Barrett Emke

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I mostly agree with everything you said re: Johnny Jewel / Chromatics (also, peep this alternate track list from when “Kill For Love” was originally announced, but that doesn’t make near 7 months of radio silence in between the original release date and now any less maddening. Obviously, Jewel’s projects are in a constant state of flux up until the release date, BUT I wish at this point he would be like, “Hey, I’m going to announce this new album – actually, nah, I should hold off on it for the next 9 months of meticulously obsessing over whether or not it’s truly finished.”

Which, as I’m writing this small complaint, I realize it is a minor price to pay for the amazing music the IDIB crew gifts unto the world. Carry on, Johnny Jewel, stoked to finally hear “Dear Tommy.” (And, like, hopefully “Body Work” too.)

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September 3, 2015 on Chromatics Cover “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” For MANGO Ad

Kelela giving us those future Janet vibes, yaasssss.

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September 2, 2015 on Kelela – “Rewind”

Really wish you guys would just stick to writing about the new Pavement boxed set, or whatever.

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August 28, 2015 on Justin Bieber’s New Single “What Do You Mean” Is Really Great


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August 28, 2015 on Justin Bieber’s New Single “What Do You Mean” Is Really Great

I agree that this record needs to be like, four songs shorter. I don’t ever need to hear Ed Sheeran on anything. Not on Jessie Ware’s record and certainly not on The Weeknd’s. Still, immediately it’s a more satisfying listen than Kiss Land. I don’t know that any new Weeknd music will ever capture that same spark as House of Balloons though. The first half of this thing goes along really smoothly, but then it feels like it starts to fall off. IDK. I do like the Lana collab.

P.S. I like how the coda of “Losers” is basically an interpolation of “Tusk?” LOL.

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August 24, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: The Weeknd Beauty Behind The Madness

The cover image by John Divola is actually a photograph, not a painting. It’s from a series of photographs he made in abandoned houses at Zuma Beach in the 1970s. He would enter these abandoned structures, move things around, spray paint graffiti on the walls, etc. then photograph sunsets and oceans through the (mostly broken or nonexistent) windows. Interesting that they chose to use this for the album cover. It’s a much more well-known work, at least in terms of the contemporary art world, than the photo they used on the cover of Halcyon Digest by George Mitchell.

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August 17, 2015 on Deerhunter – “Snakeskin” Video + Fading Frontier Details

Frankie, we hardly knew ye. DH’s third guitarists never last.

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August 14, 2015 on Frankie Broyles – “Capturer”

“Ultraviolence” was great for the most part, but this kind of just feels like ennui setting in to me. The rest of the song is all right, but the bridge really should have been the building blocks of the whole thing? It’s so much better than the verse/chorus. Invert this damn thing.

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August 11, 2015 on Lana Del Rey – “High By The Beach”

Hold up, hold up. I just checked out the setlist creator and saw “Days of Candy” is left off the list of options. Does this mean Beach House are deeming the song unplayable live, because of the choir on the first half, or just that they’re mostly planning to play it at every show?

Because, if it’s not the latter, just what the fuck. I’ll die.

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August 11, 2015 on Beach House – “PPP” & “Beyond Love”

But you’re right, “Depression Cherry” largely forgoes songs that culminate in the grand, sweeping climaxes of Bloom & Teen Dream (although not entirely — “PPP” and “Days of Candy” come to mind.) I feel like Bloom & Teen Dream were opposite sides of the same coin, while DC is something else entirely. More ethereal, or as someone else aptly put it, emotions becoming abstract. Beach House describe the songs as almost sci-fi tinged in the Pitchfork interview, which is an interesting way to put it. Super Slowdive-y vibes at points (the guitar coming in on “10:37″). Definitely more of a slow reveal. Although, the first time I listened to it, when “Levitation” hits the “The branches of the trees / they will hang lower now” part, I immediately thought, “That’s it. They’ve done it again! This will be another classic and gorgeous album.” The moments in between become murkier but edge their way into your consciousness slowly and resolutely (again, as someone else already mentioned). When the tremelo’d organ and drum machine come in on “Days of Candy,” I got that same feeling. The strange, sad comfort of Beach House–these melodies have always been there, they’re just reminding us of them. The best band out there. “Just like that it’s gone…”

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August 10, 2015 on Beach House – “PPP” & “Beyond Love”

Kind of like on “Space Song.”

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August 10, 2015 on Beach House – “PPP” & “Beyond Love”

just like a spark…

this may sound kind of fucked – but i went to see beach house years back the same day as my grandma’s funeral. i had gone back home that evening because i had an exam the next day that i didn’t want to miss. once i started trying to study i was a wreck and just couldn’t do it. i had been looking forward to the show for months. i knew it was possibly the only thing that might make me feel a little better at that moment. so i said fuck it and went. it was the “teen dream” tour, and i KNEW that they would open the show with “walk in the park.” i felt it. they did. i cried. their music means so much to me.

just like a spark…

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July 1, 2015 on Beach House – “Sparks”

Side note: apparently DEAR TOMMY is now slated to be released “by Mexican Independence Day.” (September 16.) ;(

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June 5, 2015 on Adult Swim Announces 2015 Singles Series With Danny Brown, Chromatics, Run The Jewels, FlyLo, Sia x SOPHIE, & More

I love everything Girls did, but for whatever reason his solo stuff just can’t seem to reach the same heights. Whatever affectation he’s doing with his voice here seems really distracting and unnatural, in the way that it wasn’t on songs like, say, “Lust For Life.” Here’s to hoping he’ll at least collaborate with Chet JR White again someday.

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May 21, 2015 on Christopher Owens – “Selfish Feelings”

Lololol I immediately thought “Editorializing on Yeezus in the D’Angelo review, ok…”

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December 18, 2014 on Premature Evaluation: D’Angelo And The Vanguard Black Messiah

Replace “Only,” “Anaconda,” “Pills & Potions,” “Bed Of Lies,” & “Grand Piano” with “Shanghai,” “Win Again,” “Mona Lisa,” “Put You in a Room,” & “Truffle Butter.” There you go.

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December 18, 2014 on Premature Evaluation: Nicki Minaj The Pinkprint

Some of these tunres are really catchy, but others just fall kind of flat. I miss “Stay Away” Charli. Damn.

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December 9, 2014 on Stream Charli XCX Sucker

FUCK YES – hopefully the release stays on schedule – but, haha, how is a new Chromatics album coming before BODY WORK? Hopefully we get both in rapid succession. Also, album title + cover art + track list are so quintessentially CHROMATICS. Stoked.

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December 5, 2014 on Chromatics Announce New Album Dear Tommy

“Say You Love Me” is hardly the best song on the album (although Jessie Ware’s charisma saves it from being irredeemably bland), but the rest is fantastic. Title track and “Want Your Feeling” for the win.

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October 21, 2014 on Album Of The Week: Jessie Ware Tough Love