Comments from dejaser

Now can he explain why the last Modest Mouse album sucked?

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July 9, 2015 on Modest Mouse’s Isaac Brock Explains Why Portland Sucks

A good list but would’ve liked to have seen a slightly wider scope. Some of the artists I would’ve included, some of which have already been mentioned:

– Some key early British artists such as late-period Talk Talk and Bark Psychosis, as well as the likes of Hood and Disco Inferno.

– Disappointing that there are no Japanese inclusions. Mono are pretty much a post-rock institution, and then you have the likes of World’s End Girlfriend (one of the most stunning live acts I have ever seen).

– Also I can’t believe nobody has mentioned Swans. A significant proportion of their last two records could loosely be classed as post-rock, but 1996’s Soundtracks For The Blind is a key document in the development of post-rock. I wouldn’t dream of putting together a post-rock playlist without including The Sound.

But fair enough, you’ve explained your choices, and I look forward to listening through the stuff I’m not familiar with, and hopefully discovering some gems.

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January 8, 2015 on 30 Essential Post-Rock Songs

It’s an album I have to be in the right mood to enjoy, but when the time is right, no other album can scratch that particular itch. I have to admit I always find my attention does start to wander with the songs post-Spaniolated, but up to that point I love it. Hard to pick a favourite – My Dog Was Lost… is irresistable, and Chris Michaels bounds out the gate, but at a push maybe Chief Inspector Blancheflower for its brilliant narrative and one of my favourite codas of any song.

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July 14, 2014 on Blueberry Boat Turns 10

I wouldn’t say it’s my favourite album of theirs; the album’s second half is uneven, Whaddit I Done is just plain silly, and I’ve always found Visiting Friends to be a bit of a momentum killer. But with that said, the first half of Sung Tongs might just be the greatest run of songs AC have ever put together. Who Could Win A Rabbit, Winter’s Love, Kids On Holiday and Sweet Road are just delightful, life-affirming songs. Leaf House is a stunning opener, and always a live fave. But it’s The Softest Voice that always gets me; the way the melody winds up and unwinds itself makes it sound like it’s being played from some sort of magical toy music-box. I’ve always felt that the much-overlooked Campfire Songs is a great companion piece to this album too.

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May 2, 2014 on Sung Tongs Turns 10

Did they mean to release this list on April 1st instead of the Joy Division one?

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April 4, 2014 on The 10 Best Nirvana Songs

I really would’ve thought there would be more love on here for Decades. I actually can’t comprehend a top 10 Joy Division list without it.

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April 1, 2014 on The 10 Best Joy Division Songs

By the looks of Ian MacKaye, a straight-edge diet does not make you immune to a beer gut.

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March 22, 2014 on Check Out These Lego Versions Of 20 Famous Bands

I’ve just listened to Rise Above for the first time in years and my core issue with it remains the same as it was back then; that for all its clever musical trickery, it feels completely disconnected from its source material. They might as well have sung The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society over the music, for all the difference it would make. Their last two albums are far superior in my opinion.

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February 20, 2014 on The 10 Best Dirty Projectors Songs

A couple of recurring trends in the comments here:

– So many different Nick Cave albums have been referred to as “underrated”, further underlining just how uniformly strong his discography is.

– He knows how to keep all his fans onside. Those who loved the Birthday Party seem to find particular joy in Grinderman, whilst those put off by the relative levity of his recent releases seem to have fallen in love all over again with the release of Push The Sky Away.

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January 9, 2014 on Nick Cave Albums From Worst To Best

Absolutely, spot on. Given the state of Cave at the time, it may be better to regard it as Mick Harvey’s finest hour, rather than Cave’s.

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January 9, 2014 on Nick Cave Albums From Worst To Best

The first thing that struck with me with this list – as has already been mentioned above – is how low Your Funeral…My Trial is. For me, it’s the first truly great Bad Seeds album, the one that really gave the Bad Seeds a true identity in terms of sound, as expansive and multi-facted as that sound may be. For me it’s right up there, with only Let Love In, Abatoir Blues/Lyre Of Orpheus and maybe Tender Prey rating higher.

With that said, I’m in complete agreement with #1, amazing given the astonishing quality across the entire Nick Cave canon. If Your Funeral… established the Bad Seeds various songwriting modes, then Let Love In brings top-drawer examples of all of these: ballads in Nobodys Baby Now and I Let Love In; unhinged rockers in Jangling Jack and Thirsty Love; songs of unrepentent lust like Loverman; gallows humour in Lay Me Low, and of course one of his most iconic songs in Red Right Hand. It’s the closest thing to a definitive Bad Seeds album.

In general this is a great list. Abatoir Blues/Lyre Of Orpheus is always a favourite for me as it was my entry point into Nick Cave, and I’m pleased to see Henry’s Dream fairly high up, as it sometimes gets a bad press. I too agree that it’s difficult to know exactly where Push The Sky Away stands in the grand scheme of things, but every listen seems to push it upwards in my estimation. I’ve never been that into The Boatsman’s Call; when I want Cave in reflective mode I tend to turn to the more interesting musical arrangements of No More Shall We Part, for me perhaps Cave’s most underrated album.

In many ways though, as daft as it sounds, I think Cave’s entire discography is underrated. Cave’s unwavering quality (let’s ignore Nocturama) and diversity puts him alongside, if not above his peers, and yet because there is not one standout album in his canon, he’s not – in the eyes of those who compile these tiresome Best Albums Of All Time lists – judged to have released an album that can rank alongside Blonde On Blonde, Revolver, Rain Dogs and the like. Simply not the case.

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January 8, 2014 on Nick Cave Albums From Worst To Best

Is #1 really just Yeezus:Expanded Edition?

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December 28, 2013 on The 100 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2014

Interesting list. Hissing Fauna at #1 is a no-brainer for me (The Past Is A Grotesque Animal is a contender for Song of the Century Thus Far). I was a fan of Skeleton Lamping on its release and remain so to this day, so no arguments there either. But The Sunlandic Twins is too high for me, way too inconsistent to be placed above Satanic Panic, possibly their best straight-up pop effort.

False Priest initially seems low at #11, but having listened to it again recently it’s a pretty weak effort: too many paper-thin songs, whilst Janelle Monae and Solange Knowles are completely out-diva-ed by Barnes, and so add nothing to proceedings. Glad to see Paralytic Stalks so high, as I felt it was criminally underrated on release (and remains so). Having said that, Lousy with Sylvianbriar’s back-to-basics approach felt like a necessary reboot, and with it I feel confident that Barnes can once again conjour up something approaching the brilliance of Hissing Fauna.

Despite being a fairly big E6 fan I have to admit to being largely unfamiliar with their pre-Satanic Panic material. I have some investigating to do; I’d always assumed The Gay Parade was the place to start with early OM?

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November 12, 2013 on of Montreal Albums From Worst To Best

Next, Madonna sues Arcade Fire for ripping off the Like A Virgin bassline on We Exist. Then the Michael Jackson estate catches wind of it and sues both for ripping off Billie Jean.

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November 3, 2013 on Marvin Gaye’s Family Responds To Robin Thicke’s Pre-Emptive Lawsuit And Then Some

Glad to see another person with love for Daphne Descends; thought I was the only one. Some years ago, I bought a new guitar pedal and it came with a copy of Cubase; I promptly set about trying to record all the different guitar parts of Thru The Eyes of Ruby. Ridiculous!

Among my favourites, I would have to include Soma, Hummer (I have a thing for their shimmering epics), Stand Inside Your Love, Slow Dawn from Machina II, For Martha (obviously a very personal song for Corgan and one which appropriately features one of his tenderest vocal performances) and Drown (which gets its due in the Singles soundtrack article elsewhere on this sight). Also, I think Untitled from Rotten Apples is worthy of a mention; one of the few occasions an obligatory new recording appearing on a “Best Of” is actually capable of holding its own.

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October 29, 2013 on Smashing Pumpkins Albums From Worst To Best

Well done for this great piece. The thing with the Smashing Pumpkins is that I think they are the last rock band of their kind who were/are capable of creating such an obsessive fanbase of that kind of scale. The very reason Corgan rankles even his most devoted followers at times is because his opinions, actions and music still matter that much to them.

I can’t really argue with the order you’ve ranked them though Mellon Collie will always be my favourite (again, a product of the fan-delirium they are so good at generating: even that album’s inherent flaws seem endearing, almost strengths, when viewed as part of the massive picture Corgan was deftly painting). For me, Thru The Eye of Ruby is less a contender, more outright winner, of the greatest Pumpkins song. To think what that album could’ve been had they swapped some of the songs for superior ones off The Aeroplane Flies High boggles the mind; in fact I remember burning an alternate version of Mellon Collie (there’s that obsessive fandom again) where disc 2 was closed out by Medellia Of The Gray Skies and Tonite Reprise, for me the perfect counterpoints to disc 1’s Porcelina Of The Vast Oceans and Tonight, Tonight, respectively.

From an objective viewpoint, however, Siamese Dream is undoubtedly their best. Gish was a terrific debut, and in hindsight almost seemed a warmup run to Siamese Dream, which ultimately perfected everything that was so sood about Gish. What I love about those early Butch Vig releases is the unusual warmth that comes from them, even during the most scathing tracks (the honey-like multi-tracked vocals go some way towards erasing Corgan’s less desirable vocal attributes). One thing you brushed upon several times, but cannot be understated, is Jimmy Chamberlain’s drumming; I cannot think of another drummer (aside from maybe Meg White, albeit for all the wrong reasons) with a more distinctive and recognisable style. His work on some of those early songs (hello Geek USA!) is simply breathtaking, and even a song like The Aeroplane Flies High, with its relatively rudimentary rhythm (try saying that ten times quickly) is lifted immeasurably by his expertly placed fills.

Thanks also for acknowledging the greatness that lurks amongst their subsequent work; Adore and Machina II are works I particularly enjoy returning to.

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October 29, 2013 on Smashing Pumpkins Albums From Worst To Best

Does anyone else think that the lack of a single XTC inclusion is, even at the best of times, unforgivable, and for the british publication, an astonishing oversight?

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October 26, 2013 on NME’s Top 500 Albums Of All Time

Just seen the rest of the list. The tissues are out :-(

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October 26, 2013 on NME’s Top 500 Albums Of All Time

There’s a lot of great stuff here (how could there not be when you’ve got 500 shots at it?), but the obligatory inclusion of the usual NME indie-crap (I can accept Arctic Monkeys and Metronomy, even if they’re way too highly placed but The Cribs, Klaxons, Mystery Jets, Glasvegas? Urrrgh!) and the seemingly random order (Crooked Rain nearly 200 places below Brighten The Corners and Homogenic in the bottom 100 are the least of this list’s problems) render it completely worthless.

I’ve worked my way through 500-201 on their website, and reading on here that there’s no Husker Du, Dinosaur Jr, GBV or Replacements records (and nothing besides 13 Songs from Fugazi, nowhere near their best release even) makes me very sad indeed. If I don’t see a Minutemen or Built To Spill record in the top 200, I may actually cry.

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October 25, 2013 on NME’s Top 500 Albums Of All Time

Really enjoyed this article and this list. I had to go back to Lost Dogs to dig up Undone and to realise what a great inclusion it is; if Pearl Jam were routinely writing songs like this I would still be buying their records.

So glad to see Corduroy at #1; as you rightly say it is their quintessential song, an exhilirating listen and the first song of theirs I learnt to play on guitar. Like so many others I came into Pearl Jam through Ten, and it was my favourite album – by any artist, period – for many years, but now it is Vitalogy, No Code, Vs and to a lesser extent Yield, which have really stayed with me. Vitalogy in paricular remains a fantastic album; even songs I originally baulked at like Bugs and Aye Davanita make a twisted kind of sense in hindsight. With that said, I’m still partial to a bit of Ten-era PJ; I would’ve liked to have seen Black and Yellow Ledbetter on this list, as well as one of my personal faves from Lost Dogs, Footsteps (a bit histrionic, yes, but Vedder’s vocal performance on that song is incredible).

All of your selections are great and well-reasoned, but other than the songs I’ve mentioned above, special mention needs to go to:

Tremor Christ
Red Mosquito
Present Tense
WMA (another great rhythm-led track, pre-Jack Irons)
Nothing As It Seems
All Or None
Hail Hail

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October 18, 2013 on The 10 Best Pearl Jam Songs