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Tim Sentz
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 +2Posted on Aug 28th | re: Premature Evaluation: Interpol El Pintor (133 comments)

I feel like a lot of these “hot” bands from the early 2000s are getting the shaft these days. They came into the scene with a fresh sound, and critics and fans demanded more. So what did they do? They did more. Then they did another one, and critics said “try something new.” The Strokes albums don’t really sound that different, with the exception of the last. Same as Interpol, but it’s all the same thing with small subtle differences. It’s their style, and I don’t particularly agree with chastising them just because they have kept the same formula that people demanded. How many Led Zeppelin albums are vastly different than their predecessor?

If it’s what you’ve come to expect from a band, why should you be disappointed? El Pintor is a solid album, and I’m not even a huge fan of Interpol. I like all of their albums, even the self-titled, because I know what I’m getting into when I put on an album by them. Spoon hasn’t changed that much, They Want My Soul just has catchier melodies than Transference, so naturally it’s getting praised.

Just seems unfair to continuously berate these bands just because they are doing what everyone asked of them. Not every band is the Beatles, so why hold them to the same regard? Seems like an easy way to get out of writing a thorough review, and just pass it off as “more of the same.”

 +1Posted on Aug 26th | re: Album Of The Week: Ty Segall Manipulator (47 comments)

I didn’t like this as much as I wanted. I’ve loved most of his albums, but the last two (this and Sleeper) just haven’t felt the same. It’s good, just not my favorite.

If I had to pick an AOTW, I’d go with The Wytches “Annabel Dream Reader” which is apparently getting carved by critics (according to Metacritic) which is a shame. Merchandise and Cymbals Eat Guitars would be the definite runner ups.

 0Posted on Aug 21st | re: Soundcloud Introducing Audio Ads, Paid Subscription (13 comments)

I’m surprised actually, that it took them this long to start charging. So many other services due, so it was only a matter of time.

 0Posted on Jul 9th | re: Album Of The Week: DJ Dodger Stadium Friend Of Mine (9 comments)

I gotta go with Warehouse or Radiator Hospital. Both bands put out new albums for free on their bandcamp and they are both pretty damn great, especially Warehouse.

 +8Posted on Jul 7th | re: Death From Above 1979 - "Trainwreck 1979" (30 comments)

Damn I hope the rest of the album sounds like this. Way better than I was expecting.

 0Posted on Jul 6th | re: The Black Market: The Month In Metal - June 2014 (71 comments)

If you like the shoegaze/metal aspect of Deafheaven but hated the vocals like me, try Lantlos – Melting Sun. Wonderful album with clean vocals.

 +5Posted on Jul 1st | re: Stream Viet Cong Cassette (3 comments)

I’ve had this for about 7 months. Fantastic listen. It’s like Women meets the Talking Heads. Very post-punky. Their debut album is my most highly anticipated releases this year.

 +2Posted on Jun 24th | re: Album Of The Week: How To Dress Well "What Is This Heart?" (33 comments)

Mastodon.

 +2Posted on Jun 17th | re: Album Of The Week: White Lung Deep Fantasy (20 comments)

I couldn’t get into this. It should be right up my alley but none of the singles really stuck for me. I’m surprise the large shunning of The Antlers this week, such a gorgeous album. Lower would be above this too. for me.

 +8Posted on Jun 17th | re: The 50 Best Albums Of 2014 So Far (253 comments)

I can’t see anything being better than Swans at this point. The Antlers would rank second, followed by Woods, and Cloud Nothings. After that it’s pretty much anyone’s game.