Ryan Smith

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"Man on the Moon"
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December 4, 2014 on Win R.E.M.’s 7IN — 83-88 Vinyl Box Set
They sound good. Though, they sound identical to My Vitriol. That's a compliment, I guess.
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March 12, 2014 on Band To Watch: Nai Harvest
I tell myself all the time that Steregum's "Best to Worst" posts won't distract and bait me for comment. BUT I CAN'T HELP MYSELF. How could Parachutes not be #1. Shiver and Yellow are by far their best songs—still to this day. Okay. I'm done.
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September 4, 2013 on Coldplay Albums From Worst To Best
I'm so perplexed by this list and the painful absence of "This Modern Love," "So Here We Are," and "The Pioneers."
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August 1, 2013 on The 10 Best Bloc Party Songs
Alligator track list should be the only thing on this list.
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April 10, 2013 on The 10 Best National Songs
I know this has been said multiple times in this string of comments, but I need to add that it's completely stupid that "Last Nite" is not a part of this list. Fine, don't make it #1, but for the Strokes, it's their most important song.
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March 31, 2013 on The 10 Best Strokes Songs
Your missing the point, James. Though, "thousands" is generally a figure of speech, I'd argue I've listened to and discovered thousands of songs and artists since I started getting music online—illegally. Not just via Spotify If you re-read what I wrote, that's what I was referring to. In terms of listening wrong, I doubt it. My "gluttony" as you described it is no different than your unhealthy obsession over music. I'm not sure how we differ here. Convenience is how I like to access my music because I'm an active listener and reader and want to get my hands on stuff as soon as it's released, written about, or leaked. I'm not one to camp out in front of a Tower Records (don't R.I.P.) for the midnight $18.99 sale of a new release. The last time I did that was when "Vs." (or, at that time "5 against 1") was released. And, how silly and unmemorable was that album? Why put in the effort? I'm sure we have similar musical ethics, however my point is that I want more music faster. What's wrong with that? I'm paying for Spotify premium, and go to shows and buy concert tees and LPs, so I can sleep soundly—assuming my two baby daughters don't wake me.
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January 3, 2013 on 2012 In Review: Opening The Books On Spotify, Grizzly Bear, And The Economic Plight Of The Working Musician
I'm a father of two who grew up in the cassette mix-tape era and hardcord/punk 7 inches. After many years of illegal downloading and thousands of great album discoveries, I've evolved to Spotify premium. It's not necessarily about giving back to the musician, or the labels. Selfishly, it's always been about convenience in getting my hands on amazing albums. Whenever. Spotify makes it easier. Devices make it easier. If there are digital means to get something faster, someone needs to make a business around it. Spotify has done that, but even they're struggling because of the over-bearing monstrous and bloated record labels. No one can deny the distribution and marketing reach big labels have, but until they evolve, or bands find better organized and innovative DIY methods and partnerships of distribution and make money while doing it...I'll keep on doing what I'm doing. Give me more faster.
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January 1, 2013 on 2012 In Review: Opening The Books On Spotify, Grizzly Bear, And The Economic Plight Of The Working Musician
I felt more uncomfortable watching them perform than they looked performing. I'm confused by the success of this band. Good for them.
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February 19, 2012 on Watch Sleigh Bells Perform — And Justin Timberlake Impersonate Bon Iver — On SNL
I like how they sample Soundgarden's Spoon Man.
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January 25, 2012 on PO PO – “Final Fight”
The hook sounds like "love will never do without you" by Janet Jackson.
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January 24, 2012 on Sleigh Bells – “Comeback Kid” Video
How do people listen to this garbage? Fine, the beat is good.
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December 3, 2011 on Nicki Minaj – “Roman In Moscow”
Sounds like Matt Pond PA. I enjoy the song, but it doesn't really sound like an evolution for Bright Eyes.
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June 12, 2011 on Bright Eyes – “Jejune Stars” Video
Good, though it sounds more like an evolution of his Desaparecidos' days.
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January 27, 2011 on Bright Eyes – “Haile Selassie”
What a horrible video for a great song. It wasn't even interesting.
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August 14, 2010 on Yeasayer – “Madder Red” Video (Feat. Kristen Bell)
Does anyone else think these guys sound like what Desaparecidos would sound like today?
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August 8, 2010 on Titus Andronicus Bring “A More Perfect Union” To Fallon
Does anyone else experience performance issues with Stereogum's site? The page always refreshes itself, and then the mp3s don't play.
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June 27, 2010 on Baths – “Hall (The One AM Radio Remix Feat. The Los Feliz Ladies Choir)”
This song is really really good. Doves know how to write a great tune. I don't know how I feel about "greatest hits" albums though.
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April 5, 2010 on Doves – “Andalucia”
I'm reminded of Blur's "Park Life."
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March 25, 2010 on LCD Soundsystem – “Drunk Girls”