Graham Hebert

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“They missed out Muse”

Good on them.

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December 23, 2014 on The 101 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2015

Thank you for giving me something so fitting to watch while listening to that trainwreck.

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August 26, 2013 on Eminem – “Berzerk”

EW also released a list of the top 100 novels of all time.

Here’s a spoiler: they snubbed Steinbeck.

‘Nuff said.

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July 5, 2013 on Entertainment Weekly’s 100 Greatest Albums Ever

In the Aeroplane Over the Sea? Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band?

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June 28, 2013 on Entertainment Weekly’s 100 Greatest Albums Ever

Jugband Blues? :(

(or is that considered to be more of a Syd Barrett piece?)

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June 21, 2013 on The 10 Best Pink Floyd Songs

I agree with you about the use of autotune on Yeezus. For a record that predominantly packs a harsher and more raw aesthetic, its inclusion of squeaky-clean vox effects gives some of the tracks a less intimate and immediate effect than they maybe ought to have.

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June 15, 2013 on Kanye West Yeezus Comment Party

The lead singer sounds like the unholy child of Alanis Morisette and Billy Corgan.

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June 7, 2013 on Band To Watch: Krill

That video’s not the best impression of the new band.

Here’s a better video (and not to mention a better song):

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June 7, 2013 on Watch Avey Tare’s New Band Slasher Flicks’ Live Debut

Interesting how this cover art is more fascinating and thought-provoking than some of the most Storm Thorgerson-esque albums covers out there. Smart design.

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May 31, 2013 on Yeezus Cover Revealed

I think that “Pity Sex” is an awesome band name. And perhaps this virgin is a little naive but how exactly would the term be offensive, let alone misogynistic?

BTW, sweet song. I love how folks like Pity Sex, Mac DeMarco, Cloud Nothings and others are bringing back the sound of 90s alt-rock. It is about time for a revival.

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May 26, 2013 on Pity Sex – “Wind Up” (Stereogum Premiere)

“Black Skinhead” is cool but I wonder how much cooler it would be if MC Ride were to have done the opening screams.

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May 19, 2013 on Watch Kanye West Do “Black Skinhead” & “New Slaves” On SNL

We can all probably agree that the marketing campaign was fun at the time but a bit of a misstep in retrospect. It makes you wonder how different the reception would have been if Daft Punk pulled a My Bloody Valentine on us and announced the album only a short time before its actual release. The Creator’s Project videos could have then followed to give the album a little more context and not to hype up the record as if it was going to be the next modern masterpiece. It seems as if a lot of dissenters are let down by how little this album actually progresses dance music (contrary to what was said during some of the CP’s interviews) but that is actually a flattering criticism but it isn’t often that people think less of an album because it didn’t reinvent an entire genre.

Listening to the it for the third time, RAM strikes me as being a solid piece of immaculately produced French lounge that doesn’t break barriers as much as it sticks to what can make party soundtracks fun and timeless. It stops short of hitting that special nerve and sending me into musical euphoria but then again, so does 90+% of all the world’s decent music.

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May 14, 2013 on Daft Punk Random Access Memories Comment Party

The cheese is part of what makes this LP appealing. There is definitely some campy humour to be found in tracks like “Within” (lol @ those chimes) and – yes – “Touched”, because how could a throw-back to a particular era of music have wide appeal if it takes its retro style and aesthetic too seriously?

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May 13, 2013 on Daft Punk Random Access Memories Comment Party

I agree with most of your criticism (especially about “Doin’ It Right” sounding too busy with the robot vox) but lol, why the comparison to Eiffel 65? Does RAM really come across as derivative eurotrash to you?

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May 13, 2013 on Daft Punk Random Access Memories Comment Party

Almost done the album but to offer some first impressions…

This may not be a popular opinion but while I find the first half was a little on the choppy side, the second half is a wonderful trip. Many of the low points of the album for me result from attempts at creating an ear-worm with some of the most inane hooks (“Lose Yourself to Dance”; “Fragments of Time”) and the high points of the album are when Daft Punk either take big risks with song-structure and composition (“Giorgio By Moroder”; “Touch”; “Contact”) or revisit classic musical conventions and apply their own spin on kitsch genres like disco, early electronica, and the like (“Beyond”; “Motherboard”; and again, “Touch”).

This is a big and plentiful album that requires a few more play-throughs but as a casual fan of the group, I am not disappointed but not as blown-away as I maybe could have been. Then again, I said the same thing about Discovery upon first listen so who knows how much of a grower this album could be…

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May 13, 2013 on Daft Punk Random Access Memories Comment Party

The 16 y.o. in me is crying of joy.

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April 29, 2013 on Neutral Milk Hotel Reunite


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April 3, 2013 on The Knife Shaking The Habitual Comment Party

holy thesaurus batman!

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April 2, 2013 on The Knife Shaking The Habitual Comment Party

Does this video remind anybody else of that Futurama episode where Fry and his girlfriend are captured by pipsqueak ruffians in LA?

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March 12, 2013 on Wavves – “Demon To Lean On” Video

Hate to give another “reminds me of…” but damn, I do sense a lot of similarities between this and “Laura Palmer’s Theme” from Angelo Badalamenti’s score for Twin Peaks. Some of the chord changes are even the same, I think.

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March 6, 2013 on M83 – “StarWaves”