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Come for music!
Stay for the squabbling!
And now, we can make a baby dinosawr.
I defend your feint with a Matthew Perry.
“Went and saw The Radioheads while you were gone. I love that song where he goes ‘I’m a weirdoooo”
The controversy surrounding this band and to an even greater extent Liturgy is almost as fascinating as music itself (almost, I’ve had Dream House on repeat for the past week). Black Metal is one of the most conservative genres in music and both Deafheaven and Liturgy are claiming to be a part of its tradition yet presenting themselves in a radically different way, which has consequences in a genre where image and presentation is so important. And you can’t tell me this is not being done intentionally. Here we have a pink colored album called Sunbather, with a lead single called Dream House. If you hadn’t heard the music you’d swear they were on Mexican Summer. Liturgy uses a drum machine and toured with Diplo and Sleigh Bells. This ain’t grandpa’s corpse paint and church burning black metal, to borrow multiple bad cliches, and its inspired a pretty intense discussion about authenticity.
Brandon Stosuy explored this way more eloquently than me in the article below, and I highly suggest you read it if these sorts of things interest you. For extra credit I suggest trying to find “Transcendental Black Metal”, the manifesto by Liturgy frontman Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, though if you can get through all of it you’re a braver one than I.
Childhood’s End man. No song so soul-crushing should be that catchy.
Don’t want to meet yo momma OH OH
Just want an oxford comma OH OH
Special props to Mavis Staples for channeling Beelzebub during the Grammy performance of “The Weight”.
They’re coming to Asheville? With Daniel Johnston? FUCK YES! Living in my mid-Atlantic hellscape has finally paid off!
This is the most Stereogum thing in the history Stereogum. Now if only it came in the form of a list…
I was first introduced to Boards of Canada, MF DOOM, J Dilla, Flying Lotus, Grizzly Bear, Battles, Teebs, Gold Panda, and probably a bunch of other artists thanks to Cartoon Network’s adult swim block, which was when this aired. Also their day time shows Adventure Time and Regular Show are chock full of music references.
So at least one person.
I’m really bad at this sort of thing (especially if it involves my mortal enemy: basic math), but I am crazy excited about new Boards of Canada material.
I’m guilty of this. I did it at work just last week. The coworker I was talking to named a bunch of local folk and punk bands he liked and I had no idea what he was talking about, so I picked one and claimed I knew it. Its reflexive, especially considering the place I work at is all super hip bike people, and I stick out like a sore awkward thumb.
I swear it was only five minutes ago where I was reading an interview with the Flaming Lips and the interviewer mentioned how Amanda Palmer has this rep for being opportunistic, and here we are! The system works!
Just heard the full track over at p4k. Whoever is complaining about this is deaf. This song is the Robot Funk Apocalypse, in a good way.
Ah cool I just got their first album, really surprised by how good it is. I was expecting Sex Pistols redux. Where should I go from there?
…alright I’m done
I think we’ve reached a gap now where all the exciting current bands have played multiple times, and the big time reunions have already been through once or twice. So now promoters are trying to fill the gap with bands like Stone Roses who I’m pretty sure were never that big stateside to begin with, and Phoenix who will probably get polite applause for all their songs that aren’t the first two off of Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.
Oh and on an unrelated note, I’ve suddenly realized that my entire life up until this moment has been a sham. If I had only known that the key to happiness is a bottle of hand crafted since way back Bushmills triple distilled Irish whiskey! Thanks Best Coast! I sure will drink responsibly!
ugh. I did miss his opinion, but after reading this I can’t say I’m sorry he’s gone. The trumped up self importance is just a little too much.
And also, criticizing Tom’s family life? I mean if you disagree with the direction of his writing that’s one thing, but calling out a guy because he has a wife and kids and ” doesn’t even live in New York City like most fashionable music writers working at major web sites” is kind of ridiculous.
Oh and since when was living in NYC a requirement for following music closely? I guess I just can’t possibly understand living in my mid-Atlantic plebeian hellscape.
THIS IS FUCKING
pretty good actually. I have no complaints.
Aren’t you the guy that hit me in the eye?
Every time I hear that song now I think of that Tales of Interest episode of Futurama where Bender gets turned into a human.
This list gets a Gold Star For David Boy