Alex Manning
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 +2Posted on Feb 4th | re: Sasquatch! 2014 Lineup (10 comments)

Weekend 2 looks so damn good. So excited for this right now.

 0Posted on Nov 12th, 2013 | re: Win A Beatles BBC Vinyl & Book Prize Pack (343 comments)

Don’t Let Me Down

 0Posted on Oct 25th, 2013 | re: Premature Evaluation: Arcade Fire Reflektor (95 comments)

I feel that all of the songs are fantastic, and on my first listen I felt like there was some “filler”, however those filler songs became my favorite during the second listen. With all of that in mind, I have one issue as of my third listen: The instrumental introduction to Here Comes the Night Time II (or ending to Joan of Arc) felt unnecessary. If it were a few minutes I would have no issue, however it goes on for a 10+ minutes, adding to the length of the album while not (IMHO) really contributing to the overall feel. It does not particularly build up to the next song or end Joan of Arc in a truly memorable way. Maybe my opinion will change after a few more listens, but as of right now I think they had a near perfect album with this pointless instrumental track, which does have some beautiful moments, but overall does not go anywhere.

Beyond the obvious picks (Awful Sound, Joan of Arc, Afterlife), one of my favorites on the record is Normal Person. It is so different from the rest of the songs on the album, and yet it fits in so perfectly on the first half. Overall, I really love this album, and although it is not as cohesive as The Suburbs, I think it has a lot of really great gems.

Everything The Flaming Lips have been doing this year is amazing. I really cannot wait until this EP comes out.

 +3Posted on Jul 26th, 2013 | re: Foxygen's Elizabeth Fey Exposes Band Drama On Tumblr (60 comments)

My negative opinion of her comes from watching Foxygen live, and seeing how she acts. I was fortunate enough to see them put on a really good show, where Rado and France were (as it appeared) working together and playing off each other. The touring drummer was having the time of his life, smiling and “rocking out” with France, as he danced across stage. On the other hand Fey had this grimace on her face the entire show. Every time France would go on a weird rant or go wild on stage, she would sigh and contort her face as if she just could not handle it anymore. Honestly, I was surprised to hear they date given how she acted towards him.

Although her complaints are legitimate, I can’t help but feel like she is taking advantage of the situation to get in the spot light. I think it is legitimate for touring musicians to complain, but this seems like something minor that really did not have to be brought up in public. I may be biased because I found her stage presence to be detrimental to the show, however she could have just had a bad day, and therefore I am wrong to judge. With that in mind, I think with such young men, you are going to have drama like this, and it really does not need to be made public whenever something minor comes along


 0Posted on Jun 6th, 2013 | re: Stereogum's Top 25 Albums Of 2013 So Far (752 comments)

I would love to get Trouble Will Find Me or MBV

As for the year
Trouble Will Find Me
Black Host

 0Posted on May 28th, 2013 | re: Treasure Island 2013 Lineup (1 comments)

Amazing lineup given how small of a festival it is. Considering that they had an obvious split in previous years, along with the fact that they are only mentioning 2 day passes, I wonder if they are foregoing that route this year?

 +3Posted on May 13th, 2013 | re: Stream The National Trouble Will Find Me (13 comments)

Although my first impression was “This is very good, however it has been done by them before”, I no longer think that is a bad thing. Unlike previous efforts this is their first purely ballad based album, vs. their typical mix of anthematic rock and ballads. Although the move was quite obvious, especially going from Alligator to Boxer, I am not disappointed by it, as I was with Boxer upon my first listen.

On the first few listens, this album affects me much more differently. Unlike High Violet and Boxer, which were both heart breaking, Trouble Will Find Me is tragic, but more in a heart broken and continuing on with one’s life. In many ways this reminds me of Take Care by Explosions in The Sky, where there previous efforts sounds like music to go into a battle, Take Care sounds like a soundtrack to the aftermath. Trouble Will Find Me (imho) has that same atmosphere to it: It is the calm after depression, the eye of a hurricane in many ways. You can’t feel positive afterwards, but you also are not rattled like their previous efforts.

Honestly, if this was just a better mastered version of High Violet, I would be very happy, however there is so much more to this album. I will definitely be giving it a few more listens.

 +8Posted on Apr 8th, 2013 | re: Morrissey: "Margaret Thatcher Was A Terror Without An Atom Of Humanity" (62 comments)

I did not write it, because I am not the funny. One day though, one day.