Michael Ashworth

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Is anyone going to point out that Loveless ISN'T My Bloody Valentine's second album?
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August 22, 2014 on Deafheaven – “From The Kettle Onto The Coil”
I don't think the writer knows that For the Love of Ivy is a classic song by the Gun Club, so it's not "a pretty stock garage rock rumble in the lane of something like Japanther or Bass Drum Of Death or maybe early White Stripes, a hollow rip of whoever those guys might be ripping off." But that's just like, an opinion, man.
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April 30, 2012 on Premature Evaluation: Japandroids Celebration Rock
Heart of Darkness / Apocalypse Now
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March 30, 2012 on Win Bose MIE2 Earbud Headphones
Boredoms - Star
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March 21, 2012 on Win SOL Republic HD Headphones And Earphones
You COULD argue that they sound like R.E.M. in their early stages, but you'd be forgetting R.E.M. released 4 cold classics in 4 years. Sound-wise, I've always seen the comparison but, again, it's not really the most prevalent sound coming through. The lyrics aren't political, the vocals are completely different, and the only real similarity is "jangly guitars," and even that's a stretch. R.E.M. had a much stronger rhythm section too. Anyway, I'm just glad this is good so those are my two cents.
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March 19, 2012 on Premature Evaluation: The Shins Port Of Morrow
I think there are better examples of albums that are "greatest hits" than Taylor Swift and Adele. Maybe Nirvana's Nevermind? The only song on that album that doesn't play on the radio is "Something in the Way." Or Led Zeppelin's IV. Something about reading Taylor Swift compared to U2 in their prime (who still aren't really a favorite of mine, but talent is talent) just doesn't bode well for me.
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March 13, 2012 on The Joshua Tree Turns 25
Whoaaaaa man, whooooooaaaaaa man. Can't you tell I'm not from TX and this is a jealousy issue? As in, "you can have your cake and eat it too Texas."
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March 13, 2012 on The 25 Bands We’re Most Excited To See At SXSW 2012
Well that doesn't solve the Skrillex issue and underwhelming line-up. Too much "dark synth-pop" for my tastes, but as the Dude said, "that's just like, an opinion, man."
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March 10, 2012 on The 25 Bands We’re Most Excited To See At SXSW 2012
Is calling music "METH" (all caps) a pejorative?
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March 10, 2012 on The 25 Bands We’re Most Excited To See At SXSW 2012
Two problems: Texas, Skrillex. And not to be a pissant, but Django Django isn't really "post-punk." They're more "brit-pop," but that's okay.
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March 10, 2012 on The 25 Bands We’re Most Excited To See At SXSW 2012
Can I be the person to ironically say, ala 2001, "rock is still alive man!!!!!"
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March 6, 2012 on Album Of The Week: Ceremony Zoo
No Paranoid Android? That song was the best live performance I've ever seen.
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February 28, 2012 on Radiohead – “Identikit” & “Cut A Hole”
No one listens to british rock that sounds like the Beta Band apparently.
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February 25, 2012 on Django Django – “Storm”
Yeah this one bums me out, he was so young and such a great guitarist to listen to. I was one of the hopeful that Women would return, but this blows. Bummer musical week for me.
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February 24, 2012 on Stereogum Buzz Chart: Week Of 2/19/12
Yeah this is a major bummer. Reimer's pretty integral (guitar and vocals) and I'm sure the band is more concerned with losing a friend than releasing an album at this point. I'm thinking Women are gone, but not without releasing 2 amazing albums. And can I raise the question that everyone wants to know when a 26-year-old dies? That is, was something afoul in his death?
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February 22, 2012 on R.I.P. Christopher Reimer
Yeah, this may have been soundguy mixing, but I was underwhelmed to say the least. I'm not really feeling this whole bubble-gum-pop-and-"slashing-guitars" thing or the quest to be the loudest (pop?) band around, so I'll just live with my Zoo album thank you. The band doesn't really have much to offer by way of songwriting or, well, purpose.
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February 19, 2012 on Watch Sleigh Bells Perform — And Justin Timberlake Impersonate Bon Iver — On SNL
*impression* after first (through 5th or 6th). I'd rather listen to Pop. 1280 is what I'm getting at.
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February 18, 2012 on Premature Evaluation: Sleigh Bells Reign Of Terror
Unless this grows on me (doubt it), this will be filed under "Guilty Pleasures" because I don't hear anything with lasting appeal. "Don't fix what ain't broke" usually works, but this kind of just sounds like X-Games "Jock-Jams," style-over-substance, mediocre rock/cheerleader music. That's a pretty bad first (through 5th or 6th), but I don't think it will change.
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February 18, 2012 on Premature Evaluation: Sleigh Bells Reign Of Terror
Gum, Add an edit button. Delete "but" after "punk" and substitute "too" for "to." 'Gum isn't friendly to people with OCD.
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February 10, 2012 on Stereogum Buzz Chart: Week Of 2/5/12
Michael_ It has sprung a leak, and it's a great album. The singer has a Keith Morris thing going on. I'm not going to say it's the best thing since sliced bread, but it's the best album I've heard this year. After 5 listens (yeah, I'm lame), the album reminds me of OFF! strangely enough (surprise, their singer is Keith Morris) because it's "punk" but without the lame signifiers and the guitars have a heaviness too them that isn't present in the poopier punk. And yes, I meant "poopier."
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February 10, 2012 on Stereogum Buzz Chart: Week Of 2/5/12