Elvis vs. Shark

Comments from Elvis vs. Shark

YES X 1000000. Wonderful song.

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July 27, 2015 on The 31 Best U2 Non-Album Tracks

I didn’t read what O’ Connor said specifically, but music IS dead. Every new song that comes out nowadays follows at least one of five terrible trends:

1. Analog/lo-fi/”back to basics” sound
2. Unconventional song structure
3. Anti-climactic choruses
4. Monogenre
5. Late ’80s influenced sound

This song’s obviously gone with # 5, and is all the worse for it. Their debut was so great, one of the best of 2013, and they’re throwing that sound away to fit in with the cool kids. Go and listen to the new Kate Boy song (another formerly amazing band) and try and tell the difference.

It’s gotten to the point where I’m dreading new releases from all my favorite artists because the chance that they’ll avoid all five of these pitfalls is incredibly slim. The ONLY record so far in 2015 that’s been any good is Florence + The Machine’s new album, and even that has a bunch of formless clunkers on there. But today’s lower standards means that if a record has at least two good pop songs on it, it’s an A in my books.

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July 16, 2015 on Chvrches – “Leave A Trace”

the ankle bone’s connected to the….remote bone.

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July 5, 2015 on Watch Dave Grohl Play Foo Fighters’ 20th Anniversary Blowout From A Giant Motorized Throne

not hologram tupac

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June 30, 2015 on Preview Eminem’s “Phenomenal” Action Movie Music Video

if you follow it to the end you will find holographic tupac.

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June 30, 2015 on Some People Think The Grateful Dead Produced The Rainbow Seen At First Farewell Show

i hate this so much, especially in katy perry’s “wide awake” when she goes “when i woke up on, on the concrete”. ungggggggghhhh.

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June 26, 2015 on Uncle Kracker, Better Than Ezra, & Sugar Ray Join Forces For The Most ’90s Song Of 2015

Are we just revising history now? 2014 was the year without a summer song, I’m pretty sure that was established fact. I don’t wanna clog up this space with links but if you Google (or Bing, if you so prefer) “no song of the summer 2014″ you’ll find multiple articles about why this was. The prevailing theory was something about fragmented listenership due to streaming, and there’s a very good chance there will never be another “song of the summer” ever again. I mean there have barely been any “big” songs in 2015 to date. “Uptown Funk” is for sure one, and maybe a couple Taylor Swift singles, but that’s it. Nothing else has thoroughly permeated cultural consciousness.

Let’s face it folks, music is no longer valued commodity.

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June 25, 2015 on Mitski & Ryan Hemsworth Predict The Song Of The Summer 2015

“If you’ve been following their progression over the past three records, then what they have in store for the fourth may be a bit of a surprise.”

haha James Rettig are you on some kind of “herb”? Their progression has been pretty clearly leading this way. They started out as danceable math-rock, got darker and more post-punk on their second one, got bigger and more brash on their third one, and now have gone even more raw.

The song is not really my thing, but I admire that they didn’t go the minimalist-dance/ “Get Lucky” sound everyone else is doing.

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June 18, 2015 on Foals – “What Went Down”

For another song that’s on the “Get Lucky” bandwagon, it’s pretty great.

I was worried when the pre-chorus came in and the drums dropped out that we had yet another anti-climactic bomb on our hands but then the actual chorus came in and it was big and catchy and good. I’m glad Beck remembers that choruses are supposed to be the loud part of songs. The song structure in general sounds pretty old school, which I totally appreciate.

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June 15, 2015 on Beck – “Dreams”

Yeah, this is the first song of theirs I don’t like. Everything else so far has been great.

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June 5, 2015 on Keep Shelly In Athens – “Benighted” (Stereogum Premiere)

ha ha James Rettig are you on some sort of “herb”? The original isn’t stuck in second gear, it has a clearly defined verse and chorus, with the chorus louder (in “third gear”, as you might say)- as it should be in an upbeat song. It’s not a masterpiece, but it is a solid, cohesive, acceptable pop song. The remix on the other hand, is missing drums for half the track, has annoying messed up vocals, and has no defined structure. And is generally just awful.

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June 5, 2015 on Years & Years – “Shine (Danny L Harle Remix)”

That’s not a guy’s voice on the song, it’s just the girl’s voice pitched down.

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June 5, 2015 on Q&A: Galantis On Their Euphoric Debut Album Pharmacy + “In My Head” (Stereogum Premiere)

Kinda disjointed, poor structure and no real hook. Where’s the verse? Where’s the chorus?

Though I do find it kind of admirable he’s going the “real instrument” route, I definitely thought he’d be the kind of guy to jump into synth patches and loops.

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June 1, 2015 on Nate Ruess – “What This World Is Coming To” (Feat. Beck) (Stereogum Premiere)

You can run/ you can hide/ but you can’t escape the drones.

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June 1, 2015 on Enrique Iglesias Sliced His Fingers On A Drone And Finished His Concert Covered In Blood

I don’t get how he can simultaneously make a song like “In the Night” and “I Can’t Feel My Face”. In ITN he nails the pop structure, solid melody, and gives us a payoff of a chorus, as songs should. But then in ICFMF, he builds it up dramatically…and then nothing. The chorus is minimalist and starts out on a wrong chord, completely draining momentum and ruining the song. Why are all the artists doing this now?

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May 26, 2015 on The Weeknd – “I Can’t Feel My Face” + “In The Night” + “In The ’90s”

“Honestly, it looks pretty good!”

No, it doesn’t. It looks like whimsical twee millennial bait about goin out and havin adventures cuz u only live once so u might as well go on a totally cray road trip and vape.

Song is boring, no big chorus. Even more insipid than Charli XCX’s Boom Clap.

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May 25, 2015 on Sam Bruno – “Search Party”

ugggh promoters are the worrrrrrrst kind of people. They act totally sincere and shake your hand and are all friendly but that is literally just their job. At the end of the day if you’re not offering some sort of value to them, they don’t remember your name. Their entire life revolves around “networking”.

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May 19, 2015 on Watch The Trailer For We Are Your Friends, Starring Zac Efron As An EDM DJ

uggghhh another artist falls victim to the “unconventional” song structure that everyone’s trying. So all that build-up amounts to what, 10 seconds at the end there? What a waste of a song. Hey bands, you know that verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus still works pretty well, right?

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May 18, 2015 on Active Child – “Stranger” (Stereogum Premiere)

Shoot, that’s a bummer. I would have thought the lead singer got his electro-pop urges out with Apparatjik so he could go back to prog with Mew. Sounds like this is another Twin Shadow debacle. This has been a really disappointing year for new music.

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April 28, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Mew +-