Nick Degel

Comments from Nick Degel

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!
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September 20, 2013 on Deconstructing: Chvrches, Icona Pop, And The Decline Of Guitar Rock
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.
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September 16, 2013 on Stream Chvrches The Bones Of What You Believe
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.
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September 12, 2013 on Kanye West: “I Don’t Give A Fuck About None Of These Fuckin’ Corporations”
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.
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September 10, 2013 on Reflections On “Reflektor”
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.
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September 10, 2013 on Reflections On “Reflektor”
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.
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September 10, 2013 on Watch Janelle Monáe Play Letterman
I don't want to play this game anymore, you guys. Just give me some tunes.
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September 9, 2013 on This Might Be Arcade Fire’s Reflektor Album Cover
Anyone else notice members of the band missing from the picture?
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September 8, 2013 on Is This Arcade Fire’s “Reflektor” Art & Lyrics?
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.
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September 5, 2013 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
A lot of people got "fucked" on the way to that Dark Tower reference. Also, I agreed with literally everything you said.
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September 5, 2013 on Earthless – “Violence Of The Red Sea” (Stereogum Premiere)
Behold! The rebirth of bedroom-and-mirror Air Guitar!
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September 4, 2013 on Earthless – “Violence Of The Red Sea” (Stereogum Premiere)
This article didn't get nearly as trolled as I thought it would. And no complaints, really. Would have gone with Parachutes but to each his own.
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September 3, 2013 on Coldplay Albums From Worst To Best
As a resident of the metro Detroit area, I am obligated to try my absolute best to squeeze out some sliver of anything positive about this song. Which I cannot. At least you all won't have to hear it absolutely everywhere you go for the next 6-8 months.
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August 29, 2013 on Eminem – “Berzerk”
I needed this today. Nothing better than Pearl Jam when they're re-energized. And then I didn't see a Detroit date. Aw, nuts!
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July 12, 2013 on Pearl Jam – “Mind Your Manners”
These were very good. He sounds angry and angry Kanye is usually the best Kanye, even though I find it hard to imagine what he has to feel angry about at all. Still, very well done. But I must say "Black Skinhead" sounds like an Outkast rehash (musically).
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May 19, 2013 on Watch Kanye West Do “Black Skinhead” & “New Slaves” On SNL
It will be interesting to see how this album turns out since Liam might officially be out of Beatles choruses to knock-off
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April 30, 2013 on Beady Eye – “Second Bite Of The Apple”
Love MMJ. Fine with the list. But this reminded me of how bad some of their album art is. Endearingly bad, but bad.
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April 26, 2013 on My Morning Jacket Albums From Worst To Best
That Beach House video! It's like a world where Chrimbus is something people actually celebrate every year in a very serious way.
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March 9, 2013 on The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
Maybe it's a little bit of a boring cover, but if the xx did it any other way they would just sound like everyone else these days who are playing with the same sound.
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February 17, 2013 on Watch The xx Cover Beyoncé’s “I Miss You”
Don't worry. I accidentally called him Jose in the comments for the article reporting the break-up.
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February 7, 2013 on Deconstructing: The Rise, Demise, And Legacy Of The Mars Volta
This is my favorite Stereogum name ever. I bought a Smush Parker jersey as a joke when he was on the Pistons. Joke was ultimately on me because those things are expensive and everyone forgot who he was the day he was traded. Or released. Both are likely. Anyway, I laugh every time I see your name and picture so thank you.
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February 1, 2013 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Thank you, Claire. That helps. I didn't realize she dealt with such heavy subjects. This makes her music sound less superficial, for sure. It still doesn't sound good to me, but I think I understand it better. I'm also, relative to the readers of this site, old. So, that probably has a lot to do with it.
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January 30, 2013 on Stream Kitty’s D.A.I.S.Y. Rage Mixtape
By "cheered," of course, I meant jeered. Freudian slip, I suppose.
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January 29, 2013 on Wavves – “Demon To Lean On”
I'm going to get cheered for this (probably) but I feel like this transition in his songwriting has quite a bit to do with his relationship with Bethany. The verses of this song are just like those all over both Best Coast albums. If this is the case, it was a good influencing force because this is a very good song. Excited for this album.
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January 29, 2013 on Wavves – “Demon To Lean On”
Says the guy who will surely place in the top 5
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January 27, 2013 on The Strokes – “One Way Trigger”
Cedric just doesn't get along with anyone, I guess. Or it's Jose who doesn't. I don't know. Wish I could say I'm shocked by this but I'm not.
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January 24, 2013 on The Mars Volta Break Up
Maybe Claire Lobenfeld can write us a Deconstructing Kitty Pryde because I don't get this at all. If her recent output "harnesses (the energy) in her live show" then said live show must be the least charismatic rap show ever.
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January 16, 2013 on Kitty Pryde – “Ay Shawty” (Feat. Lakutis)