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Plenty of noteworthy releases this week, but for the avid poptimist, Zara Larsson's album is quite good. In fact, it is titled So Good, which it mostly lives up to. But the best songs are still older singles "Lush Life" (my Song of the Summer last year, even though I think it's like 2 years old) "Never Forget You" (her and MNEK's vocals at the end always blow me away), and "I Would Like". [paragraph break] Oh yeah, I made good on my promise to check out the Planning for Burial album, and really enjoyed that as well. [paragraph break] Got drunk last night for no real reason. I may have ralphed. Woke up hungover, realized it's St. Patrick's Day, and was like NOPE. Not doing that two days in a row. Gonna be a sober one for me this year. [end of third paragraph]
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March 17, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Thanks! And then the very next morning I ended up going to a huge book festival on no sleep. It's tough being a bookworm sometimes. Tell ya what.
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March 13, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
She actually did pull that one out live as well, toward the end of the set. Alas, no "Remain" in the set, but that's OK, since that might be the type of song that is more ideal for headphones than for a live setting.
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March 11, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Aw, thanks bloc! I don't know if it'll live up to your five completely-sincere exclamation points ;), but here goes my review: It was a blast! I got there right when Jay Som were starting, and found the place relatively packed compared to the last time I was there. I was actually there more for Jay Som than for The Drums, and she did not disappoint! The basslines on "Everbody Works" and "Baybee" both gave me chills live, and "The Bus Song" was another highlight. Got their latest on CD, plus a shirt. And then The Drums. Wow! I didn't know what to expect, as I'd only heard some of their earlier songs. But I like the idea of getting into a band live without doing much research ahead of time, and that strategy worked out well, as their set was fuckin' perfect and largely new to me. Jonny is a freaking ray of sunshine up on the stage; his energy is infectious, for those who like to dance. I kinda just stood in the corner and did that South Park goth-kid style of dance, where you sway back and forth and nod your head. He's also a great vocalist live, and some of the songs had some hauntingly beautiful endings that nearly made me swoon. They did indeed play "Let's Go Surfing", "It Will All End In Tears", and "Book of Stories". The latter was my fave, along with some other ones that I don't yet know the names of. He mentioned that they have a new album out in June, so keep your ears peeled.
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March 11, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
It feels like an album to me. But I think there are still enough other songs that she's been playing live (that don't appear on this release) that we can still hopefully expect an(other) album from her soon. This feels kind of like the Tinashe Nightride / Joyride situation. A mixtape-for-sale, presumably followed by a more official album. Which is fine by me!
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March 11, 2017 on Stream Charli XCX Number 1 Angel Mixtape
I actually did listen to the Planning for Burial song that was in the last Black Market, and really liked it. I look forward to the album!
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March 10, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
I will check it out! I haven't listened to it yet because I got sidetracked by the Blanck Mass album for most of the week.
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March 10, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Nice! I'm pretty thrilled that she's playing here on what is also her album release day, so I'll be able to buy the album right there at the show! Saves me a trip to the record store.
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March 10, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
The new Jay Som album is really good! "Remain" has probably the most beautiful vocals I've heard this year, and "Everybody Works" and "One More Time, Please" are also great songs. And what do you know, she's in town tonight, opening for The Drums! Same venue I saw Priests at a couple weeks back. So that's probably what I'll be up to tonight.
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March 10, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Not better, no. Not much is. But it's still pretty great! It feels more like an album than a mixcxtape. Heartbreaks and Super Ultra both had such a great flow and sense of momentum, true mixcxtapes. On Number 1 Angel , the songs feel more separate, and the whole thing is also more homogeneous than her mixcxtapes, so the transitions aren't quite as thrilling. The sharp, futuristic edges of the Vroom Vroom EP are also pretty much gone, or at least not as emphasized. So it's relatively straightforward pop, but executed to near-perfection. Most of these songs are better than "After the Afterparty", and there's some incredible bass throughout. My faves so far are "Drugs", "Dreamer", "White Roses", and "ILY2". It's up on Spotify, btw. I ended up downloading it on Google Play. I thought it was gonna be a free mixtape, but I guess it's not free. Then again, neither is freedom. But anyway, yeah it's very good, especially the second half.
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March 10, 2017 on Stream Charli XCX Number 1 Angel Mixtape
Hell yeah! I almost put "Lovegaze" on the Weekend Playlist, but ended up going with "My Journey to Your Space" instead. I will check out this Pallbearer song in a bit. Listening to Blanck Mass for the first time right now. "Rhesus Negative" is really hitting the spot. The Weekend Playlist is particularly strong this week!
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March 6, 2017 on Pallbearer – “I Saw The End” Video
Well, I don't mean to create even the slight impression that I know what I'm talking about when it comes to metal, as I'm quite new to all this and still figuring out what all the different subgenres even are. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I tend to gravitate more towards slower/more melodic metal. After further investigation, I think most of the stuff I'm liking falls into either doom or atmospheric/post-black metal. Alcest, SubRosa, Oranssi Pazuzu, Worm Ouroboros, Imperceptum, and Violet Cold have been the main ones that come to mind, and I guess maybe none of them are that close to pure black metal. (I don't even know what Oranssi Pazuzu qualify as, but I do know that Värähtelijä makes me feel the right kind of demented.) That Délétère song ("IV") in TBM, though--wow that one's intense. Made it through the song and I think I'm still trembling a bit. That's the kind of metal I have a tougher time getting into. I admire the bejeezus out of it, though.
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March 4, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Considering I have "worm" in my username, it was only a matter of time until I went down this path!
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March 4, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
I even gave "Nightmare Logic" the ole college try yesterday, due to your enthusiasm for it in that thread. I'm listening to it again now. . . Alas, thrash might be where I draw the line, at least for now! I could see it maybe clicking for me if I was in the right frame of mind though. But for now I will continue to dive into various strains of black metal and funeral doom. Progress. Oh yeah, that Flight of Sleipnir song, "Awaken", is also really good!
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March 3, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Really loving both the Imperceptum and Violet Cold albums mentioned in The Black Market. Even just a year ago, I never used to seek out metal, but The Month in Metal is quickly becoming one of my favorite features here.
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March 3, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Yeah, plus it's usually pretty obvious when some random user has just created a 'Gum account purely in order to troll one specific article. It's refreshing that such trolls don't hold much sway on this site. Stereogum is definitely more geared toward frequent, established commenters, and that fosters a sense of community where people don't typically post negative stuff just for the sake of doing so. Even anonymous commenters on this site still build up a reputation over time, and anyone who cares about being a long-term part of this community usually remains quite aware of that reputation, I think. So that adds a level of accountability, in addition to the voting.
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March 3, 2017 on Passion Pit Frontman Shares Essay About Vile Blog Comments And Mental Health
Thank you for sharing this, Michael! Your health and well-being are--and always will be--of utmost importance to your fans. I only recently started going to concerts/festivals, but I will always admire artists for performing their art in front of large crowds of people they don't know. Even if an artist has an off night (and everyone does from time to time), I don't see the point in being negatively critical of anyone who takes the time to create and perform their music. (I think it's natural to chuckle if a performer has some minor gaff, but most people who go to shows probably don't want to see the artist fail or suffer in any significant way). And maybe I'm stating some kind of obvious shit here, but I think it's sometimes important for artists to remind themselves that the audience wants them to succeed. And I think YBB makes some valid points about the role of anonymity in internet comments. (And of course I'm typing all this as a fairly anonymous commenter.) Heck, IMDb recently straight up got rid of their whole message board system because it had become such a wretched hive of scum and villainy, and I was glad to see it go. One nice thing about Stereogum is that--even with relative anonymity--there's still a sense of accountability in the comment section.
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March 3, 2017 on Passion Pit Frontman Shares Essay About Vile Blog Comments And Mental Health
Personally, I'm not disappointed by it, and it's growing on me with each listen. I can't claim that I've ever been a huge fan of Lorde, but I'm always happy when one of her songs comes on the radio, since she's better than a lot of top 40 stuff. And the last 45 seconds or so are legitimately great, by my standards. But yeah, I'm not sure who else this could be compared to. It's not mind-blowingly original, but that's not always what I look for in pop, and it's still very much a Lorde song, which is a good thing. I kind of want to down some cough syrup and stare at that album artwork for a while . . .
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March 2, 2017 on Lorde – “Green Light” Video
Found it, but it won't let me add anything. Maybe it's not set to "collaborative"? Happy B-day, anyway!
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February 28, 2017 on Album Of The Week: Roc Marciano Rosebudd’s Revenge
It better be! ;) Actually I believe it was you and a couple other folks who got me into this band, on the Weekend Playlist. Plus I've seen them mentioned in the comments here quite a bit.
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February 25, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Well, Priests was (were?) pretty fuckin' awesome! Small venue, it felt perfect for them, and there were like 20 people there. I only got into them recently, and so I foolishly didn't realize until this show that it's actually Daniele who does the main vocals on "No Big Bang"! But yeah, that one and "Nothing Feels Natural" were the highlights for me. I still haven't listened to much of their older stuff yet, and I'm terrible at remembering exact set-lists, but I know they did "Right Wing" and "Doctor" off of Bodies and Control and Money and Power , as well as the newer songs. Also loved opener Olivia Neutron-John, as well as the group (whose name I can't remember right now, damn it) who went before her.
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February 25, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Gonna see Priests tonight in my hometown! Last night I drunkenly decided that "Nothing Feels Natural" and "No Big Bang" are my 2 fave songs so far this year, so I think I've gotten myself adequately psyched for this show.
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February 24, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Looks like you've attracted your own devoted group of personal haters! Either that, or three people disagree that this is your favorite music video of the year. :)
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February 20, 2017 on Lana Del Rey – “Love” Video
I loved Ultraviolence but for some reason I still haven't bothered to listen to Honeymoon. Maybe it's because I felt that she got her sound down so well on the former that I didn't quite need another album from her yet when the latter came out. But now I'm ready. And yes, "Fucked My Way to the Top" is so good. Used to just loop that song on long drives.
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February 20, 2017 on Lana Del Rey – “Love” Video
This is a good turnout, I like what we've accomplished here. Thanks for taking one for the team, CA! For each downvote, you officially receive one particle of good karma.
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February 15, 2017 on Kanye West Reportedly Recovering From Memory Loss
This is incredible! This band just keeps getting better.
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February 15, 2017 on Yumi Zouma – “She’s Electric” (Oasis Cover)
How hilarious would it be if a bunch of us banded together and downvoted your comment, thus making it come true! ;)
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February 14, 2017 on Kanye West Reportedly Recovering From Memory Loss
Oh shoot, I didn't even realize that! Looking on Wikipedia now, and I see she was involved in my favorite tracks from that album, "Doing It", "Die Tonight", and "Need Ur Love". I didn't even know about Noonie Bao until last year when I started getting into her own music. Wait . . . does this mean Noonie was the other person besides Charli who was flirting with you? :)
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February 9, 2017 on Watch Charli XCX & A Motionless A. G. Cook Bring New Song “Bounce” To Jimmy Kimmel
I like you! Also, did she say "If your name is Noonie" towards the end? I know Charli and Noonie Bao collaborated as co-writers on MØ's "Drum" last year, so hopefully this means Noonie Bao is involved on Charli's new album as well. ❤️ Bless
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February 9, 2017 on Watch Charli XCX & A Motionless A. G. Cook Bring New Song “Bounce” To Jimmy Kimmel
Peter, why do I get the feeling that you're going to be using the word "mastermind" a lot more now after that DIIV article? ;) Fun song, anyway. I don't like it quite as much as "What's that Perfume that You Wear", but I like the idea of making upbeat music about subjects that can otherwise seem scary or depressing.
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February 6, 2017 on Jens Lekman – “Evening Prayer”