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Hey don’t forget John Green and Paul Newman! But yeah, Walk the Moon aren’t the kind of band I’d normally like too much, but they played at Kenyon when I was there, and now I can’t disassociate them from that- and I thought they were good live!

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April 16, 2015 on The Week In Pop: Walk The Moon Are Our Latest Proof That The ’80s Will Never Die

Probably my favorite song from the new album. Kevin Barnes can still write a catchy chorus.

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March 11, 2015 on of Montreal – “Bassem Sabry” Video

I know, I wish they got more attention these days! They never fail to be interesting and creative. I’m still getting into the new album, but I’m already finding a lot of cool moments in it.

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March 7, 2015 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

I love the chorus here. Every of Montreal album is a surprise, and I can’t wait to see how this one turns out.

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December 9, 2014 on of Montreal – “Bassem Sabry”

Sounds like a fun concert- I just got into their album Level 3 a couple weeks ago. Yasutaka Nakata is almost incapable of writing a song that isn’t catchy.

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November 22, 2014 on Perfume @ Hammerstein Ballroom, NYC 11/15/14

Yeah, it’s one thing to have so much Taylor Swift coverage here, but do we have to pretend to like her now too? She’s had a few catchy songs, but “Welcome to New York” is simply an incredibly vapid pop song that should merit no discussion, much less the notoriety of the “divisive” label.

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October 25, 2014 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

I’ve had those two pretty much tied in first for a while, though I’d probably give the edge to Hissing Fauna now. Hissing Fauna is definitely more emotionally powerful, but, to it’s credit, Satanic Panic has more melodic prettiness than any other record of theirs. Listening to it on one of the first days of spring is such a happy experience.

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November 12, 2013 on of Montreal Albums From Worst To Best

I’m surprised to see Sunlandic Twins so high on the list, but of Montreal really is a different band to different people, and that’s one of the things I love about them. There are weaker and stronger albums, but more than anything, their albums are just plain different from each other. I have no idea how to rank something like Sylvianbriar against albums like False Priest and Coquelicot. They’re so radically different and yet all effective in their own ways.

I am very happy with Sylvianbriar though. I think it’s a great new direction, and one that makes a lot of sense as a counter to their past few albums.

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November 12, 2013 on of Montreal Albums From Worst To Best

It’s not an easy listen, but if you can treat it almost like some sort of 20th century avant grade classical music work (Kevin Barnes did claim Penderecki as an influence), I think it’s extremely rewarding. I never understood why the reviews weren’t better.

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November 12, 2013 on of Montreal Albums From Worst To Best

That was actually my favorite line of this interview. I love counterpoint so much…

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August 24, 2013 on Q&A: Franz Ferdinand Discuss The Making Of Their New Album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action

That Phoenix video is pretty awesome- Bankrupt as a whole is underrated in my opinion. As far as the new Janelle Monáe song, it is growing on me a bit, but so far neither of her two new singles have really captured that slick, sic-fi sound of her last album. She probably isn’t even going for that anymore though.

The 2ne1 video is as entertaining as any YG-produced video- I don’t love the song though.

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July 13, 2013 on The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

I think part of the thing with K-pop vs J-pop is that the K-pop is a lot more of a cohesive, accessible, packaged product. J-pop is a lot more diverse and diffuse, so it can be harder to discover outside of Japan.

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July 13, 2013 on The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

I would replace New York City Cops with Under Control (Julian’s best vocal performance in my opinion), and then I would find a spot for Under Cover of Darkness and/or Taken For a Fool, both of which I prefer over Someday, regardless of how it’s sort of a classic.

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March 29, 2013 on The 10 Best Strokes Songs

I feel like I’m reading the comment section through a cloud of fog without having rankings. But maybe it is really that the fog has at last parted, and my eyes are truly free…

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March 27, 2013 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

How nice to see Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga at number 1. It has a higher density of great Spoon songs than most of their albums, even if the quality of its best tracks is high enough to make the merely good tracks sound a bit worse than otherwise. The only thing I would change would be to move Girls Can Tell ahead of Kill the Moonlight. Maybe the latter is more minimally artistic, but Girls Can Tell has some stronger, weightier tunes. Everything Hits at Once is still one of the best Spoon songs.

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March 27, 2013 on Spoon Albums From Worst To Best

I love this! Taking the synths and the polish from their last album up a notch works. I hope the rest of the album is like this.

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February 19, 2013 on Phoenix – “Entertainment”

It sounds like a classic Strokes song (always a very good thing), but it does not sound like a classic Strokes single. It is fine, but whereas Under Cover of Darkness sounded like a particularly good classic Strokes song, this just sounds kind of like a middle of the road classic Strokes song. I was kind of hoping the single would have more punch. However, I’ve barely listened to this song, so my opinion might change.

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February 13, 2013 on The Strokes – “All The Time”

Actually, I’m kind of neutral too. I know their lyrics are pretty dumb, and their songs are formulaic, but they don’t sound all that far removed from a lot of bands that critics accept and like. Plus the banjo playing IS kind of cool, right? At least I think so. That said, I don’t choose to listen to their music, and a lot of my friends seem to like them a little TOO much.

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February 8, 2013 on In Defense Of Mumford & Sons

Their music has always been decently enjoyable, but I frankly don’t feel much of a need to keep up with them after that incident. If they were better, maybe it would be more of a moral dilemma.

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January 29, 2013 on Surfer Blood – “Weird Shapes”

I don’t know… Angles (not to mention Julian’s solo stuff) showed that they are all too willing to mix synths into their sound. I hope you’re right though.

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January 25, 2013 on The Strokes – “One Way Trigger”