Which is hilarious considering “Under the Hedge” is about Leo and Pollard getting into a fight.
Again, while I appreciate Stereogum’s stance on the issue from a moral standpoint, I honestly don’t see why you continue to cover Surfer Blood. Maybe I’d get it if the writers thought they were one of the best bands currently out there, but “slight-but-catchy” is hardly a ringing endorsement. Why not just leave the band to the hundreds of other internet blogs?
I still can’t tell whether or not the hiatus is over, given this, the performances, and the contributions to Son of Rogues Gallery. I hope it is.
Also, I can’t believe I just completely forgot about Years. The Major Lift was my jam back in 2010.
This actually infuriates me because Mount Pleasant’s the high school I’d be going to if I hadn’t moved to Texas. Good on them, though.
Personally, as much I continue to enjoy Surfer Blood, I do think that it would be better for Stereogum to just stop covering them than have to preface every article with “Yes, we know he beat his girlfriend, but…” This website’s moral standing is clear and admirable, and I don’t think it’s worthwhile for the writers to acknowledge music that pretty clearly strikes them as tainted.
Sorry, could you repeat that?
It’s odd, as taken as I was with Demons, my only worry with that song was that it’s too “The National” and didn’t seem to push their sound too far forward. If anything, this song is even more quintessentially “National” than Demons, but somehow it doesn’t matter this time because it’s so, so perfectly done.
Quoth the raven, “I came”
Also, “alligators in the sewers”
Well, at least the Terror is good.
I feel like I should be bothered by its derivativeness or something like that, but I’m really enjoying this. Waiting For the Sun is a jam.
Well, this is the first time I’ve thought of The Strokes being influenced by Phoenix and not the other way around.
Don’t remember there being anything this catchy on volume 2. I might not have to work so hard to “get” this one.
It seems like this album’s been on the verge of release for the past year.
This list cuts it with me for the inclusion of Jai Paul’s Jasmine alone.
The worst part about this list season is the creeping realization that I didn’t love as much music as I did last year. That being said, I wonder how long it’ll take for Yeasayer to show up on one of these lists. Fragrant World was horribly underrated.
Listened to this again today, without the madness of the livestream to influence my opinion, and I’m pretty confident calling it one of my favorites of the year so far. Though I’m wondering why this article doesn’t use the updated cover…
Really gonna try to avoid any sort of kneejerk reaction to this album, but that was definitely a good first listen. That “In the back of our old car/Never going too far” moment on the first track is already one of my favorite choruses of the year, though.
I… I like this. It’s catchy. It’s good. I like it.
Another misleading headline from Stereogum.
For a split second I thought this would just be an update on Among Dreams, but this is gooood.
Still have such great memories of listening to the 2010 edition. Gonna be playing this mix a lot, it seems.
Catchy as BALLS.
I’m going to go drink bleach now.