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 +3Posted on Sep 20th, 2013 | re: Deconstructing: Chvrches, Icona Pop, And The Decline Of Guitar Rock (107 comments)

You and I both, on this one. I think we’re learning why the AARP is such a strong lobby.

No one ever thinks the generation after theirs is doing it right. I have to include myself in that. I’ve already kind of said my piece on this particular artist (but I’m confident no one remembers that, so…), but Kitty Pride is an example of when I catch myself going to that mindset. With most of the new stuff I can at least pick out why people like it, even if I don’t care for it myself. But with Kitty Pride I am at an absolute loss. Words cannot describe how old I feel when I hear her music because I don’t understand it at all. Not one thing about it. Yet, she clearly has enough of an audience to keep her name out there. My knee-jerk reaction is to just assume those people don’t know what they’re talking about, but that assessment would be insulting, dismissive, and, in the grand scheme of it all, incorrect.

Imagine what we’ll say about our grandkids’ music. Tearing around on those hoverskates. You’ll hurt yourself!

 +2Posted on Sep 16th, 2013 | re: Stream Chvrches The Bones Of What You Believe (5 comments)

The Mother We Share should be on the song of the year shortlist. If I hear it once, I’m humming it for the next two or three days.

Absolutely, yes. To me, a lot of Kanye’s antics can be chalked up to him being a complete spaz. When he gets excited he can’t edit himself before the words come out. Like, ever.

 0Posted on Sep 10th, 2013 | re: Reflections On "Reflektor" (47 comments)

I’m sure there are many (possibly better) examples I’m completely forgetting about but, for some reason, the first that popped in my head was the decision to put Just before My Iron Lung on The Bends. It’s an album I still remember hearing for the first time and there’s something about the mood of Just and the start of My Iron Lung that just sets up the breakdown on the latter song so well. You never see it coming but it fits all the same.

 +3Posted on Sep 10th, 2013 | re: Reflections On "Reflektor" (47 comments)

More excited to hear the song within the context of the album than anything else (which is such a lame comment but the truth, nonetheless). I’ve always sort of ignored Arcade Fire lyrics. “Ignored” is probably the wrong word, but their songs are about the big picture. They are willing to fudge the content to benefit the song and I like that. In a way, it keeps them from seeming too serious, especially in their later work.

 +1Posted on Sep 10th, 2013 | re: Watch Janelle Monáe Play Letterman (8 comments)

Okay, yeah, officially crushing on her. And listen to the album if you haven’t already because I think it totally lived up to the hype.

 +3Posted on Sep 9th, 2013 | re: This Might Be Arcade Fire's Reflektor Album Cover (4 comments)

I don’t want to play this game anymore, you guys. Just give me some tunes.

 0Posted on Sep 8th, 2013 | re: Is This Arcade Fire's "Reflektor" Art & Lyrics? (34 comments)

Anyone else notice members of the band missing from the picture?

 0Posted on Sep 5th, 2013 | re: Shut Up, Dude: This Week's Best And Worst Comments (33 comments)

Is this the place where it’s okay to mention I don’t understand this Sapporo ad? Because I don’t understand this Sapporo ad.

 +1Posted on Sep 5th, 2013 | re: Earthless - "Violence Of The Red Sea" (Stereogum Premiere) (14 comments)

A lot of people got “fucked” on the way to that Dark Tower reference.

Also, I agreed with literally everything you said.