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 0Posted on Nov 16th, 2013 | re: Win A Beatles BBC Vinyl & Book Prize Pack (343 comments)

Cry Baby Cry

 +3Posted on Aug 26th, 2013 | re: Watch The Replacements Reunite At Riot Fest (19 comments)

Let’s see: Bob is dead, Chris is retired, and Slim had a stroke. If you prefer to call this band “Paul and Tommy Play Their Old Replacements Songs,” feel free. I see no reason to complain. Unless you’re mad that they didn’t get ’91 tour drummer Steve Foley to fill in on drums?

 0Posted on Aug 26th, 2013 | re: Stream Okkervil River The Silver Gymnasium (4 comments)

It’s Meriden, not Meridian.

I absolutely love these promotions for the new album–not least because I grew up about five miles down the road and across the Connecticut River from Sheff in Windsor, VT in the 1970s and 80s–so these feel like a tour of home for me. Plus all the songs so far have been stellar.

 +6Posted on Sep 15th, 2012 | re: Pavement Albums From Worst To Best (68 comments)

As someone who was there in ’92 I can attest that there’s no “apparently” about it; “Here” went onto the first mixtape I made for my new senior-year-of-college girlfriend…who subsequently became my wife. While I can’t credit Pavement entirely, they were in there somewhere.

This list is mostly interesting to me in the way it shows how younger (I’m assuming based on the “apparently” comment) fans regard the albums. For me it was a straight line from Slanted downward. Actually, for me Wowee marks the pivot point where the band’s tendency toward archness started to overwhelm its tendency toward obscurity, and where its burgeoning musicianship started to annoy me–all those on-a-dime start/stops and sing-songy vocal lines that mirrored exactly what the instruments were doing.

For my money, I agree with some of the commenters above–the band was at the peak of its powers during the “Watery, Domestic” recordings–especially if you include the b-sides to Trigger Cut, “Greenlander” and the amazing songs from their Peel Session highlighted by “Kentucky Cocktail.” Given that I like them best at their most oblique, I think it’s fitting that my favorite album would be one that doesn’t actually exist.

 +2Posted on Sep 3rd, 2012 | re: Big Boi - “She Said OK” Video (Feat. Theophilus London) (NSFW) (10 comments)

What’s Big Boi? What’s Outkast? What’s Dirty South? What’s hip hop? What’s popular music? What’s music? What’s this dark place where I seem to have wedged my head?

 +4Posted on Oct 18th, 2011 | re: Album Of The Week: Real Estate Days (13 comments)

Contrary to this thread, M83 and Real Estate are not in a steel cage death match or the movie Highlander. There can be more than one good record out this week. It’s not a zero sum game. If you love M83, try not to worry so much about a single post on a single site.

 +1Posted on Jul 18th, 2011 | re: Under The Influence: The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart Belong (39 comments)

I’d be curious to know when Kip thinks the House of Love went off the rails. For me it was somewhere in the middle of Babe Rainbow. Up through the “butterfly” album they were firing on all cylinders. I even love the Spy in the House of Love b-sides/throwaways collection.

 0Posted on May 26th, 2011 | re: Bon Iver Debuts "I Can't Make You Love Me" Cover On Fallon (29 comments)

Yeah, you’re right, I just think a music site ought to know better.

 0Posted on May 25th, 2011 | re: Bon Iver Debuts "I Can't Make You Love Me" Cover On Fallon (29 comments)

What is it with Stereogum *and* Pitchfork both calling “A Song For You” a Donny Hathaway tune? Not only did Leon Russell write it, he recorded it and put it on his debut solo album a full year before Hathaway covered it for his own second record. Dozens of people recorded “A Song for You”–you might as well call it an Andy Williams (who took it to #82 on the charts) or Carpenters song. I guess it’s because Hathaway has some kind of cred while Russell is, unjustifiably, a semi-forgotten classic rock footnote, but this attribution is just incorrect. There’s no reason to single out Hathaway in relation to Vernon’s cover.