Tyler Emken

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I hate that everyone writes about this album by spending half of the word count on the whole "blog rock" phase. In reality, the fall of CYHSY is two parted. 1. Their first record is really good, and needs no excuses made for how good it is. It is pretty much filler free, and half of the songs are about as good as indie rock gets. 2. None of their follow up records were as good, nor did they have anything resembling a successful single to keep them afloat. That is really all it comes down to. Vampire Weekend had a similar rise, but has maintained an audience because both Contra and Modern Vampires are good records.
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September 11, 2015 on Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Turns 10
We posted about the same thing at the same time. That bass line is next level.
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August 28, 2015 on Plans Turns 10
Death Cab has made records with better songs, but I love the way Plans sounds more than any of the others. The production on this thing is really top notch and I notice little things whenever I return to it. Also, since it wasn't called out in the article proper, I have to mention that the rhythm section on "Summer Skin" is immaculate.
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August 28, 2015 on Plans Turns 10
You Won't Know makes me want to fight a dinosaur with a knife.
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April 30, 2015 on The 10 Best Brand New Songs
I think this is overall a pretty good and well considered list. I would have tried to find a way to put At the Bottom, Millstone, or You Won't Know in there. Limousine is a great song. No problem with it being #1.
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April 28, 2015 on The 10 Best Brand New Songs
In no particular order: Soaked 3x0 Bloods on Fire How We Breathe Penelope Offline P.K. Sediment Loro The Yellow Ones Offcell
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March 12, 2015 on Pinback’s Rob Crow Quits Music: “Making Music In This Climate Is… Humiliating To My Psyche”
I pretty much agree with your assessment of Bloc Party. I don't know if the band will get the while "cultural revision" that it deserves. However, there is a lot more there than a killer debut and then failure. While not nearly as cohesive, A Weekend In the City, Intimacy, and Four all have really great songs. A Weekend in the City gets really close, but it is a very heavy, very dark record when compared to Silent Alarm.
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February 13, 2015 on Silent Alarm Turns 10
Adore is my second favorite SP album, after Siamese Dream. I think it is criminally underrated. The synthesis of electronic and acoustic sounds that Billy achieved with that one is absolutely unique. There are a few clunky songs along the way, but when it works, it is lovely. Slowly, the critical evaluation of that record is changing. It never really got its fair shot. "It's different, so it sucks".
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August 19, 2014 on Inside Baseball With Billy Corgan: The Smashing Pumpkins Head On Adore, MACHINA, And The End Of Teargarden
Transference is a great record. It is great to see the fans of that album start to come out of the woodwork a bit. I think it is easily on par with everything else they have done. People just got bored with their excellence. And yes, "Out Go the Lights" is a top tier Spoon song. A true heavy hitter in a field of heavy hitters.
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July 28, 2014 on Premature Evaluation: Spoon They Want My Soul
I just listened to it. I wasn't so sure I would be into the brief length, but it is pretty fitting. Those basslines are so catchy, but subdued at the same time. Thanks for introducing me to this.
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July 22, 2014 on Album Of The Week: Courtship Ritual Pith
I love this record, even though it is still in the bottom half of MM records for me. I agree, it is inconsistent, but when this record is on, it is ON. "Ocean Breathes Salty" might be my favorite MM song. "Bury Me With It" sounds absolutely primal, ten years later.
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April 4, 2014 on Good News For People Who Love Bad News Turns 10
I would argue that Powerslave is the best, but I really have no major qualms with this. The top 6 is pretty much dead on. I might move Brave New World up a little more, but from top to bottom this is pretty solid. Good work.
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March 4, 2014 on Iron Maiden Albums From Worst To Best
"You've Got to Hide Your Love Away"
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February 18, 2014 on Win The Beatles The U.S. Albums Box Set
As a fan of all things Damon, I am pretty excited about this album. I am really digging the instrumentation on this one.
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January 20, 2014 on Damon Albarn – “Everyday Robots” Video
At least he is honest. If MCHG was on top, we would all be killing him for being a liar. Most other artists say crap like "I haven't made my best one yet" or "the new one is the best we've ever done". That being said, maybe artists do feel that way about all of their stuff initially and need time and distance to be able to see their work for what it really is.
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December 5, 2013 on Jay Z Ranks Jay Z Albums Best To Worst
Now I hear it. Thank you.
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October 30, 2013 on Smashing Pumpkins Albums From Worst To Best
The song is awesome, and "Remurdered" is, frankly, a great name for a song. Any genre.
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October 29, 2013 on Mogwai – “Remurdered”
My Siamese Dream "moment" is probably Rocket. That riff is just wonderful, and the moment that Billy drops that "ah" or whatever and the bass and drums kick in is bliss. Other contenders for the crown would be the intro for Cherub Rock and all of Spaceboy, which is a beautifully realized song. Billy wrote it for his brother, who was disabled. My sister is autistic, and Spaceboy is a song that just... gets it. It knows what it is like for the person who is disabled and the people who love that person. Finally, the guitar outro for Hummer is pretty much perfect. The list is good overall. I LOVE Adore and would bump it right up behind Mellon Collie, maybe even ahead of it. I would also divide the Machinas. Otherwise, I mostly agree with the order and the author's reasonings for that order.
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October 29, 2013 on Smashing Pumpkins Albums From Worst To Best
Siamese Dream is a better record than MCIS. I like the production better, I like the song craft better... I like pretty much everything better. "Hummer", "Rocket", "Mayonaise" and "Spaceboy" are still hair raising songs and I have been listening to them for like... 12 to 13 years now. MCIS and I have a weird relationship. It suffers from a lot of the same issues that almost all double albums do, but there is an albums' worth of absolutely pristine material. I respect how creative it is and how musically interesting it is. Adore is my second favorite SP album though, so you might be asking the wrong person for Siamese vs. MCIS Siamese>Adore>MCIS>Gish>Pisces>Machina II>Machina>Oceania>Zeitgeist Stereogum, I will write this list. I promise, it will be glorious.
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October 15, 2013 on Metallica Albums From Worst To Best
Also, as a skateboarder, I am happy to see Brian Anderson getting some love. He is a damn legend.
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October 11, 2013 on Boards Of Canada Soundtrack Nike Commercial