I've been meaning to get this off my chest for a while now. I am beyond sick of bands, any band, using an iPod during their live set. So, from now on, I want bands to follow the new golden rule:
If you can't play it live, don't bother recording it.
If bands followed that rule, so many problems in the Scene today would be resolved. Consider this: how would "Risecore" bands survive if they were required, and we all expected them, to play live without iPods? No, I do not want your slow-building electro-garbage intro or your cliche sample of some famous speech you probably never listen to in full. I just want to see if you can play your instruments and recorded creations live. This is not to say that iPod playing is a Rise-only epidemic...it permeates in many different directions. Still, some may argue that this would adversely effect bands experimenting with diverse sounds. To that I raise you Thrice, who are able to play everything off of the electronic-tinged The Alchemy Index: Water without an iPod.
I get it though, bands who use iPods like to add depth to their live sound. Some are unable to afford a touring musician or the instruments needed to create those diverse sounds. Certainly those are valid points. However, I did not pay $23 to see you press play. No one did. And to be quite honest, if you did not use an iPod, would your set really be that much worse?
It is time bands start respecting live performances again...and that starts with actually playing live.