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Whoa... what if they kept the guitars AND brought a turntable into the mix? That's right, Built to Spill goes rap-rock! Anyone know if DJ Lethal needs work? Or Uncle Kracker? Give those guys Doug's phone number and let's get some more scratchin' on the next record!
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April 21, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Young Thug Barter 6
Yeah, Foil Deer is great. I think it improves on Major Arcana (which I also loved) in a big way, so I'm surprised it hasn't been greeted quite as enthusiastically. The Built to Spill album is also quite good. My chief critique is that there's a couple of premature fade outs, as if they had to cut a few minutes from the record and just arbitrarily lobbed off the end of two songs to make some space rather than leave a track out. It tricks me into thinking I'm getting a phone call every time, which is fucked up because I haven't even listened to it on my phone yet.
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April 21, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Young Thug Barter 6
"If you liked 'Greendale' and 'Fork in the Road,' you'll love 'The Monsanto Years.'" This is another way of saying that you probably won't like 'The Monsanto Years.'
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April 20, 2015 on Watch Neil Young Debut Monsanto Concept Album At Secret Club Gig With New Band
If she's so important to the band, why was it named Crystal Castles and not Glass Castles, huh? But wait, if he's such hot stuff, why wasn't the band named Kath Castles? Because it's too much of a tongue twister? That's hardly an excuse.
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April 18, 2015 on Alice Glass Responds To Ethan Kath’s “Manipulative” Statements About Crystal Castles
Glad we finally got some answers from Rubio. While we're here, does anyone know if Jeb Bush has ever heard of Bush? And can anyone confirm that Chris Christie isn't John Popper from Blues Traveler? I'm just saying, if you put a harmonica bandoleer and a bucket hat on Christie, the resemblance is uncanny.
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April 14, 2015 on Marco Rubio Finally Breaks His Legendary Silence About Axwell ^ Ingrosso
At this point, any paragraph could be Sun Kil Moon lyrics.
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April 12, 2015 on Clinton Library Releases Hillary’s Handwritten Notes About Hootie & The Blowfish
I really hope it's a Terror Twilight reissue. Mainly because I'm really into celebrating the sixteenth anniversary of unfairly maligned albums.
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April 11, 2015 on Pavement Tease “Great News Coming Soon”
I'm guessing Biden's files are mostly official documents with choice one-liners from Jerky Boys cassettes scrawled in the margins.
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April 11, 2015 on Clinton Library Releases Hillary’s Handwritten Notes About Hootie & The Blowfish
She's probably going to botch her campaign rollout by playing a track from Fairweather Johnson.
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April 11, 2015 on Clinton Library Releases Hillary’s Handwritten Notes About Hootie & The Blowfish
My favorite Pavement album, and one of my favorite albums period. (And yeah, the White Album's my favorite Beatles album, which explains a lot.) Wowee Zowee has always struck me as the sonic equivalent of a streak shooter realizing that it's their night, chucking up increasingly ridiculous shots and somehow hitting every one of them. And Malkmus was on a comparable tear; you'd have every right to be confident after putting out Slanted and Enchanted, Watery Domestic, and Crooked Rain in a three year span. It helps, too, that some of Malkmus's best songs are here (see especially Rattled, Black Out, Grounded, Father to a Sister, AT&T, and Pueblo). His best guitar playing up to that point is in evidence all over the album, too. Anyway, I never go too long without putting this on, which is good since I somehow own three copies of the thing (the cd, the reissue, and the vinyl). I do not regret these purchases.
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April 10, 2015 on Wowee Zowee Turns 20
The "Wilder" in "Wilder Mind" is probably a reference to the film Van Wilder, so it's no surprise this sounds like something from the Van Wilder soundtrack.
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April 10, 2015 on Mumford & Sons – “The Wolf”
Watching backhoes has always excited me, but never quite this much.
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April 8, 2015 on Jim O’Rourke’s Simple Songs Out Next Month
A worthy follow up to Cerulean Salt, which is one of the best albums of the past five years. I'm enjoying it so far. Off topic: there are murmurs of a new Jim O'Rourke album coming next month. My loins are girded. So girded.
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April 7, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Waxahatchee Ivy Tripp
I'm excited to hear this album, largely because anything Paradise of Bachelors puts out is worth getting excited about. They are the best.
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April 7, 2015 on Kenny Knight – “Whiskey” (Stereogum Premiere)
I'm guessing "All That" really struck a chord with Kenan.
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April 5, 2015 on Watch Carly Rae Jepsen, Dev Hynes, & Ariel Rechtshaid Debut “All That” On SNL
Huh, I thought you were quoting Scott Stapp from the Kid Rock/Scott Stapp sex tape. Mel Brooks, who knew?
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April 4, 2015 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Let's hope it's primary source research for the forthcoming thinkpiece "Still a Barbie World: In Defense of Aqua"
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April 4, 2015 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Lately I've been a bit frustrated with the apparent consensus that what passes for artistic growth is higher production values, tossing more clutter into the background of tracks, and covering it all with a thick slab of reverb. So I feel comforted that these GBV albums exist. They're an excellent argument for why sometimes you should leave things the fuck alone. And indeed, this is a great album. I'd put it slightly behind Bee Thousand, which feels a bit more cohesive, though this might have more classic songs on it. Pollard from '94-'96 was on another level.
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April 3, 2015 on Alien Lanes Turns 20
As I recall, the last big news out of Kean was their purchase of a $219,000 conference table. So keep that in mind when asking why they would make such a decision that they've likely been holding superfluous meetings addressing ridiculous complaints just to get their money's worth.
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April 1, 2015 on School Cancels Common’s Commencement Speech After Police Complain
Roth's been known to sleepwalk through performances, his trademark vocals marred by obstreperous snores. No such problems here, thanks to his Breathe Right nasal strip.
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March 31, 2015 on Watch Van Halen Make Their First US TV Performance With David Lee Roth On Jimmy Kimmel