Jared McNett

Comments from Jared McNett

This isn't that surprising when you consider Toledo started off his commentary about 'Pet Sounds' for Pitchfork's anniversary retrospective like this: "There’s never been a perfect Beach Boys album; Brian Wilson was not that consistent of a writer."
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December 2, 2016 on Car Seat Headrest’s Will Toledo Shares Hot Take On Sufjan Stevens’ Carrie & Lowell, Then Apologizes
My early impression: Just enjoy the now.
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August 20, 2016 on Frank Ocean Blonde Comment Party
I think I'm going Chromatics if they were somehow competing because I've had other music (Miguel, Blood Orange, Ian Isaiah, Fka twigs, Dawn Richard) be able to fill the Frank Ocean sized hole in my life, there's no one else around that really does what they do. And also, if we could get the Wrens this year and a new Burial album, this year would be perfect.
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August 2, 2016 on Chromatics Tease Long-Awaited Album Dear Tommy
I mean ultimately, anyone who balked at 'Views' (myself included) sort of has to eat it. Those numbers hold up in the court of commercial opinion and there's still enough there for critics to latch onto ("One Dance," "Controlla," "Too Good.") As for there being a good album in there somewhere, I nerded out a few weeks back and came up with this as possible tracklist. 1. 9 2. U with Me? 3. Feel No Ways 4. Hotline Bling 5. On a Wave 6. Weston Road Flows 7. Summer Sixteen 8. Still Here 9. Controlla 10. One Dance 11. Too Good 12. Redemption 13. Fire & Desire 14. Views 15. These Days Essentially it starts out with Drake in an increasingly fraught relationship which crests early with "Hotline Bling." Then moves into the Drake we best know, quasi-paranoid and filled with some rap-emo regret. He's back in Toronto hitting it hard at clubs, drinking and dancing with whomever. Meets someone in One Dance/Too Good, things start to mildly turn around but are still in question. Album epilogue is "These Days" with him looking back at such relationships and his home in general. Dorky I know, but I'd argue the album makes about as much sense this way as the way Drake released. Also, it gets rid of some of that bloat Chris is talking about.
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July 21, 2016 on Views From The Top: The Undying Popularity Of Drake’s Unending Album
Nah, it's more like the late 90s. Pokemon is everywhere. Independence Day is a thing again. And as mentioned above, blink had a number one album.
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July 21, 2016 on Views From The Top: The Undying Popularity Of Drake’s Unending Album
Being a big fan of all things TDE, I feel comfortable saying that the first time through I was disappointed by this album because for some indescribable reason I didn't "get it." The second time through I put it on in my car at night with the windows down and my system up and it made all of the sense in the world. It is dark and weird and seething and sprawling, and absolutely works as a companion piece to Kendrick's TPAB. As for Kendrick and ScHoolboy, I've thought about them in cinematic terms for awhile now. Kendrick is the director, with an eye and sense of storytelling few have. ScHoolboy has always felt more like a documentarian to me. Even if the lines he's spitting didn't happen to him, they feel more lived in than Kendrick's lines.
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July 14, 2016 on Schoolboy Q Made A Classic Album
The beats on this thing are okay. "Overnight" is dark and burbling and something I'd love to hear someone else jump on. It's a huge problem for Desiigner that hands down one of the best tracks on his debut mixtape is a feature with Pusha T that doesn't even have that great of a Pusha T verse (such a half-assed "married to the game" bar). And it's telling that Kanye isn't really anywhere to be found with this. That's like when CyHi would drop mixtapes and 'Ye would be M.I.A.
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June 27, 2016 on Stream Desiigner’s Debut Mixtape New English
I only have one listen through, but I'm not totally obsessed with this. It seems to suffer from the same problems as the rest of his 2016 work where there are unimpeachable tracks on an island surrounded by some less than stellar ish.
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June 24, 2016 on Download Future & DJ Esco’s Project E.T.: Esco Terrestrial Mixtape
He also clapped back at those new Sprint "Hi I'm the Verizon Guy" ads. Not that it makes the commercial any better.
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June 20, 2016 on Watch Jamie Foxx’s Weirdly Specific Future Parody
Except, it's not something we should have to deal with or settle for. Good writing and good reporting, and just generally solid journalism is supposed to weed out such things. And Stereogum has all of those things.
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June 12, 2016 on Neil Young: “Fuck You, Donald Trump”
This allays some of the same concerns I had about this whole reunion tour. I had the chance to see them on their "final tour" and, partially out of my own admitted selfish, I wanted that to be their final tour because it did just seem perfect in an almost cinematic way. But having had the chance to see some of the performances from the tour so far, it doesn't feel like a "we're resting on our laurels" nostalgia act. On a totally different note, Pat Riley and the Showtime Lakers are responsible for the term three-peat. In fact, as far as I know, he copyrighted it through his company and is still making money off of it.
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June 8, 2016 on Be With Your Friends Again: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The LCD Soundsystem Reunion
For me, one of the most-minding blow things to read as a fan of music was the production notes on Prince albums because there wouldn't be a phalanx of credits. It would generally say "Produced, composed, arranged and written by Prince." Dude would play the guitar, the bass, the drums, the synth, the piano, so many times whatever went into the song he had a total hand in. If he needed female singers (who he equally employed better than probably anyone from the era) and couldn't find the right person, he would warp his voice. The list of albums he scrapped reads longer than some artist discographies. Sinead O' Connor came into the pop consciousness with a song he penned. He wrote "Manic Monday" and it became the Bangles first hit. It wasn't the least bit hyperbolic to call him an artist of the highest order in life, and it's not in death either.
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April 21, 2016 on R.I.P. Prince
Can only echo some of the praise seen above. Terrific insight and wonderful reading Michael.
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September 24, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Deafheaven New Bermuda
There's definitely a lot to love with this album, but so far nothing makes me as giddy as the chorus to "Jumpman." It's just so damn infectious and simple.
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September 21, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Drake & Future What A Time To Be Alive
Amazing how that list cuts off around the mid-2000s, which implies that none of Kanye's work is on this level (or even 'Kast's 'Stankonia'). It's entirely possible for Kendrick's album to be on that level. Saying it's one of the greatest of all time doesn't mean it's better than those albums you list, it means it's in the same company. Also 'All Eyez on Me' is not an all-time. Way too much filler on that thing. All of that said, this lineup is solid.
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February 4, 2015 on Sasquatch! 2015 Lineup
I might just be projecting because of how limited, or non-existent, my own experience with the Jacka is, but I feel like he was a dude that was under-appreciated by almost everyone. Sad to see the headline, but happy to see the videos because his music does deserve to be heard.
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February 3, 2015 on R.I.P. The Jacka
Not to do his defense for him, but a great example is not including 'Someday My Prince Will Come' which is a Columbia studio album of Davis' from 1961. Under those parameters it should absolutely be on the list, but somehow it isn't. I don't know if this was an oversight from the writer or not, but simple correctable errors like that really distract from the overall quality of the list.
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November 7, 2014 on Miles Davis Albums From Worst To Best
Can someone explain to me why 'Someday My Prince Will Come' isn't on this list?
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November 7, 2014 on Miles Davis Albums From Worst To Best
Untouchable album from start to finish, don't know if I've ever recovered after hearing "Things Done Changed" for the first time. Only "criticism" I have is I don't know if the battle between Biggie and Meth on "The What" is as lopsided as Tom seems to think. Meth's rasp and the way he's inhaling when he raps just sounds incredible on that one.
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September 13, 2014 on Ready To Die Turns 20
From the body of the text I don't see anything even remotely close to "harassment" and that headline is remarkably sensationalist in approach.
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September 13, 2014 on Kanye Halts Sydney Show Until Seated Fans Prove They’re Disabled
Are you counting 'This Is Your Bloody Valentine' and 'Ecstasy'?
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August 22, 2014 on Deafheaven – “From The Kettle Onto The Coil”
Solid list up and down, though “Fluorescent Adolescent” will always be number 1.
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August 21, 2014 on The 10 Best Arctic Monkeys Songs
Rock and pop are both incredibly nebulous terms. It's how artists like Sam Cooke are able to get in.
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August 5, 2014 on Rock Hall Ousts Father Of Rock ‘N Roll’s Ashes, Installs Beyoncé’s Wardrobe
Had I not seen or read the similarly silly CoS article, I probably would've guessed Bill Haley or Ike Turner or someone since it says "father."
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August 5, 2014 on Rock Hall Ousts Father Of Rock ‘N Roll’s Ashes, Installs Beyoncé’s Wardrobe
Why is the same conflation happening here that happened on CoS earlier when they wrote about this? They didn't directly remove those ashes to make room for any outfit from Beyonce. Also it's the only piece of Freed material that seems to be leaving the Hall, so it's not like they're erasing the memory of him.
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August 4, 2014 on Rock Hall Ousts Father Of Rock ‘N Roll’s Ashes, Installs Beyoncé’s Wardrobe
*Further proof that Nicki Minaj excels at rapping.
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August 4, 2014 on Beyoncé – “Flawless (Remix Feat. Nicki Minaj)”
I've been devouring everything that PC Music has had to offer lately, so I'm glad I get to feed my ravenous hunger some more.
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July 15, 2014 on Download Spinee’s 64 Thousand Dollar Bombs Mix
They have a right to be angry, but saying what they would do in a situation that has absolutely nothing to do with them is asinine.
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July 14, 2014 on Conor Oberst Rape Accuser Admits She Lied
Love reading all the Internet boldness of people saying "I'd sue them" about a person who very clearly has tremendous problems in their own personal life.
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July 14, 2014 on Conor Oberst Rape Accuser Admits She Lied