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Quote of the day: Silversun put-down

Maybe I connected to this quote because it somewhat validates me giving the Silversun Pickups' album a sub-par review back when it came out, when a lot of other people seemed to like it. But no, upon reading it again, it is pretty laugh-out-loud funny. Here's Fluxblog's Matthew Perpetua describing the Pickups' set at last weekend's Plug Awards (Prefix got robbed by the way--worst snubbing since Manilow beat out Colbert): "The Silversun Pickups were so bad that I wanted to slap some sense into everyone I saw in the audience who was visibly enjoying their set. I'd only skimmed over their music before, listening to enough to know that I had no interest in writing about them, but seeing them live shifted my apathy to outright disdain. Basically, the Silversun Pickups sound like the Afghan Whigs if Greg Dulli had somehow lost his genitals in a horrible accident when he was eight years old."
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Silversun Pickups

I'm surprised, but not surprised that the Silversun Pickups have gotten love in the blogosphere. When someone says they like "alternative" music, I think of this band. A throwback to some of the 90s bands that had a catchy MTV song or two, but were not "indie" (see Bush). It seems appropriate that theyr'e all over MTV now.

Dave Park

That seems a bit harsh coming from someone who has a fit when people disagree with his blog posts.


I feel the same way. I used to have this hallowed image of the Silver Lake scene back in the 90s after Beck, the Negro Problem and Geraldine Fibbers were still making music in that part of Los Angeles, but that's all changed for me now that Silversun Pickups are the toast of the town. Snoozefest. Nikki is a real nice gal though - used to work for with her at Rhino Entertainment.

Etan Rosenbloom

Yeah, he goes on to say comparisons to Smashing Pumpkins are ludicrous. Conveniently didn't mention that, as I drew that comparison as well in my review too. Just the whole multilayered guitar sound, I guess; nothing on Carnavas really holds a candle to "Hummer" or "Rocket."You're so old school, Etan. "Back in MY day..." The scene isn't completely worthless. Lavender Diamond is quite appealing.

John Zeiss

I've never read him having a fit on Fluxblog. I tend to like his writing. Then again he's a huge Pavement/Malkmus fan, which wins major points in my book.

John Zeiss

Well, I'm mostly kidding around. I like his writing too, but when he posted about Beyonce, he got a little defensive with commenters. To his credit, most of the comments weren't very constructive, but you know, that happens with blogging sometimes.


Did anyone else see the show? Was any of it good?

Bobby D.

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