Solomon Umana

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Fourth of July got the same remix treatment on the Exploding Whale 7", and honestly there are times I feel like swapping it out for the original when I listen to the album in full. I'm just really partial to Age of Adz on a sonic level, although I do think this remix isn't quite as satisfyingly soul-crushing as the original.
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October 22, 2015 on Sufjan Stevens – “Blue Bucket Of Gold (Remix)”
Let England Shake = Album of the Decade, just in case anyone forgot
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October 12, 2015 on Watch PJ Harvey Debut “Chain Of Keys” & “Ministry Of Social Affairs” In London
I needed something like this to happen to lift my spirits today. Looks like I'm going to be spending the rest of the day blasting this and enjoying all the angry tweets from "real hip hop" fans who can't believe this exists. #tybg
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August 5, 2015 on Stream Lil B & Chance The Rapper’s Free (Based Freestyles Mixtape)
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August 4, 2015 on Hear The Debut Single From EL VY, The New Project From The National’s Matt Berninger & Menomena’s Brent Knopf
So turns out those 4 reference tracks are just each song's hook and no more than three or four other lines (except for 10 Bands) recycled into the actual songs, three of which weren't even meant to be commercially released, the other of which is R.I.C.O., which it's now obvious Drake all but 4 lines of. And now there's... this. Glad I can stop caring about this beef and get those five minutes of sleep per night back.
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July 31, 2015 on Meek Mill Finally Delivers Drake Diss Track “Wanna Know”
Wait a minute, are people really not hearing this? That was like, the first comparison that came to mind on my first listen through Wildheart. This makes total sense. "Leaves" is different enough to be a great song on its own merits, though.
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July 15, 2015 on Miguel Credits Billy Corgan On Song That Sorta Sounds Like “1979”
"Rap isn't music" - @thedavidcrosby OK, I'll admit that I had the same opinion when I was, like, 10 years old and wasn't allowed to listen to any secular music, so maybe I can see... "I'm not trying to convert you. I'm not even a big hip hop fan. But there's definitely artistry in it. But Kanye defo sucks." - @02CRMBL "#macklemore" - @thedavidcrosby. Come on, man.
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July 9, 2015 on David Crosby Still Really Hates Kanye West
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”