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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.

 0Posted on Nov 10th, 2014 | re: In Tall Buildings - "Flare Gun" (Stereogum Premiere) (3 comments)

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.

 +2Posted on Oct 14th, 2014 | re: David Bowie - "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)" (8 comments)

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.

 0Posted on Sep 11th, 2014 | re: Tony Allen - "Go Back" (Feat. Damon Albarn) Video (1 comments)

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

 +1Posted on Sep 11th, 2014 | re: Thundercat - "Tron Song" Video (Dir. Eric Andre) (4 comments)

Would expect nothing less from 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.

 +12Posted on Aug 28th, 2014 | re: Fox Is Making A Sitcom About Rivers Cuomo's Life (14 comments)

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.

 +2Posted on Apr 9th, 2014 | re: Landlady - "The Globe" (1 comments)

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.