Shut up and play your music…

Alicia Keys is the latest artist to ban smartphone use at her concerts. Here’s how it works:

You walk in to a Keys concert and security makes you put your smartphone in a pouch. They then lock that pouch and hand it back to you. You can’t remove your phone from that pouch until the end of the concert when security unlocks you on the way out.

So what will this do?

“We think smartphones have incredible utility, but not in every setting. In some situations, they have become a distraction and a crutch — cutting people off from each other and their immediate surroundings.”

So yeah that’s their official reasoning. But let’s be honest, its about ego. Artists like Alicia want the world to revolve around them. They don’t perform your you, you pay to experience their genius.

Additionally, in the wake of the Pulse terror attack, do we really want to limit communication in a large social setting?

I agree that people need to use their phones less and experience the moment more, but it’s not an artist’s right or responsibility to decide that for us. Remember, you’re famous because of us, not in spite of. So shut up and play your damn song.

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Quickie

There’s an old dictionary here opened to a random page. Its been here as long as I can remember. I look around at the teens on their i-phones, the hipsters on their Macbooks and the college girls talking about how “Paris just won’t be as much fun this year” and I’m positive that this is the least used item in the entire coffee shop…..

And yes, I realize the hypocrisy of the hipster posting this to WordPress from his smartphone…..

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Just Shut Up & Play A Song Zooey…..

Recently, Bands like The Yeah, Yeah, Yeah’s, She & Him & Savages have been banning camera’s, including cell phones at their concerts. Other musicians like The Smith’s Johnny Marr have called concert goers “Dicks” for using their cell phone camera during concerts.

Bands that aren’t banning camera’s or even directly ranting against them on stage are still weighing in. The common argument on their part? “Why bother taking pictures? they’re gonna look like shit anyway”

Here’s my response to that argument:

Ok, yeah, i see what you mean, spoiled rock stars. that picture i posted below, taken with a Motorola Droid smartphone with a mid-level 8 megapixel camera from 20 feet away, is so dark and grainy and blurry and distorted, i don’t know why i bothered taking it…..

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Their next argument is that if you spend your night taking pictures, you miss that experience of the live show. Now i can’t speak for everyone, i know there are some idiots in this world, but in the course of a concert i probably spend 10 minutes taking pictures. That means i’m a captive audience for the other 50 minutes (or more) that the headline act is playing. Does that 10 minutes, scattered across an hour really hurt how i see the show?

I look at groups like In Flames, who pull fans on stage to record songs with their smartphones, steal phones from the audience and take “selfies” and make attendees promise they’ll post any videos that come out well on You Tube.

Then i look at bands like Cake, that chastise the audience and refuse to start another song until fans put their phones away.

Which band actually gives a fuck about the concertgoer?

Here’s a suggestion: Shut up. You play music for a living. Yes, i know it’s not always as glamorous or easy as people think, but you’re still famous for a living. Trade places with a construction worker for a month or a fast food worker for a week, or a cell phone salesperson for a day, and you’ll go running back to your air conditioned tour bus you whiny little pansy.

Maybe, just maybe, if you cut Ticketmaster & Live Nation out of the ticket process, lower your ticket prices, lower your t-shirt prices, stop blocking your music from streaming services and give your fans 100% every time you walk out on stage, maybe you can dictate how we attend your concerts. Until then just play your one fucking hit and let us document & experience the concert how we see fit.

The post where i find a bunch of pictures on the web and make fun of them…

Holy Crap! Uncle Bucks car went Mad Max!
I can hear women weeping all across America at this news
I know baby shit isn’t the most pleasant smell, but what the hell is she feeding that kid????

Sweet dreams people of the world….

Seems Legit. I’ll give him a buck just for being creative…

I could have guessed where in the U.S. this was taken even without the confederate flags…

I see someone lost their virginity…Congrats!

Do the Japanese do anything normal!?!?!?!? is this one of their new game shows?

Guys are falling in love with her everywhere as we speak. If there’s a beer fridge on the other side of the chair she’ll have 50 proposals by midnight

I can’t imagine why other countries think Americans are lazy…

Insert your own Cock joke here…wait, insert cock…lmao!

Apparently the Kardashians are even making halloween costumes now?

Why the fuck is his arm growing a midget????????

Anyone else just waiting for TLC to turn this into a reality how?

This dog may be taking photo bombing too far

If you need this sign as a warning, we should probably let you get eaten before you reproduce (with a human)

They HAD to know what they were putting on their sign, right????