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 +3Posted on Aug 18th | re: Death From Above 1979 - "Government Trash" (3 comments)

The Physical World is shaping up to be this year’s most exciting album. And those couple seconds from Turn It Out at the end gave me chills

Very good news. Their last couple albums were killer

 +3Posted on Jul 8th | re: The Rural Alberta Advantage - "Terrified" (6 comments)

New DFA1979 and RAA on the same day?! What a great day for Canadian music

 +1Posted on Jul 2nd | re: The 10 Best Gorillaz Songs (73 comments)

I thought I could come up with a top 10, but that was really hard, and I’m not even sure if I’d choose the same ten if I had to try again tomorrow. anyhow, in no particular order -
Clint Eastwood, Feel Good Inc., DARE, Superfast Jellyfish, White Flag, November Has Come, All Alone, Dirty Harry, El Manana, Empire Ants.

Other special favorites of mine:
“Latin Simone” (the English version from G Sides) – I haven’t heard the original version with Ibrahim Ferrer in ages, but I’ve always loved Albarn’s vocal delivery on the sung English version. Stunning.
“Doncamatic” – Such a KILLER tune, honestly. Should’ve been on Plastic Beach (and released as lead single) instead of Stylo IMO
“DoYaThing” – If I recall correctly this didn’t get the best reviews, but I LOVE this track. Andre kills on this, and it’s just so fun

 +13Posted on Jun 24th | re: Vote For The Song Of The Summer 2014 (183 comments)

If I recall correctly, Deafheaven were on the ballot last year. I would definitely like to know what pop radio stations you guys have in the US

 +3Posted on Jun 24th | re: Vote For The Song Of The Summer 2014 (183 comments)

Just to clarify – it’s also possible I haven’t heard some of those songs just because I don’t listen to mainstream radio at all, but fact is I’ve never even heard of over half of them!
I’d reckon a big pop hit (if that’s what we’re going for) was at least something someone with little musical awareness would hear about even if he lives far from the US (not to talk about someone who spends half their time reading and discussing music), so I still find that kinda odd

 +4Posted on Jun 24th | re: Vote For The Song Of The Summer 2014 (183 comments)

This may be due to this site and most of the readers being from the US, but I literally haven’t ever heard over two-thirds of the songs in this list. Seeing almost every song on this list is by a radio friendly top 10 artist, It’s either that they’re not that big outside of the US or that in my country it takes some time for those songs to catch, if they at all do (very possible).

Anyhow, the couple songs I do know from this list are definitely not “songs of the summer”, at least not what I would define as such. It also kind of saddens me to say that I haven’t heard any song this year that could qualify as such, including one left out of the poll and that most commentators (myself included) posted. Which in reality kinda sucks – I would gladly vote for a “poptimist” song if it was as good as the ones we had last year (Get Lucky even tho it’s got “indie cred”, or Blurred Lines even), but I honestly don’t feel like there was any big pop hit this year that will also stay beyond the upcoming season (except for Let It Go obvs.).

So to sum it up, my song of the summer will probably be the Pixies’ Debaser, just because I saw them live last week and they were killer.

 0Posted on Jun 17th | re: The 50 Best Albums Of 2014 So Far (253 comments)

I really hope Tom Vek’s Luck wasn’t included just because it came out last week. It’s pretty damn great

 +2Posted on Jun 16th | re: Let's Shortlist The Song Of The Summer 2014 (286 comments)

St. Vincent – Rattlesnake
Cloud Nothings – I’m Not Part of Me
Real Estate – Crime
Girl Talk & Freeway – Tolerated

 0Posted on Jun 14th | re: Purple Turns 20 (61 comments)

you’re the best, Doris