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for once I agree with Tyler. I’m glad he’s aware that selling out is for, well, sellouts. I don’t even care if he keeps making mediocre music as long as he loves it. Damn, Tyler totally inspiring me right now.
I actually just saw real estate last night at the Troubadour and they played some new songs that I was really into. With an added keyboard their sound is tighter, more mature, and sounds a lot fuller than “Days”. As much as you can lump them into one of these bands that don’t do anything to stray away from their sound I think that with their new material they are instead choosing to expand and fully form their sound. This is what I love to see in a band. I love to see them grow and master their sound rather than just settle for what “works”. Bands like Best Coast are just the type of music you put on when you have a girl in the car or just need something a little less challenging to listen to after indulging in some more high brow stuff. Not to say that there is anything wrong with this approach because I believe these type of bands will always be needed for balance, but at the same time I wish they would try to dig a little deeper into what they are capable of especially with the song writing. True artists to me seem like the type of people who know that music is limitless and always changing, and whether or not they conform to the changes is up to them but they always improve their sound regardless of whether it fits the times. Best Coast just don’t seem like they’re trying very hard I guess. Also, with the Strokes argument (and all other bands that start off ridiculously good and kind of fizzle out) I think you can draw comparisons to what happens to a lot of rappers once they make in the big time. Being young and unknown allows you to write really good songs because, well, you kind of have to if you want to make it. Once you make it as an accomplished musician you either thrive or lose the very thing that made you great in the first place. It happens to most bands and its kind of painful to see bands try to carry on when its clearly time to just start a new project. There are really only a handful of bands that I think can truly just keep spittin out the same record more or less (Dino Jr. being a heavyweight in that category) but with “Fade Away” I think Best Coast will just fall under my radar until they dig a little deeper into their abilities as artists.
Just another case of hip hop offending people. She does make a valid point ,however, because he was all the things she says which are all obviously bad habits for kids to follow. But as the above comment mentioned whenever kids think of Thomas Jefferson they think about the president and not all the dirty stuff in his past. In that respect people should realize his hip hop ingenuity and talent just overlap his criminal tendencies. Obviously not everyone can appreciate hip hop but maybe people should keep an open mind to more than just the stereotypes that accompany hip hop. I do think Big Poppa Blvd would be way cooler name than Christopher Wallace Way
A lot of people are giving Greg Ginn shit for all this, and I admit this lawsuit and dispute seems childish , but I still respect this man for all he did for the punk movement in the 80′s. No band is perfect but Black Flag is incredibly dysfunctional, which is what I think always made them great.
two really different approaches, I’m not sure which I like more. I’ve always been a sucker for softer voices but hearing Love’s version kind of transported me to the 90′s for a second. Songs aside I still think Courtney love is crazy and has said and done some of the most embarrassing things, for Lord to capitalize on her drama with Love seems like a logical move to promote her book.
solid list, I’ve always been impartial to Mass Romantic so a little dissapointed “Jackie” and “The Fake Headlines” didn’t make the cut, but with such a inherently good pop song writting band its hard to go wrong with any choices. “Letter From An Occupant” is probably my favorite Neko Case song that she ever did with them!
Albini is so down for the music. really glad I came across this today :)
what a sincere apology
definitely an album you can throw on anytime and enjoy it. I was always turned off by he cover art but the album is so well crafted and her vocals and songwritting are top notch. 6″1, Help Me Mary, and Shatter are my personal favorites but this is just one of those 5 star albums where there are really great moments and not a single bad one.
definitely one of the upcoming releases that i’m most excited about :D
new partner always strikes a certain sensitive spot when it comes on.
This makes me wish I would have taken arts and crafts more seriously.
I always wondered how people didn’t react this way to all the carl’s jr. commericals…
yaaaay, this list is solid! Built to Spill was one of the first 90′s indie bands that I was introduced to and Keep It Like A Secret is in my top 25 of all time :)
if only musicians were paid like movie stars
you forgot to smoke a bowl.
the first four years.