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I have fond memories of collecting different versions of 90’s U2 singles for all the B-sides at used record shops. On that note, I feel like the single version of “Please” is different enough to warrant inclusion.

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July 27, 2015 on The 31 Best U2 Non-Album Tracks

Really enjoyed this, especially the commentary on the “forgotten” majority of 2005 albums. Scrolling through my library, and being honest with myself, this was the year of Black Sheep Boy, Wolf Parade, Illinois, Superwolf, Twin Cinema, Alligator, Z, Andrew Bird, Feels, Separation Sunday, Architecture in Helsinki (!), CYHSY, Futureheads, Bloc Party… Hell, even the sentimentality of M83’s “Before the Dawn Heals Us” I remember taking literally and not as some John Hughes throwback. I’m not sure how much of that I can attribute to the era vs. being a college sophomore.

These things go in cycles, and I agree with Brad that there seems to be a trend forming with albums like Carrie & Lowell, FJM, & Vulnicura towards more emotional directness. Yet these are all in the ultra-personal, post-Kanye (I feel gross typing that, but really…) sense of highlighting the singer’s shortcomings and fears. I totally agree that it’s hard to imagine something like Decemberists/NMH/Belle & Sebastian carrying the same weight. Which is funny, considering non-autobiographical songs like “Engine Driver”, “A Stone”, or “John Wayne Gacy” hit me as hard as Elliott Smith or Funeral the year before. 2005, never forget <3

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March 20, 2015 on Picaresque Turns 10

I’m feeling conflicted about editing out the last 7 minutes of Mortal Man so I can loop the album. :|

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March 18, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly

When you put it that way, if Around the Sun didn’t happen, Act 3 doesn’t look half bad. Despite its flaws, something keeps bringing me back to Up.

As for Acts 1 & 2, is there another American band that even approaches this?

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September 26, 2014 on Monster Turns 20

Now you have me thinking of what the “Definitive American 1980’s Album” (not necessarily by Americans) would be and I’m coming up blank.
-Born in the USA (duh)
-Joshua Tree (love the album, but their take on Americana is more of a caricature)
-Reckoning (for that rural, slice of life perspective. not popular enough to be definitive though)

It seems like so many of the 80’s classics (by Americans) focused on looking outward (Remain in Light, Graceland), or had a smaller/more personal scope (Replacements, Husker Du, Sonic Youth, Dino Jr, Pixies). I feel like I’m missing a big one.

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August 6, 2014 on There’s Something Happening Somewhere: 30 Years Of Born In The U.S.A.

I’ve never made a connection between songs. Are the vocals a reversed sample of the original?? Always loved that track (and album).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27Tx7m_lUzg

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August 6, 2014 on Edgy And Dull: 20 Covers Of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire,” Rated

“Blind” has always been my favorite by a landslide. That song could go on forever (and it kind of does).

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July 29, 2014 on The 10 Best TV On The Radio Songs

Don’t hate me for this, but I’m having an “Everybody Hurts” type reaction. A track that not only requires me to disable my cynical filter from attacking the overtly feel-good message and major chords in order to appreciate its emotional directness–but gets half of its charm from that liberation. Like when you figure out how to stop feeling guilty for your “guilty pleasure” song. On par with Kindred, amazing.

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December 17, 2013 on Album Of The Week: Burial Rival Dealer

Finding out his dog is named Cupid makes it that much sadder. :(

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December 17, 2013 on Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes Loses Everything In Apartment Fire

Call me not jaded enough, but I came here to read the comment section top 10’s. Here’s mine.

1 My Bloody Valentine ■ MBV
2 Machinedrum ■ Vapor City
3 Burial ■ Rival Dealer
4 Jai Paul ■ Untitled
5 James Holden ■ The Inheritors
6 The Knife ■ Shaking the Habitual
7 Jon Hopkins ■ Immunity
8 Kurt Vile ■ Walking on a Pretty Daze
9 The National ■ Trouble Will Find Me
10 Laurel Halo ■ Chance of Rain

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December 16, 2013 on The Gummy Awards: Your Top 50 Albums Of 2013

Wow, this whole article is pure gold–thanks, ‘gum!

I’ve loved The Meadowlands since it came out–but I knew nothing about its (or the band’s) back story.

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September 9, 2013 on An Oral History Of The Wrens’ The Meadowlands

I don’t know about liking it more, but I’ve probably listened to it more. It was definitely what got me into MBV. While less hypnotic and polished than Loveless, I initially found it more melodic, aggressive, emotive, and (charmingly) messy. In my mind, it’s a Kid A/OKC type thing…leaving one out as “the definitive MBV album” misrepresents the band.

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February 5, 2013 on Album Of The Week: My Bloody Valentine m b v

seems to have been taken down :(

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January 24, 2013 on The Knife – “Full Of Fire”

Say Yes! But I like this list.

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August 21, 2012 on The 10 Best Elliott Smith Songs

R.A.P. Music: The Song

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June 21, 2012 on Let’s Shortlist The Indie Song Of The Summer 2012

For me, at least, it’s because of this song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oz47aLDTBc

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February 2, 2012 on Nicolas Jaar – “Materials” Video

Another +1 for the Zoo Station cover…love when it locks into the rhythm for the last few minutes.

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October 25, 2011 on Hear Nine Inch Nails, Killers, Depeche Mode Cover U2

Agreed–Chronic Town, Dead Letter Office, Eponymous, Monster, Up, Reveal, and half a dozen live bootlegs from the IRS years all get heavy, heavy rotation from me. Accelerate & Collapse Into Now, a slightly lesser extent.

I just think of them more as “fan” albums. The ones listed above (sans Out of Time) I’d all consider decade-defining records.

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September 22, 2011 on R.E.M. Call It Quits