Karl Kukta

Comments from Karl Kukta

Lantern is underrated IMO. I never fully got into Butter, but the Satin Panthers EP & Polyfolk Dance EP are both great - it's interesting to go back to the latter and hear how much his sound has evolved since then
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August 12, 2016 on James Blake Says He Never Worked With Hudson Mohawke
I def get ear fatigue by the end of the album, but the run from Dope Song through Break It (plus Kush Coma) is as good as 21st century party rap gets for me.
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August 10, 2016 on Preview Danny Brown’s New Single “Pneumonia”
::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)