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S U R V I V E is this generation's The Rembrandts.
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August 23, 2016 on S U R V I V E – “Wardenclyff”
They also managed to misspell "Elliott" in the contributor credits. Eek.
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August 21, 2016 on Frank Ocean Blonde Comment Party
Trying to spread the gospel! Same thing happened when Death Magnetic came out. You just see comment threads full of "Hell yeah, sounds like old MetallicA again, fuckin heavy and fast!," when like, no, it doesn't sound anything like that, it sounds like they're trying to keep pace with other (lesser) bands that they themselves influenced, even though that's a contest they're not built to win. As much as they've become the butt of jokes, James and Lars and Kirk are honest to god musicians, but their confidence has been totally shot. I almost want to write a 33 1/3 book on Load. I think the backlash they got from cutting their fucking hair completely unraveled them and their ability to judge their own work. When they should've said "fuck you, we'll make whatever music we want to make" and kept on their own path, they instead got scared and defensive and said, "Naw, we're still hard, see, listen to this shit!". I'd rather have a collection of weird psych-country-blues-whatever they were naturally moving towards than a couple totally thin records of James Hetfield yelling fuck and Lars attempting blast beats.
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August 19, 2016 on Metallica – “Hardwired” Video
Problem here, and with Death Magnetic (and probaby St. Anger, though that was a whole different can of worms), is that they just seem desperate to be loud and fast and angry suddenly, to appease the masses of people who complained that they were no long loud and fast and angry. But what made Metallica great wasn't just being loud and fast and angry. It was composition, melody, harmony, arrangement. Yeah, some of it was fast, and some of it might have been angry. But it was a whole package. Suddenly they've gone through decades of lunkheads complaining that they're "too soft" or whatever, and they give us this nonsense. "We're so fucked. Shit outta luck." What? Death Magnetic was full of fast riffing and somewhat complicated structures, but it was all noise. There was nothing behind it like there used to be. Same goes with this. I might be the only person to ever actually defend Load (but not ReLoad), but I truly think it was a fine album, with good songs and interesting moments. But the fact that everybody yelled at them for trying something different leads us to "We're so fucked, we're outta luck." Old guys trying to relive something instead of daring to try anything new.
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August 19, 2016 on Metallica – “Hardwired” Video
I don't say this to be be an Old Man Yelling At Cloud, but it's interesting to me that, to this day, I couldn't sing or quote you a single Drake song, I don't know what Drake sounds like, if I heard Drake rapping directly into my ear while sitting on the bus, I'd have no idea it was him. Call me out of touch, whatever, point is: I don't think this would be the case with the previous generationally-significant mega-sellers you pointed out. Somebody could not be a Celine Dion fan, and still be able to sing all of My Heart Will Go On. Somebody could have no interest in pop music and still dance their butt off to Billie Jean. People who never owned a Prince record found themselves wiping away tears when he died. But, like, Drake? Really?
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August 5, 2016 on Skewed VIEWS: The Huge Truth About Drake’s Record-Breaking Chart Run
So when the (probably extraordinarily high-paid) executive at Apple goes to bed the night after making this deal, does he think to himself, "Boy, by securing this agreement to distribute someone else's creative personal expression solely through the channel operated by the half-trillion dollar international behemoth which currently employs me to the detriment of any other channel both small and large, which even three years ago would've been fully within its right to also distribute this piece of recorded music, I've truly done some good for the world today"?
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August 1, 2016 on Frank Ocean’s Boys Don’t Cry Is Out This Friday
THAT DOESN'T EXPLAIN WHY EVERYONE THOUGHT SHE'S ALL THAT WAS SUCH A FUGLY NERD! SHE'S JUST WEARING GLASSES YOU GUYS! SHE'S STILL THE HOTTEST BABE IN THE SCHOOL! CAN'T YOU SEE THAT!?
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August 1, 2016 on The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle Reveals Details Of New Novel Universal Harvester
As a fan of the Mountain Goats and a fan of Wolf In White Van and a upper-midwesterner who also manned the counter of a video store right at the peak of She's All That's VHS popularity, this excites and intrigues me.
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August 1, 2016 on The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle Reveals Details Of New Novel Universal Harvester
I'm as big of an Opeth fan as anyone, but I'm having a hard time with where they've landed in the last few releases. I totally appreciate their willingness to follow their (or at least Mikael's) muse, to try new things, but it's starting to feel a bit aimless. And not even the prog vs. metal thing. Like, fine, throw in all the organs and clean vocals you want, that doesn't matter. But the songwriting, the riffs, the progressions, the transitions, everything that truly made Opeth great, is just getting less and less defined with these latter-day 'prog' releases of theirs. Even the opening riff of this song, it's like they just kinda picked 6 notes at random, shuffled between them for a bit, and said, "Hey, that's discordant and weird, let's record it!" Which, again, fine, it's good to mix it up and try out some weird shit, but it seems like we're about to get the 3rd album in a row of that. Just a little exhausting.
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August 1, 2016 on Opeth – “Sorceress”
I hesitate to make fun of old Angelfire/Tripod/Geocities sites, because hey, that's just how things were back then. But take a look at that second one... check out the date on it... 2005. Yikes.
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July 30, 2016 on Former Singer Says Mushroomhead Are Bad People, Hopes They Die Slowly
"Inventive synth work."
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July 28, 2016 on Fickle Friends – “Cry Baby”
Can't wait for their big stadium tour with The Drums, The Microphones, The Amps, and Lance Bass.
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July 16, 2016 on The Saxophones – “Best Boy”
Wow, I really like both of these Saxophones songs that have been released here. Really nice stuff.
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July 16, 2016 on The Saxophones – “Best Boy”
Ooh, the bridge really does it for me. And everything post-bridge. Love these guys.
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June 24, 2016 on Hammers Of Misfortune – “Sea Of Heroes” (Stereogum Premiere)
17th Street was great, albeit in a "Do I like this? Is this awful or amazing? I'll go with amazing" kind of way. Excited for this new one.
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June 24, 2016 on Hammers Of Misfortune – “Sea Of Heroes” (Stereogum Premiere)
"What the world needs now is another synthpop duo like I need a hole in my head"
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June 22, 2016 on GL – “Hallucinate” (Stereogum Premiere)
I'd go farther and say it's like the kid stole your Zelda cartridge and then DIDN'T APOLOGIZE (I saw no such apology from Ticketmaster, they're basically saying "We're rigorously fighting this lawsuit but decided to settle therefore here are your vouchers"), and then offered you a new game to make up for it, and lets you pick between either his "Dirt Track Go Karting" or "Pro Basketball" Tiger Handheld game. Without batteries.
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June 21, 2016 on Ticketmaster May Have Free Tickets For You Right Now
As far as I can tell, the code say they expire(d) on the 18th, and the list of shows is nearly impossible to browse/search, and they say there are only a "limited amount" of them anyway. Somehow Ticketmaster has managed to make even this generous offer seem like a complete scam. Don't know why I expected anything different.
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June 21, 2016 on Ticketmaster May Have Free Tickets For You Right Now
Modulated chords FTW.
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June 20, 2016 on Godstopper – “Shoulder”
Wow, I hadn't heard he signed to Sub Pop! That self titled record of his was a total brain-melt. It gave me very pleasant Olivia Tremor Control vibes that I thought were basically extinct in the 21st century. I worry a little bit about Sub Pop watering him down (speaking of centuries, who would've said THAT in the 20th?), but we'll see. There's enough weirdo collaging happening at the tail end of this one, maybe it will turn out for the best. Either way, I'm happy for the dude, and I've got a good feeling about this one!
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June 8, 2016 on Morgan Delt – “I Don’t Wanna See What’s Happening Outside”
I have nothing to say about the song, but whoever is doing the artwork for these Adult Swim singles is killing it.
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June 8, 2016 on D∆WN – “Serpentine Fire”
Trust Fund was probably my favorite new discovery of last year! Beautiful songs, great sense of melody, totally solid power pop (or whatever you want to call it). This song feels like it's right in line, but I worry it feels a little rushed? Like, awesome, you got a decent demo recorded, but maybe take some time to clean things up for the album release! We're listening—go plug in another mic or two !
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June 8, 2016 on Trust Fund – “Together” Video
Kinda reminds me of the Incredible Moses Leroy but with more guitars! Or Death Cab for Cutie with less guitars? I like it!
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June 6, 2016 on Stream Leapling Suspended Animation
(and I suppose BWTAS is Ride The Lightning, since this is already a completely broken equivalency.)
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June 6, 2016 on Tigermilk Turns 20
I like Tigermilk, but let's be real: It's the Kill Em All to IFYS's Master of Puppets.
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June 6, 2016 on Tigermilk Turns 20