Elvis vs. Shark
I dunno if “Wake Me Up”‘s conceit has never been done before- remember the Hampsterdance? It mashed an old folkish melody with EDM too. And “Cotton Eyed Joe” as well. Ughhhhhh terrible wedding memories.
Song’s alright enough, it’ll fit in well on most radio stations.
Speaking of which, my local alternative station added “Midnight” to the playlist last week, even though it (as interesting as it was) was completely wrong for rock radio. Instead of waiting for the inevitable “big” single, the clueless, out-of-touch music director just rammed it into the system because “oh it is Coldplay, Coldplay is big band, gonna be number one.”
Hey music director, do you want to compete with modern stations? Playing a vaguely experimental promotional coldplay single isn’t “edgy”. Maybe try playing St. Vincent or Cloud Nothings or Real Estate, instead of waiting to play whatever will be #1 at KROQ.
“Dream” by Forest for the Trees. Defs post-Beck.
Clearly not enough Ellie Goulding.
(tiny nitpick- taylor hicks won season 5, not 4. that was carrie’s year.)
after not watching for years i caught an episode the other day and man have they changed their focus. most of the contestants are under 22 and they allllllll look the same. mop haired goons and preppy girls, all singing the worst generic pop you could imagine. like idol’s always been a corporate machine but now it’s just bland to the nth degree. some past seasons were downright fun because most of the top picks were unique weirdos, now it’s just a mob of young millennials singing katy perry b-sides.
The throwaway shot immediately before the segment of the news guy walking behind the three guys is perplexing and hilarious as well. Just some random guy looking out his window with a potentially pained expression on his face.
To quote KFC “sooo good”.
And also to quote Yoplait “It’s sooo good.”
What I’m trying to say is, it’s really good. Instant hit. Song of the summer maybe?
It makes me so happy to see that the National have ascended to the top of line-ups. They’re such a great band and deserve this success.
Words cannot describe this song, but an emoticon can.
Wow. I’ve always loved their stuff but this is just incredible.
more like this*, please!
* concise, focused songs with an accessible structure and solid hook. too many bands nowadays either forget that a chorus needs to be catchy, or just completely forget to put one in their songs.
shoulda just gone with Coldplait.
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One of my favorite tunes of 2013. Very wistful and nostalgic. A++, would contemplate life to again.
The Harlem Shake videos were dreadfully obnoxious. It was all just teenagers being goofy and random without any sense of direction or cohesiveness. And the mass ones made by colleges reminded me of those annoying “yay school spirit” people that plague every educational institution.
I think it’s because he dissed Pitchfork in one of his songs: “But Pitchfork only likes rappers who crazy or hood, man”
I’m sorry it didn’t work out Pixies but look on the bright side I’m sure there are other bass-playing Kims in the sea.
Total Bader-Meinhof phenomenon happening for me here. I just heard about this whole thing last week and now I’m seeing it everywhere.
Sigh, I came here to say “Who wanna bet next week the countdowns will start?!?!!”
I’m guessing they will all more or less look like this in varying order:
Death Grips, Disclosure, Kanye West, Drake, Savages, Haim, Sky Ferreira, The National, Chance the Rapper, Daft Punk, Vampire Weekend, Darkside, Arcade Fire, Danny Brown, Chvrches, Janelle Monae, Earl Sweatshirt, Arctic Monkeys, Speedy Ortiz, Deafheaven, Boards of Canada, Run the Jewels, Charli XCX, Kurt Vile, Mikal Cronin, The Knife, My Bloody Valentine, Waxahatchee, Justin Timberlake, Rhye, Iceage, Foxygen, A$AP Rocky, Oneohtrix Point Never.
Mix and match and you’ll get the lists for Spin, NME, P4K, Rolling Stone, and of course the S-Gum.
I’m not trying to throw shade here! Though I’m not a fan of a lot of these acts, I appreciate that everyone has different musical taste. Just saying that these charts are mostly predictable and it would be nice to see a little variety.
One Love. Namaste. Use the Force.
It’s great, but a little long; the coda kind of takes away from the momentum. Ideally it would start fading out at 4:27.
Except the current musical climate is not kind to emotionally resonant music. Cults might be a little off with their statements but Pitchfork is not blameless. Have you heard the stuff they’ve been posting all year? It’s all the same smooth-electro junk that sounds like stock music for “Night Club Scene in Movie”. Canned beats, cheesy keyboard, vocal samples tossed in haphazardly- nothing worth listening to.
In the span of two weeks this summer, they posted tracks by these artists: Daniel Avery, House of Black Lanterns, Lil Silva, Javeon McCarthy, Tirzah, Ryan Hemsworth, Color War, Addison Groove/Sam Binga, George FitzGerald, James Holden, Unknown, Arnold, The Cyclist, Torn Hawk, Real Connoisseur, Jack Dixon, Ikonika, Sophie, Redinho, AlunaGeorge Fort Romeau, Ossie, Black Orange Juice, and Visionist.
Not a single one of these is memorable in any way, and there came a point where I’d laugh because every write-up to one of these tracks started with the words “UK producer…” OR, *gasp* “UK producer DUO”.
For some reason though, hipsters have aligned themselves with the mainstream crowd on this issue. “Life is like, totally about getting wasted and dancing and clubs! YOLO! Nobody listens to sad rock anymore!”
And so that’s why we need to savor albums by the National, the Antlers, and Bon Iver. They are the rarest of gems in this coal mine of a musical landscape.
The link says “Fall Ouy Boy”, I was expecting some totally ironic NY smoothwave band. But then it was actually Fall Out Boy??
Well as a Safeway muzak tune it’s palatable, but I kinda expected something a little more grandiose from this pairing. The fact that two of my favorite artists together created what amounts to a Steve Winwood cover is not really inspiring.
Great review and spot-on about everything. This is an awful indulgent album that goes absolutely nowhere and I can’t believe that the majority of the comments here are defending it. What’s there to defend? There’s no melody, no purpose, no drive to any of this.
If MGMT hadn’t wanted to become electro-pop figureheads, then they shouldn’t have thrown out those three big electro-pop singles in the first place. Nobody forced them to. They just wanted to reap the benefits, then do a 180 and goof off for the rest of their career. Why are people surprised when listeners get upset that the band isn’t making music that made them popular? MGMT could have easily compromised and gone for the psychedelic stuff while still, you know, making listenable tunes? Instead they’re just trolling.
We need more comments on this story, stat! Clean sweep imminent: