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Brian, 20. Born and bred in Paris, France. Currently living in Québec City, Canada. Gaslight Anthem fan, record collector, enjoy tons of bands, working for AllTheRage TV, watching Community and more. 'Super' is the greatest movie ever made.

The Gaslight Anthem Pre-Show Kerfuffle →



So, one of my favorite bands offers up the opportunity to buy tickets to a meet and greet, and a soundcheck, and I’m ready to jump all over it. I have no problem paying for it, because it’s a great, unique opportunity and who knows when I’ll get it again. And instead of it being a random drawing…

Read this and you know what I think about it! All seconded!

I’ve been a bit late on the subject, but for what’s it’s worth (not much), here’s my opinion.:

It’s not about the people who can afford these type of deals, those who can’t. It’s just that it is not what music should be about. Music is supposed to gather people, make them share a similiar experience whoever they are, wherever they come from, whatever their social background is. At a show, nothing matters anymore but the music they’re playing and the fact that you are sharing a unique moment with people that may be your best friends or people you never saw and will never see again. And yet you share a common experience. 

Now, with the package things (my problem is especially on early access, front row access and old song access) -and it’s not an anti-Gaslight rant, nor an anti-money rant, nor an anti-rich people rant- : I just feel like those kind of VIP packages segregate the fans, with people not sharing a similar experience anymore. Just like when aristocrats would be able to witness a Shakespeare play at the theatre from the nice comfort of their balcony while the people had to stand for hours and had to pee in bottles. Just because they were born in the wrong family. What this kind of stuff does is putting some fans on a podium with them being able to access an experience that by definition should be accessible to everyone else. I mean it’s music ! If you are willing to spend X much dollars on an exclusive t-shirt, it’s good for you, I don’t mind. But someone shouldn’t be disqualified to witness a rare song live just because he doesn’t have the money. Same for being able to access a front row. That should be earned by your commitment to the band, not because of how full or not your bank account his. Sure, sometime it will help you get to more shows: may be it will help you put some gas in your tank and follow the band around. But it should not help you get in front of a kid who waited seven hours under the sun, the rain, the snow, the cold or may be a perfect wether because it was his only solution to be sure he’d be at the barriers. It’s basically making your audience pay for something that you should be giving them already. I know and I am the first one to think a band shouldn’t have to think the same way fans do, or give them what everyone wants them to give. But respect is a two ways road. When you start making people pay for that kind of privileges, you are segregating your fans instead of treating them the same. So I don’t understand people saying fans are dictating the way bands should conduct their business. They’re just asking for some respect. That’s not really hard to understand. Wouldn’t you be bummed if after 10 years going to this restaurant you love so much, they’d start to charge you 10 bucks each meal for the right to sit in this nice chair that was free until this point ? And that from now on you can either pay and sit in this nice chair, or have people say that no one is forcing you to pay the extra and that you can just sit on this stool instead. That’s not how you would want your favorite restaurant to treat you. You wouldn’t like having other people tell you that you robbed them of the opportunity to sit in a nice chair when you asked the manager that everybody in this restaurant should be treated the same. Sure some will spend more on wine or dessert, if they can. And that’s cool, just like someone spending extra on a t-shirt or a tour poster. 

I’m all about merch and there is tons of cool, fun, nice ways to make money off a show. But bands need to get creative and challenge themselves to think about ways to earn money while making their fans happy. They shouldn’t go such an easy road. It is not cool, fun nor nice anymore when a part of your fans feel like they’re flawed, and people start to think there are better fans than others. Especially when there is already a paying (and already expensive to some) fan club. 

It’s the contrary of the Green Day’s Gilman thing. Punk kids started to diss Green Day when they started playing to a wider audience. When they started gathering people that weren’t “punk” enough at their shows. They wanted to keep it elitist. That’s not the problem here. Oh, and Green Day did all they could to keep their tickets at a low price so they could get more people to play for (just read Mark Spitz’s Nobody Likes You if you don’t believe me). Not really what’s happening here. 

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#TGA  #the gaslight anthem 
POZ Stream: My Iron lung - Relief




We’ve been fans of My Iron Lung for a long time now, which is just part of why we’re stoked to be streaming the band’s brand new album, Relief, a few days early. The release is coming out on July 8th via Pure Noise Records and can be pre-ordered here. The band will also be out on The Common Vision Tour this summer with Counterparts and Hundredth. Stream Relief below!

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#Post Hardcore  #My Iron Lung  #Pure Noise Records  #Lost My Shit 

favorite movie of all time

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New breathtaking video by french band Branson Hollis covering Bon Iver’s “Flume”. For fans of Moving Mountains, Thrice, Norma Jean…

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#Branson Hollis  #Bon Iver  #Flume  #Norma Jean  #Thrice  #Moving Mountains 


i didn’t believe my husband that this was a real thing but it looks amazing and i’m so mad it wasn’t on when i was a wee bairn

My childhood right there. 

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How Hollywood Saved God, a great article from 2007 on The Atlantic

It took five years, two screenwriters, and $180 million to turn a best-selling antireligious children’s book into a star-studded epic—just in time for Christmas. Article by Hanna Rosin.

This month, New Line Cinema will release The Golden Compass, based on the first book in a trilogy of edgy children’s novels written by the British author Philip Pullman. A trailer for the movie evokes The Lord of the Rings, and comparisons have been made to The Chronicles of Narnia. All three are epic adventures that unfold in a rich fantasy world, perfect for the big screen. But beyond that basic description, the comparisons fall apart. In the past, Pullman has expressed mainly contempt for the books on which the other movies were based. He once dismissed the Lord of the Rings trilogy as an “infantile work” primarily concerned with “maps and plans and languages and codes.” Narnia got it even worse: “Morally loathsome,” he called it. “One of the most ugly and poisonous things I’ve ever read.” He described his own series as Narnia’s moral opposite. “That’s the Christian one,” he told me. “And mine is the non-Christian.”

Pullman’s books have sold 15 million copies worldwide, although it’s difficult to imagine adolescent novels any more openly subversive. The series, known collectively as His Dark Materials, centers on Lyra Belacqua, a preteen orphan who’s pursued by a murderous institution known as “the Magisterium.” Or to use the more familiar name, “the Holy Church.” In its quest to eradicate sin, the Church sanctions experiments involving the kidnap and torture of hundreds of children—experiments that separate body from soul and leave the children to stumble around zombie-like, and then die.

The series builds up to a cataclysmic war between Heaven and Earth, on the model of Paradise Lost (the source of the phrase his dark materials). But in Pullman’s version, God is revealed to be a charlatan more pitiable even than Oz. His death scene is memorable only for its lack of drama and dignity: The feeble, demented being, called “the ancient of days,” cowers and cries like a baby, dissolving in air. The final book climaxes, so to speak, in a love scene that could rattle the sensibilities of an American culture that tolerates even Girls Gone Wild, because in this case the girl is still a few years away from college. (More on this later.)

Four years ago, before anyone worried about marketing a movie, Pullman wondered why his books hadn’t attracted as much controversy as the Harry Potterseries—another Hollywood favorite. As he told The Sydney Morning Herald, he was “saying things that are far more subversive than anything poor old Harry has said. My books are about killing God.”

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#The Golden Compass  #His Dark Material  #The Amber Spyglass  #The Subtle Knife  #Phillip Pullman  #Harry Potter  #God  #Religion  #Atheism  #The Lord Of The Rings  #Narnia  #Christian  #Magisterium  #j.k. rowling  #Tolkien  #The Hobbit  #C.S. Lewis 

Happy 34th birthday to Brian Fallon (January 28, 1980)

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