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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
Casimir Pulaski Day or GTFO.
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May 26, 2016 on The 10 Best Sufjan Stevens Songs
Am I crazy or is this really good? It's not terribly different than what was on their last couple albums, but strikes me immediately as being better than any of that stuff. I like it!
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May 26, 2016 on The Strokes – “OBLIVIUS”
People are going to freak when they realize all of the samples on the new Avalanches album are from a new Neutral Milk Hotel album.
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May 24, 2016 on Avalanches” “Frankie Sinatra” Out Friday? Other New Songs Include “Subways,” “The Wozard Of Iz”
(I'd also clump Alice in Chains' self titled dog album into this statement as well, even though that was late 1995. Really great and underrated album. Way better than Dirt IMO.)
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May 23, 2016 on Down On The Upside Turns 20
I've always loved this album. It's never been a particularly cool one to endorse, but I think it's quality, top to bottom. 1996 in general was a vastly underrated year for Big Huge Commercial Rawk Music. You have Metallica, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Stone Temple Pilots, all seemingly 'past their heyday' releasing totally solid, if not career-pinnacle albums, that were generally laughed off or ignored by the music tastemakers of the time, because they all go a slightly different route than the bands' previous heavy, anthemic stuff; a little more thoughtful, musical, heady. Honestly I think No Code is possibly Pearl Jam's best album—though I'll accept arguments for Ten—Tiny Music is STP's best album, and Down on the Upside is Soundgarden's best. (And look, obviously Load was not and will never be considered a "career-pinnacle", but I dare say it's a whole lot better than nearly anybody gives it credit for.) I still spin all of these at least once a year (okay, Load maybe once every 2 years), and they're all still wonderful 20 years later! Weird year for music, but seriously those four pulled off minor miracles, even if most people never appreciated it.
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May 23, 2016 on Down On The Upside Turns 20
Wow, these guys have really changed up their style from their last album... http://martha.bandcamp.com/
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May 19, 2016 on Martha – “Ice Cream And Sunscreen” (Stereogum Premiere)
I don't know. Most of Acid Rap and Surf (not his album technically, but close enough) felt vital and vibrant. This feels like 14 tracks of trying to fit in with his famous friends, and dulling his spark in the meantime. Not terrible, but I'm just finding myself bored with nearly every track. "Finish Line" is fun though.
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May 13, 2016 on Premature Evaluation: Chance The Rapper Coloring Book
I can't really speak for Mirage, but I've recently been spinning Lindsay Buckingham's first solo album (and ostensible Tusk follow-up) Law And Order, and it's pretty great. It basically takes all the weirdo-pop elements of Tusk and runs with them, with a much smaller recording budget. I feel like it hasn't really gotten its 15 minutes of Indie-Rock-Cred-Album-Reference status yet, but it's due. Either way, Buckingham was definitely following a freaky siren in those years. Love it.
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May 12, 2016 on Fleetwood Mac Announce Mirage Deluxe Reissue
Can we get everyone together and hold a vote to just call these releases "albums"? Or at least a vote on whether or not to vote on it?
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May 12, 2016 on Chance The Rapper – “No Problem” (Feat. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz) & “Grown Ass Kid” (Feat. Mick Jenkins & Alex Wiley)
"Metal has become, in a lot of ways, a zero-sum game, everyone trying to perfect their chosen subgenre or find ways to out-brutalize everyone else." I agree with this statement! I love (the idea of?) metal more than a lot of people do—I'd claim Opeth, Mastodon and Metallica as being 3 of my all time favorite artists of any genre—but the hit/miss ratio is gigantic for me. It just seems to be a world of bands absolutely obsessed and beholden to subgenre. Just go through the iTunes metal section and you can pick out exactly what each band sounds like based on their artwork. "These guys are gonna be black metal with more folky elements... these guys are gonna be stoner metal... these other guys are also gonna be stoner metal, but with some spacey prog synths thrown in... these guys are going to be thrash revivalists," on and on. And then even when you get somebody like Kvelertak here, who isn't afraid of things like major chords and melodic leads, they go and toss some extreme cookie monster vocals over the top, and it's completely incongruous in a completely boring way (to me!). It might be technically competent, and gets metal music writers and critics excited to play cite-the-influence, but it feels way too "safe." I'm dying to hear metal bands who are actually doing something new, and smart, and thoughtful, and outside of the tired arithmetic of "glam + viking metal + metalcore vocals". Love the cover art though!
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May 10, 2016 on Album Of The Week: Kvelertak Nattesferd
(Granted, this is coming from a guy who thinks those guys peaked at Feels.)
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May 3, 2016 on Adult Jazz – “Earrings Off!” Video