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Top 10 garbage music of 2014


HornsIf we go through every year with a deluge of horrible shitty music, why should this year be any different? Not that Taylor Swift pop shit. That other shit. That other shit that people listen to and wank to the idea that they’re listening to cool alternative or indie music, but really it’s just more drivel.

This is my list of that other shit. Shit that music know-it-alls – the college radio stations, the indie music rags, the self-proclaimed underground pundits – tout as big and clever, but really, it’s all just derivative bollocks.

It takes almost nothing to impress someone these days. The music industry isn’t fucked because of piracy. It’s fucked because the music itself is shit.

Before I go on, I must qualify that while this list seems overly skewed towards females, it wasn’t designed to be so. Gender didn’t factor into the equation. It just so happened that this year, we seem to be lauding a lot of shitty music being pumped out by bands that just so happen to have a woman take centerstage.

So, here we go.


  1. Angel Olsen. I was fucking duped by Angel Olsen. Or is that with Angel Olsen? A friend of mine at work pulled me into his office excitedly one day to play me Angel Olsen. He played the slightly crunchy track, “Forgiven/Forgotten.” Hmm, not bad, I thought. Not terribly original, but it was a familiar grind that I was fond of. So I picked up the album. Talk about fucking bait-and-switch. Maybe with the exception of “Hi-Five” which like one of the best efforts to channel Roy Orbison in recent years, the rest of album was boring, moaning shit that’s been done a million times better by the likes of Beth Orton, Laura Marling, and about a hundred others before her.


  1. Sylvan Esso. Why the fuck are we even listening to this band? Admittedly, I only just found out that this was a band was more than one person. I thought Sylvan Esso was just some woman’s really unfortunate name. But no, this duo actually chose a name that sounds like a gas station handing out GEDs. But never mind the name. Is there anything new or interesting we’re hearing when we’re listening to Sylvan Esso? Seriously, they sound like a mopier version of a shitty band that are shitty at making any money off their music despite being tapped for a Hyundai’s Christmas TV campaign. Fuck those guys and fuck these guys.


  1. Future Islands. For fuck’s sake, just watch this and try not to want to fucking die. At least David Brent had the decency to be goddamn satire.


  1. The Black Keys. I’m glad I chose the right side in the Black Keys-versus-Jack White let’s-see-who’s-better-at-ripping-off-the-blues feud. “Lazaretto” was fucking superb, even if most of the appeal was the cool-as-hell Ultra LP vinyl issue. Because, let’s face it, it didn’t take Jack White’s album to make you realize that the when The Black Keys aren’t recycling the blues through a fuzz pedal, they’re pretty shit. Stop trying to “grow” or whatever shit musicians feel they need to go through to try and reinvent themselves. We all bought your first records because we liked the way they sounded. Keep making the shit that we used to like from you. There’s a reason AC/DC’s lasted all these years – they’ve spent 40 years singing strictly about their cock and balls; granted, they suck, but at least they had the brains to figure out what’s working for them.


  1. tUnE-yArDs. First off, you’re a grown-ass woman.   Stop spelling your name like an Adderall-fueled 6th grader who posts selfies on Instagram at least 75 times a day. Second, forced quirkiness is the worst kind of quirkiness. Covering up a sheer lack of talent with the fog of deliberate eccentric noises doesn’t make you an artiste, it makes you a charlatan. Or Jonny Greenwood. Which is sorta worse.


  1. Real Estate. If you can find a more boring band to make it big in 2014, you’re either lying or… you know what, let’s just leave it as you’re a goddamn liar. I have no idea how such boring music can make me feel so fucking pissed off, but hey, Real Estate, you got it done. Also, I fucking hate that they’re named Real Estate. Sunny Day Real Estate should sue them for sullying half their equity.


  1. FKA Twigs. You, too, can be FKA Twigs. Pull 8 to 10 random records out of your music collection, and play all of them AT THE SAME TIME. Then grab a mic and just sing some shit into it in your most wispy, twee voice. Voila! You just made an FKA Twigs record. I wish she’s fucking tell me what her name is now, not just what it used to me.


  1. Courtney Barnett. Take what you like about Dylan’s signature monotonous vocal style, rip any heart out of it, give it to some shithead from Australia who nags herself through every song like she’s trying to push a heavy bicycle uphill and you get Courtney Barnett. Sorry for even drawing you into this comparison, Bob Dylan (even though you kinda suck these days).


  1. Perfect Pussy. What made Minor Threat, Big Black, or Black Flag so much fun to listen wasn’t just the angst; they had songs that had form, some trajectory. Growing out your armpit hair and screeching into a mic for 3 minutes does not make you a formidable punk act. There’s no fucking way these guys actually write or rehearse anything. It’s all just “play really fast and loud, and Meredith, just act like you’re really pissed off that someone fucked up your kombucha order.”


  1. Tweedy. What better way to produce an album of dad rock for the pleated khaki masses than for a dull dad to record with his even less interesting son. Tweedy are the Dockers of pop, the sort of band that English teachers put on when they’re feeling “alternative.” I never liked Wilco or Son Volt or any of that shit, so to see that this is now being passed on generationally is really disappointing.


Honorable mention:  Foo Fighters.  Sonic Highways wasn’t their shittiest album to date.  But it’s right up there.  The only reason they get a pass is because of their HBO series.  As rock docs go, it’s pretty lousy and pedestrian.  But I’m glad that someone mainstream’s taking the time to try and bring Nashville, Steve Albini, the whole Positive Force scene, and desert rock to the masses.  But Sonic Highways is still a shitty, shitty record.


Boy, did this year fucking suck when it came to music.




Last show at Terminal 5


I don’t go to a lot of concerts (relatively speaking), but I probably go to more than my fair share.  Thankfully, majority of bands out there are absolutely deplorable, so that certainly helps me set an artificial limit to my concert-going.

One thing I’d still like to do some time is go to a random concert every single night of one week.  Just randomly pick five different venues, then go check out whatever bands playing there that night.  Probably better if I don’t recognize the band so I’m not prejudging the show.  If I’m lucky, at the end of the week, I’ll have found a few new bands I want to listen to.  At worst, I’ll have uncovered a bunch of unlistenable bands to completely avoid like the plague.  Either way, it’s five night out, and there are worse ways to spend five nights out.

One venue I’m excluding from the list of venues is Terminal 5.  Fuck Terminal 5.

For as long as it’s been around, I’ve been going to Terminal 5.  After all, what choice do you have if a band you like decides to play there – you suck it up and go.  You go despite it being the worst fucking concert venue on the planet.

Last weekend, I went to what is probably my last time at Terminal 5.  The show’s line-up was absolutely brilliant, on paper at least.  The Beach Fossils, followed by Lee Ranaldo, followed by headliner Kurt Vile.  That’s a lot of talent packed into one night.  No throwaway bands here.  For the first time in the long time, we headed to the show right when the doors opened, unwilling to miss even a minute of the opening bands.

Getting there to Terminal 5 is both easy and hard.  “Easy” because being about as far west as possible in Hell’s Kitchen, it is surrounded by absolute shit.  There are no decent bars or restaurants within a 3-block radius to keep you from getting to the joint on time.  Most other concert venues have probably dozens of better than average watering holes where you can get a few brews and a decent meal before the show.  Not Terminal 5.  Terminal 5 is in the middle of Manhattan’s black hole.  There is jack shit around Terminal 5.  If you wanna grab a brew before a show, you’d have to walk a half-dozen blocks away to find anything.  It is also for that same reason that it’s hard to get to – it’s nowhere near any subways, and it’s in the anus of Manhattan.

Since it’s in such a shithole part of the city, the least you’d expect is for the joint to make up for it by being extra awesome.  After all, why would people keep schlepping all the way out there, right?  Well, the concert hall itself is fucking terrible.

T5 audience

Shaped largely like a cube, the main floor is peppered with large obstructive pillars.  The second floor balcony protrudes so far out that if you’re in far corner of the hall – any corner – you’re not seeing shit.

And that’s before you’re assaulted with what is indisputably the worst sound system in the universe.  It doesn’t matter if you put Jimmy Page or Jimmy Buffett on that stage – both will sound equally shitty.  Everything out of those speakers sounds like muffled farts through a bullhorn.  There is absolutely no articulation whatsoever (which is really important when you’re trying to listen to farts).  Honestly, I’ve had more pleasant afternoons listening to my neighbor’s dog bark incessantly at squirrels.

But that’s not all you have to listen to when you’re at Terminal 5.

You see, when you combine the fact that Terminal 5 is middle of the downtown Baghdad of New York and the fact that the sound is fucking dreadful, it becomes clear that Terminal 5 is being kept afloat by people who don’t really like music at all.

You go to any show there and you will invariable – and this entirely without exception – be surrounded by chatty assholes who don’t shut the fuck up.  People talk throughout entire gigs.  Whomever and whatever the fuck is playing on stage matters not one iota to these assholes.  Somehow, these assholes have rationalized the idea that the middle of a crowded thousand-decibel concert is the best place to carry on a meaningful conversation for two hours.  It’s always the same sort of person, too – it’s always either some tall bearded douchebag in a flannel shirt, or some overenthusiastic chick who looks like Marnie from Girls.  In other words, everyone in that place.  I can’t remember the last time I was at Terminal 5 when I’ve had to turn around to tell people to shut the fuck up.

Not one thing about Terminal 5 makes it appealing to see a band. I’ve been suckered into going to that concert sphincter for years, but I can’t bear going to Terminal 5 anymore.  I’ve seen my last show there.  I like Kurt Vile.  But Terminal 5 made me hate Kurt Vile.

And that’s what it comes down to: I’m not going to let Terminal 5 ruin the bands I like.

Fuck Terminal 5.




You’re too Canadian


Forget the “eh” suffixes, forget the poutine, forget the moose and beaver jokes, forget aboot it all.  The oft-overlooked Canadian stereotype is that they’re a painfully polite bunch.

This was never more evident that the show I went to a couple of nights ago:  METZ at the Bowery Ballroom.

It was hard for me to imagine what this show was going to be like, given that this is a band with only one album.  One album that comprised ten songs, with a total running time of about 28 minutes.  The last time I saw a band with similar credentials, it was Vampire Weekend at Terminal 5, and I swear that show was done by 10:30 – 10:30!! – and no one had any idea what the fuck to do with the rest of the night.  We were all let out of show, and I swear I saw kids in pajamas getting ice cream with their parents.  That was just fucking weird.

But METZ are nothing like Vampire Weekend.  I guess folks categorize these guys as noise punk, whatever the fuck that means (I fucking hate these categorizations because they’re all trying too fucking hard, and each label is more meaningless than the next).  A power trio from Toronto that’s not fucking Rush.  They don’t suffer Graceland-era Paul Simon-type melodies.  These guys are built one thing and one thing only – noise.  So maybe I shouldn’t get too concerned.

After a couple of entirely forgettable opening bands, roadies cleared the stage and started to set up for METZ.  After a very quick setup – gone are the days of thirty pedals on the floor with a rack of half a dozen guitars; now it’s one instrument going into one, maybe two pedals and that’s it – the lights dimmed, the crowd cheered… and the roadies came back on stage.  Wait, what?  Holy shit, those weren’t roadies – those guys setting up were METZ themselves.  I’d never seen that shit before – a headlining band setting up their own gear.  “Oh, that’s alright, don’t go through any bother, we’re quite happy to take care of ourselves.”

How painfully Canadian.

The lead singer/guitar player looked like a millennial Bill Gates.  The bass player looked like comedian Rob Delaney.  The drummer, fuck knows what he looked like but he was back there machine-gunning away at the heads.

A couple of polite hellos and boom, off they went.  Bill Gates launched into a rapid, piercing riff and shrieked into the mic like a dragon whose balls had been set on fire.  Eager headslamming on stage; in front of me, a mosh pit quickly formed.

A mosh pit?  That’s adorable.

About that mosh pit – it was the nicest, most gracious mosh pit I’d ever seen.  I mean, how often have we gone to show where fuckheads who don’t know how to mosh end up slamming around and punching someone in the face, then a fight breaks out, and everyone gets tossed from the floor by security.

In this case, everyone knew how to mosh.  It was weird, but everyone followed the unwritten rules of moshing.  If someone fell, a bunch of guys would reach right in to help pull him up.  Girls jumped into the middle of it, and the guys would take it easy.  Despite all the slamming and stomping around, there just wasn’t much angst and rage.  The mood was more, “hey, we’re just here to have a good time”, not “hey, we’re here to kick the shit out everyone.”

It was the most polite mosh pit I’d ever seen.  Meaning, it was the most Canadian mosh pit I’d ever seen.  Which begs the question – did the band bring their own moshers?

Back to the band, METZ’s on-stage presence bordered on being marginally comical.  When the amps were screaming, they shrieked and raged like banshees.  Between songs, Bill Gates would gently thank the crowd, “Thank you so much, you guys.  We’re so happy to be here.”  Insane noise machine one minute, boy scouts the next.  It was this seamless transition between madness and gentleness that made it all so fucking bizarre.  Yet, remarkably refreshing.  Here, check it out yourself:

Even when the bass player had blood pouring from the bridge of his nose when he slammed his head into the mic, he sheepishly told the crowd, “Excuse me, I’m gonna have this looked at to make sure I don’t need the hospital.”  He came back with duct tape between his eyes (a proper rock move), thanked the crowd, and then resumed slamming his head to his bass lines.

So, so Canadian.  Canada rules.



Adventures in solo concert-going



The concert had been planned for months and with about a week to go, I found out that I was about to go to this concert by my own damn self.  The show was in Brooklyn, and the band was !!!.  Granted, !!! are not necessarily a household name, but they’ve been around long enough to have a bit of a following.  Frankly, when I found out they were going to play in New York, I was surprised that the band even still together.  For being some sort of dance-punk band, !!! don’t really make too much social noise.

In any case, fondness for the band aside, I was now not looking forward to going to this show.  Because I think going to a concert by yourself is more than a bit sad.  It means that pretty much everyone else you know would rather be doing something else than to go to your dopey show with you.  I take this shit personally – it’s like an implication not just of your company but also of your taste.

Thankfully, the missus saved me from this lonely agony.  Not because she was going to come with.  Fuck no, she was going to stay home, probably put some awful show on Netflix, and go to bed by 10pm.  This concert wasn’t even going to get started ‘til after 10pm.

Instead, she told me that someone who works with her is going to show as well and that I should meet up with her at the show.  “She’s soooooo impressed that you know this band, and that you’re going to their concert.”  Huh?  “What she means is, for someone your age.”  Turns out this person is at least – at least – 10 years younger than me.  Some sassy, concert-loving 20something who’s going to her first show at the Music Hall in Williamsburg.

Oh, for fuck’s sake.  I’m now more depressed than ever.  Now I really don’t wanna go.

But I stop being a pussy about it, hopped in the car and drove down to Billyburg.  I rolled into the venue, and there’s no one about, the floor’s practically empty, and there were two techs on stage setting up.  The doors opened an hour ago!  Fuck me, even arriving an hour after the doors opened, I’d arrived too early.  There is no faster way to feel like a total fucking rube than showing up early for something, anything – a concert, a date, a holiday party, the birth of your kid (never show up until the baby’s crowning).

But I was already in.  So I went to the bar, sucked back a couple of PBRs, and went out to the floor once I heard the pounding beats of the opening band. Holy shit, I NEVER show up for opening bands.  And if I ever happen to, it’s usually just to see them walk off the stage.  Here I was, about the to watch not one, but TWO opening bands before !!! would come on.

Once again, I’m proven what a fuckwit I am.  The first band, Yellow Dogs, turned out to be excellent.  I’d never heard of them before.  Opening bands are pretty much the only thing left in the world where it’s OK have “never heard of them before.”  After their set, I googled them.  Holy shit, these kids had been through quite a bit.  I guess being a rock band from Iran has its share of challenges.

After their set, I walked back down to the bar in the basement, saw the Yellow Dogs bass player, and chatted with him for a few minutes.  I’m interrupted by a text: “Hey, we’re here, where are you?”  The fuck?  Oh right, the 20something I was supposed to meet at this show!  I was so wrapped up in my loserdom that I totally forgot about this kid!  I tell her to meet me at the bar in the basement.

She shows up.  She also looks like Megan Fox.  And behind her, out step 4 other 20somethings.  1 boyfriend, another couple, and a dude who wastes not time telling me he just celebrated his 21st birthday at the Brooklyn Bowl.

Oh good.  (For fuck’s sake.)

I immediately feel my crippling Peter Pan complex kick in, and I’m desperately trying to not be weird about this.  Because feeling like an old fuck is ALL ME.  No one else is actively making me feel old, this shit is my head.  I feel like someone’s old creepy uncle tagging along with the kids to some show in hipster hell.

My salvation came from within the crowd when the !!! took the stage.  It came in the form of a tall man with a desperately balding pate, probably in his late-40s, dressed in a black track suit, who was entirely way too psyched to be there, and whose single dance move (and he was dancing even before the music began) the entire evening was to look left, look right, look left, look right, and repeat non-stop for an hour and a half.  Hey, at least, I’m not that fucking guy!

In the end, it turned out to be an excellent evening.  Seriously.  It was fucking awesome.  Discovered a new band.  Got to meet some new people, who turned out to be some of the most tolerable nicest 20somethings around.  Absolutely brilliant show (has to be, when the lead singer pops up right in front of you – LEFT).

On the way home, “Paradise City” came on the radio, so I put down my windows in the 30-degree wind as I crossed the Whitestone Bridge and let out a long howl.  Right then, I shit you not, a shooting star whipped directly overhead.  It was the most ridiculous moment of the night.  And the fact that that’s how I chose to end my night (shooting star notwithstanding), it really did tell me that no matter what, I’m a ridiculous old fuck now.



I’ll be the first to admit to not having the most open of minds when it comes to music.  But I won’t be the first to claim that 99% of what’s out there is absolutely unlistenable.  Un. Listenable.  But that’s alright, since it’s become fairly easy to avoid the unlistenable shit – turn off the radio.  What becomes tricky is finding the good shit.  More importantly, the new good shit.

Now, if I wasn’t so fucking picky, it’s a short click away to Pitchfork, Brooklyn Vegan, or some other new music site and I’d just eat everything up.  Thing is, I still find myself doing the former but fail to do the latter – mainly because I tend to puke at most of what’s being shoved in my face as new and sexy.

But because the hunt is often better than the spoils, I keep fishing.  Because I keep believing in that 1% that doesn’t blow.  Only thing is, lately the hunt for the 1% is starting to grow weary.  And worrisome.

Worrisome, why?  Because I have a crippling Peter Pan complex and that complex forces me to acknowledge that the vast majority of the music I’m searching for is probably made by kids who were born in the ’90s.  I don’t dislike kids born in the ’90s, but I will get to this later.

This past weekend, I went to a concert in Brooklyn, and for whatever reason, made it into the venue before the opening band even got on.  I almost always never make it for opening bands.  I mean, who’s got time for that bullshit.  I think the last opening band I made was The Kills, when they opened for Primal Scream.  I didn’t know The Kills then, but I was glad I showed up for their show.  That was an example of trying out a new band, and having it pay off.  Since then, it’s been shit show after shit show with opening bands.  Fuck opening bands.

So after giving opening bands a miss for so long, I was a bit weirded out by the prospect of actually having to watch one.  I scrammed to the bar, grabbed a couple of PBRs and came back right when the opening band were taking the stage.  I did my usual scan of the stage.  Rubbish vintage guitars.  Those shit instruments that would never stay in turn, but these douchebags continue to play because they think it makes them big and clever.  A two-tiered keyboard with a collection of a dozen effect pedals on the floor.  Maracas.  Oh shit, this was going to suck.  Hard.

The keyboard player started playing a single chord in perfect time.  One guitar player joins in on the same note purposefully.  Same thing with the bass player.  And the drummer pound the floor tom in the exact same time.  Everyone’s hitting the exact same beat with the same note.  And the band kept at this for a good five minutes.  The action was broken up infrequently by the singer mumbling and moaning into the mic, while the guitar player turned his right hand into a complete blur playing one note.  At the end of five minutes, splash cymbal, end.  Kids in the front row roar with approval.  And I realized that this band just played an entire song with one note.  And some kids in the crowd actually went bananas over them.

I try to track with this band for the rest of their set.  I’m really fucking trying here.  Each song was the same fucking routine.  Drummer with no ability vary a rhythm, or throw in a break.  The singer who’d mumble into the mic in a monotone until he decided it was timely to rev a single note on his guitar at 20,000rpm.  The bass player who’s run on the one note, then reach down, and ever so slightly twist a knob on one of his pedals, as if it made a lick of difference in the din.  And the keyboard player who was getting so psyched that he was fractions of an inch from pounding his head right into the keyboard in front of him as he head-banged through everything.  (The night would end in disappointment for me, as he cleverly missed his keys with his forehead.)

And the perplexing bit was you could tell that these guys genuinely thought they were playing shit that really mattered.  They thought that their loud single-noted performance was high fucking art.  They threw in single-noted raging guitar riffs in specific portions of their songs, as if it just needed to be played right there and then – not a second sooner, not a second later.  They tweaked the knobs on their pedals, as if twisting it from 2 o’clock to 3 o’clock would make the song go from great to greatest.  And the keyboard player getting way too psyched over one note – mind-boggling.

What the fuck were this band and their fans listening to that I was missing?  I keep thinking that maybe I’ve missed something out of this whole performance.  Maybe I shouldn’t write them off so quickly.  Maybe I’m the asshole ’cause I can’t figure what the fuck was going on here.  But at the end of the half-hour, I’d given up.  Who the fuck were these guys anyway?  Who gives a shit.  Like I said earlier: life’s too short.  I’d decided that this band was completely shite.  I don’t give a fuck if I was the only schmuck in the venue who decided that they were shite.  They were shite.  They were awful and tedious.

And this is when my Peter Pan complex kicked in hard.  Maybe I don’t get this shit because I’m growing old.  God, that scares the hell outta me.  I mean, early on I knew the difference between growing up and growing old.  (And my fear of the latter is what tends to annoy the shit out of my wife – ask her sometime)  Maybe me not getting why these kids on stage were getting cheered for their monotone cacophony is because I’m starting to turn in my own dad who hated – and still hates – everything I listen to.

But then, it got a little more fucked up in my head.  I started thinking, “These are sorts of assholes who are supposed to be forming the new sounds I’m constantly looking for?”  Could anything be more depressing.  These pretentious products of helicopter parenting who spend more time on their stupid Bieber-like hair than learning how to put four chords together, because they genuinely believe that their carefully-orchestrated discord is their art.  I started to think that for every one of these stupid bands, there are probably a hundred more just like them.  And by the law of averages, there are probably a hundred other bands out there who are shittier than them… but believe that the musical abortions they’re playing in their parents’ garage actually sounds manna from heaven.  Holy fucking shit.  Is it any wonder that I put more faith in the likes of Frank Black, Kim Deal, Bobby Gillespie, Jim and William Reid, and God knows any other band from yesteryear who may still be trying to put out new stuff.  It’s not like I can only listen to the old shit.  I clearly don’t.  But if this band and their reception are anything to go by, the new stuff’s fucked.

That, and I really, really don’t wanna grow old.

[Originally posted October 2010]

Why do imbeciles pay hard-earned money to go to a concert just to flap their pieholes away throughout the show?  Someone explain this to me because I just don’t get it.  Just about every concert I’d been to in the last five years or so I’ve had to take a quick time out to tell someone nearby to shut the fuck up.

This reached new lows when I went to see Thievery Corporation and Massive Attack at the Beacon.  You know, Thievery Corporation with all their chilled out tunes, sitar, mellow brass, with trancey reggae vocalists.  That chilled out Thievery Corporation.  And Massive Attack, the pantheon of cool-as-fuck trip hop.  The same Massive Attack who will just as soon hypnotize you with Robert del Naja’s sprechgesang (yeah, you like that, don’t you – I had to look it up) vocals, as much as they would have you jumping up and down to the pounding beats and lightshow.

This was a doublebill of trip hop revenge.  And this joint was packed to the gills with douchebags who couldn’t shut the fuck up. Throughout the entire Thievery set, this trio of cackling wenches kept themselves amused by completely ignoring the show on stage and instead flapped their gums throughout the entire set.  The entire Thievery set.  I’d just finished my drink and I had an empty plastic bottle in my hand.  It took every fiber of self-restraint and forced maturity to not hurl it one of these shrieking harpies.

And not two seconds after I decide to avoid creating a fracas, someone nearby has other plans and yells out, “Will you shut up, you fat bitch!”  Turns out a different rotund blonde couldn’t shut up either, and the dude behind her had just about had enough of her shit.  She turns around to slap him but misses.  He mouths something else to her, and fatty’s boy toy – who was sitting next to her the entire time, but apparently not the recipient of her yammering drone – swings around and forcibly lands his fist right in the dude’s face.  FATBITCHFIGHT!  In two minutes flat, these morons are given the Elian Gonzalez treatment and forcibly removed from the premises.   These douchebags got tossed out a Thievery Corporation show, for fuck’s sake.  How much of a fuckwit do you have to be to get tossed out of a chilled out, down dub reggae show.  What a collection of assholes.

But it would take me until Massive Attack took the stage before I would be forced to take things into my own hands.  Right in front of me was this seven-foot dufus who not only obstructed my view, but persisted a lengthy monologue onto his friend sitting next to him.  He’s yammering through Massive Attack’s opening number, then the second, then the third.   I start shushing him but to no avail, so I lean to share a bit of advice, “Hey, shut the fuck up.”

He turns around all hairy-eyed, and sputters, “What?!  It’s not an opera, OK?  (pause) It’s not an opera!”  You see, he repeated himself there because he’s clearly got an enlightened observation there that he feels is really important to share.  It’s not an opera.  Brilliant.  He turns forward, and shuts up for next song.  Ten minutes go by and he grabs his jacket and marches out. Oooh, he showed me!  Congratulations on the hasty exit, doucheface.  You win, I guess?

And to the rest of you, please, PLEASE, PLEASE shut the hell up.  The band’s playing, for God’s sake.