Chris Tobler
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 +5Posted on May 2nd | re: Jon Hopkins - "We Disappear" (New Version Feat. Lulu James) (5 comments)


Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me

 0Posted on Feb 18th | re: Win The Beatles The U.S. Albums Box Set (522 comments)

It’s All Too Much

 +2Posted on Jun 4th, 2013 | re: Stereogum's Top 25 Albums Of 2013 So Far (752 comments)

My favorite varies from day-to-day… but right now it’s pretty much between:

Josh Ritter – The Beast In Its Tracks
The National – Trouble Will Find Me
Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City

I also really love the new records from Frightened Rabbit (I haven’t seen much love for that one so far – it’s so good you guys!), Rilo Kiley (I’m really loving Rkives A LOT), Mikal Cronin and Low. Oh and Daft Punk is kind of melting my brain.

 +2Posted on May 26th, 2013 | re: Sasquatch! 2013 Saturday: Sigur Rós, The xx, Tame Impala, & More (1 comments)

Tame Impala’s technical mishap reminds me of Sasquatch 2008, when The National were scheduled to play the main stage, but their van broke down en route. Since they were the single biggest reason I’d made the 10 hour drive, I was pretty heartbroken.

Fleet Foxes (who had played the very first set of the day) got to play a second set in the National’s place (and killed it btw), and when The National finally rolled in they were set up on the much-too-small Yeti stage (just like TI). They backed their van right up behind the stage and unloaded right there while Modest Mouse were playing the main stage.

Just like you described for Tame Impala, a huge crowd crushed up against that tiny stage and Matt Berninger & co. were visibly appreciative of the show of support. They played an incredibly moving set, and we were even able to get them out for an encore performance of “About Today” (pretty amazing for a festival set). That still is to this day one of my favorite ever concert experiences.

So yeah, sometimes delays and screw-ups can totally work in your favor.

 -1Posted on Apr 10th, 2013 | re: The 10 Best National Songs (198 comments)

It’s kind of a testament to the National that even though my list is significantly different, I can still get behind just about every song on this list. It’s just apparent that the writer REALLY likes HIgh Violet. Which is a really great record.

Here’s my list I put together in about 2 minutes before I read Stereogum’s:

10. Wake Up Your Saints
9. England
8. Murder Me Rachael
7. So Far Around The Bend
6. All The Wine
5. Bloodbuzz Ohio
4. Slow Show
3. Secret Meeting
2. Mr. November
1. Fake Empire

(All The Wine should make every National list ever for this line alone:

“I’m put together beautifully
Big wet bottle in my fist, big wet rose in my teeth
I’m perfect piece of ass”

So great.

 0Posted on Mar 23rd, 2013 | re: National's Trouble To Feature Sufjan, St. Vincent, Sharon Van Etten (10 comments)

The way The National layer and layer and layer again when recording, it’s no wonder that their guests’ contributions start to sound sort of impressionistic at most… it’s all just part of the primordial goo that eventually becomes the recorded song.

That said, their two previous forays with Annie Clark and Sharon Van Etten (the Crooked Fingers cover “Sleep All Summer” and the gorgeous High Violet b-side “Think You Can Wait”, respectively) are both pretty straight-forward collaborations of the most traditional order. And they’re both pretty brilliant. So I’m excited to hear what else they’ve done with these two.

 0Posted on Mar 22nd, 2013 | re: The Bliss Album...? Turns 20 (7 comments)

I really enjoyed this write-up. While I think you’d be pushing it to connect the direct-influence dots between PM Dawn and today’s hip-hop, it’s pretty awesome to hear how much of their sound has bled into and diffused through the genre over 20 years.

 0Posted on Mar 21st, 2013 | re: The Postal Service - "Turn Around" (8 comments)

Does anyone know if “Turn Around”/”Tattered Line” are totally new recordings? Or Give Up-era hold-overs that never got released? They sound more like contemporary DCFC to me, but I haven’t been able to find anything to verify my hunch.

I’m only wondering because I love Give Up so much, but I really don’t love these. Either way, they kind of solidify Give Ups “lightning-in-a-bottle”-ness for me.

Woop, premature publish… this is what I meant to say:

I don’t know, I think most of the hate stemmed from the fact that it just wasn’t as brutally gut-punching as midnight organ fight was… which isn’t really fair, because a record like that doesn’t come along very often. But I loved WOMD, and I think its a solid record on the backs of songs like “The Wrestle”, “The Loneliness and the Scream”, and “Not Miserable” alone.

I think Pedestrian Verse is actually pretty similar, both sonically and lyrically, to WOMD, but its not meeting as much vitriol because its not being perceived as a huge let down after an undisputed classic.