Solomon Umana

Comments from Solomon Umana

This list has 14 albums I'm looking forward to and it doesn't even include the new ones from Future, Nav, Karriem Riggins, Circus Devils, Stormzy, or THEY. This is an unbelievable week.
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February 22, 2017 on Album Of The Week: Vagabon Infinite Worlds
Honestly, I've been surprised at how much of Future I'm enjoying. I was already hearing it as somehow both overlong and more consistently good than his last few... but now we're getting HNDRXX too. Somehow, these two 17-track albums dropping within a week of each other feels 10x more exciting and less exhausting then getting the way shorter Purple Reign and EVOL tapes within the span of a month. And if this one ends up being the emotive counterpoint to the s/t's kind of gross braggadocio... it might be time for me to dust off those #FutureHive memes from 2015.
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February 22, 2017 on Does Future Have A Second New Album Ready To Drop This Friday?
I mean, none of this seems particularly roof-blowing, save maybe the dossier thing, so I'm not sure I see the endgame here...
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February 13, 2017 on Moby Shares Secret Donald Trump Intel Gleaned From His Friends In DC
I'm not gonna dictate how anyone should be reacting to this - I think it's totally shitty, natch - but I will say that I was pretty much ready for something like this after that line about "goin' to Chi-land with them chinks" made me stop dead in the middle of Get Right Witcha. Like, did everyone just decide to let that one slide, or?...
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February 8, 2017 on Migos On iLoveMakonnen Coming Out As Gay: “That’s Wack, Bro”
I'm in (what seems like) the superminority that absolutely loves The Terror, so I was worried about this album, especially since The Castle did nothing for me the first time around. But I really like this! Even though I hate it when people talk about what artists "ought" to be doing with their music, I'm still pretty glad they're not done exploring darker sounds.
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January 13, 2017 on Stream The Flaming Lips Oczy Mlody + “Nidgy Nie (Never No)” Video
Just gonna put this here because I've been wondering this for a while: does anyone else prefer Mount Eerie just a bit? Don't get me wrong, I love Glow, Pt. 2, but Mount Eerie is just such a uniquely odd and heavy record. It's definitely in my all-time top 10.
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January 5, 2017 on Phil Elverum: “Please Don’t Come” To Tomorrow’s Mount Eerie Show
I definitely care! I never feel like I'm totally caught up on the year's music until like 3 weeks into January anyway
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December 25, 2016 on Stream/Download Run The Jewels RTJ3
I was wondering about this. I saw the premiere episode and was so geeked by the out-of-nowhere Chastity Belt cameo that I figured I'd watch a few more. Honestly never really picked up that these guys were alt-right; just seemed like typical Adult Swim queasy discomfort comedy, which maybe says more about me than the show. But it seems like AS made the right call; Hyde seems truly awful.
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December 8, 2016 on Chastity Belt, Ovlov, Molly Nilsson Explain How Their Music Ended Up In White Supremacist’s Adult Swim Show
Major props for Lambchop at #1. Though as long as that song is, I always have to listen to it back to back with "Directions to the Can", because that song's just as brilliant.
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December 6, 2016 on Stereogum’s 100 Favorite Songs Of 2016
1. PJ Harvey - A Line in the Sand/The Wheel (both of these songs are perfect) 2. Jenny Hval - Conceptual Romance 3. Schoolboy Q - Groovy Tony / Eddie Kane 4. They Might Be Giants - I Love You For Psychological Reasons 5. Guided by Voices - Please Be Honest 6. Mitski - My Body's Made of Crushed Little Stars 7. ANOHNI - Crisis 8. A Tribe Called Quest - Melatonin 9. Iggy Pop - Sunday 10. Swans - The World Looks Red/The World Looks Black 11. Rae Sremmurd - Black Beatles 12. The Moles - Chills 13. De La x Snoop Dogg - Pain 14. Usher x Future - Rivals 15. Young Thug x Wyclef Jean - Kanye West 16. Blood Orange - But You 17. Open Mike Eagle & Paul White - Admitting the Endorphin Addiction 18. Deerhoof - The Devil and His Anarchic Surrealist Retinue 19. Kanye West - Father Stretch My Hands (1 & 2) 20. Preoccupations - Anxiety This year was a rough one, so moreso than usual, my top 10 this year is full of songs that just wrecked me lyrically rather than being compositionally/creatively insane or anything. I could have had a completely different bottom ten, but c'est comme ça.
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December 6, 2016 on Stereogum’s 100 Favorite Songs Of 2016
69 Love Songs never feels like a chore to me, but that's partly because Merritt hands the vocals off to all the other members throughout. I'm reeeeally hoping that happens on this one despite it being autobiographical and everything. Either way, Be True To Your Bar and Me and Fred and Dave and Ted are going to be stuck in my head for the rest of the week.
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November 17, 2016 on Hear Five Songs From The Magnetic Fields’ 5-Disc Album 50 Song Memoir
You think Angel Guts is as poppy as Always/Dear God? Maybe I just need to go back and listen to that record again, but it seemed like a deliberate turn back towards screwiness to my ears.
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November 16, 2016 on Xiu Xiu – “Wondering”
To think that my first reaction to LA Reid breaking the news back in August was cynical. This is... like, I thought the De La Soul record was better than it had any right to be (I mean, Pain? Snoopies? Spitkicker? Trainwreck? Drawn!?), but this is something else again. I still have three songs left, but I don't think I've felt this much *joy* listening to an album for the first time since I copped my Life of Pablo leak during SNL back on Valentine's Day. And I'm not even a Tribe fanboy or anything; in fact I'm kind of ashamed to admit that I haven't listened to any of the records after Low End Theory in full. But this thing is special. And the fact that it comes two days after one of the bleakest national moments I think I've ever witnessed just makes it seem even more improbable.
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November 11, 2016 on Stream A Tribe Called Quest We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service
...and then you shoot your cousin was my favorite album of 2014, fight me
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October 19, 2016 on The Roots Working On 17th Album Endgame
Though I liked the last two, I can sympathize with this opinion. Playing the Angel is one of my favorites in their discography, though; I don't really hear that as a "by the numbers record".
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October 11, 2016 on Depeche Mode Announce New Album Spirit And World Tour
Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa??? This came out of nowhere!
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September 27, 2016 on James Chance & The Contortions – “Melt Yourself Down”
Cool to see 84 Nash repped on Stereogum! Band for Hire is great; that album and the Herschel Savage/American Flag album from around the same time make me wish Rockathon were less of a niche concern. And I've been meaning to listen to Connections for like 3 years now; looks like it's time.
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July 19, 2016 on Album Of The Week: Connections Midnight Run
I opened the page and immediately just ctrl-f'd to find Pinkshinyultrablast, so I'll drop off here to say Grandfeathered is definitely in my top 10. Also, to keep it just to albums no one's brought up yet, the new Besnard Lakes and Bob Mould albums are also way up there for me. Also, Brian Eno's The Ship and the Babyfather record, if only because it has "Deep" on it.
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June 15, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016 So Far
I thought the album was coming out on the 24th?...
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June 13, 2016 on Rae Sremmurd – “Look Alive” Video
There is no way my expectations for this are going to be anything but impossibly high after that debut. 37 minutes I don't think I'll ever get sick of.
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June 13, 2016 on Preoccupations – “Anxiety” Video
That Jenny Hval song is SO GOOD. And I recently went back to that Meshes of Voice album she did with Susanna and that is one arresting record, too.
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May 27, 2016 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
Exactly. It pains me to know that this album is going to have to bear the weight of serious tragedy, but I loved Push the Sky Away so much I can't help but be intrigued to see how it's followed up.
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May 27, 2016 on New Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Album Out In September
I've sort of been a casual fan of Death Grips for the past few years in that I'll give a listen to whatever they put out and pick out the best three or four songs for regular rotation later on, but wow. This one is front-to-back bangers. Really impressed.
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May 6, 2016 on Stream Death Grips’ Bottomless Pit Or Download The Stems For Free
Can't listen to the song at the moment, but, >"all its amazing key shifts" I KNEW I wasn't the only one who thought that was the best part of In My Dreams!
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May 5, 2016 on Danny L Harle – “Ashes Of Love” (Feat. Caroline Polachek)
This may be my favorite thing they've dropped since "No Type", if only because it sounds like it could have been on Rodeo and I can't resist anything that sounds like it could have been on Rodeo.
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April 14, 2016 on Rae Sremmurd – “Look Alive”
Between this and Kanye's performances, seems like last night's SNL was just a Black Excellence overload.
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February 14, 2016 on Watch White People Lose Their Minds In SNL’s “The Day Beyoncé Turned Black”
AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH Even if the record is just a rebranded Pollard solo album, this announcement makes me so so happy, mostly because there might be more forthcoming tour dates and I may finally get to experience a GBV live show. Also, the last three times Guided by Voices went on "hiatus", the "comeback" records were Vampire on Titus, Mag Earwhig, and Factory, all of which are great. So I have faith that the name's being resurrected for good reason.
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February 9, 2016 on Guided By Voices Reunite, Again, Kind Of