love it.
Date: 2004/07/30 16:15
An actual conversation at work today between myself and the accountant Jonathan. We were talking about staying in hotels on the road:
Me: I like to steal bars of soap and shampoos from hotels. I mean, I’m paying like $120 for my room, I want some goddamn soap!
J: I hear ya, man.
Me: Last time I even stole the little tea packets. Like, fuck, I want tea! Coffee, too.
J: I stole the bucket that you put the ice in.
J: Shit yeah. I use that bucket for everything now!
Date: 2004/09/30 21:32
Doing a bank run to get change for the register and do deposits. On the way to the bank, this one kid asked me to buy a candy bar today. I told him I had no money. Then he asked me again on the way back from the bank. I told him I still had no money. Then he went into my store and asked me to buy a candy bar. I told him I still had no money!
Just one more drop in the bucket.
RECORD STORE TALES MkII: Getting More Tale
#369: Grocery Store Rock
The lovely Mrs. LeBrain finally came home from the hospital just before Valentine’s Day. Three weeks in that place, or close to it, monitoring for seizure activity. Mission accomplished, Mrs. LeBrain returned home to find my nearly empty fridge and cupboards. A weekend grocery shopping trip was arranged and we restocked the essentials.
Normally I don’t really spend a lot of time at the grocery store, but this was an extended trip and I found myself noticing the songs that were playing. I was hearing 80’s rock, oldies, classic rock, and a variety of tunes that I didn’t expect at the grocery store.
I remember growing up, going to the store with my mom as a kid, and they were playing Muzak. Same store, same location, Muzak was playing 30 years ago. When did this change? I didn’t notice. I worked in a grocery store myself when I was in highschool, but I’ll be damned I could tell you what music was playing. Therefore it was most likely Muzak. That same old Muzak that always sounded like a watered down version of the M.A.S.H. theme. I’ll take classic rock over that any day.
Here are the tunes I remember from the Great Snowstorm Grocery Shop of Feb 2015:
1. Blondie – “Atomic”. Blondie is coming to town this July as part of Big Music Fest, so that was totally appropriate.
2. The Beau Brummels – “Laugh Laugh”. I recognized this old classic from an episode of the Flintstones!
3.The Kinks – “Come Dancing”. I have been on a serious Kinks kick since December. “Come Dancing” and “Apeman” are currently my two favourite Kinks songs, but the tropical feel of “Come Dancing” hits the spot when it’s -16 degrees outside.
4. The Tokens – “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”. This one killed the momentum for me, so I went to the junk food isle.
5. The Doors – “Break on Through”. Morrison’s tormented screams haunted me in the cereal section.
6. Tommy Tutone – “867-5309 (Jenny Jenny)”. By amusing coincidence, this song came on as I wandered away from Jen, and went looking for her. I had a laugh over that, and I’m sure shoppers wondered why I was chuckling. Jen couldn’t hear the song over the sound of the refrigeration in the produce section.
7. A Taste of Honey – “Boogie Oogie Oogie”. I first heard this Disco classic on the Craig Fee Show.
8. Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Sweet Home Alabama”. Moms listen to this now. That’s the reality of the world we live in today.
Not a bad batch of tunes for a grocery shopping trip. Certainly better than Muzak, you must agree! It wouldn’t have been so bad working at the grocery store with those kinds of tunes.