Reed Kurtz

Comments from Reed Kurtz

"Mistaken for Strangers" is easily one of my favorite songs of all time, and IMHO one of the greatest songs of 2000s, as is this album which will forever mark a musically-defined period of my life ie Sophomore-Junior years of college. I also had the tremendous fortune of seeing them do a relatively small tent show the Thursday night at Bonnaroo 2007, which I attended with my brother. We lit and passed a joint back and forth as the show started, which they opened with "Start a War," and out of the corner of my eye I watched my brother appear to levitate as the music crescendoed, so enraptured he was with the music, and once the song ended and the notes cut out, my brother was so taken with the music that he collapsed to the ground as the song ended! I helped him up and we made our way to the edge of the tent to watch the rest of the show (the next song, of course, was Mistaken for Strangers) and of course my brother didn't remember anything of what had just happened (he was perfectly fine btw). I've never gotten into the rest of their stuff as much as I did Boxer and Alligator but The National will always hold a special place in my heart.
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May 22, 2017 on Boxer Turns 10
Wow I am so happy to have rediscovered this. The music video to "Make It Better" is absolutely fantastic.
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May 15, 2017 on Artist To Watch: Hazel English
This is exactly what I meant. Besides "Crush" (which I think is an amazing song, full stop) and a handful of other stuff I enjoyed at the time (when I was also digging Dispatch, Jack Johnson, and other stuff just before I really got into "indie music"), my main experiences with DMB were tagging along to concerts with friends who were way more into them than I was and having a good time hanging out and enjoying the vibes.
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May 12, 2017 on “King Of Festivals” Dave Matthews Explains Why Fyre Fest Was One Of The Greatest Things That’s Ever Happened
I don't think it's accurate to characterize this situation as "2 days from allegation to complete banishment and ruin." First, I think it's telling how quickly a lot of the touring bands and others associated with Ben and the band have distanced themselves and/or issued statements that basically corroborate details that have emerged, which suggests that there is more than just flimsy allegations. Second, and perhaps more importantly, if we take the accuser at their word (which so far we don't have reason not to), this is an issue that dates much farther back than just 2 days ago - it's only been two days that its been "public." Third, this story is far from over, and it's not as if we quite have "banishment and ruin" yet. Conner and Isaac in fact seem like pretty clear-cut examples of how people can maintain their career in spite of pretty horrible allegations. And if it is in fact the case that Ben is guilty of abuse (and other related issues like covering it up), far be it from me to say that this is an irredeemable crime, ie I don't think this should be the end for them per se, but rather we do need a long, hard dialogue about how to deal with these sorts of things, as fellow music lovers, human beings, and part of a broader community.
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May 12, 2017 on Details Of Alleged Assault By PWR BTTM’s Ben Hopkins Emerge
Totally agree. This law seems like an overly punitive way of addressing a serious social harm (which coming from the land of Joe Arpaio doesn't surprise me in the least), and yet aiding and abetting consumers of child porn isn't exactly working towards the long arc of justice.
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May 11, 2017 on Country Radio Station Pulls PSA Giving Tips On How To Hide Child Porn. Really.
When is Dave Matthews and Band going to get their critical re-appraisal/re-valuation from the indie community, especially now that jam bands appear to be back in vogue (see: recent articles on the Grateful Dead)? Note that I'm not necessarily saying they deserve vindication (I'm personally kinda neutral, maybe ambivalent on the matter), but just wondering how long it takes til we get a "30 essential DMB songs" from the 'Gum.
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May 11, 2017 on “King Of Festivals” Dave Matthews Explains Why Fyre Fest Was One Of The Greatest Things That’s Ever Happened
I knew it! Man I learned so much stuff off that site back in the day. It's still great, but man the wormholes and discussions back then... Like one of Borges's libraries, but for metal geeks
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May 1, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – April 2017
Is Helm from Locust Leaves the same Helm who was a commenter on Invisible Oranges like back when Cosmo was editor (like circa 2009)? I remember that dude had an absolutely encyclopedic knowledge of metal and pretty sure was Greek too
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April 28, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – April 2017
time flies when you're having fun
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April 23, 2017 on “Chocolate Rain” Came Out 10 Years Ago
quick thoughts (currently on 3rd listen): good kid will always (probably) be my favorite album of his, just b/c it was his breakout for me and it has so many immediate bangers. (TPAB is probably the 'greater' album, but has less replayability for me, and untitled well is amazing but in a league of its own.) This one though combines everything that was great about gkmc and Buttlerfly: it bangs, it is heady, very conceptual, and has a ton of immediate impact as well as reveals layers upon layers on multiple listens. He's still dealing with the same issues on Butterfly, after all, and assumes even more of the meta/self-reflective element of the artist. It may very well go down as his best, it is an incredible achievement.
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April 14, 2017 on Premature Evaluation: Kendrick Lamar DAMN.
Woods is so consistently good. I still come around to "Songs of Shame" about as much as any album that I caught in 2009 (that's saying something).
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April 11, 2017 on Woods – “Bleeding Blue”
Oh man, I knew that I had to recognize this song, even though I had no idea what it actually sounded like. Turns out the Butler University pep band plays this at every home game, typically late in the game during the second half TV timeout! Great song, sounds even better played by a live band in front of sold-out crowd in a tight game.
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January 31, 2017 on “The Impression That I Get” Turns 20
Krallice never fail to disappoint. With Burial, I've been loving getting accustomed to these year-end drops that consistently blow my mind (and best-of lists).
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December 21, 2016 on Stream Krallice Prelapsarian
NPR fwiw I think has been repping metal for a while now - Lars Gotrich has always premiered great stuff, and he appears on other weekly podcasts pretty regularly (at least he did when I was a more consistent follower of NPR Music). But I def agree with the general point that there's a lot out there going in the right direction for metal right now - maybe I'm biased but I think there's never been a better time to be a metal fan, nor is there any other genre of music deeper, richer, or more exciting than contemporary metal right now.
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December 15, 2016 on The 40 Best Metal Albums Of 2016
I also lived in Chile (Valpo tb precisamente) from 2010-2013 and it was through Stereogum (and Invisible Oranges, and Pitchfork and NPR Music) that kept me connected with the music scene in the US. The online community here (and on the metal side of things, at Invisible Oranges at the time) which helped me keep grounded and provided compansionship during some of the times of social isolation that can come with living abroad. Some concert highlights during that time: Tortoise at the the Teatro Municipal in Stgo; Bomba Estereo, The Walkmen, and Dinosaur Jr at the Primavera Fauna festival; and Roger Waters performing "The Wall" at the Estadio Nacional. Oh and watching Faith No More perform on TV during the Teleton, it's crazy how popular they are down there! Plus tons of great live local bands and peñas in Valpo.
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December 2, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016
This was a great write-up, thanks so much for sharing (made me think back to some great Invisible Oranges articles back in the day). I was just reflecting on how these apocalyptic times we're living in are creating some great art, especially in the realm of music. Anohni's "Hopelessness" (decidedly not a metal album) is a serious AOTY contender. Last year alone had Locrian's "Return to Annihilation," Cattle Decap's "Anthropocene Extinction" and Mgla's "Exercises in Futility." Definitely looking forward to more explicitly political heavy music to come out in the near future - even as I fear what comes with Trump (and his ilk).
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November 30, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – November 2016
"No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA" is not just an homage to 80s punk, it's also a common chant at recent anti-Trump rallies I've been to - much like "Alright" became an anthem of Black Live Matters protests
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November 21, 2016 on Watch Green Day Chant “No Trump! No KKK! No Fascist USA!” From The AMAs Stage
Great performance! Love how they started out kinda tense but gradually loosened up as the song opened up - you can tell this a band with a lot of good chemistry. And its always so great to see young bands so stoked to be on tv!
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June 16, 2016 on Watch Hinds Make Their American TV Debut On Colbert
Another fun fact - the first CD I ever did buy was the Godzilla soundtrack (the 1998 one with Matthew Broderick). Terrible movie, but the soundtrack was solid - and of course the first track off that album was The Wallflowers cover of "Heroes"
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May 20, 2016 on Bringing Down The Horse Turns 20
"One Headlight" was probably the first song I ever really fell in love with. I remember hearing it on the radio and just being absolutely transfixed by it - but I couldn't catch what the name of the song was! (This was pre-internet, so I couldn't just look it up, and I was only 9 so I wasn't really able to buy the record.) I remember one time we were riding home in the car while it was playing on the radio and I insisted on staying in the car after everyone got out so I could hear the end of the song - and hopefully hear the DJ say what its name was! He didn't, and I still don't remember how I ever found out how it was called - but yeah looking back I still recall that as one of my earliest musical memories.
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May 20, 2016 on Bringing Down The Horse Turns 20
That's why I like Invisible Oranges, their weekly wrapup is Stereogum-esque (no coincidence that most of the metal guys here started at IO) http://www.invisibleoranges.com/
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April 9, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – March 2016
Glad I'm not the only one having these issues. Out of what I have been able to catch lately, big ups go to BIg Ups, Cobalt and Muncie Girls (MG are a personal AOTY contender). And second on props to Bloodiest
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April 9, 2016 on Album Of The Week: Parquet Courts Human Performance
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March 8, 2016 on Kvelertak – “1985”
Never listened to a Tori Amos album in my life (that I know of at least!), but this article definitely makes me want to check her out. Thanks!
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January 22, 2016 on Boys For Pele Turns 20
One of the nice things about list season is that it's a good opportunity to go back and check out your lists from previous years and see how stuff holds up. Am currently listening to Burial's "Untrue," my favorite album from 2008 - am convinced that this album should be regarded as one of the greatest works of art so far in the 21st Century, so so good
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December 20, 2015 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Great writeup on a great band, thanks for sharing. I saw them both nights when they were here in Columbus back in June (times 3 and 4 - I also caught their epic set at Bonnaroo 2006) and they did not disappoint. IMHO their first four albums are four of the best rock albums of the late 90s/early 2000s, and "The Waterfall" is a return to form. One of the greatest bands of my generation and they are at the top of their form, do not miss them
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November 30, 2015 on Four Nights At The Beacon Theatre With My Morning Jacket
Great writeup Doug - I regret that I have yet to listen to any Giant Squid's stuff, but now I feel determined to go through their discography! On a somewhat related note: black metal lifers Mortuary Drape and Mgla, both from Europe, and a third American band are all three playing at a bar around the corner from my house in a couple of weeks. The cost of attendance at the door: *8 freaking dollars*. (or $10 if you're under 21). At the same time, I regularly see listings for show that I'd love to go to but end up not going because I don't want to shell out $40-60! I have no idea how anybody is making any money off that Mortuary Drape show, but surely the bands have got to at least be breaking even (I hope!). The fact though that so many other bands are touring in such bigger venues with so much higher prices of admissions just suggests to me that there are so many people with so many hands in the jar - it's not like the money is going to the people who are making the aesthetic product, but rather the publicists and capitalists that are blowing it all up. Anyway, I'm definitely excited to be going to this MD/Mgla show and handing them my cash directly, rather than funneling it through ticketmaster or livenation or whoever. Viva la revolucion!
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October 30, 2015 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – October 2015
so so soooo many great songs to choose from! I will have to write my own list when I have more time, but I think it's insane that '7/4 Shoreline' is not on this list - it's not only my favorite BSS song, it's one of my favorite songs period, and one of my favorite music videos ever too https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uev2J_cBHjQ
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October 2, 2015 on The 10 Best Broken Social Scene Songs
who is that huge tatted dude in the purple shirt and speedo?
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August 22, 2015 on Watch Foo Fighters Rickroll The Westboro Baptist Church
Because of tosleepanddream, I learned something today - thanks! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saartjie_Baartman
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August 20, 2015 on Azealia Banks Was Right About Nicki Minaj’s Wax Figure