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Articles and offcuts by Laura Snapes, Features Editor, NME

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I feel like I should address an old post that’s sort of blown up in the last week or so. I have no idea how/why. His management politely (and indirectly) asked if I would take it down because he’s getting asked about it in interviews, and I said I’d rather not. While I imagine he’s probably not a terrible person who thinks rape is funny, he said a very dumb thing publicly in an age of cameraphones and Twitter and tumblr, and there’s no getting around the fact that the night in question was fucking horrible. (Also, it won’t go away if I delete it.) However, from all the interviews I’ve read around the new album, it seems as though his remarks were a knee-jerk remark against the kind of gross bros that were populating the front rows at his gig, almost seeing how far he had to go to repel them. I mean, they’d come on the promise of drumstick-induced bumhole splinters. But he has a smart way with words and character construction. He should know that rape jokes aren’t ever funny. So I’m not going to take it down, and he should be called out for it, but to some of his fans/whoever that are semi-freaking out about it: not to defend him, necessarily, but try and look at the bigger picture, maybe. I don’t think that night was wholly representative.

On the other hand, I sometimes worry that serious music can only be served by serious talk, or worse, that people who like serious music can only have serious reasons for doing so. The truth is that you will probably meet just as many shallow people at a National show as you will at a Miley Cyrus show, the difference being that people at the National show are more likely to think they’re important, while people at a Miley Cyrus show are more likely to think they’re having fun.

Oh come ON. Ian Cohen put it best: “On behalf of all fans of The National, it’s an honor and privilege to be named Most Valuable Strawman by Music Writer Twitter for 2014.”

Shame has a way of throwing you back upon your own existence, on the unbearable truth that you are identical with you, that you are your limits.

It's Adventure Time 

This floored me.

Adding “I guess I’m just immune to your charms” to my GTFO repertoire.


I like the comfort in knowing that women are the only future of rock ’n’ roll.

Simple, beautiful joy.

Anonymous asked: Mac's rape joke was clearly a reply to how horrible gg allin would act at gigs, no way would he say that shit seriously, you made wayyy too much of a big deal out of the whole thing

I wrote that piece ages ago and have no idea why it’s being picked up again now. I’m sure the remark was part of some character act, but it still made him the kind of guy who makes jokes about rape. However, I have a lot of time for his music and don’t think that performance is an accurate representation of his character, but an inelegant reaction against the meatheads who were coming to his gigs at the time.

Anonymous asked: Hey, I was wondering if you have any thoughts on The Vaccines. Good bad or neutral, I'd love to hear them! Thanks

I don’t think they’re at all interesting, though I’m sure they’re pleasant young men.

Being Tavi's mom 

"In Norwegian, there is a word — unne — for when you are happy on someone’s behalf.”

(Most of) the stars of Nashville are going on tour 

Just for you, dear reader, as I won’t have time to do this tomorrow (via getting up at 5.30). (PS you can still sponsor me, if you like!)

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