ItsyBitsyTeenyWeenyYellowPolkaDotAlbini

Best Musical Decade: 1986 - 1995 Hi! I'm Tom. I live in Denver, CO and love early 90s guitar-based music, whether indie, post-hardcore, math rock, OSDM, thrash, shoegaze, or alt country. I used to be in a handbell choir. GVB4ME.

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When my mom asks me "Why don't you listen to any music that sounds good?" I will play this for her. That way, she'll have something besides Kings of Convenience to supplement her normal FM-radio diet.
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September 26, 2016 on Stream EZTV High In Place
James Hetfield's lead-weighted pick hand. Still "hardwired" to an atomic clock. Still great. Also, someone should make a GIF of every facial expression Lars makes in this video. I know someone has that ability here on the SG comment boards. DO IT.
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September 26, 2016 on Metallica – “Moth Into Flame” Video
It really sounds like it's a distillation of everything that is currently in vogue. Which is to say the opposite of timeless, which is to say, the opposite of Beck. All of his other albums sound like they could've come in any order, almost in any era. This sounds like the mid-20-teens. It sounds like the pre-teens. Still more to come, though. The production sounds expensive.
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September 26, 2016 on Beck – “Up All Night”
Yep. I feel like this is one of those times where a few years from now, likely upon release of the next CEG album, Tom et al will look back at *Pretty Years* for some reference in their AOTY article and be like, "Oh, that was AOTW, right?" And then be like, "Oh... hmmm. Righhht. [loud sigh]" It seems to me that sometimes in their efforts to be vaguely unpredictable they end up just missing on what is clearly the cream of the crop. Sometimes great is just great, and it's looking at you right in the eyes, and you have to just embrace it. *Pretty Years* is just great. HISTORY WILL VINDICATE US!
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September 13, 2016 on Album Of The Week: Touché Amoré Stage Four
Hey, thanks! I think those are pretty spot on. Obviously The Who is probably his "salt" or "EVOO," or whatever... they're evident in most recipes. So yes, definitely British Invasion, psych, post-punk, bar room power pop, and IDK... I think you could say garage punk / proto-punk. I don't get the prog vibe as much, if only because he never sticks with a song long enough to prog(ress) and cover much ground. Very specifically, I even think of certain vocal nuances and melodies that he uses in lots of songs, but with various prefixes and suffixes, if that makes sense. In short, it's formulaic, for sure, but not in a pejorative sense. I've loved both Tobin and Gillard as his primary sidekicks, and love both as solo practitioners, too. Everything connected to GBV glows.
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September 8, 2016 on ESP Ohio – “Lithuanian Bombshells”
I can't figure out how Bob does it. It's safe to say he's a songwriting short-order cook, not a classically trained chef. That said, he has created more delicious meals out of about five or six basic staple ingredients than anyone, anywhere, ever. Sure, you can pick out the familiar flavors, but the ratio, textures, temperatures, and garnishes always keep each new dish fresh. Like here, that little, sour ascending pitch when he says "me" in "you gotta trust me...", it is unexpected in the best possible way. Preordered the LP yesterday. And FWIW, I'm in the "he doesn't need an editor" camp.
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September 8, 2016 on ESP Ohio – “Lithuanian Bombshells”
Prior to this post, I'd never heard of this band. Now all I wanna do is hear this band. What keen and unique melodic sensibilities!
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August 24, 2016 on Crying – “Wool In The Wash”
I wonder if this was a purposeful reference with the title from its inception, or if this was a way of trying to put some ex post facto lipstick on the chauvinistic pig of a reference we all suspected the "amnesty" reference to be...?
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August 18, 2016 on Crystal Castles – “Sadist”
[Kool-Aid Man Voice]: Ohhhhh, YEAHHHHHH! Primo stuff. These guys should be on tour with Mind Spiders and White Reaper YESTERDAY.
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August 18, 2016 on Death By Unga Bunga – “Fight!”
Saturday, Amir, is Shabbos, the Jewish day of rest. That means that you don't work, you don't drive a car, you don't fucking ride in a car, you don't handle money, you don't turn on the oven, and you sure as shit *don't fucking absorb*! Shomer shabbos!
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August 17, 2016 on Pixies – “Talent”
Madchester indeed! These guys did their homework: Petrified Botany 301
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August 16, 2016 on Dinowalrus – “Tides”
This band's name should be on the lips of every non-mainstream music fan in the damn land. They're everything I've ever wanted in a rock band. We'll look back fondly on the gifts they've given us.
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August 15, 2016 on Cymbals Eat Guitars – “Have A Heart”
Ryan Adams only packed one shirt on this tour.
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August 9, 2016 on Watch Ryan Adams & Jason Isbell Join Each Other’s Sets At Outside Lands
This sounds like Kevin Barnes fronting LP1-era Crystal Castles. Which is to say, 100% amazing. This was the tipping point for me. Ordered the record.
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August 3, 2016 on of Montreal – “Let’s Relate”
Sounds like a somnambulant Phoenix.
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July 29, 2016 on Obliques – “Cut Me Loose (Ill Feeling)”
:: I think you are the person who *seems* to have the closest match to my musical taste on SG based on the bands you comment on, or mention in comments. Hails. \m/
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July 29, 2016 on Microwave – “Lighterless”
The Onion had it right: http://www.theonion.com/article/marilyn-manson-now-going-door-to-door-trying-to-sh-459
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July 28, 2016 on Marilyn Manson Tour Is A Mess
Those fuckin' Jellys. So brilliant.
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July 26, 2016 on Rapper Shoots Himself In The Face For Publicity
If you dig them, you should definitely check out Wild Moth. They're in the same camp and, IMO, rock a little harder. Press release stated something to the effect of "Drive Like Jehu x MBV = Wild Moth". IDK if I 100% agree, but it's close, and they're great.
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July 26, 2016 on Creative Adult – “Moving Window”
I thought of another over the weekend. Which is really disproving my point. Hell's Headbangers really struggles to put out anything less-than-stellar. BUT... I think that's the troika: DD, 20BS, and HH.
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July 25, 2016 on Blood Incantation – “Chaoplasm”
"I have always loved Krill, and this is a welcome reminder as to why." -A Blue Whale, and me
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July 25, 2016 on Stream Krill Krill
:: I think the dude was saying that the sound he was hearing was sound bleed from Frightened Rabbit, who were also playing the festival (and, seemingly, with an overlapping set time). What I didn't know was that Geezer Butler played in their band. Cool stuff by Ryan Adams. Loved the whole set.
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July 24, 2016 on Hear Ryan Adams’ Bluegrass Covers Of Slayer & Black Sabbath, Improvised “Frightened And Rabid” At Newport Folk Fest
I have an answer to my own question. The only label I can think of coming close would be 20 Buck Spin. I know for a long while there I was all about pretty much everything they put out (especially Vastum, who I know many find boring). I don't think they're on the pace that Dark Descent is on right now, though. Also, the new Sheidim record looks to be killer (DD).
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July 21, 2016 on Blood Incantation – “Chaoplasm”
I think you mean, "No, awesomely, I know the lead singer and his name is actually Drakula, which, as stated, is fucking awesome."
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July 21, 2016 on ScotDrakula – “Disintegrator”
:: Scheiße! I did NOT need to buy another record this week.
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July 14, 2016 on Stream The Amazing Ambulance
Still sounds rad. Love the production, love the beats. Because of the amount of vocal processing on all of Alice's vocals, and again with Edith's, it has always been more about Ethan's sonic vision to my ears. As many would be quick to point out: True, the aesthetic is heavily indebted to Alice (who was amazing when I got to see her perform very up close and personal: http://bit.ly/AliceWitStrobe), and, also, oh-but-don't-forget-Ethan-is-an-asshole... okay. I agree. I also love a lot of really amazing black metal made by really shitty people. If the MUSIC really sucks (which doesn't seem to be the case), or if Ethan does something CRIMINAL (which also doesn't seem to be the case), maybe I'll reconsider, but I guess my extensive time spent enjoying metal while Christian has allowed me to very thoroughly separate art from the artist and to view the product as such as a stand alone statement to evaluate using my own criteria. I think the song was good. Not a highlight on Crystal Castles (I) or Crystal Castles (II), necessarily, but to me this is still Crystal Castles. ALSO: I'm amped for Alice's solo stuff, too. The division of the band is good for everyone! Twice the output of creepy electro-witch-goth-house-kvlt-rave-whathaveyou! You may now commence down-voting.
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July 11, 2016 on Crystal Castles – “Char”
That's a sweet truck. Song's pretty a'ight, too.
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July 7, 2016 on Hanni El Khatib – “Come Down”
There are certain times where only music like this will do. God bless Tycho.
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July 1, 2016 on Tycho – “Division”