Emily Nokes Is the New Music Editor at The Stranger

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WUT.
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That's AWESOME!!!! Congrats, Emily! This is gonna be rad
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Great, more super lame hipster douchebag. Way to think outside the box.
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Awesome!
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Oh good - I was afraid had just clicked through to a picture of Grant in a cat suit.
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We can haz Emily! = HOOOORAY!
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A+ CHOICE
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Wait, she's a hipster? FUCK THIS THEN.
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Poor dear, only three fingers. No wonder she only plays tambo.
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Always excited to hear more voices of People of Color at The Stranger.
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I AM QUITE PLEASED WITH THIS NEW DEVELOPMENT! YAY, EMILY!!!!
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Someone in a band is the new music editor. Not cool!
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@10: She's a white girl, reviews written by a white girl
She's a white girl, reviews written by a white girl.
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Congrats from Port Sanilac!
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@9 poor guy, can only count to 3
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Always eager to hear race complaints from white people.
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But can she take brutally honest photographs of shopping carts?
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What's wrong with being racy?
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@3 It only took 3 comments to get there! Is that a new record?

I for one fear change, and am thus very pleased that you didn't stray from the two-block radius to find Grant's replacment (much the same way I felt when the dearly departed Mr. Brissey took over from Eric Grandy). A little consistency can be a good thing.
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Welcome, new editor/tacocatter/cheezburgerhazzer.

@10, cheer up, maybe she'll turn out to be openly lesbian. The Stranger hasn't had one of those on writing staff in decades. Not since the era of Riz, the last time the paper paid a black person from the U.S. to write a column not meant to be about only music. Here he magnificently is being beautiful about Seattle, in a 2-minute video posted up the other day. http://vimeo.com/44965820
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I like that you posted her whole bio, as if anything above "also she's in that band that we kind of like" was the lynchpin in her getting the job. I'm not saying she's unqualified by any means, but just be a little more honest.
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This was a good decision!
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21: If we like someone's band we give 'em a Stranger Suggest or nominate 'em for a Genius Award, not a staff position.
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@3 I was focused on thinking outside the bun.
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Rad, congrats Emily!
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Did you ask who her favorite member of the Wu Tang was during the interview? It reveals a great deal about a person, IMO.
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@26 - that is a multi faceted question though. best flow? best lyrics? best production skills? best on stage persona? best off stage persona?
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also, i am interested to see how this develops and am glad for emily.
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@27 - I break it down into three groups:

Rza, ODB, Method Man, Ghostface, Raekwon - If you say any of these, you're fine. They all have some strong points and music is subjective.

Gza - While Liquid Swords was a decent album, I wouldn't put him in the same category as the above. I'd be skeptical about anyone who says that Gza is their favorite member, but politely keep my opinion to myself.

Inspectah Deck, Mastah Killah, U-God - You're just acting like a contrarian pretentious asshole. I haven't heard anything from these fine folks that wasn't done better by group #1.
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Congrats! I hope you feed us a lot of addictive ear candy during the editorial run.
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Conflict of Interest Time! Now you can read all about her little BFF club with more reviews of shitty bands and shitty artwork by Derek 'Im trying too hard' Erdman.

RIP
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@15 a thumb is a thumb.
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Welcome Emily.
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Love it, I think this is a SWASS-ed out move. To be fair I am a BFF hipster douchebag that traffics in conflicts of interest; Emily, please make it rain champagne and hunnits on the haters, the closedminded and the swaggerless. I too want to know who my new editor's favorite Wu MC is.
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@29 - you're pretty much spot on. however, i gotta give it to gza for his lyrics. and i think method man really shines when he shines, but it's few and far between. plus, only one decent solo record? c'mon.

best flow - ghostface (raekwon is a close second, just a personal preference on this one)
lyrics - gza
most entertaining - odb
and you gotta love the rza because his production and he assembled the wu.
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@29 @35, I thought it was interesting in RZAs book how he mentioned that with a little bit of fame, everyone except for Inspectah, U God, Mastah, and GZA stopped making appearances when Wu needed them most. It was then their ability shone as they became the backbone of the band, the worker killah bees, if you will. I think maybe a bit pretentious to dig that deep as well. All solid points. (for the record, I'm a GhostFace Killah)
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Liquid Swords = the best solo LP for sure.
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ODB. Ghostface for a close second.
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Our new editor's name, according to the online WU-TANG NAME GENERATOR is:

Vulgar Prophet

(shit-mothefucker-damn!)

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Welcome to our dysfunctional abode, Emily!
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@37 - no way. TICAL.
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@37 & @41 - oops. i meant to say TICAL 2000: JUDGEMENT DAY.
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WHOA>
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HELLO! I'M SO EXCITED! ODB!

- Vulgar Prophet
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You are all trippin, OB4CL is clearly the best solo Wu jawn. Starks all the way as far as members go.

Oh yea, CONGRATS :)
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Congrats and good luck, Emily.

Not a single mention by anyone of Grant, huh? I guess I'll be the first to say that I'll miss him, especially his sense of humor and the fact that he was one of the few writers over there who didn't take himself too seriously. Name This Band was always fun.
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Ghostface 4eva! (Except for when I'm in a RZA mood.)

And hooray for and welcome to Emily.
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Oops, nevermind, just found the announcement of Grant's departure way back in June. Guess I've been out of the loop.
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Emily, can I please have a weekly column about pop punk and candy?
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But will she keep us updated about the goings on in Green Lake?
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Congratulations, Emily V. Prophet. Lookin forward to it.

I have 15,000 words ready for you on how Ska informs Speed Metal, and vice versa. In the end, it becomes more of an ode to Steinbeck's 'Tortilla Flat' though. Is that cool?
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Yay Emily! Maybe I'll start reading the music section now. :)
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Congratulations, Emily!
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YAY.
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Awesome. Now is she friends with a local psych band that supplies her with drugs for ad space? Oh, wait, she's in a band! Awesome!
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I'm excited for the new and boring ways trolls will find ways to complain about whoever is the editor here. maybe if The Stranger knew who you were, they could at least consider an application from you for the job.

and #29 is spot fucking on.
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I think this is fantastic news, Congratulations Emily! And as much as I don't wanna contribute to the hijacking of this thread: If you really wanna put U-God in the bottom rung of Wu-tang MC's you need to stop smoking dust and do the knowledge. I refer you to 9-Milli Bros, Black Jesus and Its Yourz. (But my favorite WU-solo lps is Liquid Swords).
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Congrats Emily!
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@57

never forget http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hwkIdaST…

ghost is the wally champ forever, odb is the holy ghost.
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@35 - What really made me put Method Man in the top group was his live performance. I've only seen one Wu Tang show(and it was post-ODB), but Method Man was really controlling the crowd better than anyone else I've ever seen. Also, How High was a great movie.

@57 - I'm not trying to diss any of the people I put in the bottom group. They're all very talented individuals, but I haven't really heard much that made them stand out above the others. When someone picks U-God or Deck over Ghostface or Rza, I am inclined to think they're just trying to impress me with obscure knowledge.
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I'm not a fan of reverse-racism claims, but let her write and run this for a few weeks at least before writing her off as a white girl hipster. Line out has been a wasteland for months now. Handing someone an old record they haven't heard before and having them write a review is hardly groundbreaking.
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chiming in on the wu conversation: i'd be lying if i said i didn't have method man's autograph on a ten dollar bill, from 1997. and, of course, congrats to the new music editor.
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First of all, congratulations. Good work and all of that. I've met you and you are not a pretentious asshole and deserve this position. I like how people are pissed that they hired someone from within that already worked with/for them, when it sounds like a logical move.

As for the WU-TANG conversation, saying that Liquid Swords is just a "decent" album is fucking ridiculous. ODB is great for what he was, but how could you say that GZA doesn't deserve to be in the same category as a rapper. Tical was definitely not the best solo effort by far and I would actually be skeptical of someone that claimed that, being that it's the most accessible, but definitely the most interesting. (Anyone remember Method Man's Limp Bizkit cameo?) It's been a long debate about Cuban Linx vs Liquid Swords for which was the best and the answer always comes down to preference. Liquid Swords is one of the best rap albums of all time, period. And if you haven't heard Pro-Tools, then you don't know what you're talking about regarding GZA. Even the other members will tell you that.

That being said, I'm even further pleased by the way that this staff is shaping up after reading @37

Again, congratulations on your position and welcome to hearing regularly about how you don't deserve it, by people that will continue to read this site and this magazine forever, regardless.
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^definitely "not" the most interesting
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Young, smart, hardworking women=the new frontier

Big Baby Jesus
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Hallelujah. Fo realz.