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AOTW is James Holden – The Inheritors. But Soft Will is really good.
I apologize…should’ve read the whole thing.
Daftside, not Darkside
SZA, Secret Circuit, Fol Chen, Blue Hawaii, and Quadron. And maybe Rainbow Arabia.
Spoke too soon…out digitally today, it appears. Amazon and Insound list CD as next week and vinyl 6/25.
Not in the U.S. until next Tuesday.
So Daft Punk is really Will Oldham??
I really enjoy reading music criticism, which is partly why I follow Stereogum and a dozen or so other blogs. However, the James Blake backlash and the likely widespread backtracking are an example of some writers (not Miles) and consumers getting caught up in swirls of popular opinion which don’t stem from or result in critical thinking.
Hearing, personally evaluating, and being affected by music before reading others’ opinions can be a great thing, and it’s easy to get away from doing so with any regularity these days. I enjoyed listening to Digital Lion before reading people’s reactions to it, and my level of excitement for Overgrown has been appropriately adjusted…
Anyone can play guitar…
I disagree. For me, the first three songs work well with the rest of the album and are really strong on their own. Only Tomorrow is especially phenomenal—really catchy and at once hypnotic and invigorating—and my favorite album track at present.
It’s probably too early to call m b v classic, but if so, it’s definitely too early to say it’s not classic. All I know is that the first several listens have been highly pleasing, and I’m eager to hear it again the moment it’s finished.
-This album is wholly fantastic; not one track disappoints.
-It fits in really well with the rest of their discography but also feels like a progression. I think it’ll make a good entry point for new MBV listeners, but it’s great to experience it as a new work after thoroughly digesting Isn’t Anything, Loveless, and the EPs years ago.
-Kevin Shield’s creative trajectory is significantly different than Axl Rose’s.
Wow–I never thought I’d see the day. Great news!
Now if Slowdive would reunite…
Thanks for catching my mistake. Need to drink coffee before putting my fingers near a keyboard.
Cheers. I hear what you’re saying, too. And fwiw, Pitchfork is easily the blog most worthy of blame for forcing Grimes down the throats of the unwilling.
I understand how the incessant press coverage of Grimes and/or elements of her personality may be off-putting to some, but I can’t help but feel that most of the people who talk trash about her have never even heard her newest album. Visions really is one of the best albums of 2012, and no abundance of blogger obsession or corresponding backlash can change this. I’m not talking about you specifically, Naqiy, this is just a general observation.
Regarding Pitchfork’s list: I was happy to see the best track (Flutes) off of Hot Chip’s album in the top 20, despite the fact that it wasn’t released as a single. (Also, Resident Advisor did the same thing with John Talabot’s So Will Be Now…)
I hear you—his talent seems to be taken for granted for the purposes of year-end lists recently, but both Street Halo and Kindred are too short to be considered a LP, so I can understand some critics overlooking these. But when there is a separate list for EPs, I don’t get it. Although the EPs listed above are indeed good or great (but I haven’t heard the Dum Dum Girls one), I doubt that the Stereogum staff consensus is that they’re each/all better than Kindred. But I could be wrong.
• Burial made a top 10 album (or the number 1 EP)
• Hot Chip > Sleigh Bells and Taylor Swift
• Chromatics, Grimes, Talabot > Fiona, Frank, et al.
Agreed. FWIW, it is #4 on Gorilla vs. Bear’s list (which is easily the best list I’ve seen).
Some glaring oversights (e.g., Grimes, Chromatics, Chairlift), but the fact that Daphni, Traxman, Thee Oh Sees, and Animal Collective are all on Spin’s list made me smile. And Rashad at #5.
Forgot Chromatics, Chairlift, Shackleton, Micachu, AnCo, iamamiwhoami, Vessel, et al.