Jar of Flies was really good.
Closer wasn’t the lead-off single but the modern rock stations knew it was just a monster- or at least the stations in towns where Ringfinger was a club fave. Anyhow, the day I heard them first spin it was late at night and it wasn’t bleeped or anything, but I couldn’t understand what he was saying. I called the DJ when I got home and asked- I thought he was saying “owl” instead of “animal” and thought TRENT THAT IS JUST WEIRD. This was SLC Utah so you know the “to God” part was like burning down the world in some quarters. Good times!
Put Hawaii on there (the B side) as bonus track. And add the three that I like more that three you got on here, then it is perfect. ;)
I love both of them, and I think First Impressions was a little bit better in terms of the high points, but Phrazes was more even across the songs. If Phrazes had a Strokes’ version I think it would have sounded great.
What about Helloween??
C-man. I didn’t say I liked the songs I liked ironically.
DF- From my buddy when I sent him the link to this writeup:
“Obligatory: Maiden rules.”
Well, I think it is pretty clear that this band is an easy badge of something. Sorry about opinions!
It is my opinion that some Maiden songs are lyrically super not good, but the whole entire package is a lot of fun and can be enjoyed even if Steve Harris is deadly serious about some topic while the listener is less so.
It is also my opinion that when Maiden is in their super British steeped mode like the way they deal with WWI and WWII that their gusto really shines and I can appreciate those songs on a serious level. I cannot appreciate Alexander the Great on a storytelling level.
This is my friend’s favorite band of all time and I appreciate this band through his eyes and I criticize them through my own. I would make up fake Iron Maiden songs about various sci-fi or fantasy tropes before I knew if there were real ones on those topics. This was funny because I said to him THERE HAS GOT TO BE A DUNE SONG. And I am sure he queued up or brought “To Tame A Land” to my attention.
I can list quite a few of their songs that I love unironically:
These include: Wasted Years, Paschendale, Run to the Hills, Aces High, Powerslave, Strange World.
Steve is just so damn cheesy. You have just got to laugh ALEXANDER THE GREAT PAVING THE WAY FOR CHRISTIANITY!!!! And listen to Bruce on economics! Adrian is a super tasteful guitar player and the way he and Dave play of each other with their different styles makes the band. These guys are great for their fans and consummate professionals live. I am just so glad they don’t have a Piers Anthony concept album. I mean, COME ON, Steve. I will admit that Dio was even cheesier, RIP.
I stand by my argument for Paschendale in their top 10 songs!
Paschendale is an awesome song- and I think up there with their best. These guys are really cheesy, but there are some good songs in there.
I wasn’t saying that money was the motive, I was suggesting that the vinyl crowd might be over estimated if you are viewing the scene from Williamsburg vs. everywhere else. Records are nice because you can touch them, and you can look at the sleeve, but they are also a signifier of status.
I love records, but what is the size of the vinyl crowd for a record? Maybe the collecting feel gets people to pay money, so that is good.
They are twin masterpieces. But the emotion of Sea Change wins the serious Olympics over the brilliant pastiche of Odelay. As long as those two are the top two.
Pepper is unstoppable on the radio. I DON’T MIND THE SUN SOMETIMES. The song has radio legs- it is one of those relics that has survived when everything else when extinct.
But more on topic, Beercan- so so so good.
This album is just flat out great. The little touches.
How did I miss Tom shouting out Barbara Manning? Really great. I think Olsen is transcendent- just completely blow away by this album. I want to buy it twice.
Some of my faves not mentioned:
It’s Not Too Beautiful
And then Dr. Baker five more times
Also Tom with his “will no one rid me of this…I think the best result for a possible miscarriage of justice is someone just murdering the dude as part of a televised shitshow”. Oy. I’d prefer non-stop typos and a long think piece about Bastille, the British Imagine Dragons.
I agree with this- if she had never collabed with Byrne, I think we’d just say that this was a very St. Vincent track in the vein of her more squonky ones. I feel like the way writers have attributed the influence here and elsewhere on this song is definitely on the lazy side.
Peoples, we don’t need to PRETEND to be slowly won over by this LEGO movie. It looks SUPER funny and instead I think we should get EXTREMELY excited about. Then there is always the chance of:
“wow, all the good jokes were in the trailer”
“it was 50 minutes of jokes in a 90 minute movie”
“wow, they pulled it off. That was super fun! Now I have to pee because I drank a 64 ounce soda”
I know this perf is good, but their KEXP live one from Austin is definitive- I can’t stop listening to it and think it is perfect.
Where is Varsity by Smith Westerns?
michael_ is pretty much right, it has parts that could be killer for that type of song but it is so color by numbers with the forced transition into the bombast- it doesn’t make sense. Maybe it would have worked better without the weird video. I mean the “wre-eh-eh-ck me” or whatever should have been enough to dominate. It was a weird song with boring arrangement.
As noted above, you can’t really talk about Moz or Smiths without dealing with the singles. This is why I have Bona Drag as number 1. It feels like an album and it is amazing. I also have to say I can’t talk about Your Arsenal without mentioning Glamorous Glue and Tomorrow, two of his best. Oh Mozzer.
They are just great and I think every single one of their albums has a lot of value (I haven’t heard the Nilsson one). This is a bummer, but if they are all working on music, good for them.