Sunday, December 30, 2012

Shanies: Asshole of the Year

New this year, the asshole award goes to the individual or group who made their best efforts to piss me,  the remainder of the music community and hell, society at large, right the fuck off. After spending previous years reporting on musical news that really had little to nothing to do with music, I realized there was an important space open for this award.

And may I extend a heartfelt congratulations to Mr. Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips for being our first ever recipient. I'll preface this rant by saying that I've never been a Lips fan, so there isn't even going to be a redeeming 'but' at the end of this. Mr. Coyne, you started off with so much promise by enlisting an impressive list (Bon Iver, Tame Impala, Ke$ha, Chris Martin) for a collaboration album, however, things went downhill pretty drastically for me when you:
  • Sold limited editions of your album with artist's blood in it for $2500 a piece
  • Pissed off the Badu sisters by massively misrepresenting them in a video that you deemed 'art' (but we all know was just softcore porn)
  • Made a shitty radio drama that you had no business making. Seriously, the internet was pissed.
  • Fucked over thousands of people in Oklahoma City Airport by "accidentally" bringing a toy hand grenade into your carry on and shutting down the airport for hours
Yeah... so congrats. Even though I'm not a huge fan of your at, enough people seem to be for me to offer this simple suggestion: stick to making music. It seems to do well for you. Your diversions, however, fail miserably.

-Album of the year tomorrow! Predictions / suggestions welcome, however, as you know, I won't be listening.