See this is the bullshit that I fucking hate. If YOU think that “Rhinoceros” is a better song, or means more to more people, than “1979″ you’re just propagating the kind of us vs. them mentality that Billy is trafficking in here.
“1979″ is when you could sense it all slipping away? “1979″ was the greatest moment of the Pumpkins career. I don’t necessarily mean “1979″ is the best song Billy ever wrote, but it was the moment of cultural saturation he’s been chasing ever since. And shit doesn’t get popular in a vacuum, “1979″ was the perfect synthesis of guitar rock, electro-y chug and churn, and a reassurance that it’s OK to be confused, and angry, and alone — that as long as you were cool with yourself, you were cool. Not even to mention the incredible video, which completely encapsulated restless suburban life in the 90s.
Stop trying to pick a moment when it all started “slipping away” and appreciate what there is.
Out of curiosity have any of you guys heard the Will Stratton album? I’ll admit I was in folky dreamy lakeside sad guy mode this year but it’s a really pretty record. Check out “The Arrow Darkens”.
I’d take it to further and say Hospice is an absolutely essential stone cold classic record.
I have been rewriting that story for the last couple years and it’s going to be a novel someday.
It’s so, so heartbreaking but somehow uplifting at the same time, it still confounds me.
Harder Better Faster Stronger
Antlers – Familiars
I’m not gonna pretend I’m not happy to have beat out the guy with the rapist avatar.
Aw, what the hell.
1. Antlers – Familiars
2. S. Carey – Range of Light
3. Todd Terje – It’s Album Time
4. Sinkane – Mean Love
5. Real Estate – Atlas
6. Run the Jewels – RTJ2
7. Future Islands – Singles
8. Timbre Timbre – Hot Dreams
9. Tove Lo – Queen of the Clouds
10. Will Stratton – Grey Lodge Wisdom
That S. Carey album got slept on in a big way, and it’s a goddamn beautiful masterpiece.