Published Aug 08, 2012With news, reviews, music and videos posted daily on Exclaim.ca, there's always a lot to comment on, so here are some of the best and worst recent reactions in this week's Reader Feedback Roundup.
As the world watches the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Morrissey took the opportunity to once again court controversy with some harsh criticisms of the Games and his country. Just months after calling the royal family "utterly useless," Morrissey went several steps further and said, "The spirit of 1939 Germany now pervades throughout media-brand Britain." Exclaim! readers were quick to respond. "He does this shit like clockwork," said Meat is murdiddlyurder, while alROC added, "I guess when your career is circling the drain...some assholes will say anything to get noticed."
This week also saw the untimely deaths of both Bill Doss from Elephant 6 indie heroes Olivia Tremor Control, and Tony Sly from pop punk band No Use for a Name. Many readers took to our comments section to express condolences and to remember two of their favourite musicians.
Following the news of Doss's passing, misterA said, "I was a huge fan of this man's music. Sunshine Fix, OTC, etc. This is crazy sad news," and Peter said, "I love the OTC, though I've never seen them live. RIP."
In response to Sly's death, asphinctersayswhat said, "I can't imagine what my high school years and discovery of punk would have been like if it wasn't for Tony's songs... No Use For A Name and Tony Sly provided the soundtrack to the past 15 years of my life and for that I am grateful."
Next, we put up a Scion Sessions clip featuring Austra performing new material before the dark electronic group played at HARD Toronto this past weekend. While most readers enjoyed the video, one hater named Audience said, "This band is brimming with posturing and pretension but I guess they provide some sort of entertainment because I am laughing out loud." On the other hand, Chrisking said, "Stelmanis writes great tunes -- I only wish she played more keyboard live. She shreds!" and @chrisgggggg tweeted, "this is awesome!"
Over on the Exclaim! TV YouTube channel, a debate on the definition of jazz erupted around our footage of Badbadnotgood performing "Flashing Lights" at Hillside Festival. In the description for the video, we described the song as a "jazzy rendition of Kanye West's 'Flashing Lights.'" Poochiewus responded with, "I like it, but it's not 'jazzy'" and was subsequently buried under negative votes. Insano44231 hit the nail on the head when he said, "It's not traditional jazz. But it is jazz."