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 +6Posted on Apr 4th | re: Good News For People Who Love Bad News Turns 10 (44 comments)

I don’t think it was until “We Were Dead…” that the poppy elements started bothering me. What did bother me about this album is the beginning of their skronk-folk sound, with banjos, “King Rat” and all of that. The trio of “Dance Hall,” “Bukowski” and “This Devil’s Workday” (confound those infernal horns!) all dip into this sound.

MM’s early folky moments were cooler to me because they weren’t as cleanly produced and they used additional instruments sparingly and wisely (those amazing strings on “Lounge” and “Talking Shit About a Pretty Sunset” for two “Long Drive..” examples). These days it sort of seems like Brock and Co. take a “fuck it, throw in a hurdy gurdy” approach to composition.

It might just be a personal bias, but that’s the main thing that’s irked me about my favorite band over the last ten years of their career. I still have faith that the ~2014 album will hold some cool surprises though.

 +1Posted on Mar 10th | re: The Snow - "Memory Loss" (4 comments)

Wow, whichever one of them is doing the vocals has been keeping their spot-on Robert Smith impression a secret up until now.

 +5Posted on Feb 11th | re: Album Of The Week: Sun Kil Moon Benji (52 comments)

Yeah, this is the song responsible for misting my eyes. May just be a momma’s boy, but damn, the man can really hit you right in the sad spot.

And re:Red House Painters… “Have You Forgotten?” is still the Koz song that makes me “bawl so hard” the most.

 +1Posted on Jan 29th | re: El-P Albums From Worst To Best (23 comments)

El’s never made a bad album, but I’ll Sleep When Your Dead is surely his magnum opus. Spot on.

 +1Posted on Jan 28th | re: Watch Ty Dolla $ign & DJ Mustard Play Arsenio (2 comments)

Juicy J also “made it rain” on Arsenio a few months ago: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDKNonheMaQ

 +1Posted on Jan 10th | re: The Coachella 2014 Poster Font Size Hunger Games (54 comments)

“the entire ‘emo revival,’ which seems like straight-up Coachella-bait, is absent.”

Ummm… Title Fight anyone?

 +5Posted on Jan 10th | re: Sun Kil Moon - "Ben's My Friend" (12 comments)

More like Sun Kil Swoon…

 +3Posted on Nov 27th, 2013 | re: Beatles Albums From Worst To Best (175 comments)

I usually resent all of your attempts to draw parallels between artists (the recent Blood Orange/Dr. Dre one fell particularly flat), but the Beatles/Radiohead comparison is spot-on

 0Posted on Nov 15th, 2013 | re: The Black Album Turns 10 (35 comments)

Am I the only one who likes The Grey Album better? I’m not DangerMouse’s biggest fan or anything, I just think that album is amazing. No one will ever make such great beats out of Beatles songs ever again.

Don’t get me wrong, Black Album has lots of great production on it, but it’s sound is scattered as fuck. It’s like if you put Danny Brown’s “Old” in a blender and the track order stopped making sense. Maybe this is kind of all boiling down to the fact that I think Rick Rubin’s beat on “99 Problems” is obnoxious and that mashing it up with “Helter Skelter” was one of the best ideas since flint met tinder.

 0Posted on Oct 25th, 2013 | re: NME's Top 500 Albums Of All Time (158 comments)

You forgot the Arctic Monkeys’ latest album… which is worse than any of those albums IMO