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This FJM concert is performance art.

… I think.

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July 31, 2015 on Livestream Lollapalooza 2015 Right Here

What is pop?
Tell me, tell me, if you think you know.
Is Jens pop?
If he was really pop,
wouldn’t the iTunes charts show?

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July 31, 2015 on Carly Rae Jepsen – “Warm Blood”

Yeah, I’m not a fan of everything that Doors ever did, and some of the stuff I have to be in the right kind of mood for.

But, on the other hand, I am always down for a little “Roadhouse Blues.” The version from “American Prayer,” “In Concert” and one of the older Greatest Hits compilation might be one of the best live tracks ever.

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July 30, 2015 on The Doors Albums From Worst To Best

I was thinking the same thing. After one listen I got a real Side A of “Let It Be” type feel. There’s not a whole lot of polish and even a few throwaways, but that gives the music a sense of freshness and spontaneity that’s been missing since “Kicking Television.”

Also, it’s their most Tupelo sounding album since the 90s probably.

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July 17, 2015 on Download Wilco’s Surprise New Album Star Wars

Yeah but the thing is, he didn’t release one of his best albums (“On the Beach”) and another album with one of his biggest crossover hits (“American Stars and Bars”/”Like a Hurricane”) on cd until 2003 because he thought of audio issues with cd formats. He still hasn’t ever released one of my three favorites of his album (“Time Fades Away”) on cd because he wasn’t happy with the sound.

So, he actually has a pretty consistent history of giving a shit about this particular issue. That’s all free money that he is turning down because he’s concerned about protecting the quality of his artistic output. I’m disappointed about his decision but I can’t be mad about him continuing to give a shit.

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July 17, 2015 on Neil Young: “Streaming Ends For Me Today”

I feel the same way about this that I do about Kanye crashing award shows. Personally, I’ve realized it’s useless expended energy to give a fuck about most things you can’t change, but I can’t really fault people for still giving a fuck about things they think should matter.

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July 14, 2015 on Sinead O’Connor Says Music Has Officially Died Because Of Kim Kardashian

Man, the quotations in the title had me convinced that this was a new Moz song. Not sure the last time I was this disappointed.

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June 10, 2015 on Morrissey: “Obama Seems To Be White Inside”

Okay, take “S.F. Sorrow” by the Pretty Things and take “Piper at the Gates of Dawn.” The latter is much more well known than the former. It’s also much more “important.” All that remains true, although you can make a strong argument that “S.F. Sorrow” is a better psychedelic rock album. I think it’s because the album that revolutionizes the genre (Pink Floyd’s) will almost always be more memorable than an album that is a quintessential example of the genre (the Pretty Thing’s).

UMO kinda sound a little like Foxygen or Youth Lagoon or old Dr. Dog or Diiv or Ariel Pink. That’s not a bad thing, especially if you’re a fan of the genre. But Tame Impala sounds does’t really sound like anything else.

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May 26, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Boosie Badazz Touch Down 2 Cause Hell

I really like this. It almost sounds like if Waxahatchee made a Microphones album.

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May 12, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Eskimeaux O.K.

Neither is Eat to the Beat. And if you do a google search you see that they’re both available outside of the United State. It’s pretty fucking annoying.

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May 8, 2015 on Blondie Albums From Worst To Best

I am willing to buy the argument that guys think of a riff or a melody and not realize that they are subliminally ripping somebody off.

That’s what I always thought happened with “My Sweet Lord.” George just had a melody stuck in his head and didn’t realize that he was ripping off a Chiffons song from almost a decade ago.

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May 7, 2015 on Brandon Flowers Agrees 150% With “Blurred Lines” Ruling

Random thought:
I think it’s kind of wonderful that the only place where the Venn diagram of “kids who listened to emo bands like Brand New” and “kids who listened to jam bands like Phish” intersects is the part labeled “kids who later got obsessed with left of the metaphorical dial, thought-provoking, ambitious, artistic, etc. etc. music.”

Oh, and they also probably intersect at the “people who hate Nickelback” segment. But everybody’s in that segment.

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April 29, 2015 on The 10 Best Brand New Songs

“I was gonna release a song to commemorate 4/20… but I got high.”

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April 21, 2015 on Rihanna – “James Joint”

First year of law school for Legal Writing we had to write a brief on a hypothetical misappropriation of identity claim. One of the important precedents was a case where a department store ran an newspaper ad of a man wearing a Henley with the text “This is Don. This Is Don’s Henley.” Henley won and the store had to pay damages.

So not only were these ad not particularly clever, but they were already litigated over. Frankly, it’s bullshit like this that leads to Henley thinking he’s justified throwing hissy fits when Frank Ocean samples an Eagles song on a mixtape.

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April 17, 2015 on Wisconsin Clothing Company Makes Court-Ordered Apology To Don Henley, Promises To ‘Take It Easy’ On The Shirt Puns

Excuse me while I immediately go play “Random Spirit Lover” for the first since in seven years. (Holy shit Last FM profile, that can’t possibly be right.)

I played that record pretty nonstop in 2007. I was just thinking how unbelievably strong was 2007, and I had forgotten about this one.

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April 15, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Tribulation The Children Of The Night

Really hope he makes it semi-easily available. I’ve been trying to get my hand on a digital copy of “Eureka” for the better part of a decade.

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April 7, 2015 on Jim O’Rourke’s Simple Songs Out Next Month

I’m really looking forward to the companion EP, “Mail.”

1. “The Letter” (Box Tops)
2. “Mailman Bring Me No More Blues” (Buddy Holly)
3. “Please, Mr. Postman” (The Marvelettes)
4. “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” (Stevie Wonder)
5. “Take a Letter, Maria” (R.B. Greaves)
6. HIDDEN TRACK: “Stealing Other People’s Mail” (Dead Kennedys)

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March 21, 2015 on Natalie Imbruglia – “Instant Crush” (Daft Punk & Julian Casablancas Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

Welp, shit. Now I gotta spend the night trying to figure out what the whitest sounding album on my iPod.

It’s an innarestin’ question because I don’t think George Jones and/or Hank Williams “Greatest” would make the list.

Maybe Poco…

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March 17, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Tobias Jesso Jr. Goon

I’d say there’s a subtle distinction to be made between it “sounds like Randy Newman” and it “reminds me of Randy Newman.” What makes Newman the fucking greatest is that his songwriting and his songcraft are so impeccably and uncontrovertibly Randy Newman.

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March 17, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Tobias Jesso Jr. Goon

More like it sounds like Randy Newman and early Harry Nilsson. But sure, go with the Ben Folds comparison.

(This album sounds nothing like Ben Folds.)

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March 17, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Tobias Jesso Jr. Goon