It's been too nice around here lately. Time to get nasty. As we enter the second half of the year, it's finally clear who we despise. So here's SD's Official 10 Bands We Hate in 2006. If you like one of these bands, hey, nobody's perfect. If you like two of these bands, you might want to re-think a few things. If you like three of these bands, we're willing to make you a mix CD for a very reasonable price. If you like four or more of these bands, you probably got here by Google blog searching one of those bands. Nothing to see here, move along.
Anyway, in no particular order...
Stellastarr* -- Probably the worst offenders of over-stylized crap rock that somehow gets passed off as "indie" these days. I started finding Paul Shirley's columns far less entertaining after he talked about how much he loved this band. The whole thing was just tainted. And also, the gimmick sort of died once he wasn't in the NBA anymore, didn't they realize that?
Nelly Furtado -- We get it, we get it. You're a whore. You're loose, you're promiscuous and will probably have sex with anything that fits in your vagina. Wow, that was unnecessarily and unexpectedly graphic, wasn't it? That's not usually like us at SD. Apologies.
Architecture in Helsinki -- Proving that not just Canadians have bands with too many members who serve absolutely no purpose but to attempt to make uninteresting songs sound interesting by playing random instruments. Australia, we expect better from you.
Red Hot Chili Peppers -- For the record, I'd like to state that I was definitely among the first people to notice that Will Ferrell and Chad Smith are quite obviously long-lost brothers. It's truly frightening. But not as frightening as the fact that as I was reading the cover story in the recent Rolling Stone that it dawned on me that this band may very well be remembered as one of the top bands of my "generation" in 20 or 30 years. So very wrong.
Tilly and the Wall -- (Can't ... type. Gagging ... too ... fucking ... much. Stomach pains ... from so much ... gagging.)
Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins -- It seems we have quite an issue with the Saddle Creek-affiliated ladies. Do you blame us? I didn't think so.
Radio 4 -- OK, here's one we can all agree on. Right? Stylus's positive review of their record combined with the lukewarm-at-best review of the Camera Obscura record made it clearer than ever that bizarre, at-odds-with-the-rest-of-the-Internet reviews is their driving force.
Muse -- Certainly the most unlistenable band here. Consider them the Mohammed Atta of this list -- even more sinister and guilty. Most of these other bands, I can at least understand what the appeal might be. That's not the case here.
Mates of State -- Old reliables, a throwback to the college radio days of yore. One of those bands like Of Montreal that's not only still around, but actually fairly popular. Weird. And both bands play at the State Theatre when they come through town. I think that says a lot right there. Anyway, Mates of State give people who can't sing a bad name, which isn't cool.
Refugee All-Stars of Sierra Leone -- Yeah, real cool, your country people are still in living hell and you're "bringing the situation to the attention of the American public" but really just getting high with the hippies at Bonnaroo. Leave the subject of the plight of suffering Africans to the people who really know what's going on there -- Bono and Angelina Jolie.