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Wait, it was still in doubt that she's an amazing dancer...? http://ak-hdl.buzzfed.com/static/2014-08/8/17/enhanced/webdr06/anigif_enhanced-28417-1407532852-14.gif Also, I don't know what we've done to deserve a fka twigs EP so soon, but I'll take it.
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March 23, 2015 on FKA twigs – “Glass & Patron” Video
Anyone else confused about why this is being posted again with what seems like all the same info and verbiage as when it was posted a week or two ago?
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March 20, 2015 on Natalie Imbruglia – “Instant Crush” (Daft Punk & Julian Casablancas Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)
Please tell me the independent one is Vinyl Fever. The one in Tampa went under a few years back :( :( :(, but I'm not sure I've been to Tallahassee since then.
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March 19, 2015 on Insound Is Shutting Down
Except for "Human Nature." God, for a mainstream pop album, that is such a refreshingly weird song, with all its seedy bass, g funk synth squiggles, and those confrontational, kinda creepy whispers.
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March 18, 2015 on Like A Prayer (1989)
That's a really good point, and a nice approach. I still find her type of response grumble-inducing, but yeah, better to make something good out of it than merely grumble.
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March 18, 2015 on Meredith Graves Interviews Her Dad About Radiohead
Someone convinced me to give American Life a chance, and I wound up finding that I like a good chunk of it (the fact that I love "Hollywood" and "I'm So Stupid" as much as I do, despite my burning hatred for auto tune, is one good testament there), but can we all at least agree that Madonna's rapping in (the song) "American Life" is an atrocity? Oooof, seriously, one of the most cringe-inducing rap verses I've heard in my life...
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March 18, 2015 on Like A Prayer (1989)
Wow. I'm having a hard time even articulating the right words to respond to your story, aside from just saying thank you for sharing that. (Also, I think your story makes for a much better example of how else one could approach writing about music. I found Graves' piece pretty grating, for largely the same reasons that were spelled out so well in Simone Magus' comment above.)
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March 11, 2015 on Meredith Graves Interviews Her Dad About Radiohead
Yeah, sometimes it's definitely like that, which is... suboptimal... but the music venues usually have a better sound system than I do at home at least. ;) As far as Purity Ring goes though, I feel like they do what they can with their live show. I mean, Corin's always playing some instrumental part or another with his midi set up, but it's not like he can really get all of them at the same time... and he barely did it for this performance, but I remember them playing parts a little differently, or adding things in, so it wasn't the exact same song that you hear on the album. There's also the visual and atmospheric part of it as well. I know that theatrics aren't the main reason to go to a show, but it definitely added something to the experience when I saw them, to see the light show from Corin's drum midi/tree thing, or having Megan striking a large light up drum, or to see the dude from Young Magic emerge from the smoke right as his part from "Grandloves" began.
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March 5, 2015 on Watch A Beautifully Lit Purity Ring Play “Begin Again” On Seth Meyers
Oops, sorry, that last part should read: "...but that sort of mind set just perpetuates a harmful set of ideas that our society tries to enforce about gender."
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March 3, 2015 on Carly Rae Jepsen – “I Really Like You”
Alright, since you asked, Black Sheep Boy, I'm going to take a stab at this. Forgive me if I get too soapboxy. The thing that was so off putting about your question is that gender roles aren't absolute rules, drawn along a rigid line. To a large extent, they're social constructs that large segments of society enforces by making them seem like these hard facts, or like something that makes you deficient or weird if you don't fall in line. And I'm not going to say that gender roles are 100% based on social constructs, I can't really claim to have a solid grasp on the full extent other factors like biology and people's natural aptitude mix into things. I mean, hey, pink is heavily gendered as a "feminine" color, but I'm sure that regardless of what society may tell us, there are plenty of women who would like pink regardless. But probably a lot more men who would admit to, or be open to, liking pink if it was less heavily gendered. Regardless, I'm really damn sure that it's not actually weird for a guy to have traits that *are* gendered as "feminine," or like things that only women are supposed to be into. I think it's actually a lot more natural than many segments of our society would have you believe. So that's what's really off putting, this question of why would a *guy* like this thing that's written for/marketed towards women. I mean, why isn't the question just "What do people even find interesting in this?" Why are we assuming that man brains are really so incredibly different than lady brains? As for why people say questions like this are sexist, well, that whole thing about rigid gender roles? It's been kind of used a lot to keep women out of certain roles or jobs or whatever in society, because a certain thing is "unladylike" or "too masculine" or just flat out something that only men do. As Silas points out, it also hurts men too, when they're put under pressure to deny something they like or want to do, because it's not "masculine," and therefore inherently inferior because it's gendered as feminine. I'm not saying that with your comments that you're out to oppress anyone, but that sort of mind set is just perpetuates a harmful set of ideas that our society tries to enforce about gender.
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March 3, 2015 on Carly Rae Jepsen – “I Really Like You”
Ooof, it took me a little time to notice it, but once I did it started bugging me--it seems super counter-intuitive to me to have your main page *look* like it should have all the regular "newfeed" posts on it, when in fact it only has a small subset. This threw me off earlier this week too, when I was wondering since when Stereogum only puts up a new post once every two hours... until I remembered the explanation from last week's Shut Up, Dude of how this works now. I mean, this shouldn't really need a separate explanation, and maaaaaybe older 'gummers are being thrown off by memories of the Videogum design, or the late 00's Stereogum design? But I'm pretty sure it's the lack of any sort of design elements to indicate that the scrolling posts are only a highlights section. Even if there isn't a larger design overhaul here, I think a banner saying something like "Recent Highlights" would suffice. And that would probably be enough for a user to go "Oh hey, I want to see all the stories since they're apparently not already here, maybe this Newsfeed sections has what I want..."
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March 1, 2015 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
"When an album is channeling those sorts of energies, how can any other artist expect to step in and do anything even remotely comparable?" Sometime last year I put on some of PJ's older stuff for the first time in forever. And you know that thing where you listen to something for years and years, still loving it but over time getting so used to it that you just lose the full impact, and eventually you start picking more and more different music instead, and then when you return to that music, it just hits you so damn hard? I mean, I just remember listening to these songs and being like, holy shit, PJ Harvey won music in the 90s. Just, clean nailed it. How did everyone not pack it up and go home? How are people still even making music? Is there really even a point making music after PJ Harvey? So yeah, I totally feel you there, Tom. I was listening to a bunch of her older stuff when this hit me--some awesome, random b-sides, a lot of Is This Desire?, but this album in particular. Also, I am super, super jealous of your teenage experiences getting to see TBYML-era PJ Harvey live. Thank you for sharing. Had I been there as well, I would have been hating the shit out of that beach ball too.
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February 28, 2015 on To Bring You My Love Turns 20
Not that I totally don't have my own favorite PJH album, but maybe we can just all agree that any PJ Harvey album from the 90s is the best PJ Harvey album.
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February 28, 2015 on To Bring You My Love Turns 20
Huh, by this point I was thinking this album wouldn't get a Premature Evaluation, oddly enough since I was sure Purity Ring was a big enough deal, so this is a nice surprise. I was actually pretty disappointed when I first heard this album. Not because it was poorly done by any means, but because I didn't like the direction it took--the poppier sounds, the EDM and euro dance music influence, the almost, I don't know, sappy feel behind some of the songs. Yes, these were not really very surprising developments... there were some songs on Shrines that might have been a bit too twee for my tastes, if it wasn't for Megan James' visceral and dark lyrics pulling them from the edge and creating these really fascinating contrasts. But there seems to be less to counterbalance that tweeness this go 'round. That being said, these songs have been pinging around in my head and making me want to listen to them a lot more over the past few days, so it seems like this album's really growing on me. "Begin Again" is still my favorite (that was never really in question, that one had very quickly reached turn-it-up-to-11, sing-along-loudly-and-dance-in-your-room status), though I also really like "Stranger Than Earth," "Repetition," and "Bodyache" has been winning me over, despite the tweeness. (Regardless of how else we feel about it, I think we can all agree that the intro bit from "Bodyache" is just gorgeous.)
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February 26, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Purity Ring Another Eternity
Huh, Bjork and Tri-Angle Records, being pals and all, interesting. HUH, Holy Other? I'm glad he's around and apparently working on a new album, he's been so silent I was starting to worry that he had vanished into the ether from which he had coalesced.
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February 19, 2015 on Björk – “NotGet (Lotic Remix)”
Hm, so looks like they really missed the basketball motif with "Theme from Babadook." Granted, that looks like an interesting enough entry that I can see including it...
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February 18, 2015 on Toro Y Moi, Speedy Ortiz, Dan Deacon, & More Contribute To Basketball-Themed Carpark Comp
I don't know, it's not even just the concept thing, almost every song on their first album sounded the same. I mean, there are even three songs *in a row* that repeat "I miss you" over and over again.
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February 18, 2015 on Best Coast Announce Major Label Debut Album California Nights
That being said, I hadn't heard of Mourn before, and was intrigued enough by Tom's review and what I heard to give that album a spin, so there's that at least.
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February 17, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Mourn Mourn
Ha, I partially clicked on this post to rep for Susanne Sundfør, I'm glad to see several people have already beat me to it. I'm liking Ten Love Songs a lot so far, it's a shame that it hasn't been getting more press on this site or elsewhere in the US press (as far as I can tell). Her last two albums, The Silicone Veil and The Brothel, are definitely worth more people's attention too.
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February 17, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Mourn Mourn
Seriously, her prose writing is pretty great. After reading this earlier today I was thinking about the last few messages from her mailing list, and how she has the most well-written mailing list emails that I've seen... which isn't really a distinction I had ever thought about before...
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February 9, 2015 on Read St. Vincent’s Grammy Acceptance Letter