Alex Manning

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Hunky Dory, although I am a tremendous fan of everything from 1970- 1980
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September 17, 2015 on Win David Bowie’s FIVE YEARS 1969 – 1973 13LP Vinyl Box Set
Which would make sense given that his mother moved to Oregon when he was young, at least according to Romulus (which I believe was based on his childhood)
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January 13, 2015 on Sufjan Stevens Announces Carrie & Lowell Album, A Return To His “Folk Roots”
After going to a 3 hour Swans show, I am kinda interested how they are going to do 45 minutes. Are they just going to play 2 songs, without any buildup into the set....
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January 6, 2015 on Coachella 2015 Lineup
Fauxchella is usually amazing in the Bay. The benefit is that after Coachella, I can decided which bands I want to see again in a venue, and whose tickets are not worth the price. Also, there is nothing more exciting that seeing Radiohead twice in a week.
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January 6, 2015 on Coachella 2015 Lineup
This will be my 4th year, and I have to agree, with the exception of AF, the headliners get worse each year (or at least more generic) and the undercard gets better and better . I am sadly not looking forward to watching a bunch of 3 pm bands in the 100 degree weather, but it is totally worth it for many of these groups.
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January 6, 2015 on Coachella 2015 Lineup
St. Vincent - St. Vincent with Ty Segall's Manipulator in a close second place
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December 8, 2014 on Win Stereogum’s 10 Best Albums Of 2014 On Vinyl Courtesy Of Insound
I don't think I commented on this yet (if I did please ignore this post!) Rubber Soul
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September 30, 2014 on Win The Beatles In Mono 14-LP Vinyl Box Set
I always wanted to open up a punk themed diner, mainly because there are so many great names for the entrees: Hollandaise Cambodia, Fries Above, Guilty of Being Wheat, Mayoage (Descendents based chicken salad sandwich), Something I Churned Today (hand made milk shakes). I mean this stuff basically writes itself
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September 4, 2014 on D.C. Diner Names Burger After Noted Vegan Ian MacKaye
It is absurd how good this song is. American Radass was great (although a little repetitive), but this is just a whole other level of awesome.
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August 22, 2014 on Dads – “Fake Knees”
It is funny because that song was actually written by Jackson Browne and given to Glenn Frey of The Eagles, who modified the second verse. Understandably Jackson Browne gave them permission, but still, this should not be a foreign concept to Henley.
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June 4, 2014 on Don Henley’s Still Pissed At Frank Ocean, And Okkervil River, Too
Although I really liked Arcade Fire's video, there have been a number of legitimate criticisms (beyond them not hiring a trans* actor) such as the ones below. http://www.pqmonthly.com/spider-trans-arcade-fires-unhelpful-exist-video/19618 (Note: I did not write the article, know anyone who wrote it, or have any ties to PQ, etc.) "If the band thinks violence against transwomen is bad, why are they recreating and broadcasting it with their work? Why not simply tell a story of transwoman acceptance if that’s what you wish to promote? [...] Instead the video just recreates the image of the transwoman as isolated, defenseless and victimized, loved only from afar by majestic, yet empathetic, festival-conquering rock idols." Someone on the reddits also wrote a really great comment dissecting the video http://www.reddit.com/r/asktransgender/comments/25qbyk/trigger_warning_arcade_fires_we_exist_video_just/chjrlt3 "That the main character is shown to achieve some kind of transcendence, or spiritual awakening, when being subjected to a brutal, public attack is a deeply troubling one, as it suggests that trans people can only be actualized through violence. Whereas surrealism and fantasy sequences are traditionally used as devices to "disrupt" the lives of cis-people before returning them safe and sound to the land of normal people, here it has the opposite effect. Fantasy makes the trans person "authentic" (Andrew Garfield is clearly happy and accepted in the fantasy sequence) thereby suggesting that, unlike the cis world, it takes a heaping dose of un-reality to normalize the trans identity in modern culture. I feel this only furthers the idea of trans as 'the other.'" I cannot say if I agree or not, but it is good to have these open discussions when videos like this come out, asking if it is really furthering the cause it means to.
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May 23, 2014 on The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
Their cover of "All You Need is Love" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyIxZbsSBlA&feature=kp) is pretty great. Although a little over the top, I think The Flaming Lips will at least have a very original take on each song.
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May 19, 2014 on Billboard Music Awards 2014: Watch Hologram Michael Jackson, Miley Cyrus With Wayne Coyne, Iggy Azalea, & More
Weekend 2 looks so damn good. So excited for this right now.
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February 4, 2014 on Sasquatch! 2014 Lineup
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.
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October 25, 2013 on Premature Evaluation: Arcade Fire Reflektor
Everything The Flaming Lips have been doing this year is amazing. I really cannot wait until this EP comes out.
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October 24, 2013 on The Flaming Lips – “Think Like A Machine, Not A Boy” (Stereogum Premiere)
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
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July 26, 2013 on Foxygen’s Elizabeth Fey Exposes Band Drama On Tumblr
I would love to get Trouble Will Find Me or MBV As for the year Trouble Will Find Me MBV MCII Black Host Deerhunter
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June 6, 2013 on Stereogum’s Top 25 Albums Of 2013 So Far
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?
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May 28, 2013 on Treasure Island 2013 Lineup
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.
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May 13, 2013 on Stream The National Trouble Will Find Me
I did not write it, because I am not the funny. One day though, one day.
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April 8, 2013 on Morrissey: “Margaret Thatcher Was A Terror Without An Atom Of Humanity”
Best explanation of Margaret Thatcher for us 'Mericans: Hey guys, glad you could make it tonight! Tonight's a rather special night, because we've got a new player joining - oh, is that the door? That must be her now. Yes, James, her! What do you mean you would've showered if you knew a girl was com...is that smell preventable?? Look, I know we've never had a girl play with us before, but trust me, it's important. You'll find her no less of a decent player! Everyone, meet Maggie! She's going to be playing a lawful evil elf fighter. I've rolled her up a good build - high constitution, high strength, high charisma, though I had to put her dump stat on wisdom - but that won't matter for a fighter. She's starting with the leadership, power attack and iron will feats, and has a great backstory of hating dwarves. Right, let's start. I'll just fill Maggie in on where we've got to - the party just did a massive dungeon crawl. Their armour and equipment are in pretty bad shape, but they did find this artefact - the National Economy. It's an interesting item, because when given to a dwarven village to use, it actually generates gold - over 1000 per day. You agreed the dwarves get to keep 100 gold from that for the work they do, and you get the other 900. Pretty cool eh? So, you're sitting in the tavern, and suddenly a dwarf ambassador from the village comes in. He's suggesting that since the dwarves are doing all the work on your artefact, they should be entitled to a higher percentage of the gold. What do you guys do? Ah, Maggie, I see you're getting into this quickly! So you're telling the dwarf to... go screw himself? Well OK...roll...oooh, looks like the dwarves have decided to stop working on the artefact at all! What're you going to do now? Wait it out until they break? That seems fair enough. They're not getting any money if they don't do the work, and they need it more than you do. Although a few of them do want to work it seems, cause they badly need the gold...roll...hmmm interesting, it appears that the non-working dwarves are blockading the artefact to make sure that no one works at all. Wow Maggie, you're really getting into this! Okay, so Maggie's sent a message to some old elvish acquaintances to ask them to go and attack the dwarves. Hang on...roll...it seems the elves won't do it unless you pay them. So wait a minute, you want to sell the artefact to the elves in order to pay them to stop the dwarves blockading it? Doesn't that seem a little...no? You'll never see the artefact again...no, OK, Maggie seems to be insisting... Right, I can understand why the rest of you are angry at Maggie for selling off your most major asset, so I guess you now get to decide what to do with her. Hang on guys - let her speak! I'm just going to pass this note to her... So, Maggie, you're choosing to reveal what I wrote - you're saying that there's a tribe of orcs in the Lands of Falk that you need to deal with, and the party can put off voting you out until after that? You're saying that they attacked you first? You do realise that's a complete... Wait, you guys are going along with this?? But you have no money and your armour's ruined.... Fine, fine, go and attack the orcs then! ---some time later--- Well, I'd like to say I told you so. Your cleric's nearly dead and you didn't really beat the orcs properly. You have no money, and you're responsible for the death of an entire dwarven village. I hope you're happy with yourselves. Yes, by all means take a vote to see if Maggie can ever come again? Yes I thought so. Goodbye Maggie. I wish I could say it was a pleasure. Right, who's for pizza?
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April 8, 2013 on Morrissey: “Margaret Thatcher Was A Terror Without An Atom Of Humanity”
"Madchester": As typos go, I believe that is one of the more awesome ways to describe The Stone Roses.
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March 11, 2013 on Azealia Banks Shares New Single, Wishes Death Upon The Stone Roses
I have mixed opinions about this TED talk, and how she justifies her actions. I think it is amazing that she has such a tremendous emotional connection with her fans, but given how she talks about that connection, it feels like she is more into business than art. I cannot get past the lingering feeling that she is taking advantage of her fans, which is a fine line when it comes to making a connection. As a tremendous Weakerthans/John K. Samson fan, I understand what it is like to feel that connection with an artist, especially when they portray themselves as one of the crowd. When the Weakerthans had a member of the audience come on to stage and play, I thought it was amazing; When John K. Samson asked for a beer from the crowd and did cheers with everyone before going into a song, I was ecstatic. So what makes the Weakerthans any different in my mind than Amanda Palmer, since I would personally be honored to have them stay at my place? To be honest, I think it is the background events that really affect my opinion of Amanda Palmer. If she were to ask local musicians to play with her during concerts, I would not be so bothered; if she were to stay at fans' homes for free, I would have shrugged it off, however she raised $1.2 million for her most recent album (10x what she was requesting), before even releasing it. She is not some poor, struggling, indie musician, and this does not even consider that her husband is also successful. She could have easily supported her tour with the money from tickets alone, much less the $1 million left over from her current kickstarter, but instead she stayed for free at an undocumented immigrants house, and it is fair since that daughter loved Amanda Palmer's music? Personally, I have mixed opinions in regards to using kickstarter to get an album out, especially if you are a well known artist, however it was all of Amanda Palmer's actions that makes me feel that she is taking advantage of her fans, as opposed to connecting to them. There is nothing wrong with making money off of y our music and accompanying merch, however Amanda does it in a way that is exceptionally sleazier than even Jay-Z (does anyone remember Occupy All Streets).
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March 4, 2013 on Amanda Palmer’s TED Talk: What We Learned
Isn't this the 5th or 6th time they have kicked him out of the band?
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February 27, 2013 on Stone Temple Pilots Fire Scott Weiland
Great name, meh festival. The National and The Walkmen are definitely worth seeing, but I refuse to fund Fun. or Matt & Kim.
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February 27, 2013 on Boston Calling 2013 Lineup
This album is outstanding (on the first two listens). It sounds like The Men grew tired of being a modern indie band, so they became an early 90's one instead.
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February 26, 2013 on Stream The Men New Moon
The lineup itself is great, however it is so similar to Coachella, that is it disappointing for those of us that live close enough to go to both. I already have plans to go to Coachella, so I have no reason to go to Sasquatch (which in 2009 - 2011 I did), since all the medium to smaller acts are the same. For those who live too far away from Coachella for it to be reasonable, yes, this is great. For the few of use that live in the Bay Area, this is just one less festival for the year.
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February 5, 2013 on Sasquatch! 2013 Lineup
If you don't think of an RHCP concert as a musical experience, but instead a live documentary of a man whose struggles with tourettes is only further exacerbated by his drug problem, the show becomes worthwhile.
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February 5, 2013 on Sasquatch! 2013 Lineup