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Yikes, I can’t believe how many negative comments there are! Personally, I just finished my first listen and I thought it was fantastic. This will be on repeat all summer.
I’ve been listening to Sam’s Town a lot the last couple weeks- well, half of the songs. The Killers are really a great singles band, so I’m sure there’ll be some jams on this.
Personally, I think that it’s a great idea. I’ve been reading Stereogum for a loooooong time, and I’m sure that there are plenty others out there like me, and, perhaps due to my loyalty to the site, I just feel a little disappointed and let down when I see posts or articles or whatever that appear completely ignored (in the comments at least)*, and I think that something like this would help quite a bit to increase the user interaction with the site.
As for the complaints about people pandering for upvotes and end of the week placement, I don’t think that that is something that the Stereogum community will really have to worry about. Sure, there’s bound to be a few people to whom it is important and that will think it’s a big deal, but I think that more than anything this feature will encourage people to join in the conversation and hopefully add more insightful comments than the typical “this song is lame” or “i can’t wait for the album!!!” sort of thing. People (myself included, to some extent) at Videogum find problems with the Monster’s Ball because over there it can become very competitive, but the thing is, over there, because Videogum is in essence a comedy site, upvotes are 90% based on the laffz the post elicited. Here, because the topic of conversation is music (though I will say many of the posts can be quite humorous), I highly doubt anyone (well, most of us, anyways) are going to be racking our brains for the funniest thing we can say. Someone who wants to pander for upvotes here will have a better chance at scoring them thru intelligent, thoughtful comments on the music being discussed. At least, that’s the way I see it playing out in my head.
*Of course, what do i know? A lack of comments probably doesn’t necessarily mean no one is looking at the post, I’m sure plenty of the less commented on articles get decent views; it’s just that posts that DO get a lot of comments definitely DO get a lot of views (all relative of course) and I’d hate for the subjects of the less commented on articles to not get as much attention in the future just because no one is responding to them (the main artist that comes to mind, for me at least, is The-Dream; I’m always psyched when you guys cover him and I’d hate for what seems like a lack of interest in the community to have a negative effect on future coverage (though, I’m pretty sure that Amrit and Scott are fellow Dreamheads (right, guys?), so hopefully you’ll keep giving him some coverage).
Anyways that’s just my two cents. I think it’s a great idea, guys, and I only want to see the best for Stereogum, because I think it’s the best site of it’s kind online.
I actually think it makes a lot of sense that theres not any RHCP on there, mainly because they suck.
I’m a total Dreamhead, so, as always, the coverage is truly appreciated. both tracks are killer, FMBO reminds me a lot of Fast Car, which is a REALLY good thing, and the beat on Body Work brings to mind LVM pts 1&2, as well as Abyss, among others…
Terius has obviously got (and has had, for a long time now, clearly) his sound down pat, and he’s amazingly managed to keep from getting stale. Psyched for The Love IV.
BTW, did these actually drop on 6-7-twenty-11? Because even though we didn’t get that Love Affair, this is still a pretty solid hold over til September.
Personally this is my favorite Liars album (only narrowly beating out DND), and I loved it from the first listen. I remember people walking into my place when i was playing Broken Witch one day and just making confused shitfaces upon hearing “BLOOD, BLOOD, BLOOD, BLOOD, BLOOD, BLOOD, BLOOD”. I’ve always imagined that thats how a lot of the people who reviewed the album reacted (unfortunately).
I agree with the comments about Los Campesinos! & Tokyo Police Club, who both put out great records last year, and i couldn’t agree more with the inclusion of Harlem on your list, Hippies was the best, one of my favorite albums/biggest surprises from last year.
That being said- and i know he was #15 on your list and i think #30 on p4k’s- in regards to the rest of the lists out there, i think Love King was totally overlooked for being as stellar as it was.
The Premature Evaluation also said that it was “too good”, which i think says a whole lot (and is also true).
You clearly know whats up, hugo; thats what my Gummy vote said. Honestly i thought Kanye made the best album of the year, but i’m sure he’ll get waaay more first place votes, so i had to give mine to The-Dream, make sure he gets SOME love.
I’m way psyched to see The-Dream at #15; glad Love King is getting the… um, love, that his first two classic albums deserved.
Only album that seems like a glaring omission is The Walkmen, can’t believe that it didn’t crack your top 50… were you guys not fans?