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You know it’s a slow news week when one of our most discussed articles is about typography. Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised, since you guys are so design-minded. Remember the Stereogum comments meme “As a graphic designer…” from like 7 years ago? I guess not, because nobody referenced it! Speaking of nostalgia, this week we celebrated 20 years of Siamese Dream, we picked the 10 best Shins songs, and ranked Springsteen’s discography. And of course there was more beef: LDR Vs. Gaga, Kanye Vs. Paparazzi, Foxygen Vs. Foxygen, Nick Offerman’s penis.

#10 smokeallyouwantandseetheplanets | Jul 25th Score:14

This beef would feel more two-sided if it wasn’t for the fact that one side is a universally adored, generation-capturing genius storyteller with a one of a kind voice and the other side is widely known as the scum of the earth.

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#9 t.rex | Jul 25th Score:14

you were looking at ANOTHER MUSIC WEBSITE??

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#8 crania americana | Jul 24th Score:16

Lana clearly didn’t hear that there’s nothing cool about name-dropping Brooklyn anymore. Unless you’re talking about pre-1898 Brooklyn, which was way legit.

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#7 KiDCHAIR | Jul 24th Score:16

This is so glorious. I’m a designer by trade myself, but my type nerdry doesn’t even compare to this. Sufjan is a hero.

Since he’s at it, there are sooooo many other choices to tear asunder. My guess is he respects Savages enough that this “typographical blunder” hits too close to home. I’d love to see Suf go to town on many other album covers.

Maybe instead of the states thing, he should do a few albums about typography.

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#6 drgonzo | Jul 25th Score:16

Lana Del Rey was at the first Can show, in Cologne
Lana Del Rey was there in 1974 at the first Suicide practices at a loft in New York City
Lana Del Rey was there when Captain Beefheart started up his first band
She told him “don’t do it that way, you’ll never make a dime”
Lana Del Rey was the first girl playing Daft Punk to the rock kids.
She played it at CBGB’s
Everyone thought she was crazy
We all know
She was there

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#5 whatisabadger | Jul 19th Score:16

…and now I’m spending all morning replacing ‘bitch’ with ‘fish’ in various song lyrics #youthehottestfishinthisplace

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#4 broken social sneeze | Jul 20th Score:16

i mean don’t call yourself a god and then act mad when people wana get a pic of that shit

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#3 seanpen15 | Jul 25th Score:18

I could not possibly argue with New Slang as #1.

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Sam Nabors | Jul 20th Score:19

A few things:

1. Pretty ridiculous this is being charged as a felony robbery case
2. The part where Kanye estimated how much money he was going to lose was CLASSIC
3. Its really ironic in the video how the guy doesn’t want to be photographed after Kanye “attacks” him.
4. I don’t feel sorry for the paparazzi at all.

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#1 HartfordTheWhale | Jul 24th Score:29


Seriously, I know this (allegedly) wasn’t made for public listening – though you could argue that this is just another marketing tactic – but it really sounds like she’s being petty and jealous that she’s not as famous as Gaga, who she probably knew OF but didn’t actually know. I can’t stand this entitled wreck – her entire image seems manufactured and privileged. Also, apparently Brooklyn, specifically punk rock in Brooklyn, was her “scene.” SURE IT WAS.

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Scott Ryan | Jul 24th Score:-6

We did a podcast at The Red Room podcast about her amazing CD

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Cassie Van Gelder | Jul 24th Score:-7

TL;DR: Sufjan has a lot of time on his hands. And while we’re at it, he needs an editor to cut the self-indulgent fluff out of his albums.

Posted in: Sufjan Critiques Savages LP Typography

Unkle Luc | Jul 22nd Score:-8

the wild is all over this

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Davey Pants | Jul 24th Score:-9

LDR clearly is on her way UP, Gaga is on the slow path DOWNward…is all I know, plus…who are we kidding, ONE of these girls is hotter than a mofo, the other is scary as a mofo…and last i checked i am a human being-so theres that.

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Anthony Mramor | Jul 24th Score:-11

I think the “accompanying” singer is Fiona Apple from a side view

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raptor jesus | Jul 24th Score:2

OK SO I went to the record store before work to get Fuck Buttons & Weekend on vinyl. Fuck Buttons was back-ordered but the clerk said they did have Weekend. I’m glad he found it for me because the record cover going around on the Internet is NOT the same as what I found:

WTF?! That’s a heavy ass album cover! Even for someone named raptor jesus.

So I don’t have a record player in my car, so I’ve STILL yet to listen to it. Needless to say I’m at a fever pitch to get home and hear it. Based on the above comments and the record store guy’s high praise of the album, combined with my LOVE of “Sports”, I’m getting a REALLY good feeling about this record. I’ll come back and update my first listen later.

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Comments (15)
  1. The best part about that Raptor Jesus comment is that he was so excited about the alternate album cover that he had to post a comment from his car in the record store parking lot. I love the line about not having a record player in his car because it’s kinda like “duh, of course I didn’t wait until I got home to make this comment”

    Raptor Jesus, you’re so crazy, I wouldn’t be surprised if you DID have a record player in your car.

    • a friend of mine had a turntable in his car in high school.
      true story.

    • I wish I had a turntable in my car :(

      Sorry to burst the bubble but the comment came after I got to work. I bring my records into work because YOU CAN’T LEAVE THEM IN THE SUN DUH. I typed that comment with this then unheard album staring back at me. Well, I turned it around so the back of the album was facing out because I did not feel like having a conversation about why a decapitated Jesus image was on my desk. But my work friends did have a fun time when I showed them the vinyl was Ecto-Ghostbuster’d green-splattered.

      Have ya’ll always appreciated great album packaging? I remember when I got a hold of NIN “The Fragile” and held the double CD in my hands. We always like to breakdown music and individual songs, but I feel album packaging gets overlooked because “it shouldn’t matter..” Is it wrong to give an album extra credit for having a beautiful physical album presence?

      wait what? vandertramps knew of a turntable in an auto?
      wwwwhhhhhooooooooo(it’s late)oooooaaaaaaaaaa

      • I’m not into collecting records. The best example of me appreciating great packaging was probably when I bought a pair of beats over Bose headphones with better reviews because the box was so cool. I also still have boxes from two iPhones, an iPod, and iPad that I refuse to let my wife throw out because I like them. So yeah, I do get it.

      • I will get an album I want regardless of packaging, but I will admit I do tend to let packaging decide what I’m going to listen to when I don’t have a specific record in mind and even what random record to buy if I want to discover something new on the spot. Things like artwork, sleeves, gatefolds, record thickness (180g all the way. Not just because of quality and longer life, I simply like the feel), and of course cover art play a pretty big role in what I decide are my most prized records. It seems strange, and it certainly doesn’t change how I feel about the music, but as far the value I place on the physical record, these things certainly come into play.

        My current favorite is the packaging for Ooh La La by the Faces. You can make the mouth and eyes on the front move up and down. As gimmicky as it sounds I just can’t get enough of mouthing along with Rod Stewart.

      • Yeah I have to say that the packaging can always make an album seem more appealing, its definitely apart of the enjoyment for me
        Some pretty good album packagings for me are
        Chutes Too Narrow
        Fear Fun
        The Suburbs
        and Brothers,
        the list can go on and on, but I agree, packaging seems to get overlooked too often.

      • I freaked out when I went to order the “Jinx” LP and noticed the album cover was different as well! Add to the fact that the vinyl itself was a splattered lime green color and I couldn’t push the ‘order’ button fast enough.

        I’m pretty new to vinyl, didn’t get a player or start collecting until Record Store Day this year – even though I’ve been attending RSD’s since it’s inception. But once I picked up the Drive Soundtrack RSD Exclusive, opened it in awe to see the comic book like picture disc, I was immediately hooked. Plus, vinyl just sounds a hell of a lot better in general.

        I don’t know if all this is a blessing or a curse tho… since I purchased my turntable, I’ve been in and out of record stores every week and ordering online like a total fiend. My credit card hates me.

      • That awkward moment when you make a bad LCD Soundsystem joke and the only responses you get involve uterus punching and a picture of Johnny Rotten.

  2. I could not possibly argue with me as #3.

  3. Not sure how, why, or even whether I actually did, but I’m pretty sure I slayed the Lana Del Ray thread this week. Actually still am in the process of slaying it.. if any of y’all wanna head over to it and give me a much deserved upvote, feel free ;)

    “Killin it” -Future

  4. I figure I’ll mention it here…I couldn’t exactly post this in the Pitchfork recap…but I saw Run the Jewels in Madison last weekend…and holy shit….Killer Mike also had an amazing solo set. I don’t think I’ve ever been as moved by a Hip-Hop show.

  5. I think im gonna get drunk tonight.

  6. Is it just me or is this Converse ad the most obnoxious and overtly pandering thing you’ve ever seen?

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