#1 By: Cory Doctorow, September 24th, 2013 14:21
#2 By: Sean Wolfson, September 24th, 2013 14:46
Always nice when GY!BE drops a bomb on end-stage Capitalism, but I just saw them in Los Angeles and it was Ticketmaster all the way: convenience fees, service charges, tiered tickets with different wristbands for main floor and balcony, etc. There's no arguing with their music—and Constellation is a world-class indie label—but when it comes to the live shows, they have a bit of a credibility problem.
#3 By: rocketpj, September 24th, 2013 14:59
There are alternatives to Ticketmaster remaining? I thought they had carpetbombed all competitors into the dirt using their headlock on venues etc.
#4 By: sparrow, September 24th, 2013 15:10
if you're reading this, Ephrim, seriously: good one
I saw his side project, A Silver Mt. Zion in Seattle last year. He mocked Boing Boing as an example of internet culture onstage. I somehow doubt he is reading this.
#5 By: Michael Zbyszyński, September 24th, 2013 15:27
This reminds me of GWAR being nominated for a Grammy.
#6 By: Jim X, September 24th, 2013 15:28
At the height of their popularity, Pearl Jam took on Ticketmaster and lost. So I can't fault GY!BE for not having solved this yet.
I'm sure there is a way. Louis CK has had some success in working around Ticketmaster - but one-man comedy has quite a bit more opportunities for venues. And even so, it took a shit-ton of effort on his part.
#7 By: Jim X, September 24th, 2013 15:34
#8 By: andrea , September 24th, 2013 16:50
Not so down with the Dave Grohl directed homophobia but appreciate the sentiments otherwise.
#9 By: rastronomicals, September 24th, 2013 16:52
God Bless their skinny fists like antennae. Gotta love 'em, GYBE as a collective are probably the last best example of the lunatic far left anywhere at any price. Yes they make great music, but goddamn they're so sincere. I remember that diagram that came with Yanqui UXO that tied Sony up with missile builders and Vivendi with the manufacturers of poison gas. All kinds of specious, but They Meant It Man.
Invoke global warming, but then announce an instruments for prisoners program. Awesome. I'm glad they exist, y'know, for my own amusement, even beyond their seriously fantastic albums
#10 By: GlyphGryph, September 24th, 2013 17:15
Err - it doesn't really read like homophobia to me. It's not really a commentary on gayness - As the basic test, I'm sure it could have just as easily been used to describe a woman without any substantial change to meaning, which is usually a good sign that it's not actually a homophobic statement.
#11 By: rider, September 24th, 2013 17:27
Damn you corporate scum. Now please everyone buy $120 tickets to see us on tour with Nine Inch Nails.
Snobish artists have been giving the finger to awards for decades. I don't see anything bold or remarkable about it.
#12 By: andrea , September 24th, 2013 17:34
It's just the way it suggests that sucking dick is a BAD thing to do. I understand what whathisname in GWAR was implying.
#13 By: Gregory Bloom, September 24th, 2013 17:45
Unlike many of their cohort in that crumpled, mildewey box someone has scrawled "post-rock" on, GY!BE are not content to merely provide their listeners with low-carbon electronic offerings over the net. No, they've got to stage a nation-wide tour using massive sets trucked from venue to venue by diesel-guzzling semis. But it's okay. They offset that by bitching about a little awards ceremony being supported by Toyota.
#14 By: marilove, September 24th, 2013 21:53
The Billy Joel reference doesn't help your case, either.
#15 By: L. Thurston, September 24th, 2013 22:10
I'm pleased to see Mr. Menuck and co. are still kickin' it, political style. I saw them live in Toronto a couple years back. It was a pretty small venue and the only extra gear they had were four film projectors (trust me, most necessary). Plus the ticket price was $25 dollars or something like that, for a reunion show of a band of calibre GY!BE that's not fucking bad.
#16 By: The Mudshark, September 25th, 2013 04:26
Wouldn´t he have to read it in order to be able to mock it?
#17 By: The Grim Snark, September 25th, 2013 22:45
It's great that they made this statement, but DAMN that is a really horrible band name.
#18 By: FoolishOwl, September 26th, 2013 01:32
The namespace conflicts are getting severe. We're going to have to start using UUIDs for band names soon.
#19 By: Jeff Atwood, September 26th, 2013 02:09
#20 By: Cory Doctorow, September 29th, 2013 14:21
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