Tom Busler

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If we're talking about current standing, they're probably holding the #1 spot without peer. Given their longevity and lack of missteps (*cough* indiecindy *cough*), they'd be pushing for all-time #1b to Pixies #1a, if only because Black Francis & Co. seem to have been more influential in their heyday, with more concentrated spectacular success. Pixies = Explosion, Dino Jr. = Olympic Flame
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May 25, 2016 on Dinosaur Jr. – “Tiny”
The Album Leaf makes some of the most excellent music to have on in the background while cranking out work. Glad to see they're back!
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May 25, 2016 on The Album Leaf – “Back To The Start” (Stereogum Premiere)
I can hear the Beach Slang thing. The band(s) that comes to mind for me (not that all commentary had to be "RIYL"-based) are Blair Shehan's Knapsack/Jealous Sound, albeit with a bit more gravel, a little less emo in the vox. The song "Ownership" has a Pretty Girls Make Graves kind of needly guitar interplay going. I guess it's getting harder and harder to make anything that sounds totally new.
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May 23, 2016 on Grieving – “My Friend, The Ghost”
FWIW, there is another band called High Water that does this sort of Uncle Tupelo-ian take on the Goo Goo Dolls first two albums. They're ahh-maze-ing. Totally overlooked. Hope they come out with some new stuff, too.
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May 23, 2016 on High Water – “Changed The Locks” (Lucinda Williams Cover)
This band is everything good that we don't have from a thinking-man's 90s indie rock band nowadays. They're the left end of the dial superstars we never had. I saw CEG in early 2012 and chatted with Joe D'Agostino after their set (opened for Cursive), and told him I thought they had the second best record of '11 (*Lenses Alien*, still my fave CEG), and he was like, "Who was first?!" And I told him Real Estate (*Days*) and he said, "Huh. They're great live, but I think their albums are boring." Well, compared to CEG, yeah! Everything in its own place. Also, I told him how much I loved the intro to "Shore Points" and he asked me for my email address, then he tabbed it out for me on their drive to their next show! Super, super cool guy.
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May 23, 2016 on Cymbals Eat Guitars – “Wish”
Shreds is definitely the operative word. Zoinks. Another band came to mind for me: Fang Island. They can also wreck a room with virtuosity, but they look to the light and airy side of things more than the dark and scary. Looking forward to this to drop.
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May 17, 2016 on Astronoid – “Up And Atom”
I'm getting a distinct Radio Dept. vibe from Naps. Which is to say, it's amazing and I love love love it.
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May 14, 2016 on Stream Naps & Yikes The Most Beautiful Place On Earth / Commercial Music
This shit is phenomenal! I mean, 100% in my sweet spot. I can hear quite a bit of Jawbox in this (along with J. Robbins other family of bands). Maybe a bit more linear? IDK. It's an embarrassment of riches trolling around for new music right now. Stuff like this comes out of nowhere and that's what makes visiting Stereogum so much fun. You never know when your next musical crush is gonna walk by your locker.
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May 10, 2016 on Yeesh – “End Results” (Stereogum Premiere)
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