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Comments from carson

I only checked out that Tobias Jesso album in like October. I thought I was going to hate it what with his name, face and haircut, but I found it disarmingly enjoyable. It's not an all-timer by any stretch, but a nice, steady collection of solid songs that I can return to once every six months. I get why the backlash kicked in, but I'm still enjoying the honeymoon period. It's really not that bad. Now, the Miguel album, I feel is a MAJOR album. It's supposed to be dense and weird and "difficult" but he just can't help but write huge hook after huge hook. Every song, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM, is massive and catchy and just weird or psychedelic enough to scratch the art side of the art/pop divide. I really think it's just about perfect. Anyway, while I'm at it, here's my list: 1. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly 2. Miguel - Wildheart 3. Jim O'Rourke - Simple Songs 4. Deafheaven - New Bermuda (it is better than Sunbather) 5. Tribulation - Children of the Night (best guitar tone of the year) 6. Joanna Newsom - Divers 7. Screaming Females - Rose Mountain 8. Donnie Trumpet - Surf 9. Sheer Mag - Sheer Mag II 10. Sleater-Kinney - No Cities To Love 11. Hop Along - Painted Shut 12. Colleen Green - I Want To Grow Up 13. Natalie Prass - Natalie Prass 14. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie And Lowell 15. Dr. Dre - Compton 16. Christian Mistress - To Your Death 17. Alabama Shakes - Sound And Colour 18. Tenement - Predatory Headlights 19. Mountain Goats - Beat The Champ 20. Girlpool - Before The World Was Big 21. Eric Church - Mr. Misunderstood 22. Satan - Atom By Atom 23. Tau Cross - Tau Cross 24. Kamasi Washington - The Epic 25. Black Breath - Slaves Beyond Death 26. Destoyer - Poison Season 27. Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon 28. Vince Staples - Summertime '06 29. Elder - Lore 30. The World Is A Beautiful Place... - Harmlessness
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December 2, 2015 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2015
Sound and Color is a fabulous album, but I feel the perception of Alabama Shakes places them in the middle of the road, almost like an extension of those Mumford bands (which is far from the truth). People see Alabama Shakes as a band your kind of cool aunt likes. They are wrong to think this, but I think that's the reality of it.
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December 1, 2015 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2015
That almost made up for the Miguel snub (seriously, what more could you want from an album that isn't already on Wildheart???). Rose Mountain was great and the fact that it received some critical shrugs just baffles me.
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December 1, 2015 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2015
Just for clarification, the best pop album of the decade and the one with the most staying power was Paramore's self-titled record from 2013. Very few critics seemed to be on the ball with this one.
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December 1, 2015 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2015
What do you mean? She's in, like, everything.
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October 8, 2015 on Watch Amy Schumer & The Weeknd’s SNL Promos
Essential album, no matter your genre preference. I've always said Rancid released three genre masterpieces (Let's Go, Life Won't Wait and Rancid 2000, which is a fantastic album that people dismiss too easily) and one straight up masterpiece. Out Come The Wolves still sounds huge in all the best ways and Tim Armstrong is one of the great "bad" singers of all time.
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August 22, 2015 on …And Out Come The Wolves Turns 20
The album doesn't scream "Listen to me, I'm a big important album" the way, say, the Father John Misty album does, but it is off the charts of "re-playability."
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June 16, 2015 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2015 So Far
I know that Alabama Shakes record is not the "coolest" record to like what with them maybe being a bit of an extension of the "authentic music" scene with all those "Ho Hey" bands, but dammit, Sound & Color is just an incredible album. As someone who appreciates a good arrangement, I find the album incredibly impressive. My 15: 1. Kendrick 2. Donnie Trumpet 3. Jim O'Rourke 4. Screaming Females 5. Tribulation 6. Sleater-Kinney 7. Sheer Mag 8. Natalie Prass 9. Sufjan 10. Mountain Goats 11. Colleen Green 12. Hop Along 13. Alabama Shakes 14. Kamasi Washington 15. Jessica Pratt/Courtney Barnett/Waxahatchee
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June 16, 2015 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2015 So Far
Yeah, the passive aggressive treatment of Age of Adz has GOT TO STOP. I like my artists messy and bold and that album still stands up for me as Sufjan's most compelling record in a long line of compelling records.
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June 16, 2015 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2015 So Far
I agree. I can't wait until the new Christian Mistress album either.
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June 16, 2015 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2015 So Far
Red Medicine was my first Fugazi album and it freaked out my MxPx-loving brain. That said, "Bed For The Scraping" was the song that grabbed me hard and held onto me until I was able to eventually get up to speed with the rest of this brilliant album.
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June 12, 2015 on Red Medicine Turns 20
Great, super extensive list. Turns out I have a lot of catching up to do when it comes to Yes. Close To The Edge, I think is the prog pinnacle, probably second only to King Crimson's Red. I saw them perform The Yes Album, Close To The Edge and Going For The One in their entirety last year and it was pretty damn great, even with the new singer.
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May 20, 2015 on Close To The Edge (1972)
I still prefer Boys And Girls probably because every song on that one feels like a monster, whereas I jump around and cherry pick a bit more on Separation Sunday. Still, a great album. Also, Stay Positive is a damn fine record that is too easily dismissed.
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May 4, 2015 on Separation Sunday Turns 10
Maybe he's just an old guy who is summarily dismissing a bunch of 20-somethings after the most cursory of cursory listens, but I know a lot of 20-somethings who have summarily dismissed Steely Dan after the most cursory of cursory listens.
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April 20, 2015 on After Coachella, Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen Is Not Psyched About Modern Music
In his defense, Fagen isn't really a "rock" or "folk" guy. He probably just sticks with old jazz and can't really handle anything with a simple arrangement. IDK, I mean the guys is behind one of the greatest winning streaks in pop music history and always made complex, intricate music. It should be no surprise he can't stand strummy, white-boy folk.
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April 20, 2015 on After Coachella, Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen Is Not Psyched About Modern Music
If you like explosive and hooky, you should listen to Pavement's "Stereo" or "Date With Ikea."
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April 13, 2015 on Frances Bean Cobain Gives Rare Interview: “I Don’t Really Like Nirvana That Much”
It's actually worse than that, the only ones she hooked up with were Killah Priest and Cappadonna.
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April 13, 2015 on Man Takes Girlfriend To Divorce Court For Cheating On Him With Entire Wu-Tang Clan
No way, TVOTR's fourth album is far and away my favorite from them. It's so weird to me that it was dismissed the way it was.
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April 7, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Waxahatchee Ivy Tripp
Oh man, I remember that Shake The Sheets review. It made me furious at the time. Far and away Ted Leo's best album (well, Tyranny's pretty close) and Pitchfork was just like "ehh, whatever." The recent JEFF The Brotherhood review was another one that makes me crazy. It comes down to misdiagnosing one band (Free Energy) and then treating every comparison to said band as some kind of insult when it should be a compliment.
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April 7, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Waxahatchee Ivy Tripp
I still really want to hear your thoughts on the album. It's getting a lot of middling reviews from people not in tune with pro wrestling, but I find the album really good, with periodic fits real greatness. I'm not the biggest Mountain Goats guy, actually, but some of the songs here are just exceptional.
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April 7, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Waxahatchee Ivy Tripp