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This song left me speechless. I thought through my history with Curtis’ music today. Thinking through discovering School of Seven Bells at my college radio station, where I first really got into more “alternative” music, summers seeing them at free shows in NY (the xx opened for them when they were a four-piece at South Street Seaport), meeting them awkwardly on the street. Watching someone(more than someone I’d assume) die on Grey’s Anatomy. This band is awesome. Listening over and over and feeling totally grateful for what Deheza and Curtis were able to accomplish together. A lot of people don’t get a chance to craft their final goodbye. To do so through music, with your professional partner and friend, in homage to an icon…. Perfection.

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

Seasons is more of a song for the end of summer. Unless you’re beginning your summer as a Mets fan. The trimmings of fun with a filling of melancholy.

 +11Posted on Jun 20th | re: These Kids Almost Nailed Their Cover Of Weezer's "Sweater Song" (12 comments)

Good video. The drummer deserves a shout-out too. overeager drummers hit the cymbal whenever they get a chance. Not this dude. Just stuck to the beat. Good work.

Interesting article. Miley Cyrus and Iggy Azalea are so far off my radar. The people and institutions they work for sell a product I hope delivers for their fans. But Sam Smith’s emergence is offensive. That R&B has become a dead-end for black performers but acts like Smith are heralded as artistic revelations deserve some pushback. The argument isn’t that blacks have exclusive rights to certain genres. It’s that these genres have been powerful tools to communicate dynamic parts of black culture in the US and internationally. Now these genres are explored through very flat performers like Thicke and Smith. That is disgusting.

 +6Posted on Jun 17th | re: The 50 Best Albums Of 2014 So Far (253 comments)

Thanks for sharing this list. I’ll give Elbow’s Takeoff and Landing… and Bombay Bicycle Club’s So Long, See You Tomorrow a shout-out. The latter especially is vibrant and moving.

 +3Posted on Jun 16th | re: Let's Shortlist The Song Of The Summer 2014 (286 comments)

Cheap Sunglasses – RAC & Matthew Koma

 -9Posted on Jun 13th | re: Premature Evaluation: Lana Del Rey Ultraviolence (44 comments)

I had a discussion a few weeks back with a few friends about what makes some music justifiably “White Music”. “Euphorically fake” was the phrase I needed. I appreciate LDR’s candor though.

As a mid20s American man, I’m slowly getting out of the phase where witnessing young people with extreme talent made me existentially irritated, like, say, Blake Griffin did four years ago. Porter is 21 and awesome. I imagine Porter Robinson’s Worlds will be to EDM what Good Kid Maad City was to modern rap. Both elevated the artists into super stardom by meticulously critiquing what their respective genres had succumbed to in ways that weren’t self-important or self-reverential. It’s exciting. It makes me excited for the electronic releases in 2015. I love this.

 +1Posted on May 24th | re: Shut Up, Dude: This Week's Best And Worst Comments (23 comments)

The Friendly Fires track Before Your Eyes is sensational. Probably my favorite song released so far in 2014. They’re easy to lump into a genre of modern indiepop UK music but they deserve a lot of credit. It’s an ambitious track that’s easy to embrace. Second, seeing Bombay Bicycle Club in NY’s Webster Hall made me a big fan of their new material.

Ryan, you’re the real MVP. I know nothing about this artist but I’m definitely listening to her now. Enjoyed reading this a lot.