Great list but Sigur Ros probably released the best album of their career and Pusha-T also had an incredible Yeezus-esque debut. But besides those oversights, good stuff.
Ma$e, a G.O.O.D Music hanger-on?…And in the same breath as Cyhi? Please…
The line was “WHAT’S A KING TO A GOD?”…not the other way around
When I played my friend’s Blonde Redhead’s last record “Penny Sparkle,” They thought it was the new XX record.
Phantom, what do you know about rap? The chorus of “Fur in my cap” and “Beez in the trap” etc is a rally common choral form that got really popular with the “snap music” of early aughts. its not copyist, its a style. NE way.
A REFERENCE TO THE GAME ROBOT UNICORN ATTACK LIKELY….
This article is good and all but you pretty much point-for-point paraphrase the whole NYT article that came out earlier today.
Where do you live? Letterman jackets are beyond trendy at the moment and it’s been that way for at least a year. It’s not Sleigh Bells bringing the 90s back …
WHY ISNT THAT MADONNA VIDEO ON HERE? THE ART DIRECTION IS EXCELLENT AND THE CONCEPT IS REALLY SMART. IM SORTA CONFUSED ABOUT ITS OMISSION.
Wow Corban! You totally missed the point.
In nearly every interview, BL are asked about their purported “controversial” antics. The band is completely pigeon-holed by their past penchant for incendiary stage gags, most of this shit they don’t even do anymore.
Making out and subsequently being “chased out of Indiat”, lighting their drum kit on fire, destroying instruments, spit and vomit gags, bloody injuries–we’ve seen and heard this all about BL before and they’re making fun of it. I’m embarrassed to say when I interviewed Cole, the first question I asked was “The wildest thing you’ve heard that you’ve done onstage?” Being such, there’s no coincidence that Cole performs a mock suicide at the end. Kinda like, “They Threw Us in a Trench and Put a Monument on Top.”
APPARENTLY THE DRUM IS NOT DEAD
“That video is pretty badass. All of our attempts to dislike her keep getting thwarted”– MY FRIEND, VIA FB CHAT: SO TRUE.
Caretaker is Leyland Kirby’s side project of found sound / field recording ambient music. He released a three part compilation album (Intrigue & Stuff Vol. 1-3) as well as an album proper “Eager to Tear Apart the Stars,” which is much better than Caretaker in my opinion. Kirby will likely top Boomkat’s Album of the Year poll as he did in 09. This is all to say, Kirby is a well known master to those who listen to experimental music.
BLACK LIPS. WHERE THE HELL ARE BLACK LIPS? PASTE DOES NOT SUPPORT THEIR OWN ATLANTA SCENE. AT. ALL. GOOD RIDDANCE!
CARETAKER IS GOOD BUT PROPER LEYLAND KIRBY RELEASES ARE EVEN BETTER…
WEIRD THAT PJ HARVEY IS NOT ON THERE. TOTALLY SEEMS LIKE PASTE(Y)’S MARKET AND, OF COURSE, THERE IS A CASE THAT IT IS THE ALBUM OF POLLY JEANS CAREER, IN A CAREER OF CLASSICS AND ALBUMS OF THE YEAR …
NEEDS MORE DAN BEJAR!
WOW. OPETH HAS COMPLETELY CHANGED THEIR STYLE. FROM PROG-INFLECTED METAL TO…WELL, PROG. THEIR LAST ALBUM HAD SCOTT WALKER’S “DRIFT” INFLUENCE ALL OVER IT AND THIS ONE, THIS ONE IS KIND OF LIKE FLOWER TRAVELLIN BAND AS FRONTED BY MIKAEL.
WHAT A SURPRISE !
I’D RATHER TALK ABOUT PORTAMENTO … OR APPARAT.
GIVERS are really great live! They reminded me of DPz before they came on next in their ATL show
Kozelek’s no spring chicken!
These comments are disappointing, as usual.
In defense of the cover art:
1. There is a new (ish) design aesthetic heralded as “the new ugly.” It is a reaction to the hegemony of post-Swiss school minimalist design that has become so popular (and boring) these days. In a sense, it is an anti-generic statement.
2. The album cover is actual an animated GIF on her site and elsewhere, but of course, as a physical artifact, the album art is a static image. Isn’t the point that people don’t own albums anymore? It’s digital. This album art is quintessentially a digital product as you really get it as an online expierence versus a physical one. Music is no longer static, even track listings are meaningless as its sequence is disrupted by pirate copies and random shuffles, etc.
The is a dumb, repetitive pop song with really slick glossy production. Sound familiar?
The key to the song is the chorus. After the success of Paper Planes and Kala in general, MIA is expected to maintain artistic credibility, still, radio success.
“You want me be somebody who I’m really not.”–a pop ingenue. The songs dumb on purpose.
It seems, like most radio music, that this track could be made by anyone but it is idiosyncratically MIA. It’s ironic, meta, whatever.
They sure did push the release of the album way up there! But honestly I like ‘gum’s premature evaluations way better than the reviews on other sites, except, maybe rateyourmusic…
My take: Less filler than the first. The aggressive parts are more aggressive. The dreamy songs are dreamier. Less NES, more manipulations of the vocals, more original. Good all around.
Whats up with all these premature evaluations that are not about Crystal Castles, which leaked a week ago? C’mon.