OK, is this the worst piece of music writing ever?

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lmao fgti

space invaders are smokin penises!!!! (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 06:03 (four months ago) link

I checked out the song; it’s a few degrees better / more interesting than the description makes it sound, IMO (another failure of the writing).

stan by me (morrisp), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 06:30 (four months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Wow, you know, I’m really excited about Alex Cameron (musician) and I couldn’t imagine that somebody could be presented with his brilliant and rich and ripe-for-analysis body of work so far and instead rip it to shreds while doing a diarrhea

https://www.beat.com.au/the-best-and-weirdest-alex-cameron-lyrics/

flamboyant goon tie included, Friday, 26 July 2019 12:36 (three months ago) link

three weeks pass...

you will not trick me that easily, maura

brigadier pudding (DJP), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 17:25 (two months ago) link

wow that was awful, and I love Neil Young

L'assie (Euler), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 17:39 (two months ago) link

You weren't kidding, huh. This a masterclass in abysmal writing.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 18:14 (two months ago) link

Also, lol @ '“I really wish this interview hadn’t happened,” he later said, seeming more downhearted than angry.'

pomenitul, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 18:16 (two months ago) link

That’s another thing about Young that rescues him from nihilism and self-pity: He does stuff, even if what he does sometimes seems loony.

cool opinion

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 18:19 (two months ago) link

One thing I really do appreciate about Young is all the....ugh what do you call it (*gestures*) you know “stuff” he does.

omar little, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 18:24 (two months ago) link

From the comments section:

This article is painstakingly beautiful. If you have a child that is atypical in your life, it will pierce your soul. This sentence at the end made me cry.
“His lesson Is that everything human is shot through with imperfection. Filtering that out doesn’t make us more perfect; it makes us sick. He’s a great artist, which means that he sees and hears more, which may make him a loon, but is also why he is still worth listening to.”
The way David Samuels wrote this article conveys such love; love of Neil’s music, love for his son, love for something we’ve lost in streaming music.
Thank you, thank you for reminding us that music touches our souls, hearts, and brains and that to dumb it down is just plain dumb!!!

pomenitul, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 18:34 (two months ago) link

comments are awful as well, do not wade in

global tetrahedron, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 18:49 (two months ago) link

Neil Young is crankier than a hermit being stung by bees. He hates Spotify. He hates Facebook. He hates Apple. He hates Steve Jobs.

Neil, I have some good news for you my dude.

triple-washed (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 18:55 (two months ago) link

lol they shit on Zuck only to praise Edison further down

triple-washed (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 19:02 (two months ago) link

this article is now frontrunner for the thread title imo

sleeve, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 19:07 (two months ago) link

His ire this afternoon, directed through me and my notebook and my Sony digital recorder,

I was hoping to soothe the old rock star, who spoke to me through the headphones of my Sony Walkman at the moments I felt most isolated and alone.

someone tell me at the end they reveal this is an advertorial for sony

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 19:19 (two months ago) link

no such luck, but did you hear that "high-end consumer digital-sound-recording systems" were made by companies such as Sony?

maffew12, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 19:31 (two months ago) link

His music helped shape the melodic-depressive post-Beatles catalog of Pacific Northwest angst, which was brought to its songwriting peak by Kurt Cobain of Nirvana and Elliott Smith, the Irving Berlin and Cole Porter of suicidal ideation and addiction. Cobain committed suicide on April 5, 1994. Smith, who was an even more intimate songwriter, in the same catchy, brilliant, self-pitying vein, stabbed himself through the heart and bled to death on Oct. 21, 2003, in an apartment in Los Angeles. While the circumstances of both deaths are disputed by conspiracy theorists, Neil Young is indisputably still here.

sorry this is outstandingly bad

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 20:10 (two months ago) link

the Irving Berlin and Cole Porter of suicidal ideation and addiction

idk this is p hilarious

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 20:13 (two months ago) link

anything goes

Mordy, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 20:13 (two months ago) link

Kurt Cobain jazz hands

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 20:15 (two months ago) link

sirius should be simplified to 3 stations: pre-Beatles, Beatles, and Radio Margaritaville (post-Beatles)

triple-washed (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 20:21 (two months ago) link

post-Beatles catalog of Pacific Northwest angst

I think my favorite part of this is the implication that between 1969 and 1989, *nothing* happened in the Pacific Northwest

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 20:25 (two months ago) link

like, why are the Beatles even in that sentence?

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 20:25 (two months ago) link

i'm fascinated by the choice to wait until the fifth time he mentions elliot roberts, 20 paragraphs in, after describing elliot's porch, after watching tv in elliot's living room, and after elliot orders pizza for everybody, to point out that elliot is not currently alive.

fact checking cuz, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 20:31 (two months ago) link

the reveal happens in this sentence, a masterpiece of bad editing:

His second studio album — and first with his longtime band Crazy Horse — “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere,” is my personal favorite Neil Young record, and was also Elliot Roberts’s favorite (he died two months ago).

fact checking cuz, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 20:32 (two months ago) link

last sentence from Brad's quotation is also a tour de force of bad independent clause usage

rob, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 20:33 (two months ago) link

Courtney Love paid the Mentors dude to kill Kurt, but Neil Young is still alive

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 20:38 (two months ago) link

Biggie killed Elliot Smith

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 20:39 (two months ago) link

he killed elliot roberts, too, iirc

fact checking cuz, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 20:40 (two months ago) link

How in the world does that sentence quoted by fcc even make it through the lightest of editing?

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 20:41 (two months ago) link

While the circumstances of both deaths are disputed by conspiracy theorists, Neil Young is indisputably still here.

this is, indisputably, an amazing way to make a non sequitur immune to criticism for being a non sequitur

j., Tuesday, 20 August 2019 20:41 (two months ago) link

what's with all these comments about how ppl don't know how music is supposed to sound bc they only listen to streaming? i go to concerts regularly, play piano every day -- i think i know what music is supposed to sound like. i also use spotify extensively. it sounds fine.

Mordy, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 20:44 (two months ago) link

pbbbbbblt

Whiney G. Weingarten, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 20:46 (two months ago) link

that's why it's so bad, it's even ruined your ears for real music, ruined. ruined!!

j., Tuesday, 20 August 2019 20:47 (two months ago) link

Soon as I saw the thread revive, I knew it was this article. One gem is his description of Mozart as "perhaps the most perfectly structured and at the same time most effortlessly fluid sound that human beings have ever made." [fart joke redacted]

dinnerboat, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 20:50 (two months ago) link

While the circumstances of both deaths are disputed by conspiracy theorists, Neil Young is indisputably still here (Elliot Roberts died two months ago).

mick signals, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 21:09 (two months ago) link

Was this piece edited by a quahog?

brigadier pudding (DJP), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 21:10 (two months ago) link

while kurt cobain and elliot smith were perhaps "chris gaines" style projects of neil young, "neil young" is indisputably an ongoing project of neil young

triple-washed (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 21:12 (two months ago) link

Young got mad about his Facebook user agreement, which not even his high-priced lawyers can untangle. “I’m pissed off about my user agreement,”

devvvine, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 21:14 (two months ago) link

...Young says, using an unprintable post-Beatles slang phrase for anger [make sure to check w/NYT whether actually unprintable]

mick signals, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 21:17 (two months ago) link

While Bush's involvement in 9/11 is disputed by conspiracy theorists, Neil Young is indisputably there in the melodic-depressive grunge music of Bush.

triple-washed (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 21:18 (two months ago) link

the Irving Berlin and Cole Porter of suicidal ideation and addiction

I would like to be thought of as the Lorenz Hart, or possibly the Ira Gershwin, of suburban ennui and tipsiness.

Rumspringsteen (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 22:04 (two months ago) link

I think my favorite part of this is the implication that between 1969 and 1989, *nothing* happened in the Pacific Northwest

a heartless suggestion

Vernon Locke, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 22:58 (two months ago) link

well I don't think we should overlook Queensryche, the Rodgers/Hammerstein of 80s Pacific Northwest fantasy metal

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 23:03 (two months ago) link

ÿ

mookieproof, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 23:06 (two months ago) link

ÿeah ÿeah I wasn't sure how to make that sÿmbol

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 23:07 (two months ago) link

blasting 'jet city woman' in their/your honor

mookieproof, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 23:08 (two months ago) link

Cindy Van Lunen
Long Beach Township NJ 11h ago
This article is painstakingly beautiful. If you have a child that is atypical in your life, it will pierce your soul. This sentence at the end made me cry.

Me: As I read this article, I just started sobbing and I couldn't stop!

Friend: Oh, do you have children with neurological disorders?

Me: No ... I'm a writer!

mick signals, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 02:30 (two months ago) link

The Wipers
Dead Moon
Heart

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 21 August 2019 02:32 (two months ago) link


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