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Spectre made me feel very hopeful and positive about the upcoming LP. When the Burn the Witch single dropped it confirmed that Jonny's input would be obvious and I think this upcoming album will not disappoint. I kind of blame Thom and his interest in recent experimental electronic music artists such as Flylo, Burial, and Four Tet as the reason why KoL wasn't universally beloved. The other guys probably knew they had to approach this next album differently and the new single definitely reflects that. Also, while on the subject of potential AOTY's, ANOHNI's new album so far after a couple listens feels underwhelming. Unfortunately, it reminded me of Woodkid.
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May 4, 2016 on This Is A Low-Flying Panic Attack: What’s At Stake For Radiohead Fans In The “Burn The Witch” Era
OH SHIT! *faints*
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April 23, 2016 on Stream Beyoncé LEMONADE
Someone clearly forgot to end their subscription after the free trial was over.
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April 18, 2016 on Someone’s Suing Kanye West And Tidal Because Pablo Is No Longer Exclusive
But what if the album is so different that I'm not ready? June is very fucking close you guys! Do I need new earphones and speakers? Can my car stereo handle this album? Is it something I can hear during the day or during summer nights? What if July comes and I'm still not ready for the possible Flying Lotus remixes?
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April 14, 2016 on Radiohead Manager Says LP9 Out In June, Like Nothing You’ve Ever Heard
"His best album might be 808s & Heartbreak" - This honestly gave me such a good laugh that I stopped reading and went straight to the comments.
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April 13, 2016 on On Kanye West’s Perfect “Pop Style” Verse
Calculus doesn't care about your emotions.
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April 6, 2016 on Margaret Glaspy – “Emotions And Math”
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March 21, 2016 on Jai Paul & A.K. Paul Have A New Project Called Paul Institute
This is completely unrelated but the new layout for the Pitchfork site makes me appreciate Stereogum a lot more since the site is so easy to navigate.
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March 17, 2016 on Kanye West Announces The Life Of Pablo Pop-Up Shop
Dr. Luke was responsible for helping produce and write a good amount of songs that were terrible and made flipping through the radio during past road trips a pain in the ass. He claims he's like a big brother to artists the labels are trying to push to the top of the Billboard charts. He definitely embodies the typical sleazy music industry guy that is usually behinds the scenes making a shit load of money while artists come and go (or in Kesha's case held hostage and taken advantage of). Also, while on the subject of industry vultures, people should look into Lyor Cohen and his involvement with artists like Young Thug, Migos, and Fetty Wap. Those interviews with him and Young Thug were very odd.
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March 9, 2016 on Sony To Reportedly Cut Ties With Dr. Luke
Zoe Saldana is great but whoever was involved in casting fucked up. She looks nothing like Nina Simone.
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March 2, 2016 on Watch Zoe Saldana As Nina Simone In First Nina Trailer
Whoa, so many gems in this. My anticipation for her next album keeps growing.
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February 25, 2016 on ANOHNI Shares Open Letter About Not Attending The Oscars
I was gonna comment on this but some AXE ad was blocking the page and made me realize Ad Block was off. Thanks Stereogum!
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February 24, 2016 on Kanye West Wants To Fix The Grammys, Promises New Album This Summer
By doing the same shit each year, it's not surprising why the viewer ratings for all these award shows is decreasing. Regarding this article, I feel like the Academy is immensely missing out by not including ANOHNI in the show. She has one of those voices that makes me stop what I'm doing, sit my ass down, and listen with great admiration. Also, I don't understand why people continue to give Dave Grohl attention. Foo FIghters are terrible and he just seems to get a pass because of Nirvana (who still could've been great without him).
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February 20, 2016 on ANOHNI Performance Cut From Oscars
Should've made TLOP a Soundcloud exclusive. I've tried all these minor and major streaming services and Soundcloud still remains my favorite. I just hope they make it towards the end of the year -
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February 16, 2016 on Over Half A Million People Pirated Kanye West’s Tidal-Exclusive Pablo In One Day
Jay Electronica is like the Jai Paul of Hip Hop. Both dudes had chances to impact and be innovators of their genres. What ended up happening is both never released an official album and let their insecurities prevent them from fully displaying their creative potentials. People studied their songs and now you have artists replicating and improving the same magic that once made Jay E. and Jai Paul stand out. Kendrick has mainstream appeal and rap nerd approval. Kendrick has proven he's one of raps elite and the dude is still breathing. Jay Electronica is almost 40 years old and is salty some younger dude took the crown and ran with it. Hip Hop is a forgiving genre and yeah Jay E. could drop an album this week but as of right now he needs to chill.
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February 15, 2016 on Jay Electronica – “The Curse Of Mayweather” (Kendrick Lamar Diss)
Caroline Shaw on Wolves >>>>>>>
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February 15, 2016 on Who’s Who In The The Life Of Pablo Credits
I honestly do like the album. As someone who grew up listening to Dr. Dre albums I always take into consideration that he has ghost writers and questionable lyrics that try to make a producer an interesting lyricist but I still don't take him seriously. The same applies to Kanye because I knew him as a producer first and rapper second. Musically, Dre and Ye both are perfectionists but the difference is that Kanye does write a good portion of his lyrics. Kanye in the past could easily write clever rhymes that tried to appeal to the non-ganster rap audience and struggling 9-5 group that were paying student loans or child support. Now he's attempting to appeal to the current generation and critics that calls Future and Young Thug consistent rappers that shit out albums every couple of weeks as if that were some remarkable achievement. The supposed GOOD Friday songs of 2016 do show he can still rap but maybe we know too much about Kanye that his current lyrics nowadays don't impress us like before. However, there are enough rappers nowadays and this man already has proven himself that maybe people need to lower their expectations and focus on other younger rappers instead. Once the Max B message ends I assume the album experience is over and the 4 remaining songs are simply bonus tracks. Personally, Late Registration is my favorite Kanye album and this easily ranks above Yeezus and 808's because a good amount of these songs will be on repeat for a while. Also, Graduation hasn't aged well so at the moment I'll probably rank TLOP above that album too. I do not believe each of his albums are alike and this dude is never gonna return to being the old Kanye. It seems like the tracks weren't arranged in the typical Kanye way that makes the album feel like a soundtrack to a movie. This entire past week was ridiculous but I'm just glad a good amount of songs on TLOP finally are on my phone in CDQ.
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February 14, 2016 on Stream Kanye West’s The Life Of Pablo … Finally!