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 +1Posted on Dec 15th | re: Stream D'Angelo And The Vanguard Black Messiah (23 comments)

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

 +4Posted on Dec 2nd | re: The 50 Best Albums Of 2014 (530 comments)

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

 +5Posted on Nov 19th | re: 26 Essential Songs From The NYC Rock Resurgence (117 comments)

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.

 +7Posted on Nov 19th | re: 26 Essential Songs From The NYC Rock Resurgence (117 comments)

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.

 +8Posted on Oct 14th | re: Ariel Pink Dissed By Grimes, Dismissed By Madonna (201 comments)

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.

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.

 +4Posted on Jun 5th | re: Interpol Announce New Album El Pintor (28 comments)

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.

 +1Posted on May 2nd | re: The Week In Pop: Leave Lily Allen Alone (57 comments)

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

 +1Posted on May 2nd | re: The Week In Pop: Leave Lily Allen Alone (57 comments)

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.

 +8Posted on May 2nd | re: Sung Tongs Turns 10 (20 comments)

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.