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What the Hell Am I Doing Here?
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jstgerma From: jstgerma Date: January 20th, 2008 10:12 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I also held the release against them, but more because for two weeks, I loaded the download page every day and sat there wondering how much to pay. Finally I paid nothing, with the logic that I'd download it and if I liked it, I'd pay. I downloaded it, listened once, and didn't listen again for three or four months. I never paid. Now I've been playing it more and I like it a lot.

I know this sounds like empty contrarianism, and nobody I've ever said this to agreed with me, but I really never liked another one of Radiohead's album as much as The Bends. OK Computer came out my sophomore year of high school, and I liked the videos more than the songs themselves. Kid A was the album whose hype really alienated me, during my freshman year in college. I never got around to buying anything after that until I found a pirated CD in Russia with all of their albums on high-resolution MP3 for like $3. And now, even though I own their entire catalog, I can't remember the last time I sat down and listened to an entire Radiohead album.

The band that endured from my early teens, all the way through my punk and hip-hop phases, and still enjoys heavy rotation today (other than Nirvana), is the Verve. I never thought they got nearly the love they deserved on this side of the Atlantic. I'll still take them over Radiohead.

But what do I know. I didn't think There Will Be Blood deserved its fanfare, either. Maybe I am one of those contrarian dorks.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 21st, 2008 06:40 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Hmmmm. I did love There Will Be Blood for its intensity and old-school filmmaking. But I was also in a mood for that kind of misanthropy. And I'm so impressed with how different each Paul Thomas Anderson is from its predecessor. Come to think of it, he's a bit like a cinematic Radiohead in that regard. The push for novelty wears thin, at times, but is greatly preferable to its opposite.

In other news, thanks for your note. Yes, life is pretty rough at present. I've become one of the abject. But at least I've been hitting more three-pointers when I play basketball. Wait, that reminds me of how miserable Cal's inability to close out games -- spotty and inexperienced guard play being the principal reason -- is making me, so the solace I was taking in going from 10% to 20% from behind the arc is a double-edged sword. Sigh.
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