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 +1Posted on Sep 13th, 2013 | re: Drake - "Wu-Tang Forever" (5 comments)

A lot of people seemed to hate this song completely based on the title, and I find that perplexing.

Drake writes a song about his relationship with hip hop. The song samples Wu-Tang Clan. He names it “Wu-Tang Forever”, which is both a cool thing to do (almost like a ‘Thank You’), and basically proves that, yes, Wu-Tang is forever: They’re influencing the next generation of hip hop artists.

Anyway, I dig it. Looking forward to “Nothing Was The Same.”

 0Posted on Sep 10th, 2013 | re: Album Of The Week: Janelle MonĂ¡e The Electric Lady (26 comments)

B.O.A.T.S. II!

I know, I know, some people are just too good for 2 Chainz. But if you can get through ‘Fork’, ‘I Do It,’ or ‘Black Unicorn’ without smiling, then I just don’t know what to tell you.

Janelle is the right pick, though, as I’m pretty blown away by her album.

 +3Posted on Sep 10th, 2013 | re: Cut Copy - "Free Your Mind" (6 comments)

I am so deeply in love with this track. I can’t wait for their tour to start (in addition to putting out one of 2011′s best albums, Cut Copy also puts on one of the greatest live shows I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing. I would highly — highly! — recommend going when they’re in your town).

 +3Posted on Sep 6th, 2013 | re: The 10 Best Mastodon Songs (22 comments)

YES! Finally!

Ahem… Sorry: This is just one of the more exciting (and unexpected) lists that Stereogum has done.

I would have tried to find a place for ‘The Wolf is Loose’, because that thing is a fucking monster of a track. (Then again, I think I like ‘Blood Mountain’ a bit more than you do; to me it’s a better ‘Crack The Skye’). Still, you included ‘Circle of Cysquatch,’ which is the objectively better song and so I don’t think I can complain too much.

As for the top two: Dead on. ‘Blood and Thunder’ and “March of the Fire Ants’ (do-do-dodo-do-do) are basically the purest distillations of what Mastodon’s catalog has to offer, which I think you summed up pretty damn well in your introduction: The metal world has had a pretty awesome decade (and honestly, who would have expected that after ‘nu metal’?); however, it’s a decade that happened largely while (because?) metal closed its doors to outsiders. To their credit, Mastodon never closed any doors, and that is why they are awesome and why I am happy you made this list.

 +1Posted on Sep 6th, 2013 | re: Watch TV On The Radio Play Letterman (6 comments)

“How about this guy?!”

“How about THIS guy?!”

If you can get that kind of reaction out of Mr. Letterman, you know you’re at the height of the game.

And you wouldn’t want to let Mr. Letterman down, would you, TVOTR? Just announce your next LP and be done with it already. My fragile psyche can’t take much more of this.

 0Posted on Sep 6th, 2013 | re: Rick Ross - "No Games" (Feat. Future) (2 comments)

Granted, I’m not in the music business, and haven’t spent a whole ton of time thinking about the best way for Rick Ross to get ‘Mastermind’ off the ground. That said, the solution seems simple: It’s time for Rick Ross to do another song with Diddy. ‘Holy Ghost’ and ‘New Bugatti’ were magic.

Also, this seems like as good a place as any to bring it up… “B.O.A.T.S. II”: Next week’s Album of the Week, or next week’s Album of the Week?

 +1Posted on Sep 4th, 2013 | re: Earthless - "Violence Of The Red Sea" (Stereogum Premiere) (14 comments)

Will do — The thing that struck me about this track was actually its ‘live’-ness. So if they can pull off that kind of energy on album, I”m excited to see what they can do in front of an audience.

Between this and your most recent Black Market (Skeletonwitch/Howling Wind/Windhand, specifically), I’ve had plenty to keep me busy. (Haven’t even gotten to that Recluse track you mentioned yet, and Cobalt wrote my favorite song ever*).

*’Gin’

 +4Posted on Sep 4th, 2013 | re: Earthless - "Violence Of The Red Sea" (Stereogum Premiere) (14 comments)

M. Nelson: Please keep doing what you, because holy shit.

And here I thought a second pass through ‘Colored Sands’ was going to be my Metal Geek-out Session of the Day.

 +2Posted on Aug 27th, 2013 | re: TV On The Radio - "Million Miles" (8 comments)

Coming out with two of the most amazing songs I’ve heard all year and then not releasing an album would just be cruel.

Come on, TV On The Radio. Come on!

 0Posted on Aug 7th, 2013 | re: Delorean - "Destitute Time" (2 comments)

This is absolutely perfect.

I just can’t believe it’s been more than three years since ‘Subiza.’