The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a Scam

Derek Jensen
It's like the Louvre, but awful.
It never fails. I write something, someone doesn't like it, and they feel the need to seek me out and tell me about it. It's never really surprising, even if I don't understand it. I can barely muster the energy to tell people I know personally how much I disagree with them. When I do, I almost always regret it. My recent Green Day screed touched a nerve, as my screeds tend to do. One of the most bizarre and common objections to my dislike of Green Day is that Green Day are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Let me explain it as if you're 5: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a scam. It's not Cooperstown with guitars. The expert committee that "inducts" people is thinking about how to get tourist dollars into Cleveland, not how to preserve a legacy of one of America's finest homegrown art forms. Don't believe me? Ask Gene Simmons. If you think the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is any measure of how good a band is, you seriously don't know shit about anything.

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Why Musicians Don't Deserve to Get Paid

Alina Sofia / Flickr
All for free and free for all.
You've seen those memes-- the ones about how musicians spend thousands of dollars on gear, hours rehearsing and loading/unloading, and drive forty minutes to just play a show for $100. How noble and brave our poor musicians are, selflessly sacrificing themselves at every turn for a chance to do what they love while constantly griping and whining about every aspect of it. So of course they deserve to get paid. They're performing a vital service to our lives, just like an ambulance driver.
Although musicians are indeed shafted by entire industries that are built purely around their creative output, truthfully, they don't deserve to get paid anything. Now tremble with indignant rage as I explain precisely why.

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Why Does This Club Suck So Hard?

Photo by Christopher Victorio
Sign a club sucks: You walk into a room filled with candy eaters.
By: Kat Bein

Free time is a precious commodity. Weekend warriors have a mere 48 hours to get as nasty as they wanna be, then it's a long, hot shower and another five days of money makin'.

No one wants to waste their Saturdays on shitty drinks in shitty environments. And there's nothing fun about wasting hundreds of dollars on a night that you'd rather forget.

So here are five signs this club sucks... And if three or more of these triggers are set off by the party spot that your best friend just suggested, don't drop a dollar on cover charge.

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Why I Refuse to Like Your Band on Facebook

Every week, we get thousands of notifications on Facebook, and because our lives are privileged and lonely, we pay attention to them. Everyone has commented on everything. It is everybody's birthday today. Everyone but you has had a baby and is also celebrating their four-year anniversary with a decent human being. Facebook is a constant hum of people begging for your attention without looking you in the eyes.

If that's not enough, the network puts you in the awkward situation of dealing with a constant flow of hellish invites. A high school friend wants you to come to their pre-engagement party. The barista from the coffee shop down the street has invited you to visit his new art gallery composed entirely of Lolcats and pictures of trees at the zoo. Your aunt really, really, really wants you to play Candy Crush Saga. And of course, some asshole wants you to like their band on Facebook.

Maybe you do it, maybe you don't. Personally, I now refuse to like bands on Facebook -- even if it's a group I adore. While I could probably stack about a hundred reasons on top of my mighty throne of musical morality, let's start with a list of six reasons why I refuse to like your band on Facebook.

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Life Lessons From Bob Dylan, In Illustrated Form

Jena Ardell

What contains more than 960 pages, weighs 13.5 pounds, and will sell for $200? Answer: The Lyrics: Since 1962, a book that catalogs every lyric Bob Dylan has ever recorded. The publisher dubbed it "the biggest, most expensive book we've ever published". The book is slated to be released in November. Keep an eye out for very limited, signed copies which will sell for $5,000.

The Recording Academy recently named Dylan as its MusiCares Person of the Year for 2015. Among those slated to perform to honor Dylan include: Beck, the Black Keys, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Norah Jones, Tom Jones, Los Lobos, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Eddie Vedder, Jack White, Neil Young and John Doe.

Bob Dylan will be performing three consecutive nights at L.A.'s Dolby Theatre October 24-26.

Here are some life lessons we've learned from the poetic pessimist. Quotation above via

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Let's Be Honest: Sonic Youth Are Really Boring

By: Nicholas Pell

In the annals of rock there are many bands that people pretend to like, bands with fandoms consisting entirely of people desperately wanting to appear interesting by proxy. Royal Trux is a good example, as are Ween. Basically any Burzum fan who isn't a corpse paint-wearing, basement-dwelling Nazi from the hinter regions of Norway fits neatly in this category. King among bands that no one actually likes, however, is Sonic Youth.

I remember the first time I heard Sonic Youth. I was about 13 and somehow acquired a copy of the tape on SST that runs backward on one side and forward on another. I know, right? How creative. After about 10 minutes of atonal moaning and swirling noise, I went back to my Black Flag and Black Sabbath records. How pedestrian of me, right?

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Celebrating an Album's Anniversary Is Pointless

Arcade Fire's Funeral celebrates its 10th anniversary next week. If you think this is a big deal, you are wrong. Don't worry, it's not your fault.

It's something we've come to expect now: making a big to do about an album turning a nice, round number. That's because, given the pace at which media now has to churn out content, pieces about an album's anniversary have become commonplace. There were, as this NME slideshow of 55 Incredible Albums Celebrating Anniversaries in 2014 helpfully points out, quite a few album that got the anniversary treatment this year. We've been guilty of it ourselves. But it should stop. Because no one needs two oral histories of Interpol's Turn on the Bright Lights to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

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Anthony Bourdain Thinks You're a Douche For Liking EDM

Courtesy of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
By: Sean Pajot

We are all quite aware that food celebrity, television host, prolific author, and hilarious asshole Anthony Bourdain is basically a rock 'n' roll guy.

On the tube, he can often be seen palling around with Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme, another funny, prickly professional shit-talker. And the theme song for his latest TV show, CNN's Parts Unknown, is a woozy rocker from Homme and ex-Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan.

But did you know that Bourdain is also a big fan of magic?

Also, he hates "electronic dance music."

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10 Signs You're Too Old For Coachella

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Chris Victorio/OC Weekly
You tell 'em, Grandpa!
Age, of course, is a state of mind. But it's easy to feel like you've aged 30 years after three busy days at Coachella. Whether you've gone to the festival since the first year in 1999 or just started going a few years ago, the festival can feel a bit, well, different than when you were in your teens and 20s. If so, you might want to check and see if you just might be getting too old for this shit.

See also: Coachella 2014: The Band and Drugs Pairings Guide

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Why Your Band Shouldn't Play Longer Than 20 Minutes

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Imagine you're on a date and you're telling a story. It's a long one, but you know it's a winner. Everyone always loves this story. Three quarters of the way to the punch line, you notice a shift in your date's behavior. She's glancing at the door, bouncing her leg or messing with her hair. Does she want a cigarette? Does she need another drink to quell the anxiety?

Moments like these separate perceptive and considerate people from torturous, self-indulgent-asshole ones. The first will recognize the proper social cues and say something like, "Hey, let's grab another drink, and I'll finish this in a minute." The latter, however, will continue endlessly flapping their tight red gums, concentrating on themselves and their immediate needs.

See also: Six Reasons Why Employers Should Hire Touring Musicians

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