Kenny Williams

Comments from Kenny Williams

Every so often a debut album comes around that feels so special you feel like you are witnessing the birth of an all time great band. I felt that way about Bloc Party when this album hit. And ever since, I've felt its one of the great disappointments in indie rock that they never came CLOSE to replicating it. So much potential!!
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February 13, 2015 on Silent Alarm Turns 10
Some of these tracks are straight fire. I find it curious that he didn't put some of these on his "Views From the 6" album, which I assume is a project he's taking much more seriously? If these are "throwaway" tracks from his Views album, I'm extremely excited for what's coming up next.
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February 13, 2015 on Drake Drops Surprise Mixtape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
I love Kanye near obsessively, but I completely agree with you. On most of 808's and tracks like "Runaway" he portrays real emotion very well so the autotune singing is decent. But as "FourFiveSeconds" and seemingly this track show, if the emotional level doesn't hit, it just feels like a mess. I'm sure this track will obviously sound better on good speakers/headphones and I'm glad to know its the opener...But I'm still super concerned that he was so willing to put a terrible track like "FourFiveSeconds" on his album without a second thought.
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February 12, 2015 on Kanye West – “Wolves” (Feat. Vic Mensa & Sia)
Man I was so hopeful for The Dodos future after "Visitor". That album is still so fucking great. I really thought we were looking at a new powerhouse. But I've been so disappointed with everything since. Listening to the new one right now. Very much enjoying it so far but I'm not getting my hopes up.
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January 27, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Natalie Prass Natalie Prass
Love love love the new SK. It's just all so effortless for them. I've been listening to The Decemberists album the past few days... its not bad, but does anyone else feel that they were a great "for their time period" band? Like "Picaresque" and "The Crane Wife" were great in the mid 2000's because it just sounded perfect at the time. But in 2015, I find it hard to even finish the new album in one sitting, or go back and revisit the old ones (and I fucking LOVED those records). The new album isn't terrible, just now their act feels so dated.
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January 20, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Viet Cong Viet Cong
U2 was a big rumored headliner basically all of last year. I'm curious if Bono's crazy injury led them to cancel and they got replaced by random as fuck AC/DC?
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January 6, 2015 on Coachella 2015 Lineup
I'm moving out of the country in a couple months so this is the first Coachella I'm missing in 9 years. And I'm honestly totally ok with that. The undercard is amazing as usual, but sadly Coachella sells out anyways, so they no longer need to spend top dollar for top headline talent. Although they realistically could get The Stones, they don't NEED to.
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January 6, 2015 on Coachella 2015 Lineup
AOTY - Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Pinata SOTY - Sharon Van Etten - "Your Love Is Killing Me"
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December 23, 2014 on The Gummy Awards: Vote For The Best Music Of 2014
I know its wishful thinking... but WHERE'S JAI PAUL
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December 22, 2014 on The 101 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2015
1. Rustie – Attak (Feat. Danny Brown) 2. The War On Drugs – Under The Pressure 3. FKA twigs – Two Weeks 4. Vic Mensa – Down On My Luck 5. Mac DeMarco – Chamber Of Reflection 6. Tinashe – 2 On 7. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Lakers 8. The Men – Different Days 9. Jessie Ware – Cruel 10. Cam’ron/A-Trak – Dipshits 11. Caribou – Our Love 12. Hudson Mohawke – Chimes 13. Hercules & Love Affair – I Try To Talk To You 14. Foxygen – How Can You Really 15. Ariel Pink - Lipstick
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December 11, 2014 on Stereogum’s 70 Favorite Songs Of 2014
I'm with you blochead. "The Meadowlands" changed my life. Its such a perfect album for really any mood I'm in. It still elicits so much emotion from me after all these years. Now they just need to reissue it. I NEED this on vinyl. The copies on sale that I've found cost an absurd amount of money.
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December 5, 2014 on New Wrens Album Is Done
I LOVE that Blondes EP. Such an under appreciated release!
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November 18, 2014 on Stream Ariel Pink pom pom
I loved "Before Today" but I didn't really care much for "Mature Themes" so I wasn't expecting much. But WOW. This is an incredible album. Shockingly good. Yes, it's long, but there is very little filler here. The early singles sound MUCH better in the context of the entire album as well. Plus, living in LA my whole life, this album takes on a much more personal connotation to it. AOTY contender for me.
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November 18, 2014 on Stream Ariel Pink pom pom
Sounds more like the stuff from "The Eraser" which is the best news I could've hoped for. Dare I say, I loved "The Eraser" more than some Radiohead albums. Thom seems to get more personal with his solo work.
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September 26, 2014 on Thom Yorke Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes Comment Party
This. Is. Everything. KING RICHARD. I just about lost my shit when that vocal sample comes in at the 3:20 minute mark.
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September 4, 2014 on Aphex Twin – “Minipops 67 [120.2][Source Field Mix]”
Also - I honestly still don't get their obsession with Grimes. Sorry guys... Top 15 album and #1 track? I think she's a super cool girl and her music is absolutely solid. But I just feel their obsession with her is over the top. I'm thrilled I finally get to see her at FYF tomorrow night to see what the hype is about. I hope I fall for her like so many of you have
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August 22, 2014 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
I was also very surprised to see Bon Iver not even crack the Top 25, despite getting a 9.5 and was basically all they talked about all year. I def preferred Kaputt too, listening to "Bay of Pigs" still gives me chills. Such a monumental album. I was actually thrilled to see Halcyon Digest so high up. Next to MBDTF, its by far my favorite album of the decade. I actually give the vinyl as Christmas presents to friends every year. My biggest surprise was Girls - "Father, Son, Holy Ghost" at #71. I still love that album so much. It got a 9.3 too which makes it more surprising. I enjoy Waka and Future, but how can those two crack the Top 50 and not Girls? Also - no Fleet Foxes AT ALL. Did they just forget about them?
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August 22, 2014 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Man, I don't care what anyone says... TLC's "Waterfalls" is still such a jam. The video represents/describes the year it won better than any video on this list in my opinion.
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August 22, 2014 on MTV VMA Video Of The Year Winners From Worst To Best
I remember seeing Calvin Harris at Coachella in 2008. He was playing the smallest stage and promoting his first album (pre EDM). Its still one of my favorite Coachella shows ever. He jumped around the stage playing all his own instruments(!!) No computers. It was a complete Cut Copy-esque party. The dude has actual talent, bu his ascent describes the whole EDM scene perfectly. He eventually was just like, this EDM shit is too fucking easy. Who needs instruments?
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August 19, 2014 on Forbes’ Highest Paid DJs 2014 Is Pretty Similar To 2013
Anyone else really curious how these Pitchfork "Best of the Decade So Far" lists are going to turn out? Interesting that they aren't waiting till the end of 2014. ESPECIALLY with a new Kanye album etc. I hope we can get a small write up about it on here. Those discussions are epic. But considering we didn't get a write up about their 2013 lists I'm thinking S-Gum is avoiding talking about Pitchfork lists now?
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August 15, 2014 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
If you want us to vote for "what this season means to us" then you should've included our actual suggestions instead of a few of these shitty choices. I know The War On Drugs isn't "summer music" but it got a lot of votes and obviously means A LOT to us this year.
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June 24, 2014 on Vote For The Song Of The Summer 2014
So get this. True story. At weekend 1 of Coachella...after Neutral Milk Hotel ended I had some extra time before Beck started. On stage before Beck...Calvin Harris. Playing to the biggest crowd of the weekend I believe. Watching in amazement at the crowd, I looked next to me and see a huge guy that looked like Win Butler. He was wearing a mask and a hat trying to conceal his identity (but that dude is fucking tall). It was obviously him. But only my friends and I noticed since we weren't on molly watching Calvin. We didn't go up to him because it would've been messed up to blow his cover, but he watched all of Calvin Harris' set, by himself, and throughout it he was just shaking his head with a pissed off glare. Pretty funny he would be on that exact same stage in 2 hours to headline and make the comment about real instruments.
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April 23, 2014 on Deadmau5 Takes Issue With Arcade Fire’s EDM Jabs, Fires Shots On Twitter
THIS is why I love you guys Stereogum. A lot of blogs would overlook Throwing Copper 20 years later, but it meant A LOT to some of us kids in the 90's. I'm not in any way defending Live any more than I would defend Green Day post Dookie, but it represents an interesting time in the mid 90's that can't be completely overlooked. Lightning Crashes was mesmerizing as a child.
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April 18, 2014 on Throwing Copper Turns 20
SOOO excited for this weekend! Year 7 for me. Nas at midnight will be leg-en-dary. I wish they did the same for Wu Tang last year. If any of you Gum'ers are camping and would like to talk good music, I will have a giant Spanish flag and a 100 foot slip n slide on my row. Hard to miss me. Come by and have a beer... or 3!
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April 9, 2014 on Coachella 2014 Schedule Revealed; Julian Casablancas And Pixies Added To Lineup
From what I saw, it looks like they've made significant improvements to the Yuma. Its bigger, with possibly an alternate entrance. There will still be a line, but if you find yourself with a free 30-45 min. You GOTTA check it out. Such a fun, disco party AIR CONDITIONED tent....
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April 9, 2014 on Coachella 2014 Schedule Revealed; Julian Casablancas And Pixies Added To Lineup
In Related News - Courtney Love blames Dave Grohl for Malaysian flight disaster.
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March 17, 2014 on Courtney Love Solves Missing Malaysian Plane Mystery
I absolutely LOVE this album. And I loved New Moon last year as well. Frankly, I don't understand how anyone can dislike an album like this. The sound is impeccable, there are more hooks than I can count, and its remarkably consistent from beginning to end. I consider The Men like Woods and maybe Thee Oh Sees. Do we just begin to ignore consistency if we just keep getting it year after year?
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March 4, 2014 on Album Of The Week: The Men Tomorrow’s Hits