Maybe “fans” should try actually watching and being present at a show, rather than having to photograph and record everything all of the time. No one cares that your “were there”.

I think this song is great. It’s probably a reflection on where Colin and Co.’s musical headspace is at. There could be nothing worse, I imagine, than having the Decemberists sit down and consciously write another “proggy” record because they thought that some group of fans might want that. The reason that Crane Wife and Hazards worked is because, at their best moments, the music and performance seemed natural and effortless. I’m certain that the very same people clamoring for a return to 2006-era Decemberists would also criticize them for releasing a 10-minute new single written solely in service to their desires.
Me? I’m just happy to have new songs, whatever form they may take.

 +1Posted on Aug 27th, 2013 | re: Trent Reznor Says Biffy Clyro Fucked NIN's Reading Set (27 comments)

I don’t have a dog in this fight, but to infer that Coldplay rocks harder than Biffy Clyro is way off base. It would lead me to believe that you’ve never actually heard their songs (save “Many of Horror”, which is where your opinion probably comes from). Almost anything of a Biffy Clyro album has a ton more balls than even Coldplay’s hardest rocking song (read: none of them, they do not rock, not even politely).

 +3Posted on Jul 25th, 2013 | re: Volcano Choir - "Byegone" Video (4 comments)

This song is fantastic.

 +1Posted on May 14th, 2013 | re: Premature Evaluation: The National Trouble Will Find Me (88 comments)

Totally agree. It hasn’t even been officially released, yet, and folks are placing it into the rankings of National albums. Personally, I think it’s a fantastic record and one I’m certain will gain praise both initially and over time – as is typical for their albums.

 0Posted on Apr 11th, 2013 | re: The National - "Don't Swallow The Cap" (32 comments)

I disagree. Who care’s if, at first blush, the sound isn’t a radical departure. Refining how songs are crafted, recorded and produced can be as rewarding “new territory” as there is. I’m also unsure what new ground The National would cover… maybe they should go dub step?
Personally, I feel like there is a heartbeat at the bottom of the songs they make – especially in the drums and bass. This track is an indication that they’re really focusing in on that heartbeat and seeing where that takes them. If this was your band and that was your approach, I reckon that’d feel like plenty of new territory.

 +5Posted on Apr 11th, 2013 | re: The National - "Don't Swallow The Cap" (32 comments)

Awesome, as always. One of the best American bands going.

 +5Posted on Nov 20th, 2012 | re: Deconstructing: Pandora, Spotify, Piracy, And Getting Artists Paid (77 comments)

This is a great discussion. I really think the Lala music service was on to something pretty great before Apple bought it/shut it down. You could listen to the album once, for free, and then pay a small fee to stream it forever (a web album) or purchase the tracks for download for a pretty moderate price (usually $6.99 or so). Spotify’s model could do something similar.
The freedom of being able to listen to the music before making an purchase is amazing, as is the ability to discover new artists via a “Similar Artists” module. I just don’t think these services should be free, necessarily. It’s one thing to put ads in the free service, but at that point the majority of revenue, I’d imagine, is being absorbed by the service itself – without making it back to the artist. There really should never be a case where an intermediary is making money off another’s work. This goes for music sales, ticket sales, etc.

 +3Posted on Apr 20th, 2011 | re: Bon Iver Announces Self-Titled New Album (9 comments)

My most anticipated release of 2011 (along with Codes and Keys). If this album sounds anything like it is described, then we’re all winners.

 +2Posted on Mar 28th, 2011 | re: Death Cab For Cutie - "You Are A Tourist" (62 comments)

I think this is damn good and catchy as hell. I can’t believe there are some people still complaining that Death Cab has decided not to remake “We Have the Facts” a billion times. This is smart pop music. Same as it ever was.