Eric Russell Taylor

Comments from Eric Russell Taylor

In this set? Aladdin Sane. No, Hunky Dory. But......Low. How does one choose such a thing? A favorite Bowie album. So much greatness. Not that it's all great. But man, when he was on? Which was often. Untouchable.
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September 17, 2015 on Win David Bowie’s FIVE YEARS 1969 – 1973 13LP Vinyl Box Set
Good policy in general, so the good news is that this project was officially announced a month ago.
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April 2, 2015 on FFS (Franz Ferdinand & Sparks) – “Piss Off”
The twins in the video are likely a reference to the twins on the cover art of Siamese Dream, but the art on the CD has / had absolutely nothing to do with The Smashing Pumpkins. It is the original Virgin Records logo, designed by Roger Dean (who designed most of the album covers for YES, ASIA and a whole slew of other prog bands) and designed in the early 1970's. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virgin_Records http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Dean_(artist)
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January 19, 2015 on The Smashing Pumpkins – “Being Beige” Video
Sun Kil Moon - Benji (Which was available on vinyl. Clear, Red, Blue, Yellow and Clear and Swirled pressings....But suppose the pressings were all limited)
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December 8, 2014 on Win Stereogum’s 10 Best Albums Of 2014 On Vinyl Courtesy Of Insound
Mouse on Mars - 21 Again Collaborations SO many great tracks here. Maybe not AOTW (too sprawling and comp styled), but second week in a row (sure it happens more) that a killer album hasn't been listed under the releases list. Last week being Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band - Intensity Ghost.
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November 4, 2014 on Album Of The Week: Les Sins Michael
Missing.... Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band - Intensity Ghost
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October 28, 2014 on Album Of The Week: Run The Jewels RTJ2
Some really great and well thought out pieces on the albums though.....MUMMER in particularly. I've actually been waiting for this one, and it ended up in a very different order than I expected! Maybe it's better that way to be honest, I've spent so much time with these albums that it's gotten difficult to place any of them in any sort of coherent order. I've also logged a lot of hours on the Chalkhills site. Great job Robert Ham.
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September 15, 2014 on XTC Albums From Worst To Best
This list is all kinds of lopsided and out of whack!!!!!!!!!!! At least compared to my own ranking..... Hands down one of the best Post-Punk / Pop / Brit Pop / Anglo-Whatever / Psychedelic bands of all time. About time. Now bring on the King Crimson and Can.
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September 15, 2014 on XTC Albums From Worst To Best
You know it because it's true....
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October 8, 2013 on Painful Turns 20
May I Sing With Me was definitely the first Yo La Tengo with James McNew on board as a full time member, and I'd be willing to debate that IT was the album where the Yo La Tengo we know and love truly got their wings. Every album of theirs has at least a couple of killer songs, and Fakebook is fantastic all the way through......But without a doubt, Painful changed everything. Such an amazing album.
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October 7, 2013 on Painful Turns 20
Was wondering the same....Tom just taking a random dig, or did a college radio station in his hometown have a fixation with XTC on their playlists? The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead had long since come and gone as semi successful single in the US. There were a hell ton of other bands / songs in rotation at most college stations that year bearing Albini's production stamp. Having said that, Rid Of Me certainly deserves all the praise. Great album.......but so is almost everything XTC did.
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May 6, 2013 on Rid Of Me Turns 20
What is Aaron Lariviere's obsession with excrement? Way too many uses of it in this piece. Great writing otherwise.
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March 26, 2013 on David Bowie Albums From Worst To Best
You are not alone.......Diamond Dogs is a pretty weak record. It's a mess really. Rebel Rebel is an amazing song, but the only amazing song on the record. The sound of treading water. It's a very "uncertain" album..........lost.
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March 26, 2013 on David Bowie Albums From Worst To Best
REVOLVER. Easily one of the most important rock records of all time...and one of my favorites.
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November 16, 2012 on Win A Remastered Beatles Vinyl Box Set
I wasn't offering excuses, just my opinion or perspective on why these lists look so fucked up and laughable compared to what my own list would be. I don't happen to agree with this one much at all myself, but I don't think it was made for the purpose of pissing anyone off. I've slept fine since it was published. Funny enough, between your down vote and need to call me out on my opinion on these lists, I'm pretty sure our lists would come to about the same conclusion based on what you've said. Oh well..........
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November 6, 2012 on Bob Mould, Hüsker Dü, And Sugar Albums From Worst To Best
I think the lists show the reviewer's entry point into the band more than anything. This list is clearly Hüsker Dü as introduced by Sugar or late Bob Mould more than anything to me. Same goes for about every other list I've seen here. If you bought Slanted and Enchanted when it was released, no way in hell would it be number three on your list, and the Mats list was just plain all over the place, equal to the Bends example you gave or in my opinion, the New Day Rising ranking here. I think the writers are giving their all, they are just coming up with completely different takes than I would. Again, it becomes glaringly obvious what their entry point into these bands were. And in the end, if someone is ranking a band's discography it's bound to offend someone else's take.
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November 5, 2012 on Bob Mould, Hüsker Dü, And Sugar Albums From Worst To Best
....and the world could hear a pin drop.
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November 2, 2012 on Death Grips Dropped By Epic
Not sure if this is cool or not, posting an All Music link, but this sums it up pretty well for me. Especially as a fan that had waited three years for the next album after the masterpiece that was And Then Nothing....... There are fantastic songs on Summer Sun, and honestly I am more a fan of it now than I was on release, but as a whole it lacks a lot of what the albums surrounding it deliver. http://www.allmusic.com/album/summer-sun-mw0000594957
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October 13, 2012 on Yo La Tengo Albums From Worst To Best
I'm not sure I agree with this list entirely, but I could honestly care less about that. Yo La Tengo! Such an amazing band, and a necessity in this Stereogum series. I bought May I Sing With Me when it was first released and fell in love with it. I then went out and bought the first four, and when Painful was released, I knew that YLT was one of the best bands America (or anywhere for that matter) had to offer. What a masterpiece! The best was yet to come, which is amazing when I think back on it. I have seen YLT many many times. Some of those shows have been outright awful and some of them just ok, but most have been nothing short of transcendent on some level. I cannot think of one other band out there like them. SO good. So many great songs and albums, start to finish. And to think that they have a brand new album coming out soon!!!!! There have been very few bands out there this special. Lucky to have them.
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October 13, 2012 on Yo La Tengo Albums From Worst To Best
How are there no comments here?!! Great interview. The new record....Eitzel's best in a while. First time I saw AMC was on the Mercury tour in Atlanta after having waited a couple of years to catch them. It blew my mind. That incarnation of the band was just unstoppable on a good night. Criminal those records are out of print.
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October 7, 2012 on Mark Eitzel On Musicals, Being Broke, The Weight Of American Music Club, And His Excellent New Album
Can we get an amen for the Dave Allen (Gang of Four / Shriekback) cameo?!!......ok, it's milliseconds long, (most clear at 1:03) but awesome nonetheless.
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August 22, 2012 on Bob Mould – “The Descent” Video
King Tuff is fantastic! But polished precision? Not a lot polished or precise about those records.
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August 9, 2012 on Album Of The Week: Redd Kross Researching The Blues
the rubber one from your name right? the one you borrowed from your mom? I mean, you were two when this album was released, what are you on about?
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April 24, 2012 on Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Turns 10
Sorry. I meant that I agree with Raptor Jesus below re: Pure Phase, not Tom.
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April 18, 2012 on Album Of The Week: Spiritualized Sweet Heart Sweet Light
I would go with Tom's suggestion (below) about picking up Pure Phase next, but Ladies and Gentlemen seems to be their undisputed high point. If that record doesn't send you over the moon, then the others are not gonna do it either. I think this is the best Spiritualized album since then, but I'm not a fan of all the work in between, especially Amazing Grace. I don't know how to put this any kinder, so I'm sorry if it really offends....but Tom, is definitely drinking the Spiritualized Kool-Aid. Keep that in mind. I agree that the strings are amazing on this one though. Maybe some of the best orchestration on any Spiritualized release to date.
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April 18, 2012 on Album Of The Week: Spiritualized Sweet Heart Sweet Light
again....make room for the 12 year old girl/boy. head bowed. long live you. really. just beware of the birthdays ahead......the chemical romance eyeliner won't always look so damned cute.
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April 17, 2012 on Premature Evaluation: Jack White Blunderbuss
...and she?/he still looks 11 yrs old!
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April 11, 2012 on Lollapalooza 2012 Lineup
Four Calendar Cafe is a much weaker album.
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March 24, 2012 on Premature Evaluation: Beach House Bloom