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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
Just sad, really.
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October 7, 2014 on Sun Kil Moon – “War On Drugs: Suck My Cock”
The album isn't bad and is even pretty good in places, but most of the songs don't really stick with me after repeated listens and feel a little formless. Hats off to them experimenting more, but I'm not sure how compelling that leaves the songwriting.
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September 18, 2014 on Premature Evaluation: Alt-J This Is All Yours
The AV Club took some time to listen to the record and not have such a knee jerk response. http://www.avclub.com/review/u2s-digital-surprise-has-some-value-despite-its-pr-209161
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September 14, 2014 on Premature Evaluation: U2 Songs Of Innocence
I love the "This Week in Pop" column and Stereogum's increasingly wide focus on a lot of different genres, but I don't know how this piece is anything except SEO clickbait. "And because she’s filthy rich, she went down to Brazil to celebrate the final in style, getting drunk with the players and documenting it on social media. Let’s see what the good girl gone bad was up to all weekend...." Just looks like something from TMZ.
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July 14, 2014 on Rihanna Really Enjoyed Germany’s World Cup Win
The Verve/Richard Ashcroft did it first and better.
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June 19, 2014 on Coldplay – “A Sky Full Of Stars” Video
I loved it when I saw him on the Yeezus Tour, but my friends at Bonnaroo said it was not received very well there, but maybe they just didn't know what to expect.
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June 14, 2014 on Kanye Blasts The Press, Slights Jay Z In Triumphant Bonnaroo Return
Her new album is pretty good dude.
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June 12, 2014 on Lana Del Rey: “I Wish I Was Dead Already”
I don't know whether to feel sorry for her or just forthrightly dismiss it as a publicity stunt.
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June 12, 2014 on Lana Del Rey: “I Wish I Was Dead Already”
Jack White seems to have a greater appreciation and understanding for hip-hop culture though. Doubt he'd sue someone for rapping over "The Hardest Button to Button."
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June 4, 2014 on Don Henley’s Still Pissed At Frank Ocean, And Okkervil River, Too
He had lawyers sue Joe Walsh and Don Felder (Eagles band members) if they covered Eagles songs on their own. Yup.
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June 4, 2014 on Don Henley’s Still Pissed At Frank Ocean, And Okkervil River, Too
What people seem to be missing is that "Lana Del Rey" is a contrived persona, as all pop stars (but especially her) are in some respect. Of course she's going to say edgy and controversial and tragic sounding things before her album drops. Dan Auerbach, who produced Ultraviolence, described her as looking at her music like an art project. I don't see why this should be any different.
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June 4, 2014 on So Sad Today: Lana Del Rey Talks Depression And Illness, Dismisses Feminism In First Ultraviolence Interview
Exile on Main St is one of my favorite albums of all time, and I don't hear that all that much here, but I'll check again. Him producing a Stones album would be great, feel like their latter day stuff is really held back by how polished it sounds.
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June 3, 2014 on Premature Evaluation: Jack White Lazaretto