Jay Mamana

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I love it when Justin Bieber stares at me while I read Stereogum

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March 24, 2013 on David Bowie Albums From Worst To Best


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March 24, 2013 on David Bowie Albums From Worst To Best

What??? No Taylor Swift?

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December 19, 2012 on The Gummy Awards: Your Top 20 Albums Of 2012

Revolver is my favorite Beatles record. I think it represents a sea change in the way John and Paul wrote their songs, tighter, more avant garde, more eclectic, and yet still rollicking, simple, and always beautiful.

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November 15, 2012 on Win A Remastered Beatles Vinyl Box Set

wait this is awesome

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August 17, 2012 on Animal Collective – “Today’s Supernatural” Video

“[Stereogum] elected to generate incredible buzz on her behalf and then made a 180-degree turn when it appeared that perhaps they bet on the wrong pretty pony.”


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June 29, 2012 on One Year Of Lana Del Rey: A Retrospective

– Brad

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June 20, 2012 on Album Of The Week: Neneh Cherry & The Thing The Cherry Thing

Relevant to IT, man.

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June 17, 2012 on Billy Corgan Will “Piss On Fucking Radiohead”

But you can’t acknowledge something as subjective and then call out fans for exercising that subjectivity in the form of (particularly strong, in this case) opinions. Determining whether or not someone’s art is an honest attempt at moving that medium forward is also entirely subjective–you can’t pretend to know the artist’s intention. You’ve determined that at least some of their tracks are experiments that didn’t work, but so many AnCo fans feel otherwise; and here you say that it’s “shitty’ for fans not to share your opinion?

You’re welcome to level whatever objective criticism you’d like, but even objective criticism is subject to the taste and preferences of the listener. The problem here isn’t that AC fans are failing to acknowledge that AC’s music is inconsistent (and, by the way, I find that MPP is, track for track, one of the most consistently strong records of the last decade, ditto for Strawberry Jam and Feels) but that you fail to acknowledge that AC fans can decide for themselves whether they want to shell out cash for a potentially inconsistent product…

I’ll continue to pay so long as they continue to make music that I like. Haven’t heard the new record, obviously, but I will judge it on my own terms when I drop the $10 for it in September.

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May 15, 2012 on Animal Collective Centipede Hz LP Out In September

“Overly pretentious avant-pop”–and some bands possess the ‘just-right’ dose of pretentiousness? These dudes are anything but pretentious. When did experimental come to mean pretentious? Just because their music is challenging doesn’t mean they think they’re any more important for it.

Do we want artists to make music self-consciously? Do you think Animal Collective is worried about whether or not they sound pretentious? They don’t want to make “easy” music. That’s boring for them and boring for us. We should be thankful bands like Animal Collective are making an effort to be consistently progressive and challenging, because a lot of accessible acts channel AnCo’s ideas through easier-to-digest conventions (imagine “Chillwave”, which is relatively simple, without Person Pitch or a lot of Panda’s stuff on Strawberry Jam–it’d be hard to). I’m sure a lot of thought and effort went into this record, and I know you respect what they do, but you should show ’em a little more respect and try not to write it off as “pretentious” so easily. They’re doing some really cool stuff.

Don’t mean to call you out or anything, just offering my perspective!

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May 14, 2012 on Animal Collective Centipede Hz LP Out In September

This is like Wavves at Primavera, except on a much smaller stage to less people and drained of all significance.

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April 25, 2012 on Album Of The Week: Torche Harmonicraft

Let’s all take a moment and recognize how fucking right this guy is.

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March 20, 2012 on In Defense Of Skrillex

Ah, the obligatory delete all music featured in advertisements… Your library must be rather barren.

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February 22, 2012 on Gorillaz – “DoYaThang” (Feat. James Murphy & Andre 3000)

Here’s to hoping she doesn’t get booked to play SNL anytime soon.

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February 21, 2012 on Band To Watch: Doe Paoro

Rhinestone Cowboy

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February 16, 2012 on Win A Signed Glen Campbell Fender Squier

Right? What kind of moron can’t play two guitars, bass, sax, trumpet, synths, shakers, and percussion at the same time? Let’s face it, Vernon is a joke, guys.

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February 5, 2012 on Watch Bon Iver (And Kristen Wiig’s Lana Del Rey Impersonation) On SNL

Biz Markie is using the iPhone.

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January 30, 2012 on The Flaming Lips – “Now I Understand” (Feat. Erykah Badu, Siri, Biz Markie)

What a fucking hero.

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August 1, 2011 on Watch Sufjan’s Dance Rehearsal

Sure, the lyrics are trite. And yes, the music lacks originality. And I suppose the video is uninspired and Noel Gallagher is kind of a douche and the song is forgettable and the title of his record is bizarre and Oasis was never all that great. But the song is pretty catchy.

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July 25, 2011 on Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – “The Death Of You And Me” Video

What the fuck is a Steven Wright?

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July 23, 2011 on Diplo Disses Washed Out, Joins No Doubt