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  1. 19 hours ago, ULIZOS said:

    I voted reluctantly for Hillary, but given how things are going, I really hope you're joking.

    There is NOTHING you can say that would justify something as ridiculous as voting for fucking Kanye fucking West, who is an unhinged Trump supporter, over Biden. NOTHING. 

    the office yes GIF

    I voted proudly and enthusiastically for Hillary. I grew to love and admire her in 2016. I have never seen any person alive take so much hatred and vitriol and to take it constantly. Literally 24 hours a day on Fox News and talk radio and in the grosser corners of the internet. The lunatic fringe bought into this shit so seriously that a guy shot up a pizza shop because he thought Hillary was running a criminal ring in the basement. She took the hate, the took the death threats, she took everything they could throw at her -- and kept going forward. The strength of character that takes -- I am in awe of her.

    Biden I don't give two shits about. He feels like a relic of a time from not even my childhood but before I was even born. But the American political system is built for two parties. Privileged assholes can try to pretend others, but the choice is Biden or Trump. If someone is voting for someone else then they are voting for Trump. That is how this works, and anyone pretending otherwise can fuck right off.

  2. 10 hours ago, Jaz said:

    Most people who supported Bernie in 2016 aren't racists, but who knows.  It's still VERY sad that some of them were sexist.  So who knows?  I still think we don't need to demonize them in this election cycle (unless they sit out again).

    By the way, I think you will find many BLM protesters to be Bernie supporters over Biden supporters.

    "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

    Not being racist isn't good enough. We need people to be anti-racist. Showing up to vote isn't good enough. We need people to be talking to their friends, families, and neighbors about the importance of voting and voting Biden.

  3. 59 minutes ago, Paul said:

    Can someone who knows something about something explain something ....

    they say that all these measures like travel bans, no large gatherings, washing hands like OCD, etc, will only delay the spread by 1 up to maybe 4 weeks. 

    for most people who contract it, the symptoms are mild and people recover within about a week.  Once you’ve had it, you don’t get it again. 

    so doesn’t it make sense for young and healthy people who are able to stay home For a week to get the virus, get better, and then they will no longer be able to spread the virus, and we can stop all this. 


    51 minutes ago, karbatal said:

    The goal is to avoid saturation in hospitals. The problem is not if we're ill, but being everyone ill at the same time. There's not enough resources. 

    Everyone of us can become a vessel and pass the virus to someone who is at risk of having a critical reaction. We don't have to think of us, but the general well being. 

    Yes, thank you, karb! This line of thought like "let's all just get it and be done with it" is surprisingly widespread and very dangerous. For example, there's only about one million hospital beds available in the United States at any given time -- a country of 325 million people. Right now, one out of every 10 people who contracts the virus ends up in the hospital, so you'd only need 10 million concurrent infections to completely max out the U.S. healthcare system. If you had 20 million concurrent infections, American hospitals would be treating people on stretchers in hallways and conference rooms for days on end.

    It's very scary.

  4. 3 hours ago, Plaything said:

    It’s crazy when you think about this album finally coming out 20 years after his last solo album (although we got the excellent YAS album, but still...)! I have high hopes for insane production, new ideas and futuristic sounds. I hope it’s not too pretentious...we will see

    I'd be OK with pretentious! Music today is so fucking cookie cutter.

  5. On 11/12/2019 at 11:58 PM, dcbyebyebaby said:

    Why? They are 3 bonus tracks which means they should be exclusive. So people have to buy the deluxe version. Besides you can listen for free on youtube.  There are a lot of things to be mad about from her team but this isnt one of them at all. 

    All they're doing is sacrificing streams and sales. "Rebel Heart"'s bonus tracks were kept off streaming/digital for like ... a month? That makes sense to me. Incentivize the fans buying the collector's editions, but then also cash in on it.

  6. On 6/15/2019 at 12:59 PM, material_boy said:

    1. God Control

    2-5. In no particular order:

    Come Alive
    I Don't Search I Find

    That neither "Medellin" and "Dark Ballet" are in my top five right now even though they're both fucking phenomenal is a testament to how stunning this album is. This might be her best album since "Music."

    I stand, though "Batuka," "Dark Ballet," and "Looking for Mercy" are all challenging "Crazy" for space in my top five.

    I think this album may end up challenging "LAP," "ROL" and "Music" in my holy trinity of M albums. I really am struggling thinking about the next album ranking thread :nervous:

  7. GREAT article, but man, this line really took me by surprise:

    On 9/18/2019 at 1:17 PM, Flip The Switch said:

    Madonna's disavowal of records-by-industry-committee ("remember…when I was allowed to be a visionary  and not have to go to song writing camps," she railed on Instagram in early 2018) led her back to French producer/writer/musician/whiz Mirwais Ahmadzaï, with whom she collaborated on two of her most innovative and experimental records, 2000's Music and 2003's American Life.

    Has it really been so long since the famous Insta post?! Where did the time go?

  8. 13 hours ago, LHakaLH said:

    I’ve heard of a “Les Mis” cover and now you’re talking about the “Frida” cover; can anyone tell me which is which? 😅😅  If you ask me, this should’ve been the only cover; without the MADONNA.


    As for the editions issue, I agree it’s pointless to release 3 different ones. The boxset stuff should be something special. Not just something anyone can access, like that Rebel Heart VIP hardcover book edition, which was limited.

    Wooooooow. This looks fucking perfect without the other font cluttering it up. Gorgeous.

  9. 20 hours ago, Kurt420 said:

    I don't normally get overly excited over the thoughts of Madonna doing simple acoustic versions of her songs but I'd really love to see her do that with Crave. Just her on a stool with her guitar.....like Letterman '00.

    This really is such a gorgeous song.

    Not how I was picturing this perf, but now that you've said it ... yes. Yes, I need this.

  10. Bruce's whole fanbase fits into a single demographic (white, male, Baby Boomers), and that sort of demographic homogeny has been true since he first hit the big time. It's easy to hold a fanbase like that together over the years and get them to keep buying whatever shit you turn out. (See also: U2, the Rolling Stones, and many other big rock acts.) M doesn't have a fanbase like that. It's more like she has a coalition of fans who've come to her at different stages of her career, and come to expect different things from her as a result. The 80s post-disco pop princess with the punk attitude, the living legend blond bombshell pop queen, the house queen with the fuck-authority and fuck-your-expectations S&M dominatrix look and attitude, the R&B crooner, the techno spiritualist mother of the year, etc. etc. Different eras of her career have appealed to appealed to different genders, races, and generations. It's really difficult to sustain that over time, and part of what makes her sustained megastardom so remarkable.

  11. 12 minutes ago, dylanciccone_ said:

    Sure. Each time a new album drops it's time to slag the previous. I just don't buy it because each is a return to form, the real Madonna, cohesive, essays people write then with the following record it'll be "Madame X had a lot of issues, autotune, not GP friendly, bad singles, too many features." 

    This is nonsense. Literally no one was slagging "Confessions" when "Hard Candy" came out. Most fans -- and certainly the loudest fans -- were pissed that "HC" wasn't "Confessions II."

    Fast forward four years, many of these same fans were re-evaluating "HC" and giving it high marks for its warm melodies after hearing a detached, almost bored M sing over lifeless EDM tracks on "MDNA."

  12. 1 hour ago, Carey said:

    i find it difficult to put rankings, numbers or grades to her work but what will say is that between probably 1986-2005 what M did better than any other artist (certainly within popular music) was tell a story with her albums, they were as close to literature as popular music can get. No one did the creation of an album and the crafting of a complete body of work better than Madonna but that started to slip a little with Hard Candy, there were elements of it but it was mostly a collection of good pop songs. 

    MDNA though I feel it is underrated as a collection was the nadir of this aspect of her talent because other than the late second half of the record, it was literally a handful of dance tracks that she sang over and sounded a little detached from.

    RH is a curious one because there are several stories to be told but it's uneven and uncohesive. That said, the stories on offer are deeply compelling and with more streamlined production, a more careful eye over what made the final tracklisting and no leaks hindering her ultimate vision, it could have ranked among her top tier works. I think the difference between MDNA and RH is that she had something to say.

    Madame X is a revelation because she has once again, recorded a great novel so to speak. This ranks alongside erotica, bedtime stories, ray of light and confessions because it is a body of work, a statement and it's uncompromised. In short, it's a true Madonna ALBUM.

    This is a thoughtful, spot-on comment. Thank you for this.

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