Comments from a_grim

About the meaning, I think you're all sort of right but are all missing a really important piece. It's not just about race. It's about the end times and the way the American black community is being used as a pawn by the Illuminati to quicken the pace of events leading to their so-called utopian society—which excludes black people. In a recent interview, Kendrick expressed his belief in biblical end-times prophecy. The album title may be a reference to Monarch Programming, in which celebrities are "pimped" out by the powers-that-be to seduce the masses and lull them into ignorance and complacency. (Butterflies allegedly feature prominently as a visual trigger in this brainwashing process.) My guess is that the album art is some representation (ironic or not) of the struggle between the "white" Illuminati and the "black" masses during the Last Days. Caveat: I'm not saying I believe in any of this end-times Illuminati business. Just thought it might help to explain some of the oddness about the album art and title—which are, in all honesty, very odd. Much love.
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March 11, 2015 on Kendrick Lamar Unveils Cover Art For New Album To Pimp A Butterfly
Guys, it never showed up in my iTunes. Maybe because I haven't updated my iTunes in, like, 2 years. Just one more reason why being lazy pays off! Also, doesn't it seem illegal to make millions of people take something they never asked for and don't want? I smell Communist plot.
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September 11, 2014 on Premature Evaluation: U2 Songs Of Innocence
To say I had an unhealthy obsession with this album is an understatement. Blueberry Boat completely changed my summer of 2004. I was grinding peanuts in the backroom of a health food store feeling totally listless and alone and I listened to this album pretty much nonstop. It became my constant companion and made me feel less crazy. "Birdie Brain" is one of the coolest songs ever, although I'd say Eleanor singing "Cata-ma-RAN...MAN, you're my brother" is my favorite moment of the album.
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July 14, 2014 on Blueberry Boat Turns 10
More like "Shredding Day." Amiright?
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April 30, 2014 on Courtney Love – “Wedding Day”
I notice a strong thematic similarity to Sufjan Steven's "Get Real Get Right." You know..."get right" and all that.
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April 30, 2014 on Hear Arcade Fire’s Live Reflektor Outtake “Get Right”
When Kanye finds out you made his name that small, he's gonna be pissed!
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April 2, 2014 on Behold The Justin Vernon Family Tree
"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!
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March 10, 2014 on Premature Evaluation: The War On Drugs Lost In The Dream
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.
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March 4, 2014 on Premature Evaluation: Real Estate Atlas
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
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February 12, 2014 on Elliott Smith Albums From Worst To Best
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.
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December 16, 2013 on The Gummy Awards: Your Top 50 Albums Of 2013
I just figured he was a big fan of David Mitchell.
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December 12, 2013 on José González – “#9 Dream” & “Step Out”
Am I the only person who thought Champ was really underrated?
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December 11, 2013 on Tokyo Police Club – “Argentina (Parts I, II, III)”
Love how sludgy that bass is! YES! Gimme more!
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December 11, 2013 on Speedy Ortiz – “Everything’s Bigger”
Best Song: "Hey Ya" by Vampire Weekend. Wait... It's been a confusing year.
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November 26, 2013 on The 2013 Gummy Awards: Vote & Win The Year’s Best Albums On Vinyl
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.
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November 13, 2013 on Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – “Lariat” Video
There's another great self-referential moment in the song that I missed the first couple times I heard it. The opening part is a garbled sample of the opening piano notes from "Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)."
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September 10, 2013 on Reflections On “Reflektor”
That was Chris Tomson, I think. But yeah, it's not that weird that Ezra plays sax. Most musicians these days play several instruments. It's still cool, though.
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July 1, 2013 on Watch Mumford & Sons Cover The Beatles With Vampire Weekend At Glastonbury