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 0Posted on Jan 19th, 2011 | re: The 20 Most Overlooked LPs Of 2010 (145 comments)

Yes, Candy Claws. What a dense, expertly constructed and well-paced album.

I mean, I get why it was overlooked, it does take some patience, and you can’t really listen to it on speakers, but I think it deserved a ton more recognition.

 0Posted on Aug 17th, 2010 | re: Joanna Newsom On Kimmel (31 comments)

I would say the first disc of “Have One on Me” can be rightfully considered her most accessible (and some of her best work)–the other two, for me, fall extremely flat and feel pretty impenetrable.

Maybe I just love grandiose statements on record, but I think “Ys” is one of the best things I’ve ever heard. There, at least there was an anchor to the sprawl, always a lilting melody to come back to, always some story to become enraptured in. It takes patience, sure, but there are dynamics to it that are sadly missing on the bulk of “Have One on Me”. It’s a very hard album to listen to, as a whole. I absolutely love the first disc–maybe the rest will unfold and “bloom” for me as well. I really hope it does. But almost seven months in, no such luck…

 0Posted on May 24th, 2010 | re: Stereogum & Videogum Present: The 'Gum Bowl (21 comments)

Dear (prefix)-gum:

Of COURSE this happens literally four days before I move to New York. Of course!

Will there be more festivities during the summer, perchance?? Gabe’s Summer Mixtape release show??

cordially,
disgruntled hipster no. 416

 +1Posted on Apr 26th, 2010 | re: M.I.A. - "Born Free" Video (NSFW) (95 comments)

I’m just too busy to deliver quality snark! I promise I’m still here!

 +6Posted on Apr 26th, 2010 | re: M.I.A. - "Born Free" Video (NSFW) (95 comments)

This video definitely, definitely lays it on THICK, (like most of M.I.A.’s political messages,) but I guess that’s the question we have to face: Is it shocking, or ridiculous, or over the top, simply because it’s white redheads being rounded up and tortured? If this video featured all the people throughout the world who have suffered and continue suffer through this elsewhere, would we still think it was “pointlessly violent”?

I appreciate that, even on a major label, M.I.A. pretty much does and says whatever the fuck she wants. This video is proof of that. Plus Romain Gavras is one hell of a filmmaker.

 0Posted on Mar 15th, 2010 | re: Pictureplane's Mtymx Rhinoceropolis Hype Package (7 comments)

Rhinoceropolis is growing to a myth at this point, but that’s beside the point.

The point is–Go Denver!

 0Posted on Feb 22nd, 2010 | re: Feist - "He Was Free" (Live At 2010 Cultural Olympiad) (7 comments)

Wow. Just… wow.

 0Posted on Feb 16th, 2010 | re: Solange Joins Dirty Projectors For Opening Ceremony (7 comments)

Ohhhhh my god, that “Tell Me” cover is so awesome. Worlds been had colliding (my young self and adult self).

 0Posted on Feb 12th, 2010 | re: Stereogum Now A Quartet (33 comments)

Yes, you’re the only one.

 0Posted on Jan 26th, 2010 | re: New Joanna Newsom - "'81" (62 comments)

My face is going to explode. This comes out in less than a month.

My face is going to explode, you guys.