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 +3Posted on Apr 14th | re: Atmosphere - "Kanye West" Video (4 comments)

You can feel how disappointed Tom is that the track doesn’t actually involve Kanye.

 +2Posted on Apr 14th | re: Alicia Keys - "It's On Again" (Feat. Kendrick Lamar) Video (2 comments)

This song is grossly meh. Perhaps even sub-meh. The production is so bland and really weak for a superhero movie single. Keys sounds like she was told to avoid getting too passionate with her singing. Kendrick has used the shout rap thing too much lately; it sounded amazing on Backseat Freestyle but it’s lost it’s force after using it in all those rock song remixes and features. A poor product of all star talent.

 +3Posted on Apr 14th | re: The Black Keys - "Turn Blue" (17 comments)

I’m not feeling either of the singles and it’s got me considerably less excited for the album. It just seems like their sound was neutered; like Brothers without the heart. I can only assume that this has a good deal to do with DM production because the songs have been lacking the explosive drums and have leaned pretty heavily on the synth and bass. Someone’s already said it, but this is just a slightly blues-ier Broken Bells.

 +2Posted on Apr 11th | re: The Week In Pop: What Is Ed Sheeran Thinking? (22 comments)

Dude, pretty sure George Clooney is in one. That basically makes it art.

 +6Posted on Apr 10th | re: The Week In Pop: What Is Ed Sheeran Thinking? (22 comments)

I carpool to work every day and since it’s not my car I have to defer the musical choices. I decided early on that I would not say anything negative about the listening habits because he goes out of his way to give me a lift so the least I can do is not be a pretentious dick.

This has forced me to delve into pop radio like never before. A proper analogy would be the scene from Spy Kids (2?) where the spy kids fall down a volcano that seems to never end, seeing the same hole for hours. Terror and repetition.

The point of all this is that I have heard a good deal of Ed Sheeran. He makes Jack Johnson sound like Death Grips. How anyone thought it was a good idea for him to try out the dancey-soul sound at first seemed baffling, but I realized that it’s the natural evolution for him. Obviously JT is a fair comparison, but I would say it bares closest to the transition made by Robin Thicke (hell it even includes pharrell). Super-white balladeer turned soul man. The major difference between the two situations is that Thicke didn’t have much to risk because he wasn’t a pop presence before, whereas Sheeran could possibly give up his stranglehold on the market. I don’t foresee it sticking and creating some new pop-template, but it could start the beginning of the end for pop’s little funky/soul phase if it fails large enough.

Also, it might be Stockholm Syndrome but I’ve started to really dig Young Girls by Bruno Mars.

 +1Posted on Apr 4th | re: The 10 Best Nirvana Songs (163 comments)

In my blind agreement over the exclusion of Teen Spirit I managed to overlook the fact that PennyRoyal Tea is not included. That’s pretty wack man.

 +1Posted on Apr 4th | re: The 10 Best Nirvana Songs (163 comments)

Thank you for not including Teen Spirit. Maybe after years of hearing it everywhere I’ve grown indifferent to how good it is, but I certainly don’t think it’s in the band’s top ten songs.

I did notice a bit of a bias against some of the more standard “alt-rock” songs, which is funny considering they were far and away the most popular and immediately influential songs. “She Hates Me” by that one god awful band is pretty much a jocked up “Rape Me” and modern rock pretty much stole the parts of Nirvana that irritate me while ignoring all the great aspects of the band.

Also, I love Marigold, even if it’s just an early Foo Fighters song released under the NIrvana name.

 +1Posted on Apr 2nd | re: Drake - "Draft Day" (9 comments)

This song is absolutely ridiculous. He raps completely against type with a more traditional, boom-bap style that I really want to hear more of from him.
And that Riff Raff-esque hook.

 +2Posted on Apr 1st | re: The 10 Best Joy Division Songs (63 comments)

I absolutely agree with Dead Souls at 1, but no way would I put Love Will Tear Us Apart and Disorder so far back. I admit I’m pretty partial to their more pop infused stuff though. Maybe my favorite rhythm section of any band.

 0Posted on Aug 31st, 2012 | re: The Black Keys - "I Got Mine (Tobacco Remix)" (7 comments)

It’s one of the better rock remixes I’ve heard, but to say that it is better than the original is just ridiculous. For one thing, they’re hardly similar, plus you’re wrong.
Sorry for being so blunt, but someone had to say it.