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 +1Posted on Sep 2nd | re: Jessie Ware - "Want Your Feeling" (Feat. Dev Hynes) (4 comments)

Yes! I thought the first three tunes we heard were pleasant but not exciting, and I was getting a little worried about this album. But this is excellent. It’s in her established soul vein but a little different, with a fully developed chorus. Love it.

Rats, I thought he was going to pull a lil wayne and sample all kinds of grunts.

I’m listening to Sam Stosur play Kaia Kanepi. Things are definitely a bleepin’ and a bloopin’, and it’s hard to say why.

 +1Posted on Aug 27th | re: This Is The Ether: Reintroducing Merchandise (16 comments)

Agreed. After ‘Green Lady’ and the accompanying hype, I was pretty excited for this one. But I find the quality falls off precipitously after that track. ‘Telephone’ and ‘Little Killer’ sound particularly flimsy to me, and then the album just slowly wheezes out. This was a real disappointment.

 0Posted on Aug 23rd | re: Tinashe - "Pretend" (Feat. A$AP Rocky) (3 comments)

I love almost everything Tinashe does, her free mixtapes are better than most albums. ‘Ecstasy’ is one of my favourite songs, and this one sounds great, too.

 +1Posted on Feb 18th | re: Stream St. Vincent St. Vincent (64 comments)

Rrrr that was meant as a reply to emeightythree waaaaay above. Sigh.

 +2Posted on Feb 18th | re: Stream St. Vincent St. Vincent (64 comments)

So basically, if an album doesn’t appeal to you, you shouldn’t comment? That would make these threads pretty one-sided, and I like seeing both sides of the discussion.

So far, “aesthetically displeasing” is a good way to express my feelings about this album. It’s abrasive in a way I’m not enjoying. The tracks I’m really liking (I Prefer Your Love, Severed Cross Fingers) are those that sound the most to me like “old” St. Vincent, but with just enough different touches to renew my interest in her. Aside from the small handful of tracks I’m digging, I feel like each good moment is counteracted by a grating left turn that leaves me scratching my head. None of this has to do with my feelings about her image; I’m aware she now has grey hair, but I wouldn’t think this would impact the tunes.

 +3Posted on Oct 21st, 2013 | re: Arcade Fire - "Afterlife" (133 comments)

My God, like half the comments are from the same obnoxious asshole! Fuck off and stop wasting everyone’s time, you inconsiderate shithead!

On first listen, pretty great song, not yet as arresting as Reflektor.

 +9Posted on Sep 16th, 2013 | re: The Argument: Tom & Claire Talk About Sheryl Crow (68 comments)

I probably like Sheryl Crow more than most commenters here, but even I’m not going to bother with this one. Sheryl is in no way “indie” to your predominantly North American audience (even k-pop, which I love your posts on, could kind of be considered indie in the sense that it isn’t well known). But Sheryl has had no impact on indie music and hasn’t even been much in the popular consciousness for about ten years, so I’m just scratching my head at the subject of this feature’s debut. And to those who would say, “if you don’t like it, read something else”, that’s why I’m commenting – I’d like to read some thoughtful discourse on something else more relevant to the audience here.

This is just bizarre. Sure, ‘Blurred Lines’ was inspired by ‘Got to Give It Up’ and the 70s. A lot of the SOUNDS are similar – the bass, the percussion. But the actual patterns and riffs seem very different to me. It’s not like Santana could go around suing if people were using his guitar tone, so I don’t see how Thicke could be (successfully) sued for this.

 +1Posted on Aug 21st, 2013 | re: M.I.A. - "Unbreak My Mixtape" (17 comments)

Wow, I couldn’t even get all the way through that.