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It fits nicely into my "Elite Albums of 2016" shortlist.
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September 27, 2016 on Watch Pinegrove Play New Song “Portal” For WXPN
Everything Will Be Alright is great. The White Album is very good. Maladroit is pretty good. The Green album is OK. Skip the rest for the most part, but there are some gems on the Red Album. That's all you need to know about post-Pinkerton Weezer.
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September 24, 2016 on Pinkerton Turns 20
They're both amazing, but this is my take as well. Swing Lo is an absolute next level album.
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September 19, 2016 on Dirty Projectors Tease First New Music In Forever
Swing Lo Magellan is still holding up as my favorite album of the current decade. Some absolute masterpieces on there.
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September 19, 2016 on Dirty Projectors Tease First New Music In Forever
The only albums that still resonate with me from 2009? Bitte Orca and Propagandhi's Supporting Caste.
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September 19, 2016 on Dirty Projectors Tease First New Music In Forever
Oh my goodness, I couldn't disagree with this more strongly.
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September 19, 2016 on Dirty Projectors Tease First New Music In Forever
Two excellent and totally approachable jazz albums from the last couple years are The Bad Plus with Joshua Redman and Vijay Iyer's Acclerando (so much of Iyer's work is terrific though).
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September 12, 2016 on Defeating The Jazz Zombies: America’s Music Is Alive & Well — These 7 Artists Are Proof
Kamasi is a funny case of someone who is both great AND taking up too much of the real estate in terms of recognition. The Epic wasn't even my favorite jazz album of 2015 (that would be The Bad Plus' album with Joshua Redman), but people talk as if he were the savior of a moribund genre, which is simply not true at all.
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September 12, 2016 on Defeating The Jazz Zombies: America’s Music Is Alive & Well — These 7 Artists Are Proof
I was mostly being silly about the fact that I hate the term dad rock. It was never really aimed at you, more how lazy and annoying I find the term, but to say "dad rock" is not perjorative is probably pretty generous. Steely Dan are frequently referred to as dad rock, but by your definition (safe, non-ambitious music), it's obvious that the association would be impossible. By your definition, some of the most critically tongue-bathed albums of the last decade would be dad rock. Sky Blue Sky, on the other hand, is an incredibly accomplished album musically with some ambitious musical phrasings and solos, so either your definition is wrong or the term doesn't apply.
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September 8, 2016 on Premature Evaluation: Wilco Schmilco
Way up there for me. Better than Summer Teeth at least.
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September 8, 2016 on Premature Evaluation: Wilco Schmilco
I'm going to pistol whip the next person that calls Sky Blue Sky "dad rock." Get a new thought.
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September 8, 2016 on Premature Evaluation: Wilco Schmilco
I think that whenever someone calls Sky Blue Sky "dad rock," that just means they read that AWFUL Pitchfork review and basically had their mind made up for them. The album is great, it's tighter and more polished, but the songs are there and the performances are top notch. Enough with this Dad Rock bullshit. Steely Dan are the greatest band of all time - it's not their fault your palette is still in its infancy.
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September 8, 2016 on Premature Evaluation: Wilco Schmilco
Saw Baroness a couple months back, best sounding show I've been to in ages. Pitch perfect performances of all their material - unfortunately not enough from Red Album.
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September 1, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – August 2016
OK, I love Deafheaven, think their last two albums are exceptional (truly), but let's temper the hyperbole just a bit on these guys. This year alone saw two metal releases that I'd place ahead of Deafheaven's masterpieces - Cobalt's Slow Forever and Vektor's Terminal Redux - and well ahead of the great new Inter Arma as well. Please, Deafheaven fans, please stop acting like Deafheaven are the only metal band that exists. I know we should long be past the point of discussing the hype/backlash surrounding this band, but if Deafheaven are still your pacesetters for metal, you're probably not looking hard enough.
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September 1, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – August 2016
I really liked the Both record. Some great songs on it.
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August 15, 2016 on Stream The New Ted Leo/Publicist UK Split 7″
1. The Decline 2. So Long And Thanks For All The Shoes 3. White Trash, Two Heebs And A Bean 4. Punk In Drublic
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July 20, 2016 on NOFX – “Six Years On Dope”
Last year's album with Joshua Redman is probably my favorite jazz record of the decade so far. That or Vijay Iyer's Accelerando.
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July 14, 2016 on The Bad Plus – “The Beautiful Ones” (Prince Cover)
I'm a little sad it's not the Propagandhi cover I was hoping it would be, but this is still great.
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July 11, 2016 on Descendents – “Without Love”
This is my main beef with modern indie in a single video - fear of the groove. "99 Red Balloons" has such a sick groove and these dorks just flee in the opposite direction.
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July 6, 2016 on Watch Operators Cover “99 Luftballons”
And if it's as good as that album cover is bad, it'll be the best album of the decade.
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June 23, 2016 on Hammers Of Misfortune – “Sea Of Heroes” (Stereogum Premiere)
If it's even half as good as 17th Street or The Tenant, than it's going to be one of the best albums of the year.
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June 23, 2016 on Hammers Of Misfortune – “Sea Of Heroes” (Stereogum Premiere)
My modern emo chart goes: 1. Cardinal 2. Dads - Pretty Good EP 3. Hop Along - Painted Shut 4. HLNPIT
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June 17, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016 So Far
While I think Pinegrove is far and away at the top of the emo food chain this year, I agree that Goodness was probably better than Holy Ghost. It's not a bad album, but HG reminds me of the Weakerthans more than I need any band to sound like the Weakerthans.
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June 17, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016 So Far
I know that consensus likes \teens of \denial more, and to my ears it's perfectly good (like the Mitski record) but I'm not hearing the insta-classic element to it. Yet.
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June 17, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016 So Far
How about we call it "Better Indie"
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June 15, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016 So Far
Cardinal immediately hit my ears like I had been listening to it all my life. No matter what anyone says, it will stand up as the true Emo Revival masterpiece. Although the Dads EP from 2013 is right up there.
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June 15, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016 So Far
I intended none of that, but I feel like in an age where finding compelling, challenging music made by women of color is so vital, Spalding's record should have been huge, especially at a place like Stereogum. And it's not like she's been overlooked anywhere else - the reviews have been uniformly excellent and Pitchfork gave her an enthusiastic BNM. It seems like a blind spot specific to this website. Also, that new Vektor is really something else.
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June 15, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016 So Far
Yes, but none of those other bands are ultimate anything. Cardinal felt like a classic right off the hop, even if they're not an event band.
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June 15, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016 So Far
Appreciate everyone's opinions on so much white boy, paint by numbers indie rock, but has this site even mentioned Esperanza Spalding's new album even once. That album is a revelation and is more challenging and in touch with music history than 95% of the albums on this list. 1. Cobalt - Slow Forever 2. Pinegrove - Cardinal 3. Esperanza Spalding - Emily's D+Evolution 4. Anderson .Paak - Malibu 5. Vektor - Terminal Redux 6. Kendrick Lamar - untitled unmastered 7. Kamaiyah - A Good NIght In The Ghetto 8. Diarrhea Planet - Turn To Gold 9. William Tyler - Modern Country 10. The Hotelier - Goodness/White Lung - Paradise
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June 15, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016 So Far
That Pinegrove album is the best indie record I've heard in four years. Not one of the big surprise releases of the year really stuck their landing for me, save for Kendrick, who offered something that was more low key.
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June 15, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016 So Far