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411 Music Fact or Fiction 07.04.14: Short And To The Point
Posted by Joseph Lee on 07.04.2014

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

This week we have Jeremy Wilson against Andy Rackauskas.

1) You enjoyed Jeezy and Jay Z's "Seen It All".

Andy Rackauskas: FICTION. I really didn't enjoy it. It broke no new ground for either artist. I've actually come to expect quite a bit from Jay Z, and his contribution seemed very underwhelming. It's not a bad track. I just didn't particularly enjoy it.

Jeremy Wilson: FICTION. Honestly, I listened to it for about 30 seconds before it left me behind. Rap in general is just not my thing, especially tracks like this.

Score: 1 for 1

2) Maroon 5's music video for "Maps" was underwhelming.

Andy Rackauskas: FACT. Did some 8th grade kid hash that out on evening after homework was done?

Jeremy Wilson: FACT. "Maps" has to be the most Maroon 5 thing ever. If there is one thing about music that I could wave a wand and get rid of, it would be auto tuner. Regardless, the track isn't exactly a piece of lyrical genius, but the video itself just aggravates me. The "show events in reverse order" is lazy unless there's a genuine payoff at the end, and Adam Levine feeling guilty doesn't rise to the status of a good payoff. Unless the entire video is a metaphor for Levine and his band's guilt over what they've done to pop music...but I don't think so. So no, I'm not a fan.

Score: 2 for 2

3) It's the right decision for The Who to consider retirement.

Andy Rackauskas: FACT. I just think it's time for the old cats to call it. The kids are indeed alright. In fact, they are no longer kids. But, with all that said, and all joking aside…if Pete and Roger want to keep trekkin' on, go for it. I just know I won't shell out big bucks to see that tour. And I think those that wanted to, did already.

Jeremy Wilson: FACT. I usually don't buy into the "so and so should retire" game, but there is something poetic about The Who retiring from touring after celebrating their 50th anniversary. Whether it is permanent or not, it sure can't hurt album or ticket sales.

Score: 3 for 3


4) You're interested in the BBC's Daft Punk documentary.

Jeremy Wilson: FACT. I'd probably wait to see what reviewers and other folks thought before sitting down to watch it, but yeah, why not? Daft Punk are an interesting act and have arguably never been bigger, and if the BBC can manage to make a decent doc about them, I'd check it out. I like their music, but honestly don't know a ton about them otherwise, so it'd probably be informative for a lot of us.

Andy Rackauskas: FACT. The BBC simply does compelling bios. For really any artist covered. So, at the get go, you know it will be a quality production. I could honestly think of dozens of other artists I'd rather see a bio on, but I think Daft Punk would make an interesting documentary.

Score: 4 for 4

5) You have no interest in a Chris Brown reality show.

Jeremy Wilson: FACT. Times 1,000. Period.

Andy Rackauskas: FACT. Fact.

Score: 5 for 5

6) Busta Rhymes' "Calm Down" was made better by the appearance of Eminem.

Jeremy Wilson: FACT. See my answer to Question 1, for my thoughts on this. However, at least this has some energy and verve behind it. It's fine, but I don't think it's a great track or that I'll be returning to it in the future.

Andy Rackauskas: FACT. However, Busta already had me at the intro sampling "Harlem Shuffle" made famous by House of Pain for their intro to "Jump Around". It's a fun jam and Eminem's appearance adds some oomph to the cut. It's made better, but not by leaps and bounds. It's basically already pretty good to begin with.

Score: 6 for 6

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