Comments from dbr

I’m not claiming that you were implying otherwise, but someone’s got to say this:

(1) There is no inherent relationship between the simplicity/complexity of a song and its value.

(2) The song is overplayed, especially by beginning guitarists, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s awesome.

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June 21, 2013 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

Gyöngyhajú lány—I couldn’t pronounce it to save my life, but damn do I love this song.

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June 18, 2013 on Download Yeezus: The Samples

Uh oh—guys, I think Stereogum is running out of money. They couldn’t afford the usual 10 things and had to knock the list down to 9. :-(

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June 17, 2013 on The 9 Best Things At Bonnaroo 2013


Ya Hey

Song for Zula

Wakin on a Pretty Day


The Desert Babbler

So Good At Being In Trouble

(*My* songs of the summer. I think only a couple of these have a chance of being *the* song of the summer.)

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June 13, 2013 on Let’s Shortlist The Song Of The Summer 2013

That kind of language seems more likely to alienate ordinary people and delegitimize your position in their eyes—which is cool and all when it comes to art, but counterproductive when it comes to social reform.

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May 19, 2013 on Kanye West – “New Slaves”

Seems pretty Yeezy to me.

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May 19, 2013 on Watch Kanye West Do “Black Skinhead” & “New Slaves” On SNL

It’s about time someone addressed the notorious pro-war-on-drugs faction of the Stereogum community.

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May 19, 2013 on Kanye West – “New Slaves”

What’s with all these lyric videos lately? When/how/why did they become so prevalent?

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May 4, 2013 on Vampire Weekend – “Ya Hey” Lyric Video

My uncle said similar things…

…about his experiences in Vietnam.

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May 3, 2013 on Vampire Weekend – “Ya Hey” Lyric Video

There are some odd wordings in the post [“Ezra’s going in on the couplets herein” and “this one’s quite video-video, with Vampire Weekend friend Jenny (she of “Giving Up The Gun and so many others) spraying champagne (along with so many others)”], but in terms of sentence construction, it’s a mixture of properly joined compound sentences and subordinate clauses.

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May 3, 2013 on Vampire Weekend – “Ya Hey” Lyric Video

Correction: 1/5 is elf supremacist.

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April 29, 2013 on Neutral Milk Hotel Reunite

you don’t know how it feels
you don’t know how it feels…

…to be meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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April 22, 2013 on Read Amanda Palmer’s “A Poem For Dzhokhar”

I just wanted to say that the middle section of this review—from the “frankly, it’s a puzzling look for a band” paragraph up to the Strokes part—was fantastic, Michael. The analysis and descriptions of the music (both the more literal and metaphoric ones) were spot on, and I loved how they got at the *experience* of listening to the music, not just the qualities or value of it. I wish more reviews were written this way. Great job!

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April 15, 2013 on Premature Evaluation: Phoenix Bankrupt!

It’s a good song—an Alligator highlight for me. It’s just that there are at least 10 songs that feel like they have more gravity, so they get precedence for a best of list. But if I were making a “most likely to be played in my car” list or something like that, it might be on there.

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April 11, 2013 on The 10 Best National Songs

I’m okay with Exile Vilify being on the list—not just because I think it’s a great song in itself, but because I think it also exemplifies one side of the band and its work: the downtempo, sweeping, orchestral side.

But yeah, Rylan is a head scratcher…

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April 11, 2013 on The 10 Best National Songs

10. Secret Meeting
9. All the Wine
8. Exile Vilify
7. Terrible Love (alternate version)
6. Bloodbuzz Ohio
5. Fake Empire
4. Slow Show
3. Mistaken for Strangers
2. Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks
1. Ada

0. The last minute and a half of Cardinal Song

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April 10, 2013 on The 10 Best National Songs

Does anyone want to join my new band, the Beadles?

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April 5, 2013 on The 10 Best Lou Reed Songs

I don’t have anything useful to say, but I thought that this was a pretty awesome song and performance and that it deserved at least one comment… so, um, here’s a comment.

I haven’t been excited about Sigur Rós in years, but I’m really looking forward to this album. From what I’ve heard of the new stuff that’s been trickling out, it seems like the band got a huge jolt of emotional energy sometime since the release of Valtari.

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March 24, 2013 on Watch Sigur Rós Play Fallon


*I propose we be annoying and do this in lieu of upvoting and downvoting until they bring the system back.

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March 21, 2013 on The National Trouble Will Find Me Details