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Do you listen to a lot of rap music? Or do you just listen to Chance the Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, and Run The Jewels?
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March 16, 2015 on Surprise! Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly Is Out Now
I agree with you. Drakes mixtape is a lot better than this. I also like the new Chris Crack and Fetty Wap singles much better than anything on this. He's just so bad at picking beats. I guess it's really uplifting and serious or whatever, but the songs mostly suck. Kind of sounds like Commons One Day It'll All Make Sense. Never really cared for that record either. Kendrick Lamar is rap music for people who don't like rap music. The song Momma is the ony song I really liked on it. Too Neo-Souly/Love Jones Soundtracky for my taste.
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March 16, 2015 on Surprise! Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly Is Out Now
i meant average rapper
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March 5, 2015 on David Crosby On Kanye West: “He’s An Idiot And A Poser”
It seems like know one really has been able to judge Kanye fairly. He's either the greatest musician of our generation or a talentless idiot. When in reality he is neither. College Dropout was a fine debut, but was overlong, and had plenty of skippable tracks. Graduation had great songs one it, but had plenty of garbage on it, like Drunk and Hot Girls, and Barry Bonds. 808's and Heartbreak was daring, but aside from Streetlights was absolutely awful. MBDTF was a huge event, but was bloated and over the top, and had some really bad songs on it. Like Monster, aside from Nickis verse. So Appalled, and especially Hell Of Life which is one of his worst songs ever. Yeezus was certainly out of left field, but only because he's a popular rapper, had it been released by just some dude it wouldn't have been nearly as striking. in fact a lot of his acclaim and disdain comes from his celebrity. He's only had to real classics. Blueprint, with a collective of people, and Late Registration. In all honesty Kanye is a great producer, and an average producer who's made one classic album and produced part of one. In terms of pop music he's certainly the most creative of his generation, but if you look at music in whole, his creativity is rather overstated. Late Registration is very creative, but compared to something like say Person Pitch or Cryptograms it would be a stretch to say it is the most creative of the bunch. He's not the worst, and he's not the best. He's simply very good. And his new stuff is terrible. I think he may be "out of his moment."
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March 5, 2015 on David Crosby On Kanye West: “He’s An Idiot And A Poser”
Well MOMA is by no means a crappy museum. It still has Barnett Newmans Vir Heroicus Sublimis, and that painting alone is worth the price of admission, but their retrospectives are indeed pretty terrible. Even the Mattisse Cut Out show was over crowded, and tossed together. But their permanant collection wipes the floor with the Brooklyn Museum. I think Kahindi Wiley has something at the Brooklyn Museum right now, and he is terrible. So theres also that.
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March 5, 2015 on Art Critics Hate Björk’s MoMa Retrospective
This is just God awful. I reminds me of a song that some band would be playing at the Peach Pit After Dark. They really benfited from the low fi sound of the early 7 inches. Where you couldnt' hear the lyrics and her voice was lower in the mix. She also seems to have run out of good melodies. Which is also a huge problem.
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February 24, 2015 on Best Coast – “California Nights” Video
Milo Goes to Compton was my motherfucking jam. My favorite of all the fuzzed out girl rock bands that came out around that time like Best Coast and Bleached.
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February 17, 2015 on Q&A: Colleen Green Talks TV, Akon, And Her Intensely Personal I Want To Grow Up
Heard Em Say is also in my top five Kanye tracks. My top 5 Gone Flashing Lights Touch The Sky Street Lights Heard Em Say I Am A God Through The Wire Can't Tell Me Nothing Gold Digger Drive Slow
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February 13, 2015 on Kanye West – “Wolves” (Feat. Vic Mensa & Sia)
Heartless is terrible. Love Lockdown was ok. Amazing was complete trash. The only banger was Streetlights, and Coldest Winter and Say You Will were pretty good. But he's had other bad songs on other albums. Graduation had a bunch of shitty ones. MDTF had bullshit like So Appalled. Even Monster is mostly terrible until Minaj starts rapping. That Lil Wayne song on Graduation. Power was a weak single. I could go on. Kanye puts out some heaters, but he also puts out LOTS of trash. Even New Slaves was pretty shitty until the last minute or so. If I had to guess, there will be some amazing songs on this one, but I wouldnt be surprised if their weren't.
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February 12, 2015 on Kanye West – “Wolves” (Feat. Vic Mensa & Sia)
Well..... Besides Streetlights *808's was mostly a mess. I'd say that was a dissapointment. And aside from Late Registration he always has some clunkers on his records, so I wouldn't be surprised if he finally put out an album comprised entirely of bullshit. If he's singing on this whole record, than I'd say we could be in for adisaster, not because he can't sing which he can't, but because he writes horrible vocal melodies. For some reason Yeezy just hasn't been able to figure that out yet. Also Blochead. Kanye is a notoriously bad rapper. Everybody knows that.
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February 12, 2015 on Kanye West – “Wolves” (Feat. Vic Mensa & Sia)
Those Haim chicks make me want to vomit. SO LAME. I do like that save me song though.
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February 8, 2015 on Grammys 2015: Comment Party
I saw Granduciel on the Subway on Saturday night. He was with an actress named Kristen Ritter. Apparently they're dating. About a month ago I was at a dinner party at a friends house, and she had a fitness magazine, that I started reading. In it there was an interview with Ritter. In it she came off like the worst person alive. So much so that I had to bring it up at the party. The girl who's home it was responded with something like this, "oh yeah. I read that too. She's an awfil human being." Now in general, all actresses are pretty rotten human beings. But she seems to be at the top of actress awfulness. I saw them chatting while wating for the train, and she seemed just as terrible, as she did in the magazine. In conclusion. I bet he is not a cool guy to hang out with. I bet he sucks.
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January 28, 2015 on War On Drugs Frontman Speaks At Length About “Unhappy Old Dude” Mark Kozelek, Plans “A Lot Of Recording” Next Month
I actually think you're really bad at this. In my opinion you're one of the worst music writers around. You're all about back stories, and narrative, and live performances, charisma, etc. Almost everything you write you spend most of your time talking about shit like that. A lot of times I wonder if you actually even listened to the record. I remember when you wrote about Benji, you said something about tearing up during the song "I love My Dad", when he talked about Edgar Winter. After I listened to the record, I remember thinking I Love My Dad is probably the least sad, and one of the jauntiest tunes on the whole record. If I had to bet, you didn't even listen to the song, you just looked at a lyric sheet, and picked something that you could form some sort of narrative around. It seems like you do that a lot. There was a blurb about the new Iceage record, where you called it "country music"?? You also just don't seem very knowledgable about records. You don't strike me as a music nerd. You seem like you really enjoy writing about music, but don't really enjoy listening to it. I personally think you're the worst writer at Stereogum by a long shot. You seem to have this kind of white dude who uses rap slang to talk about stuff thats not rap, which I guess some people find cool or amusing, but I think its kind of lame. I also don't think you listened to this Bjork record even once.
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January 22, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Björk Vulnicura
Real Top Ten Rock Bands To Emerge In The Past 20 Years 1) Animal Collective 2) Neutral Mil Hotel 3) Lightning Bolt 4) Black Dice 5) Xiu Xiu 6) Wilco 7) Daft Punk 8) Ponytail 9) The Microphones 10) Women
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January 11, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Sleater-Kinney No Cities To Love
Would you say that you like Pearl Jam more than The Beatles?
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January 6, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Panda Bear Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper
It seems weird that you always mention Allo Darlin, and never mention Tender Trap, or Heavenly.
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January 6, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Panda Bear Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper
No, I've always thought Pearl Jam was terrible. I like Nirvana, I liked Soundgarden, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Lemonheads. A bunch, of bands from that era, but Pearl Jam is terrible. No melodies, no catchy riffs, nothing to like really. The only song I ever liked by Pearl Jam was Last Kiss. I remember being shocked that I actually liked a Pearl Jam song, and then I found out it was a cover, and it made perfect sense. The Dodos Visiter, is directly inspired by Sung Tongs. There's really no debating that.
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January 6, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Panda Bear Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper
You've been talking to Breihan too much, which you should not do, because he's a fucking idiot. The thing that made all those Animal Collective acolytes so intolerable was that there were just so many. The Dodos, The Keepaways, The Yawns, The El Guinchos, The Ruby Suns, etc. They were everywhere, but if you listen to them now, they all, except for maybe Millionyoung who were awful, had some pretty great songs. That's why you can't really compare them to Pearl Jam, because Pearl Jam themselves were awful, and all the stuff they inspired was of course awful as well. Animal Collective were a great band, and most of the stuff they inspired varied from decent to good, with a couple of great tracks scattered in there (I actually think Candy Claws is the best out of all of them, and I prefer AC influenced MGMT to Time To Pretend MGMT.) If some kid picks up all those Animal Collective inspred albums in ten years, he's gonna love that shit. With that said. I like this one better than Tomboy, and less than Person Pitch. Tomboy had bad tracks on it. Tomboy, Drone, Friendship Bracelet. The only one i'm not that into on this one is Lonely Wanderer.
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January 6, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Panda Bear Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper
This is great Tom. Where is Big Quis though? Mayweather was amazing! Also, can we please get a post about this insanely great Fetty Wap song?????
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December 16, 2014 on The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2014
I'm judging. If you don't like Person Pitch, then I really can't even have a discussion about music with you. Also, i've never met someone who has heard that album and didn't like it, who I've had anything in common with musically. Also, I've read your comments before, and I generally hate everything you like. Glad you like this though. Sounds like your taste is just evolving, I'm sure you'll get into Person Pitch eventually!
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December 15, 2014 on Panda Bear – “Boys Latin” Video