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Absolutely. I've recently started listening to her new album and looked into the news stream about her, expecting to see some qualitative discussion. Bummed to see none. New View is my first favourite album of 2016.
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March 2, 2016 on Eleanor Friedberger – “Because I Asked You” Video
This is what they are actually singing "Ya, Ya, Ya! YAAAAAH!"
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September 24, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Deafheaven New Bermuda
Oh, I see. That period of time does seem to be saturated with similar, yet unique music. Marrow Of The Spirit and Celestial Lineage are one of the most enjoyable albums I've heard in recent time. Perhaps the fact that I am a newbie in metal world makes me fascinated with pretty much everything that is out there as long as it is loud and heavy. Deafheaven appeared in my life at the time when I needed them most, so there is a special place for them in my heart. Actually your response made me wonder how much there must be yet to discover. Thank you!
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September 24, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Deafheaven New Bermuda
Thank you, Michael, for your thoroughly expressed opinion. It gives a certain idea of what the album looks like without setting expectations too high or too low. Deafheaven is, perhaps, the band that I am most excited about right now. They've written two breathtaking albums and the third one seems to be on a par with them. May I ask you where do you stand on the first one - Roads to Judah? For me it is not a lesser piece of music than Sunbather, but I see people treating it like a rehearsal or something, avoiding mentioning about it like it never was. I assume you talked about it before. If it wouldn't bother you, can you throw a link to it. Thank you!
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September 24, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Deafheaven New Bermuda
With already released albums from Drake, Kendrick, Panda Bear and Jamie XX and upcoming from Frank Ocean, Kanye West, Miguel, Tame Impala, Kurt Vile, Beach House, Grimes, Destroyer, Kelela, Metallica, Titus Andronicus, Ducktails, Disclosure, James Blake and now Deerhunter this year seems to be the most fruitful in recent time.
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June 21, 2015 on New Deerhunter Album Reportedly Coming Very Soon, Sounds Like INXS
Oh, yeah, exactly, Sneaky Sound System is also one of those impecable bands. Thay make amazingly catchy happy songs. One simply can't be sad if he listens to on of it. They're like the modern ABBA at some point. But I haven't thought of them, because their 2011 From Here To Anywhere is on par with their two previous efforts. It's 2015 already, maybe they've got something on the way.
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February 13, 2015 on The Week In Pop: Fifth Harmony’s Reflection Is The First Great Pop Album Of 2015
Thank you, Howling Owl, I'll check out Years & Years. I consider 'gum's commenters' taste to be worth taking into consideration.
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February 13, 2015 on The Week In Pop: Fifth Harmony’s Reflection Is The First Great Pop Album Of 2015
Have you listened to Alphabeat's other two albums? What can you say about them? I downloaded the last one and gave it a listen once, but nothing catched my attention. If they are three quarters of what This Is Alphabeat is, I will dedicate them a listen of my highest class. lol. On a side note, it really breaks my heart that very few of my old pop favourites can keep up with what they did in the past. I am talking about guys like Dragonette, Sam Sparro, Midnight Juggernauts, Klaxons, Van She, Keane and so on. There is one exception though, I consider the second album of Little Boots to be outstanding. The turn she took was quite surprising. Sorry, I don't know why you have to read this. lol.
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February 13, 2015 on The Week In Pop: Fifth Harmony’s Reflection Is The First Great Pop Album Of 2015
Your last paragraph must be placed in some indie-music fans constitution, so all the lamenters would be quickly sent to check it, if it's so hard for them to grasp such simple truth on their own.
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January 2, 2015 on The Gummy Awards: Your Top 10 Albums And Songs Of 2014
Do not for a moment think that there is something wrong with you. But let me add this: do not expect anything to give you its best instantly, even the pop tunes, which are kinda predisposed to do so. That Chandelier song, just like other call-me-maybes, we-found-loves, teenage-dreams and gangnam-styles, blossoms with some repetitious approaches or at least some aquaintace with it. Give it couple of tries.
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January 2, 2015 on The Gummy Awards: Your Top 10 Albums And Songs Of 2014
You know what, what you're saying made me think that Vampire Weekend may be The Beatles of the Modern Days.
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January 2, 2015 on The Gummy Awards: Your Top 10 Albums And Songs Of 2014
Dude, this is a spot on analogy. Was gonna say it, then saw your message. What miss Swift is claiming is a total rhetorics, and I am sure she's saying it conciously. Placing her piece of work on streaming services would only result in a greater spread of it, while not devaluating it significantly, if not not devaluating it at all. It was all in all a practical decision, which I rather support. The problem is that she and her team are not being persuasive.
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November 7, 2014 on Taylor Swift Discusses Spotify Stance, Swiftamine Sketch
It's hilarious! How can such comment be downvoted? What's downvotable in it?
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July 8, 2014 on Here’s Your Song Of The Summer 2014
Requesting 10 best and worst Rhianna's songs!
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June 27, 2014 on Grimes – “Go”
'We Found Love' is obviously a good song - calling it one of the finest would be a stretch. And if you like it, I can't undertand how you don't like the rest of Calvin Harris. His first two albums are absolute fun, on third he's making dollars. And he doesn't seem to be taking himself very serious, he's no J.Biebz at that point.
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June 27, 2014 on Grimes – “Go”
I didn't know "Turn Down For What" is a recent song. I thought it's some classic booty-shaker.
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June 25, 2014 on Vote For The Song Of The Summer 2014
The War On Drugs is like the most summery music, not spending summer at the beach music, but riding in my chevy through the desert kind of music.
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June 25, 2014 on Vote For The Song Of The Summer 2014
Salad Days is my Before Today of 2014.
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June 25, 2014 on Vote For The Song Of The Summer 2014
I very much appreciate your responce. I can clearly see why her recent behaviour and the reception she gets from media and folks can make one irritated. But you know what, that is also the part of her lifepath (I am not going to keep telling that on and on :-) ). Her being an unfamous singer-songwriter, going through surgeries, making changes, being chosen by corporate cats to become a couple-tricks pony who just pushes the pleasure centre buttons. That lady clearly has some story behind her, drama if you will. She makes an impression of a very fragile unconfident person who is not able to resolve the conflict between her lust for glory and glamourous life and the fear of not fulfilling people's expectations. That also makes her a very endearing person, you care about her. I don't care about Gaga, Perry, Bey, Britney and Ri the way I do about her, these tough ladies can take care of themselves. Ok, I see that I am not going anywhere. I am sorry :-) I guees I am just in awe with her.
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June 25, 2014 on Frances Bean Cobain Warns Lana Del Rey Not To Romanticize Dying Young
You know what I like about Lana? She carries her character all the way through from start to finish. When Lana is being interviewed it's not her impersonator Elizabeth Grant, it's a thoroughly thought-through character, and it takes a certain dedication to stick to it. Imagine Darth Vader being interviewed. Would you blame him for his unpacifist intentions, like, "Oh, come on, Dart! Could you please once in a while just drop that mask off!" Ok, I am saying this half-seriously. What I actually want to tell you is that you can't expect different from Lana. Let her do her job.
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June 24, 2014 on Frances Bean Cobain Warns Lana Del Rey Not To Romanticize Dying Young
BTW, can you guys remind me what was the song, where Rick Rock was talking on the phone - selling dope through his I-PHONE?
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June 6, 2014 on Is Apple Abandoning The Standard Headphone Jack?
I don't see how it is related to the DAC upgrade, I mean, headphone jack doesn't stand in the way of doing it anyway. What I ocassionally fantasize about is Apple doing actual musical player, because current Ipods do not offer anything signifantly different from the phones, it's a phone without radio module. I use HiFiman HM-601, and it surpasses any phone in terms of sound, but I just miss the modern user experience with it, I mean slick album arts, instant lyrics, instant last.fm scrobble and so on. Apple have this huge music store, now these headphones, which I personally find to be merely atrocious in terms of look, though it is somehow considered to be their selling point, anyway, Apple just doesn't offer the most important link in the music consumption chain - players. I don't know, it's just that they mastered their craft of bringing pleasurable experience to their consumers and I can't think they would fail with audiophile players, especially when people are more informed about audio technologies.
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June 6, 2014 on Is Apple Abandoning The Standard Headphone Jack?
It's one of the most unappealing songs of Madonna with Power of Goodbye being the other.
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June 1, 2014 on Watch Tori Amos Cover Madonna’s “Frozen” In Amsterdam
You workout. Good for you.. although not so much for your indie cred.
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April 7, 2014 on The Coachella Diet Is A Thing
Oh, yeah,yeah, Nuclear Season's hook is definetely borrowed from It's My Life. Thanks.
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March 18, 2014 on Watch Iggy Azalea & Charli XCX Perform “Fancy” Live For The First Time At The Woodie Awards
R & B is just an ingridient in his dish. His talent is in making the modern uk bass-deep house gems.
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March 14, 2014 on Jacques Greene – “No Excuse”
adam, you are clearly not completely wrong. I mean, she seems to be a pleasant, good looking, good mannered, intellectual lady, but she.. doesn't appeall to me sexually. When now I think about it, I can say that I've never thought of spending a night with her. I've definitely thought about Lana for instance (especially after the recent video where she, despite the awfulness of dudes surrounding her, managed to present herself as such a sweet, vulnerable person). That said I often try to convince myself that there is something about Annie (or as we might know her by her more famous moniker - Street Vinz) that might make me wet my pants (in a manly way), but there is not, I can't see it. But I don't see myself agreeing with you concerning her music. It is definitely, without any doubt outstanding music. I still keep listenig to her Strange Mercy. O, by the way, I still don't understand how Father, Son and H G is the best album of 2011 (not saying that Strange Mercy is).
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February 22, 2014 on Stream St. Vincent St. Vincent
There may be a man named Will Bevan. He may even be the guy on the pic. But are we sure that he is a man behind Burial. What if Mr. Bevan is just posing for public or being his avatar IRL? It seems quite possible. That said I refuse to consider the Burial mystery to be solved.
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February 4, 2014 on Burial’s Identity Revealed
Ok, thanks for a reason to have another listen of Killers. They rule, though I still hesitate to download their last effort. Why? Why do I not consider it important? I don't know, maybe I am persuaded by indie publications that Killers are no longer relevant and influential and are unable to bring anything new to the table. Or do I just feel guilty for not being loyal to my old favourites. Ok, anyway, here are my ten Killers songs I would take to an uninhabited island (which in other words is just what I consider to be their best) 10) Bones 9) Read My Mind 8) When You Were Young 7) Shadowplay 6) All The T T I've D 5) For Reasons Unknown 4) Mr B 3) On Top 2) Believe Me, Natalie 1) S Like U M It
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January 17, 2014 on The 10 Best Killers Songs