Comments from atomic

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.”

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September 13, 2013 on Drake – “Wu-Tang Forever”

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.

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September 10, 2013 on Album Of The Week: Janelle Monáe The Electric Lady

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).

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September 10, 2013 on Cut Copy – “Free Your Mind”

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.

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September 6, 2013 on The 10 Best Mastodon Songs

“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.

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September 6, 2013 on Watch TV On The Radio Play Letterman

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?

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September 6, 2013 on Rick Ross – “No Games” (Feat. Future)

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*).


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September 4, 2013 on Earthless – “Violence Of The Red Sea” (Stereogum Premiere)

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.

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September 4, 2013 on Earthless – “Violence Of The Red Sea” (Stereogum Premiere)

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!

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August 27, 2013 on TV On The Radio – “Million Miles”

This is absolutely perfect.

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

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August 7, 2013 on Delorean – “Destitute Time”

Alright, so between this and “Supersoaker” could we all just fall back into KoL’s rugged, Southern arms? I can barely even remember what we were fighting about in the first place.

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August 6, 2013 on Kings Of Leon – “Wait For Me”

The engineer at Soundcloud who invented Soundcloud comments deserves Comedy’s Most Prestigious Award.

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August 6, 2013 on Drake – “Hold On We’re Going Home”

Early on in our relationship, my girlfriend and I went on a road trip. At some point during the drive, I put on “In Rainbows.”

’15 Step’ starts up, and she says, “This is the song from ‘Twilight’!”

That is all.

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August 5, 2013 on Deconstructing: The O.C. And Indie Rock Gentrification

Yes, laughing at and making fun of Degrassi — a show that was primarily meant for pre-teens and teens to make sense of all the crazy that goes through your mind as a hormonal adolescent — makes you so much better than Drake.

And I’m sure when he was writing this fucking monster jam, “Dreams Money Can Buy”, “5 AM in Toronto”, “The Motion”, his verse on “Versace”, and the entirety of “Take Care” he was just pacing around the room, impossibly worried about earning adam antine’s respect.

Someone take back his Grammy. Dude has failed adam antine, and so he has failed us all.

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August 1, 2013 on Drake – “All Me” (Feat. 2 Chainz & Big Sean)

Big Dawg, if you’re taking 2 Chainz seriously, you’re doing it wrong.

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August 1, 2013 on Drake – “All Me” (Feat. 2 Chainz & Big Sean)


This thing is a monster.

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August 1, 2013 on Drake – “All Me” (Feat. 2 Chainz & Big Sean)

This song starts out awesome, and then gets continuously more awesome until you know they’re just showing off.

Please come out with a full-length, TV On The Radio. We require more Vespene Gas.

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July 31, 2013 on TV On The Radio – “Mercy”

I love that album so much.

I would agree that it’s not their best, but I revisit it often. It’s one of those albums that you can only make either ridiculously early in your career or ridiculously late in your career, because a song like “Ambulance”? A 7-minute closer that follows a 7-minute song called “Wear You Out”? That shit takes gumption to pull off — it takes a belief that you’re the best-in-the-world-and-ain’t-nobody-ever-gonna-do-it-better, and that’s the kind of thing that tends to get eroded with age, wisdom, and the day-to-day monotony of life.

God, I love that album so much.

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July 31, 2013 on TV On The Radio – “Mercy”

Damn I really missed these guys. This is awesome.

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July 26, 2013 on Basement Jaxx – “What A Difference Your Love Makes”

I see it’s been addressed. My apologies.

Carry on, then.

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July 24, 2013 on Album Of The Week: Fuck Buttons Slow Focus