Greg Bouchard

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“which among the youthz”

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November 14, 2014 on Lorde Clarifies Comment About Kim Kardashian’s Butt

I think he was trying to be funny, but this song is just mean. Even when he says something nice he comes back with an actual insult: “I met War On Drugs tonight and they’re pretty nice…They’re definitely the whitest band I’ve ever fucking heard.” It seems like he wants to reach out to the War on Drugs and have a laugh about all of this, but I can understand why the band is ignoring him. He sounds like a douche.

He should just stop trying to be a comedian and stick to songwriting.

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October 7, 2014 on Sun Kil Moon – “War On Drugs: Suck My Cock”

Yeah, this was definitely the Ottawa Folk Festival. I mean, everyone knows that big folk festivals (like jazz festivals) will book acts way outside of the genre to attract crowds, so no one should have been surprised. But still, I can see why he would get pissed off. It sounds like he doesn’t even know who the War on Drugs are other than the loud band in the distance, so they shouldn’t take it personally.

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September 15, 2014 on Sun Kil Moon: “The War On Drugs Can Suck My Fucking Dick”

I think Kid A is fundamentally a 90s album, even though it was released in 2000. It was the culmination of so many musical trends from that decade. Arcade Fire was pat of something new. That “new” thing wasn’t necessarily better, just saying you can’t really put Funeral and Kid A in the same pool.

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September 15, 2014 on Funeral Turns 10

I can see how an actual folk artist would get pissed off from being drowned out by rock band at a folk festival.

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September 15, 2014 on Sun Kil Moon: “The War On Drugs Can Suck My Fucking Dick”

I’m the guy who covered the Salsatheque show for Stereogum and I can say from experience that it was mind-blowingly awesome being in a crowd of people dressed for the occasion. It created this amazing sense of community that is totally lacking at most shows. It was also just an unforgettable aesthetic experience. AF aren’t being assholes – they won’t kick you out if you don’t comply, and didn’t even do so for the Salsatheque shows where there were only 100 people present and were filming a video. It’s just like Halloween: you don’t HAVE to dress up, but it’s a lot more fun if you do.

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November 25, 2013 on Is It OK For Arcade Fire To Have A Dress Code At Their Concerts?

Agreed that Adore is better than Pisces Iscariot. Also extremely underrated: Machina II, though I can’t imagine ranking it higher than it is here.

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October 30, 2013 on Smashing Pumpkins Albums From Worst To Best

Yup, he said the name of the track. I was listening hard but didn’t catch the names of the others (or pretty much any lyrics). It was even a little hard to see even though I was about five feet from the band because they were literally performing right on a flat dance floor. I realized pretty quickly that I could see clearly if I watched the band’s reflection in the mirrors on the ceiling. Going for, ahem, a theme there maybe?

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September 11, 2013 on Report From Arcade Fire’s Surprise Show At Montreal’s Salsathèque 9/9/13

Oh, and this article deals with Trans perfectly. For some reason it usually brings out extreme reactions in people – “worst piece of crap ever” or “most under-appreciated album ever” – and the fact is that it’s a really interesting experiment that went pretty damn okay. It’s fun hearing Neil Young so far out of his element, and it’s fun getting all ironically enthusiastic about him sounding like a robot and playing disco, but the vocoder/synth aesthetic had been pretty well explored by better artists by then and his entrance into the genre definitely was a little dilettantish.

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August 25, 2013 on Neil Young Albums From Worst To Best

One thing about On the Beach that the article didn’t mention is that it captures Neil Young’s disparate song styles on one record. “See the Sky About to Rain” is from the After the Gold Rush/Harvest period (and was included on Live at Massey Hall) and “Revolution Blues” and “Walk On” could have just as well been recorded with Crazy Horse. But then you get those last three songs doing something really interesting and different that Neil Young never quite returned to. You could say it doesn’t hang together as an album, but this is outweighed by its function as a capsule of all of his best work. It also just happens to be my personal favourite Neil record.

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August 25, 2013 on Neil Young Albums From Worst To Best

I love Lou Reed as much as the next guy, but there should be some law against him talking about things.

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July 2, 2013 on Lou Reed Reviews Yeezus

And is that a bad thing? I just can’t believe the number of negative comments on this album. There are maybe two or three dud tracks, a few that are good but not classic, and five or six that I could listen to on repeat for a whole afternoon. That beats the hell out of most albums.

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May 13, 2013 on Daft Punk Random Access Memories Comment Party

I’m really happy to see so much love for “It Makes No Difference.” It’s one of the greatest songs ever written, period, but gets overlooked next to other Band classics. Awesome list.

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May 4, 2013 on The 10 Best The Band Songs

First Impressions of Earth is a really underrated album. I think it deserves more credit for expanding The Strokes’ sound beyond their first two LPs. If The Strokes hadn’t shifted gears a bit at that point in their career, everyone would be railing on them for writing the same album over and over. There are definitely a couple duds on First Impressions, but far more great songs that people give them credit for. I’m glad that at least “You Only Live Once” got its due.

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March 31, 2013 on The 10 Best Strokes Songs

What does it say that a product like this is aiming itself at hipsters?

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March 7, 2013 on Andrew WK Is The Face Of Playtex Wipes

At the very least, it’s refreshing to see a conversation about feminism with so many female voices present.

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February 5, 2013 on Watch Beyoncé’s Super Bowl Halftime Show

Midnight Vultures is just essential Beck… If it doesn’t do anything for you, I wonder if you’re really that much of a Beck fan.

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January 18, 2013 on The 10 Best Beck Songs

I realize I’m jumping into this really late, but I think it’s such nonsense that The King of Limbs has gotten so much flack. Aside from clearly outdoing Pablo Honey, you could arguably rank it above Amnesiac and Hail to the Thief, both of which have plenty of killer songs but don’t work as well as full albums.

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November 12, 2012 on Radiohead Albums From Worst To Best

“…one of the most astute and beloved communicators of the human condition since Baudelaire or Rimbaud.” I really, really love Leonard Cohen, but that’s a pretty ridiculous overstatement.

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October 22, 2012 on The 10 Best Leonard Cohen Songs

It’s a good enough list, given the challenge of narrowing down Wilco’s immense catalogue. I would have added “Art of Almost” from their new album. I think it’s the best Wilco song post-Sky Blue Sky and arguably since A Ghost is Born.

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August 16, 2012 on The 10 Best Wilco Songs