a.j.howard09

Comments from a.j.howard09

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
As someone who hasn't thought of Blink-182 in a dozen years, I really assumed the hyperlinked text about DeLonge's supposed abduction was gonna lead to a YouTube of "Aliens Exist."
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March 4, 2015 on Blink-182’s Travis Barker Says Tom DeLonge Is Not A True Punk And Should Just “Man Up And Quit” Already
Since the album came out, I've semi-guiltily enjoyed "Strawberry Jam" a good bit more than "Person Pitch." The latter is probably a more impressive accomplishment, but the former has "For Reverend Green."
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March 4, 2015 on Animal Collective Will Record A New Album This Year
Blink-182 espousing punk exceptionalism = a Canadian espousing (the right wing brand of) American exceptionalism. It's not even a thing, but even if it was, you'd have no real basis to claim it.
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March 4, 2015 on Blink-182’s Travis Barker Says Tom DeLonge Is Not A True Punk And Should Just “Man Up And Quit” Already
Remember how in 2007 we got "Person Pitch" and then a little less than six months later we got "Strawberry Jam"? That was awesome. 2007 was really the greatest.
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March 4, 2015 on Animal Collective Will Record A New Album This Year
If anyone here digs Explosions in the Sky, or Deafheaven minus the shouting vocals, they would be well serviced checking out the new Sannhet album "Revisionist," which is pretty rocking. You can just get lost in those drums, man.
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March 3, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Pile You’re Better Than This
I thought the band was named Viet Cong because their drummer saw Platoon when he was a kid.
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March 3, 2015 on Viet Cong Show Cancelled Because Of Offensive Band Name
I'd imagine the Kennedys or Joy Division or Pussy Riot or even the fucking Butthole Surfers would have a better explanation than "it's just a band name, it's just what we call ourselves," or something about seeing them be bad asses in movies. (Which movies?) I was 100% ready to take the band's name if they had an ounce of justification for the band name. Even "fuck you, that's why it's our band name" would have cut it for me. But that statement reeks of a faux-sympathetic apathy that is obnoxious to me. This "sorry if it offends you" bullshit is not punk rock.
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March 3, 2015 on Viet Cong Show Cancelled Because Of Offensive Band Name