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It makes sense I guess if you listen to the folk rock original version, which I imagine the Grammys liked. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41GZVVcxQps
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December 6, 2016 on Here Are The 2017 Grammys Nominations
The singles were pretty good, but yeah, that was definitely a post-ironic poptimist high tide.
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December 6, 2016 on Here Are The 2017 Grammys Nominations
I hear a lot of Tame Impala and Cream/Jimi Hendrix style psych rock. I really dig it.
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December 2, 2016 on Stream Childish Gambino Awaken, My Love!
Glad someone remembered King Gizzard. Poptimists aren't into psych rock these days, but damn it's well done on that album.
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December 1, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016
It would be hard to persuade me that Blonde isn't the best album of the year — I've legitimately never heard anything like it, whereas Lemonade is a masterful fusion of different existing styles in a cohesive form. A Moon Shaped Pool also deserves to be in the top 5 — I think it's their best thing since Kid A some days. Also, they didn't get a ton of discussion and aren't the most critically "on trend" (read: not bedroom R&B, emo-revival, or big pop albums), but I thought the Twin Peaks, Future, Last Shadow Puppets, Miranda Lambert, Iggy Pop, and Diana albums were very underrated and worthy of inclusion on anyone's top 50. Also final thought: 2016 definitely had bigger blockbuster albums than any year in a while, but overall, I like 2015 in music a lot more.
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December 1, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016
I don't blame The Weeknd for being afraid to risk the massive pop stardom he's won, but it doesn't necessarily make for good art.
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November 28, 2016 on Premature Evaluation: The Weeknd Starboy
It sounds like a vaporwave Michael Jackson tribute with trap influences. Drive Soundtrack meets Leave Me Alone. None of those Talking Heads, Smiths, or Bad Brains influences he mentioned. Pretty solid but not mind-blowing, got that Views feeling all over again - 7/10.
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November 25, 2016 on Stream The Weeknd Starboy
I don't know what else they'd be, guitar pop I guess? They're a band of dudes who write their own songs and play guitar. The definition of rock is pretty broad these days (look at Tame Impala's last album) — I think they fit.
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November 18, 2016 on Vampire Weekend Reportedly Sign To Columbia For LP4
Nice to know major labels are still interested in (indie) rock bands.
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November 18, 2016 on Vampire Weekend Reportedly Sign To Columbia For LP4
His response on the "new school" is hilarious. I like Future and Thug a lot and think they're great artists — this new crew is mostly trash. First time I've not liked a stage of hip-hop's sonic evolution.
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October 12, 2016 on Lil Wayne Might Not Know Who Donald Trump Is
This write up reads like a parody of poptimism. Stereogum trying to have it both ways — snarking that obviously our tastes are better than the people who like Maroon 5 and then posting their tour dates. Cheering Taylor Swift for making a promo deal with AT&T and then mocking Maroon 5's Ellen promo show. This song is no better or worse than most of what's held up as good in "This Week in Pop," but it just goes to show that disliking pop made by white guys will remain an important signifier of "good taste" while embracing the latest Demi Lovato single.
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October 12, 2016 on Maroon 5 – “Don’t Wanna Know” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)
The album will probably be just OK (top ten on Rolling Stone's albums of the year for sure), but it's sad to me that this will probably be the last one they ever make. Hard not to think of them in the context of classic rock stars who have died this year.
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October 6, 2016 on The Rolling Stones Announce New Album Blue & Lonesome; Hear “Just Your Fool”
I think you could say the same thing today. Why shouldn't Frank Ocean's Blonde be considered a rock album?
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September 29, 2016 on Could Rap Music Be Whitewashed The Way Rock ‘N’ Roll Was?
"The nature of conservatism, after all, is to avoid risk at all cost, and the polarized state of American politics should tell you that for every pop listener in search of the cutting edge, there’s another fan out there seeking comfortable old archetypes." I really do like a lot of Chris's writing but projecting a neat left-right spectrum onto music is one of the things that bothers me about music writing today. So much of criticism now seems to be just a vehicle to write about identity before anything else. The Pitchfork review of the Led Zeppelin reissues had do a solid paragraph of throat clearing about how they were #problematic before getting to anything else. I also like Beyoncé, but Drake does many times the sales with exponentially fewer think pieces.
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September 22, 2016 on Who’s Shawn Mendes? You’re About To Find Out, Whether You Like It Or Not
Yup. As long as the act's politics are OK, they're tolerated. If they represent an unstylish demographic (21 Pilots or Chainsmokers), they become passé. Hard to see how the Chainsmokers make music any worse than Selena Gomez.
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September 19, 2016 on Chainsmokers Singer Explains Why They Sounded Like Shit At The VMAs: “I Was Set Up To Fail”
Way too many guitars for radio right now.
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September 9, 2016 on Kings Of Leon – “Waste A Moment”
Coke jokes aside, there seems to be a major trend now of R&B/hip-hop artists being heavily influenced by white rock artists while indie/rock itself has a rough year. Thinking Frank Ocean and the Beach Boys, Radiohead, and The Beatles, Beyoncé and Jack White, Rihanna and Tame Impala, etc. etc.
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September 6, 2016 on The Weeknd Talks New Album Inspired By Talking Heads, Bad Brains, & The Smiths
I think it's obviously a categorically different record than Channel Orange, but I like it more than anything else I've heard this year. I don't remember what the songs sound like as much, but when I'm listening I still get engrossed. I love the guitars all over it - feels like his attempt to make a Radiohead record, which makes it odd that most publications I've read seem to have glossed over the Jonny Greenwood contributions. I hear lots of echoes of Tame Impala in the chord choices too. Bob Ludwig has a long history of working with rock artists as well. Anyway, it's one of the most abstract pieces of (pop) music I've heard in a while, and I think it's great.
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August 22, 2016 on Premature Evaluation: Frank Ocean Blonde
I will always have a soft spot for Kings of Leon. I know they're the furthest thing from what's considered cool now (and have been for a while), but at their best they write great, durable rock songs. Supersoaker and Wait for Me from the last album are still in rotation. Can't say I'm hugely optimistic about this one though.
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August 22, 2016 on Kings Of Leon Appear To Tease New Album Walls
I also don't quite agree with the thesis of this article. I'm in college and I don't know anyone who doesn't listen to Drake or at least like a few of his songs. He's that ubiquitous. With the massive success of If You're Reading This and What a Time (not to mention "Hotline Bling," which my mom knows), he set himself up to have a massive summer album. To and from work this summer, I would also hear this album's songs blaring out of speakers all the time, far more than any other, and when I got to work, you would hear Drake (and Rihanna) songs all the time. You can say it's because of a relative drought in other big summer releases, but Drake really is that big. Ticket sales for his sold out Summer Sixteen tour also don't lie. I'll be the first to say Views wasn't that great (coming from someone who has been a fan since So Far Gone), but you can't deny its commercial success.
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August 6, 2016 on Skewed VIEWS: The Huge Truth About Drake’s Record-Breaking Chart Run
Just doesn't seem like there's a comparable band today that's connecting with both the pop and indie/rock worlds.
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August 1, 2016 on The Killers Announce Sam’s Town 10th Anniversary Reissue And Shows At Sam’s Town Hotel
Hard to say, but they get heavy rotation on rock radio anyway and market themselves like a rock band, even if they don't use guitars.
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July 22, 2016 on Views From The Top: The Undying Popularity Of Drake’s Unending Album
Not so. Whatever you think of them, 21 pilots are huge with the kids. Also a lot of those same kids are playing Blink-182.
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July 21, 2016 on Views From The Top: The Undying Popularity Of Drake’s Unending Album
Love the production on this, much prefer it to their last LP.
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July 13, 2016 on Preoccupations – “Degraded”
I'm reminded of this Hunter S. Thompson quote: “The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side.” That said, it does seem like artists and the industry will be in dire straits until they can figure out a way to make streaming and music on the internet more generally profitable. I agree with Michael as a music consumer that I would hate to lose access to great, free bootlegs for instance on Youtube, but it's sad that Young Thug will likely make far more from appearing in a #mycalvins ad than he will from all the streams of Slime Season 3. I love these critiques but a solution is sorely needed, and there will definitely be a lot of winners and losers either way. If people are putting pressure on Spotify to pay artists more, I don't see why Google/Youtube (which is exponentially larger) shouldn't have to do the same.
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July 8, 2016 on But Who’s Buying? A Column About The Music Business
Hasn't the point of a lot of pop music always been to provide mindless escapism? "I Like to Move It Move It" and "Who Let the Dogs Out?" (not to mention American Idol) were huge long before Trump ran for president. Going further back, I don't think the point of something like "MmmBop" or "Summer Girls" was to provoke deep contemplation.
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July 7, 2016 on Lip Sync Battle, “Carpool Karaoke,” And America’s New Wave Of Viral Singing Shows
Agreed. The garage rock/post-punk revival lasted the better part of a decade. The 80s synthpop thing seems like it will be played out pretty soon, but if you look at the Blood Orange record and others, it's still going to be around for a little while. I'm also not sure if just because Blink-182 has a hit, we can say we're on a full-fledged pop-punk revival. Not sure what's next either.
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July 2, 2016 on I Guess This Is Growing Up: Blink-182 Are Back For Mall Punk’s Classic Rock Phase
Point taken. I guess it just feels like (as Nick Harley points out below) these days music writers are incapable of saying something nice about that band without also criticizing them. Loved your piece on First Impressions btw.
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June 30, 2016 on I Guess This Is Growing Up: Blink-182 Are Back For Mall Punk’s Classic Rock Phase
I seem to recall someone calling 1989 "a laser-guided new pop masterpiece." Another example is To Pimp a Butterfly, which I still love, went back to the 50s jazz and 70s soul for some of its sonic inspiration and it never got the "retro-fetishist" tag.
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June 30, 2016 on I Guess This Is Growing Up: Blink-182 Are Back For Mall Punk’s Classic Rock Phase