+5Posted on Apr 10th, 2013 | re: The 10 Best National Songs (198 comments)

This should probably be called “Stereogum’s Harley Brown’s 10 favorite songs by The National”

Honestly, I see very little value in all their “top 10 this and top 10 that” lists. Other than making people mad and causing a lot of arguing, they don’t serve any purpose.

 0Posted on Dec 25th, 2012 | re: The 50 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2013 (239 comments)

They are saying they’re recording, who knows when it will be out though. I hope in 2013.

 +2Posted on Dec 24th, 2012 | re: The 50 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2013 (239 comments)

The National!

 +14Posted on May 9th, 2012 | re: Against Me! Frontman To Change Genders (197 comments)

I agree to some extent, but I think most people are just having a “OMG I never saw it coming” moment. It has nothing to do with judgment, it’s just that it came as a total surprise to everyone. Although I agree that journalists need to keep their emotions to themselves and provide unbiased reporting, but this is a blog, and blogs are not exactly known for being staffed by trained journalists.

 +4Posted on Apr 23rd, 2012 | re: St. Vincent - "KROKODILl" & "GROT" (13 comments)

I’m just glad she’s experimenting, as opposed to just releasing the same album over and over again, which is what so many artists do.

 0Posted on Oct 4th, 2011 | re: Premature Evaluation: Feist Metals (57 comments)

Not everyone is going to like every single album, so of course we will always disagree about pretty much everything. I think of Metals as Feist’s best effort to date, but I’m not going to get upset if someone is being condescending towards it. If you think about all the factors that go into shaping your music taste, such as your upbringing, environment, whether or not you have any classical music training, whether you tend to respond more to the lyrics or the instrumental arrangements, then it’s clear that no two people on this planet could possible have identical combinations of these factors, and therefore, no identical tastes.

That being said, if you call yourself a music critic, then you need to aim at objectivity, and evaluate a music album based on its musical merits, not your own subjective impressions. Tell us if the chord progressions are complex and interesting, or if it is same C-D-E-C stuff over and over again. Or if there is there any diversity in the rhythm structures, etc. It shouldn’t be “it’ll work just as well when I’m washing dishes at night or putting my toddler to bed”. That’s something I would write on my blog for my own entertainment, but I expect more from a professional.

 0Posted on Sep 29th, 2011 | re: VH1 100 Greatest Songs Of The '00s (163 comments)

LOVE the veggie/tofukey part! :-)

 +1Posted on Sep 29th, 2011 | re: VH1 100 Greatest Songs Of The '00s (163 comments)

I don’t even know most of these songs. I shelter myself from mainstream culture as best as I can.