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A Grimes rock album isn’t what I was expecting, but perhaps that will turn out to be a good thing, as others have said. Hell, she could release an album inspired by school fight songs and local ad jingles, and I’d still be excited to hear it. Plus, even if I somehow don’t like it, the blow will be forever cushioned by the existence of “REALiTi”, which I currently consider to be my favorite Grimes song, and favorite song of the year.

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July 30, 2015 on Grimes Teases “Happy And Angry” Album Full Of Diss Tracks, Guitar

Yeah, count me amongst the crowd (or perhaps few) here who really like (yes, just one “really”) her new album. Especially the first half, as well as “Warm Blood.”

I guess I can see how she’d rub some of you the wrong way–she’s always smiling in her videos, and by all appearance seems to embody a stereotypical pop star image, without much personality depth. Plus there’s always the sneaking suspicion that her new album is largely on the radar around here and Pitchfork because it has production from Dev Hynes and Ariel Rechtshaid and Rostam Batmanglij. Nevertheless, fuck it. I love this album, and if some Stereogum writers say they love it too, then I believe them. Ever since I first heard “I Really Like You” and “All That,” this quickly became one of my most looked-forward-to albums of the year, along with the new Chromatics album, whenever that’s going to come out.

Is Emotion as good as my other favorite albums this year, In Colour and Vulnicura? Well, no, but at the same time it doesn’t make sense to even compare it to those albums. For what it is, which is a mainstream pop album, I’d say Emotion is pretty damn good. (On another note, will ANYTHING be as good as the new Chromatics album inevitably will be? Probably not.)

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July 27, 2015 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Not always, but they’ve been owned by Spin Media for a while now. Wikipedia says that Spin purchased it in 2007, though I didn’t realize it had happened that long ago.

As for this song, I liked it well enough the one time I listened to it. But it’s not enough to keep me from slinking back to the PC Music Soundcloud, where my ears have been spending most of their time lately.

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March 8, 2015 on Carly Rae Jepsen – “I Really Like You” Video (Feat. Tom Hanks)

I actually saw that a couple weeks ago and really liked it. I’m a pretty big fan of Disney movies in general. Probably won’t see it again until it comes out on DVD, but I’ve got plenty of other movies to tie me over til then. I’m still looking forward to seeing Inherent Vice one of these days (I have a pretty wide range when it comes to taste in movies).

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February 1, 2015 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

Yeah, my older brother had some Smiths cassettes back in the day, so it’s possible that some of their songs seeped into my subconscious at an early age as well. It will be fun trying to determine which of their songs I might have heard back then (I would have been about 5 years old at the time).

On an unrelated note, I just slept through the first half of the Super Bowl. It brings me joy to think of all the million-dollar commercials I escaped.

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February 1, 2015 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

So, I finally decided to get into The Smiths recently. It wasn’t even a conscious decision so much as that I was watching New Order videos on Youtube and saw that there was a Smiths video on the little sidebar. “Huh, what’s this?” I thought, as I clicked on the video for “How Soon Is Now?” This led to a moment of “Oh shit, THIS is The Smiths!?” that I’m guessing is probably not an uncommon reaction coming from an oblivious poptimist/millennial such as myself.

Then today I picked up a copy of The Sound of The Smiths just because it has “How Soon Is Now?”, and I wanted to be able to blast that in my car on repeat, with no real intention of spending much time on the other tracks. (By now, you’re probably starting to realize that I’m not terribly adventurous). But then tonight I had to give my friend a ride downtown at 5am, and on my solitary drive home I decided to surrender myself to the compilation’s other songs after all. As I started tentatively nodding my head to the beginning of “That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore”, a straight-up thick fog descended upon the streets (mind you, I live in fucking Tucson, AZ! Fog is not common here!), and by the time the song ended I was completely entranced. It was as if the songs were bending the weather into a more appropriate atmosphere, regular climate be damned. Hearing that song, “The Headmaster Ritual”, and “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” for the first time, in conditions like that, was one of the most rewarding music discoveries I’ve had in a while. Somehow I don’t think my usual headphones/laptop combo would have led to such an ideal first listen.

Anyway, short story long, I guess I can now at least consider myself a fair-weather Smiths fan (or a poor-weather Smiths fan, as the case literally was tonight!).

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February 1, 2015 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

OK, that IS better.

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January 29, 2015 on Limp Bizkit Guitarist Is Dreading Next Week’s Nü-Metal Cruise

What’s to fix? Looks perfect to me.

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January 29, 2015 on Limp Bizkit Guitarist Is Dreading Next Week’s Nü-Metal Cruise

Love this mix! Occasionally I zone out for while, but then the repeated “drown her in my tears” comes in and I can’t help but laugh hysterically. I find GFOTY’s music to be overstimulating in the best possible way. Kind of like when you pet a high-strung cat for too long and it suddenly whips around and bites you. It’s cute, but that cuteness can’t always be trusted. Which is part of what makes it so thrilling.

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January 29, 2015 on GFOTY – “All The Small Things” (Blink-182 Cover)

I didn’t even see that comment, which is just as well because I would’ve felt compelled to upvote it out of pity, thus slightly undermining your run for #1. Congrats! : )

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January 23, 2015 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

Wow, you weren’t kidding. I will say that the article at least made an attempt to engage with the lyrics in some way, which is already more than I expect from Billboard. But to continuously call it a “diss track” really cheapens and overlooks the actual emotional depth of the song. I mean, it’s not like Björk and Barney merely dated for a couple weeks. They were a family. They had a daughter together.

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January 22, 2015 on Björk’s Label Details Contentious Dealings Behind Rush Vulnicura Release

Same here. I only bought it on Amazon because I find that site to be a lot simpler than iTunes (maybe I’m just easily confused, I don’t know). Really I wish all labels would just start selling digital copies of albums directly from their own websites, the way Hyperdub and Italians Do It Better do. Bleep is also a good site for downloading music, but they mainly just have a limited selection of electronic artists.

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January 22, 2015 on Björk’s Label Details Contentious Dealings Behind Rush Vulnicura Release

Hm. Wikipedia says that the album version was actually a remix of the original (video version). However, I’m not sure if Pitchfork would’ve known about the video version at that point, since it wasn’t actually released as a single until 1999, as you said. Anyway, perhaps this .1 theory is a bit farfetched, which I guess it already was to begin with. But there has to be a way to explain that missing tenth of a point. It’s not like tenths of a point can just go ahead and wander off on their own . . .

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January 22, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Björk Vulnicura

That’s funny, for a long time I have also equated the .1 dock with the absence of the video version on the album. But hell, OK Computer had “Electioneering”, so it’s not like an album should have to be perfect to get a 10.

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January 21, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Björk Vulnicura

I can still remember being in college and having gotten into Massive Attack around that time (this was around 2007). I started searching for other artists that were associated with that type of sound, which is how I found out about Björk. The first song I heard by her was “Hunter”, and it took me one listen to decide that she was my favorite artist ever, a sentiment I still hold today. “Hyperballad” would also be a good place to start song-wise, and Post as a whole is of course great. Perhaps because I got into Homogenic first, I was never terribly moved by Debut. It just didn’t have the emotional resonance that Post and Homogenic (and now Vulnicura) have for me.

Or you could just say fuck it and start with the Sugarcubes. Good luck tolerating Einar Örn’s vocals, though.

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January 21, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Björk Vulnicura

It’s on Amazon, too. Just downloaded it, and can’t wait to hear it in good quality now!

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January 20, 2015 on Following Leak, Björk’s Vulnicura Is On iTunes Now

Thanks! I’ve been listening to this song on repeat for hours now, clinging to it like an old childhood stuffed animal once thought lost forever.

Or, to make a Citizen Kane analogy, this song is my Rosebud. Crazy how long it had been floating around in my subconscious.

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January 20, 2015 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

On a random personal note, I finally figured out that the ghost of a tune that’s been floating around in my head for about 20 years is in fact from Cathy Dennis’ “Too Many Walls” (released 1991). I definitely hadn’t heard it since the 90s (on the radio), and had only a vague snippet of the melody in my memory. I tried humming that into SoundHound, but got nothing but dead ends, and it didn’t help that I couldn’t remember any of the actual lyrics. Finally I got desperate and just started combing through 90s Billboard archives and youtubing any song by a female artist that I wasn’t immediately familiar with. It took hours, but I ended up finding it on the Adult Contemporary archives for 1991. Anyway, point is: If there’s an unknown song stuck in my head and I want to find it, I WILL find it. It might take me decades, but I’ll find it.

And most importantly, “Too Many Walls” is just such a great pop song. Doesn’t sound too dated at all, and now that I know who it’s by, it’s no surprise to me that she’s the same one who wrote Kylie Minogue’s “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” (which is a rather ironic title given the larger context of this comment!). Now I’m listening to the whole album (Move to This), and it’s all really good, though nothing beats “Too Many Walls”. I definitely recommend it for anyone who’s feeling the need for some state-of-the-art early 1990s pop.

Sorry for the long, off-topic story, but wow, it feels so good to solve such an old mystery. Thought I might never hear that song again.

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January 20, 2015 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

Yeah, these days when an album I’m excited about leaks, I’m so quick to pounce on it that I don’t really stop and think about the effect that the leak could have on promotion and sales. But for me, at least, there was never any question that I was going to buy this album–the leak just means I get to hear it early. : )

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January 18, 2015 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

*She’s a good singer. Damn me and my pronouns.

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January 18, 2015 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments