Barrett Emke

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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

Not saying that Ariel Pink isn’t being a misogynistic troll, but here is Grimes also talking about how Madonna sucks: http://youtu.be/ahnUH7wnW30?t=4m34s

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October 15, 2014 on Ariel Pink Dissed By Grimes, Dismissed By Madonna

Totally lazy description of Iceage’s (fantastic) new record – which they have not themselves called country anywhere that I’ve seen. That’s a critic’s descriptor.

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October 9, 2014 on Album Of The Week: Tinashe Aquarius

Also, if you weren’t already familiar with/a fan of the band, who really probably stayed tuned in to watch the concert special following SNL? Probably a minority of viewers, not to mention where I am the local NBC station didn’t even air the special, opting for infomercials instead.

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November 10, 2013 on Inside Arcade Fire’s Over-The-Top Reflektor Marketing Campaign

Seriously. It’s also not currently on Spotify. Which makes it incredibly difficult for anyone to sample the album before deciding where or not to purchase it besides, you know, just downloading a leak.

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October 29, 2013 on Album Of The Week: Sky Ferreira Night Time, My Time

This is clearly the most interesting record they’ve put out?

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October 25, 2013 on Premature Evaluation: Arcade Fire Reflektor

“More / you want more you tell me / more / only time can run me”

Chills every time. I saw them the day of my grandmother’s funeral and they opened with that and god damn it was so beautiful and *tears*.

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July 10, 2013 on The 10 Best Beach House Songs

Those group background vocals kind of make this unlistenable, for me. Also, no Kim, no deal.

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June 28, 2013 on Pixies – “Bagboy”

really? probably my least favorite release, after “turn it up faggot” (but still admittedly great.)

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April 24, 2013 on Premature Evaluation: Deerhunter Monomania

Have to totally agree with this review. Listening to this album a few times and really wanting to love it having always loved Girls, it became frustratingly apparent that the problem with it is that it just doesn’t contain any of Christopher Owens’ best songs. Although I could imagine them sounding way better if recorded as Girls and more in the production style of FSHG. There’s just no punch to these songs, no unhinged moments, and they suffer because of it. The instrumentation, the backing vocals, the flutes…it all becomes too precious. Ben Greenman summed it up in his review, talking about how the album’s intimacy sometimes comes off as timidity, which is sad, because even at his most desperate and damaged (Vomit, My Ma), Owens never sounded timid.

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January 9, 2013 on Premature Evaluation: Christopher Owens Lysandre