Iver Hillman

Comments from Iver Hillman

random thought: since when did strokes songs have to be over 4 minutes long?
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May 26, 2016 on The Strokes – “Drag Queen”
you are very right about FFS. I revisited FF a couple years ago and said to myself "why did I ever stop listening to these guys?". I saw FFS live and it was probably the best show i had seen in awhile.
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May 26, 2016 on The Strokes – “OBLIVIUS”
the song is OK. They can get away with releasing OK stuff because they are still a huge brand (playing festivals and all). It's the law of diminishing returns. Remember when the pixies released new stuff? why? #callmeabutthurtstrokesfan
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May 26, 2016 on The Strokes – “OBLIVIUS”
I figured you might agree, blochead. I like rock and roll Strokes, i don't know what this stuff is. MIDI-sequenced rock and roll? Also, Julian is keen on showing off the vocal range he doesn't have.
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May 26, 2016 on The Strokes – “OBLIVIUS”
point taken. that was a weak part of my argument i guess. I dunno. Just having one of those Weezer-esque (not quite that bad) dilemmas. "why don't i like this band as much as i used to"-things. the answer is probably "my tastes have changed" also, i guess i comment more on stereogum than I thought! looking back on them...yikes
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May 26, 2016 on The Strokes – “OBLIVIUS”
good to know. i guess i should've just waited to view the comments trickling in. I guess anyone who feels the way I do about the strokes last few releases probably stopped listening by now. I try to keep up hope. well, that's my one (now two) comments on stereogum for the year, see y'all next time!
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May 26, 2016 on The Strokes – “OBLIVIUS”
when did the strokes become all about video game style guitar shredding, show-off vocal theatrics, precise drum sequencing, and HUGE stadium chorus melodies? I guess I know the answer to that, somewhere around FIOE (which I am still a defender of, 70% of it that is). At least FIOE had some great melodies. As a long time strokes fan, one of those guys who thought they were, at one point, the best band around, I'm a bit disappointed. I'm kinda getting used to it, to be sure. I do realise they are part of my high school nostalgia list of bands (franz ferdinand, the hives, interpol etc.) and most of those kind of bands aren't worth listening to anymore, and not every band can produce great music forever. But it seems like Julian can't even pick out a good hook anymore without injecting it with flashiness. Anyone else having similar thoughts?
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May 26, 2016 on The Strokes – “OBLIVIUS”
the album is very good, but this is definitely the best song on the album
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December 16, 2015 on Watch Beach House’s Blissful “Somewhere Tonight” Conan Performance
that was supposed to be reply to LeMonjello above
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August 17, 2015 on Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry Responds To 4chan Trolls
A study would say "no", not worth it. I doubt you're gonna make a sociopath empathize or sympathize. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-online-secrets/201409/internet-trolls-are-narcissists-psychopaths-and-sadists
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August 17, 2015 on Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry Responds To 4chan Trolls
i like that you linked "God Only Knows", you know, in case someone hasn't heard it :) But anyway, it's funny that punk breezed by Brian Wilson without him noticing...unfortunate that rap didn't do the same...
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April 9, 2015 on Brian Wilson Has Never Heard Of Punk Rock
i'll leave this here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JH7OGGOV018
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February 17, 2015 on Tom DeLonge Says He’s Had Contact With Aliens And He’s In Danger Because Of What He Knows
They're certainly headstrong about their opinions on rock music
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February 9, 2015 on Kanye Wasn’t Kidding, Says Beck “Should’ve Given His Award To Beyoncé”
i agree, this song is cool and catchy sounding..but also reeks too much of "I Saw the Light" by Todd Rundgren. And to see him jump around and celebrate his ego while singing his borderline-plagiarist "hit song" really rubs me the wrong way.
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January 9, 2015 on Watch Foxygen Impress The Hell Out Of David Letterman
seriously though, bobby b, rich dicks, "oh hello", and ref jeff are my favs. Also, the way Nash Ricky walks is one of the funniest images on the show.
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December 29, 2014 on Watch Drake’s Mom Explain Why People Think He Cries A Lot
yeah, not sure how I felt about that statement. The majority of the artists I listen to are male. It's probably because of a lot of reasons: 1. male artists get more exposure than female artists (which is a problem) 2. being a male I relate to other males, pretty simple. I can't help that i guess. 3. I like the particular timbre of male voices more than female voices. So are my ears sexist? maybe so. the male voice typically has a range more favorable to my ears. (again, typically) I will say that women in music are held to a higher standard than men and drilled with undeserving criticism. "I bet she doesn't write her own songs/the dudes in the band are responsible for writing the music" being a big one. That being said, I wouldn't like Chumped even if it had a male singer. ok that was snarky but what i'm trying to say is I don't listen to artists JUST because they are male, nor do I dismiss an artist JUST because she's female.
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December 22, 2014 on Read Chumped Singer Anika Pyle’s Op-Ed About Women Taking Over Punk In 2014
"Break the Rules" the song and the outfit/dance moves with it seem like something conceived by someone who's operating with an encyclopedia definition of "rock" and has maybe heard a couple rock songs and saw a couple rock videos.
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December 15, 2014 on Watch Charli XCX Play SNL
Charli XCX featuring baby Haim! warning! pop cynic opinion - She seems to be very popular (on stereogum as well), but this was not a great performance, right? Also, "i don't wanna go to school, i just wanna break the rules"? I dunno, i just don't get it. that's just my old man opinion i guess (i'm 27)
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December 14, 2014 on Watch Charli XCX Play SNL
say what you will about FIOE, but this song is top five strokes for me
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November 27, 2014 on Watch Dev Hynes Sing The Strokes’ “You Only Live Once” With Julian Casablancas + The Voidz In NYC
coincidentally, the artist emulated here, james brown also had a history of assaulting women with one rape accusation that never made it to court.
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November 24, 2014 on Watch Mark Ronson Perform With Bruno Mars & Mystikal On SNL
a huge James Brown copy...but is that really ever a bad thing?
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November 11, 2014 on Mark Ronson – “Feel Right” (Feat. Mystikal)
strip away the glitter and googly eyes, and you have pretty much a standard, underwhelming cover with a slightly horrendous bridge. I've never been huge into flaming lips, kinda have always felt like i should dig them but i was definitely expecting more for this. The flaming lips (mainly Wayne, i guess) have always been praised for their big imagination on stage and in the studio, but i see none of that here. I would've been more pleased if they completely destroyed the song and turned it inside out, but this was pretty tame and by-the-numbers. A lot of frosting with no cake.
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November 7, 2014 on Watch The Flaming Lips And Miley Cyrus Perform The Beatles’ “A Day In The Life” On Conan
I get that people like her because she's a talented, pretty, young songwriter whose had enormous amount of success. And there's nothing wrong with that. I get the whole appreciating the "craft" thing with her manufactured pop sound. But there's something missing here, a real reason to write anything about it. I like to read articles on Stereogum that are interesting viewpoints about interesting people and intriguing music, but i really don't see any of that with Swift. 1989 might have have competent pop songs, but it's also produced/co-written by the same people that have given us all the other pop "craft" over the years. So is there really anything to write about here if her music is crafted by the same people who churned out Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears hits? She has more corporate endorsements than she has albums at this point. It just seems similar to a food blog writing about the merits of Coca-Cola. Yeah sure it's a quality beverage, but it's a brand that has a more recognizable logo than flavor. What is there really left to say about it? She isn't a soulless pop machine like others, but I don't think there's much left to say at this point other than "Taylor Swift is still very much popular and profitable." In order for something to become this popular in music, it can't afford a ton of depth without alienating her target market, which is everyone (like Coca-Cola). This is why this narrative seems so pompous and tiring to me, because it simply doesn't exist. Meanwhile, the constant barrage is forcing smaller artists off the front page and into the back reaches of the news log. Plus I already have ads everywhere in every other site forcing her image into my life. Stereogum is following; not leading.
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November 2, 2014 on Watch SNL’s Swiftamine Commercial For Taylor Swift Onset Vertigo
I went into this wanting to hate it, as Pet Sounds is very near and dear to me. But I actually kinda liked it, beautiful visuals and some good performances. Sure I don't like some of the singers in it (i just don't like Lorde's delivery at all, too slinky/sultry),but i think it kinda worked. I also watched the 'making of' video and although it was commissioned by a huge media conglomerate, it seemed like a pretty sincere endeavour (produced by Ethan Johns no doubt!).
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October 8, 2014 on Watch Pharrell, Lorde, Elton John, Dave Grohl, One Direction, & Many More Cover The Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows” For BBC Music
I saw these guys live a couple nights ago, clearly something special is happening here...great performance
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October 7, 2014 on Rupert Angeleyes – “Jealousy” (Stereogum Premiere)