Brian Velsor

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A Weekend in the City is a lot better than i think people tend to remember. They went for some epic shit and some of it doesn’t work, some of it is super corny, but some of it fucking rules. “Waiting for the 7.18″, “Kreuzberg,” the second half of “Uniform.” They went for it, that’s for sure.

It’s been a sad, slow downhill journey from “Flux,” though. You hit the nail on the head.

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February 13, 2015 on Silent Alarm Turns 10

One of my favorite albums of all time and definitely one of the best debuts I’ve ever come across, from any era.
I saw these guys when they came through New Jersey around 2006 and they fucking blew me away.

It’s heartening to see so many people on here talk about how special this record is to them for its ability to conjure up specific memories and moments in time. That’s absolutely what it does for me every time I put it on, which is still pretty often. They’ve for sure declined in recent years, but fuck does Silent Alarm hold up well.

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February 13, 2015 on Silent Alarm Turns 10

Digital Love!

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December 8, 2014 on Win Daft Punk’s Alive Vinyl Box Set

They Want My Soul – Spoon

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December 8, 2014 on Win Stereogum’s 10 Best Albums Of 2014 On Vinyl Courtesy Of Insound

It’s always been Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Any of the other’s might be my favorite on a given day, but Sgt. Pepper’s is the one.

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September 17, 2014 on Win The Beatles In Mono 14-LP Vinyl Box Set

COLUMBIA! Pick me! Pick me!

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September 12, 2014 on Win A Limited Edition Oasis (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? Super Deluxe Box Set

So far it’s gotta be “Money Power Glory”.

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June 18, 2014 on Win A Lana Del Rey Deluxe Ultraviolence Box Set

Not nearly enough Oh You’re So Silent Jens on this list. “Pocket Full of Money” should be in any Jens top 10 for sure. Also Maple Leaves? Farewell Song to Rocky Dennis? Julie? A Sweet Summers Night on Hammer Hill? All are right up there for me.

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April 29, 2014 on The 10 Best Jens Lekman Songs

Some Might Say!

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April 22, 2014 on Win An Oasis Definitely Maybe Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set

This list has way too much Four on it for my taste. I hate to say it, becauseI love Bloc Party and have since the beginning, but that record is just a mess. The only song from it that belongs in any top ten list is “V.A.L.I.S.”

From Intimacy I would only take “Signs,” so well done there, but also maybe “Ion Square.” That song is just a fantastic closer.

I guess A Weekend in the City is just going to stay underrated forever. That record is much better than people give it credit for, and songs like “Waiting for the 7:18,” “The Prayer”, “Flux”, “On” and “Kreuzberg” for sure need to be involved in ay discussion of Bloc Party’s best.

I’m sure it’s hard to make this list without including most of Silent Alarm, but leaving off “This Modern Love” and “So Here We Are” is pretty criminal. I also think “Little Thoughts” deserves a nod.

And how about “Always New Depths”? It was just a b-side, but has always been one of my absolute favorites. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlPWqmRyOeY

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August 1, 2013 on The 10 Best Bloc Party Songs

Cool me wants to say Silverfuck, but I’d be lying to myself if I didn’t go with 1979.

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July 25, 2013 on Win A Smashing Pumpkins The Aeroplane Flies High 5-LP Limited Edition Box Set

The fact that Twin Shadow and Wild Nothing were both left off the list entirely makes me question the validity of the whole thing.

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December 21, 2012 on Pitchfork’s Top 50 Albums Of 2012

Still my favorite Spoon record. Probably always will be. Paper Tiger is just the fucking coolest/most beautiful thing around.

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August 20, 2012 on Kill The Moonlight Turns 10

why is this PE so much shorter than all the others? also it’s full of typos.

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October 31, 2011 on Premature Evaluation: Atlas Sound Parallax

It’s The Jesus and Mary Chain, Best Coast’s record is called “Crazy For You,” and somebody should really proofread these articles before they’re posted.

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September 29, 2011 on Album Of The Week: Dum Dum Girls Only In Dreams

Act that would do well: Tunde Adebimpe
Act that would not: Alec Ounsworth

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September 21, 2011 on Five Indie Types Who Would Do Well On X Factor… And Five Who Wouldn’t

I’d use it to give my new, post-graduate life some direction. You know, the very stable, well-respected, not-going-anywhere-for-a-while stability of chillwave!

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September 7, 2011 on Watch Neon Indian’s PAL198X Synth Commercial … And Win One Of Your Very Own