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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

Don’t Let Me Down

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November 12, 2013 on Win A Beatles BBC Vinyl & Book Prize Pack

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