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The new Lou Barlow EP is excellent and inexplicably missing from this list
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December 2, 2016 on 25 Great EPs From 2016
Temporary psychosis? Dude's been off his rocker for years. He's finally where he should be.
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November 29, 2016 on Kanye West Is Still In The Hospital
Their self-titled sophomore album requires a lot of spins to get into, but is an overlooked gem that would be on my short list for fave albums of the 2010s. This year's "Heads Up" however is uneven and often unsatisfying.
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November 23, 2016 on Abusive Shia LaBeouf Reportedly Kicked Out Of Warpaint Concert
Eh, lots of viable alternatives.
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November 17, 2016 on What.cd Shut Down
'Songs of' and 'Love & Hate' should be 1 and 2 as far as I'm concerned. 'I'm Your Man' just sounds too 80's to me; It doesn't feel as timeless as his early work.
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November 15, 2016 on Leonard Cohen Albums From Worst To Best
If such an interpretation misses most of the song's nuance and subtlety such a claim could easily be made. The only way to ignore this is to embrace a view of art that rejects the idea of any intentionality inherent in the work itself in favor of an egalitarian (although radical) view which sees meaning as an effect produced solely in the reader (or listener). This view, I find, is somewhat of a cop-out as it dismisses the work itself as somewhat arbitrary and incidental to the process of meaning-making, unable to really challenge the listener's preconceptions of the world, and thus be what art needs to be: provocative.
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November 13, 2016 on The Remarkable Popularity Of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”
I've never understood the point of honorary doctorates. In what way does commercial success as a musician automatically make one eligible to skip all actual academic requirements? If Chassagne already had fulfilled partial requirements for a PhD in something directly related to music I suppose I could see some logic in it, but a BA? In communications? I don't mean to rain on anyone's parade; I just find it perplexing.
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November 9, 2016 on Watch Arcade Fire’s Régine Chassagne Give A Speech Upon Receiving Honorary Doctorate
Doesn't it translate to something more along the lines of "the sound of the divine revelation" rather than what you wrote? Germans, weigh in.
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November 8, 2016 on Kjartan Sveinsson – “Teil I”
Baptism by Fire is a jam as far as I'm concerned.
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November 3, 2016 on Stream Sleigh Bells Jessica Rabbit
I think Cohen had far greater self-awareness of what he was doing. I think his project was just as much to make fun of what he himself was doing rather than simply spoofing or exploiting a stereotype.
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November 3, 2016 on Lily Allen Calls Out Offensive X Factor Rapper, Acknowledges Her Own Cultural Appropriation
Evidently a little too strong.
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October 31, 2016 on Watch Tove Lo’s Fairy Dust Short Film
Finally, the long national nightmare is over.
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October 28, 2016 on Bob Dylan Finally Acknowledges Nobel Prize!
The peace prize is awarded by a separate committee based in Norway.
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October 23, 2016 on Member Of Nobel Academy Says Bob Dylan Is Being “Arrogant” But Please Email Them?
I can't wait for the blundering travesty that this movie will inevitably be. Like a train wreck in slow motion. You'll hate it, yes, but your eyes will not.
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October 20, 2016 on Sky Ferreira Cast In Movie About Norwegian Black Metal Scene
The song titles do not disappoint.
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October 20, 2016 on The Flaming Lips Announce New Album Oczy Mlody
Neither being related to whether or not one should be excited for a new Lips album. Do you like their past albums? Do you like the preview above? If yes, be excited. If no, don't be.
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October 20, 2016 on The Flaming Lips Announce New Album Oczy Mlody
Not sure about most anticipated, but I went to a reformed Dinosaur Jr show a couple years back at a last minute rescheduled venue, and the sound was not set up right. The vocals weren't audible up front at all, and you could only really hear J's guitar. Lou kept trying to make it better, kicking speakers around with his actual feet, and turning them towards the front row audience, while also trying to get people to move further back. J just did his thing and played and sang words nobody heard, obviously resigned to get done and get the hell out. Because I'm a tuff guy (tm) I didn't wear earplugs despite the guitars being brain-meltingly overpowering, and I ended up with acute tinnitus where it felt like I had been standing right next to a bomb going off. I didn't hear right for several weeks and was seriously worried it wouldn't return at all.
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October 14, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
If I had a wrestling company called TNA I would probably consider changing it.
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October 14, 2016 on Billy Corgan Sues Impact Ventures, The Wrestling Company Where He’s President