Blaming Zach Braff

December 1st, 2009 · Comments Off on Blaming Zach Braff

Natalie Portman popped headphones onto Zach Braff’s head and said flatly, “This song will change your life.” The resulting sound was not only that of carefully composed dullness (thank you, Shins), but of a million wealthy white kids investing in dull acoustic music to soundtrack their own romantic melodrama. Bored New World: How the Zach […]

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James Mercer: Light-rock dictator

May 7th, 2009 · Comments Off on James Mercer: Light-rock dictator

News of James Mercer’s unceremonious decision to change the line-up of The Shins hit the blogs yesterday, thanks to Pitchfork’s interview piece. It seems so odd to me that not a single reaction focused on how obnoxious it is to change the line-up of a band three albums into its successful tenure. It drives me […]

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