Aron Polasek

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I wonder what the sales figures would look like if prices were a bit lower. I'm all for that warm vinyl sound, but some of the prices for these new releases are outrageous. I know that you're also getting the digital download, that there are fewer pressing plants to handle the demand, and that this is ultimately still a niche market, but those retail prices are a deterrent from me purchasing more titles on vinyl.
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December 12, 2014 on Bestselling Vinyl Of 2014 Includes Jack White, Beck, Lana Del Rey
Back when the 2004 version came out, I remember reading or hearing that Bono got pissed when somebody else tried to take his "Well tonight thank God it's them, instead of you" line. He basically has laid claim to that line. In a charity tune. It was the first thing that came to mind when I saw that he was involved in this latest version.
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November 10, 2014 on Anti-Ebola “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” Is Happening With Bono, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding, One Direction
Personally, I really don't think it is positioned too high on this list. I love the restraint and control of Miles' playing on that album. That said, it is kind of a mood piece for me, and I can't honestly say that it is the first Miles record I'll reach for most of the time. Perhaps that is why so many others have it lower on the list.
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November 6, 2014 on Miles Davis Albums From Worst To Best
"In A Silent Way" is far too low on this list for me. I'd have it in the top 5 for sure, maybe as high as number 2 or 3. A lot of the magic is in the production of that record, but it is an album that still sounds very fresh to my ears. I wish there had been room for outtake "The Ghetto Walk" on the record itself. It showed up on "The Complete In A Silent Way Sessions" box set from several years back, and that song is one of my absolute favorite tracks from Miles.
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November 6, 2014 on Miles Davis Albums From Worst To Best
But what is going to be left in the vaults when the 50th Anniversary rolls round?
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October 1, 2014 on Unreleased Velvet Underground Album To Be Included In New Box Set
Good list. I would add newish track "Mercy". Love that song.
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July 29, 2014 on The 10 Best TV On The Radio Songs
Kind of surprised by the reaction to my Japandroids comment. It clearly wasn't meant to be a pick for Song Of Summer 2014. More of a statement about how much fun "Celebration Rock" was a few years back, and how nothing has really jumped out this year. Either I'm in the minority for liking that song/record, or people didn't like the fact that I didn't select a new song. For those in the latter camp, my real pick would be "Brill Bruisers" by The New Pornographers.
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June 17, 2014 on Let’s Shortlist The Song Of The Summer 2014
For the third Summer in a row...Japandroids - "The House That Heaven Built"
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June 16, 2014 on Let’s Shortlist The Song Of The Summer 2014
You weren't lying about "You Know Me Well". I love this record, but I'm kind of wishing it had been released in the Fall. It just feels more like an Autumn type of record than a Summer record.
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May 31, 2014 on To Know Somebody In And Out: The Honesty, Pain, And Searching Of Sharon Van Etten’s Are We There
Yeah, even though I'm greatly anticipating hearing the rest of it, I'm holding off on listening to the whole thing until it is officially released. Actually, I just lied because I did check out the Amazon UK Studio Sessions videos earlier, and there were two new songs there that I had not heard. I've liked the progression of her music. Some probably prefer her earlier, stripped down recordings, but I'm liking her stuff more and more as she continues to expand her sonic palette more. Maybe it is just me, but when SVE unleashes her voice during the chorus of "Your Love Is Killing Me", and it takes on that really raw tone, it reminds me a bit of Patti Smith's later era croon. Could be that little vibrato thing. You've got my attention regarding "You Know Me Well". Looking forward to hearing that one in particular based on your description above.
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May 21, 2014 on To Know Somebody In And Out: The Honesty, Pain, And Searching Of Sharon Van Etten’s Are We There
I keep seeing the phrase "gut-punch" when reading about Van Etten's upcoming album, "Are We There". After hearing the three pre-release tracks, and after reading this piece, that seems pretty spot on. I also now have some context for those beautifully raw vocal turns that I'm hearing in the new songs. It sounds cliché, but the new material has really stuck with me, both musically and lyrically.
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May 21, 2014 on To Know Somebody In And Out: The Honesty, Pain, And Searching Of Sharon Van Etten’s Are We There
I used to listen to Lauren Laverne's XFM radio program every day about 10 years ago. Their drivetime broadcast was my morning show, so it worked out well. Her guest spot on Mint Royale's "Don't Falter" is pretty much how Summer sounds.
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April 24, 2014 on Stars Of Britpop: Where Are They Now?
Pretty solid list. With a few adjustments, mine would be closer to this: 1. Seven Nation Army 2. Fell In Love With A Girl 3. You're Pretty Good Looking (For A Girl) 4. Ball And Biscuit 5. Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground 6. Hello Operator 7. The Denial Twist 8. I'm Slowly Turning Into You 9. Screwdriver 10. You Don't Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You're Told)
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February 27, 2014 on The 10 Best White Stripes Songs
They always did a really good job with covers. That list is just as hard to compile in my opinion. I would add "Black Jack Davey", "Love Sick" and "Good To Me" to your list above.
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February 26, 2014 on The 10 Best White Stripes Songs
I'll Follow The Sun
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February 19, 2014 on Win The Beatles The U.S. Albums Box Set
What percentage of the live video clips of your favorite artist on YouTube are even watchable? Most are out of focus, distortion heavy, partial recordings from the back of the venue. That's what people are capturing for posterity and sharing with the world. The majority of the clips that are worth watching are professionally shot, and are set up through the venue and artist. I totally agree that going to a show is a social event, and not everyone there is totally focused on the musical performance. Still, you can't shout "Fire" in a movie theater. Venues have rules that have to be adhered to. I don't know if that is the case in this situation with Neko, but either way, if the artist doesn't want that going on during the show, then be respectful to the artist and everyone else around, and just put the phone back in your pocket for an hour or so.
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October 24, 2013 on Neko Case Fights With Cameraphone-Toting Cincinnati Fans
"Use It" might be number 1 or 2 for me. Surprised that didn't make it somewhere in this list.
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October 11, 2013 on The 10 Best New Pornographers Songs
Glad to see "Krokodil" make the list since it presents a different side to her recorded work up to this point. "Year Of The Tiger" and "Your Lips Are Red" are the only ones I would put in there, but other than "The Apocalypse Song", I'm not sure what I would take off. The list does lean heavily towards her later work, but I think the last two albums have been stronger overall than "Marry Me". The debut set the stage for what was to come in my opinion.
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October 3, 2013 on The 10 Best St. Vincent Songs
"Good Vibrations" still astounds.
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August 27, 2013 on Win A Beach Boys Made In California Box Set
Nice to see "Nothin'" make the cut. That song is bleak, but very powerful.
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July 18, 2013 on The 10 Best Townes Van Zandt Songs