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Man Black Messiah has been a weekly listen for me all year. It's beyond stellar. I was wondering if or how much that album influenced TPAB. A couple tracks certainly play with the same genres and sounds, but Black Messiah was only dropped a few months ago so I can't imagine there was much time to change things after that.
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March 18, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly
I can't wait to listen to this album. Depreston is maybe my favorite track so far this year.
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March 17, 2015 on Stream Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
There's a lot to say about this album, but the main thing I want to mention is how everyone is comparing this to GKMC. Has anyone gone and played that album in full after listening to TPAB yet? Because that's what I did, and honestly it feels slighter now. Yeah I fucking love the hooks and sheer bump-ablility of GKMC and it still sounds amazing, but when that album dropped Tom called it, "sprawling, expansive, near-orchestral world-building, an image of a young man growing up in a fully-realized and detailed environment." Compared to TPAB, I don't consider GKMC all that expansive. Certainly incredible, but it seems less massive. I would say it's a lot like Kanye going from College Dropout to MBDTF, just on a more violently large and quick swing. GKMC is undoubtedly 2012 rap. The best of 2012 rap in fact. I'm never going to go long between listens. That's how I feel about College Dropout. Yeah College Dropout is more pop oriented than GKMC, but not by much. Looking back a few years, GKMC really does fit into the rap climate. TPAB is Kendrick attempt at completely leaving the rap discussion and enter the realm of just a singular work of art, not trying at all to fit it. That's how MBDTF felt. I want to expand on this more but I got work and shit, but all I'm going to think about is this album. Other notes: I don't get all the talk that there's not enough straight rapping going on. It's just weaved in with the rest of the music, but Kendrick is rapping away on almost every damn track. This is exactly how I was hoping "i" would fit into the album. The single version and album version are entirely different entities. Calling it up its own ass is fucking stupid. If you admit you haven't completely figured it all out (and hadn't even realized Luci was lucifer upon writing this) then you don't have enough info to call it up its own ass. Insular, self-conscious, and personal, but up its own ass makes it sound like its some 8th grade poetry or something. Yeah it's no Kafka or Joyce, but fuck if this isn't top tier of rap writing. I mean, Faulkner never had to do it to a beat.
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March 17, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly
Songs like this make me think I could maybe get into DG, but MC Ride just ruins it for me. I get what he's going for and I do find his voice interesting, but there are too many moments where it all seems forced and the lyrics aren't good enough to justify it.
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March 13, 2015 on Death Grips – “On GP”
*not one of those times
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March 11, 2015 on Meredith Graves Interviews Her Dad About Radiohead
Graves' opinions don't always jive with me, but very occasionally she makes some good points or brings up something interesting. This was one of those times. I could pick apart the multitude of attempts she made to force her point, without much evidence or reasoning, essentially because she feels a way about Radiohead but won't just admit it's because it's just not her thing. She's trying to hard to be edgy and it just seems condescending and dick-ish. The worst was when she described the grammy performance. So he's insincere because he doesn't act how you want on stage? You just admitted that this was the first video you've ever seen of them so you have no idea what their stage presence is like but you feel comfortable making the claim that all those poor marching band kids are pouring their hearts out and Thom Yorke is just a douche. Awesome criticism. For someone who likes to put a lot of thought into pretending that her band is far more important than it is (PP has a couple good tracks, but don't add anything to the collective music consciousness imo), you couldn't put a little effort into this criticism? I wish they would've give this article space to someone who wanted to provide a decent attempt at countering the Radiohead acclaim.
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March 11, 2015 on Meredith Graves Interviews Her Dad About Radiohead
This is going to be a little long, but I've always wanted a reason to articulate my affection for Weird Fishes/Arpeggi and this would seem like the proper venue. First of all is probably that In Rainbows was my introduction to Radiohead (14 when it came out; Kip was right). I remember getting into indie blogs/magazines around then and that everyone went ape when Radiohead released the album and thinking, "I should check this out." I still distinctly remember them performing 15 Step at the grammys with a marching band, then immediately turning to my dad and asking if he would take me to get an ipod so I could bring that song everywhere with me (he said he'd even buy it if I promised to put all his Tears For Fears and Pearl Jam on it. My dad's a pretty dope guy.). So my connection to In Rainbows runs deeper than any other album of theirs. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi hits on an even more intimate level than the rest of the album though; it's one of the few works of art that no matter when or where, it completely encompasses me. The drums blow my mind with their simplicity. They sound so tight, but not drum machine tight. Just enough human looseness to get lost in the beat without feeling robotic. They start high in the mix and cut through the air, leaving open atmosphere for the guitars so fill. The opening guitar is so pointedly accented but with a smooth trail, a slight distortion rumble coming from its low end with the bass inconspicuously filling the bottom of the sound envelope, creating it's own loping melody underneath it all. Then the second guitar comes in and all of a sudden the whole world expands! Thom's voice joins and they all quickly become a symphony of dancing lights, running over, across, and through each other in beautiful synchrony but without ever seeming to come in contact. The guitars and vocals layer and layer, until every crevice is filled. Drums slowly sinking lower into the mix, then crash back in with cymbals. Thom throws his voice across the distant sky. Everything creating the slightest pressure like a deep breath. Like most people I have a space fetish and I imagine the first movement as takeoff, a build and build and grand push. Until suddenly it all disappears into a weightlessness, only Thoms voice guiding like a distant star and the guitar and synth beats providing the slight bubbling and vibrating of the ship. The sense of an innocent and untainted corner of the universe. As quickly as this place is discovered, the drums come in and gravity of another planet pulls down. Thom's voice revealing a ominous undercurrent. The bass comes in more prominent than ever, bringing with it a sense of thrilling uncertainty. Shimmers reverberate as everything builds momentum with the addition of guitars until it all ends, leaving you at new a place and time. This is what great music is capable of achieving.
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March 10, 2015 on 33 Musicians Discuss Their Favorite Radiohead Songs
Oh man Minnesota represent! Allan Kingdom is a super fun/strange listen so I'm pretty pumped to hear him on a Kanye track, especially one that goes as hard as this.
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February 25, 2015 on Watch Kanye West Debut “All Day” At The BRIT Awards
Didn't get a chance to listen to this yesterday because of a long work day, but I checked in to see what everyone had to say about it here and was convinced to wake up at 3am just to give it a spin or two (figuratively though 'cause that dang warping). To quote a song title, "Holy Shit." Really wish I could've nabbed some tix to see him perform this on Valentine's Day.
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February 11, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Father John Misty I Love You, Honeybear
I'm a bit of a Kanye stan but FourFiveSeconds is not good. It's not bad, but just absolutely boring and bland. The Only One was a welcome surprise that rode the strength of its sentiment really well, but this one really only serves as a chance for Rihanna to flex her voice a little and there's nothing else going on.
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January 30, 2015 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
Oh dang, Blochead was in the Navy? I don't know if I can believe that.
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January 29, 2015 on Steely Dan Albums From Worst To Best
Oh man Jackson Browne, specifically Doctor My Eyes and These Days were a staple of my early driving days along with some Guess Who and Todd Rundgren.
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January 24, 2015 on Will 2015 Be The Year Of The ’70s Singer-Songwriter?
Pretty perfect list, but I would move Boyhood up a couple for the scene using "I'll Be Around" by Yo La Tengo. Because that song is so good it could make a scene from an Adam Sandler movie watchable.
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December 31, 2014 on The 20 Best Soundtrack Moments Of 2014
I make sure to give albums 3 listens and (depending on the type of album) a lyric read-along. I've done 3 listens but no read-alongs so my current opinion isn't conclusive and I be a little over-reaching because it hasn't had time to sit around in my mind for very long, but this may edge past Voodoo. I've spend some serious time with Voodoo and it's such an incredible album, but the structure, tracklisting, and wide sonic range but focused intent of Black Messiah makes it seem so monumental. Obviously it sounds dope too, which helps.
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December 16, 2014 on Premature Evaluation: D’Angelo And The Vanguard Black Messiah
About due for a new Grizzly Bear record? I don't know about you but I'm still spinning Shields pretty regularly. I think they can get another year out of it, but we'd best be getting a new GB record by 2016 for sure. Also, this song is pretty dope. I always wondered by Ed Droste wasn't sampled for electronic music more. His voice seems to fit it.
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December 11, 2014 on Diplo, Ed Droste, & Rostam – “Long Way Home”
Oh shit Madlib+Freddie Gibbs, Hiss Golden Messenger, and Iceage also get honorable mentions.
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December 11, 2014 on Stereogum’s 70 Favorite Songs Of 2014
Of the cuff and in no particular order: Mac Demarco - Passing Out Pieces Flying Lotus - Never Catch Me War On Drugs - Red Eyes Twin Peaks - Making Breakfast Spoon - Inside Out Action Bronson - Easy Rider Cymbals Eat Guitars - Jackson Sylvan Esso - Hey Mami Real Estate - April's Song Kitty - Marijuana Wanted to throw in something from Steve Gunn, Ariel Pink, Ex Hex, Tops, Alvvays, or Shintaro Sakamoto but off the top of my head I couldn't think of my favorite songs, just know I've been playing those albums a whole bunch all year.
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December 11, 2014 on Stereogum’s 70 Favorite Songs Of 2014
Just gonna ask this here: I moved a little north of Albany NY this week and was wondering if anyone knows the area and what places to check out for shows. I know NYC isn't that far but I'm likely not going to be able to make it there very often because of work so I'm looking for some local stuff. Any info would be awesome and I'll buy you a beer if we go to the same show.
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December 6, 2014 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
To be fair, everyone had nothing to say but bad things about Pablo Honey era Radiohead. Beside that, I can't imagine Tears for Fears are really that upset considering they were one of the biggest acts of the 80's. I love Radiohead as much as the next guy, but you sound like the worst kind of Stan.
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November 25, 2014 on Watch Tears For Fears Play Their Hits And Cover Radiohead’s “Creep” In A Spotify Landmark Session
I haven't listened to the full album yet, but if the songs they've already put out are any indication this is going to be some top notch shit. I haven't looked at what other albums are officially coming out this week, but I feel like these guys deserve AOTW for Dead White Boy alone.
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November 24, 2014 on Stream Two Inch Astronaut Foulbrood