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FYI, the video on the page you linked to no longer works, and it looks like “Call On Me” is now going by the title “Jerk Ribs” anyways.
FKA Twigs ftw!
(And Caroline Polachek was amazing too.)
I’m not watching with you all, since they’re only streaming back stage stuff online, but I definitely need to drink, since I just attempted to watch the Grammys for the first time in 10+ years…
(Or at least acceptable behavior? Maybe “reasonable behavior” is not the best phrase here.)
So it’s not like I feel sorry for the guy spewing racist and sexist shit, but uh, anyone else a little concerned about how we seem to be treating Kanye attacking someone as reasonable behavior?
I’ve heard the Moby cover (or remix?), but I should probably give that another spin. And now there’s even an all new track…!
Yeah, I was sad about Austra’s inclusion in the microscope row (seriously, that is the most ridiculous font), and a little surprised that they weren’t a row or two higher. They’re definitely worth checking out live! I’ve seen them both with the backup singers and without, and it was interesting how much Katie Stelmanis’ performance differed between those two conditions (though it was a little sad to not get to hear all those wonderful harmonies).
Uh, did they intentionally use the advertising slogan from a bag of sunflower seeds for the chorus of this song? Because if so, that’s amazing. That stuff has some awesomely ludicrous marketing copy.
Whoa! That is a pretty impressive list of honorable mentions! Yeah, Robert Alfons has been talking about new material for a while, so hopefully a new album is coming soon. TRST was one of my favorite albums from 2012, so that might be the album I’m looking forward to the most.
Also, any idea if the forthcoming FKA Twigs is going to be another EP or a full album? EP2 was just spectacular.
2010 is the recent year that I look back to as a high water mark too… even though it was a really rough year for me personally, which is part of the reason why I found witch house and the other dark stuff coming out at the time so intriguing. Beach House, Tamaryn, and oOoOO put out such classic material that I was obsessed with for so long afterwards, and Sleigh Bells, Warpaint, The Knife, SALEM, Owen Pallett released some killer music too.
Yeah, I was hoping Austra would show up in the staff or reader lists, since I don’t know how much attention they’re going to get from other sites/publications (and they did get AOTW here). Granted, they didn’t make my ballot, so I guess I’m part of the problem, but they totally would have if we had more than one choice in every field.
So, true story, I actually did forget that YYY released an album this year, until I was looking back over the year’s releases. Admittedly, I’ve never been that into their more tender stuff, so my reaction was about the opposite of Tom’s.
I’m with Heath here. Describing the relationship here as homosexual is not factually inaccurate, but it does lead the reader to draw the conclusion that Morrissey is gay (and I would like to point out that another commenter has already made a joke about him being gay), rather than allowing that maybe his sexuality doesn’t fit into a homosexual vs. heterosexual binary. It’s a small semantic difference, sure, but considering that we live in a culture where bisexual/pansexual/queer visibility is an issue in both the mainstream and gay worlds, it’s kind of a more journalistically responsible thing here to use a term that has the correct connotations.
Having the white manager guy on screen was pretty great, but I’m with keegzmcgee, it doesn’t entirely work well as satire–it does that thing where it’s almost subversive, but is still trying to have it both ways. Like having a movie where you’re making fun of product placement, but you’re using logos for real companies that have paid to take part in it… it’s still product placement. Granted, I think that example is a lot more frustrating than what Allen is doing here, since I think Allen’s heart is in the right place (and the “forget your balls and grow a pair of tits” line is particularly brilliant). But yeah, kind of problematic from the satire angle.
Yeah, I actually went through a period where I would listen to Kala and forget that “Paper Planes” was coming up. That album had so many great, unusual songs, that I think “Paper Planes” got a little lost for me since it was so much more conventional (relatively speaking).
Also, YALA, YES!
Bird Flu was some next level shit in 2007, and I don’t know, it might still be.
I could also watch that video all day (not that Claire was wrong about Bad Girls being her best video).
And speaking of next level shit, did anyone else catch the early version of XR2 that she had up on Myspace during the seemingly interminable wait for Kala to come out? it didn’t have all of the bleeps and special effects yet that wound up on the album version, but it had a slightly more muted mix that was a little more distinctive, imho, and that I usually prefer to the final track.
It’s good to see Sgum reporting on Anna Calvi, she’s spectacular, and I’m excited for this album. (And “Sing to Me?” That melody, the theremin, the orchestral explosion? Yeeeeeeeees.)
This is great. I’m liking this way more than anything we’ve heard from Sleigh Bell’s new album, here’s hoping there are some songs that sound more like this.
In all fairness, the fan was not even asking for a refund, just an exchange, and that’s the distinction that makes this come across as bitchy on the artist’s part, imho. The fan was really nice about it and was clearly interested in continuing to support the artist. Yeah, it’s awkward (which he/she acknowledged) and there is the postage issue… and I can see how this could rub Elverum the wrong way if he’s run into something like this before… but posting a public rant about it? A little much.
You know, given his image before Father John Misty, I always thought that he was putting on a character for this project. But now I hope that Josh Tillman does indeed dance, swirl, and strut around everywhere he goes.
Sing! Well, talk-sing, really. Who can resist lines like “Talking like a jerk, except you are an actual jerk, and living proof that sometimes friends are mean?”
Damn, that is a lot of music out today…! And here I was already thinking that we need another day off to listen to all the music and streams that came out today.
Upvote mostly for Pirates of Dark Water reference.
(And that is a *spectacular* cover.)
Oh man, this album. So glad that I got to see them on the anniversary tour this spring, and this write up is just driving that home. I started borrowing my sister’s copy of Last Splash after watching a Kim Deal segment on Vh1′s Greatest Women in Music special in the late 90s (i actually found out about a lot of amazing musicians from that thing), and I was listening to it partly due to that, and partly to tide me over in light of my burgeoning love of the Pixies (especially “Giagantic”). The album definitely won me over, and I’m glad we have the anniversary this year to remind that I need to blast these songs again.
My first thought when the song started was “This reminds me of the Black Eyed Peas.” :( Admittedly, I was only thinking that during the intro, but still…