Comments from Paul Mazurkiewicz

Time to log my single biggest complaint: 69. Sonic Youth, Daydream Nation After which, I"m thinking, "Eh, at least they remembered it exists. I'll take it." ... 66. Hole, Live Through This NO. Just NO. I can live with a lot of the other stuff--OK Computer, but no Kid A; 4 Beatles albums in the top 46 (plus Lennon\Oko in there); the horrendously high rating of Adele; that and Kanye being the only 2 two albums from the last twenty years in the top twenty (Nevermind just falling outside of that range). BUT SRSLY GUYS: there is no possible universe in which Daydream Nation is an inferior album to Live Through This. I refuse to live in a world where people honestly believe this. Don't get me wrong: Live Through This is not an awful album. It's pretty good. I have my doubts that even Courtney Love would rank LTT ahead of Daydream Nation.
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June 28, 2013 on Entertainment Weekly‘s 100 Greatest Albums Ever
It is a striking record, almost reminds me of early Sonic Youth in its sheer intensity.
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May 7, 2013 on Album Of The Week: Savages Silence Yourself
This is bizarrely hypnotic.
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April 19, 2013 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
The Else is a highly underrated record. It's not my favorite (I doubt they'll ever be able to top Lincoln), but it's neck and neck with Nanobots for their best post-Elektra record.
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March 18, 2013 on The 10 Best They Might Be Giants Songs
And hell, even I managed to forget Particle Man! Hot damn!
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March 18, 2013 on The 10 Best They Might Be Giants Songs
A stunning lack of Dr. Worm and Narrow Your Eyes makes this list flawed. I could also make a case for Nanobots, Experimental Film, Bangs, the briefly mentioned The Mesopotamians, Till My Head Falls Off, Certain People I Could Name, etc. etc. XTC vs. Adam Ant? Meh. You manage to pick one of the worst songs on their worst record. Son, I am very disappoint.
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March 18, 2013 on The 10 Best They Might Be Giants Songs
I've never been a huge fan of Lonesome Crowded West; it's pretty uneven. Moon & Antarctica slogs a bit in the middle, but is pretty damn near perfect. We Were Dead would have been much better minus two or three songs, but seriously has grown on me since release. The fact is though it's hard to quibble--so much quality, and doesn't even include Building Nothing or three EPs that all have some great, great songs.
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March 6, 2013 on Modest Mouse Albums From Worst To Best
So a whole post about how much your own website basically sucks and should be ignored?
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March 1, 2013 on Deconstructing: The Return Of The Postal Service And Why 2013 Should Be The New 2003
Speaking as someone who didn't "get" Radiohead the first time around ("Creep") or the second time around ("Paranoid Android"\"Karma Police"), I finally gave into my urge to check them out based on a $5 MP3 album sale at Amazon. It was Kid A, and once I heard the beginning beat of "Idioteque", my brain instantly snapped back to watching that SNL performance. I remember thinking at the time "That's that same band that did "Creep"? What the hell?" but sort of shuffling it to the background. But hearing Kid A in its full glory in 2010, I finally "got" it. I got the sheer power and emotion in Yorke's singing and the will and drive of pushing the envelope. I now count myself a Radiohead fan, and I am glad for it.
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February 26, 2013 on Deconstructing: 20 Years Of Thom Yorke
If "Creep" had been put out by just about any other band, you could be considered sane and still consider "Creep" their best song. But you're talking about a band that has put out "Paranoid Android", "Fake Plastic Trees", "There, There", "Knives Out", "Bloom", "The National Anthem", etc., etc. The line in front of "Creep" is absurdly long.
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February 22, 2013 on Pablo Honey Turns 20
Wow. Jack White is really old. Doesn't he have a lawn somewhere he can tell the kids to get off of?
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February 19, 2013 on Jack White Named Ambassador Of Record Store Day 2013
I appear to be the only one who doesn't particularly care for The Woods. Do agree that Dig Me Out is absolutely #1 though.
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February 6, 2013 on Sleater-Kinney Albums From Worst To Best
I hear Manti Te'o is single...
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January 24, 2013 on Win A Date With Marnie Stern
The new Joy Formidable is pretty great, but I think the album of the week is probably This Town Needs Guns' "13.0.0.0.0". I think they solidified their sound and put an excellent second record.
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January 23, 2013 on Album Of The Week: Toro Y Moi Anything In Return
I love the Fugazi one, if only because you know Ian Mackaye just twitched uncontrollably somewhere and had no idea why.
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October 25, 2012 on See The Worst Band T-Shirts Ever
I feel like having KOL last is A+ trolling by Doug here. Folding in some of the additional output in the KOL era (These Are My Twisted Words, the amazing The Daily Mail\Staircase single) fills out the KOL picture a lot more. But really, choosing between OK Computer, Kid A, and Hail To The Thief is pretty cruel for a listmaker.
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October 25, 2012 on Radiohead Albums From Worst To Best
You know, after four hours, you should really have seen a doctor.
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October 9, 2012 on Premature Evaluation: Titus Andronicus Local Business
Not afraid to admit that Soul Asylum was long one of my favorite bands. The two albums after GDU were pretty middling to awful with a few decent tracks, but the two A&M albums before GDU (Hang Time and ...And The Horse They Rode In On) were killer. I have mixed feelings about GDU nowadays. I pretty much have to skip "Runaway Train", not because I hate it, but it just got so damned overplayed.
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October 5, 2012 on Grave Dancer’s Union Turns 20
People have often asked me why my entire music "collection" is stuff from mostly the 90s and later (with some 80s thrown in). Simply put, there's only so much time. I tend to stick to the "after I was born" as a cutoff. Yes, that means I miss out on "classic" stuff and spend time listening to "inferior copies" of those bands. I'm trying to explore the music and art of my times, and that's how I see it.
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October 3, 2012 on Debating The Grizzly Bear NY Mag Story And Making A Living Making Music
She does the same thing with food? That seems weird. Admitting that people lay out "hundreds of dollars" to feed you? I don't know, it just comes off really weird.
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September 14, 2012 on Amanda Palmer Responds To Volunteer Musician Criticism