Solomon Umana

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Menomena's Moms is still my favorite record from 2012, so if Danny Seim's songs here are like, half as good as they were there, this should be one for the books.
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May 6, 2015 on Stream Pfarmers Gunnera (Stereogum Premiere)
I honestly can't even tell who or what he's trying to mock at this point
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April 29, 2015 on Princeton Students Protest Big Sean On Campus
Does anyone even know how many surprise album releases we've been blessed with since, like, m b v? I've nearly given up counting at this point.
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March 17, 2015 on New Earl Sweatshirt Album I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside Out Next Week; Hear “Grief” Now
I've played this song so much more than anything else so far this year. I don't get it.
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February 3, 2015 on Rihanna, Kanye West, & Paul McCartney – “FourFiveSeconds” Video
Don't know why I was expecting to not like this, but this is actually great. The abrupt ending makes it sound like it'll be setting up something massive on the album, so excited for that too.
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January 25, 2015 on Rihanna, Kanye West, & Paul McCartney – “FourFiveSeconds”
Honestly can't remember the last time a new album clicked so completely for me on first listen as this album. Maybe The Terror back in 2013. Having Lupe, Joey, B&S, S-K, Decemberists, Wu-Block all in queue is just icing . And now Bjork's new one is out and agh... today is just too much.
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January 20, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Viet Cong Viet Cong
I'll still defend Folie a Deux to the death, but nowadays... I just don't know, man.
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January 16, 2015 on The Week In Pop: Where Do Rock Music And Pop Radio Intersect In 2015?
Not gonna pretend like Age of Adz isn't my favorite Sufjan album or that I wasn't half-hoping for another album in that vein, but still, yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah
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January 12, 2015 on Sufjan Stevens Announces Carrie & Lowell Album, A Return To His “Folk Roots”
Haven't listened to the Dan Mangan record yet, but I'd love to see him getting some love.
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January 6, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Panda Bear Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper
I get what you're saying about it being monotonous, but you also claim that you're not a fan of dance/instrumental tracks, so I get why you wouldn't be into it. What I think makes Can't Do Without You special is 1) that the catchiest possible sample he could have chosen is married to probably the catchiest possible chord progression, and the way those chords sound keep developing as the song itself progresses, 2) by the end, it's got the endorphin-rush appeal of, like, Wake Me Up or A Sky Full of Stars while sounding way more modestly constructed (e.g., it's a huge song that only actually *sounds* huge for maybe 20 seconds near the end) 3) the contrast between the soulfulness of Marvin Gaye's voice (especially pitched down like it is here) and the... I don't know, androgyny? wavering-ness? of Snaith's voice is beguiling in and of itself 4) even though it stands great on its own, it's absolutely brilliant as an intro to Our Love, since by itself it sounds all euphoric and lovey-dovey, but on the album it immediately kicks into Silver, which is about a breakup, and then the rest of the album kind of goes further down that lyrical rabbit hole, and suddenly CDWY's repetition stops sounding euphoric and starts sounding kind of desperate and pathetic, which is probably my favorite thing about it. 5) it's just catchy as all hell. I really hate this song, can't you tell?
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December 30, 2014 on The Gummy Awards: Your Top 10 Albums And Songs Of 2014
That oddly timed shift from the verses to the chorus makes the song. Tickles the same part of my brain as the chorus to Weezer's "Cleopatra". Also, we all realize that Megan James is one of the best lyricists in indie pop right now, right?
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December 4, 2014 on Purity Ring – “Push Pull”
Well, this confirms my suspicion that this whole thing is just indie rock's answer to the one-sided Lil B/Kevin Durant beef. Which is to say, this is pretty funny, but it's no "Fuck KD".
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October 7, 2014 on Sun Kil Moon – “War On Drugs: Suck My Cock”
This sounds like it's going to be in about the same vein as Paralytic Stalks. God, I can't wait for another record in the vein of Paralytic Stalks.
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October 2, 2014 on Q&A: Kevin Barnes On Of Montreal’s Next Album Aureate Gloom
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August 6, 2014 on Watch Chris Pratt Flawlessly Rap Eminem’s “Forgot About Dre” Verse Much To DJ’s Surprise
Long As the Sun -> It's Not Enough -> Burn It was one of my favorite stretches of music to come out of last year. So glad there's more on the way.
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August 5, 2014 on Medicine – “Turning”
Definitely thought this was an Onion article at first
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July 16, 2014 on Hodor Announces “Rave Of Thrones” DJ Tour
Wait, did Pierce's solo album actually get released? I remember that song coming out but not any follow up.
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July 15, 2014 on The Drums – “Magic Mountain”
Cole Alexander approves of this news post.
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June 30, 2014 on Violence Erupts At BET Awards Parties
I'm something of a GBV stan, but I do have a measure of discernment with which I can say confidently that February's Motivational Jumpsuit could easily slide into the band's stream of straight-up opuses from 92-97, which is pretty amazing considering how much they've put out in just the last two and a half years. But, I mean, I also think Under the Bushes edges out this record for their best work, so I could be wrong.
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June 20, 2014 on Bee Thousand Turns 20