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St. Vincent – St. Vincent with Ty Segall’s Manipulator in a close second place

 0Posted on Sep 30th | re: Win The Beatles In Mono 14-LP Vinyl Box Set (1455 comments)

I don’t think I commented on this yet (if I did please ignore this post!)

Rubber Soul

 +11Posted on Sep 4th | re: D.C. Diner Names Burger After Noted Vegan Ian MacKaye (12 comments)

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

 +1Posted on Aug 22nd | re: Dads - "Fake Knees" (1 comments)

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.

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.

 +1Posted on May 23rd | re: The 5 Best Videos Of The Week (9 comments)

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.

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.

 +2Posted on Feb 4th | re: Sasquatch! 2014 Lineup (9 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.