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. GBV4ME.

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Incredible. Both the song and video.
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January 11, 2017 on Cherry Glazerr – “Nuclear Bomb” Video (NSFW-ish)
Definitely thinking Madchester scene with this one, so Oasis et al fo' sho'.
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January 11, 2017 on Communions – “It’s Like Air”
Which one are you? Dumb or Dumber? #Classic90sFilmLines
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January 6, 2017 on Dirty Projectors – “Little Bubble” Video
I mean, I didn't think that meant the SG commentariat was that out of touch with classic cinema. Thank you for defending my honor.
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January 6, 2017 on Dirty Projectors – “Little Bubble” Video
Yep. It sounds too much "soup du jour," which means, "soup of the day," (mmm... that sounds good, I'll have that), except, I have *already* had it and I want Dirty Projectors to have guitars because that is something they did genuinely differently (thereby, making them exciting) relative to other bands. This sounds like DP trying to be 2016-to-the-max. Very pretty song, gorgeous vocals, but the effort to fit in is showing. I hope it isn't a label thing.
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January 5, 2017 on Dirty Projectors – “Little Bubble” Video
They've actually included *Broken* and *The Downward Spiral* in the "definitive edition" reissue campaign. Both are up for preorder right now along with *The Fragile*. Also, FWIW, the *Deviations 1* version of The Fragile does NOT appear to include the regular album, but rather ONLY instrumental and alternate versions. To get the album proper, you need to buy the "definitive" version being sold separately. As Tim mentions above, even at $45, it is a steal compared to the totally wacko, out-of-control prices on Discogs and eBay ($250+ easy, all day long, and mint versions usually over $500). SO... yeah. I had to buy all of it. Kids college investments.
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December 16, 2016 on Nine Inch Nails’ Not The Actual Events EP Out Next Week
Most of what I've read suggests that it is likely not members of MGLA but rather that the lead singer is almost certainly Bart of Hermh (and owner of Witching Hour Productions, their label). Also, their guitarist, Христофор (Christopher), is likely one of the final guitarists from Hermh. If you check out Hermh's final album, *Cold Blood Messiah*, you'll hear the resemblance. Drummer is "Martin". Would be crazy if it was Axenrot (but highly doubtful)! I know the touring iteration of Batushka is like five or six strong, so they could definitely be including members of MGLA on the road.
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December 14, 2016 on The 40 Best Metal Albums Of 2016
Agreed that it was a down year for metal. In the past, I've had a tough time paring down to a top 20 (or 40), and this year it was a chore to figure out 20 that really moved me. 1 Kvelertak Nattesferd 2 Gatecreeper Sonoran Depravation 3 Take Over and Destroy Take Over and Destroy 4 Sumerlands Sumerlands 5 Gruesome Dimensions of Horror 6 Blood Incantation Starspawn 7 Scorched Echoes of Dismemberment 8 Wode Wode 9 Dysrhythmia The Veil of Control 10 Inquisition Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith 11 Eerie Eerie 12 Martyrdod List 13 Harakiri for the Sky III: Trauma 14 Ghoulgotha To Starve the Cross 15 Denouncement Pyre Black Sun Unbound 16 Anciients Voice of the Void 17 Oozing Wound Whatever Forever 18 Ripper Experiment of Existence 19 Sewercide Immortalized in Suffering 20 Skeletonwitch The Apothic Gloom Also, I thought Michael's intro was sublimely written, as per usual, but I found his ex-post-facto Metallica evaluation to be curious and kind of sad. If the music was awesome in September, it was awesome in November. They wrote and recorded the album well before the election came to a head, and nothing about the content or direction changed once they put down their axes/sticks. In a medium where opinions and lyrics often border on hilariously self-serious and overwrought, why would their post-election statements mean a damn about *Hardwired...*. Personally, I found the album to be boring with the exception of the three advanced singles. I'm not saying you're WRONG, just that it is interesting how the lens (or speaker?) through which you heard the sounds (or the people who made them) changed your perspective on the merits of music so drastically. The world changed. The record didn't.
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December 14, 2016 on The 40 Best Metal Albums Of 2016
Really interesting in that it is: A) Interesting, and B) 4+ minutes, and C) Interesting for 4+ minutes. All are noteworthy given the genre. Loved the little panning L/R interplay they had with several of the riffs. Frightfully fun!
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December 5, 2016 on Advent – “Weight Of The World”
No Sleaford Mods *TCR*? That shit was on fire if only for the title track alone! Even Iggy Pop agrees! Blunder.
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December 2, 2016 on 25 Great EPs From 2016
I wanted to leave my top 110 albums (which is, eff me, how many I ranked), but I'll do top 20 because no one cares anyway. Heavy on the guitars, and my methodology is strictly based on how much I enjoyed an album, having nothing to do with how important I thought it was: 1 Cymbals Eat Guitars Pretty Years 2 White Lung Paradise 3 Sioux Falls Rot Forever 4 King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizzard Nonagon Infinity 5 Kvelertak Nattesferd 6 Preoccupations Preoccupations 7 Goblin Cock Necronomidonkeykongimicon 8 Trust Punks Double Bind 9 Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever Talk Tight 10 The Amazing Ambulance 11 Chris Cohen As If Apart 12 Mitski Puberty 2 13 The Range Potential 14 EZTV High in Place 15 Car Seat Headrest Teens of Denial 16 Jesu/Sun Kil Moon Jesu/Sun Kil Moon 17 Two Inch Astronaut Personal Life 18 LVL UP Return to Love 19 Pinegrove Cardinal 20 Andy Shauf The Party Honorable Mention: Rob Crow's Gloom Place, Yung, Omni, Diiv, Operators, FEWS, Public Access TV, Washer, Connections, and, in metal: Gatecreeper, Blood Incantation, Dysrhythmia, Abbath, Ripper, Martyrdod, Scorched, and Harakirir for the Sky // TYVM for the tunes, 2016
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December 1, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016
That album by The Range was spectacular. Opened my ears to sounds I do not normally seek.
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November 29, 2016 on Album Of The Week: Worm Ouroboros What Graceless Dawn
"I do get pretty annoyed about the constant bashing of *alt-right*/*the-KKK-endorsed-him*/*Did-you-see-that-undercover-video-of-people-Seig-Heiling*--not because it's unwarranted (those things *do rightly scare the bejesus out of everyone*) but because the vast majority of the time they're targeting strawmen in order to tarnish all *Conservatives* with views only held by a very small minority." I mean, perhaps I am totally crazy, but doesn't this argument work both ways? I am in no way suggesting that your implication is anything to the contrary (in fact, I find your comments to be incredibly thoughtful and I applaud you for making them so eloquently), but as I read what you wrote, it struck me that the same logical fallacies that resonate as being potentially at work from your perspective might *also* frustrate those on the other side of the fence. There are many --most, even-- people who voted for Trump who are sickened by the insinuation that a very small fraction of his worst, furthest-right supporters are somehow an accurate reflection of his whole base. Imagining all (one, or two) of your conservative friends as closeted Neo-Nazis is simply not true, and it's not productive. When your choice is (pragmatically) binary, you are unfortunately forced into a selection that merely best, but not perfectly, represents you. Or you don't participate at all, which, while technically a third choice, is not something to celebrate in a democracy. The entire race was lost when the primary process gave us such flawed candidates. The more of this type of understanding we can achieve, the better off all of us will be. Peace.
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November 23, 2016 on SNL’s Colin Jost Responds To PWR BTTM Following Widespread Criticism Of His Weekend Update Trans Joke
Good recommendation! That song, "Prime Example Of A Lonely Child"... ferocious groove. PhD-beatdown indeed. My bench max just went up and I'm nowhere near a gym.
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November 22, 2016 on Album Of The Week: Martyrdöd List
What a phenomenal choice. For anyone who enjoys Kvelertak, but would prefer it be wrapped in barbed-wire and doused in kerosene, this is your band. *Elddop* was a whirring machine of vicious barbs. Also: WHEN IS MICHAEL'S TREATISE ON THE NEW METALLICA ALBUM DROPPING? Way more anticipated than the actual music, especially in hindsight (the advanced singles were easily the three best tracks).
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November 22, 2016 on Album Of The Week: Martyrdöd List
I would love Black Market weekly! But then again, I'd love Christmas and Halloween weekly, too, and part of their magic is their rarity. It's a conundrum.
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November 21, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – October 2016
Nope, not talking to yourself. I roughly screen posts for stuff posted by the metal crew, James Rettig, or anything that is "largely guitar oriented." Definitely some great electronic music being made these days, too. So, I saw the words "chugging," and "melancholy guitar-pop" and was like, [CLICK.] Great track. Didn't know about Happyness until just now.
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November 21, 2016 on Happyness – “Falling Down”
Best thing since Swervedriver came back. Rumor has it Hum is also tinkering on a return (studio). Now if Billy could find an authentic bone in his body with the help of D'arcy and James, I might just up and die of happiness and fuzz.
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November 16, 2016 on Hear Chavez’s First New Song In 20 Years “The Bully Boys”
Great. *The 'burbs* is my favorite movie of all time ever. Thanks for all but guaranteeing that Tom Hanks is revealed as some sort of child-abducting-dungeon-haver (not unlike the Klopeks in *The 'burbs*!). And certainly before 2016 is over, because, 2016.
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November 15, 2016 on Pissed Jeans – “The Bar Is Low”
Does anyone remember that Pantera song on The Crow Soundtrack called "The Badge"? It was a Poison Idea cover, but it had a similar vibe to this unhinged rager. Both tracks are engineered to break necks. Also, that James Hetfield-ian *ALRIGHT!* @ 1:51 was straight outta "Seek & Destroy". These guys have done their homework. \m/
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November 14, 2016 on Power Trip – “Firing Squad”
Man... this sounds just as triumphant and blistering as anything else they've ever put out. When people agonize over an album the expectations build to the point where the finished product seems destined to come up short. This song signals some hope of defying that outcome. Hugely impressive.
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November 12, 2016 on The Wrens – “At Irish Exit” (Demo)
IMO, Dark Descent / Unspeakable Axe are the most can't miss label(s) going right now. Everything they release is heavy, catchy, and real. Just adding my voice to the chorus.
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October 31, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – October 2016
I gotta tell you: Nocturnal Habits.. you have got what *appears* to be a dynamite sound!
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October 24, 2016 on Stream Nocturnal Habits New Skin For Old Children
Listened to all three Handsome Furs albums yesterday after taking down this (excellent) piece. I find HF to be more organic and engaging than Operators, but enjoy both. It's like HF stuff was recorded in a Soviet Guitar Center in 1986, whereas Operators was recorded in an Apple Store in 2016. "Radio Kaliningrad" is such an insane banger. Have always preferred Dan's WP tracks to Spencer's. Aaaannnd... I think that's it. Thanks.
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October 11, 2016 on The Wanderer: The Searching, Expansive Career Of Dan Boeckner
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”