Adam Smith Riggs

Comments from Adam Smith Riggs

Like other commenters above, I'm a bit confused on his stance here. I think Morrissey is insufferable, and I'm pretty sure I'm reading this as a Trumpian-esque anti-immigrant rant (especially as concerns his shot at Sadiq Khan), but the main politician he takes aim at is staunchly anti-immigrant herself. What gives?
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May 24, 2017 on Morrissey Releases Statement About Manchester Arena Attack
This is beautiful and I absolutely adore this album. I need to become more well-versed in her previous catalog.
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May 19, 2017 on Inside The Ecstatic World Of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda
I don't really see any point in posting this list without "Misery Business" on it. Sorry, just like my opinion, man.
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May 17, 2017 on The 10 Best Paramore Songs
I wanted to say no, but I'm halfway in and this is is scratching a *similar* itch to our goddess Carly Rae, and maybe Haim a little. I'm surprised, and I'm happy about it. As mentioned above, this may be an exercise in "the monogenre", but I think by now I've welcomed my monogenre overlords. Long live the monogenre!
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May 12, 2017 on Stream Paramore After Laughter
Starflyer is one of my all time favorite bands and Pedro is way up there too. I am sufficiently geeked out on this and FULLY nerding out on that poster - Velour 100 remains one of the most underrated bands of their era.
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May 10, 2017 on Lo Tom – “Overboard”
This doesn't surprise me, as I have yet to listen to this album any way other than front to back.
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April 25, 2017 on Even Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. Intro Skit Charted On The Hot 100
Also, the amount of so-called "MOR" albums being sold on vinyl doesn't surprise me (by the way, I assume we're all talking about Sheeran and 21 Pilots when we say "MOR", because surely we're not at a point in music criticism where we shit on The Beatles, Bob Marley, Ryan Adams and Amy Winehouse). I used to work for a large vinyl manufacturer and the amount of major label rubbish that clogged the presses was insane. Now, on the one hand, folks get upset about that because it makes it harder for indie bands to get pressing time in an over-saturated market, but on the other hand....it's kind of the bread and butter of most pressing plants, so it keeps the doors open for everything else to get pressed. One last thing - I got that RTJ 3 vinyl release and it's fucking beautiful. All the little bells & whistles for the collector-types, and sounds good too (even on opaque gold-colored vinyl).
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April 11, 2017 on La La Land Soundtrack Is The Best-Selling Vinyl Release Of 2017 So Far
The Killers thing isn't that weird, because previous to it's recent reissue (2016 in Europe, 2017 in the US) that album was never widely available in an official, stand-alone format. It wasn't pressed in very large numbers back in 2004, and after that was only available in limited edition box sets (an 11x7" set, and a single LP set that included a t-shirt, which was in a very poorly designed package that warped the vinyl and also was...well, a box that was mostly empty if you actually removed the t-shirt to wear it) or as a bootleg. Almost all previous versions, whether legit or bootleg, went for exorbitant after-market prices.
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April 11, 2017 on La La Land Soundtrack Is The Best-Selling Vinyl Release Of 2017 So Far
I'm the guy that commented recently that I ride for Stryper, so it won't hurt my cred to say I ride for TSO. At least, I do from Thanksgiving to NYE. Never really go into the non-holiday albums. But damn...every year. "Christmas Eve & Other Stories". Oh yes. On repeat. "Sarajevo" is great, but it's "Old City Bar" that always gets me in the feels.
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April 7, 2017 on R.I.P. Paul O’Neill
"Fun blog" and "clickbait" are not at all mutually exclusive...so...yes.
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April 7, 2017 on Father John Misty And Patton Oswalt Discuss Balls
Also, Girlschool (not to be confused with "Girlschool" by Britny Fox as posted above). Unless we're counting Girlschool as legit heavy metal, in which case, rock on.
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April 6, 2017 on 36 Essential ’80s Pop Metal Tracks
Fun list. Fuck the haters. That said, needs WAY more Crue. Needs some Stryper. (Heck yes I ride for Stryper). Skid Row needs to be higher (like, "Youth Gone Wild" needs to be #1). Also, I would argue Guns 'N Roses and Twisted Sister don't really fit, but I get that that's splitting hairs (no pun intended) so I understand their inclusion (no argument on Alice Cooper, because obviously "Trash" was going for the hair vibe...so glad to see that included by the way). I do not get including King's X. They are awesome, but groove metal is not pop metal. Hail.
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April 6, 2017 on 36 Essential ’80s Pop Metal Tracks
"This trailer indicates that she’s aiming to keep one foot in both the past and the future in order to reconcile with the present. Whether or not the music reflects that remains to be seen." Yes. This album is shaping up to be a benchmark in her career and a highlight of the year, or a total let-down.
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March 31, 2017 on Lana Del Rey Takes Us Back To The Space Race
I'll be the weirdo that says "Wonderwall Music", but containing multitudes and all that, I also have basic tastes and will say "All Things Must Pass".
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February 22, 2017 on Win George Harrison’s Career-Spanning The Vinyl Collection Box Set + Expanded Edition Memoir
http://www.nashvillescene.com/food-drink/article/13062992/chain-restaurants-are-now-serving-nashville-hot-chicken-to-the-nation-but-can-their-offerings-stand-up-to-the-real-thing
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December 12, 2016 on Hear Fred Armisen’s Jingles For KFC’s Nashville Hot Chicken
I thought the KFC Nashville hot chicken thing had already played itself out. Truth is, as much as I love the gussied up and Instafamous Hattie B's, if you're not in a small, mostly-unadorned restaurant in a nondescript strip mall in the far reaches of Nashville's city limits, you're not getting the real hot chicken experience.
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December 12, 2016 on Hear Fred Armisen’s Jingles For KFC’s Nashville Hot Chicken
In fact, when Stereogum posted the list someone commented on it at the time. http://www.stereogum.com/1907593/record-store-day-black-friday-2016-list-revealed/news/
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November 21, 2016 on Record Store Day Announces My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Vinyl
It's possible I saw it listed somewhere other than the official site, but multiple sites had it listed when the Black Friday release was announced. I'm pretty sure it was on the official list then too. http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/legacy-recordings-announces-limited-edition-vinyl-exclusives-for-record-store-days-annual-black-friday-event-friday-november-25-2016-300349508.html
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November 21, 2016 on Record Store Day Announces My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Vinyl
I have zero interest in a My Little Pony record, and I generally think this type of release is the kind of wacky stuff that has watered down the whole idea of Record Store Day, but what exactly makes this newsworthy today given that this has been public knowledge since RSD released their Black Friday list over a month ago?
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November 21, 2016 on Record Store Day Announces My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Vinyl
He also writes a monthly semi-parodic backpage column every month for Decibel Magazine and it's consistently fucking brilliant.
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August 1, 2016 on The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle Reveals Details Of New Novel Universal Harvester
Cannot believe there are no comments here. RIP Mr. Stanley.
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June 24, 2016 on R.I.P. Ralph Stanley
Fair warning - nothing much happens until about 2 minutes in.
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June 16, 2016 on Boris – “SOFUN”
In my estimation, they already have. Check out "Luna", their half of the "Chapter Ahead Being Fake" split with Torche. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpvBplabwps
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June 16, 2016 on Boris – “SOFUN”
Whoa. I was totally digging this list and then "To Be Alone With You" and "John Wayne Gacy Jr" weren't #s' 1 & 2. What? Also, anyone who thought "Seven Swans" was the "one where he revealed he was an evangelical Christian" had no context for his career to that point. He got his start as a member of Danielson Famile, which, admittedly, may be an obscurity for some, but for others (like me) is kind of a big deal. Sufjan came from the Christian rock scene, so "Seven Swans" was no surprise.
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May 26, 2016 on The 10 Best Sufjan Stevens Songs
Bonus track and hidden track are so different though. I agree that the hidden track was very much a vestige of the nineties. I was actually hoping to see an article about it this week.
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May 20, 2016 on Carman’s Addicted To Jesus Was ’90s Christian Rock At Its Weirdest