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Has to be. That's why I'm assuming no one at Stereogum has listened to it yet, though I think Chris said he did and thought it was meh. Which is a wrong ass opinion.
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December 1, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016
Spalding's album is one of the few legit masterpieces are heard this year. An awesome cross-section of jazz, Joni and even the Dismemberment Plan (come on, "Good Lava" could have been on ...Is Terrified")
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December 1, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016
Good list. Honestly, the best lists are never consensus lists. I'd rather read someone's individual picks than a democratic one where the merely OK middle rises to the top. That said, that Astronoid album. The riffs are incredible and they seemingly do everything right, but it still does nothing for me. With a few exceptions (yes, Deafheaven, early Alcest, Agalloch if they count), shoegazey metal still seems kind of shallow to me. It's the new doom metal in that way, I guess.
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December 1, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016
Oh, and case/lang/veirs is way up their too. Top 15 quality.
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December 1, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016
THANK YOU. Slow Forever is such an immersive experience. Just an unrelenting beast. Where I live, the summer brought on wildfires that engulfed entire cities and I can't think of a better way to soundtrack the panicked attempts of escaping your burning city with the suffocating heat (www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieTQvIdG-Vo) than with an album like Slow Forever that actually seems to embrace primal adrenaline charge and discomfort. It's the best metal album of the current decade (Vektor's Terminal Redux is only a hair behind it).
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December 1, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016
Love the new Diarrhea Planet. They were also my favorite live show of the year.
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December 1, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016
1. Cobalt - Slow Forever 2. Pinegrove - Cardinal 3. Vektor - Terminal Redux (a legit masterpiece that not enough people have embraced) 4. Esperanza Spalding - Emily's D+evolution (why did Stereogum virtually ignore this album?) 5. Anderson .Paak - Malibu 6. Sheer Mag - III EP 7. Crying - Beyond the Fleeting Gales 8. Mary Halvorson Octet - Away With You 9. Jeff Rosenstock - Worry. 10. Pup - The Dream I Over 11. Kendrick Lamar - untitled unmastered 12. Kamaiyah - A Good Night in the Ghetto 13. NxWorries - Yes Lawd! 14/15. Jamila Woods, Tony Molina, Diarrhea Planet, Tribe Called Quest, Inter Arma, Hammers of Misfortune, SubRosa, White Lung, Wye Oak, Schoolboy Q, Elza Soares, the Hotelier, William Tyler, Hiss Golden Messenger, Nails, Dinosaur Jr, Into It. Over It. Of the big albums that I heard, Kendrick's and Tribe's were the best for me. Didn't care for Kanye's mess and Colouring Book was...too much. Like being allowed to only eat Skittles after a root canal. Beyoncé's was solid, with a few whiffs and Solange's was pretty strong and deserving of more listens. Oh, and BlackStar is really interesting, though I'm not sure I love it. Mitski and Car Saet Headrest albums were a'ight. They did everything right, I just couldn't totally get invested in them.
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December 1, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016
It's a fantastic album. Fits easily in my top 10. Frankly, albums like this one sustain me more than any of the big tent releases. I prefer artists that still have to win you over to established artists who have praise in their back pocket before anyone hears a second of their newest album.
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December 1, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016
Someone needs to explain the appeal of that album to me. I've listened to it a handful of times and I find it just TEDIOUS.
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December 1, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016
You might not see them as putting out worthy material when going solo, but Levon Helm has FOUR good to great albums to his name (American Son, Dirt Farmer, Electric Dirt, Ramble At The Ryman) and Danko's first solo album is really strong too.
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November 28, 2016 on The Last Waltz Was 40 Years Ago Today
"...and even Rick"??? Danko was so important the band and was a damn good singer and a fine songwriter in his own right. Check out his solo album.
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November 28, 2016 on The Last Waltz Was 40 Years Ago Today
Then you probably misunderstood the joke if you thought it was trying to be "edgy."
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November 23, 2016 on SNL’s Colin Jost Responds To PWR BTTM Following Widespread Criticism Of His Weekend Update Trans Joke
I like Che and Jost. They've had to find their footing in real time, but I much prefer what they do with Update to what some of the more celebrated immediate predecessors did.
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November 23, 2016 on SNL’s Colin Jost Responds To PWR BTTM Following Widespread Criticism Of His Weekend Update Trans Joke
Absolutely. If you're talking about that first wave of Wu-Tang solo album, Tical holds up quite well. In fact, I probably like it more than Ironman.
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October 28, 2016 on Ironman Turns 20
The answer is Fishscale.
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October 4, 2016 on Boys And Girls In America Turns 10
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″