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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
THIS - "A lot of music that's made today, due to the technology, is created with the intention of futurism. But at the same time, they're making such a dated period of music. Sometimes I feel like EDM will be disco in 20 years. A lot of bros are going to be denying that they ever went to raves." And Tortoise, which is like going on 25 years together, is coming out with a new album next year!
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August 18, 2015 on Battles – “The Yabba”
Basil is the bomb. Super easy to grow, gives you lots of leaves and it really pairs well with lots of stuff, ie drinks, fruit, plus you can make pesto with it too.
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June 21, 2015 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
I wish bandcamp would come up more often in all of these discussions. IMHO this is best model for the indie music community- practically everything there streams for free, you can buy directly from the artists/labels, and there is a community element insofar as you can follow other people's interests and comment when you buy stuff. What do you guys think? A lot of great metal and just generally obscure/independent stuff is already there, I feel a lot of the more traditional indie labels should get on board here rather than swim with sharks like Apple or Spotify.
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June 17, 2015 on Beggars Group Shares Apple Music Concerns In Open Letter
The background bass and synths that emerges towards the second half of that song is for me the only redeeming element of that song. But the fact that the sample and beat on top of it are so annoying and so prominent makes it kinda underwhelming once the bass does kick in.
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June 2, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Jamie xx In Colour
Black Sheep Boy, I think I like this album a lot more than you do, but man I agree with that "Gosh" comment - frankly I think that song is what is holding the album from being one of my personal AOTYs so far. I have no idea why people think that song is good or why it was deemed worthy of opening this album. Thankfully the rest of the album sounds nothing like it, which explains in large part why I like it so much.
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June 2, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Jamie xx In Colour
It's pretty remarkable watching this after having read Tom's premature evaluation on the new Sun Kil Moon album. For two artists who are such incredibly talented at making the mundane seem otherworldly, Courtney and Mark couldn't be more far apart. I think Benji was one of last year's best albums and when Mark is on he's arguably one of the greatest song-writers of the past 25 years, but god everything about this asshole schtick of his makes me never want to give him a dime to support what he does (kinda like Burzum in that regard). Courtney on the other hand just seems like the sweetest, coolest person you'd want to spend an afternoon with, on top of the fact that everything she has put out so far is just so much fun to listen to. I'm hoping that the increasing proliferation of very talented and super sharp female singer-songwriters in the indie music landscape (ie Sadie Dupre from Speedy Ortiz, Mish Way from White Lung) signals a changing of the guard so to speak from the cranky old bastard types.
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June 2, 2015 on Australia Discovers Courtney Barnett
And same could be said for "Grimes" too, aka Claire Boucher
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March 15, 2015 on The Week In Rap: Get Ready For Skepta To Be A Thing
Love the verse on the Blood Orange track, Grime's potential is best realized on top of those spacey, night-time beats, like Spaceape w/ Burial, imho
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March 15, 2015 on The Week In Rap: Get Ready For Skepta To Be A Thing