erase_the_honto

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“It’s something that’s nice that happened. I guess I’ll have to go buy a suit.” I love you Bill Withers. A no-brainer for the HOF.

Questlove’s book got me on to his mostly-forgotten 1974 album “‘Justments,” and I became obsessed with it for the better part of this year. From what I can tell, it should be considered one of the greatest R&B albums of all time, but for some reason it flew way below the radar.

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December 17, 2014 on Lou Reed, Green Day, Joan Jett Among Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 2015 Inductees

Holy moly that song is beautiful! In Tall Buildings’ self-titled debut was my 3rd-most-listened-to album of 2010 (after Age of Adz and the Suburbs) and I’m so excited to hear more from the talented Mr. Hall.

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November 10, 2014 on In Tall Buildings – “Flare Gun” (Stereogum Premiere)

This is really really good. I’d even go so far as to call it a “tour de force.” It’s not easy to blend so many different vibes into such a cohesive and enjoyable tune. It’s epic, chaotic, melodic, groovy and moving. Man.

Also, for those of y’all who aren’t jazz nerds, the Maria Schneider Orchestra is like the Arcade Fire of jazz big bands — pretty much as good as it gets nowadays. I’ve seen them live twice and both shows were amazing and beautiful. Really cool that Bowie tapped them for this collaboration.

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October 14, 2014 on David Bowie – “Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)”

Beautiful video and great song. Tony Allen’s groove should somehow be preserved for posterity in the Smithsonian.

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September 11, 2014 on Tony Allen – “Go Back” (Feat. Damon Albarn) Video

Would expect nothing less from Eric Andre.

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September 11, 2014 on Thundercat – “Tron Song” Video (Dir. Eric Andre)

Whoops, this mash-up pretty much proves that the songs aren’t alike at all. Blurred Lines is literally two chords: 4 bars of the I chord, 4 bars of the V chord, over and over again. Got to Give It Up goes I for 8 bars, then IV – V – I – II 2X. Other than the fact that they both have a cowbell and a nice medium tempo groove, I don’t see how there’s any argument of infringement.

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September 9, 2014 on Marvin Gaye’s Children Use A Mash-Up To Convince Judge Robin Thicke Ripped Off Their Dad

A friend of mine visited Harvard in 2005 and ended up eating dinner with Rivers in the dorm dining hall. He reported that Rivers was shy and awkward. And that he was a thirtysomething rock star eating in a college dorm dining hall.

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August 28, 2014 on Fox Is Making A Sitcom About Rivers Cuomo’s Life

Yes! Saw these dudes live recently and they were amazing. Also, Adam Schatz’ “zombie jazz” band Father Figures is awesome and puts on a mind-blowing live show. Aaaand Landlady/Father Figures drummer Ian Chang plays with Son Lux and Matthew Dear and is incredible.

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April 9, 2014 on Landlady – “The Globe”

Album: Dysnomia by Dawn of Midi
Song: Mobius Streak by Hiatus Kaiyote
New Artist: Celestial Shore
Video: Wishes by Beach House

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November 26, 2013 on The 2013 Gummy Awards: Vote & Win The Year’s Best Albums On Vinyl

Yeah I’ve always thought that Age of Adz was up there with the Sistine Chapel and Don Quixote as one of the greatest artistic achievements in human history, but y’know, different strokes.

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October 17, 2013 on Sufjan Stevens – “Take Me” (Demo)

Yes, finally Ava Luna got some ink on Sgum! They’re one of my favorite bands, I’ve seen them live twice, and they put on one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. This cover is fun but only reveals about 7% of AL’s full awesomeness. Seriously, check these bros and chicks out.

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October 7, 2013 on Ava Luna – “I Love It” (Icona Pop Cover)

Has there ever been another band with the honor of being called “skronk-pop tinkerers”?

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January 22, 2013 on Stream Buke & Gase General Dome

Wow, I just got engaged last week, so this article couldn’t have been better-timed. I guess we’d better find a solid bassist and start making some music.

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January 3, 2013 on Deconstructing: Yo La Tengo, Low, And The Creative Potential Of Domestic Bliss

Sounds like a plan! I’ll look for the cat and you’ll look for the Mario Paint screen-cap.

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December 21, 2012 on Pitchfork’s Top 50 Albums Of 2012

Happy to see Angel Olsen and Matthew E White on the Honorable Mentions list. Angel lives in my neighborhood and was at my band’s show last week and told some people she really liked us so yeah I felt pretty cool about that.

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December 21, 2012 on Pitchfork’s Top 50 Albums Of 2012

That might be true. It’s like, “big deal, Deerhoof did it again.” And yeah, I’m surprised Swing Lo Magellan wasn’t top-10 or top-5 even. But then why does Beach House get so much recognition for doing the same old [boring] thing?

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December 21, 2012 on Pitchfork’s Top 50 Albums Of 2012

Maybe it’s because people confuse them with Deer Tick and Deerhunter and it’s just too much work to sort out all those deer bands.

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December 21, 2012 on Pitchfork’s Top 50 Albums Of 2012