Karl Kukta

Comments from Karl Kukta

::waits for FJM to join the commentary like he did those couple times before::
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July 23, 2016 on Fed Up Father John Misty Lectures XPN Fest: “Entertainment Is Stupid”
this came out at the point in time when I had expanded my listening into electronic music, so I have a hard time viewing it as a risky indulgence (even tho it may have been). in 2006, Hot Chip put out The Warning, The Knife released Silent Shout, Booka Shade crossed over (kinda) with Movements, Zero 7 had The Garden, their one album wit both Jose Gonzales and Sia - these albums were my introductions to the respective artists, and The Eraser (from an artist I had been listening to for over a decade) fit naturally next to all of them. Silent Shout was the most cold and clinical-sounding of them all (tho not cheap), and it ended up topping p4k's year end list. And all this stuff was crossover indie music, not intended specifically for a club audience (altho Booka leaned most heavily there) or experimental/bedroom electronic fans. I get that these artists were all much more niche than a Thom Yorke project in 2006 was, but still, I think The Eraser only sounded foreign and cheap to people who hadn't yet made that crossover in 2006.
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July 10, 2016 on The Eraser Turns 10
FYI - the Apple Music trial lasts for 90 days, regardless of when you actively cancel it
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July 1, 2016 on Stream The Avalanches Wildflower
it's been a wonderful change of pace from the moody deluge of Radiohead, James Blake and ANOHNI. Will be the album of the summer, without question.
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May 10, 2016 on Kaytranada – “Lite Spots” Video
Timeless is my fave of first 5
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May 5, 2016 on Stream James Blake The Colour In Anything
apparently there are multiple 'gummers who appreciate being told a spurious and vapid origin story of the onomatopoeiac 'oontz'
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May 5, 2016 on Album Of The Week: Kaytranada 99.9%
"In most current-day EDM, drums are in strict lockstep; it’s why so many people deride that stuff as oontz-oontz music." Sentence is cringe-worthy and insulting.
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May 3, 2016 on Album Of The Week: Kaytranada 99.9%
methinks Aluna will be George-less very soon
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April 13, 2016 on AlunaGeorge – “I Remember” Video
to be fair, Wood sounds genuinely surprised about the whole 'authentic' thing. And I'm not sure if that makes him sound like more or less of a senile old rocker.
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April 5, 2016 on New Rolling Stones Album Coming This Year
FWIW, I signed up for the trial almost immediately after it was announced, and I listened to the whole album at least 10 times in the first 10 days.
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April 1, 2016 on Jay Z Suing Original Tidal Owners For Inflating Subscriber Numbers
Anybody else picking up a strong Holy Other vibe on this one? Wasn't expecting that from Andy. Just ok for me.
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March 30, 2016 on Andy Stott – “Butterflies” Video
(there's never a bad time tho really)
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March 29, 2016 on LCD Soundsystem Announce More Reunion Shows
The internet is long overdue for a moratorium on Weezer think pieces/album reviews that wistfully remember Blue/Pinkerton and bemoan the difficulty in judging their new albums "on their own terms."
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March 26, 2016 on Premature Evaluation: Weezer’s “White Album”
Third in a row that Delicate Steve has posted about playing guitar on. hopefully he'll be opening and sitting in whenever Yeasayer announces the 2nd leg of the US tour
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March 23, 2016 on Yeasayer – “Gerson’s Whistle”
check out the comments on any PC Music review or feature on Resident Advisor, and you should walk away with a good idea of why a lot of electronic heads dislike them. the short version is that the music is generally uninteresting as electronic/pop music, when divested from the trite grad school '"our vacuous pop music is a commentary on the vacuousness of pop culture, which makes it SO much more interesting once you think about it" posturing. and this infuriates a lot of electronic heads, b/c they think that PC Music owes its success to music critics who are bloviating about it as the next THING to people who only listen to a couple electronic albums a year I myself don't have strong feelings one way or another about PC Music. - I enjoy a few of their tracks, but mostly i'm left cold by it...electronic music is very visceral for me but PC Music tracks don't make me feel much of anything (and I don't care if "that's the point, man"). However, I do completely adore the song & video for Spinee - Hell Hound
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March 20, 2016 on Charli XCX Reinvents Her Pop With A Whole New Set At SXSW
There's actually a second Dark Star cover (Cass McCombs) plus two Dark Star-related tracks - Nightfall of Diamonds by Nightfall of Diamonds (this doesn't seem to be a real band so i'm wondering who it's made up of) and Hecker's Transitive Refraction Axis for John Oswald. (not trying to be a dick, I didn't notice it on the first go-thru either)
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March 18, 2016 on The National Reveal Massive Grateful Dead Tribute Tracklist Feat. The War On Drugs, Jenny Lewis, Flaming Lips, & Many More
Tim Hecker – Transitive Refraction Axis for John Oswald!!!!! man I haven't listened to that Grayfolded album since college - think I'm gonna have to queue it up on Spotify
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March 17, 2016 on The National Reveal Massive Grateful Dead Tribute Tracklist Feat. The War On Drugs, Jenny Lewis, Flaming Lips, & Many More
correction - will miss Austin Jenkins as part of their twin-guitar attack
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March 12, 2016 on White Denim – “Had 2 Know (Personal)”
I was a little worried at first about the lineup change (and will miss the twin-guitar attack and their former drummer), but the new songs are hittin' the spot.
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March 12, 2016 on White Denim – “Had 2 Know (Personal)”
Discovered this guy last year at his opening set for Viet Cong - really dig his vibe and voice. I've always got more room for 70's-style pop when it sounds this good.
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March 11, 2016 on Andy Shauf – “The Magician”
the joke falls flat if you have knowledge of (and/or attended) the Lonely Hearts Club tour https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lonely_Hearts_Club_Tour
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March 11, 2016 on Charli XCX Responds To Complaint From Poor Man’s Charli XCX Marina & The Diamonds
other shout outs to artists/bands not mentioned who put out albums I loved that year (too lazy to look at any best of list other than p4k so likely missing a few) artists: Raekwon's Cuban Linx II, Bibio's Ambivalence Avenue, Mos Def's Esctastic, Neko Case's Middle Cyclone, DOOM's Born Like This band/groups: Fuck Buttons' Tarot Sport Bitte Orca was my #1 overall tho
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March 11, 2016 on Bat For Lashes – “In God’s House” & The Bride Details
geez when I look back over the 2009 albums mentioned here, I'm struck by how few *bands* in 2014 or 15 put out anything that comes close, for me. back then I feel like my listening was mostly bands, but over the past few years it's become artist dominated. not sure how much of that is me, and how much is a reflection of young inide bands/groups today struggling to find distinctive sounds that resonate with a wide audience.
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March 11, 2016 on Bat For Lashes – “In God’s House” & The Bride Details
i gave it a good search and couldn't find anything that disproves the claim made in this article.
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March 11, 2016 on ANOHNI – “Drone Bomb Me” Video (Feat. Naomi Campbell)
never would have expected ANOHNI/Antony to take a hard left turn to dark electronic pop, but by my count, this makes it 3 for 3.
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March 9, 2016 on ANOHNI – “Drone Bomb Me” Video (Feat. Naomi Campbell)
To the Justice comparison, I'll just say that not all slap bass is Seinfeld-eque bass. Guess we'll have to agree to disagree. But maybe we can both enjoy this. http://www.avclub.com/article/kanye-west-rapping-over-seinfeld-theme-whirlwind-n-232258
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March 2, 2016 on M83 – “Do It, Try It”
I was expecting a wise-ass comment like that from somebody. But if you listen to the links, you'll hear even more of a relation between this song and Rustie's 2011 influential album. also, i stand by the statement that NOBODY was using the Seinfeld-esque bass in electronic tracks before Glass Swords. It sounded cheesy/dated, and that was a bad thing until Glass Swords made it sound cool (while still being dated/cheesy). or don't take my word for it - google 'Seinfeld bass Rustie'
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March 1, 2016 on M83 – “Do It, Try It”