Comments from chipotle.

There's something in his discography any artist of any genre can find inspiration in. For me, Bowie will always mean so much for pushing the sonic, artistic, and genre boundaries of what rock music can be and in his undying belief that it should move relentlessly forward. Not to mention that he did so while writing affecting, meaningful pop songs to communicate his ultimate message of hope to millions. RIP.
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January 11, 2016 on R.I.P. David Bowie
Definitely Maybe and Morning Glory are two of the best rock albums of recent decades, and Oasis never really fell of as as a great singles band. Comparing them with Adele is silly.
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December 9, 2015 on Noel Gallagher Calls Adele “Music For Fucking Grannies”
The album of the year category (and a few others, actually) are pretty great, actually. I love fantasizing about To Pimp a Butterfly sweeping a bunch of categories, but it won't happen, of course. Hopefully the performances are good enough to guide us through 1989 winning everything until 25 inevitably does the same next year.
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December 7, 2015 on Here Are The 2016 Grammy Nominations
It really is that bad. I love the first four Coldplay albums, and even liked a good bit of the off-peak Mylo Xyloto and Ghost Stories, but this is just awful dreck.
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December 4, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Coldplay A Head Full Of Dreams
I love that you did this, Ryan. I would have included "Let's All Make Believe," the "Go Let It Out" b-side that was bizarrely left off Standing on the Shoulder of Giants along with "Mucky Fingers," "Let There Be Love," and "Roll It Over," but this is a great list. I really can't stand Heathen Chemistry though, it just sounds bloated, lazy, and Oasis trying to be a tribute band to their former selves with infinitely worse lyrics. "The Hindu Times" bangs, though.
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November 25, 2015 on The 18 Best Oasis Songs Since Be Here Now
Continuing the trend that someone else pointed out of it not being enough to say a piece of pop music is good but rather to beat readers over the head for even considering that 1989 could be anything other than "a shining, laser-guided new-pop masterpiece, a personal vision rendered with blockbuster scope and virtuosic panache." Dude, we get that Beyónce, Taylor Swift, and Carly Rae Jepsen have made good songs, no need to be so aggressive with it. Reminds me of Tom's U2 review when he said, "For me, then, the best thing about Songs Of Innocence is that it confirms how great an achievement BEYONCÉ was." It's too much.
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September 21, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Ryan Adams 1989
I would agree that all that grunge stuff (with the exception of Nirvana) has aged pretty poorly, but I think Blur, My Bloody Valentine, Spiritualized, Smashing Pumpkins, Beck, REM, Stereolab, Pulp, Portishead, Modest Mouse, Elliot Smith, Neutral Milk Hotel, Guided By Voices, Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, and The Flaming Lips among many other bands made material that holds up a lot better than Slanted and Enchanted, at least for me.
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August 6, 2015 on Pavement Could Have Been As Big As Weezer, Say Stephen Malkmus And Spiral Stairs In Separate Interviews
I'm not looking for a gold star for being in college, I'm just saying that in my anecdotal experience, the vast majority of people I know, even record collectors who can go on for hours about their favorite Built to Spill album, can't really relate to the slacker lo-fi Pavement aesthetic, as it is so tied to the 90s. Weezer's first two albums are just much more universal and accessible, and while that doesn't mean necessarily mean better, Say It Ain't So and My Name Is Jonas will always connect with more people than a song like Gold Soundz will, great as it is. For what it's worth, Tom Breihan is also on record as not really digging Pavement, and whether you like them or not, you've got to admit their biggest core fanbase are Gen X indie rock nerds.
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August 6, 2015 on Pavement Could Have Been As Big As Weezer, Say Stephen Malkmus And Spiral Stairs In Separate Interviews
This is so annoying and embodies the worst thing about the whole slacker Gen X mentality. Pavement didn't write as good songs as Weezer at their peak and their music sounds hopelessly dated and tied to its time. I'm in college now and don't really have any friends that connect to Pavement in a meaningful way like other bands of the period. I also hate the implication that there's something wrong with bands that "want to be rock stars," that's just petty. Everyone else has moved on.
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August 4, 2015 on Pavement Could Have Been As Big As Weezer, Say Stephen Malkmus And Spiral Stairs In Separate Interviews
I loved Nirvana when I was a teenager, but I listen to all three of those bands more than Nirvana today. Oasis's collection of B-sides, The Masterplan, is pretty excellent, as is Deserter's Songs.
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April 9, 2015 on Frances Bean Cobain Gives Rare Interview: “I Don’t Really Like Nirvana That Much”
This is absolutely incredible. Who's the competition for most consistently brilliant and interesting rock band right now?
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April 5, 2015 on The Staves – “Make It Holy” (Feat. Justin Vernon) Video (Stereogum Premiere)
Yeah how would Outkast have followed up Stankonia if not with The Love Below?Once you make the cinematic classic, you have to blow it up and get weird.
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March 17, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly
I think Kendrick made the only album he could make. He's preoccupied with Big Ideas and already made a pop classic with Good Kid Maad City, so make another solid rap album with great flows and catchy hooks like Tom seems to want just wouldn't do. He had to freak out and make a hip hop White Album. That's going to mean messiness, sure, but I think the albums by great artists that I like the most are the weird ones. I'll take Sign o the Times over Purple Rain and Amnesiac over Kid A any day.
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March 17, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly
Good lord, can we stop with this "rock is dead" thing? I agree Beyonce deserved album of the year, but all those artists you criticized for being out of touch and dated are selling millions of copies and connecting with lots of people. I don't particularly care for Sam Smith or Hozier, but with both having multiple Top 10 songs and getting high placement at festival lineups, clearly they have more cultural and popular traction than jazz or blues. With respect to the previous winners, Daft Punk resonated with tons of young listeners (not to mention the vast majority of the critical community and music fans of all ages with RAM), Arcade Fire headlines festivals chock full of 20 somethings, and Taylor Swift has plenty of middle-school aged old fans I'm sure. I'm really struggling to see how this all translates into rock being a stronghold of old fogeys who are being artificially kept alive by out of touch Grammy voters (even if Beyonce did make the most zeitgeisty album of the last year). If anything, hip hop (sadly) has lost traction culturally and is becoming the default soundtrack of 20 somethings instead of teenagers in favor of this new vaguely "indie" electronic sound exemplified by artists like Lorde and Haim, who definitely still inhabit the larger "rock" universe. The past year, Beyonce was the exception that proves the new rule.
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February 9, 2015 on Morning-After Phase: Thoughts On The 2015 Grammys
Couldn't you also say that 2015 is the year post-punk came back based on the strength of Viet Cong and Sleater-Kinney? Or that it's a psych renaissance based on Mark Ronson bringing Tame Impala into the pop sphere and Panda Bear's great new record? I like both of these records but given how many albums are still coming out and how early the year is, this is silly (but fun).
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January 24, 2015 on Will 2015 Be The Year Of The ’70s Singer-Songwriter?
Yeah not godawful, but this lineup is pretty bad, especially compared to last year's or to Gov Ball or Coachella.
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January 14, 2015 on Bonnaroo 2015 Lineup
This is fantastic, best thing he's done since "The Shock of the Lightning."
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January 12, 2015 on Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – “Ballad Of The Mighty I” (Feat. Johnny Marr) Video
I'm glad Chris acknowledged that alt rock is still a growth market for radio, seems like every other think piece on Stereogum talks about rock's impending doom and death. I really like what Stuart Berman wrote about rock in his review of the Royal Blood album for Pitchfork: In the year 2014, the only thing more tired and predictable than mainstream rock is the perpetual reports of its demise. But then, the gatekeepers of tradition need us to believe rock is dying in order to keep selling us a new resurrection narrative, like any consumer product in the mature phase of its life cycle and in need of a good marketing hook. But the audience for rock music never disappeared, it merely pluralized. Classic-rock radio may still play Black Sabbath alongside the Eagles and the Police, but the modern-day descendants of those bands are now funneled through discrete radio formats that serve different demographics. When you consider the combined festival-filling fanbases for metal, indie, and new country (and whatever derisive invented subgenre you’d apply to bands like Magic!), there’s still a healthy demand for songs played on plugged-in guitars and backed by bass, drums, and (budget permitting) pyro. Rock may no longer be the center of popular culture, but it still occupies vast amounts of space around it. When purists lament its supposed death, what they’re really lamenting is not so much the disappearance of guitar-strapping bands as a dearth of ones we can all believe in.
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November 1, 2014 on The Week In Pop: On Slipknot’s #1 Album And Hard Rock’s Looming Extinction