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Comments from Iver Hillman

i'll leave this here
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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
hmm....well alright then
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October 12, 2014 on David Bowie – “Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)”
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)
yeah but...Island in the Sun?
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September 30, 2014 on Premature Evaluation: Weezer Everything Will Be Alright In The End
The White Album
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September 18, 2014 on Win The Beatles In Mono 14-LP Vinyl Box Set
looking for some saction
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September 17, 2014 on Preview New Weezer Song “The British Are Coming”