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Re: “Live: Bill Callahan Sees How Low He Can Go

"One Fine Morning" was the first time I got choked up, but not the last. Great opening set, too.

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Posted by Bill Floyd on 10/18/2017 at 5:55 PM

Re: “Titus Andronicus, Craig Finn, And the End of the World as You Enjoy It

This reminds me of the routine Clint Eastwood did with the empty chair representing Obama: you're attacking someone who doesn't actually exist. And the cultural tension where I grew up (small-town South, late 80s) wasn't Depeche Mode vs. Husker Du, it was Bon Jovi vs. Depeche Mode & Husker Du. Husker Du had gay members and they rocked, so they gave a sense of empowerment to kids who were alienated. Of course those kids could be pissy, they'd spent years suffering beatdowns and mockery from the Bon Jovi crowd. We were dipshit white kids who, via punk and indie, got into Public Enemy. We liked Kim Gordon. We liked NWA before "straight outta wherever" became a 5-minute meme.

And if Janet Jackson makes you happy, who, in 2016, actually has a problem with that? We're back to the empty chair. (For the record, I personally like Kendrick more than Titus.)

If it seems like the article touched a nerve for me, well, t's hardly the first "think piece" I've read lately where people who like music with guitars are held up as some kind of straw men for the trend-dependent. Just imagine having your entire persona judged based the type of music you like. Isn't that something you'd resent? Because it seems like you just spent this entire piece doing exactly that.

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Posted by Bill Floyd on 03/05/2016 at 9:08 AM

Re: “104 ears at the time, David Lang's The Whisper Opera recalibrates attention

Saw this last night. Powerful, intense, and unique. The world sounded different to me afterward. I'm sure cynics would find the libretto cornball, but for me it was a life-affirming recalibration of the kind that live music--and great art in general--only produces at its very best.

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Posted by Bill Floyd on 01/17/2015 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Live: Merge 25 ends hot, humid and with a silly Neutral Milk Hotel kowtow

There's a lot of great writing in this coverage of M25, and I couldn't agree more about Chunk, Chop, Caribou and Imperial Teen. But are you seriously feeling oppressed by a polite request to refrain from taking blurry photos of a band? (I once saw Bob Weston suggest--with much more specificity--that people shove their phones directly up their asses.) It's nice to think that concert-goers might one day have enough respect for the people around them to put their phones away for 45 minutes (dear God, the imposition! Don't take my freedom!) but until then I have no problem with Mangum's rather modest request. I think it was during Sunn O)))'s Asheville show that I finally realized I was primarily robbing myself of the full experience when I was taking pictures during a live set, but I also finally grappled with the truth that it's a dick move to everyone else, too. Honestly I wish more artists would request it.

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Posted by Bill Floyd on 07/30/2014 at 10:03 PM

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