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moochacho 24 Jun 2004 13:48

I have to say that the reviews written by James Bean are the most self indulgent pieces of crap I have ever had the misfortune of reading. I have read both reviews that are currently posted and no idea what he thinks about the bands he reviewed. In fact the Indie Initiative review I printed out and passed around to 5 other people in my office and none of us had any idea what he was trying to say, other than he was trying to be intelligent and sarcastic (maybe??). Reviews should not be about the reviewers attempt to impress everyone with his grasp (or lack of) the English language. And the comment about Mistamash's expensive equipment was laughable. So, maybe that band take their venture seriously, treat it like a business and spend their hard earned money on equipment. Is there something wrong with that? There is nothing wrong with negative feedback, in fact I think it's a good thing for bands to able to find out what the public think and to work on those things that might not be working, but when you need a translator to figure out what the reviewer is on about something is seriously wrong. James, hopefully you have a CLEAR understanding of my opinion of your work...</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


system 24 Jun 2004 16:17

Bean's reviews are pretty easy to understand.

A.You ROCKED

or

B.YOU SUCKED.</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


moochacho 24 Jun 2004 16:27

I think you need to have another read.</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


system 24 Jun 2004 17:13

Bean fancies himself as a bit of a Lester Bangs methinks....

Still, the Oz rock world needs a little honesty...he may be liberal in his use of his dog-eared Thesaurus but he means well and makes some valid points.</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


Tupelo 24 Jun 2004 18:04

You are right....
But who wants to read a review with a Thesaurus & Dictionary riding shotgun?
I mean, "rock" as the Bean commonly refers to is simple. As is music to "most" people. Does it make them feel good? Do they love the beat?
So reviews should be reasonably easy to understand (not too simple!!! give us some credit).
However, was the sound good, was the band tight, did the crowd dig, did the singer suck, even if it's all the writers opinion (good or bad) it paints a picture of what it may have been to be there. Who care's how the band takes it, but points should be made...
I hate to do this, but read the review on the Dissociative's gig and the II Revolver gig, and you tell me which gives you a better "review" of the night (I hope JB did'nt write both! I think NW wrote the Diss review). Not tryin to start a fight now!
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system 24 Jun 2004 18:50

Rock music is simply in it's execution (in most cases) but complex in it's effect and appreciation on the masses..after all rock encompasses theatre, social observation, politically thought, gender issues, hopes, loves, hates, rage, beauty , everything that inpires us to listen and relate the human experience.
Therefore 'simple' reviews do not do some experiences justice.
I like what Bean is 'trying' to achieive..and yes he is falling a little short of the mark but his passion, observation and honesty are refreshing and at times hilarious.
Unfortunatly writing a review based on 'did it make me tap my foot' is a little redundant ...Lester Bangs redefined the rock critic, but sometimes it seems Australian critics are still stuck in the 60's ...</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


moochacho 24 Jun 2004 19:38

Self Indulgent. I'm sure it made him feel smart to write that review. But did it accomplish what a review should accomplish? No.</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


gigchick 25 Jun 2004 13:38

I have to agree with mooch, not the greatest of reviews, but not the worst either, and I was there last week and never have seeing the band b4 either I thought they were good and performed really well as with the others.
Not sure where "Indie connotes Poor' comes from, funny I see some indie bands rock upto gigs in Jeep Cherokes and play with gear that makes touring bands squirm. Regardless, some indie bands choose not to utilize the unemployed musician, dreadlock, Fitzroy living lifestyle and hold down 925'er and actually use that money for quality equipment to aid their sound god forbid. Not to mention, and any muso would agree, if you don't have to play shit equipment - why would you? I think you need to get real there James. Money has nothing to do with Indie.

Anyhow, lets not forget opinions are like ar$rholes...everyones got one and how you express them, is up to you.

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Riffophile 25 Jun 2004 15:34

Guys like Jame Bean are really sad.
For a start they actually believe they are good writers. Even worse, James is under the impression he is a bonfide rock critic, and that his opinion matters and has relevance to modern music
Let me tell you a few things about James Bean from a simple psychological perspective that are easy to ascertain from his writing......
1. James doesn't get sex too often.
2. No one liked him much at school.
3. James likes to hang around musicians and like to think of himself as a bit of an expert on music and what's cool and what isn't.
4. The musicians he does hang around think he's a bit of a dick, except for the ones who don't know their instruments very well.
5. James referred to PaperStreet as a 'hardcore' band. Does James actually know what 'hardcore' is in terms of a genre? Answer: No, he doesn't, cos PaperStreet sure as hell ain't hardcore. Nu-metal, maybe. Heavy rock, definately. Hardcore. No way. ( a piece of advice, you smarmy little fuck - learn your genres before you review them!) So what does this tell me psychologically - that James doesn't understand heavier music at all and doesn't relate to it. That means, as certain university studies have suggested, that he is lower in testosterone than other males. You could basically take this to mean, James has a small cock. That's why he likes to overcompensate with big words.
6. James, similiar to those species of fly that orbit piles of sheep-shit, likes to frequent websites like RockNerd and Mono.Net, that way he can post anonymous messages and look 'really intelligent'. (BZZZZ, James, BZZZZ!!)
7. James reads his posts and live review submissions many, many times over before he submits them. He savours every sentence, masticating it over and over, until he has found the most obscure metaphor or tenous similie, throws in a few exaggerated adjectives, and then pats himself on the back, and thinks himself clever.
8. James like to collect his articles and read them back once printed. He likes to see himself on the page. It makes him feel like he is real. He fantasises people reading his bloated, self-indulgent prose and thinking 'Wow, this guy is a great writer!' - (Reality check, Jamo - all they think is 'Wow, this is the guy who used to stick his arm up in the classroom and say "Me, me, me" ' Somehow, I can't see Clem Bastow having sex with you anytime soon, buddy. )
9. James cannot play a musical instrument himself. However, after hours of practise, he can wield his own 'instrument' pretty damn well.

Anyway, that's all I can. Needless, to say, he'll probably end up with a job in A&R oneday, or as program director of a national youth radio network
Keep going James - you're on the right track!!!
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system 25 Jun 2004 16:21

Get a bad review eh?....</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


voxvox 25 Jun 2004 16:22

if I was James I would be loving all this attention, once again.</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


voxvox 25 Jun 2004 16:23

got to say I love System's last comment!</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


system 25 Jun 2004 16:41



So voxvox , you single or what? ;)</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


Riffophile 25 Jun 2004 18:37

hey system,
i can see why you'd say that, but no, I didn't get a bad review.
Not in PaperStreet. Nor do I know them. Nor do I think they are particularly good. They are an average band for their genre. Nor am I in any of the bands that James Bean has reviewed - thank gawd!
I just think that his review - of that gig in particular was pretentious and unnecessarily harsh -and I think it's obvious to anyone with any understanding of musical genres that they sure as hell aren't a hardcore band. Meanwhile, he loves Spiderbait - whose entire lyrical back catalogue consists of 'yeah!' and 'c'mon', whose bassplayer doesn't even play on most of their records becuase she is so shit (that's a fact, by the way - i'm in the know! - kram has to play the parts), and who are back in the charts with a cover! - yeah, James.
But you're right - the fact he has raised my ire enough that I chose to write a lengthy response is evidence people are still reading.....</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


moochacho 25 Jun 2004 20:49

I agree with every word Riff. System, if you read back over the comments, i don't think anyone is complaining about copping a bad review from this moron, the complaints are about the ways the reviews are written. The fact is that a review is merely one person's opinion, but the sad thing is that James obviously spends soooooooo long writing his reviews and at the end of the day it seems to me that they don't achieve much. Other than giving him a forum to spout his crap. It's unfortunate, because I for one enjoy reading band reviews whether they be positive or not if I come away feeling like I've learnt something about a band or the music industry (as well as sometimes inspiring me to go and see a new band) but that's certainly not how i feel after reading his reviews.</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


system 26 Jun 2004 10:36

Perhaps Bean is throwing down the gauntlet for local music?
Just a thought.
I'm not being an apologist for his verbose and lengthy prose but underneath all that he is trying to at least be objective and honest.
Which is a nice change from the incestuos smoke blowing that usually tries to pass itself off as a review in the local scene.
I've read a few reviews about local 'flavour of the month' bands so I've gone to check em' out and found them less than satisfactory.
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gigchick 26 Jun 2004 13:40

hmmm.... see a trend here?

http://www.indieinitiative.com/forumShowMessages.asp?TopicID=606

Riff, those studies are very accurate.
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Tupelo 26 Jun 2004 17:03

Good healthy thread!
Unlike the crap u see on mono.net which is pretty much a chat room.
Thought I'd just chip in....</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


Zaneboy 30 Jun 2004 12:55

Hmm interesting thread.. must say,
Not having a go at anyone here.. but if you all think that this guys is so damn bad.. give him some competition! Show us all how it is meant to be done. I'd love to see some others with their reviews up here too!
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MasterB8 30 Jun 2004 19:22

Me thinks System is Bean. Or possibly riding the beanpole. Riff, you are spot on. James, obviously you care enough to actually write anything, which is cool, but it is just masturbation if you don't care whether anyone understands it. Lose the theasaurus.</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


system 1 Jul 2004 11:37

lol...silly boy of course I'm not Bean but thanks for the compliment.
I wouldn't be as forgiving as Bean when reviewing your band.


..and it's spelt 'thesaurus'.</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


Puerto 1 Jul 2004 12:40

Riff, you are so VERY right about paperstreet not being hardcore.....not even remotely hardcore, that comment from James Bean really had me baffled as to how he could possibly think they were??
and really is this a spelling competition system?</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


system 1 Jul 2004 12:58

I thought it ironic considering Master was critical of Beans use of the English language.....</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


moochacho 1 Jul 2004 14:15

System, it does seem you relate to Beans school of thought which is why you appreciate his reviews more than other people seem to. Rather than focusing on what other people are saying (ie the content) you pick on the detail and your description of rock & roll seemed to fit with what Bean says in his reviews. Have you had your band reviewed by Bean and if so was it a positive review?</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


system 1 Jul 2004 17:19

I appreciate what Bean is trying to achieve ,albeit failing at the last hurdle.
I think some people are being unduly harsh , and perhaps have gotten used to the ass-kissing smoke blowing culture in the melbourne music scene.
Alas I do not play in a band, nor can I pay anything except 'Smoke on the water' very poorly....</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


Tupelo 1 Jul 2004 18:15

A fair point! I mean (being in a band) you do tend to jump on when reviews are not flattering, you tend to take it personally blah, blah, blah... This, I think, is beside the point of the discussion, JB's reviews, I'm sure would be much more pleasant (wether he thinks the bands are good or bad) if you could understand them...
Puerto, don't get to sucked in about the "hardcore" thing. Everyone appreciates music in various way, and it's always the writers' personal view. I'm guessing P'street arent a barber shop quartet (in which case "hardcore" would be outta-line!), but if they are heavish, loudish, driving riffs etc, they maybe seen this way by some people. I didnt see the band, so I guess I can't share your pain!
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Tupelo 1 Jul 2004 18:16

By the way, aint no shame in knowing how to play Smoke On The Water!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


MasterB8 1 Jul 2004 19:33

System, unlike Bean, I guess I was too concerned about getting my point across rather than dribbling over a dictionary. My apologies for error... you tool.</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


Tupelo 3 Jul 2004 02:06



Pretty good review?
JOHN BUTLER TRIO and MISSY HIGGINS.THE PALAIS 24TH June
By NESS RILEY


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MasterB8 5 Jul 2004 16:19

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Tupelo 5 Jul 2004 22:35


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lowkalseen 8 Jul 2004 00:34

System....any chance you are Bean?</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


system 8 Jul 2004 13:58

lol....can't people handle a different perspective?
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sammm 8 Jul 2004 16:38

i just read my first bean review and ive come out of it totally bewildered. i have no idea what he thought, and after tryign again and again to wade through his pretension, i dont care.</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


Tupelo 8 Jul 2004 17:57



lol..... I think everybody welcomes "perspective". I mean, that's what you want to read in a review, the writers' perspective. This isn't about perspective, it's about understanding what-the he's on about.
I read his review posted today re last weeks II.
Fair to say his perspective was "the bands were less than average- to what he's seen there recently".
The points he makes (and there are many there) are not that easily interpreted.


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system 9 Jul 2004 11:19

Actually I was referring to a different perspective on the merits of Mr Bean.

It seems to me that if you take a different opinion to the baying mob then you obviously must be in cohorts with the sacrifical lamb.

I like his reviews, I understand them, they are refreshingly different.
I am not James Bean , nor do I have any affiliation with him

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Riffophile 9 Jul 2004 15:24

Look System, James is just typical of young writers who have a well-developed vocabulary, but little sense of restraint. He actually can write - I was perhaps a little harsh in my previous email. But it's over-the-top, and very self-indulgent. Bascially, it's more about him flexing his intellect, rather than giving the band's fair reviews. Music journalism that confuses itself with High Literature is always going to come across as pretensious twaddle. My advice to James is to learn an instrument. That way he actually knows what he is talking about. And he also really shouldn't review heavier bands, because it's blatantly obvious he has no idea of the various sub-genres involved. THat's not his fault - he doesn't have to like everything. But if you don't understand the difference between 'heavy rock' and 'hardcore', then it's probably best best if he didn't review. Same as Neil Wedd. He likes his retro-rock, but doesn't really comprehend what makes a good metal band over a bad one.
Anyway, back to James Bean. Like I said, eventually he'll grow up and look back on these reviews and his rampant purple prose, and wince to himself. Meanwhile, James - keep working on that novel. It'll happen sooner or later. No prizes for guessing who the main protagonist will be based on though.......</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


Tupelo 9 Jul 2004 17:07


System,
not to say the greater public are dumb, but you are obviously smarter than the average bear!

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chupp 10 Jul 2004 09:25

Intersting how things change...If this is the same James E Bean I remember, he used to read poetry monday nights at the Greyhound.
He used to drag himself up on stage before the bands .. now he reviews the bands that never really gave him the time of day.
His writing has only become more pompus and self indulgent!
His reviews sound like his poetry ( self indulgent,wordsmith )maybe he should stick to his poetry.</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


DisasterBoy 10 Jul 2004 11:35

I have been watching this thread for a while, and I think I posted on it early on somewhere. I have been looking out for Mr Bean's works, and it just comes across to me as a guy who, obviously has some intellect. No doubt about that. He really falls down for mine, because it seems he doesn't play an instrument and can't really 'relate' to being in a band. The thing is that if you don't have that, how can you really enjoy a band enough to review them? I mean, I would be happy to review a band, and I wouldn't bother to blow smoke up their arse for my own sake, why bother?

I think he needs sme experience as a musician before he gets himself in some trouble.

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Riffophile 10 Jul 2004 16:45

Okay, now I'm starting to feel sorry for the guy. Poor dude will probably neck himself after that revelation, Chupp! Anyway, System's correct in one sense - he's putting something out there and undoubtedly means well. He obviously is passionate about music otherwise he would be going to this effort to write in the first place. James - I'm sorry I was such a nasty fucker. You do your thang, and the bands can do theirs. It's just music, and we are ALL entitled to our opinions, and one day James WILL be an excellent writer.</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


NeilWedd 11 Jul 2004 22:47

I hate to spoil it but thats George E Bean. Different person.</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


quichepoodle 11 Jul 2004 22:58

er, have to disagree there disasterboy... i don't really think being in a band is a prerequisite for enjoying live music, or even reviewing it for that matter. you can relate on a number of levels, not just the technical ones...</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


system 12 Jul 2004 12:49

One could say that NOT being a musician gives you greater appreciation and objectivity of bands...</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


chupp 14 Jul 2004 16:40

My Mistake.....obviously James has a similar writing format too.
The only problem is that James isn't using his vast vocab for poetry.....
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Puerto 15 Jul 2004 12:33

Riff, we are just reviewing a reviewer!! its what he does, its what we are doing...he certainly does not hold back what he thinks nor should we!
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system 15 Jul 2004 18:43

Considering the amount of discussion and opinions on James Bean...one could say he has indeed been successful.
What other reviewer has generated so much controversy and debate.

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NeilWedd 21 Jul 2004 11:33

Read James Bean's review of last weeks bands the the Indie Initiative and see a review that is filled with rapture at the bands. It gets the spirit of the night.</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


maharb 21 Jul 2004 17:06

To all and sundry,
Oscar Wilde once said, "If there is one thing worse than being talked about behind your back, its not being talked about behind your back"
So I don't think James would be too concerned about the critique's of his efforts. Like one contributor said, atleast he's giving it a bash and has the guts to be scrutinised for his efforts, whether or not they be to everyone's likings. I too agree that he is overly verbose at times, but atleast he is assisting in providing a service to this site, like yourselves in contributing to this forum.
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freshprince 29 Jul 2004 19:44

Opinions noted. I just think Mr. Bean has good and bad nights, and lets that colour his writing. Not very professional (sorry not to include a subject in that last sentence, but I think that forum messages are generally colloquial). It is quite obvious from his writing that he would rather be doing something else. Publishing a novel, perhaps? Maybe those pesky publishing houses have turned down a few of his submissions. And imagine the indignity of having to write for street press! His (mediocre) talents are obviously being wasted.</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


Shaza 29 Jul 2004 22:46

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aaron 30 Jul 2004 03:15

haha i just read a couple of those reviews. sorry but that is pure shite. it's not even a problem of not understanding what he means, it's just reading it and just being disgusted at how much this guy thinks of himself. egomaniac pseudo-intellectual alert haha!</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


Tupelo 30 Jul 2004 17:59


Not that he needs turning, but the latest JB effort seems to have turned the corner. In-so-much-as you get an idea of the band, the night.... Well done on this one.
The FF review by Neil Wedd (I think) is a good one too....
Well done geezas.

-Franz Ferdinand Tuesday 27 July
The Palace (I think by Neil Wedd)

-Electric Six Friday 23 July The Corner
By James Bean

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freshprince 3 Aug 2004 09:01

Tupelo, just out of curiosity, were you actually at the last gig? I was, and read Neil Wedd's and James Bean's reviews, which were very different. I actually thought Neil's summed it up better. James seemed to be confused as to what he was saying, in one part making a sweeping statement about how amateur the bands were, and praising them for their energy other parts. And as for the review on Dolly Blitz- it really sounded like he got tired and couldn't be bothered writing the last paragraph at all. So why not use a metaphor to save some work, hey?</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


Tupelo 3 Aug 2004 17:25


Yeah, good point.
Nah, I wasnt at either gig, but the point I was trying to make was at least they (the reviews) gave you an idea of the night and bands without the use of a dictionary (especially JB's)...

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raggy 6 Aug 2004 01:25

My band played at Indie Initiative and we honestly thought we had a fkn great gig! In fact .. I thought it was the best gig we'd ever played in the 8 months we've been together as a unit. But, we obviously weren't JB's cup of tea! I left school at 15 and found it hard to understand what the hell he was talking about, but I cottoned on that it wasn't positive. In fact, none of the 3 band's reviews were positive.. and I think that's what pissed me the most. Not only was it obvious that this.. over intelligent "local music magazine" writer was bored with listening to commercial music, he didn't have the courtesy to acknowledge that there IS a market somewhere on radio... or in the world for music that isn't in HIS own cd collection. Music is music JB! It's sold second by second and year by year.... There are multi millionaires in this world that sell cd's by the truck load that you don't own... Doesn't mean they are not talented or what they do is shit !! Have some fuckin' respect for people's ability!</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


fatterboy 13 Aug 2004 17:03

you pimply headed, fucktard reviewer, idiot fuck ..... and you are ?? sorry i could hear you, ...... what with your mouth so full of shit.
you are to stupid to understand so you struck out the best way you could.
fuck off and review some cover bands... your boring me you little fuck
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Tupelo 14 Aug 2004 11:25



Struth!!!!


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