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.

Comments from ItsyBitsyTeenyWeenyYellowPolkaDotAlbini

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”
Yep, super stoked for this. It kind of crept up on me given the dearth of exciting guitar music over the past two weeks or so. Perfect amalgamation of so many bands I dig right now. The more I listen, this could just be like a less ominous Viet Cong record. Er, Preoccupations record. Both hitting the same spot, one in black-and-white, one in technicolor.
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July 1, 2016 on Stream Omni Deluxe
What the actual heck was in those bags!?! Please say it was just a bunch of those "raccoon tail toys" (fake tail attached to battery-powered ball that rolled around) that you could buy at Cracker Barrel. As for the band/music, I'm in the camp that thinks the way the breakup went down was definitely crappy for Alice, and that Ethan is probably not a saint, but I don't care because the art was great. Everything I've heard with Edith continues that trend, so, I'm in.
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June 30, 2016 on Crystal Castles Tease New Album Release In August
Can something be sick/twisted/filthy/disgusting, but also clean/precise/triumphant all at once? Yes. Yes it can. As a proud resident of Colorado, it is very cool to see Dark Descent Records completely destroy with nearly every single release. Horrendous, House of Atreus, Undergang, Crypt Sermon, Unaussprechlichen Kulten, Thantifaxath, Corpsessed... and those are just some of my personal faves. If they don't have the highest batting average (and slugging percentage) of any domestic metal label right now... wow. Who else is hitting this hard this often?
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June 29, 2016 on Blood Incantation – “Chaoplasm”
Ace! This is a fine song, and I would like to hear more, please-and-thank-you.
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June 27, 2016 on Adam Payne – “Tell Me” (Stereogum Premiere)
I can't be the only one hearing some Ghost in this, right? This sounds like a less cartoon-y, more spectral version of the classically hook-laden material our favorite Nameless Ghouls are writing. It's even a much more palatable version of Tobias' -- er, Papa's -- vocals. I should clarify, none of this is meant as a knock. Quite the opposite. It's like a deliciously salty Ghost cracker, but without the spray cheese.
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June 23, 2016 on Hammers Of Misfortune – “Sea Of Heroes” (Stereogum Premiere)
100% yes. Sweet, sweet scuzzy/fuzziness. This stuff is like chicken fingers. I'm never going to say no, and will always love more, please and thank you.
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June 23, 2016 on Happy Diving – “Holy Ground” (Stereogum Premiere)
The song "My Neighbor Satan" is and forever will be one of the best dreamy doom songs of all time. I guess that's a relatively specific genre slice, and somewhat contradictory, so perhaps not a great feat, but the song is a triumph. Also love about half of *Noise* (especially "Taiyo no Baka"). They're the Adam Dunn of the indie/metal world. Home runs and strike outs, almost exclusively.
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June 15, 2016 on Boris – “SOFUN”
Came here to post "something, something, Dethklok, something..." and was surprised someone'd beaten me to it. Yes, this is very Dethklokian.
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June 14, 2016 on Deftones’ Chino Moreno To Perform 400 Feet Underground Inside Icelandic Volcano
Er, no. He wasn't. This special breed of science teacher / football coach / thick-necked windmill headbanger must be more prevalent than we could've ever imagined! My bud teaches in semi-rural southern Illinois, just outside of STL.
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June 7, 2016 on Here’s What Cannibal Corpse Would Sound Like On Radio Disney
DUDE. I mean, it isn't a slam dunk, but I have a good friend who accompanied me to both of my aforementioned Cannibal Corpse concerts, and he is a high school science teacher, and a football coach, and he is hilarious... and he loves The 'Corpse. It wouldn't surprise me in the slightest if your comment was in regard to my buddy.
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June 7, 2016 on Here’s What Cannibal Corpse Would Sound Like On Radio Disney
What does it say about you if you love both? I have both been kicked out of and injured during Cannibal Corpse concerts (two separate occasions) and have shelled out dearly for original import Kings of Convenience LPs. I help manage ABSU's facebook page, and watch more Peppa Pig/Paw Patrol than anything else on TV (not necessarily voluntarily). My favorite band is Polvo. My most listened to album of all-time is *Blood Visions* (or maybe *Siamese Dream*...). There was almost a solid three month period where all I listened to was The Radio Dept. My car's dream license plate is "GVB ROX". So, if you guessed decently nice schizophrenic asshole, you're probably right. IDK. This Radio Disney stuff is incredible.
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June 7, 2016 on Here’s What Cannibal Corpse Would Sound Like On Radio Disney
*Hissing Fauna...* is a minor masterpiece of the 21st century; it sounds like what Renaissance masters imagined God did on a Friday night, if He was a disco goth. It is a distilled nectar of ambrosia and vodka drizzled on a bowl of Starburst-flavored Skittles. It is, in other words, an album worth treasuring. This sounds more like that than his recent stuff, and as such, I am excited.
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June 1, 2016 on of Montreal – “It’s Different For Girls”
Desaparecidos-core; loved everything about it.
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May 28, 2016 on Frameworks – “Purge” Video
Counterpoint: See, Mascis, J.
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May 26, 2016 on The Strokes – “OBLIVIUS”
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)