Eric Silvera

Comments from Eric Silvera

Glad to see Transference ranked so high. I know it isn't their best, but it's my favorite. It's the album I go back to the most, especially in winter.
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January 10, 2017 on New Spoon Album Hot Thoughts Out 3/17
So great!! AF's Funeral opener too. The chimes that sound like a children's toy. Started listening to both of those albums at the same time in January 2007 after a rough break-up, during a brutally cold winter, and living in NY on my own for the first time.The openings of those records always evoke the same emotions for me - even if what follows are totally different experiences.
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January 7, 2017 on Premature Evaluation: The xx I See You
I saw the movie and actually thought it made subtle comments on the inclusiveness of race (the two big dance numbers in the beginning, which are the only large scale, ensemble, musical moments in the movie, feature a multitude of races, the fact that Ryan's Gosling's sister is dating/engaged to a black man is a complete non-event--which it should be, the bands Gosling plays in throughout). There's a long, awesome jazz number played exclusively by black musicians. I saw John Legend's character as less of a sell-out and more of a musician trying to find a way to make a dying art form relevant for the masses, even if the presentation of it is corny (ok...so maybe a bit of a sell-out, but the song the band performs in the movie was actually good). In the end, there are really only two characters in the actual movie who take up the overwhelming majority of screen time - Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone - the rest have a few lines here and there to keep the plot moving or provide some exposition/hint at backstory. The only place a gay character with actual lines that wouldn't be some cypher would've been as one of Stone's roommates...and then the movie would've been called out for perpetuating the stereotype of the gay best friend and then remarked that he's relegated to the sidelines once Stone finds her (Straight) White knight in shining armor. And if the director casted a black male lead against emma stone, there would be comments about the mixed race casting and why . If two black leads were cast there would be comments that a white writer-director shouldn't be making a movie about the struggles of a black musician and actress in Hollywood (probably fair), so it seems like a can't win situation for a movie that seems fairly innocuous, but actually has some sharp, sometimes biting, satirical things to say about LA, Hollywood, the battle of art vs. commerce, the realty of pursuing your dreams, etc. FWIW - my mother's Jewish, my dad's half-black, I have 1st cousins who are Italian, Puerto Rican, Jamaican-Indian, Jewish, etc, and I once owned a Parrot who liked cats, but slept with dogs. Ok..sorry for this long thing...my leg hurts from falling off my high horse...
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December 22, 2016 on Rostam Criticizes La La Land’s Lack Of LGBTQ Characters And People Of Color
Kevin Morby and and Woods were in heavy rotation this spring and had some staying power into the fall. Would be awesome to see them get some love, but don't know if it will happen.
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November 29, 2016 on Album Of The Week: Worm Ouroboros What Graceless Dawn
1. Canadian Girl 2. All My Great Designs 3. Little House of Savages 4. Diplomat's Son 5. Don't Lie
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September 20, 2016 on Album Of The Week: How To Dress Well Care
Don't forget a reunited The Pharcyde and Q-Tip on the same night too.
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January 27, 2016 on All Points East: What The Hell Is Going On With Panorama, Governors Ball, & The Battle For New York City?
They likely have so many house ads b/c advertisers haven't bought that much inventory yet. What you're saying makes sense though...
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July 17, 2012 on Spotify In The USA: One Year Later
It's a great album opener, then takes it up notch with "Simple Song" before slowing it down with "It's Only Life." Mercer used the "High Fidelity" mix-tape model. For me "For a Fool" is the jam of the album so far. Love the soul and emotion.
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March 20, 2012 on Premature Evaluation: The Shins Port Of Morrow
Same here. I'm with you on TV being the stand-out.
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April 6, 2011 on TV On The Radio Nine Types Of Light Premature Evaluation
Album is a huge grower. First listen or two was super dissapointed in the direction, but totally clicked after a few listens. So many layers in each song and there are some MotherFudgin' ear-worms on this joint. Thought "Repetion" was predictable at first, but have had "My Repetion, My Repetion Is This..." stuck in my head all day, mixing in with "No Future Shock" and "Keep Your Heart" all day. Will be interesting to see these songs Live.
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April 6, 2011 on TV On The Radio Nine Types Of Light Premature Evaluation