Coj

A loose cannon - a maverick who plays by his own rules.

Comments from Coj

Dude, seriously.
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March 19, 2012 on In Defense Of Skrillex
Do you ever get the impression that us indie fans are just suggestible morons like everyone else?
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December 21, 2011 on The Gummy Awards: Your Top 10 Albums Of 2011
White Denim - El Hard Attack DCWYW
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October 18, 2011 on The 10 Best Indie Rock Songs Under 2 Minutes
Yeah, Etienne is no longer the drummer and I don't think he recorded on Days (I might be wrong). The drums (and the musicianship in general) sound a lot tighter on this album, which I actually think is to its detriment. If you listen back to the drum tracks on their s/t debut (the propulsive railroad beat of 'Beach Comber'; that weird rubbery flex in 'Pool Swimmers'; the flat thud of 'Suburban Dogs'; the splashy toms in 'Fake Blues'; the ride/jam block groove of 'Let's Rock The Beach'), they're much looser, which is fundamental in cultivating that insouciant atmosphere. That said, it's still a lovely album, with some gorgeous turns. I think it'll grow on me with time, but I don't think I'll come to love it like I do their debut.
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October 10, 2011 on Real Estate Days Comment Party
I think Stereogum are basing this on his stage presence though, which doesn't come across on record, of course. As they said: he's a handsome dude, he dresses smartly, carries himself well and puts a lot of power behind his vocal performance (I know, I know, "if I like him so much, why don't I marry him?" etc, etc). Plus, as anyone who's witnessed their live performance of 'All Hands And The Cook' will testify, the guy can hold a throat-rippingly high note for a ridiculous length of time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eg2S6ffvkr8&feature=related
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September 22, 2011 on Five Indie Types Who Would Do Well On X Factor… And Five Who Wouldn’t
That was actually a re-release. THIS is the much anticipated, and inevitably disappointing, second comment.
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September 13, 2011 on Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands of 2011
"breaking wind on a lot of these young acts" - think you might be looking for a different expression there...
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September 13, 2011 on Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands of 2011
"breaking wind on a lot of these young acts" - think you might be looking for a different expression there...
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September 13, 2011 on Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands of 2011
It wasn't, Denis. Not that you'll be inclined to believe me, of course. In any case, if Tom Hanks has made a pretentious movie I can't think of it: he's made a career out of playing the 'everyman'.
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September 6, 2011 on Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Hysterical Comment Party
On a scale of The Da Vinci Code to Forrest Gump, I'd give it a solid Toy Story 3.
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September 6, 2011 on Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Hysterical Comment Party
It's a bit of a joke that Women didn't make the shortlist. Public Strain is a phenomenal album.
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July 8, 2011 on Polaris 2011 Shortlist: Arcade Fire, 9 Other Bands
Your reasoning is contradictory. You know why all three people left it off their 'best of the rest' list'? Because, as you said yourself, "they didn't think it was that great". I sincerely doubt that the omission is borne out of editorial politics. What would they have to lose by including it, or gain by leaving it out? The vast majority of Pitchfork's demographic will also read Stereogum, because the larger part of their editorial output covers the same genre(s) and artists, so from an 'audiencing' perspective it would make good business sense to include James Blake/Panda Bear in their top 20. You can bet that the ONLY reason they weren't included was because the Stereogum staff liked it less than the albums represented above. And in response to your final point: you know another website that counts Panda Bear/Animal Collective among its perenially covered artists? Stereogum. Type 'Panda Bear' into the search bar and see how many posts have made mention of his name. Would it make sense, after following Panda Bear for years and documenting details of the album release extensively prior to its release, for Stereogum to suddenly neglect him due to an anti-Pitchfork agenda? No, it wouldn't. They simply weren't enamoured with the album itself.
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June 21, 2011 on Stereogum’s Top 20 Albums Of 2011 So Far
Neither, I'm guessing. The album was far from universally appreciated. A lot of people have expressed their distaste for it (even those who enjoyed his earlier output and were anticipating a great album). Moreover, it's pretty hard to claim its non-inclusion is a result of 'anti-Pitchfork' sentiment, when the top 20 includes about 10 albums (by my count) that have been similarly championed by Pitchfork.
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June 21, 2011 on Stereogum’s Top 20 Albums Of 2011 So Far
I do believe that the song of the Summer in 2009 was 'Surprise Hotel' by Fool's Gold.
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June 16, 2011 on Indie Songs Of The Summer 2001-2011
I can see that 'coming across as a complete tool' isn't substantial enough criteria to dissuade you from leaving a snarky comment. Ascertain this (imagine me grabbing my junk).
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April 19, 2011 on Battles – Gloss Drop Premature Evaluation
"In England they call glue sticks lorries" ... do we?
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April 16, 2011 on Radiohead – “Supercollider” & “The Butcher”
Lovely stuff. Melody + sax reminds me of 'Yam Lo Moshech' by Fool's Gold.
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February 12, 2011 on tUnE-yArDs – “Bizness”
Just in case anybody thinks my argument here is linked to my overall feelings about album: I actually like The Suburbs and don't support Brandon's take on the album. I enjoyed reading it regardless!
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January 25, 2011 on Double Take: Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
This was posted today and is already #1 most commented on post. I'm guessing it'll be the most viewed shortly too. The popularity alone (be it inspired by negativity or positivity) is reason enough to keep the feature running. You helped contribute to this popularity: well done, you! Personally, I find the idea of 'just moving on' without stopping to reflect on music of the recent past a really contemptible approach to appreciating music. Not everything needs to be so bleeding-edge current and 'on the pulse' that it renders the music itself disposable. You can't seriously tell me that you've never bought an album and thought "this is terrible!", only to find that you love it 6 months down the line (or vice-versa: loved -> hated). Everybody has had this sort of experience, and it's a testament to the enduring quality of the artform that our relationship with it can change over a significant period of time. This double take feature, in my opinion, celebrates that relationship while casting a level critical eye at the music itself divorced from the headlines/hubbub it generated on its release. If you want up to date news and reviews go to Pitchfork, Drowned In Sound, Cokemachineglow, Tinymixtapes, Rolling Stone or NME (whatever suits you). This is a blog, which is supposed to have opinion pieces like this as part of its core content. I still think it's a great feature, so keep 'em coming, Stereogum.
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January 25, 2011 on Double Take: Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
You're still hitting them corners in them low-lows, girl?
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January 12, 2011 on Drowning Pool Devastated To Have Inspired Tucson Murderer
Just want to say that I love the idea of this 'double take' feature. As stated, it might be difficult to make it something other than just a contrarians view of prevailing opinion, but I think the notion of 'reviewing reviews' and opening a critical dialogue is important and lamentably uncommon (maybe I'm just visiting the wrong sites). In any case, I hope to see more of this in future. Bravo, Stereogum/Brandon.
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January 10, 2011 on Double Take: Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Yeah, those dudes should lay off the drugs.
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December 1, 2010 on NME Top 75 Albums Of 2010
Crystal Stilts - TBA If the 'Shake The Shackles'/'Magnetic Moon' 7'' is any indication of what the album will be like, then I'll certainly be looking forward to it.
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November 24, 2010 on Stereogum’s 50 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2011
re: Stereogum's leads. Scott, didn't Stereogum's 'trusted sources' say that The Avalanches' new album would be out in 2010? Safety wink! ;-).
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November 18, 2010 on Strokes Complete LP4?
My goodness, Matt Lauer is a slimy penis. Kanye, on the other hand, comes across as very judicious.
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November 11, 2010 on Watch Matt Lauer’s “Brutal” Kanye Interview
Without wishing to get into a debate on structuralism/post-structuralism, you know as well as I do that language is rarely as simple and honest as that. For example, I infer from "A denial I find interesting": 'A denial I feel somewhat smug about given that I had the measure of Cold War Kids on first listen'. I'm only playing, really. I like the controversy. Decent song, all things considered.
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October 18, 2010 on Cold War Kids – “Royal Blue”
"I never liked them — feel free to do a background check" Flag-planting was seriously bad, but now you're actually anti-flag-planting to prevent yourself from the potential embarrassment of backlash? Honestly, brandon, nobody gives a crap... I like that Stereogum's bringing the opinionated style back though, it's a lot more fun. Anyway... I was wholly expecting to dislike this track based on their more recent output, but I thought it was pretty catchy and didn't sound completely shambolic (like much of Loyalty to Loyalty did, unfortunately).
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October 18, 2010 on Cold War Kids – “Royal Blue”
Oh my days, have you heard yourself speak?
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September 27, 2010 on Age Of Adz: Worth More Than A Latte?
A few points about Chris Martin: - Chris Martin is less obnoxious with shorter hair. - Chris Martin has been working out. - Chris Martin likes simple rhyme schemes. - Chris Martin: "blahblahblah" Crowd: "LOLOLOLOL".
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September 1, 2010 on Chris Martin Sings, iTunes Ping At Apple Music Event