Matt Packman

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Too bad "Dissassociative" didn't make the list. It's my favorite Manson song. In an old music blog post I wrote this : "Marilyn Manson was and still is an easy target for ridicule and criticism. In the 90’s he took rock ‘n’roll clichés to dizzying heights, but one of his greatest achievements is his undeniably fun and addictive, glam-rock masterpiece Mechanical Animals. “Disassociative” is of the most memorable songs on the record, referencing a time in which Manson was provided with Ketamine in the summer of ’98. A shimmering guitar line courtesy of Twiggy Ramirez rides a clean 808 drum machine, over a mournful bassline while Manson laments “The nervous system’s down again.” Then the chorus blazes a beautiful chem-trail, including one of the best lines on the record “I can never get out of here / I don’t want to just float in fear / A dead astronaut in space” after which Manson gives us a “3, 2, 1..” countdown to when the song erupts into the stratosphere." Love that whole album
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April 11, 2015 on The 10 Best Marilyn Manson Songs
I'm very interest in revisiting House Arrest, Doldrums and want to thank you for shining a light on his older, lo-fi material. That said, I'm totally perplexed how those records can outshine Before Today, his most powerful collection of songs and WTF - pom pom?! If you're not a fan of that record, I'm not sure you're qualified to write this column. I know that's a ridiculous thing to say, but it's his most accessible, most fun and most Ariel Pinkish record to date - you might want to give it another spin
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March 31, 2015 on House Arrest (2002)
Did Katy Perry just fly away on the "The More You Know" star?!
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February 1, 2015 on Watch Katy Perry’s Super Bowl Halftime Show With Missy Elliott & Lenny Kravitz
I'm not sure where to drop this anymore, but I did my annual dropbox of Pitchfork's 100 "Best" tracks of 2014. I'll just leave it here with a plate of cookies and milk : https://www.dropbox.com/sh/myv80s3nj2dmn65/AADGBZCKyIK0F4TAtTvDN38Va?dl=0
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December 20, 2014 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
I might have already found my fav album of 2015. It might seem like a trivial thing, but I had to rewatch the ending a few times to make sure they WERE holding hands. I think it's the sweetest gesture. Incredible video too
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December 15, 2014 on Panda Bear – “Boys Latin” Video
The early 80's VHS aesthetic will never get old for me. It's gorgeous and so appropriate when paired with the music
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December 9, 2014 on Chromatics – “Closer to Grey” & Johnny Jewel – “The Other Side Of Midnight”
Digital Love
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December 8, 2014 on Win Daft Punk’s Alive Vinyl Box Set
Caribou - Our Love such a gorgeous pop gem
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December 8, 2014 on Win Stereogum’s 10 Best Albums Of 2014 On Vinyl Courtesy Of Insound
"Something shitty happened to me / Something shitty happened to me.." *finger-tap solo* Hope someone has some good ambient records and a stereo for the hospital room. Get well soon!
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December 5, 2014 on Bradford Cox Hospitalized After Car Accident
"Candy Says" It really is heartbreakingly gorgeous
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December 4, 2014 on Win The Velvet Underground – 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition Box Set
OH. MY. GOD. this is beautiful. "Drive" - it just slays me. Hey kids, rock 'n' roll, nobody tells you where to go
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December 2, 2014 on Win R.E.M.’s 7IN — 83-88 Vinyl Box Set
I'll go ahead and join the chaos : 10 Mac Demarco - Salad Days 09 Aphex Twin - Syro 08 How To Dress Well - "What Is This Heart?" 07 Perfume Genius - Too Bright 06 fka Twigs - LP1 05 Ariel Pink - pom pom 04 Todd Terje - It's Album Time! 03 The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream 02 A Sunny Day In Glasgow - Sea When Absent 01 Caribou - Our Love
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December 2, 2014 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2014
Good list guys. I always appreciate checking out a few albums I've never even heard of It would have been nice to see A Sunny Day In Glasgow - Sea When Absent That one blew me out of the water
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December 2, 2014 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2014
also, I can't hear "Jesus Don't Want Me For a Sunbeam" without getting teary eyed - it's so poignant. I know it's selfish to think, but if only he stuck around to create a few solo albums in the same vein, or even if he had collaborated with Michael Stipe, like they had planned before heroin got in the way. Thanks for the write-up
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October 31, 2014 on MTV Unplugged In New York Turns 20
in the Heavier than Heaven biography it was pointed out that Cobain chose to decorate the stage with easter lilies - I find it so fascinating that he created this beautiful, but very funeralesque atmosphere - how appropriate and haunting. in the same biography it mentions that initially Kurt was sad after the taping. to quote: "...he was saying he was “a shitty guitar player” and “No one liked it” and “They just sat there silently.” There was a lot of assurance to go around, which Cobain wasn’t buying. But as he was getting into his hotel elevator at the end of the night, he seemed, for a moment, to accept that he’d pulled it off, asking: “I was really fucking good tonight, wasn’t I?”"
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October 31, 2014 on MTV Unplugged In New York Turns 20
Syro left a bigger impression on me than I Care Because You - I think it might tie in for 3rd with SAW II. It's really fucking good.
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October 10, 2014 on Aphex Twin Albums From Worst To Best
That's one of my biggest peeves too. It's so pointless. M83's "Hurry Up" was on double vinyl but it's a DOUBLE ALBUM. I'm in Halifax, NS (Canada) and pay a lot for vinyl - $39.99 plus tax for FlyLo vs $24.99 for Caribou - the extra vinyl makes a huge price difference. They're both excellent albums, but I will be spinning Caribou way more often - for obvious reasons and because it's my definite AOTY (Canuck bias maybe;)
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October 7, 2014 on Album Of The Week: Tinashe Aquarius
I saw them play it live in 2004, it was pretty great - they used a steel drum for the riff and it sounded beautiful
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August 21, 2014 on Who Should Arcade Fire Cover In Brooklyn?
yikes - seems like a bit of an insecure, homophobic prick
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August 13, 2014 on This Supercut Of Kanye’s DJ Fucking Up Probably Explains Why He Got Fired