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Same here. I've been able to access a good number of articles through yours and YBB's profile pages, though. Just keep commenting at your usual levels, and I can tag along through your comment history. ;)
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December 5, 2016 on Listen To Shia LaBeouf’s Latest (Last?) Diss Track
Apparently just bold and italics, because I couldn't get the other stuff to work.
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December 3, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Ooh, I forgot about bold. I wonder what other weird stuff I can do in my comments now.
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December 3, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
John Talabot's ƒIN. I somehow had never known of its existence until earlier this year when I saw it at my local record store and picked it up, remembering some of his earlier songs. It became an immediate favorite of mine, and another reason why I think 2012 was musically one of the best years of this decade so far.
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December 2, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Holy shit, I did it! I did it! I figured out how to post in italics! The world will never be the same.
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December 2, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Only time it's happened for me was 2014, when after the year was over I got into Tinashe's Aquarius, over my original pick of FKA Twigs' LP1. That was purely personal preference, though, as LP1 is still the more impressive album in some ways. But I think 2016 has the potential to be a similar type of year. Will I ever be able to get completely into Blonde, or will something else come along this December to take the title from D∆WN? Time will tell!
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December 2, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
When I saw them at Corona Capital, I was pretty far from the stage, but I still noticed that about their guitar sound (I'm assuming you're talking about loudness, rather than the quality of the mix?). Anyway, my sense of hearing was definitely dulled short-term for a few days after that festival, but that was probably even more due to Eagles of Death Metal.
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December 2, 2016 on 25 Great EPs From 2016
Great list! Only ones I would've added are HANA and Sofi Tukker.
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December 2, 2016 on 25 Great EPs From 2016
And also, fuck genre. Great music is great music, and it's good to leave one's self open to loving types of music outside of one's normal wheelhouse. It's all about what the artist puts into their songs, and you can always tell when an artist has written exactly the music they wanted to write, rather than something they thought others would want to hear. That's why I love Art Angels, and that's why I now love Cardinal (even if I'm loving it vicariously through the ears of my lost friend, which is still tangentially the same as loving it myself in a way, since our relationships with those we love are always internalized to an extent, if this makes any sense). And if you haven't guessed by now, I did make good on my promise to drink with this album, ha. That's what my pal Keith would have done.
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December 2, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016
CARDINAL REPORT: Well, after a couple more listens, the album did grow on me. My favorites are "Old Friends", "Cadmium", and "New Friends". It really seems like an album best enjoyed with company, which is not how I've been listening to it. But a friend of mine died earlier this year, and it struck me as I was listening that Cardinal is probably the sort of album he'd have really liked (he was considerably less of a poptimist than me, and he loved well-written songs, whereas I don't usually focus on lyrics as much). It helped to imagine him in the room with me as I listened, and I was able to appreciate the album more that way. The lines "Should tell my friends when I love them/ Maybe I should have gone out a bit more/ When you guys were still in town/ I got too caught up in my own shit/ It's how every outcome's such a comedown" in "Old Friends" hit me pretty hard. So in a weird way, I went from initially not connecting to this album to finding it almost TOO emotional to listen to. Still not the genre of music that I typically seek out these days, but there is a depth and beauty to their songwriting that is hard to deny.
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December 2, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016
Ha, it's OK. There's so much music out there that there's no sense in spending TOO much time trying to get into something that's just not going to click for everyone. (I myself did not downvote you, as I try to reserve that honor for only truly bad comments, or for Grimes/Charli/CRJ haterz.)
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December 2, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016
Funny you should say that, because how you feel about Angel Olsen is kinda how I feel about Pinegrove. I tried once with Cardinal and just didn't get into it, although maybe I was too distracted at the time. I'm not great at describing why I like the music I like, but I will say that Angel's vocals throughout My Woman strike me as easily some of the years best. And although there are a couple tracks I tend to skip, the music and lyrics as a whole sound great to me. If you can't be taken in by "Sister", "Not Gonna Kill You", or "Woman" (INCREDIBLE vocals at the end of this one, I don't know what else to say), then maybe she's just not for you. I will give Cardinal another try later tonight, this time with alcohol involved, so we'll see how that goes. Not making any promises, but I'll try.
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December 1, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016
Oh, you are not alone, Art Angels is BY FAR my most-listened-to album of the year! Which is understandable, considering it came out in late 2015. But I have a feeling it will be my album of the year for every year until the next Grimes album. (I'm sure my opinion on this matter will come as a shock to everyone around these parts.) ;) Maybe that's why I had a hard time deciding on a #1 album this year, though. When your AOTL (Album of the Life) came out the previous year, it's hard to get completely invested in this year's crop. But that's partly on me, and I would still say 2016 has been a very solid year for music. I'm just going to need more time to process it all.
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December 1, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016
Damn, I forgot about Kristin Kontrol! Really good album, maybe even better on the whole than her stuff in Dum Dum Girls.
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December 1, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016
Songs! 1. Charli XCX – “Secret” 2. HANA – “Underwater” 3. Frank Ocean – “Seigfried” 4. Tinashe – “Soul Glitch” 5. Yumi Zouma – “Keep It Close To Me” 6. D∆WN – “Lazarus” 7. Burial – “Nightmarket” 8. Japanese Breakfast – “The Woman That Loves You” 9. The Range – “Florida” 10. Angel Olsen – “Sister” 11. School of Seven Bells – “Signals” 12. Mitski – “Thursday Girl” 13. Clams Casino – “Blast” 14. FKA Twigs – “Good To Love” 15. Nicolas Jaar – “Three Sides of Nazareth” 16. Noname – “Diddy Bop” 17. Danny L Harle, Carly Rae Jepsen – “Super Natural” 18. Jenny Hval – “Secret Touch” 19. Blood Orange – “Best to You” 20. easyFun, Noonie Bao – “Monopoly” I'm definitely more of a songs person. Also, I hope Stereogum does another EPs list this year. Seems like it's been an especially good year for EPs. VROOM VROOM!
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December 1, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016
Ah, list season. Perfect time to be in bed with a cold. 1. D∆WN – REDEMPTION 2. Tinashe – Nightride 3. Yumi Zouma – Yoncalla 4. The Range – Potential 5. Angel Olsen – MY WOMAN 6. Mitski – Puberty 2 7. Nicolas Jaar - Sirens 8. Frank Ocean - Blonde 9. Japanese Breakfast – Psychopomp 10. School of Seven Bells - SVIIB 11. DIIV - Is the Is Are 12. Jenny Hval - Blood Bitch (Had to expand it a couple spots to include DIIV and Jenny Hval.)
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December 1, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016
Good stuff! Especially liked the part about the decision to title it "Venus Fly", rather than "Venus Fly Trap". I hadn't really thought about that, but you make some compelling points in regards to the title being a call to action, rather than just a reference to the plant.
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November 29, 2016 on Album Of The Week: Worm Ouroboros What Graceless Dawn
Same here! This almost seems like an album designed to get me into metal (or at least this specific subgenre). Definitely not a genre that I know much about, but it does indeed feel like the perfect time of year for this album. Great pick, Tom!
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November 29, 2016 on Album Of The Week: Worm Ouroboros What Graceless Dawn
I also just remembered you mentioning a paper you wrote on "Venus Fly", and I tracked it down. Will give it a read once I finish listening to this Worm Ouroboros album!
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November 29, 2016 on Album Of The Week: Worm Ouroboros What Graceless Dawn
I haven't given Pfork a single page view since they gave the Vroom Vroom EP a low score. Harsh, I know, but that's how it has to be! Besides, it's more fun relying on the writers and commenters of Stereogum to influence my tastes. It's more communal that way, and both sites cover a lot of the same music anyway, so I'm not really missing out on anything.
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November 29, 2016 on Album Of The Week: Worm Ouroboros What Graceless Dawn
I finally picked that album up a couple weeks ago, partly due to your tireless recommendations. It's really good! Might sneak into my top 10, but it'll be close. Speaking of 4-letter, all-caps artists beginning with "D", that D∆WN album is currently eyeing my #1 spot. I only recently got into her music, but I'm loving everything she's done.
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November 29, 2016 on Album Of The Week: Worm Ouroboros What Graceless Dawn
I don't think there's any evidence to suggest that Burial's that much of a competitive-minded producer. I think part of the beauty of his music is that it feels more like a gift meant for everyone, rather than an attempt to position himself in the pack. Maybe that's part of the problem for you, and I'm not gonna try to convince you to like his new stuff if you don't like it. But although the album format is still the most revered way of releasing music, I certainly wouldn't say that his recent stuff makes little impact. I love Untrue, but I think the most impressive growth he's shown is in long-form tracks like "Rival Dealer", "Kindred", and "Rough Sleeper", and I definitely revisit his EPs more than his albums at this point. But again, to each their own.
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November 28, 2016 on Burial – “Young Death” & “Nightmarket”
Oh yeah, that's right. It's been a while since I listened to his debut.
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November 28, 2016 on Burial – “Young Death” & “Nightmarket”
And to think I used "akin" and Kindred in the same sentence below and didn't even capitalize on the opportunity!
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November 28, 2016 on Burial – “Young Death” & “Nightmarket”
I would have to agree in that, so far, this is the least amazing thing he's put out since Street Halo. It does feel somewhat akin to Truant/Rough Sleeper, which also took longer for me to get into than more immediate EPs like Kindred and Rival Dealer. The fact that this release is half as long as that one, though, could indeed suggest a future album of shorter songs like these. Hopefully, anyway! But still, new Burial is new Burial, and I too will be listening to these a lot.
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November 28, 2016 on Burial – “Young Death” & “Nightmarket”
Anybody catch the "Teardrop" beat floating in the background at the end of "Young Death" (starting around 5:35)? Nice touch.
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November 28, 2016 on Burial – “Young Death” & “Nightmarket”
"I will always be there for you." One of the most reassuring lines of any Burial track, and that's saying a lot. Always so glad to have his music in my life. And "Nightmarket", wow! Definitely some of his most ambient stuff to date, but no less powerful for it.
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November 28, 2016 on Burial – “Young Death” & “Nightmarket”
Yep! I turned 30 recently, so I've been trying to do more fun stuff than I used to. Not that that's so old. When I would tell friends and family that I was going to Mexico city for a festival, they would say "Don't these artists play shows in the US?" And I would reply to the effect of "Yeah, but not soon enough." Of course I could've seen Grimes at any number of festivals earlier in the year, but I didn't have much free time in the summer, so I waited. Getting a passport short-notice seemed like the diciest part of the whole plan, but luckily there's a passport center right in Tucson, so it turned out to be pretty easy!
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November 26, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Oh yeah, forgot to mention that HANA was there too, singing backup for Grimes. Which was perfect, because HANA's kind of a better live singer. (Grimes herself always admits her own vocal limitations, and it's true that she doesn't have great range--but the timbre of her voice has such a distinctly beautiful quality that I hope she continues to makes lots of songs for her own voice, even if she also wants to branch out into producing tracks for other artists.) But yeah, I would love to catch HANA performing her own stuff live too at some point. "Underwater" is quickly climbing up my 2016 songs list.
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November 26, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments