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J R Van Cleave
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 +2Posted on Oct 6th | re: Pisces Iscariot Turns 20 (27 comments)

There are no bands which produce a sound with such a positive effect in my brain as Gish-PI era Smashing Pumpkins. Even the best songs on Mellon Collie, which are really good songs, don’t do the same thing for me. Something about the guitar tones and the way it’s all mixed and sounds like an eighth second behind sometimes just hypnotize me.

 0Posted on Oct 6th | re: No Need To Argue Turns 20 (20 comments)

Confession/memory lane time: This album was both the very first cd I owned (at age 9) and the album to which I lost my virginity (not at age 9). I really think it is unimpeachable in terms of quality and songwriting. The song “I can’t be with you” is my favorite, and now I can see it is an amazing Smiths tribute. I couldn’t stand anything they put out after this album (except for Just my Imagination), but I just can’t get enough of this one, even today.

 +1Posted on Aug 5th | re: The Black Market: The Month In Metal - July 2014 (20 comments)

I just watched that Myrkur video on Noisey. She sounds completely awesome but I can’t enjoy it now because I feel like I’m being tricked. Who is she, really??? Is she really Scandinavian? Because I only know four female Scandinavians: Bjork, jj, Robyn, and the Knife. I really don’t think she is any of them…

 0Posted on Jun 30th | re: Win Tickets To Iceland Airwaves 2014 (362 comments)

Future Islands!!!!

 -4Posted on Jun 17th | re: Let's Shortlist The Song Of The Summer 2014 (286 comments)

Katy Perry – “Birthday”

Seriously the best song I’ve heard this year.

Agree one hundred percent about I’m Goin’ Down. Probably Bruce’s best pure pop song. Though Dancing in the Dark gives it a run for its money.

 0Posted on May 14th | re: Sharon Van Etten - "Your Love Is Killing Me" (8 comments)

This is better than anything on her last album.

 +1Posted on May 12th | re: Sunny Day Real Estate - "In Circles" (4-Track Demo) (2 comments)

If this isn’t my favorite song, it’s definitely in the top 20 or so. It’s so so good and even like this sounds pretty much perfect.

 +2Posted on May 5th | re: Sung Tongs Turns 10 (20 comments)

Anyone else want to live inside “Winter Love”?

 +1Posted on Apr 28th | re: Parklife Turns 20 (42 comments)

Here’s a dorky story. When I was 12, I sold all my Korn cds at CD Warehouse to buy “BLUR” and “Parklife.” I had previously gotten into Bowie through Nine Inch Nails’ recommendation, and this was yet another step into indie music nerd life for me.

Maybe I’m lame, but my favorite track was Clover over Dover