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One of my absolute favorite bands – can’t wait to stream this. It’s been far. too. long.

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April 20, 2015 on Stream Mew +-

And according to Billboard, Style is number 1 with a bullet on the Top 40. SO, strike up the band, Max Martin’s done it again.

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March 28, 2015 on 30 Essential Max Martin Songs

I don’t think anyone has ever accused Brandon Flowers of being “pitch-perfect” until today.

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March 23, 2015 on Brandon Flowers – “Can’t Deny My Love”

There Are Too Many of Us is absolutely fantastic – not sure why folks aren’t loving that track. More melodic than much of Think Tank but with that albums production style.

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March 23, 2015 on Blur – “Lonesome Street”

One of the best Radiohead moments of all: the guitar build in Black Star when Yorke sings “what are we cooommiinnggg too, I just don’t knowwwww anymorreee”. It hits that peak and then crashes into the chorus. Boom.

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March 13, 2015 on The Bends Turns 20

The Dirty Dancing soundtrack was a global smash, so it’s not tooooo surprising that an Irish audience would know the track. It’s no Hungry Eyes or, well, we all know the other one, but it’s a great 80’s song!

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March 5, 2015 on Watch Ryan Adams & Natalie Prass Cover “She’s Like The Wind” From Dirty Dancing

This is exactly what I wanted to hear from Mew – so thrilled to have them back.

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January 19, 2015 on Mew – “Satellites” Plus New Album ‘+ -‘ - Details

Right there with you. It’s my most anticipated album.

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December 22, 2014 on The 101 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2015

Perhaps I’m in the minority, but I think Sea of Love is one of their absolute best songs.

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December 22, 2014 on Hear The National Talk About How They Wrote “Sea Of Love”

Thanks for the tip about Harvard of the South – I’ve been hoping in vain for a new Longwave album since Secrets are Sinister came out (really a return to form for them…I love that album). I caught them on that tour a few times and they were fantastic. Hard to believe I found them through MTV2 Subterranean!

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November 20, 2014 on 26 Essential Songs From The NYC Rock Resurgence

If you heard this out of context, would you even know it’s Taylor Swift? Honestly could be anyone.

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October 20, 2014 on Taylor Swift – “Welcome To New York”

Does this song remind anyone of Sugar Ray’s “Fly”? The verse is…pretty similar, with a more straight-up beat.

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July 22, 2014 on Weezer – “Back To The Shack”

I love The Heinreich Manuever and Who Do You Think…but I do agree with you that they started heavily emphasizing Daniel’s lead guitar lines in each song, where certainly TOTBL didn’t really do that. But you could see that coming in Antics, with songs like Narc, and now that’s their signature sound. But to me, it was always about the bass/drums with the guitar as atmospherics.

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July 10, 2014 on Interpol – “All The Rage Back Home” Video

Don’t Stop Believin’! But I’m pretty sure it’s a fade out. Otherwise iTunes would make everyone re-DL the song. Usually single-edits are released as a stand alone scenario.

:(

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July 10, 2014 on Interpol – “All The Rage Back Home” Video

I need a place to talk about Mew. My favorite song is A Dark Design. But man, all of their albums are insanely terrific.

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July 10, 2014 on Interpol – “All The Rage Back Home” Video

You can buy the song on iTunes now – album version is only 4:22, so it doesn’t seem like there are any changes.

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July 9, 2014 on Interpol – “All The Rage Back Home” Video

Off topic – how stoked are you for the new Mew album? And how bummered were you when you found out it wasn’t coming out until 2015!?!? I was both shocked and saddened. Happy they got their bassist back though.

Also – totally agree with you re: fade out. I don’t get it either…song would’ve been better served with a period, not an ellipses.

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July 9, 2014 on Interpol – “All The Rage Back Home” Video

Guys.

I thought this song sounded a lot like Next Exit in the beginning, but hey, going Interpolesque indie-rock was a nice surprise! I don’t think the riff is all that catchy, so I kinda wish they’d dropped it when the song kicked in and instead go straight driving powerchords, but that’s me.

Love the chorus – got that Interpol touch. It’s a nice pop-single for them; it won’t win them any new fans and I highly doubt they’re even trying to do that at this point.

One final aside – it’s hard not to wonder how Carlos D would’ve played this bassline…it seems a little too straight forward for an Interpol song, but perhaps that’s just the way it is these days.

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July 9, 2014 on Interpol – “All The Rage Back Home” Video

My main problem with Lights (which I like) is that it doesn’t really “explode” when the band seems to think it does. I blame that on the mix – the drums are too far down in the mix and just aren’t very powerful, and that snare hit doesn’t thwack like it should. Thus, the song never takes off.

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June 5, 2014 on Interpol Announce New Album El Pintor

The Britpop era didn’t really exist in the US – Oasis did. But they got me into Britpop in a big way – reading NME online, finding Blur, Manic Street Preachers, Supergrass, Pulp, you name it.

But yeah, in the US? It was all about Oasis for a few years.

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April 25, 2014 on The Sound Of Someone Losing The Plot: Britpop’s Big Comedown And What Came Next