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i think “Amnesia” is a TOTAL JAM YALL
reallllllllllly wish i had a recording of the show last night. i like his records quite a bit, but hearing it all recontextualized within a more beat-driven set was the most excited i’ve been about his music. the song he opened the set with was particularly insane, especially when sitting right in front of that glorious sound system.
COME ON YALL WHITE NOISE
was so ready to deploy this gif on what would surely be a characteristically off-base “10 best songs” list:
but this one actually makes sense. and you know what? it’s not nearly as fun as those batshit animal collective/deerhunter/etc lists.
i feel like they’re kind of our closest analogue to the Talking Heads in this respect
are VW the best pop band of the present moment? serious question. i certainly wouldn’t argue that they’re the best pop *act* — but what other current band has the same mastery of concision, the same facility with sonic detail, and the same ability to write tunes that are so outrageously catchy??
already addicted to ‘Pusher Love Girl’. what a way to kick down the door.
overall, i think their list this year is great. but here’s my required gripe: leaving off Twin Shadow, and, even more so, BARONESS (!!!!!) is a dirtbag move.
Beat Connection – The Palace Garden, 4am
“You know that riff in ‘Rise Above’ — wait, you’re telling me you don’t have every song from ‘Damaged’ memorized? Guess you’re not the Black Flag megafan you appear to be.”