Clay Graham

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I’m so sick of Stereogum telling me I should respect Taylor Swift or watch the VMA’s. This site is going downhill. I’ve been a ‘Gum lover for over 5 years now, but I don’t know how much more drivel I can handle. I’m sure this site has already lost people with a lower tolerance than myself. For what? Clicks? Ad money? The cult of the pop artist? If there wasn’t a decent comment forum, I’d already be over for me.

T Swift might be “professional,” but this kind of journalism isn’t.

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September 2, 2015 on Taylor Swift Doesn’t Break Her Stride As San Diego Stage Crasher Gets Tackled By Security

What album is this? I. MUST. LISTEN.

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February 6, 2013 on Album Of The Week: My Bloody Valentine m b v

Same pol. leaning…but I like Conor Oberst better when he has interesting things to say

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February 6, 2013 on Desaparecidos – “Anonymous” & “The Left Is Right”

Daft Punk?!?! Why isn’t Phoenix headlining every night?

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January 26, 2013 on Coachella 2013 Lineup

I’d go but 2 Chainz is there. Also, Phoenix has no business being bigger than Sigur Ros, Franz Ferdinand, Modest Mouse, or even the Postal Service.

All in all, awesome lineup. Being thousands of miles away isn’t awesome though.

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January 25, 2013 on Coachella 2013 Lineup

What’s the relationship b/w the two bands?

Or is there something I’m missing? …cause aside from both bands putting out awesome sophomore albums I can’t see much in common.

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January 23, 2013 on Album Of The Week: Toro Y Moi Anything In Return

Awesome. This was awesome.

Foxygen is awesome.
FIDLAR is awesome.
Esben & the Witch…awesome.
Ra Ra Riot is good and The Joy Formidable still formidable.

First awesome week of music in 2013.

Awesome.

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January 23, 2013 on Album Of The Week: Toro Y Moi Anything In Return

Saying that a “large critic site should be consistent in their endorsement or objections to a band…etc.” seems like saying “everyone who works at this publication should think the same way about the same music” or “the same writer should continue to review the same band.” I don’t really think that either is a good thing. Though I understand the point that these writers represent the larger entity of the site they publish for, I like the idea of the author/critic having as much autonomy as he/she can. Ian Cohen shouldn’t be kicked off the Free Energy assignment b/c he has a different opinion than the reviewer of Stuck On Nothing. Nor should he be told he needs to give it a certain rating, good or band.

I agree that there is something valuable to consistency, but I think that it’s best for critic sites that there be a variety of opinion even at the sake of consistency (not saying P4K is the best at that by any means.)

Also, you must be reading different blogs than me. I guess I only check Stereogum with any frequency, but I never “hear people stand up for Pitchfork.” I’m happy to be a bit of an apologist for Pitchfork simply because people rag on it sooooo much. I think P4K is a decent site, and I find a lot of good music there. It certainly has its faults, but good lord people attack it like crazy. I guess there’s some value, on a political level, in attacking the dominating institutions in an industry…

Also, I know I’m not gonna get much love for this, but Ian Cohen is not a monster. This comment section is livid. I can’t detect anything in his writing that’s particularly bitter, snobbish, or tasteless. He can be very critical at times…but he’s a critic. Critics shouldn’t be afraid to say what they will because it’s going to hurt somebody’s feelings or get the readership in an uproar.

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January 18, 2013 on Album Of The Week: Free Energy Love Sign

Also, a 5.2 by my standards is above average by 0.2 so this guy should be celebrating!

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January 17, 2013 on Meyhem Lauren – “The Laurenovich Angle (Fuck Pitchfork)”

I wouldn’t be surprised if Pitchfork gave this Best New Track

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January 17, 2013 on Meyhem Lauren – “The Laurenovich Angle (Fuck Pitchfork)”

I don’t know. I just don’t hear anything interesting going on in his songs. I’ll keep trying though!

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January 17, 2013 on Future – “Fo Real” (Feat. Drake)

Challenge accepted. I will watch every single act.

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January 17, 2013 on New Orleans Jazz Fest 2013 Lineup Feat. Phoenix, Frank Ocean

Ian Cohen didn’t write the review for Stuck on Nothing

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January 16, 2013 on Album Of The Week: Free Energy Love Sign

So…how does Future sound better than everyone else who does the same thing?

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January 15, 2013 on Future – “Fo Real” (Feat. Drake)

I really want to like this record. I can tell that it’s fun, well written, and groovy, but there’s just something about it that falls flat for me. I like that rock music still exists that doesn’t deal with “heavy themes.”

I guess, though, there’s nothing about Free Energy for me to hang onto. I feel like all these songs have been written thousands of times before. The only one I can hear myself going back to is “Street Survivor.”

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January 15, 2013 on Album Of The Week: Free Energy Love Sign

Like I said, I bet Carly Rae Jepsen doing “All My Friends” would actually be pretty sweet

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January 12, 2013 on Hear Willow Smith Sample Radiohead

I bet Carly Rae Jepsen doing “All My Friends” would actually be pretty sweet.

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January 12, 2013 on Hear Willow Smith Sample Radiohead

This just in: There’s a correct way to feel sad!

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January 10, 2013 on Hear Willow Smith Sample Radiohead

Gosh, these are the best comments I’ve ever read anywhere ever! Here’s to hoping I can live up to their greatness in 2013! I’m going to try, Stereogum, hehe. I make no bones about it ;)

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December 31, 2012 on Shut Up, Dude: The 50 Best Comments Of 2012

Why are people on the electronic music scene so damn picky about what classifies as a certain type of music? Yeesh.

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December 30, 2012 on The Top 30 Electronic Dance Tracks Of 2012