Captain Boring of the S.S. Shut Up

Comments from Captain Boring of the S.S. Shut Up

This song is really fun and Matt seems so loose. I wonder if he’s going to bring that energy back to The National and end up with a record sounding closer to Alligator than their previous releases. As much as I love the last 3, that could be a fun change of pace.

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September 3, 2015 on EL VY – “I’m The Man To Be”

I was curious what he was going to do next. I loved his debut and I though his last one, despite some real highlights, was a bit too queasy for my tastes. I’m really digging this new song. Excited for the album.

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July 13, 2015 on Youth Lagoon – “The Knower”

Yep, their music is nearly as predictable and boring as this joke.

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April 19, 2015 on Foo Fighters – “Empty Handed” & “Kids In America” (Kim Wilde Cover)

Driver Surprise Me is definitely in my top 10 National songs. Such an incredible song. They have so many good B sides and I just remembered that Matt said in a Reddit AMA that they had another album worth of songs that were too good to release as B sides when TWFM came out. I wish they released them.

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April 13, 2015 on Alligator Turns 10

This song is so, so good but it’s been up on Spotify since January. Glad to hear official word of the EP. Any new music from SVE is sure to be amazing.

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April 8, 2015 on Sharon Van Etten Announces I Don’t Want To Let You Down EP

Yeah, they sent an email out out about the song and said it was part of the TWFM sessions. Great song!

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April 2, 2015 on The National – “Sunshine On My Back”

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