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Still waiting for someone to pan Pumpkins’ August tour 4:45 pm // Monday, August 18, 2008

Posted by jjb in criticism, radiohead, stereogum, the hold steady, tour.
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Hilary Langford, writing for Landmark Communications’ Style Weekly of Richmond, Va., lauds the Smashing Pumpkins for delivering “an impeccable set of blistering rock” on Saturday night in nearby Charlottesville:

Seemingly intoxicated on his own music, Corgan wavered back and forth as he weaved a psychedelic “Star Spangled Banner” into “United States.” With roundhouse, Townsend-styled guitar strums, the frontman kept the searing energy going with “Heavy Metal Machine” and asked the audience “Are you ready to die for rock and roll?” What he should have asked was, “Are you ready to see the strangest show closer in Smashing Pumpkins history?”

Meanwhile, Pitchfork, Stereogum, Idolator, et al, were unable to comment as today they hit a rough patch in their relationships with the Hold Steady, whose frontman guitarist just now told them — after like two years together! — that he doesn’t like Radiohead. My favorite part is Stereogum’s lament:

Ugh. Look it’s Rock Interviews 101: a band slags another, and like a moth to the Flame, the internet will post it. Because it is inflammatory, and the Internet and Inflammatory are BFFs. So congrats Tad Kubler, you clearly wanted to be blogged, and now you are. The Hold Steady guitarist told BBC6 (via NME): …

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1. Zoom Zoom Zoom - 9:07 pm // Monday, August 18, 2008

From Pitchfork: Oh Radiohead, will your innovations ever cease? One minute you’re dropping an album and a ground-breaking pay-what-you-want pricing scheme on us totally out of nowhere, the next minute you’re blowing us away with one hell of a light show, and now you’re adding two whole dates to your 2008 tour.

Gag.

2. jjb - 9:32 pm // Monday, August 18, 2008

Zoom^3: a ground-breaking pay-what-you-want pricing scheme

Are they really still hard about that? It’s the 7 Shades of Zeitgeist in rainbows reverse…

3. pins - 9:40 pm // Monday, August 18, 2008

jjb, Tad isn’t the Hold Steady’s frontman. Even says so in your quoted post, he’s the guitarist.

That said, interesting to me given the Hold Steady are much more a “feeling” band than a “thinking” band, if you will.

4. jjb - 10:11 pm // Monday, August 18, 2008

pins: jjb, Tad isn’t the Hold Steady’s frontman. Even says so in your quoted post, he’s the guitarist.

Whoops, looks like you caught me making stuff up. (This would be a good time to mention that I don’t like the Hold Steady.)

5. pins - 10:45 pm // Monday, August 18, 2008

Guess I’m revoking your journalist card, lol.

This would be a good time to mention your loss. ;-)

6. Zoom Zoom Zoom - 5:18 am // Tuesday, August 19, 2008

I can always tell a band sucks if they make me “think”. I usually end up thinking, “man, I really hate this song….”.

7. Zoom Zoom Zoom - 5:33 am // Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Some Douchebag Commentor on NME: coxy, ha, a pun, well done mate, you listen to oasis like every1 else does, they are nowhere near my favourite band everyone is so jaded that they think theyve never liked them, at one time or another, albeit pissed in the pub, every1s liked an oasis song, so y dnt u shut the fuck up and go and cry in your bedroom on a friday night over some art progressive pretentious shite. you lonely old man. u really really seem to have some pent up anger towards oasis may i ask are you tony mccarroll? idiot.

Don’t you love it when the internet brings out the ugly in people? Atleast, you really get to see who they really are… I feel like a scientist watching test subjects getting out of hand behind a safety glass.

I think this recaptcha thing should be on every site with a comments section, keep the monsters at bay you know? Civilizes the more patient ones too… Who’s genius idea was it?

8. Stephen Bayne - 1:21 am // Wednesday, August 20, 2008

I love Radiohead but damn the love for this band is ridiculous at times.


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