Alan Knut

Comments from Alan Knut

Her singing was out of place for the record, people loved it but it just doesn't fit great on that record as a whole. Her vocal style is affected and poppy. Somebody posted lyrics above "what I want from art is truth, what you want is fame". I think that is maybe a little harsh, but Amber wanted to make pop music and Dave wanted to make records he was proud of musically. Amber probably wanted to sing a lot more or do different things musically which frustrated her. There is a video of her being really frustrated trying to learn a part from Dave, and I've felt the same way as her before. My friends are all way more talented that I am, but I can't imagine having a musical mind like Daves as a significant other and being in the same band and trying to be a contributing part of that band. That takes its toll.
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March 29, 2017 on Amber Coffman Shares Statement About Her Departure From Dirty Projectors
Too big of a deal was made about their relationship in the first place. Breakup albums are allowed, and 99% of the time we don't know the other party and I personally don't think about who that could be because that isn't the point of the album. As far as I know neither party advertised/celebrated the relationship only acknowledging the relationship in interviews. So for those of us here, we shouldn't read too much into the new DPs album. Amber's statement was, likely, a product of people asking her, articles speculating about it, etc... I'm sure she would have much rather had said nothing. Dave Longstreth is Dirty Projectors, the leader of what people see as a 'band' whereas it was more dictatorship as on contract he was the sole member of the band, the songwriter, sang the majority of the songs, played most instruments, etc.... Amber Coffman is stepping out into her first foray as a non-backing musician, it will be exciting to see what she can bring. Is she a talented voice, or a talented songwriter?
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March 29, 2017 on Amber Coffman Shares Statement About Her Departure From Dirty Projectors
I'm actually taken aback by how much this sounds like it could have been a Honeybear song. In addition to instrumentation, engineering, and subject matter also the melody/phrasing. Honeybear was a very good album that holds up even when you try to make sense of the Father John Misty 'schtick?'. Is he serious sometimes? He is definitely ironic at times and then appears to commit the crimes of those he satirizes. Hoping the new album is as good and better than Honeybear.
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March 5, 2017 on Father John Misty – “Total Entertainment Forever”
I even think it was the best David Bowie ever made. Some of his other albums had better songs, but as an album this is a very cohesive piece without filler. And importantly, for being a "best of ____" I feel he really raised the bar musically. It was new, fresh, and great.
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November 3, 2016 on Danny Brown Says David Bowie’s Blackstar Is Album Of The Year Hands-Down
By posting this, you are legitimizing what he does. Free advertising, even if it is critical. And really, you weren't critical enough as you didn't explain why you found it awful.
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November 2, 2016 on James Corden And Zooey Deschanel Covered “Endless Love” But Instead Of “Love” They Sang “Glove” :(
I have no idea what I'm looking at.
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October 18, 2016 on MOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Instead of getting a speculative article on something that could happen can we instead get an article on why 66,000 albums getting you in the #1 spot is really sad? In this week in 2006 66,000 records would have put you at 11th spot on the chart. Dylan's Modern Times was number 10 in it's 5th week moving 68,000 copies.
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October 5, 2016 on Bon Iver Heading For First #1 Album
Yeah, Bon Iver, Bon Iver is not weird by any stretch. It's a beautiful album, exceptional playing, but clean. He doesn't flirt with dissonance or any weird scales, or play around even with time signatures or being too eventful with his vocal phrasing. Falsetto is not weird. 16 years after Kid A, and do we have anything to show for it? Bon Iver is weird somehow, our idea of electronic music is a shitty DJ or chill wave synth pads. Not everything needs to be Kid A, but let us not forget that was something that changed the fabric of being a fan of music and being a musician.
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October 5, 2016 on Bon Iver Heading For First #1 Album
No, they meant it as 'being faithful'. They don't insinuate that Matt didn't play them correctly. The guy that wrote the post is still tight with Matt and Matt wrote something similar on his Instagram thinking Scott.
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September 20, 2016 on Weezer’s Pinkerton Goes Platinum 8 Days Before Its 20th Anniversary
We reached peak Stereogum the first time they covered Black Eye Peas.
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September 10, 2016 on We Have Reached Peak Vinyl
Why post this and not some Elvis Costello?
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September 9, 2016 on Tove Lo – “Influence” (Feat. Wiz Khalifa)
Essayism and journalism are different things. Stereogum used to be the best website on the internet. Amrit, Brandon, Scott used to write these fantastic articles about music they love and their passion seeped through. There was no sensationalism or effort to fit into the zeitgeist. "Best by a mile", that is a Trumpism.
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July 26, 2016 on Watch Ryan Adams Play An Acoustic “Oh My Sweet Carolina” On Colbert
"and his best album by about a mile" By about a mile? Are you kidding me? Whether or not Heartbreaker is one's favorite album is a matter of opinion which people are entitled to(and you can't really argue they are wrong). But to say it is his best by about a mile is hyperbole and definitely shoddy journalism.
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July 26, 2016 on Watch Ryan Adams Play An Acoustic “Oh My Sweet Carolina” On Colbert
"White Strips Song Used in First Justice League Trailer"
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July 23, 2016 on The White Stripes’ “Icky Thump” Soundtracks First Justice League Trailer
I own just over 1500 records on vinyl and 800ish on CD, and 8 or so Digital(non-pirated/free-download). I started collecting because it was the cheapest way to discover music. Head to the thrift store on Tuesday(10 cent Tuesday) or a Half Price Books(at $0.25 a pop) and walk out with the majority of the Beatles/Dylan/Who/etc... catalog. This stuff was not rare, it was easier to find than downloading and it was way cheaper than buying a CD. Into the late 2000s it was commonplace to find new releases for $14-$16. While the thrift store game was gone, you could still find the classic albums for $5-10 used, and really the non-big names for $1-$5. When 2010 hit, new releases got near $20 and now it is very common to see them at $25 at record stores. I find myself buying considerably less music, discovering less music, and seriously contemplating illegally downloading again. I've spent a fortune on music, I love it and spend my days filled with it. I love pulling out a record, poring over liner notes, and admiring artwork. The price on vinyl has gotten so high that I won't even listen to singles off an album out of fear I might feel like I have to pay $25 for a slab of vinyl which I know costs $3-6 to the label to manufacture. $10 of a download +$3-$6 makes vinyl at $16. While I maintain a duplicate of my collection digitally, I just cannot bring myself to pay for digital downloads and certainly cannot fathom a streaming subscription. Physical media, specifically vinyl, plays an important role in my life. Piecing together my complete collection of Smiths 12" singles, finding Ozma's Rock and Roll Part 3 on vinyl(no idea it ever existed), tracking down extraordinarily rare 90s records on vinyl, and just picking up that old copy of Desire that gave me so many memories as a kid are reasons why I lament the absurd prices of vinyl these days.
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July 23, 2016 on We’ve Passed Peak Vinyl – Here Comes The Collapse
I live in a/the major city in Washington and we have four records stores that sell new releases on vinyl. We have 6-7 other used record stores, but you can't have a resurgence or growth in vinyl if the only market is used.
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July 23, 2016 on We’ve Passed Peak Vinyl – Here Comes The Collapse
Please, god... Please make Stereogum replace that horrific NASA logo with the real NASA logo...
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July 2, 2016 on Jim James – “Everything (The Universe)” (Feat. Lydia Burrell) & GZA – “The Spark”
Yes, exactly. I didn't bother to read the article as the clickbait headline broke my spirit. Perhaps if we buy enough of the products they are now advertising in their feed they won't have to create clickbait anymore and their writers can stop using such colloquial language.
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June 11, 2016 on Neil Young: “Fuck You, Donald Trump”
This would have been nice to have cleared up LAST MONTH. I have spent the last month of my life thinking one of my idols somehow lost his mind.
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June 11, 2016 on Neil Young: “Fuck You, Donald Trump”
More accurately, news to Natasha Khan as she gave the answer. To take credit away from Pitchfork, they do call her music Dream Pop, which is a huge stretch.
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June 1, 2016 on Bat For Lashes Postpones Tonight’s Brooklyn Church Show Due To Crumbling Ceiling
I disagree with the a lot of skill and planning. I'd counter with she has a lot of raw talent and vision.
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May 5, 2016 on Watch Grimes’ Dazzling Tonight Show Performance
I agree, I really really want to like her. There is a lot I really like about her music but a few things that really eat at me. Live, on this tour she appears to be hitting play. I saw the guitar, but I sure as hell didn't always hear the guitar and what they were playing and what I was hearing didn't match up. She used to do a lot more with triggering sequences on the keyboard and messing with the filters and her vocals.
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May 5, 2016 on Watch Grimes’ Dazzling Tonight Show Performance
Warmup gigs aren't for the band to warm up their abilities. Warmup gigs are to dial in the setlist/sequence, get the lighting/sound guys accustomed to the set, and get the guitar tech used to gear changes. It gives the band a chance to gel in front of an audience and hear how things feel/sound on stage. I guarantee they've been playing in a rehearsal studio for at least a month prior to this gig.
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April 2, 2016 on Watch Guns N’ Roses Play Their First Reunion Show
They are releasing it as a single cohesive release at the end of the year. http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/the-raveonettes-new-album
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February 26, 2016 on The Raveonettes – “Run Mascara Run”
Until a year or two ago, each "best original song" was performed at the Academy Awards. This changed a few years back and now they only choose a couple.
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February 25, 2016 on ANOHNI Shares Open Letter About Not Attending The Oscars
This is a great record, one I enjoy every bit as much today as I did 10 years ago. But let us not forget the best record released on this day 10 years ago, the Elected's Sun, Sun, Sun. That record is perfection.
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January 26, 2016 on Rabbit Fur Coat Turns 10
His First #1... in the United States. He had plenty of #1s in other countries, especially the UK.
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January 12, 2016 on Looks Like David Bowie Will Get His First #1 Album
No, one does not! Thanks for the link.
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January 8, 2016 on Chairlift – “Crying In Public”
I'm not a huge Chairlift fan, but Caroline's pitch is, in my opinion, the finest example outside of the classical world and she would line up really well in that world. She hits pitch instantly and her melodies have really unique shifts and changes between notes. Her Ramona Lisa project was pretty good. I'm intrigued by Grimes, and need to listen to more. I feel there is really great stuff a layer under some choices that are off-putting to me. Mainly her use of filters and some of her vocal effects(not affects).
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January 8, 2016 on Chairlift – “Crying In Public”
It's very different... I hate to break it to you, but music doesn't exist in six month cycles where every female fronted band that comes out is the 'enter adjective here' version of a notable female front album that came out earlier in that year.
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January 8, 2016 on Chairlift – “Crying In Public”