Steve Marth

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I'll take one full-length Tortoise/Hubley LP please.
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January 26, 2016 on Tortoise – “Yonder Blue” (Feat. Yo La Tengo’s Georgia Hubley) Video
More likely: The stock footage and stock photography worlds are full of that sort of thing. Not that it's laziness on anybody's part (either at Robitussun's ad agency or at Future's record label art department), because that's what stock is for, but just a bit of a peek behind the curtain of how most of the world's advertising sausage gets made.
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December 28, 2015 on Somebody At Robitussin Must Be A Big Future Fan
I'll be so happy when this generation grows out of the "pronounce an R in every vowel like that Billie Holiday song I heard one time" vocal affectation. Or really, the "pronounce an R in every vowel like those other girl singers who started doing that 5 or 6 years ago after listening to an Amy Winehouse record" vocal affectation.
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December 7, 2015 on Stream Zanders Buried Men
"When we introduced Diet Cig at the beginning of the year, they had barely played any shows and were just gearing up to release their debut." ...ladies and gentlemen, the state of 21st century music!
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December 2, 2015 on 25 Great EPs From 2015
Screaming Females is unforgivably low, and Trust Fund is unforgivably absent. But I'll forgive you. Because who cares.
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December 1, 2015 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2015
Adding this to my Really Long Song Takes Really Awesome Funky Turn Right Around the Halfway Point" mix tape, along with "Pyramids," "Chief Inspector Blancheflower," and of course, "Station to Station."
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November 20, 2015 on David Bowie – “★” (Blackstar) Video
Which is funny, because when Pyramids came out, I said, "Holy shit, this is some Station To Station level shit."
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November 20, 2015 on David Bowie – “★” (Blackstar) Video
Always nice when Autolux comes out of their cave and makes an appearance, although as much as I loved Future Perfect, I think Transit Transit was a bit of a disappointment. The Boots connection is interesting, we'll see how that plays out. I admittedly didn't know anything about the guy or his pop production connections, but I saw him open for Run the Jewels recently and he left me scratching my head more than anything. Very bizarre performance. But his 'thing' (whatever exactly that is) might actually mesh okay with Autolux, as long as he leans into Autolux's strengths and doesn't turn it into a clandestine Boots album.
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November 19, 2015 on Autolux – “Soft Scene” (Prod. Boots)
I actually became a bit of a Superdrag fan years later, when In the Valley of Dying Stars came out. That's honestly on the shortlist of my favorite records, just perfect tunes top to bottom as far as I'm concerned. Regretfully Yours and (insert name of Superdrag record featuring girl with headphones on cover here!) are both good, but I'll take Dying Stars any day. (Though I'll take Master of Puppets over any of those).
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October 3, 2015 on Some Copies Of Lana Del Rey’s Born To Die Accidentally Feature Baltimore Shoegaze Band Instead
A friend of mine back in middle school bought a CD of Metallica's Master of Puppets, and when we went back to his house and hit play, instead of hearing "Battery" we heard some mysterious alt-rock band. It took until track 4, "Sucked Out," that I realized the CD was actually Superdrag's Regretfully Yours. We went back and returned it to Target, to a very confused and disbelieving customer service rep. In hindsight, he should've just kept it. Not that it would be worth money or something, but just as a funny random rare little oddity.
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October 2, 2015 on Some Copies Of Lana Del Rey’s Born To Die Accidentally Feature Baltimore Shoegaze Band Instead
Funny timing for me... I listened to this album almost every night last week. While I personally like Haha Sound better, Tender Buttons totally holds up and is a beautiful listen. Trish Keenan's death is one of those too-soon artist deaths that somehow hit me even harder than someone like Elliot Smith or Jeff Buckley; those two guys (and others like Nick Drake or the more obvious Kurt Cobain) died young, but their work will continually gain a following and respect from new audiences years after their passing. Broadcast made some incredible music, no doubt about that, but I fear it's just esoteric and 'underground' that she (no slight meant whatsoever to James Cargill) might never get the post-mortem popularity that she deserves. But I hope I'm wrong, and that the cool kids some day 'rediscover' the awesome music Broadcast made.
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September 18, 2015 on Tender Buttons Turns 10
I always liked Grandaddy in their heyday, but it took me a few years, up until now even, to really appreciate how capital-G-Great they were. And even though they did have a good reputation in indie-guy circles, part of me feels like they should be held in more esteem. They're on the short list of the best bands of this generation, as far as I'm concerned. And while I liked Lytle's solo albums (though the second one is a huge step up from the first IMHO), they lack whatever it is that the Grandaddy work always had (which always confused me, because I was under the impression that Lytle essentially recorded the Grandaddy records on his own). So I'm super excited! Also worth noting, if anyone ever liked Sophtware Slump and Sumday, but for whatever reason never paid attention to What Happened To The Fambly Cat, by all means give it another shot. It's an awesome record, and shamefully under appreciated!
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September 2, 2015 on Grandaddy Are Recording A New Album
No shame at all in standing up for Fambly Cat. I'm not sure it has a 'negative' reputation necessarily, but at the very least, it came out after indie music tastes had moved on to chillwavey/synthy/other things, so people just didn't care. I think it's an awesome album! Sure, it's #3 behind Sophtware Slump and Sumday, and doesn't necessarily have as clear of a mission as those two (The Epic and The Pop records, respectively), but yeah, awesome songs, good mix of weirdo shit and pop hooks. "Geez Louise" is maybe my favorite song in their whole catalogue. Their Diary of Todd Zilla EP is also wonderful and super under appreciated.
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September 2, 2015 on Grandaddy Are Recording A New Album
PTA directing a Joanna Newsom video. I nearly died right in this chair. If Jon Brion would've been involved, I'd be a pile of guts right now. I like this song, but I do worry it sounds a bit much like something off of Have One on Me. That was an amazing album, so I'm not necessarily complaining, but she's grown and perfected her craft so much between her first three albums, I was hoping this new one 5 years later would continue the pattern. Maybe it will—this is just one song!—but for now it sounds a little too much like a comfort zone. (Even if Joanna Newsom's comfort zone is better than the greatest work most songwriters will ever create).
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August 10, 2015 on Joanna Newsom Announces New Album Divers & Shares Paul Thomas Anderson-Directed “Sapokanikan” Video
There's no way I can be the only one who first read their name as "Mongoloid," right? Did they think this through all the way?
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August 8, 2015 on Monogold – “Orchard Beach”
Sounds like Blackalicious. Fashion and attitudes have clearly moved well past what these guys were on the pinnacle of at the turn-of-the-millennium, but goddamn if it isn't still quality. I like it. I'll take one of these over a dozen new Future albums.
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August 7, 2015 on Blackalicious – “Blacka”
I voted for The Go! Team's "What D'You Say?". But if I'm being honest with myself, Eleanor Friedberger's "Stare at the Sun" has been my SOTS for the last three summers.
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August 6, 2015 on Vote For The Song Of The Summer 2015