Sir Blackdove24, XXIV: The Voyage Home

Comments from Sir Blackdove24, XXIV: The Voyage Home

That all being said, early MIA is still fucking killer, and I have lots of fond memories around this album, and how insanely hyped up for it I was, both from how much I loved Arular and from how insanely great those songs she was putting up on MySpace were. (I will probably always stan for "Bird Flu," that demo version of "XR2," and "Boyz.") Plus, I'll always associate "Boyz" with the first actual Pride parade I went to. And this all reminds me that I'm probably overdue to sing along about how MIA is coming back with powa, powa while blasting this in my car...
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August 18, 2017 on Kala Turns 10
Yeah, I've always found MIA to be a fascinating figure, but finding out more about her flaws hasn't exactly made her more near and dear to my heart. As far as Kala is concerned, probably the most disappointing thing for me was finding out a while later that "Mango Pickle Down River" is basically Wilcannia Mob's 2002 track "Down River," just lightly remixed with a little re-recording. http://www.whosampled.com/sample/8082/M.I.A.-Wilcannia-Mob-Mango-Pickle-Down-River-Wilcannia-Mob-Down-River/ She still credited Wilcannia Mob and the producer, but it still seems sketch to me to pass it off as a song she did with them, rather than their song that she took and just recorded two verses on. (Maybe this was more clear in the liner notes and I just missed it at the time? Though this is the sort of thing I tend to pay attention to.)
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August 18, 2017 on Kala Turns 10
Kinda? It looks like some Bluetooth devices send an autoplay signal to Android phones, and not all of the devices give you the option to disable that. Though this wouldn't necessarily result in the first song in your local music library playing. According to a quick Google Search at least. My car isn't fancy enough to have Bluetooth or controls for my phone.
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August 16, 2017 on That Silent “A a a a a Very Good Song” Track Is Still Climbing The iTunes Chart
It was a joke. ;) I'm pretty sure that all of The Knife's career was the experimental phase.
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August 13, 2017 on The Knife Share Another Weird Teaser Video
Speaking of October, Gahd, if Trump brings nuclear armageddon on us before I get to hear the new Kelela album, I'll be so pissed. #priorities
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August 11, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Yeah, I was introduced to them in 2003 or 2004, so those albums had been out for a little while... I tend to forget just how early they came out in the 2000s. The run from Felt Mountain through Supernature is my favorite of theirs, but their whole discography is solid, some motherfucking craft indeed. Kinda wish Silver Eye had received more attention this year, even though I can see why it didn't. Very true! I generally still hate Top 40, but there's a lot of interesting stuff in between. I thought Tough Love was kinda bland, but I loved Devotion, and feel like there's some promise for Jessie's new one.
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August 11, 2017 on Backstreet Boys Turns 20
Agreed, thanks Gabriela... that bit kinda helps clarify for me part of what I hated so much about this wave of music, despite liking some older tunes that could be considered Pop, which I had previously chalked up to age/where I was in life at the time (though that's certainly still a factor). So it's been 20 years since this stuff gained traction, resulting in me unilaterally writing off Pop as a four letter word for years... fortunately, a while later a friend introduced me to Goldfrapp, playing tracks from Felt Mountain and Black Cherry back to back, which made me realize that there were still interesting strains of Pop out there.
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August 11, 2017 on Backstreet Boys Turns 20
Eh, this already happened. You could pinpoint it as happening when they did the 10 best songs list from a band it would currently be uncouth for me to mention considering a member's recent tragic death, or all the coverage for the last Britney Spears album, which had at least one post Tom seemed to be bristling against writing. I'm sure there's a few more things along the way you could bring up.
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August 11, 2017 on Backstreet Boys Turns 20
I'm honestly wondering if Grizzly Bear will even get a Premie Evie this go around. There was like one positive adjective between all four of the song posts. Though it was for "Neighbors," which is in the running for my song of the year.
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August 8, 2017 on Album Of The Week: Downtown Boys Cost Of Living
Also, at least from the news stories on this site, I'm pretty sure that we should put those Radiohead Redditors onto larger problems, like fixing healthcare in the US or something.
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August 7, 2017 on Stereogum Is Doing A Reddit AMA Tomorrow
...accurate. Though I do think we advanced enough as a civilization in the late 90s to where both green and blue filters achieved music video dominance.
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August 4, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
That's a lot of unread email, Scott. You might want to use a filter. https://img.youtube.com/vi/VeQRO4fXOKk/mqdefault.jpg
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August 4, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
So my comment about asserting your straightness was directed at your initial comment. I understand that your response to me was just you explaining yourself. No, I'm not saying you're a bad person for not liking this, as I said, you're obviously entitled to not like it or like it, whatever. Since you asked how I got the impression that you took offense to the song/video, comments like "I couldn't even finish this" and "I don't want to see or hear this again" are typically used by people for things they can't stand, are offended by, are disgusted by, etc. (As opposed to some sentiment along the lines of "eh, this doesn't interest me.") And considering that the only reason you stated for not liking this was because you couldn't personally identify with liking boys, yeah, your comment could come across like some male heteronormative thing where you're uncomfortable, on some level, by something that doesn't align with your sexual/romantic tastes. This is where I got the bit about asserting your straightness from. Which was what was causing me to (metaphorically) roll my eyes. I wasn't searching for something, I just called out what I was perceiving, and yeah, straight gays asserting that they're totally not gay when they're faced with things that don't align with their male heteronormative tastes, or male heteronormative environments (hence the mention of Pride parades in my last comment), that's definitely a thing that happens. It's not the worst offense in the world, and it is, admittedly, probably stupid for me to even be giving it any attention right now, considering the anti-trans and anti-LGBT things coming from the US government this week. And hey, this is the internet, with its well documented written communication misunderstandings and all, so it could be that this was all was a matter of something coming across in a way that doesn't actually reflect reality. For that matter, I certainly don't mean for it to seem like I'm coming for you because of your heterosexuality, or because you don't like a song or video.
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July 28, 2017 on Can You Name All The Boys In Charli XCX’s “Boys” Video?
Yeah, I know you didn't say anything derogatory, but your comment just seemed to be so overly dramatic about your disinterest that it came across as weird. Obviously you're entitled to not care about the song or the video, but when you make a point of saying that you couldn't even finish the video, and that you'll never, ever watch the video or listen to the song again, it sounds like it offended you... and offended you because it's not from the point of view of, or catering to, straight guys? I mean, the video is fairly innocuous, it's not like the video shows guys making out, or engaging in sex acts (even a number of the very few shirtless or undressed guys are presenting their undressed state for comedic effect), so it just seemed surprising to me that someone would have that reaction. Also, I know being able to personally identify with a song is a thing, and a very important thing for some people, but you seriously never, ever listen to anything if you can't personally identify with it...? And hey, if you're an ally, that's great. I'm certainly grateful for my friends and family who are. But just FYI, if you need to assert loudly how not interested, or how straight you are, when faced with something like this song or video (or a Pride parade, or whatever), it can come across as obnoxious or insecure at best, or (in this case at least) homophobic at the worst.
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July 28, 2017 on Can You Name All The Boys In Charli XCX’s “Boys” Video?
You forgot to add in "no homo," so I'm not sure we're clear enough how you feel.
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July 28, 2017 on Can You Name All The Boys In Charli XCX’s “Boys” Video?
I feel like it would need to be more like a prequel...
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July 28, 2017 on Can You Name All The Boys In Charli XCX’s “Boys” Video?
! On one hand, I'm not exactly expecting a new album from them so soon, and apparently last week they tweeted that Shrines turns five in a week and that they were planning on celebrating. On the other hand, this clip doesn't quite evoke Shrine-era Purity Ring... Either way, guess we'll find out on Beats 1 tomorrow!
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July 23, 2017 on Preview Purity Ring’s New Song “Asido”
So apparently TR/ST (Robert Alfons' excellent Goth-leaning synth pop project, formerly with Maya Postpecki, formerly spelled as Trust) put out a new song last week, which for some reason Stereogum and most of the music press ignored. I mean, I'm not expecting the new album to reach the heights of TR/ST's glorious debut, but this is still good, so I don't know what gives. https://m.soundcloud.com/ttrstt/bicep-1
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July 21, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
I like that they made sure to get most of this site's obnoxious ad placements right. Though that Premie Premie Evie. Oy. They should have had Mr. Feather Jam Ministry do some ghostwriting.
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July 21, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
This is one of those songs where three notes into it I was like "YES GAWD YES"
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July 21, 2017 on Grizzly Bear – “Neighbors”
Damn, I didn't realize that was still the longest show they ever played! I remember reading an interview afterwards where they said that, but I knew their sets had gotten longer, so just figured they had passed it by now. (Though I guess I didn't look back afterwards to see just how long the Bonnaroo setlist actually was.) Goddamn if that set wasn't one of the best, if not the best, concert I've been to in my life.
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July 19, 2017 on Radiohead’s Controversial Israel Show Finally Happened, And It Was Their Longest Set In 11 Years
If I want to get REALLY fanciful, it should be a collaborative visual EP with Lynch directing and Li starring. I tell ya, it would be made of stars.
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July 14, 2017 on The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
Yeah, agreed, though Lynch did do at least one music video for the title track off of "Crazy Clown Time." (God, that title still gets me.) Speaking of things Lynch hasn't done much of but totally should do more of, when is he going to make more music with Lykke Li? That collaborative EP of theirs that only exists in my head needs to actually happen.
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July 14, 2017 on The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
OK, gotcha. I was asking since I wasn't sure what your sources were aside from the relationships, though part of me also wanted to be a bit more precise about where she may fall in the LGBTQ spectrum, considering that bi invisibility is very much a thing. (Not that my thinking doesn't sometimes fall into the gay/straight binary trap, but yeah.)
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July 11, 2017 on Marry Me Turns 10
So where are you getting that she's a lesbian? (As opposed to bi, pan, not a fan of labels, etc.) Has she addressed her sexuality in the media? I've only ever seen this mentioned in the comments section here (though obviously I don't keep up with celebrity gossip sites), but I feel like usually this is brought up in the music, or the music press tends to point out when someone comes out, or that it comes up in some interviews, or something along those lines.
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July 10, 2017 on Marry Me Turns 10
Hm, I was going to point out that the Spotify desktop application still plays local music files, but I guess that doesn't help you with your home speakers issue. And they neutered the shit out of that functionality a few years ago, which made me SO. MAD. This even drove me to trying Apple Music, so I guess in a roundabout way Spotify is partially responsible for a bunch of my mp3s getting wrapped in DRM? (Speaking of things that make you SO. MAD.)
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July 7, 2017 on Spotify Accused Of Manufacturing Fake Artists
Unfortunately Kelela, LE1F, and P. Morris' excellent collab "OICU" isn't on good ol Spotify, but I put in some other picks from my girl. ...along with a good number of other tracks, so I guess I'm that guy who contributes like 10 songs when everyone else has put in four... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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July 7, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Damn, this is impressive. I would add Austra, Purity Ring, Jessy Lanza, and TRST to that. I also would have used a different Esthero song, though it's nice to see her on the list!
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July 2, 2017 on Canada Turns 150: U2 Perform On Parliament Hill, Grimes May Eat Spaghetti
I mean, I've never seen them in the same room at the same time before... but that could just be on account of not having seen Heat.
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July 1, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments