Don’t Quit Your Day Job

Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) can write a good song, but he is one hell of an incoherent television critic.  Here he is taking on MTV and its awards show (at least that what’s I think he’s trying to do…):

there are great moments in awards shows. bruno mars sounded really good doing ‘valerie’ for amy winehouse. i don’t think anyone is bummed that adele is killing everything. her voice was real and focused when i went thru and watched highlights from tonight. kanye and jay z are always murdering. beyonce is pregnant. yes this is awesome as shit, culturally speaking. but can i just ask, the reader, us, we … as non-rhetorically as possible: don’t we seem dumb? didn’t MTV lose the fight against themselves? Didn’t Rock’n’Roll STOP? Why are the lights so bright? isn’t our talent as artists enough? Why do we try SO hard? Does a moonman mean what it did back then? Should we feel pumped when we get one? Should our mom’s cry? I am not even thinking about it that hard. I will close my eyes in 90 seconds and have total peace… But, seriously. Why are we waving around so much? Why do we NEED this shit so bad? Why don’t we just have MUSIC? DO music? soul? I don’t know. I don’t mean to criticize. Anyone. Actually. Except for MTV. You might have had a very large opportunity to be stabilize your self as a global presence of culture and art about 15 years ago and you fucked the dog. Sorry. Im with my girls on this one. Its becoming increasingly clear as I think about it more and more, that the dollars, if they ARE apart of why you are doing something… they are apart of why you are doing something. that’s fucked to me. that’s the absence of spirit, glue, fabric of what makes us a person. it distracts us from what we could be doing: WORK. on EARTH. Better say this: Forget what I say. If you even read this, you’ll probably say to yourself, who is this ass saying shit? It doesn’t matter what i say. it doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter. But this one last thought: What would Bill Hicks say?

Yes, indeed, who is this ass saying shit?  MTV is a pretty soft target, but not so soft that you can dispense with grammar, sentence structure, subjects and verbs, etc….

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  • Schwaber

    I blame his lack of coherent thoughts on drugs. Lots of drugs.

    • http://poisonyourmind.com dedc79

      Yeah, what he wrote could basically substitute for a positive drug test.

      • http://www.poisonyourmind.com nickgb

        Just like Amy Winehouse!

        Meanwhile, anything Ke$ha writes and/or wears is a substitute for a positive drugs/STD/metnal handicap test.

  • http://www.poisonyourmind.com nickgb

    “Does a moonman mean what it did back then?”

    Yes, your cognitive problem is in the assessment of what it meant back then. Dumbass.

    The only good thing the VMA’s have ever produced was Nick Cave’s rejection of a nomination for Male Artist after The Murder Ballads. He also requested to not be considered in the future, because he felt his muse would be insulted by the competitive nature of the awards. His letter was weird, but good: http://www.prefixmag.com/news/read-nick-caves-letter-to-mtv/55603/

    • http://poisonyourmind.com dedc79

      Yeah, when was this VMA/MTV glory period for music? I must have missed it.

      • http://www.poisonyourmind.com nickgb

        “didn’t MTV lose the fight against themselves? Didn’t Rock’n’Roll STOP?”
        Yes, somewhere after “The Buggles”, MTV stopped pushing rock and roll. In fact, it may have happened with The Buggles. Well, it was a good run.

        Other highlight:
        “Should our mom’s cry?’
        Only if they consider themselves responsible for your sense of punctuation.