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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I read the entire intro, then scrolled down to see where what I believe to be a high-water mark, *The Air Force*, slotted, and was GOBSMACKED to see it outside of the top 10, let alone top 3. Totally absurd. The 2000s run from TAF through DG,IHM was totally sublime. I think *Forget* is a true return to form (*Always* isn't bad), but... wow. I don't usually take to the comments to voice outright dissent, but there is no world where XX's cover album of *Twin Peaks* slots above *TAF*. Senselessly provocative, and beyond the realm of subjectivity, IMO. Which is a silly thing to say about any music journalism/critique, but... nope. TAF'ers unite!
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March 7, 2017 on Xiu Xiu Albums From Worst To Best
Without putting words into her mouth, and imagining Melina would probably want just the opposite, I can't help but feel this album will be devastating to other artists who are about to put some music out into the world. I mean... IT'S SOOO GOOD. How can your little jingles stack up? THEY CAN'T. Why try? DON'T. Everyone else, stop recording, sell your guitars, and get a normal haircut. The insurance industry awaits. With me.
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March 2, 2017 on Stream Jay Som Everybody Works
Indeed. The Fucking Champs are/were one of the best bands going.
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March 2, 2017 on Trans Am – “Alles Verboten”
Soooooo so many private, special times in my life soundtracked by this album. In fact, we've got a chicken/egg thing going on here: I don't know if I reached for this album when life called for something introspective and wistful, or if the mere act of putting this album on created a headspace that couldn't help but be both of those things. For such a quiet, reserved performance, it absolutely demands your attention. Never before have so few decibels sounded so loud.
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February 24, 2017 on Either/Or Turns 20
This comment makes perfect sense, word for word. Thank you for writing it, and now you can get out of my head.
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February 23, 2017 on HEALTH – “Euphoria” Video & DISCO 3 Album Stream
This year's Mitski. And I don't mean that in the way that any white Wide Receiver is always and ONLY compared to other white WRs. I mean it in that both of these gals can absolutely play and write top-notch deluxe songs. In fact, the closer proxy for sound, based more on "The Bus Song," is Land of Talk, IMO. They have that same ability to be anthemic without being corny, and still seemingly fragile despite the grandeur. If you told me this was a long-lost LoT song, I'd totally believe you. I mean this as the highest praise. Jay Som is gonna be a thing we talk about this year. Exciting! In other news, Topshelf Records A&R division is totally on point. Not that I don't love Polyvinyl, but would've like to see her stay with them. I'm sure distribution and budget are significantly better at Polyvinyl. I digress.
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February 23, 2017 on Artist To Watch: Jay Som
This shit is lit-er than a mofo. I'm going to blow up our office with these grooves if it continues to build like the first few minutes have. Stuff like this is endlessly replayable, and works in a LOT of different contexts, IMO. Fun aside: Before Andrew and Ben had even released *Street Horrrsing* (as Fuck Buttons, obv), they came through StL and played a pretty intimate show. I remember one of them using one of those Fischer Price microphones into another microphone, distorting the hell out of it, and terrifying everyone in attendance. In any event, I ended up at the same house as them afterwards, and talked with Andrew at length. To date it is the only time I've offered touring musicians a place to crash, and the only time I've been taken up on it. Super chill, cool dudes. In any event, everything they've made as FB has been rad, and this might top all of that.
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February 23, 2017 on Stream Blanck Mass World Eater
HUGE potential with this band. Yuge. Bigly talents, these guys. But for real, that Sioux Falls album was my 2nd or 3rd fave from last year. Amped for the next.
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February 22, 2017 on Strange Ranger – “Nobody Knows If” & “One Mississippi/Light In Through The Window”
The pedigree, when you think about it, is almost unrivaled in terms of alt/indie rock guitar: Pumpkins, Slint, Chavez? GTFO. I love the Zwan album, fwiw, and agree that "Mary Star of the Sea" is on par with the best of any of those bands, but unfortunately, the sum never exceeded the parts, and only occasionally rivaled it. Probably Billy's fault (definitely his fault), and I've defended Billy the songwriter/guitarist forever because I'm a Pumpkins apologist to a fault. New Chavez was great, if only a tease. Billy's hinted at returning to a *Gish*/*SD* sound if he gets the original lineup together. I don't know what I'm going on about. Sorry. I just get excited when the talk turns to early-/mid-90s guitar rock.
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February 22, 2017 on Dave Pajo: Billy Corgan Is A “Bully” Who Scolds His Fans, Obsesses Over White Stripes Album Sales
Wait... WHAT?! Nervosas are no longer a thing? Their trajectory was insane! Say it ain't so! [Sorry to Middle Children for ignoring them. Also, sorry to middle children for ignoring them.]
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January 30, 2017 on Middle Children – “Fish”
I almost feel as if they'd have to release under a different moniker if he didn't have his standard three tracks. It wouldn't be a NP album without them.
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January 27, 2017 on The New Pornographers – “High Ticket Attractions”
You should start with *Rubies*, IMO. Then work forwards and backwards an album at a time from there. *Rubies* is where I got on the Bejar Pain Train and I've been riding first class ever since.
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January 27, 2017 on The New Pornographers – “High Ticket Attractions”
"Drown" is easily one of Smashing Pumpkins' tipity-top songs ever. The extended solo version is (close to) on par with "Starla" and "Soma".
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January 26, 2017 on Singles Soundtrack Gets Deluxe Reissue With Previously Unreleased Tracks
They're definitely sharing him. He's committed to being in Nada Surf. As for citation, how's this: I read that somewhere on the internet (it was a Doug Gillard interview) shortly after he rejoined GBV.
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January 25, 2017 on Guided By Voices – “Hiking Skin”
Gee, thanks. I've always felt that if I had a band, I would have an awesome moniker and super rad album titles, but utterly garbage music. Your comment gives me hope that I just might be right.
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January 23, 2017 on Mastodon Tease New Album Which May Or May Not Be Yoga Music
A) Hooray! B) Definitely Brann Dailor (http://media.gettyimages.com/photos/brann-dailor-of-mastodon-poses-topless-to-show-off-his-tattoos-at-picture-id93446478) C) There's a good preview of the album/progress in Decibel's 2017 preview issue. D) Mastodon are great for many, many reasons, not least of which is not taking themselves too seriously or focvsing on being too cvlt.
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January 21, 2017 on Mastodon Tease New Album Which May Or May Not Be Yoga Music
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