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Internet Roundup

April 11, 2011

On Thought Catalog, Caroline Washington has a nuanced and hilarious rundown of 5 Artists You Should Never Listen To At Work. I’m fortunate enough to have a job where I can listen to music and while I have a somewhat different list (notably Andrew WK, DJ Shadow, Goldfrapp, M.I.A., and almost any band Mike Ladd was in); I totally see where Washington is coming from. If you can listen to music at work, are there any artists that you like but put you in a difficult state while you work?

Flashing back to the mid/late 90s, Fluxblog has a couple of old songs by the “emo before they was emo” alternative band Sebadoh. I first heard the band through a Sub Pop label sampler I got in the mail when I registered my Sega Saturn. I thought “Rebound” was pretty damn catchy, and singer Lou Barlow’s voice was low and kind of like “melodic talking,” so it was great for someone like me to sing along to. I was 13 when I received Sebadoh’s Harmacy album as a gift one holiday, and it was right at the time when I started having crushes on people. I had no idea what I was doing romantically and in time I built up this whole “obsessive tortured soul” persona. When I look back I realize I was totally acting like a “nice guy,” and not in a good way. Matthew Perpetua puts it best: “Their music is a catharsis for unflattering feelings — pettiness, jealousy, neediness, foolishness and passive aggression. These are valid feelings, but…ugh, you know?” I still love the music and I still have a good time singing along to Barlow’s thin bass of a voice, but there’s a distance now for me that’s come with experience.

Finally in Idol news, Andrew Unterberger at Popdust has a rundown of the aftermath of Pia Toscano’s elimination from the show last week. Surprise, surprise, she signed a record deal with Jimmy Iovine’s Interscope (though getting signed does not always mean getting paid). Also, the collective shock uttered from the Internet (including me), has executive producer Nigel Lythgoe talking about yet another format change to the show – this time with the bottom three elimination being decided by the judges a la So You Think You Can Dance, Lythgoe’s other show. This seems cool at first, but then I think about it: Randy would squash any interesting contestant, J. Lo would put the cute kids though, and Steven Tyler would be alternately a dirty old man and a pitch stickler (never mind Expert mode on Rock Band vocals would likely maul his ass).

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