carson

Comments from carson

Oh man, I am SO READY for this new Vektor. It's basically impossible to top Outer Isolation (A top 10, maybe top 5 metal album of the decade), but this is going to rip. I've heard a lot about the new Inter Arma being pretty next level. Hope it comes true.
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April 29, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – April 2016
System Of A Down were great. Toxicity is so legit.
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April 29, 2016 on Blink-182 – “Bored To Death”
This is best just ignored, though I appreciate that Sum now has the dude from Gob in their band.
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April 28, 2016 on Blink-182 – “Bored To Death”
Never intended as a diss on Boston. They were studio wizards and that first album is immaculate. I think every decade should have a "respect motherfucking craft" kind of backseat projecting stadium pop-rock creation that is good in spite of ideas of credibility. Boston in the 70s, Hysteria (or Toto IV) in the 80s. I'd say Enema is that album for the 90s and maybe Bleed American for 00s? Maybe the s/t Paramore album is that album for the 10's? Anybody feeling me on this?
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April 28, 2016 on Blink-182 – “Bored To Death”
I think Green Day were kind of the first wave of the "90s punk cred test," but even the Green Day kids were all like "pfft, Blink are so commercial." Oh, and American Idiot kind of sucks, dude. Give me Dookie and Enema (hmm, interesting parallel, that) over that hacky album any day.
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April 28, 2016 on Blink-182 – “Bored To Death”
If you're a music critic and your memories of Blink were of a trash band sullying the good name of punk instead the great stadium hook machines they were (like a pop punk Boston), then you are probably too old.
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April 28, 2016 on Blink-182 – “Bored To Death”
I just realized the 20th anniversary of the Mr. T Experience's Love Is Dead has come and gone and that the best pop punk album of the 90s (and the best Lookout! album) has fallen through the cracks of time. Bums me out. Anyways, used to dig this album when I was first getting into music. Recently returned to it, thought it sounded OK.
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April 15, 2016 on Evil Empire Turns 20
They did the same thing to Agalloch's Marrow of The Spirit in 2010. They actually gave it an 8.5 without a BNM because Pitchfork is weird and hesitant with metal.
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April 4, 2016 on Premature Evaluation: M83 Junk
I go back and forth on Sufjan too, but I tend to hold the messy, underloved albums closer. It's maybe why I'm more inclined to rewatch The Life Aquatic over The Royal Tanenbaums.
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April 4, 2016 on Premature Evaluation: M83 Junk
Predatory Highlights was one of last year's best albums and more people should listen to it.
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March 21, 2016 on Tenement – “Freak Cast In Iron”
RAP Music exceeds the other Killer Mike solo albums for the simple fact that it's not littered with moments of Mike shouting out "Grind Time Rap Gang." He has so many great moments from the previous decade ("That's Life") but the "Grind Time" thing is really aggravating.
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March 21, 2016 on Killer Mike – “Saks Fifth”
Yes, but do they have hit single potential???
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March 18, 2016 on Flatbush Zombies Put The Beast In Beast Coast At SXSW
Malibu and Esperanza Spalding's album are just leap years beyond everything else this year. OK, unmastered untitled and Sheer Mag III are great too, but those other two albums are just next level.
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March 17, 2016 on Slight Work For Anderson .Paak And The Free Nationals At SXSW
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