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 +1Posted on Apr 17th | re: Mastodon - "High Road" (11 comments)

But also it’s not, at all.

 0Posted on Apr 17th | re: Mastodon - "High Road" (11 comments)

It’s like Remission meets Night Ranger. I’ll take it.

Good find. Beautiful song. It sounds very ‘On The Water,’ but probably would’ve been one of the best (of not THE best) song on that record. Maybe they thought it already had too much mid-tempo stuff?

I’m a huge fan of their records, have sworn for a while that Samuel Herring has one of the most powerful voices in music today, but I’d never seen them perform before. I don’t even think I’ve seen a photo of them before. Whatever I was expecting from Herring, it was not Jive Dancin’ Marlon Brando. Holy shit. Amazing to see somebody actually give a damn.

 0Posted on Mar 4th | re: Mellow Gold Turns 20 (53 comments)

I’d like to get a sense of what people currently age 20 and under think of “Loser.” Because, you’re right, for our generation, there’s almost no disconnecting it from its ‘cultural moment.’ It is 90s Zeitgeist As Looped Slide Guitar and Breakbeat.

 +11Posted on Feb 21st | re: How The Roots Got Over (9 comments)

What I love about the Roots in their current position is that they’re bringing integrity back to the idea of a studio band; simply being a group of professional musicians without the need to follow the rules of “Record>tour>break>record>tour>break.” You have to go back a couple decades, but you had the Funk Brothers, the Wrecking Crew, the M.G.s. Pure talent, pure class, pure integrity, and no need to try to become stars. The fact that they turn around and play with all these different acts on any given night, never pandering, and never sinking down to some lowest common denominator TV sidekick band schlock, and then say, “hey, let’s record an album as Elvis Costello’s backing band.” I love it. They’re just on the cutting edge of realizing there’s no “right way” to do it.

 0Posted on Feb 19th | re: Watch Weezer Debut "Back To The Shack" On The Weezer Cruise (18 comments)

I think every lame duck Weezer album of the last 10 years has had one brief teaser moment that leads someone to say it “bears a distinct Pinkerton vibe — i.e. it sounds a lot better than anything Weezer has released in a long time.” And then you’re stuck with the rest of it.

 0Posted on Feb 16th | re: Adult Jazz - "Am Gone" (Stereogum Premiere) (3 comments)

I’m having a hard time getting past the Dirty Projectors similarities here. But at the same time, I think I like it quite a bit more than most Dirty Projectors tracks. What’s a boy to do?

 +2Posted on Feb 13th | re: Album Of The Week: Sun Kil Moon Benji (52 comments)

Mark Kozelek and Mark Eitzel are the Bill Pullman and Bill Paxton of gloomy indie rock.

 +2Posted on Feb 4th | re: Bows + Arrows Turns 10 (12 comments)

I’m just thinking about that song right now, not even listening to it, and suddenly my heart is racing and I want to go out there and fight a cop.