a.j.howard09

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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
Saying "Modern Guilt" is better than Midnite Vultures is like saying "Morning Phase" is better than "Sea Changes." Still think "Frontin' on Debra" is one of the more artfully put together mashups, too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpQ-bUZWguY
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February 20, 2015 on Beck Albums From Worst To Best
I get the urge to defend the boundary lines of the genre. Punk, at it's best, is something special because it defines itself against a mainstream. But for fucks sake, Good Charlotte made punk music. Awful, derivative pop-punk, but nevertheless punk.
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February 11, 2015 on Hear Charli XCX’s Punk Cover Of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”
The last punk cover that was actually punk rock was Husker Dü's "Eight Miles High." But seriously, quit being such babies. This isn't so much a "punk version" as it is a pop song done with punk sensibilities. No, it's not the Cramps doing "New Kind of Kick." But it's not too far from Blondie doing "The Tide Is High." A narrow definition of punk rock is not punk rock.
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February 10, 2015 on Hear Charli XCX’s Punk Cover Of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”
Really gives the track a new found glory.
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February 10, 2015 on Hear Charli XCX’s Punk Cover Of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”
I agree with you in most instances, but I think here it has a chance to be one of those "it's the singer, not the song" type exceptions. I just have a hard time imagining that Kim is going to write a tell-all memoire without that salacious gossip being part only a small part of a greater artistic statement. This stuff is getting out because it's what the publisher is excerpting to attract eyeballs. However, I imagine the whole book will be much more like Patti Smith's than Pattie Boyd's.
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February 3, 2015 on Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon Has Some Harsh Words For Courtney Love And Billy Corgan In New Memoir
Isn't it weird that you can say that SP weren't punk rock, and I can totally agree with you, but not be 100% sure if I can articulate why? Punk rock (in the broader sense of the word) is notoriously hard to pin down to an exact definition. Any genre that includes Black Flag and Blondie is gonna be hard to boil down. I think it mostly comes down to gut feeling. For instance, although I can't really back it up, I think the following is 100% true. Nevermind is totally punk rock. Ten isn't punk rock at all.
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February 3, 2015 on Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon Has Some Harsh Words For Courtney Love And Billy Corgan In New Memoir
I never dug either of these bands, or late 90s pop-grunge as a genre. You could say I'm on the outside of this conversation but I'm looking in. I can see through you, see your true colors.
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January 27, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Natalie Prass Natalie Prass
Man in Black: You are amazing. Inigo Montoya: I ought to be, after 20 years. Man in Black: Oh, there's something I ought to tell you. Inigo Montoya: Tell me. Man in Black: I'm not left-handed either. http://www.stereogum.com/1721100/the-50-best-albums-of-2014/list/comment-page-3/#comment-8440951
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December 15, 2014 on Premature Evaluation: D’Angelo And The Vanguard Black Messiah
I've been looking forward to this sucker for over a decade in theory, and for almost three years in concrete fact (that GQ profile that teased a very near release date came out in May 2012). Questlove said the album was all but done in early 2013. He said something similar this summer. So I'm not so sure about the "out of nowhere" bit.
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December 12, 2014 on D’Angelo Announces Long-Anticipated Third Album Black Messiah