Solomon Umana

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Rather than air my grievances with this list (no Tetsuo and!? - ugh, never mind) I'll just drop off here and say that that Young Fathers album is brilliant and that the Built to Spill record snuck up on me in a major way. Did not expect to love that one so much.
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June 16, 2015 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2015 So Far
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June 16, 2015 on The Radio Dept. – “Occupied”
Yeah, as a POC male (albeit a straight one) the bit about emotional/conceptual music definitely rubbed me the wrong way - you'd think someone talking in the parlance of identity politics wouldn't paint with such broad strokes with regard to something so subjective (and anyway, it's not like the divide is as rigid as he makes it out to be*). While I can get a lot of what he's saying, especially the bit about the over-intellectualization of music, hooking your personal aesthetic opinion onto the political/ideological issues at hand is kind of an iffy move to me. Also, while the GFOTY comments were definitely tone-deaf and she was rightfully called out, comparing them to Ten Walls' actual, straight-up disgusting homophobia seems way off base. But good on him for initiating discussion, I guess? I don't know, I can't really muster up the strength to care about this story beyond that. *since we're talking about PC Music, see "Laplander"
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June 8, 2015 on Lotic Eviscerates PC Music Following Racist GFOTY Statements
I feel like Wayne's been on a streak of strong singles/features since at least "Believe Me", so is this really that surprising?
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June 3, 2015 on Lil Wayne – “Glory”
Actually, kind of, yeah. It doesn't pack the emotional punch of Benji, but the musical switch-ups and the sprawling song structures are my bread and butter. Which is even more frustrating, because at this point I'm starting to get worn down by how many musicians I enjoy seem like total assholes.
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June 2, 2015 on Mark Kozelek Targets “Bitch” Journalist Who “Wants To Fuck” Him
Just looking at it gives me this overwhelming need to go listen to Low for some reason.
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May 26, 2015 on Beach House Announce New Album Depression Cherry
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