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Man Behind The Clouds

In response to: Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Love Kanye’s album! Say what you want about him on a personal level. But this man knows how to make some serious hip-hop music!

 Permalink 03/30/11 @ 20:05
Skev

In response to: Lady Gaga @ TD Garden - 03.08.11

Skev

Dude - seriously great review. Even having been there with you, you kind of captured it all perfectly…plus I had no idea that Jake Shears actually commented on your post?! Get your PAWS in the AIR MOTHERF*CKER!

 Permalink 03/30/11 @ 17:19
Phil

In response to: An Object Lesson in Business Ethics.

Phil

Well said, Jon.

I still remember the day that I turned in my two week resignation at that job, and being so relieved when, over the course of that very day, it actually being turned into my final day.

As I believe that I have mentioned to you since, I had another job in the same office building, and had an rather awkward elevator ride one afternoon with our previous employer(s). I also had a brief conversation with the only other employee that we ever saw on a regular basis, and surprisingly, he was still working there.

I also remember feeling awful about leaving you there to take on the workload, but was relieved when you told me that you had left shortly thereafter as recently as eight months ago.

We should get together soon, to catch up and such. Do you still have my number?

 Permalink 03/21/11 @ 01:12
RJM

In response to: Thieves & Villains, Ari Hest And The Weather

RJM

ari and i are on a break, he was making me way too sad. (for the record though, his first album was my FAVORITE.) this girl needs some funk.
(please find trombone shorty, aloe blacc and dance it out.)

 Permalink 03/17/11 @ 16:03
Florence M.

In response to: Lady Gaga @ TD Garden - 03.08.11

(Was actualy at the TD Garden show, that’s why I think your review is concise and accurate.)

 Permalink 03/15/11 @ 09:37
Florence M.

In response to: Lady Gaga @ TD Garden - 03.08.11

Great review!!!!

 Permalink 03/15/11 @ 09:35
Alex Zima

In response to: Lady Gaga @ TD Garden - 03.08.11

Alex Zima

Please let me know when I can get a personal audience with Jake Shears. ;-)

 Permalink 03/11/11 @ 14:04
kevincorcoranjr

In response to: Bayside - Killing Time

kevincorcoranjr

What an incredible CD they just released!! I’m literally addicted to it! A mix of infectious guitar riffs and metaphorical lyrics.. blended with punk!

check out their actual music video! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eb9RH2Mn48U%26feature=player_embedded)

 Permalink 03/07/11 @ 00:04
Alex Evans

In response to: "Hall" Out Boy - Patrick Stump & Daryl Hall

Alex Evans

Weird. Good, but the whole Patrick Stump and Darryl Hall thing is so strange. Awesome blog by the way.

 Permalink 01/02/11 @ 14:01
Krude

In response to: The Beard-Off: Acceptance

Krude

It could be argued that the beard has a philanthropic side. After all, that $3000 didn’t come from nowhere…perhaps donations were a bargaining tool that it used when fighting organized crime. So why destroy it when deep down it’s just trying to be a good citizen?

Also, I have a monocle that, paired with the beard, would make a pretty great halloween costume.

 Permalink 10/07/10 @ 10:08
Stiney

In response to: The Beard-Off: Acceptance

Stiney

Noooo!!! Shave! Shave! Shave!

 Permalink 10/04/10 @ 09:51
Robert Cherry

In response to: The Beard-Off: Bargaining

Dear Jon,
I’m officially asking you to reconsider, that when Kristen reaches her goal, about you cutting of The Beard.  He’s really not a bad guy once you get to know him.  It’s true, we may have dragged your chloroformed body around town while we took a tandem bike to the strip club.  Can you believe The Beard paid for my entire night?  It was epic!  I didn’t even know The Beard had a lap to be danced on.
About the whole Kristen thing, look there’s something I should let you know.  I promised TB and Kristen I wouldn’t say anything, but I really think it might be time to move along.  I see sparks between those two and well, love is a funny thing, I mean Kristen is Kristen, and TB is keratin.  It was meant to be and as the saying goes.  "If you love something, let it go…and pray it doesn’t start sleeping with your beard.”
Good luck buddy, Rob

PS TB, I can’t remember where we put that dead…nevermind, I’ll text you

 Permalink 09/24/10 @ 13:56
DBest

In response to: The Beard-Off, Part 1: Denial

Evil! Evil! Kill it with fire!

 Permalink 08/30/10 @ 19:14
Emma

In response to: The Beard-Off, Part 1: Denial

You’re pitting my love of money against my hatred of facial hair? A dastardly move. I’m not giving in.

 Permalink 08/30/10 @ 18:46
monkeyman

In response to: Peter Gabriel, "Sledgehammer"

A classic - shame his more recent stuff doesn’t measure up

 Permalink 08/29/10 @ 15:05
Emma

In response to: Peter Gabriel, "Sledgehammer"

Excellent choice, elder Wooding! My mom had the DVD of this concert and used to put it on while cleaning.

Also quite good: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7b-I1Z2720Q

 Permalink 08/17/10 @ 13:07
Ben

In response to: Robert Plant, "Shine It All Around"

Ben

Awesome! Thanks for this!

 Permalink 07/20/10 @ 13:05
dave@asgardsss.co.uk

In response to: Facing Unpleasant Facts: Digital Overload

i recently cleared out lots of clutter from my computer as well - lots of massive music files etc - not really a techie person so dont know how to get them saved in smaller files, but who listens to bon jovi anymore eh? haha

 Permalink 07/13/10 @ 04:54
Ryan Moriarty

In response to: Faith No More @ The Williamsburg Waterfront - 07.05.10

Ryan Moriarty

so awesome to see them out here in SF! Mike Patton jumped into the crowd and i carried him around for a bit. Chuck Mosley came out and sang three songs with the band. All in all, Chuck is a really crappy singer, but it was still a piece of FNM history i was present to witness.

The last time i saw them was in 1998… with Limp Bizkit. Funny how the music industry has changed since then.

 Permalink 07/09/10 @ 14:01
DBest

In response to: Change: Beyond The Pocket

I empathize with you, I just moved to a tiny bedroom in Hawaii and had to make some serious decision what to dump, what to store, and what to ship. Now I’m here and boxes are arriving. Some items already don’t make the cut and I’m going through round two. Good luck! It helps to go through a box and really pick out the things that jump out, then leave the box and come back to it to decide the ultimate fate of the rest.

 Permalink 06/28/10 @ 16:34
Christine

In response to: Moving: On

Christine

Side note on packing books and media–books and DVDs pack oh so prettily into a box. They fit so well. And then the box is so heavy that you need to invite Superman and Ironman over to move the damn things. And have you seen how much pizza Superman can put away?

Use small boxes, and only half-fill them with books. Top them off with lighter things like sheets and clothes.

 Permalink 06/04/10 @ 12:13
Joey

In response to: Quick Hits - Jay-Z Murders Rack Effect, Hints The Wah Wah May Be Next

I agree that the Autotune was getting old but why make a big production out of it. Talent is talent and if you don’t use the tools that are out ther you can’t push the envelope forward. Let’s be honest without Louis Armstrong, their would be no Dizzy Gillespie or Miles Davis. You can’t knock someone for using a faddish sound because thats when true innovation is born. You have to be part of mainstream before you can brak the confines of it. Jay was talking about champagne and bling and money for years, he told us he did it for the diamonds, and young rappers followed him. He is as much to blame for hip hop down slide as he is to be championed as its savior. I am a massive fan and will always be however, I consider Jay in the leader status, and because of that I hold him acountable for his actions same as I would any other leader.

 Permalink 05/03/10 @ 07:11
Joey

In response to: Kid Cudi - Man On The Moon: The End Of Day

This is a hot CD for anyone who hasn’t checked it out yet.

 Permalink 05/03/10 @ 06:26
Renato

In response to: They Might Be Giants on the Rose Kennedy Greenway FREE

TMBG is an awesome band! Just so good to be pop without having to do cheesy pop stuff!

“and now you’re even older” :}

 Permalink 04/23/10 @ 15:31
amelia

In response to: The National - Boxer

I KNOW, RIGHT?!

 Permalink 04/09/10 @ 17:38
Christine

In response to: Net Neutrality, Sexuality, the iPad, and You: Notes From The Week In Review

Christine

I readily admit that I’m an Apple fangirl, but I don’t think lumping in controlling the App Store in with Comcast restricting bandwidth or the Itawamaba County School District banning homosexual couples from the prom is a fair comparison.

Comcast sells “unlimited” internet. I give Comcast my money every month, and I’m supposed to get high speed internet. Comcast is therefore responsible for delivering high speed internet, and for it to decide that I’m “using too much bandwidth” violates the agreement we’ve made. They may have some legalese in the contract that allows this, but it is disingenuous.

The Itawamba County School District prom debacle is a complete clusterfuck. I see your analogy with “content management” but it’s really a minority rights issue, and worse, a minority rights issue that has no secular reasoning behind it. I’ve yet to hear an argument against homosexuality that wasn’t religiously motivated at heart.

Apple, on the other hand, is running a store. They are the gatekeepers of that store, and thus it is their prerogative to decide what is sold in that store. It happens all the time, with every store. A buyer somewhere decides to stock this item and not that one. Etc. Some stores opt for more inclusion than others. Your argument (as presented here, anyway) is basically, “A lot of people have iPhones, so Apple should let them buy whatever apps they want because so many people have iPhones.” Those people all agreed to Apple’s terms when they bought their iPhones (jailbreakers not included). One way to run a store is to give everyone everything they want. You’ll field a lot of complaints about what you’re stocking (ask someone who works/has worked at a bookstore about Mein Kampf sometime), but you’ll be hitting that Long Tail of distribution–everyone can find what they want. That’s not Apple’s model. That has never been Apple’s model. When Apple decides it wants to do something, it throws a lot of resources at it, because it wants to do it the best. If Apple let any and every app into the App Store, there would be a lot of shitty apps. Some of them would just be buggy, and they’d crash a lot. Some of them would just not be very interesting, because they wouldn’t take advantage of the iPhone’s strengths. It’s in Apple’s best interests to have an App Store full of innovative, interesting apps that take advantage of the iPhone’s strengths–something you can’t do if you are porting something you made in Flash to run on iPhone OS. Think about video games–developers usually write for one console system and then port to the others. They don’t want to miss out on the single-console customers who would buy the game, but Oh, too bad, it’s only on X-Box and I only have a PS3. So they develop for X-Box, and then port it to the PS3. But it doesn’t use any of the strengths of the PS3 and so the customer who has both the PS3 and the X-Box is going to want the X-Box version, because it’s tailored to the X-Box’s strengths.

You could point to Google and say, “Well, Google doesn’t restrict Android’s marketplace,” but you have to look at Google versus Apple. Apple only does a tiny fraction of all the things they could do. But they try and do them awesomely. Google also wants to do awesome things, but they have a very different approach–they are involved in tons and tons and tons of things, and some of them are supremely awesome, and some of them are throw away projects from 20% time that may or may not be developed further. We’re not at all at a point where it’s iPhone or the highway; Blackberries and Android phones are very strong contenders and will help push Apple to be better. (On the other hand, Google seems to have taken over a significant portion of my online life, between Gmail, Google Calendar, Reader, Blogger, Wave, Tasks, Chat, etc.)

None of this has anything to do with Apple’s absolutely insane approval process, or their flip flopping on inclusion of the Explicit category (I think they should, personally.) or the opaque approval process in general. Those are separate issues entirely, in my mind.

I hope there’s no comment-length restriction.

 Permalink 04/09/10 @ 11:53
Kevin Longo

In response to: The National - Boxer

Kevin Longo

I forgive you for taking 3 years to discover these guys. As a band, they may be slightly overrated but man is Boxer a good album. And “Fake Empire” is one of my favorite songs of the last decade.

 Permalink 04/05/10 @ 21:06
ghostride the whip

In response to: Quick Hits - Jay-Z Murders Rack Effect, Hints The Wah Wah May Be Next

Good to see someone stickin’ up for real musical talent. Autotune is great when you can take non-musical stuff and make it music (like Autotune the News), but as an actual art form it’s been way overdone (even a year later). Good post!

 Permalink 04/01/10 @ 15:36
Indie

In response to: Let's Get Gritty With Will Hoge

very nice song thanks for sharing the youtube music video

 Permalink 03/11/10 @ 12:45
Shane

In response to: Owl City – "Fireflies"

I liked the fireflies song at first, but it’s kind of annoying now

 Permalink 03/06/10 @ 17:42
John mulholland

In response to: Artist Follow Up: P.O.S.

Some more love for P.O.S.

Check out his cover of a Pearl Jam song for MTV:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQIEuugmarY

I just cant stop listening to this :)

 Permalink 03/04/10 @ 11:13
boys night out

In response to: Your Roots Are Showing

awesome video!
and great new album!

 Permalink 02/17/10 @ 14:25
Zachary

In response to: A Gaga New Year To All

She’s Annie Lenox.

 Permalink 01/20/10 @ 05:05
lucy smith

In response to: 30 Seconds To Mars - This Is War

lucy smith

this album is brilliant and jareds voice is so captivating its their finest work of art to date, amazing lyrics and music, love it sooo much and cant wait for the into the wild tour, going to wembly!!! big up the echelon and 30stm!!! fantastic!!!

 Permalink 01/15/10 @ 12:02
Buddha

In response to: 30 Seconds To Mars - This Is War

Buddha

Listen 30STM … simply perfect!

 Permalink 01/15/10 @ 11:38
Nathaniel

In response to: A Small, Good Thing.

Nathaniel

Gamers have indeed been unfairly demonized by parts of the older, non-gamer population. A gamer-founded charity isn’t going to turn around the media’s perception of gamers, though.

People fear what they don’t understand. Until we find a way to educate non-gamers about gaming accessibly, this problem will remain.

 Permalink 01/11/10 @ 11:14
Nora

In response to: A Small, Good Thing.

Nora

Interesting. We all do need that “daily background noise” – a bit of pleasant immersion – but those facing the trials of severe illness of course need it even more. Books and movies of do that, but I had never thought of video games for sick children – an ideal bit of temporary distraction to make the day just a little bit easier.

 Permalink 01/11/10 @ 10:27
Valerie

In response to: Sherlock Holmes

Valerie

Totally agree with you here. And fortunately for me, I didn’t ruin the movie by reading the books first. That said, I quite enjoyed the movie and the chemistry between Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. The cinematography was dark, yet not scary. The music added to that at times making it feel almost comical. A movie I’d be happy to own.

 Permalink 01/04/10 @ 15:34
Christine

In response to: Sherlock Holmes

Christine

Hopefully those responsible for the update have also been sacked. The goats are looking at me funny.

 Permalink 01/04/10 @ 14:55
plugplugpluplugplug

In response to: Bad Rabbits – Stick Up Kids

plugplugpluplugplug

and you can download the album for free here: http://www.karmaloop.com/badrabbits/

“Unlike the rest of the bands in America right now I actually enjoy listening to this band and wouldn’t punch their mothers in the mouths for raising piece of shit, talentless fame whores avoiding day jobs!” - Justin Beck, Glassjaw

 Permalink 12/23/09 @ 20:47
Ryne

In response to: Sleep No More @ The Old Lincoln School, Brookline, MA

Ryne

The performance has recently been extended into February, which is fortunate considering almost every show between now and the original end-date is sold-out.

I found that the two lines of narrative in the performance, that of Rebecca and Macbeth, were interesting within themselves, but didn’t communicate with one another particularly well, excluding the touch of the housekeeper. The Second Mrs. de Winter / Lady Duncan was a particularly interesting character in my mind. I’ve seen the show too many times to admit to, and I found the continuous cycling of the show wasn’t just a convenience to allow the audience to see more. The cycling turns the endless sorrow of Macbeth, and most of the other characters, into a continuing Promethean cycle of punishment. The Second Mrs. de Winter was so interesting in that she is one of the few characters that is not only aware of the existence of the cycle, but is sincerely working to remove not only herself from it, but her husband and son. Her tragedy is that her resistance is only another part of the same cycle.

The interactivity and voyeurism within the performance is also amazing, it makes you more than just an impartial observer; your presence in a scene is natural. You are more than just part of the audience, you are a feeling, biased, empathic participator. The lack of speech in most of the play adds import to those few words you hear, giving them an air of truth far beyond suspended disbelief. By then end of the night returning to the ‘real world’ is a jarring experience, almost traumatizing. The world you’ve been in, feeling and participating in the lives of others, is revealed to be nothing more than a three-hour show.

I really can’t express my high regard for this performance in any written way.

 Permalink 12/20/09 @ 23:39
Valerie

In response to: Ten Out Of Tenn @ Cafe 939, 9.29.09

Valerie

I. am. so. jelly.

 Permalink 11/17/09 @ 14:54
Valerie

In response to: MUTEMATH @ HoB Boston – 11/12/2009

Valerie

It’s about time, Jon!

 Permalink 11/17/09 @ 14:45
Janey

In response to: Suture Up Your Future

Janey

Jimmy, you make good points. But the ancient T does serve a purpose. For people who can’t afford to keep a car of their own, the inconveniences, while vexing, make possible jobs, child care, etc blah blah. I agree with your underlying point about levels of service. But some of us prefer to choke on the inconvenience to save our hard earned funds. Health care is an entirely different issue, and while the comparison is interesting, I think it over-simplifies the issue. For some people, 1980s medical care is a huge step up from nothing.

 Permalink 11/16/09 @ 12:09
Its Only Me

In response to: Henry Rollins – Get In The Van: On the Road with Black Flag – 1981 – 1986

Thank you for the review. I have been meaning to purchase “Get In the Van” but never seem to get around to actually doing it. This review has given me the push to get it done.

 Permalink 11/15/09 @ 18:04
Sylvia

In response to: Alice In Chains - Black Gives Way To Blue

Sylvia

Didn’t they record some stuff with Elton John too?

 Permalink 10/30/09 @ 14:15
Jimmy Noheart

In response to: Suture Up Your Future

Jimmy Noheart

Jon, unfortunately you’ve argued that the decision-making processes involved in buying a Big Mac and buying a McMansion are equivalent. The federal government already pays $682 billion for health care (Medicare and Medicaid) every year. That’s a quarter of the entire federal budget. Most ballpark estimates put the cost entire interstate highway system from 1950 to present at $500 billion. My guess is that current federal highway dollars make up <1% of the federal budget.

If one relies on public transit, one must utilize the ancient T or a shitty bus. The government does not purchase Lexuses for public use and transportation. Expect the equivalent level of service you get on the T or the Metrobus if you leave health care administration of 300,000,000 individuals to the federal government. You know, Amtrak, the USPS, those guys.

It’s true, health care costs have skyrocketed. But so has the efficacy and technological sophistication of medicine. If you want to pay 1980s prices, prepare to get 1980s medical care. Unfortunately, there’s simply not enough money in the economy to care for and cure everyone in the way that everyone thinks they should be cared for. Think of it as the problem of the commons writ large. To choose the least efficient method of resource distribution will make the relative costs even higher and diminish the level of care for everyone.

 Permalink 10/16/09 @ 14:38
Valerie

In response to: Ode To Mon Frère

Valerie

Nice to see he actually wished you a happy birthday. Hope it was a good one!

 Permalink 09/29/09 @ 09:56
Sylvia

In response to: Do You Know How To Drive? No Really, Do You?

Sylvia

I, too, have texted in the car, and it is magnificently stupid, and you and I are begging Charles Darwin to rise from his grave and remove us from the winner’s circle if we continue that bullshit.

This is a beautiful sentence on many levels. The sentiment, the message, and metaphorical phraseology make it work as the highlight of your post.

 Permalink 09/08/09 @ 08:56
the almight BOC

In response to: The Eagles of Death Metal with Rival Schools @ the House of Blues (Boston), 8.4.09

Wow M5 normally I would have a snarky comment about how you are an awkward little man but nay saying Rival Schools? Consider this war!

 Permalink 08/20/09 @ 08:15

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