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Listening to it now. You might as well have called the column “Album of the Year” this week, seriously. This is going to be difficult to top.

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February 10, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Father John Misty I Love You, Honeybear

Imagine knowing in 2012 we’d have this and “m b v”. Awesome.

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December 15, 2014 on Stream D’Angelo And The Vanguard Black Messiah

Liking it. Owen Pallett and The Antlers are the two big exclusions in my opinion.

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December 2, 2014 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2014

Just want to say how under appreciated I think Adam Green’s solo stuff is. He’s like the weird Stroke who got kicked out for listening to too much Scott Walker.

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November 19, 2014 on 26 Essential Songs From The NYC Rock Resurgence

A decent bit could also be written about the way the influence of this scene crossed over the Atlantic with bands like Franz Ferdinand, The Libertines and Arctic Monkeys. Even where there’s no direct musical influence I don’t think there’s any way those bands (and others) would have gained the traction they did commercially if The Strokes hadn’t opened up the mainstream to that kind of Rock in the way they did.

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November 19, 2014 on 26 Essential Songs From The NYC Rock Resurgence

I’d be pretty surprised if Grimes is referring exclusively to the Madonna comments (which taken on their own certainly aren’t misogynistic. We all know though what Ariel Pink has been saying, and it seems their are some people with first hand experience of his behaviour. That seems the biggest thing here to me, that he seems to have actually been going round being a misogynistic dick in his everyday life and hasn’t just been trolling.

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October 14, 2014 on Ariel Pink Dissed By Grimes, Dismissed By Madonna

But then there’s a difference between flinging yourself around a bit and dropping yourself directly on top of people who have no say in the matter.

And Joyce Manor deserve more love.

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September 26, 2014 on Joyce Manor Ignite Punk Scene Controversy With Anti-Stagediving Stance

The snippets of the songs in the video were promising. Sounds like the bass is very prominent in the mix too, which is always good for Interpol, although it remains to be seen whether it will still be the same without Carlos D.

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June 5, 2014 on Interpol Announce New Album El Pintor

Mark “Drunk in Love” down as another track I just don’t get. It sounds like a bad remix.

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May 2, 2014 on The Week In Pop: Leave Lily Allen Alone

Definitely agree with you’re last point there michael_. Whenever anyone asks how I can listen to tracks where the artist has had very little input beyond singing, I just point out that it’s the real talent behind the scenes that I’m supporting and appreciating.

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May 2, 2014 on The Week In Pop: Leave Lily Allen Alone

I love this album so much. It feels like they are trying to fit so many ideas into those 53 minutes that they are splintering and folding back on themselves. If any album demonstrates the fine line between genius and insanity it’s this one.

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May 2, 2014 on Sung Tongs Turns 10

I totally get what you’re saying, but it’s not really relevant to the song IMO. I think any discerning music fan who appreciates pop knows about the people who are really responsible for the songs behind the scenes, but it doesn’t depreciate from the song. In five years time we may all have forgotten about Iggy Azealia, and Ariana Grande may be a boring pop footnote, but “Problem” will still fucking rule (as may the latest track Max Martin will have come up with).

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May 2, 2014 on The Week In Pop: Leave Lily Allen Alone

I’ve never understood the appeal of Lily Allen. She’s not terrible by any means, but I’ve never personally seen a reason for her to be deserving of so much analysis and occasional acclaim. I’m with you on “Happy” too; it’s pleasant and catchy, but I don’t get how it’s become so huge.

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May 1, 2014 on The Week In Pop: Leave Lily Allen Alone

It deserves to be huge, I’ve had it on repeat for about the last 24 hours straight, it’s a “Teenage Dream” level jam. Unlike “Thrift Shop” or “Talk Dirty” it’s sax loop isn’t the only thing it’s got going for it, far from it, but it makes just as much of an impact as in those two tracks.

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May 1, 2014 on The Week In Pop: Leave Lily Allen Alone

Some people seem far more interested in their own masturbatory anger and self-righteousness, casting themselves as brave moral crusaders, than actually engaging with controversial subjects and genuinely trying to educate people. In my opinion some people also need to realise that not everything/one that has ever been accused of racism/sexism/homophobia/transphobia/whatever is necessarily whatever it has been accused of, and people who disagree with them are not all racist etc.

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April 17, 2014 on Sky Ferreira Denies Charges Of Racism Surrounding “I Blame Myself” Video

That’s a shame michael_. You will forever be responsible for me discovering Joyce Manor, so you can rest assured you’ve had a positive impact on at least one person with your writing.

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April 12, 2014 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

I actually posted my FIOE edit on here a while ago. Mine’s:

1. You Only Live Once
2. Hawaii
3. Razorblade
4. Heart in a Cage
5. Ask Me Anything
6. Electricityscape
7. Red Light
8. Juicebox
9. Evening Sun
10. Ize of the World
11. I’ll Try Anything Once

I certainly agree that that album’s main problems have nothing to do with the actual songs. The productions a bit more clean and expensive sounding than I ever really want from the Strokes, but mainly it’s way too long (and I’d certainly say it contains filler). Also the sequencing means that, even with some good songs in there, the album feels like a slog between “Razorblade” and “Ize of the World”.

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March 9, 2014 on Watch The Julian Casablancas + The Voidz Album Trailer

The general lack of accountability online is a big issue. One reason I choose to use my facebook account to comment on here (apart from general laziness) is to ensure I will never say anything on here I wouldn’t say in person. If everyone online had to attribute their comments to a picture of them and a link to details about their life they might think twice about some of the things they say.

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March 5, 2014 on Sky Ferreira Speaks Out Against Online Misogyny

Do we really have to be on a team?

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March 4, 2014 on Thurston Moore On His Marriage-Ending Affair: “I’m In A Really Romantic Place”

Falsely accusing someone of something like this is one of the shittiest things it is possible to do IMO. It stains someone’s character, possibly irreparably, at least for a long time afterwards, and just makes it even harder for people who have actually been sexually abused to get justice. It’s sickening.

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February 20, 2014 on Conor Oberst Issues Statement About Rape Accusations