Jonathan Daniels

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If you're British, I think it's quite a few more than that. Live Forever. Rock N Roll Star. Slide Away. Some Might Say. Stand By Me. D'You Know What I Mean. Stop Crying Your Heart Out. Lyla. The Importance of Being Idle. ETC. ETC. Hard to overstate how big they were/are in the UK vs. the US. Champagne Supernova wasn't even a single there!
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June 1, 2017 on Noel Gallagher On Harry Styles’ Single: “My Cat Could’ve Written It In About 10 Minutes”
Undoubtedly true. Boxer defines their sound and production choices. And while I'm always team Sea of Love in terms of their best track, Brainy always nips right at its heels for me and was the song that made me fall in love with them. Can't wait to see them in NYC this fall!
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May 22, 2017 on Boxer Turns 10
I have been waiting for this song since I heard a live bootleg of it in the Napster era. MY BODY IS READY.
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May 3, 2017 on Ed O’Brien Says Radiohead Shelved “Lift” So They Wouldn’t Become Too Popular
Great write up. I would say that the Manic Street Preachers' track "A Design for Life" comes very close to "Where the Streets Have No Name" in terms of anthemic, political statements that defined a band.
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March 9, 2017 on U2’s The Joshua Tree Is 30: We Ranked Its Tracks Worst To Best
On first listen, it's like Adele's Hello mixed in with a Europop disco/dance chorus.
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March 2, 2017 on Lorde – “Green Light” Video
Not to be THAT GUY (being that guy :( ), that is definitely a piano, not a guitar.
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February 27, 2017 on Watch Lorde’s TV Spot Teasing New Single Out Friday
Absolutely nothing redeemable about this. It is f'ing horrendous. It's like a somehow-even-worse-version of Hymn for the Weekend. An utter abomination.
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February 22, 2017 on The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – “Something Just Like This”
Also interested to hear how things sound without his wiry guitar playing. No More Stories lacked the thrust of Johan (even though tracks like Repeaterbeater were pretty damn rocking)...what will this album sound like without Bo? Not sure, but curious to hear as they are one of my favorites as well.
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January 24, 2017 on Mew – “Carry Me To Safety”
WHAT. THE. EFF. Their website says it's UK/Europe only and that they'll be playing the whole album. Meanwhile, no new record until 2018. NO US SHOWS???
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January 23, 2017 on Interpol Announce Turn On The Bright Lights 15th Anniversary Tour
Never forget:
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October 17, 2016 on Black Kids – “Obligatory Drugs” Video
This song sounds exactly like Robbie Williams singing a Killers song. Almost karaoke, definitely beyond self-parody.
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October 15, 2016 on Preview A New Robbie Williams Song Written By The Killers
#BLACKSTAR "What are we coming to??? I just don't KNOW ANYMORE" so apt for 2016.
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October 14, 2016 on Ken Bone’s Favorite Band Is Radiohead
Easily the best produced two songs I've heard from the Kings in a long time. Mileage may vary on whether you *like* them or not, but the production values are very good.
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September 22, 2016 on Kings Of Leon – “Walls” Video
I'll never forget SexyBack and When You Were Young coming out around the same time in 2006. I disliked both songs at first, after really liking the debut albums of both Timberlake and The Killers. I was so disappointed! I didn't get SexyBack at all, and When You Were Young wasn't the fun, electro-dance Killers that I had come to love with Hot Fuss. Both songs were very repetitive and didn't seem to have a major hook. And then one day I woke up realizing both songs were genius and never looked back. /Fin
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September 12, 2016 on FutureSex/LoveSounds Turns 10
Opening is extremely similar to Closer in terms of rhythm and chord progression, but I'm very happy that it never crosses over into facsimile. Some how more dance oriented than even Heartthrob.
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April 7, 2016 on Tegan And Sara – “Boyfriend”
Someone convinced them to become a big rock band and write 10 subpar versions of Inhaler for What Went Down. And by god, that's basically what they tried to do, yet they can't help but write a great pop track like Birch Tree. More of this, less of Snake Oil, agreed. Though having said that, Snake Oil was fun live.
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January 15, 2016 on Foals – “Birch Tree” Video
Totally agree that "Birch Tree" is the best thing on the album. It feels much more of a piece with Holy Fire and Total Life Forever than "Mountain at my Gates" (a fine song, but a poor and pale descendent of "My Number") and has that slight world music influence that marks some of their best work. Didn't love What Went Down as much as their other work, but saw them tour it in DC back in December and they were excellent. One of the best live bands around. Jack Bevan is a seriously underrated drummer.
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January 7, 2016 on Watch Foals Bring “Mountain At My Gates” To Colbert
Agreed. It's a good record, though I don't like it as much as the previous two. I will say their touring schedule hasn't caught up to the release of the album and I think that's really contributed to it being stuck in limbo. They likely won't tour the US until the middle of next year, and they aren't even touring the UK really until next February and that's for an album that came out in August. Point being, they perhaps released it too early. Also, it honestly could've just been better.
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October 12, 2015 on Foals – “Give It All” Video (Dir. Nabil)
Yikes. They seem totally devoid of energy and ideas. Matt and Gordon were more important to Bloc Party than Kele realizes, because this is abominable. We'll always have Silent Alarm, Two More Years and some great tracks from the followups.
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October 5, 2015 on Bloc Party – “The Love Within” & “The Good News”
King for a Day would've been a great choice too, because it's just great period. Speaking of snubs though, am I wrong in thinking The Police are not included in the list? Pretty shocking that not a single one of their big hits made the list (unless I somehow skipped over it).
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August 25, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: The Weeknd Beauty Behind The Madness
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