Captain Boring of the S.S. Shut Up

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I was a big Morning Benders fan and was really disappointed with the first POP ETC record, but I respected that the band wanted to make the music that made them happy. That said, I think this song is worlds better than anything from the last album. That album sounded like a deliberate effort to tap into contemporary pop, and ultimately it just didn't sound natural. This song, while mining a similar territory, really feels like something they needed to make, rather than just trying to do something they wanted to make. I'm really excited about the new album now.
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January 2, 2015 on POP ETC – “Running In Circles”
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November 10, 2014 on Premature Evaluation: Foo Fighters Sonic Highways
I am a Foo Fighters fan. I like all of their albums, even if I don't listen to them a ton. And I thought the last one was great. That said, this one just doesn't seem like it's gonna be very good. I just think you aren't going to write your best songs when the entire album is based on a gimmick that you are trying to work within. Either way, the show is kind of interesting at least.
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November 7, 2014 on Preview Every Song On Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways
Am I the only one getting a Nirvana vibe from the bassline here? It's got that very heavy, Novoselic style. And even when the initial guitar riff kicks in, it still has that vibe, before progressing into something more traditional Foo Fighters.
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November 7, 2014 on Foo Fighters – “Outside”
This album was my introduction to music outside of anything my school or parents played. It was the first album I ever loved, and still the most important album to me. And I was really young when it came out - 8 years old, but I loved it from the first time I heard it, and still love it just as much to this day. Every song is really perfect, but About A Girl has always been my favorite song on the album. It's still jarring to me hearing the non-acoustic version. I also have this very distinct memory of being on the playground singing The Man Who Sold The World, and this kid in my class walked by and sang "Who knows? Not me. I already own this cd!" which he knew I didn't at the time and was borrowing from a friend. It really pissed me off at the time, and even though I haven't seen him in years, I still hold that grudge against him.
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October 31, 2014 on MTV Unplugged In New York Turns 20
I have always felt the same way and never bothered to see them live, but I saw them at Rough Trade last night and it was actually very fun. They are not the most energetic bunch, but the music translates a lot better live than I thought it would and distracted from any lack of charisma the band has.
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September 5, 2014 on Watch Alt-J Play “Left Hand Free” On Letterman
I third the Adult Jazz praise! It's such an arresting album. I can't stop listening to it.
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August 6, 2014 on Album Of The Week: Kix Rock Your Face Off
These guys are definitely the best band I've discovered so far this year. Thanks for all the great coverage of them!
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July 28, 2014 on Stream Adult Jazz Gist Is
Since this is so similar to her SNL performance so I don't have much to comment on, I'll just say that the keyboardist looks just like one of Joker's henchmen from the 1989 Batman movie.
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May 29, 2014 on Watch St. Vincent Play Jools Holland
This is a fantastic read. Thanks for posting.
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May 21, 2014 on To Know Somebody In And Out: The Honesty, Pain, And Searching Of Sharon Van Etten’s Are We There
This is a great song. Really digging it.
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March 27, 2014 on Hallelujah The Hills – “Pick Up An Old Phone” (Stereogum Premiere)
Thanks, Videogum. It's been a lot of fun.
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February 8, 2014 on Heaven Just Got A Little More Videogum
Well this is the worst.
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February 3, 2014 on Hey Guys, We Have To Talk To You About Something
No love for James Vincent McMorrow's Post Tropical? It's a fantastic album in my opinion. Later Bon Iver/James Blake territory, but also something fresh about it. Highly recommended.
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January 15, 2014 on Album Of The Week: Big Ups Eighteen Hours Of Static
Arctic Monkeys are the band with by far the most quality B-Sides, and also among the more generous bands in terms of sharing non-album tracks. They probably have another 2-3 albums worth of quality songs available.
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December 5, 2013 on Arctic Monkeys – “You’re So Dark”
So is the Arctic Monkey's...
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December 3, 2013 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2013
There's a band called Lightning Bolt with an album called Pearl Jam? What a weird coincidence!
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October 7, 2013 on Stream Pearl Jam Lightning Bolt
I like Alt-J, but they should really add some touring members. Their sound is so thin live. It really doesn't do the songs any justice.
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September 13, 2013 on Watch ALT-J Play Fallon
You guys actually posted a link to a live full band version of this song at SWSX this year. It sounds great both ways!
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August 22, 2013 on Watch Cloud Nothings’ Dylan Baldi Play New Song “Psychic Trauma” Acoustic In Vienna
I really dig this. Get it? You get it. But seriously, this is good.
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August 8, 2013 on Nothing – “Dig” (Stereogum Premiere)