Tom Busler

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Wonderful piece, loved the longer format. I enjoy Barber-Way's candor and feel it shine through in their lyrics. There is a vulnerability on display, a willingness to be judged, but a refusal to care. Both an acknowledgement and an embrace of imperfection in the first person. She backs it up here and elsewhere in interviews. Loved Kenneth's comment about building a stage for her to perform upon with his compositions. He's mentioned that he is a huge Johnny Marr fan, and you can hear it in the arpeggiated guitar lines; I loved the willingness to let that jangly, chiming resonance ring out with a bit more sustain in this album, albeit with the underpinnings of an asteroid hurtling through a series of plate glass windows. You know when you see a TV show that was just perfectly cast and you think about what could've happened if they had someone else in a particular role...? Someone who might have the talent but not the feel, look... whatever? White Lung has been perfectly cast. I'm trying to think of something about the sum versus the parts, and which adds up to more, but it seems like in this instance, both answers are simply: A WHOLE FUCKING LOT. This is everything I want from a band. Grateful they're laying it down, love every turn they take, and I already want the *next* album yesterday.
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May 3, 2016 on I’ll Be Fine When I Go Under
Okay, this might sound like sacrilege, but hear me out. Swedish melo-death (a la Leukemia [underrated] to my ears) meets the thrash-groove of premium Soulfly (NOT an oxymoron)? Methinks, yes, and thank you. [Rad: Spotify has the back catalog! "What to listen to at work?" problem solved!]
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May 3, 2016 on Sorcery – “The New Armageddon” (Stereogum Premiere)
What's gonna be hilarious is when White Lung ends up as AOTY and it didn't even take AOTW honors. Music has never been this efficiently vicious while still tickling all your melodic pleasure centers. Critics hate guitars. Mish and crew are on another level. I LOVE WHITE LUNG SUE ME.
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May 3, 2016 on Album Of The Week: Kaytranada 99.9%
Wait, I thought this was a Styx song...? [anybody? anybody?]
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April 29, 2016 on Watch Rae Sremmurd “Look Alive” On Fallon
That is actually quite good, Mr. Dust. The track I checked had a very strong "Thieves"-y Ministry vibe, which almost ensures I will venture deeper into your, I mean, Circle of Dust's, discography.
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April 29, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – April 2016
As someone who unabashedly loves Inquisition and thinks anyone who even faintly resembles them from a riff construction standpoint is at least worth investigating, this UADA stuff is bonkers-good. I've been basically sitting here zoned out at work jamming *Devoid of Light* nonstop for the last two hours. I think it is the quasi-post-punk/ bending/ seasick pinch-harmonics that get me. Maybe it's like aural pornography (which is very different than oral pornography): I know it when I hear it, and that's all that matters. Obviously, the Kvelertak and Vektor are going to own everything when they drop, but that Behexen was really tasty, too. And, while unlikely, those who are of a heavier music appreciation but only read Stereogum for Black Market (I mean, is that anyone? It could be someone; Black Market is that good), I would advice checking out the White Lung and Angel Du$t albums coming your way soon. Both have a certain je ne sais quoi that might appeal to your 6-string reptilian pleasure centers (the parts that like some melody and fun, specifically).
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April 29, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – April 2016
FWIW, they got a perfect 10 in Decibel, and that shit is not thrown around lightly over there. Mostly. Bodes well...
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April 29, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – April 2016
1 teaspoon Peter Murphy 2 tablespoons of Deathspell Omega [Paracletus-brand] Mix with a cup of molasses Bake at 666° for 7 minutes, 40 seconds
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April 27, 2016 on Virus – “Steamer”
So, I don't know how that posted without the rest of my comment, but... B) This sounds like the logical conclusion of what the Yeah Yeah Yeah's could've ever hoped to be, right? Kenneth's guitars sound a lot like vintage Nick Zinner (feeling "Y Control" here in the punk ballad vibe), except... more. Just more of everything. [FWIW, I love the YYYs and "Y Control"; White Lung are in a special place right now.]
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April 27, 2016 on White Lung – “Below” Video
A) I mean, it's a foregone conclusion that this is going to be AOTY, right? B)
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April 27, 2016 on White Lung – “Below” Video
:: This song is either cribbed from, an homage to, or eerily coincidental with The Smashing Pumpkins' "Try, Try, Try," [*Machina*].
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April 20, 2016 on Big Deal – “Say Yes”
:: Have you checked out that new Surgical Meth Machine album? It's Al(iens)' new project. The bonkers, epilepsy-inducing video for "Tragic Alert" took me back to high school watching Thrill Kill Kult vids. Definitely check it out.
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April 17, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Uhhh... not only is that not an Oxford comma, it's not a comma. You must be in a coma.
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April 12, 2016 on Album Of The Week: Sturgill Simpson A Sailor’s Guide To Earth
So, I officially added a Google Alert for "Michael Nelson Stereogum" in the extremely unfortunate event that something he wrote slipped through my "check-SG-every-other-hour" dragnet. In other news, my cuz and I had been wringing our hands over this new Kvelertak ever since "1985" dropped. I encouraged patience, album context, and faith in guitars above all else, and he was like, "Nope, this sounds like Carl Lewis triple jumping a tiger, hammerhead, and great white in rapid succession." So, in addition to having this article successfully kill my last 30 minutes of work very pleasantly, "Berserkr" has rewarded my faith and my cousin eating shark fin soup. My neck won't survive the summer if there are four songs stronger than this one populating *Nattseferd*. \m/
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April 11, 2016 on On Everybody Wants Some!!, Metal’s Genre Problem, & Kvelertak’s Amazing New Album
Great song and all that, but for real... Whatever Stereogum pays Michael per word is not nearly enough. I think he's the most talented writer in the Onlinemusicsphere, and for my eyeballs, it's not even all that close. It's the perfect blend of seeing the inner machinations of the mind of a subject matter expert, but not so esoteric or purposefully obscure as to make you feel like an idiot at any point (which seems to be the entire reason for existing for so many other denizens of the blogosphere). Just a great fucking job, Mr. Nelson. And, FWIW, very specifically, this piece was an incredibly eloquent explanation of the "feel" of why metal is special to so many. While finding the words to enunciate that special feel fail so many of us when talking to the uninitiated, it flows fluidly from your fingers like so many sharps and flats in Beethoven's conservatory. Thanks for being both accessible AND complex. You're like the Polvo of metal writers.
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March 4, 2016 on Beast Mode: Metal’s Evolution From Caveman To Cobalt
I've got a fever... and the only prescription... is more Pills. Nice track. "High" expectations for this LP.
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February 29, 2016 on Yung – “Pills”
FYI, that physical purchase link directs to Domino's euro site. Here's the US link: http://www.dominorecordco.us/usa/albums/18-02-16/paradise/ Also, this album will probably take up multiple spots on my top ten this year, so I should probably purchase multiple copies. White Lung can do no wrong. Top notch deluxe.
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February 23, 2016 on White Lung – “Hungry” Video
Both their S/T and *Meltdown* were grrrreat! [think Tony the Tiger, not Lumbergh from Office Space]
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February 18, 2016 on Mind Spiders – “Running”
This has a slightly QOTSA "No One Knows" feel to the herky-jerky riff. Rob Crow, I love you. Thanks for coming back.
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February 10, 2016 on Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place – “Oh, The Sadmakers”
A lot of good recommendations already on here, but you might also like Kvelertak if you like Baroness. TOTALLY different vocal approach, and the lyrics are entirely in Norwegian, but I could see someone who likes Baroness loving them too. I could see almost melody / catchiness junky loving Kvelertak. You're also doing yourself a disservice if you're not going back to Baroness' early EPs (*First* and *Second*, as well as their split with Unpersons called *A Grey Sigh In a Flower Husk*; the song "Teiresias" is a fucking masterpiece of miniature, interlocking Swiss-watch-precision grooves). Finally, the Norwegian band Audrey Horne could find a place in your pleasure center if the hard rock side of Baroness is what floats your boat. Enjoy!
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February 1, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – January 2016