Gut reactions are honest. The cool thing is sometimes great things grown on you. This album has the great ingredients for a strong grower. It’s slow and hypnotic, but palpable. I only heard it once on a laptop, but I’m interested in another listen and I think I’ll even enjoy it more the next time around.
I really liked this. This was my first exposure to The War on Drugs. I could hear whispers of Bruce Springsteen, Dire Straits and Bob Dylan. I thought it was fantastic. Whoever said this was driving music on here was absolutely accurate. After only listen, I’m really impressed. It sounds like a great lost album from the 80′s. Thanks Stereogum for profiling it and the band too. I’ve heard of this band but never really gave them a thorough call to attention until this album. A fine album it is too.
I listened to it in full before my first trip ever on an airplane when I was a teenager. I thought it was the most thrillingly produced album I’d ever heard, and to some degree, I still do. Flood and Trent were a formidable match. The production and intensity are almost unparalleled.
Stereogum I’m digging these new longer docu-style interview pieces. Great stuff and please to more!
Great list! I’m only a novice Maiden fan, but there’s no denying them the power of their classics.
I lost major interest in coldplay after their last record, but at the same time, their first 2 albums were VERY strong. They have it in them. I hope they really have embraced their adventurous side and moved into more aggressive/darker/experimental territory. Chris Martin has written some great melodies, but it would be nice to have them couch the songs in something that has more bite.
Any confirmed word if Bret Easton Ellis still writing the script?
These guys are princes of metal. Looking forward to what’s to come.
Keep up the winning streak EMA :)
I really like them :) Nice stuff!
For me, downvotes for personal convictions about artists or music serves to reinforce that I’m on the right track…or that I’m on the wrong track and need to give something/somebody more time. I was pretty relentlessly against Kanye West for instance, because I always interchanged his personality with his records. But then I listened to Yeezus, and enjoyed it. I loathed the misogyny and banal lyrics, but at least was able to think for myself and reevaluate something on my own terms. If I’ve ever slagged certain bands on the board (and gotten downvoted) then sometimes I’ve had to question that maybe I’m wrong and flat out ignorant in my distaste.
Downvoting can also make people more civil. If you post obnoxious comments or are a music snob, a good old donvote an take the wind out of your sails. Upvotes don’t really matter to me as much, unless it’s a cool meme I’ve posted :P The whole upvoting/downvoting system can make one wiser and more tolerant of dissent I think. I just upvoted you by the way :p
that one feller, Scott and others (myself included) have actually talked to Michael_ outside of the Gum forums, and kind of gotten to know him. He’s a good guy in a lot of pain. He’s not a straightforward dick or troll, just somebody who sometimes uses misguided judgment, and goes overboard sometimes. If Michael can play by the rules here, then let’s not throw out the baby with the bathwater. Michael is a gifted writer and music enthusiast and when he filters himself, adds a lot to the board.
That’s cool and gracious of you guys. Michael_ is a good writer and genuinely has a passion for music. I’ve talked to him outside of the gum a few times and he’s a sincere down to earth guy who has a great ear for good music. I’m sure he realizes what he said was wrong and I genuinely hope he’ll respect those boundaries. His personal issues don’t give him a free license to harass Gum staff or cross the line like he did. That said, he’s one of the few members on the board here that genuinely know their music and (usually) adds to the conversation by provoking good points or counterpoints about a subject, (albeit when it’s not on the case of a Gum writer). Hope you play by the rules Michael_.
Mastodon is great man!
Seriously, no love for Seasick Steve?
Seasick Steve is great! Glad he got on the lineup.
I like kanye’s tunes, but comparing him in any way shape or form to the Beatles is just…uh…yeah…
No love for Run DMC or Public Enemy? PE are the greatest hip hop band of all time :)
P.S. My rant has nothing to do with the Challenger disaster sample obviously. As far as that’s concerned, in a way it was in poor taste. So is much of today’s pop though, so it balances itself out.
Hi again Blochead. Very well said. It’s actually refreshing to talk to a ‘gum commentator/conversationalist with conviction. I think having a sweeping long range artistic vision is paramount to the merit of the art created. Trent Reznor lived and breathed ”The Downward Spiral” as an auteur/visionary only could, handing in the master tapes to Interscope thinking it had no driving single, and not really caring whether it did. His psyche was melded into every nuance/fiber of that album and 95% of what you heard came right out of Trent. Capitol Records were crushed over ”OK Computer’s” decidedly anti-corporate rock sound, but Radiohead were interested in making art and not some ”Creep” retread so they gave the finger to Capitol. And of course those records put a big old dent in music history.
The Beyonces of the world only hint at my disdain for what music has become for today’s music listening generation-a soulless machine that thrives on 15 minutes of hype until it deems itself irrelevant by fading out of the spotlight and/or by selling fewer and fewer units. And conversely, I loathe many major labels for the most part. Not every one is a soul sucking vampire, but in this industry (at least major label), if you wanna sell records, you have to bring in the song doctors, the hip producers of the moment, then concede to the direction the label wants and be guided to look and act how the soulless machine wants you to be. Puppetry at it’s finest.
A dear friend of mine was offered a chance to work with a well known producer and label. His vision for a record that was a throwback to The Beatles/Bowie meets The Cure went out the window and instead collaborators, label peeps (big label peeps at that) and song ”doctors” ensuring polished hit singles were going to chart the course. In 30 seconds, he decided that homie don’t play that game. And he dodged a bullet. I know this is a tangent that doesn’t exactly fit into the Beyonce as art spectrum, but I just loathe corporate rock/pop and this generation of collaborators, song doctors, major label meddling (musical communism) and an orgy of mega-producers on one record, all because an artist either needs the cred to be relevant or simply doesn’t have the talent/vision to do it themselves. Kanye West may think he’s a genius, but at the end of the day, I’d challenge Kanye West to go into a studio by himself, lock the door and use absolutely no outside musical production, songwriting, collaborating assistance or additional instrumentalists to make a record. Prince did it singlehandely, so the purported ”Prince” of our generation should be able to do the same thing. I actually like some of Kanye’s music though, so I’m not hatin’, just proving a pretty valid argument on what constitutes art (and what doesn’t) in my ”high on my horse” opinion.
Anyway, I could go on and on with why I feel musical integrity is being destroyed by today’s bottom barrel standards and big industry meddling, but that would require a convo over some coffee. And Grimes is awesome :) She wrote and produced ”Visions” by herself. She’s the one that deserves Beyonce’s spotlight.
Listen to it on repeat. Then remind yourself while she’s willfully obtuse, she’s refreshingly unique. Besides, one of her most catchiest choruses too.
Her production is incredible. The tracked vocals are killer, the off kilter rhythms great and everything in the mix is so well placed. Everything is just expertly crafted. Early contender for one of 2014′s best records? Yer.
Hey Blochead. For the record, I do agree with you. I’ve been realizing that I’m a highly opinionated individual, but the passion and conviction inherent to that is because I call a spade a spade. The emperor has no clothes in much of indie rock circles. Hipster affectation abounds. Hipster affection for bands that can’t even write a decent melody abounds. And the ironic love affair with pop stars is annoying. I don’t dismiss pop music, but the last time pop music and art truly went hand in hand was with ARTISTS like Bowie and Prince. Not only did they have something to say, they could write their own songs, play their own instruments and didn’t rely on the circle jerk paradigm of major label handouts, i.e. ”hot” producers, guest writers, collaborators. Someone on here, I think r and r, wanted me to enjoy pop on its level. That’s fine. But with all respect to what Beyonce does (and she is talented), I could never be bothered in the slightest to elevate her music to anything other then label agenda/corporate fluff. EMA, Grimes, PJ Harvey-man, that’s girl power art: Genius level art and one could argue some pop appeal. Anyway, yeah I’m a music snob in some ways. Nothing irks me more then to see people mindlessly overpraised. Pop as art-cue The Beatles, Bowie, Springsteen, Nirvana. Radio friendly in some ways, but alarmingly abrasive in their own right and they had something to say. I love Stereogum and enjoy the writing, reviewing and appreciate the opportunity we ‘gummers have to voice what we feel about music. That’s how I feel about this. Major labels prostitute talent and agendas and try to package a product as something aesthetically genuine. Unwrap it, take it out of the box, enjoy it for what it is and then do whatever you want with it. But don’t insult those of us who refuse it to be taken as art. Now where’s the Tylenol.
It has echos of Big Science era Laurie Anderson with some Bowie dance-funk in it. Great chorus.
To each their own r_and_r.