Jake Herron

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Prediction: I’m gonna file this album alongside albums like Uncanney Valley and Sweet Heart Sweet Light; albums that have the essence of what makes great bands great, but the immediacy and stakes are gone so there is not quite as much heart in it.

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December 16, 2014 on Modest Mouse – “Lampshades On Fire”

I call Modest Mouse one of my favorite bands. And this isn’t a bad song. But it does nothing to excite me as a Modest Mouse fan. The verses sound pretty cool, not a big fan of the “ba ba ba’s,” but its still better than anything the Black Keys or anyone like that is doing. But in the back of my head I was really hoping for something awesome not just serviceable.

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December 16, 2014 on Modest Mouse – “Lampshades On Fire”

Not surprised. Saw them once and they had some sort of petty argument onstage and stormed off stage. Was turned off ever since.

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December 14, 2014 on Smith Westerns Announce Indefinite Hiatus

Video says August 3, not August 8.

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July 24, 2014 on Chance The Rapper Teases New Music In Video

Love Manchester Orchestra. Have for years. But Cope was easily their weakest record ever IMO.

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June 18, 2014 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2014 So Far

Salad Days and Word OK have been the only albums I have consistently returned to this year. I figured at least Mac would make the cut.

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June 17, 2014 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2014 So Far

I definitely wouldn’t fuck with Bronsolino.

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February 5, 2014 on Watch Action Bronson Light A Joint Then Fight With Security Onstage In Portland Last Night

Gotta admit this song has already grown on me. I just hope there are harder more energetic songs on the album as well. I’m really hoping for the best, and this is a good song. Pretty great video too.

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January 22, 2014 on Black Lips – “Boys In The Wood” Video

Yeah. Remember when he reviewed Why?’s Mumps, Etc.? He spent 1/3 of the the review complaining about Yoni’s voice, which has always been polarizing, and Pitchfork has praised plenty in the past. 1/3 of the review actually praised Why? and their very unique sound and style. But then the other third was pretty much him just saying the album is unlistenable with really no reasoning to back it up. He called “Paper Hearts” the most unpleasant song of 2012 and flat out said no person could possibly enjoy it. It got a 2.8. Now I’m not saying Mumps Etc. is some fantastic album (although I like it a whole lot), but it’s just one really lame and honestly dickish example of these “ridiculous bullish cutdowns disguised as reviews.”

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December 21, 2013 on Titus Andronicus Frontman Patrick Stickles Is Washed Up, And He Knows It

From my short interactions with Patrick, it seems like he has a thousand thoughts and a thousand opinions on every topic, and depending on his mood, he will either try to share these thoughts and connect with people, or kind of just shut people out. When he starts talking with visible and audible conviction, everyone within earshot should listen carefully. Even if you don’t agree with him, what he has to say will probably at least be meaningful and thought provoking.

I think that Titus Andronicus has moved far beyond buzzband. There were people that just heard The Monitor in 2010 and forgot about them. But for them to have such an amazing and underrated gem in The Airing of Grievances, a landmark rock masterpiece, and a great third album that cements their sound and style with plenty of memorable songs proves they have staying power and something worth continuing with.

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December 19, 2013 on Titus Andronicus Frontman Patrick Stickles Is Washed Up, And He Knows It

He does. He has a fairly extensive board of effects pedals that he painstakingly sets up and makes sure is working perfectly. He works with the sound man/ crew extensively because he knows what kind of sound he wants and what he can get with the available equipment. From what I have seen, he is more involved with the set-up process than most other front men.

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December 19, 2013 on Titus Andronicus Frontman Patrick Stickles Is Washed Up, And He Knows It

Hahaha gotcha. So much of the hate these boards have for you is misplaced. No thumb-downs from me

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December 17, 2013 on The 10 Best Bob Dylan Songs

Why would you acknowledge what you are doing is completely analogous to the Iraq invasion then proceed to do it in just as objectionable way?

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December 17, 2013 on The 10 Best Bob Dylan Songs

Do you get paid to troll every article?

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December 17, 2013 on The 10 Best Bob Dylan Songs

Yeah, I definitely liked it better when they were getting banned from pretty much every club or bar they played and were making out with each other and whipping their dicks out for shock laughs. (And I mean that with zero sarcasm.) This song is enjoyable enough, but they certainly have lost the edge they used to have. I suppose I’ll reserve judgement until I hear the album, but there is simply no way in hell it could possibly stack up to the lightning rod energy and fun of We Did not Know the Forest Spirit Made the Flowers Grow or Good Bad Not Evil.

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December 17, 2013 on Black Lips – “Boys In The Wood”

*Parquet Courts “Stoned and Starving,” not “Stoned and Sober.” Just a friendly correction. And I agree by the way. I’m sure Bey will be on 2014 lists.

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December 17, 2013 on The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2013

Acid Rap was the best “fairly-serious” rap album, Run The Jewels was by far the most fun rap album, and Yeezus was, well Yeezus. It will hold a special place in Kanye’s canon, and in the canon of “Rap” music in general. But it’s just not the album that was most enjoyable or meaningful this year.

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December 17, 2013 on The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2013

Even if it were playful like you described at the time of the show, she went out of the way to make it sound pretty vengeful and bratty on Twitter.

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December 9, 2013 on Haim, Los Campesinos! Exchange V Signs On Twitter

How many of the kids at the HAIM show do you think even knew who Los Campesinos! are? Very lame of the band to get a crowd of people to disrespect the band like that just hoping to get a headline.

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December 9, 2013 on Haim, Los Campesinos! Exchange V Signs On Twitter

Agreed. Very well said. HAIM is happy to do anything for a Stereogum/ Pitchfork/ etc. headline. Los Campesinos have been around far too long for this to even matter. Honestly, I wish Stereogum hadn’t posted this petty, semi-desperate story.

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December 9, 2013 on Haim, Los Campesinos! Exchange V Signs On Twitter