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If nothing else, I'm just grateful the Darkness are no longer being used as a shorthand for the limitations of irony in music. These guys were a shit-hot band from the start and even if they've kind settled into a groove of being an admirable working rock band, they can kick out great songs in their sleep.
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July 21, 2017 on The Darkness – “All The Pretty Girls”
https://twitter.com/propagandhi/status/887341607732879363 A lyrical point of reference. Fuck, this thing wails.
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July 18, 2017 on Propagandhi – “Victory Lap”
Propagandhi are the greatest band in the world. Full stop. There hasn't been a rock record as potent and powerful (and moving) as Supporting Caste in the last 10 years. Except for maybe Failed States.
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July 18, 2017 on Propagandhi – “Victory Lap”
I can't suggest that Pinegrove is doing anything terribly unique with its sound, it's basically a guy writing some basic guitar songs, but I don't hear Modest Mouse or Bright Eyes so much when I listen them. They probably occupy a similar space (white guys and their guitars), but I don't know who they may be a direct descendant of.
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July 18, 2017 on Pinegrove Sends Pitchfork Fest Into An Emotional Frenzy
Your opinion notwithstanding, the "alt-country" tag has probably been leaned on too heavily with Pinegrove. They are decidedly not an alt-country band. They fall more in line with modern emo, and part of their dynamics include maybe the odd country lilt or bluegrassy harmony. It's an ingredient in the band's sound, but it is not the sound itself. Also, they aren't boring.
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July 17, 2017 on Pinegrove Sends Pitchfork Fest Into An Emotional Frenzy
Ugh, I wish there was a way to edit posts. This thing is a mess.
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July 17, 2017 on Pinegrove Sends Pitchfork Fest Into An Emotional Frenzy
Cardinal has just grown and grown for me. Eight perfect fully formed songs that feel like they already belong in the Great American Songbook. In fact, this year's live album, Elsewhere, might even be better - each song slightly altered with fuller harmonies and rawer performances. On Twitter yesterday Tom Breihan was asking about the appeal of Pinegrove and I flippantly said "It's like, imagine if indie rock were actually good." That was kind of a dickish thing to say, but I real feel like the band gets right something that so many much bigger bands get so absolutely wrong. Hall writes real deal SONGS, not just vague ideas with good SOUNDS. That's why these continue to connect so strongly with their audience.
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July 17, 2017 on Pinegrove Sends Pitchfork Fest Into An Emotional Frenzy
I'd say not so much "filler" per se as maybe "soggy" moments. Parts of the record where it lags ever-so-slightly. These are minor quibbles, Tyranny, for me, is close to a 10, but I really do love the efficiency and focus of Shake The Sheets. Add to the fact that the album is STACKED with great songs.
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July 6, 2017 on Ted Leo Is Like You
Holy shit, I posted my comment before I had time to really delve into the article and now I feel like a bit of a tool being all "hey, here's how I rank Ted Leo" albums. Anyways, great article. Ted Leo is incredible.
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July 6, 2017 on Ted Leo Is Like You
Hearts is the discovery point for many people, but I think Tyranny has the better top end tracks (including your namesake). Sheets, though. There's really nothing else like it in the Ted Leo discography. It was his quickest turnaround in terms of making a record and the whole thing is more alive with angry, punchy efficiency. Leo has never made a tighter record and I think it's his only filler-free record. And yes, you can hear how good Leo is as a songwriter on tej, but there is just way too much dicking around on that thing.
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July 6, 2017 on Ted Leo Is Like You
Got to see a Ted solo show about a year-and-a-half ago (my third time seeing him) and he was fabulous and the crowd was so into, singing along every word, even on the covers. Anyway, here's how I would rank his albums. 1. Shake The Sheets 2. The Tyranny of Distance 3. Hearts of Oak 4. The Brutalist Bricks 5. The Both (severely underrated) 6. Living With The Living 7. Tej leo(?)
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July 6, 2017 on Ted Leo Is Like You
Basically all of EWBAITE is pretty good. Most of White is good. Red is crazy bipolar, but there are strong moments ("Dreamin'" and "Angel And The One," which is an insanely good song). Hurley kind of moves everything toward the middle - only one truly awful song, some scattered great moments. Raditude is absurd and fun, but bad, regrettable fun. Make Believe is milquetoast or awful. Green is benign and lobotomized, but efficiently catchy. Maladroit is pretty empty, but a total rager.
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June 19, 2017 on Weezer’s Hit-Filled Firefly Set Was A Nearly Perfect Situation
Damn, this album is going to be huuuuuuuge. Also, not for nothing, Ex Eye features the best member of Liturgy.
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June 12, 2017 on Ex Eye – “Xenolith; The Anvil”
You mean the Esperanza Spalding Conundrum?
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June 6, 2017 on Album Of The Week: Big Thief Capacity
Planetary Prince addresses some of my key issues with The Epic, which is, essentially, that it trims the fat. The Epic has some stunning moments, but there are extended passages where the music seems to be wandering without purposes. Planetary Prince is leaner, more efficient and stronger for its judicious editing. It's the classic "boy, this double album would have been better as a single album" cliche, but I feel like Planetary Prince confirms how true it is.
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June 6, 2017 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2017 So Far
Well, I would suggest they are great pop albums on their own terms, minus any elements of cult of personality. I guess it depends what you categorize as "pop", but I do think those albums compare favorably when you stake them up against the likes of 1989 and E-Mo-Tion.
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June 6, 2017 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2017 So Far
Holy shit, this album!
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June 6, 2017 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2017 So Far
I really like that White Reaper album, but I really do think that Paramore do that pop ideal better than anyone since Robyn. So yeah, think of it on those terms. They're a pop group and they've released the two best pop albums of the last five years.
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June 6, 2017 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2017 So Far
Also, am I crazy, or has 2017 been kind of ehhh, so far? I mean, I don't even think DAMN. touches untitled unmastered, and it's taking the top spot. I had four masterpieces pegged by this time last year (Cobalt, Pinegrove, Vektor, Esperanza Spalding) and this year, only one album even hints at that level. Not too worried though, still have new Sheer Mag and Propagandhi to look forward to.
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June 6, 2017 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2017 So Far
Aw dude, ya blew it!
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June 6, 2017 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2017 So Far
So I see you rep for Kamasi and Thundercat. Have you heard the new Cameron Graves yet? They both play on it extensively.
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June 6, 2017 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2017 So Far
Yeah, listen, I love Dirty Projectors. Swing Lo Magellan may still be holding up as my AOTD, but this new one is...it's either a bunch of good songs weighed down by terrible ideas or really terrible songs bolstered by some good moments. And it's tedious. Much preferring the new Amber Coffman.
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June 6, 2017 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2017 So Far
It's kind of crazy to me how quickly Cloud Nothings found themselves in the position of being consistent, but overlooked. Like, they didn't fall off, people just stopped caring.
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June 6, 2017 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2017 So Far
A couple more things: that Thundercat album jumps back and forth between something that is truly amazing and literally the worst bullshit I have ever heard in my life. If you like Thundercat's playing, but not the Zappa-esque dicking around, please check out that Cameron Graves album. It's the best jazz album I've heard this decade and all the cool kids play on it too. Also, really digging this Tonstartsbandht album. Thanks for the tip.
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June 6, 2017 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2017 So Far
My current top 10: 1. Cameron Graves - Planetary Prince (better than the Epic, but of course, most fans of that album were just tourists, dipping their toes because of the Kendrick connection) 2. Pallbearer - Heartless (First Pallbearer album I ever liked, and I really like it) 3. Charly Bliss - Guppy (stacked with great songs) 4. Paramore - After Laughter (Not as expansive as the s/t, but peak pop nonetheless) 5. Narra - Narra (listen for yourself: https://narradelphia.bandcamp.com/) 6. Elder - Reflections of a Floating World (probably going to rise higher) 7. White Reaper - The World's Best American Band (Duuuuuuumb, but fuuuuuuuuuun) 8. Japandroids - Near to the Wild Heart of Life (a million times worse than Celebration Rock, but I still listened to it a ton) 9. Kendrick - DAMN. (a lesser album, but still Kendrick) 10. Girlpool - Power Plant or Jay Som - Everybody Works (toss up) I've only listened to the new Big Thief once, but that's probably worthy of a higher spot on the list too.
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June 6, 2017 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2017 So Far
It's good, but to me it's clearly their worst. It's been a gradual sliding scale. Blue is most people's favorite because it was an entry point for many, but I find that Red just hits impossibly hard and with just as many dynamics as what came after. They were always a hard rock band at heart (which they nailed on Yellow), but I still like them best at their heaviest. It's really one of the few albums from 2007 that has actually grown in my estimation.
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June 5, 2017 on Watch Baroness Debut New Guitarist Gina Gleason
Red = 10 Blue - 9 Yellow & Green = 8 (Yellow 7.5, Green 8.5) Purple = 7
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June 5, 2017 on Watch Baroness Debut New Guitarist Gina Gleason
1. No Division (seriously, few albums are this good) 2. Fuel For The Hate Game 3. BYO Split w/ Leatherface 4. Forever and Counting 5. Caution (but seriously, those first two songs are the fieriest fire that ever burned) 6. A Flight and a Crash 7. Exister 8. The New What Next
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June 1, 2017 on Hot Water Music – “Never Going Back”
Stooooooked to here the rest of this new Elder record, but in the meantime, here is a hot piece of album for those who do the punk/emo/Philly rock thing: https://narradelphia.bandcamp.com/album/narra
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May 30, 2017 on Album Of The Week: Elder Reflections Of A Floating World
Can't believe the turning around an album this quick. Masterpiece was a phenomenal record. One of my 15 or so essential albums from last year.
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April 5, 2017 on Big Thief – “Mythological Beauty” Video