I consider Sea of Love to be a towering achievement for them, so I wouldn’t mind hearing it again!
Woah now – Darts of Pleasure was every bit Take Me Out’s equal. The final chant in German is *excellent*.
Trying to envision The National soundling like a muscular rock band. That just doesn’t seem in their DNA to me, but I’ll be damned if Sea of Love isn’t a ROCKIN’ song.
As for this – I really enjoy it.
Someone’s ca$hin’ in! Good for them.
Dimensions is one of the most moving pieces of music I’ve heard. In the context of the film, it’s amazing.
A welcome return to the progginess of their first album.
Uh, and guys – BLING, CONFESSIONS OF A KING. That is all.
Michael’s right – what we’re seeing now is, instead of a traveling tour like old Lolla, Warped Tour, etc., we’re seeing localized festivals draw the same 20-30 bands that are touring at the time. For a country the size of the US, I don’t really mind this as it’s hard to expect someone to fly to different festivals in order to catch certain acts and pay all the money required to do so. England & Europe are different, which is why you see different headliners at T in the Park vs. Reading or V Festival or Glastonbury.
In the aggregate, it festivals seem to be becoming very homogenized, but I think that’s just what ends up happening when people all over the country want to see similar acts or these acts are all touring at the same time.
Really think that the top 5 should basically be songs 1-5 on Hot Fuss. Hard to imagine them bettering that run…ever.
Foals. That is all.
Say what you will about the man, but he has always been a hilarious interview.
Hard for me to vote against December’s Traditions.
I don’t think Foals have the clout to take their music off Spotify. I’ve bought all of their records, but I’m a happy Premium Spotify customer. Artists are always moaning, and often for justifiable reasons – the industry has done them no favors in terms of figuring out an adequate business model that satisfies all parties. But streaming music is here to stay.
LOL at their OU love.
SPIN Magazine so desperately wanted Electronica to happen in a big way. And it did – everywhere in the Western world except the United States. Except for a few big singles from Prodigy and Chemical Brothers, that movement never materialized here, though EDM is clearly it’s bastard son. And I say that as someone who actually likes some EDM. But I’ve yet to hear a song that kicks ass like Firestarter.
Great article, but I’ll believe it when I see it. Guitar bands on pop radio have, as the article states, waxed and waned for a while. Great music is great music, and I have no bone to pick about the guitar not being the dominant instrument. But it’s incredibly versatile, and the thrill of great rock music will probably never disappear. And technology has done the electric guitar as much favor as it has the synthesizer.
And, hell, while we’re at it, let’s not overlook the reaction against synthpop from bands like Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, etc. Not rock bands (nor bands I particularly like), but hey – a guitar’s a guitar. So we’ll see, but I predict that bands will reemerge in the next 4 years with a vengance.
Which you should, as those 5 songs are the best 5 songs they’ve ever recorded.
Did they change the cover of the album?
It does sound eerily similar to Higher Love, doesn’t it?
Best thing they’ve ever done is the final 10 seconds of Cemeteries of London. A truly haunting piano riff.
I have a hard time believing this was a botched appearance given how long it must’ve taken to film that Get Lucky dance video, though Robin Thicke has been everywhere lately.
I think they put more thought into the video than they did the song.
Hard to imagine how This Modern Love was left out – I agree with Matthew.
He sounds a lot like Bobby Gillespie on this track.