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411 Music Fact or Fiction 03.29.13: And The Hot Dog Flavored Water
Posted by Joseph Lee on 03.29.2013

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Welcome to another edition of Fact or Fiction: Music. I'm your host, Joseph Lee.

This week we have Tony Acero against Jeff Modzelewski.

Round 1
1) You didn't like Limp Bizkit and Lil Wayne's new single "Ready to Go."
Jeff Modzelewski: FACT.

I almost said "Fiction" since this is worse than bad. Let's see how many times "Freddy D" can say "fuck" in a song. Lil Wayne's rap is almost as lazy as Durst and really doesn't add anything. The vocals have the exact same rhythm throughout the song, the guitar riff is horribly repetitive, and, worst of all, it's Fred Durst singing. Nothing good about this at all.

Tony Acero: FICTION.

I want to assure you that my reply to this has nothing to do with my review of Wayne's album I Am Not A Human Being II, but I didn't really like the song. Let me rephrase that: I liked the music, I didn't like the content lyrically or otherwise. Phonetically, it wasn't too bad. But Durst is still dissing Britney Spears and Lil Wayne brings nothing of importance. Like I said, I loved the heavy drums in the back, felt it had something going for it, but man....what year is it?

Score Card: 0 for 1

Round 2
2) It's disappointing that My Chemical Romance broke up.
Jeff Modzelewski: FICTION.

My Chemical Romance is a part of a musical era that I'm just not a part of. I heard some of their music, but it never grabbed me or stood out. I know that they're popular and had some hardcore fans, and I'm sure that this sucks for them, but it really doesn't affect me. That being said, most of their fans can find solace in the fact that they'll get a My Chemical Romance reunion sometime in the next 15 years or so.

Tony Acero: FICTION.

I truly could care less. Band breakups typically come from egos, but sometimes people just outgrow one another. I don't know what happened here, nor do I particularly care.

Score Card: 1 for 2

Round 3
3) You're excited for a new Daft Punk album.
Jeff Modzelewski: FICTION.

For my thoughts on Daft Punk, see my thoughts on My Chemical Romance. I know that Daft Punk has had some longevity, and I know that it's been a long time since a proper Daft Punk album, but electronic acts don't do anything for me. It's always nice to see a band that has both mainstream and critical success getting back to what they do, but it's not something I'm going to be listening to most likely.
Tony Acero: FACT.

The last Daft Punk album we got was the Human After All, unless we count Tron: Legacy as an album, which some do not, as it is more of a soundtrack than anything. The duo is nothing short of amazing, though, and brings something fresh to the table. In fact, listen to some of their stuff now, and it still feels like ahead of it's time. Each of their previous albums bring something new to the table, and neither really sound all the same but are still Daft Punk. They've kept themselves busy in between albums but didn't oversaturate the market, and I am pretty excited about a new album.
Score Card: 1 for 3


Round 4
4) Miley Cyrus and Snoop Lion would be an awful collaboration.
Tony Acero: FICTION.

I mean, I wouldn't say awful...but I do not see the appeal of it. I don't see how Miley Cyrus fits in a Reggae setting at all. If Snoop was Snoop Dogg, then I could take this much more seriously, but as a Reggae track, I just don't see how adding Cyrus to any song will do anything for it. Still, I am of the mind that I'll have to hear it first. Who the hell knows, she may shock us...right?

Jeff Modzelewski: FACT.

Yeah, most likely. I think Snoop is pretty great in almost everything he does, but I haven't seen anything positive out of Miley Cyrus' artistic expressions. Maybe she's grown up and she has the capability of making some kick-ass modern pop music, but I'm not holding my breath. Of course, if anyone can bring something positive out of her it's Snoop. On the other hand, Snoop also guested on a pretty awful Katy Perry song, so he's certainly not a musical savior.

Score Card: 1 for 4

Round 5
5) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' song "Thrift Shop" is deserving of the success it's had.
Tony Acero: FACT.

This song is minimal. It has little content, does nothing to impress me lyrically, and holds no societal pull or anything, but damnit...it's fun, and it's damn catchy. It's funny, it doesn't take itself seriously, and it's one of those tracks that just catches on fire, and spreads everywhere until people grow tired of it. I suppose now is that time? Either way, I thought the song did what it set out to do, and that's be catchy and have fun. With that in mind, I find their success to be welcomed and I'm happy for em.

Jeff Modzelewski: FICTION.

Not that it's that bad of a song. It's OK, a little different, cool to have the horns, good rap, etc... I'll listen to it. But all of the sudden it's the biggest song in the world. I don't get that. It's not that amazing. I like the fact that it's taking hip hop in a little bit of a different direction, but it's not worth going nuts over.
Score Card: 1 for 5

Round 6
6) You would be interested in a Nirvana reunion show with PJ Harvey fronting.
Tony Acero: FICTION.

As much as Nirvana's music was inspirational (and brooding) when I was a younger dude, I think that's also where it belongs. Nirvana, as a band, was solid, but there are few who can replicate the voice of former lead singer Kurt Cobain - especially PJ Harvey. Now don't get me wrong, PJ Harvey is the shit. Homegirl can kill music like nobody's bidness, and she does it in such a way that's so....PJ Harvey. But still, she is not Nirvana. Sorry, bandmates, but the only person you have to blame is Cobain.
Jeff Modzelewski: FACT.

I'm not a huge Foo Fighters fan and Nirvana was never my favorite band from that era, but I certainly respect the hell out of what Grohl has managed to do both as a part of Foo Fighters and in his other projects. I also think PJ Harvey is pretty bad-ass and she doesn't do anything shitty. I would be much more interested in seeing a one-off performance of a Nirvana song with PJ Harvey singing (which is what the original discussion was about), but any sort of collaboration would be fun. I don't see it happening, however.

Score Card: 1 for 6

Anything you agree with? Disagree with? Sound off in the comment section.


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