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Comments from carson

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
The new Sufjan is a lovely lovely album with some beautiful, harrowing songs, but...I still like Age of Adz more, even if it's less perfect.
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March 31, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Godspeed You! Black Emperor Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress
The only perfect MM album is Building Nothing Out Of Something. Every other one hits lulls. That said, I actually like those late-era gentrified glossy albums. Good News is inconsistent thanks to a pretty ghastly middle third but it swings really hard too. We Were Dead loses steam, but man, I am all about those James Mercer cuts. This one...ehh, I feel like I'm not in the mood for any more Modest Mouse these days.
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March 16, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Modest Mouse Strangers To Ourselves
Yeah, I've got the albums neck and neck.
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February 24, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Screaming Females Rose Mountain
This album's a goddamn scorcher and I'm absolutely floored the some of the reviews have been middling. "Triumph" is the song of the year, hands down. Weird thing for me is how excited I was about the new Torche album and how much of a let down it's been for me. I appreciate that Restarter is heavier, but I feel like they've sacrificed the thing that made them really unique. I feel like they settled back into the pack again. Give me the relatively poorly reviewed Harmonicraft any day.
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February 24, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Screaming Females Rose Mountain
It's...fine. Heavier, yes, but I feel like the band is moving away from what makes them special. Meanderthal and Harmonicraft were WAY better.
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February 23, 2015 on Stream Torche Restarter