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 +1Posted on Sep 26th | re: Monster Turns 20 (33 comments)

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?

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.

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

 +3Posted on Jul 29th | re: The 10 Best TV On The Radio Songs (87 comments)

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

 +4Posted on Dec 17th, 2013 | re: Album Of The Week: Burial Rival Dealer (21 comments)

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.

 +5Posted on Dec 17th, 2013 | re: Blood Orange's Dev Hynes Loses Everything In Apartment Fire (9 comments)

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

 +13Posted on Dec 16th, 2013 | re: The Gummy Awards: Your Top 50 Albums Of 2013 (124 comments)

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

 +3Posted on Sep 9th, 2013 | re: An Oral History Of The Wrens' The Meadowlands (19 comments)

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.