Robert Wohner

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The bleakness surrounding the release of this record compared to the way the songs sound is truly thrilling. The most powerful moments I've had with this band were with songs like The Wait or Half Asleep. And now, when as a fan it's toughest, they go euphoric like I Get Knocked Down and Open Your Eyes and this. It's amazing. Incredible song.
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January 14, 2016 on School Of Seven Bells – “On My Heart”
I'm not going to followup this powerhouse of an article with an equally long soliloquy myself. But, as a fan from the beginning, fans needed this read and grateful you all told this story. Blessings to Deheza for finishing what she and Curtis. It's awesome.
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October 29, 2015 on Out Of The Desert: School Of Seven Bells’ Final Chapter
This is a two song exposition on the debate "Old Kanye vs. New Kanye". I think it's clear which shines more. Incredible track.
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October 19, 2015 on Kanye West Just Launched Two New Remixes On SoundCloud
If you've ever liked Kele Okereke as a singer, writer, personality, whatever, how do you dislike the new Bloc Party song? It's PEAK Kele. But the Love Within is basically tortured Euroloungue music that has gone horrifically wrong with a spiritual awakening the morning after. Which is like most his music from Post-Weekend BP to Boxer. That's chill. I loved it. Hymns isn't Silent Alarm. Who cares?
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October 12, 2015 on Bloc Party Announce New Album HYMNS
Great song, good writeup. The Paste article, well-meaning at best, reflects a nasty habit of the basic indie-pop publication to sanitize music seeped in well-defined and well-represented cultures and find the bits it can tolerate under the guise of it being the worthy exception. It's embarrassing. When Pitchfork reviewed Jamie xx's album, the conclusion was "club music for people that don't do clubs." Deafheaven, "Metal for people who don't do metal." Thanks for Run the Jewels and TPAB, the basic indie pop fan can claim their grasp of rap is up to date based on the outliers that fit their tastes. Discovering music or genres outside of your comfort zone is cool. But that discovery wasn't waiting for your approval. Respect the craft.
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September 16, 2015 on Deafheaven – “Come Back”
I prefer Post-Viva Coldplay to Pre-Viva Coldplay but I watched their performance at Glastonbury in 2002 this week and I realized Yellow still gets me so hyped. Awesome song. Jay knows. True love, like the UK's greatest anthems, never dies.
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September 4, 2015 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
That's Pete Seeger tha God to you, sir.
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September 1, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Joan Shelley Over And Even
I'm going to listen to this music. "...could almost be some Appalachian hymn that nobody’s thought to put to tape until now." is a great way to think about folk music. I pissed off the Newport Folk Festival Twitter account trying and failing to say something like this. Folk music are murmurings you whisper to yourself and a few people you care about. Not the Decemberists.
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September 1, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Joan Shelley Over And Even
The "What it means to be a black man in America" record needs to go away of the "Movie about the first black (insert X)". Music needed ASAPRocky's and Meek and hopefully Kanye's albums. Music isn't at its best when it's directed for the basic Slate reader.
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July 1, 2015 on Status Ain’t Hood: Meek Mill Is Extremely Good At Rapping
Wait a minute. Three albums of the same? I have to be misreading that. Antidotes sounds like TLF which sounds like Holy Fire? Meaning you could interchange the tracks from one to another and not notice a difference? Come on. That's obviously not right. Feel free not to like Foals but that doesn't make sense. The four biggest Foals songs: Electric Bloom, Two Steps Twice, Spanish Sahara and My Number don't sound anything like each other. Yeesh.
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June 16, 2015 on Foals – “What Went Down”
The only American band that can play in an arena today is Imagine Dragons. Strange comment. This track is better suited for a knife fight. It's awesome.
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June 16, 2015 on Foals – “What Went Down”
Beau Biden's death is ridiculously sad. No one really cares for the AG of Delaware but it was hard to hear myself. It must be cool to have a chance to respond to that death in a meaningful way. Beautiful performance. If you're looking for a moment to do a career analysis of Chris Martin, be assured you'll have hundreds of chances in the future. Not sure why this has to be another time. His music was written for moments like this, not a better Metacritic score and I'm sure the Bidens are grateful.
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June 7, 2015 on Watch Chris Martin Perform “Til Kingdom Come” At Beau Biden’s Funeral
It's funny how the pro-streaming crowd says, "Music is changing." But once something new comes along (Tidal) they crave for its failure, having embraced the new status quo (Spotify). Everything doesn't have to be so all-in or all-out. I like Spotify. I'm comfortable with that choice. Tidal's existence doesn't compromise that.
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April 14, 2015 on Ben Gibbard Thinks Tidal Is Dumb, Too
You're right, there's a lot of places to take this record. So it's too early to say if it's "good" or "bad". But my first real thought was how rap music for non-black audiences has to sound bleak. Which sucks. When artists simply can be ambassadors for their neighborhoods or cities or their own aesthetic, they get to be more technical or humorous or with more swagger. Which is great. But when artists have to represent and articulate systematic injustice through art because the critical response will be determined by the outside, it's heavy. And I feel for him. And while he did so in a way I'm proud of and admire, it does make me sad. Because Kendrick can showcase a lot musically beyond what he did with To Pimp a Butterfly. And it's almost not his fault why he can't. This message is too urgent to approach in a way that doesn't reflect that urgency. The tradeoff is sacrificing some of the ways rap music is compelling.
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March 17, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly
The Viet Cong and Compton have very little in common themselves except in this way: Tompkins Square Park and Compton are places people live. Like the Viet Cong, they've histories that supersede our watermark. I'm from Queens. The last time I was in TSP was to eat free Two Boots pizza and watch random free movie in the park. It's a nice memory but my affinity for that place is a casual one. That doesn't mean I can't honor its history or the people for whom that place matters. Because it does to a lot of people for a lot of really beautiful and sinister reasons. It's a part of the City I'm accountable. So for me, or a band, or any creative, to claim the history of Tompkins Square Park as some sort of musical trope for reinvention is actually offensive. Mumford and Sons disgust me. Here's a great article from the Village Voice exploring why it matters TSP isn't used to sell advertising for Target or Comcast Cable, which is what Mumford and Sons will do with their music: http://blogs.villagevoice.com/music/2014/12/a7-nyhc-tony-rettman.php If Iggy Azalea named an album Compton, this wouldn't be debated as "identity politics". It'd be easy to explain why that's really lame. You'd not be defending her. This isn't at all different. Stereogummers like hiphop. Others support hardcore music. That we don't the Vietnamese is totally fine. But that doesn't make the principle any different. Compton is real. Hardcore is real. The Vietnamese are real. We can't pick and choose which parts get to be bastardized.
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March 4, 2015 on 01-viet-cong-portland-mississippi-studios
Cute quote. ("We should change our name to Old Man Fashioning a Kayak. No one will get offended by that!") This obviously isn't the audience but, I'll say: this is DEFCON1 Whiteness. Which might be difficult to explain but I'll try. Defending Viet Cong, the band, would mean you'd have defend Iggy Azalea naming a band "Compton". You'd have to defend Mumford and Sons writing songs called "Tompkins Square Park." Which, okay... none are intrinsically "offensive". All can be defended! But the Viet Cong, Compton and Tompkins Square Park aren't conceptual things to pleasure yourselves to from the cocoon of your own obliviousness.
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March 4, 2015 on 01-viet-cong-portland-mississippi-studios
Love Pulp. Definitely enjoyed Stereogum's Britpop Week.
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March 3, 2015 on Viet Cong Show Cancelled Because Of Offensive Band Name
I didn't use the word "offensive". So we're agreed. Even accepting your premise that "all" bands do it, let's just say that not all artists need the extra credibility. If you're middle class from the suburbs, yeah, maybe you do need the extra help. And call yourself Savages. Or Cults. Or Viet Cong. Those don't offend me. Hypothetically, they don't have to offend anyone. But when encountered with their music, I listen to Common People by Pulp and drink a rum and coca cola.
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March 3, 2015 on Viet Cong Show Cancelled Because Of Offensive Band Name
Uh, not quite. You're right... but again, using a reference you might appreciate more: if a band called themselves the Chris Kyles, it'd be lame. Regardless of whether you view him as a hero or villian. Chris Kyle got his kills. He pulled the trigger. They just learned C, G and D chords. It's a cheap association. It's lame.
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March 3, 2015 on Viet Cong Show Cancelled Because Of Offensive Band Name