Sorry for the poor grammar above, but I guess I was just so infuriated by Parker's crap that I neglected to proofread.
I can't believe the hateful and elitist tone of Chris Parker's "column" about the Edwin McCain band. His condescending tone about people who don't exert the "same effort" as people like him to find the music that he deems of adequate quality. What a sickening expression of pure negativity and his dismissal of McCain fans as "mouth breathers" lets you know just how above others Mr. Parker feels. If you don't like it, don't include it in your recommendations. But to "bloviate" as you do is truly pathetic. Congratulations, you make Grayson Currin look tolerable.
Another terrible installment of a terrible feature in an increasingly irrelevant newsweekly. Chris Parker's reference to the fans of Tori Amos not having "the discernment" to enjoy the same artists he does gives him away. Obviously, he's just another elitist who enjoys the sound of his own words and would rather wax poetic than to actually inform the reader about an artist. Both Parker and Grayson Curren could take a lesson from David Menconi at the N&O in writing reviews and recommendations. I get more out of one paragraph of Menconi than a month's worth of these two clowns. Take a look at the nice article in the N&O today (Thursday) about the Dylan/Mellencamp/Nelson show this week. It is a thousand times more informative, descriptive, and respectful of the artists than anything coming from the Independent these days. You guys have really taken a wrong turn.
This is the worst excuse for an "article" that I have ever seen. As usual, your contempt for any music that doesn't appeal to your narrow tastes is evident. This doesn't say anything about the music, the bands, or anything. All it does is slam the bands because the author perceives them as being influenced by Kurt Cobain. And since Kurt blew his head off in a drug induced haze, these bands are being irreverent by trying to make a living playing music? I saw Papa Roach play to a half full Cats Cradle a couple of years ago and they completely kicked ass, and I'm sure they didn't get rich from it. They put on a passionate near two hour performance for the adoring crowd and it was everything rock and roll is supposed to be. I didn't think they sounded anything like Nirvana. What a mean spirited and useless article.
I think you're crazy. I've seen the Truckers several times and I got tired of waiting for Jason to get his turn. I think they were holding him back. The frenzied crowd loved every minute of this show and this band rocks harder than the Truckers ever did. Patterson Hood and Cooley are great songwriters and singers, but they are average guitarists and Jason and Lollar are in another league. I also don't know what you're talking about when you say Lollar played rhythm when he played just as much blistering lead as Jason.
People should go see Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit at the Lincoln tonight. Curran is completely wrong on this one as is often the case.
P.S. If you want to know who's really worth seeing in the Triangle, I highly recommend David Menconi's blurbs in the News and Observer. He appears to be quite a bit more knowledgeable about music and much more open-minded with less pretentious self importance in his writing than dipshit here....
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