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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
Not my kinda jam, but then again most of the music I like is on the darker side of things. I second all of the positivity for 'Realiti' the song and video though, I thought it was as good as anything she's put out. Gotta respect her versatility and vision as an artist, keep it up Claire!
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March 15, 2015 on Grimes & Bleachers – “Entropy”
I can't get over how amazing this song/video is
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March 7, 2015 on White Lung – “Face Down” Video
This strikes me as one of the moments when you wish Michael_ was still here
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February 12, 2015 on The Fall Albums From Worst To Best
I know I'm a little late to this conversation (as usual), but this is my first listen, and I'll definitely second the early AOTY contender claims. I didn't care that much for Fear Fun, besides Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings, but this one just flows and holds together so much better IMHO. To me this is just as meta as the Sturgill Simpson album last year, but does a better job storytelling- the canned laughter in 'Bored in the USA' for example was just brilliant.
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February 12, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Father John Misty I Love You, Honeybear
Great interview, the part about Woodstock 99 was spot on, at least in my take as someone who was in middle school back then. Limp Bizkit has to be one of the dumbest bands of all time, but hell a lot of dumb stuff is super popular, and at least Wes is self-aware (and not in a jaded, cynical way)
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January 30, 2015 on Q&A: Wes Borland Tells Us Whether He Really Hates Being In Limp Bizkit, And Why Fleet Foxes Are Bad For Music
IMO in lists like these you should be able to specify specific periods in a band's history, like I would with Mastodon from Remission to Blood Mountain (though, like Converge, I'd consider that more metal than rock). As far as the same things go, I'd like to put in a vote for My Morning Jacket for best bands of past 20 years (or at least as far as their first four albums are concerned, which I consider untouchable)
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January 12, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Sleater-Kinney No Cities To Love
Funny to me that Converge is on this list as a rock band, alongside Belle and Sebastian and LCD Soundsystem. Nothing against any of those bands, I'm just curious in what sense we can say that they are all apart of the same genre, 'rock'? The fact that they all have guitar, drums, bass, and vocals? The point I'm trying to get at is that while there's nothing wrong with putting all these bands in conversation with one another, ranking bands against one another within a certain genre is inherently problematic- why not just list "my favorite bands from the past 20 years"? These types of lists ultimately just give a sense of what kind of music you like, not so much a sense of which band is the 'most essential' or 'influential' or 'greatest' or whatever.
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January 12, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Sleater-Kinney No Cities To Love
They should tour with Cannabis Corpse http://cannabiscorpseofficial.bandcamp.com/
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January 5, 2015 on Mac Sabbath Is Our Generation’s The Pizza Underground
One More Time
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December 8, 2014 on Win Daft Punk’s Alive Vinyl Box Set
sun kil moon - benji
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December 8, 2014 on Win Stereogum’s 10 Best Albums Of 2014 On Vinyl Courtesy Of Insound
Broydrick killed it this week/weeks. Also, can I say that December is my favorite time of the musical year? All these lists just remind me of all the stuff I still need to get around to listening to. FWIW, 'Benji' might be my favorite album of the decade, in spite of all this War on Drugs BS, though Future Islands 'Singles' was definitely most played this year - followed by Benji, Lost in the Dream, Shriek, and Our Love (approximately).
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December 6, 2014 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Really rad tune, glad I finally got around to checkin em out. I know Wyatt had APL's release last year as his favorite of 2013- this intersection of Invisible Oranges and Stereogum I dig
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October 23, 2014 on A Pregnant Light – “Fresh Flower Offering (Purple Night)” (Stereogum Premiere)