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Big week for heavy music on the ’Gum. Our Premature Evaluation of Deafheaven’s Sunbather was the week’s most discussed post, Kylesa’s Ultraviolet was our Album Of The Week, we streamed A Pregnant Light’s Domination Harmony, and our latest installment of The Black Market counted down the month’s 15 best metal songs. Elsewhere, we posted a lot on Disclosure, ranked Spiritualized’s discography, and learned a new Nine Inch Nails album is coming this year. Check out the best and worst comments on this week’s stories below.


#10 TW | May 24th Score:4

I think this a great choice. Faces are an underrated band not often talked about in the scope of ’70s rock. Their output was limited but they put out some great tunes. Three Button Hand Me Down, Stay With Me, and of course Ooh La La – all classic stuff.

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#9 raptor jesus | May 24th Score:4

Ellen’s crowd wasn’t ready for that psych-outro.

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Josh Kumler | May 24th Score:4

Second this. Really glad this underappreciated band is getting some love on this site, but that box set is so incredible it kind of renders the list itself unnecessary.

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#7 plb102 | May 24th Score:4

Fucking crazy man, did you know where you lived was going to be ok or were you under the same storm warning as the area that got hit?

After Dark 2 is great. I’d never listened to Glass Candy before, I really love that chick’s voice. I also love the monologue in “Warm in the Winter” about coming down from heaven and our everlasting light. This has been a pretty amazing couple of weeks for spoken word electronic music.

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#6 plb102 | May 25th Score:4

Comment section cred… We are all a bunch of fucking dorks

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Jim Bartasavich | May 29th Score:4

It is truly a great period for heavy music. Pallbearer, Kvelertak & now Deafheaven.
All different. All nearly perfect.
I normally avoid Black Metal specifically because of the vocals. But it so works here. The record is like a metal symphony. With the voice just being another bruising instrument. Oddly, for dark heavy music, it is very uplifting & positive (similar to Pallbearer’s Sorrow… & Kvelertak’s Meir.)
Fuck the traditionalists. It’s good to see metal breaking away from the cookie monster.

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#4 mr. mayonaise | May 24th Score:5

It’s weird to read about how easy this record was to make, and stuff like Pitchfork saying it’s their funniest album or whatever, because to me this sounds like easily their most emotionally tortured record. Then again, I have been reading and hearing a lot of people saying that High Violet was a super dark/ anxious/ self-destructive record, and to me HV is their most upbeat. So maybe I’m just weird.

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Jim Bartasavich | May 24th Score:5

Excellent choice! Always good to see one of the greatest & most under-appreciated RnR bands getting recognition. I know it’s a comp, but Five Guys Walk Into A Bar… is a GREAT place to start.
From allmusic:
“Simply put, there’s never been a box set as necessary as this, since it tells the band’s entire tale and explains exactly what the fuss is all about. If you love rock & roll with an all-consuming passion, you may consider the Faces the greatest rock & roll band ever. And you’d be right. Other bands were certainly bigger and plenty wielded a stronger influence, but the Faces were something unique, an endearingly ragged quintet that played raw, big-hearted rock & roll as hard as the Rolling Stones, but with a warm, friendly vibe.”

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#2 raptor jesus | May 24th Score:5

Crazy week. A big ass tornado ripped up thousands of homes 20 minutes south of where I live and work. I’ve still yet to see the damage in person, but my job this week has been to comb through the massive amounts of video coming in from our photographers. It started out as heart wrenching, but that’s was quickly stymied by the overwhelming outpouring of help and support by my fellow Oklahomans.

I’m helping put on a little benefit show with some local bands and spinning records in between on Saturday. Using music to help in only a way that it can.

It was comforting this week to come here and see everything ticking along as usual. That new Boards of Canada song was a blessing and the After Dark 2 comp is slowly unveiling itself as another Italians Do It Better masterpiece.

So it may still seem silly to some to celebrate top comments. But I can assure you a Miguel leg drop and the thought of tailpipe vocoders makes wearing a smile on my face that much Yeasier.

Thanks for the good week ya’ll.

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#1 burke | May 29th Score:7

Hell of a good write up here, Michael. I usually go for sludgier stuff when it comes to metal, but I’m really enjoying this album. These songs might as well be bathing directly in the sun, they’re that huge-sounding.

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John Mordecai | May 29th Score:-2

have The Chameleons sued DIIV yet?

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Akira Smith | May 24th Score:-2


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#3 frunkle | May 28th Score:-2

I was actually going to say it sounds tired and/or overdone. This is nothing special.

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#2 Rio Bravo | May 25th Score:-3


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#1 adddo | May 25th Score:-4

Pity Sex is a horrible band name. The fact that this is even an issue in the comments section is an indication that it’s distracting and stupid.

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raptor jesus | May 30th Score:1

Holy Hell. Just heard “Dream House” for the first time. I LOVED this line:

“I guess you’d call them interludes? That term makes these moments on the album feel insubstantial or inessential, which they’re not, but they’re also plainly intended to be experienced and understood as connective tissue rather than organs or bone.”

I’m guessing, based on “Dream House”, that these interludes are MANDATORY comedown/comeups for the heavy blasts of songs contained on this album. I’ve always viewed interludes (let’s call ‘em that) as a beautiful way to make great songs even greater on an album.

Call me crazy, but when I’m done listening to a huge, epic song, I’m not ready for another huge, epic song. I need a bit of a comedown, something to help my mind process what I just heard. Based on my trust in Michael’s musical taste, I’m hoping I just found one of my go-to summer albums… until Fuck Buttons comes out… because *GOB voice* COME ON!

p.s. Your review also got me to look into this “Marrow of the Spirit” album. I’m a metal idiot but it seems like this album is incredible?

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Comments (26)
  1. woah, highest rated comment had only seven upvotes?

  2. Guess it was a slow week.
    The top comment had 7 up votes? damn.

    • The Deafheaven album wasn’t as popular of a topic I guess. It’s great, but Black Metal isn’t really my jam; I’m still just listening to Daft Punk and After Dark 2 a ton this week.

  3. weak week my dudes

  4. Here I am, trying to think of something profound to say about the awesome level of music we’ve received in the past few weeks (I’m going to assume that everyone was too busy listening to new records to comment and vote this week), and I’m stuck staring at an ad for Snow Patrol’s Greatest Hits album.

    This is irony. Or something?

  5. This place is a ghost town whenever there’s a Roseanne marathon on.

  6. Well, Kanye dropped a new album cover. I can’t tell if it’s really deep or incredibly lazy…but probably the later.

    • I assumed it was some sort of statement about the music being the real art. Interesting that his album art has been getting more and more extravagant (MBDTF, Watch the Throne, Cruel Summer), and now we’ve got this. So far, the music has been sounding rawer and stripped down, so I guess the artwork is a reflection on that too.

      I honestly don’t think Kanye is capable of being that lazy when it comes to art. The dude overthinks everything.

  7. Clearly, ‘Gum commenters lost themselves to dance over Memorial Day weekend.

  8. OK, finally finished Sunbather.

    I have found my go-to album for the summer.

    Also, does this album even have lyrics? I mean honestly. Does a lyric sheet come with the physical copy?

    • “Sunbather”

      I held my breath and drove through a maze of wealthy homes. I watched how green the trees were. I watched the steep walkways and the white fences. I gripped the wheel. I sweated against the leather. I watched the dogs twist through the wealthy garden. I watched you lay on a towel in grass that exceeded the height of your legs. I gazed into reflective eyes. I cried against an ocean of light.

      Crippled by the cushion, I sank into sheets frozen by rose pedal toes. My back shivered for your pressed granite nails. Dishonest and ugly through the space in my teeth. Break bones down to yellow and crush gums into blood. The hardest part for the weak was stroking your fingers with rings full of teeth..

      It’s 5 A.M…and my heart flourishes at each passing moment.

      Always and forever.

      “Dream House”

      Hindered by sober restlessness. Submitting to the amber crutch. The theme in my aching prose. Fantasizing the sight of Manhattan; that pour of a bitter red being that escapes a thin frame. The rebirth of mutual love. The slipping on gloves to lay tenderly.

      “I’m dying.”
      “Is it blissful?”
      “It’s like a dream.”
      “I want to dream.”

      Not to be construed as insult, but I’ve come to base the tipping point of a band or new album on whether or not there is a multi-paragraph-long positive disposition with your thoughts attached to them during the few and far between times that I lurk here, raptor jesus, much like that which claimed this week’s Editor’s Choice.

      I hope you are all doing well.

      • You know how I do _.

        In hindsight, even with the plethora of low ranked comments, I like that last week ended with me actually being introduced to a new band I wouldn’t have checked out if not for Stereogum’s write-up. I sometimes forget I come to this site to discover new music. Comforting to know it can still do that.

        Good hearing from you! Thank You for the lyrics.

  9. I guess my -2 was more inflammatory than John Mordecai and Akira Smith’s…

  10. I think there’s a problem with people not being able to login via facebook, and that’s why the votes are so low.

    • I’m glad to see logging in with MySpace is working ok

      • All the more reason you all should come back to MySpace. Never mind that the Wikipedia article about us has an entire section titles “Decline:2008-2012″. You guyz like Justin Timberlake, right? He co-owns this shit with me now. We were bro-ing out the other day, and he was like “u kno wut Tom? i like myspace more than my new album, 20/20 Experience. i think i luv u kinda. wanna be in my next music video?” I said no, because I’m pretty busy doing my thing. So sorry ladies, I won’t be in the next JT video. Anyway, who else is psyched about the Maroon 5 album coming out this year?

        “Facebook? Yeah it’s popular at the moment. But what is the moment anyway?. We live in an age where the present isn’t good enough. We want what’s next. And if you ask me, what’s next is sometimes in the past– 2004ish to be specific. MySpace is next. Tell your friends.” -Me

    • Yeah, I just tried to login with Facebook, and it didn’t work.

  11. I could have easily gotten worst comment.

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