Adam Swiderski

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No "John Wayne Gacy, Jr." makes this list totally invalid. I know it's a downer, but seriously, it's a master class in songwriting. To take a subject like that and speak so eloquently about it in a way that humanizes the individual in question while not in an form shying away from the monstrosity of what he did amounts to a ridiculous degree of difficulty, and Stevens pulls it off beautifully. And then you throw in the haunting music and arrangement...I mean, I wouldn't say it's perfect, but it's really, really close.
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May 26, 2016 on The 10 Best Sufjan Stevens Songs
This and Gord Downie's cancer in the same's too much.
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May 24, 2016 on Neil Young OK With Donald Trump Using His Music: “I Got Nothing Against Him”
I was introduced to the Hip during a long-distance relationship with a girl who lived in Newmarket, and "Nautical Disaster" was the first song of theirs she played for me. I was hooked, immediately.
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May 24, 2016 on The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie Has Terminal Brain Cancer, Plans One Last Tour
This. I was digging the album, in general, but when I got to that song...mind = blown.
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May 23, 2016 on Watch Car Seat Headrest Cover Radiohead & Sufjan Stevens In Philly
I'm so glad he said this, because I keep seeing people posting this video and saying stuff like, "LOOK AT PRINCE DUNK ALL OVER EVERYONE'S FACES ALL THESE OLD STODGY WHITE MUSICIANS ARE SO PISSED." Watching the video, it was fairly obvious to me that wasn't true - you can see Petty mouth "Wow" at one point - but people need a narrative, I guess.
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April 29, 2016 on Tom Petty Reminisces About Prince’s Newly Viral Rock Hall Guitar Solo
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April 27, 2016 on Watch D’Angelo’s Devastating Prince Tribute On The Tonight Show
I don't have the link handy, but if you get the chance, watch his solos during "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" at the George Harrison tribute. The man was a monster musician. At the end, he throws his guitar in the air...and we never see it come down, because God basically decided it had been played as it was ever going to be and took it up from this mortal realm.
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April 21, 2016 on R.I.P. Prince
I love me some Lips, but it makes me sad what has become of Wayne's voice in the past few years. I mean, it's understandable - age and hard living aren't kind to the pipes - but the decline has been fairly dramatic, and it's just a drag.
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April 20, 2016 on Watch The Flaming Lips & Chewbacca Cover David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” On Colbert
This might be the best NYC festival lineup.
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April 19, 2016 on Afropunk Brooklyn 2016 Lineup
Eagles of Death Metal make me so sad. I want to like them, their music is fun, but I can't get around Hughes's right-wing wackjob-ness. It really ruins the whole experience for me. Maybe I should be able to look past it - I mean, I don't know everyone whose music I like, personally, and some of them are surely jerks - but I just can't, in this case, for some reason.
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April 15, 2016 on Watch Eagles Of Death Metal Play “Silverlake (K.S.O.F.M.)” On Conan
Oblivion is an underrated film. That's all I have to say.
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April 4, 2016 on Premature Evaluation: M83 Junk
I had the exact same thought while watching the "All My Friends" video. I mean, I'm glad someone recorded it so I could see it, but how could you be witnessing a live performance of that song and not dancing your ass off?
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March 28, 2016 on I Was There When LCD Soundsystem Reunited
This song is everything. This album is fantastic. I can't imagine she'll tour it at all given the circumstances, but it bums me out that I'll never be able to see any material from this record performed live.
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March 28, 2016 on School Of Seven Bells – “Ablaze” Video
I was part of the "already had tickets for Panorama" group, and I *still* got shut out by a crashing Ticketweb. There is a bitterness I will carry for the rest of my life.
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March 28, 2016 on I Was There When LCD Soundsystem Reunited
This sucks. I have no more eloquent way to put it.
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March 23, 2016 on R.I.P. Phife Dawg
I honestly don't know how to take this. On one hand, it's probably the only way GovBall was going to survive the AEG onslaught long-term, and it certainly gives the festival more muscle when it comes to booking future lineups. On the other hand, it's kind of a bummer to see them become part of the machine. SO MANY FEELINGS.
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March 18, 2016 on Live Nation Is Acquiring Governors Ball
1) Please please let this tour come to the U.S., at some point. 2) For Emma, Forever Ago holds up like crazy. 3) The Staves are the real deal, and everyone should check out their non-Vernon-supporting work, too, because it's boss.
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March 17, 2016 on Watch Bon Iver And The Staves Play “Flume” In A Hong Kong Stairwell
Man, it's too bad Future is the best rapper alive, or we'd really have to start paying attention to this Kendrick guy.
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March 17, 2016 on Watch Kendrick Lamar Freestyle With A Bunch Of Kids In Manchester