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Haven't been keeping up with much lately, but I did just start listening to those latest Yumi Zouma songs, and I'm loving those. Especially "Keep It Close To Me". Definitely looking forward to that album.
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May 15, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Lately I've been going back to Air's "Alone In Kyoto" and "Run" when I'm feeling stressed or need to relax. And for non-music based relaxation, there are plenty of ASMR videos on youtube that are great for that.
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April 8, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Probably my favorite 2016 album so far (though Japanese Breakfast is up there as well).
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April 8, 2016 on Album Of The Week: Parquet Courts Human Performance
I literally just finished listening to Psychopomp for the first time, and I already feel wildly protective about it. My mind is already made up about it in a way that P4k can't influence. Probably my favorite album of the year so far.
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March 25, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Glad to hear it! Apparently it's supposed to be released on CD sometime soon, so I might pick that up if I see it, even though I already bought the download. CD culture and whatnot. KEEP IT FREEZY
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March 25, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
I like to consider myself a not spiteful person. So I'll pretend it's just a coincidence that I haven't looked at P4k once since I read that review.
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March 25, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Everybody pick up their copy of the April issue of Teen Vogue with Grimes on the cover? No? Just me? On anther note, I'm just listening to Japanese Breakfast for the first time. Halfway through the album, and "The Woman That Loves You" is definitely going to be one of my songs of the year. And now I'm just seeing that that song came out on March 8th, exactly a year after "REALiTi" was released. Everything is connected! Looks like I'm going to have high expectations for March 8th from now on.
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March 25, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
I'm mostly into her Blackout/Circus stuff. (Femme Fatale is solid too, and is the last album of hers I bought.) So mine would be: 1) Gimme More 2) Break the Ice 3) Kill the Lights I do have a soft spot for her older stuff, though. Loved the use of "Everytime" in Spring Breakers. And "Crazy" is my favorite song from her first album. When I was in 7th grade chorus, our class sang that one at a school concert.
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March 19, 2016 on Charli XCX Reinvents Her Pop With A Whole New Set At SXSW
I so want her to be saying "Rebels and pineapples", which is what Genius has it as. But further listening has convinced me that she's actually saying "rainbows and butterflies," which is a little less random in terms of pop vocabulary. I did use to think that in "Vroom Vroom" she was saying "All my friends are priestesses," rather than "princesses," so maybe my hearing is just off. :)
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March 18, 2016 on Charli XCX Reinvents Her Pop With A Whole New Set At SXSW
A couple weeks ago, I was trying to remember the last time I'd become so enthralled by a pop release. Then I remembered: Britney's Blackout. I think that album is probably a significant point of influence for Charli, more with her latest direction than ever. I've read that "Gimme More" and "Piece of Me" are two of her favorite songs ever, and the Vroom Vroom ep's "Secret" in particular seems to exist in the same realm of uninhibited, animal desire that characterized Blackout's best tracks, such as the aforementioned, as well as "Get Naked". She even peppers in some heavy breathing sounds a la "Break the Ice". To my ears, the influence is so distinct that I'm kind of of surprised it hasn't been brought up yet (at least not that I've seen). So yeah, I'm expecting Charli's upcoming album to be nothing short of a dark pop masterpiece of that caliber. (Do other people hold Blackout in as high regard as I do? It's my favorite mainstream pop album ever, and it still sounds ahead of it's time, but I don't really see it talked about much anymore). Plus, she'll have the production team to back it up, with BloodPop acting as the Bloodshy & Avant to SOPHIE's Danja. But the Blackout comparison probably only goes so far, and I wouldn't be surprised if this album ends up sounding even crazier. The Vroom Vroom ep is not the sound of Charli taking some weird left turn in her career--it's a defining moment. It feels like what she's been building toward all along. And what makes it so thrilling is that there's never a guarantee that an artist will actually achieve their full potential like this. Sure, I'm a big fan of her, and I'd probably like any music she made, but I had no idea she would reach this height so soon after Sucker, which was a good but not great album. Others might not be as excited about this new sound, but I'm pretty damn happy that she's giving me exactly the music that I wanted from her. More importantly, she seems to be making exactly the music that she needed to make for herself, and having a hell of a lot of fun doing it.
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March 18, 2016 on Charli XCX Reinvents Her Pop With A Whole New Set At SXSW
Pretty impressive that she managed to tweet about it afterwards from beyond the grave! ;) But yeah, I suppose "electrocuted" does make it seem more severe than it was. Glad I saw her tweet before I saw this headline, otherwise I certainly would've been worried too.
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March 16, 2016 on Grimes Electrocuted Onstage In Dublin
Sorry to change the subject from The Witch (which I loved, by the way), but holy shit, I just saw the best vampire movie! It's an Iranian vampire movie, set in a fictional city called Bad City. Great soundtrack (including one of my favorite IDIB songs, Farah's "Dancing Girls"), great black & white cinematography, great pacing, wonderfully creepy vampire behavior. Loved it even more than Let the Right One In. Glad I took a risk and bought the DVD before I'd even seen it, because I'll be rewatching this one a lot. I thoroughly recommend it. Oh yeah, it's called A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. Probably helps if I mention the title.
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March 13, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
On an unrelated note (and on the opposite end of the spectrum from Trainor and Puth), "REALiTi" turned a year old a couple days ago. So happy belated b-day, "REALiTi"!
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March 10, 2016 on We’re Going To Have To Live With Meghan Trainor Forever, Aren’t We?
I agree, the song itself is way less goofy than that cover art. The chorus, and especially the last 45 seconds or so are legitimately great. The key is to not look at the cover while you're listening to it. And definitely don't stare directly into that dog's eyes the whole time, either. I actually like the cover art in a so-bad-it's-good kind of way. Although the prevailing thought seems to be "No, it's just bad." Maybe Anthony's taking aim at Pitchfork's "Worst Album Art of the Year" list this year.
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March 1, 2016 on M83 – “Do It, Try It”
Yeah, it's definitely not music for casual, laid-back listening. I've got to be moving at a high speed for prime enjoyment. Listening on headphones now, I just feel like I'm missing out on the full experience. It's definitely some of the most car-favoring music I've ever heard.
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February 29, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Yeah, aside from "Bipp", I never got into SOPHIE's stuff as much as I should have. I think it's partly because I tended to gravitate more towards A.G. Cook and Hannah Diamond, whose music strikes me as a little more catchy and melody-driven. SOPHIE's music often takes more time to grow on me. But I'm feeling like SOPHIE and Charli have really brought out the best in each other here.
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February 29, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Thanks bloc. I've settled down a bit. I still stand by what I wrote though (well, aside from the downvoting-all-differing-opinions part--I'm not really that petty).
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February 28, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Good god, look at that wall of text. Luckily this comment is so late to the thread that few people will see me losing my mind here by this point!
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February 28, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Well, the new Charli XCX EP just clicked for me. Holy SHIT did it ever click! Ended up spending an hour and a half aimlessly driving around to it over and over again. It is--and will remain--the best music or art of any kind to come out this year (at least until her full album comes out--gaaah, I'm more excited now than ever! I wonder if the whole album will be this insane!) The entire EP is nothing but highlights--It's probably the best four songs she's ever done, although comparing it to "Grins" or "Nuclear Seasons" or "Doing It" wouldn't even make sense at this point. Vroom Vroom is not a logical step forward from Sucker, or from anything. And yet it feels like the most Charli thing she's ever done. Anyone saying that SOPHIE's influence is too strong on this EP is WRONG! Charli owns every moment on this EP (aside from Hannah's verse on "Paradise", of course). And holy shit, the drop/final chorus on "Paradise" is so good it's RIDICULOUS! Don't dare judge it while listening on some shitty little headphones, that shit needs to be BLASTED. I was thrashing around like a maniac in the car to that song, taking side streets so that no one would see me and become alarmed. Several times I even laughed aloud with pure unbalanced joy when the screams kicked in in the chorus. The energy of that song is like "Kill V. Maim" X 1000. But I think the best track has got to be "Secret". It's the slowest track, but Charli's presence on it is that of a flat-out fucking badass goddess. To merely type the words "I feel like an animal on all fours" does nothing to convey the WAY she says it, the devilish confidence of it! Bat-shit though the production is, it really takes a backseat to her writing and vocals throughout the EP. None of this music will make it anywhere near the Hot 100, but it's better than anything that could, so . . . fuck everything else. I was wondering who would finally come along to end the wonderful reign that Grimes has held over my ears for months now. I should've known it would be Charli. (Also, fair warning: I'll probably downvote any opinion that is even remotely negative towards her music from now on. I sincerely apologize for this in advance--it's nothing personal, I just have to do it. I'm a Charli fanatic now. I cannot be rational about her. I cannot be reasoned with, although you're welcomed to try :). I am not of sound mind when I listen to these songs, and it feels fucking great. I had almost forgotten that music could make me feel like this!)
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February 28, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Just picked up SVIIB. I can say it's the first album of 2016 that I've truly loved. And holy shit, that chorus on "Signals"! I get CHILLS every time I hear it!
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February 26, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments