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 +9Posted on Apr 2nd | re: Behold The Justin Vernon Family Tree (27 comments)

When Kanye finds out you made his name that small, he’s gonna be pissed!

 +3Posted on Mar 10th | re: Premature Evaluation: The War On Drugs Lost In The Dream (69 comments)

“Eyes to the Wind” is *amazing*. I hear Dylan too, but I also hear Petty, Knopfler, and even Neil Young. Glad that artists like War on Drugs and Kurt Vile are reviving classic rock for us younger people who didn’t get to experience it the first time around!

 +2Posted on Mar 4th | re: Premature Evaluation: Real Estate Atlas (49 comments)

Your snow day sounds exactly like my snow days. My wife makes chili and we watch old episodes of Gilmore Girls (we own every season). And no, I am not ashamed to admit that I am a man who enjoys Gilmore Girls. It’s one of the best-written shows of the 2000s.

Also, Atlas is a really enjoyable album. Perfect for early spring.

 0Posted on Feb 12th | re: Elliott Smith Albums From Worst To Best (61 comments)

Elliott Smith’s music pulled me through some of the darkest times of my teenage years, so it’s impossible for me to be totally objective about this. But I would say that the songs of his that affected me the most during those years were the more raw, lo-fi ones. I love XO because it managed to balance big-budget production and orchestration with Elliott’s vocal and lyrical vulnerability, but Figure 8 seems to sacrifice that vulnerability for the sake of pristine production. Roman Candle is definitely more raw and vulnerable, but I would place it lower on my list because Elliott Smith’s songwriting sense doesn’t seem to have fully blossomed yet. It sounds more like a series of promising sketches rather than fully developed ideas. New Moon, on the other hand, despite being packaged as a series of early sketches, sounds surprisingly complete and cohesive in comparison.

That said, my list would probably look something like this:

1) Either/Or
2) XO
3) New Moon
4) Elliott Smith
5) From a Basement on a Hill
6) Figure 8
7) Roman Candle

 +4Posted on Dec 16th, 2013 | re: The Gummy Awards: Your Top 50 Albums Of 2013 (124 comments)

Agreed. I’m not sure what I’m happier about: that Vampire Weekend made #1 or that ANYTHING beat Yeezus. That album just does not hold up to repeat listens.

 0Posted on Dec 12th, 2013 | re: José González - "#9 Dream" & "Step Out" (8 comments)

I just figured he was a big fan of David Mitchell.

 +13Posted on Dec 11th, 2013 | re: Tokyo Police Club - "Argentina (Parts I, II, III)" (16 comments)

Am I the only person who thought Champ was really underrated?

 +2Posted on Dec 11th, 2013 | re: Speedy Ortiz - "Everything's Bigger" (7 comments)

Love how sludgy that bass is! YES! Gimme more!

 +8Posted on Nov 26th, 2013 | re: The 2013 Gummy Awards: Vote & Win The Year's Best Albums On Vinyl (133 comments)

Best Song: “Hey Ya” by Vampire Weekend.


It’s been a confusing year.

 0Posted on Nov 13th, 2013 | re: Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - "Lariat" Video (3 comments)

This song is everything I love about Stephen Malkmus. As long as he continues to write pop-leaning rock songs, the world will be a decent place.