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Comments from batonkatruck

It's good to see so many positive user comments. While this particular album is not for me, I'm glad it's not disappointing the AF diehards. As for the review, I think it's dead on. Between the lines, I see a reviewer that desperately wants to like this record but can't quite commit. Arcade Fire is definitely wheelhouse for the general Stereogum readership, but the many hesitations in this review tell the story that the actual review does not.
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October 27, 2013 on Premature Evaluation: Arcade Fire Reflektor
IS THAT THE GUY FROM THE PRETENDERS!!?!?!
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October 20, 2013 on Squarehead – “2025”
First album I ever bought. I snapped it into my discman and listened to it end-to-end 6 times in a row on our ugly floral couch in front of the wood stove, pressing the cheap headphones into my ears until my wrists were sore. It was that night, taking off my headphones, I finally realized that music was the fabric that connects me to the world.
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July 29, 2013 on Siamese Dream Turns 20
Yeah it's a cool track, but it just feels like amateurish writing with good production. It vamps too long, the vocals are crammed, and the melody just meanders too much for my taste. Again, I can see why people would love this tune, just giving some counterpoint to the assessment that this is a "great, great song."
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July 29, 2013 on HAIM – “The Wire”
This is good marketing.
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April 14, 2013 on Download Jai Paul’s Debut LP
Like a super-chill NIN
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March 4, 2013 on Stream Devendra Banhart Mala
Man they just keep getting better. What a strong vocal, jesus christ. I absolutely love the mix too, anyone know who engineered this track?
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April 20, 2011 on The National – “Exile Vilify”
I honestly love it. This track really breathes. Yeah it's a bit electro, but that's that. Yeah, it relies heavily on production, but it's not slick.. I think the production is really smart and musical. This song has a great hook, a strong melody, and some really interesting chord movements.
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April 20, 2011 on Death Cab For Cutie – “Home Is A Fire”
The first 2 mins sound like a song idea demo, and a pretty weak one at that. There's some really good writing in the last 45 seconds, but I can't understand why they didn't work in the payoff earlier, it could've been a good song if they actually assembled it as one. Also, the overdrive/compression that's so chic right now just doesn't work on Gibbard's vocals.
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April 20, 2011 on Death Cab For Cutie – “Some Boys”
I personally loved Band of Horses - Infinite Arms, that woulda made the top 25 for me. I'm also surprised to see Jonsi, Dead Weather, and Grinderman omitted from this list. Overall, most of the music on this list means nothing to me, and that's unfortunate.
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December 20, 2010 on Pitchfork’s Top 50 Albums Of 2010
When I was very young I remember crying to the image of a man losing himself in space, drifting away from his family. So +1 for Space Oddity.
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September 27, 2010 on Win David Bowie’s Station To Station Deluxe Box
I think 2010 has been an amazing year for music so far. Just not for the music listed here. Great albums by Arcade Fire, Band of Horses, Dead Weather, Wolf Parade, Autolux (YES AUTOLUX), The National, MGMT, Spoon, Gorrilaz, Jonsi, Joanna Newsom, Broken Social Scene, etc etc just to name very very few. IMHO very few of these bands would make a "best albums of 2010" list.
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September 7, 2010 on Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2010
The good news is, all these artists have perpetual music-project ADD, so precious few of these bands are sustainable. Bad news is, the media-marketing "airtime" of (gasp) established bands, who've had their mettle tested and passed, is getting jacked by these immutably indistinguishable "music projects," pushing adjectives like "dreamy, ephemerally atmospheric, ear-warming, pulsing, "whisper-close hazed-out," chilly, psychedelic, fuzzy, . If I NEVER heard a band described as "breezy island sounds" again it would be too soon. I mean seriously. What the hell is going on here.
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September 3, 2010 on Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2010
fruityloops eats guitars. anyone want my les paul?
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September 1, 2010 on Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2010
Absolutely great. I love how it's such massive style shift, but I don't feel like he's turned his back on his earlier work. It still feels like Sufjan, because only he can write songs this good, and arrange them so tastefully. Production is A+ too.
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August 31, 2010 on Sufjan Stevens – “I Walked”
Oh wait, I see. Because the writer (s?) at Stereogum are in some kind of secret handshake club with Beach House. Giving these guys press is like greedy movie producers funding another scriptless Adam Sandler summer money-grab. It's just flat insulting.
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August 24, 2010 on Beach House – “White Moon”
Absolutely awful. Why the hell are these people still getting press?
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August 24, 2010 on Beach House – “White Moon”
I had dinner with Sufjan once, and he is one of the most humble, non-presumptuous people I've ever met. He's just one of those blessed artists who is constantly bombarded with ideas, fed by genuine feeling, a harsh and confusing childhood, and the need to express his wonder of the sprawling American landscape. A truly precious American composer. This stuff is shockingly beautiful, and I cherish his entire catalog.
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August 22, 2010 on Sufjan Stevens All Delighted People EP Out This Instant
This is an amazing record, I'm really glad to see a great band at #1. It's been a long time, right? Also, this is such a big victory for Merge. I live in Chapel Hill, and a lot of that revenue is going to go right back towards great music, both local and otherwise. They work their asses off at Merge, and it's the kind of label that takes chances for the sake of good art. Truly good news.
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August 17, 2010 on Arcade Fire The Suburbs Debuts At #1
Ok, so let me get this counterpoint rant outta the way and then I'm going to agree with you at the end: This concert didn't happen on the web. It happened at a Madison Square Garden, and cost millions of dollars and thousands of man-hours to put on. Unless the world suddenly becomes a utopian communist society, if there's large-scale demand for something, someone is going to own it and make people pay for it. That's the American way. I've been lead sound engineer for several large-scale live concerts and theater productions, and I can tell you right now, if no one showed up and actually paid to see it, instead just streaming it on the web for free, I would never dedicate my time, sweat, and expertise to something like that again, cause it's hard work. That said, the internet has a real shot at completely re-defining what ownership means and how it's monetized. VEVO is trying to force an old model over a new archetype, and it doesn't work. Everyone hates VEVO, and a business that's hated dies. The whole problem is, we're in limbo right now. Intellectual property has to be protected, even in the ether of the internet, but information can't be restricted like this.
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August 11, 2010 on Stream Arcade Fire’s MSG Concert Live
^ Holy shit you're a tool.
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August 11, 2010 on 1993 Radiohead Marketing FAIL
This was actually their dress rehearsal for an off-broadway performance of "Jenny, Eat Something."
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August 9, 2010 on 1993 Radiohead Marketing FAIL
I wanna see some stars get knock the fuck out.
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August 9, 2010 on Jack White Needs A Vacation
The songs on Pablo Honey weren't altogether as bad as people tend to believe.. but do you honestly think that the writing in PH can stand up to OK Computer? If you do I won't argue with your taste, but I will have to respectfully but strongly disagree.
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August 9, 2010 on 1993 Radiohead Marketing FAIL
This sounds like a Boston b-side. At this point, Weezer is like that white van falling of the bridge in "Inception," except you know for sure that they're not gonna make it out in time. I'm gonna put on "My Name is Jonas" and pour some liquor out.
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August 9, 2010 on Weezer – “Memories”
Yeah, and RH's album quality has been slowly sinking ever since OK Computer (controversial). But if it weren't for Creep, and how the mass-media marketing engine portrayed them, nobody would know who this band is, and it's likely nobody would have bought The Bends. That's why bands that exist now, which are just as talented and driven, never make it out of obscurity. That's why selling 500,000 copies of a record just doesn't really happen any more. But saying that the demise of major labels is good for the music industry is a lot like saying "the demise of car advertisements is good for selling cars."
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August 9, 2010 on 1993 Radiohead Marketing FAIL
The only good song on that album was a blatant ripoff of the Hollies (The Air that I Breathe). So blatant that the Hollies sued and RH had to settle. That said, The Bends is one of my top 10 favorites albums. The rest of their catalog is among the strongest of any band I can think of.
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August 5, 2010 on 1993 Radiohead Marketing FAIL