Joe Van

Comments from Joe Van

I haven't enjoyed a Xiu Xiu track this much in ages, and I really liked the last couple of albums. Maybe enjoyed isn't the best word, but you know what I mean.
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January 9, 2014 on Xiu Xiu – “Lawrence Liquors”
Not only was this thing surprisingly awesome, but it reminded me how great pizza is. Wow, what a good food.
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December 10, 2013 on Hear Macaulay Culkin’s Pizza-Themed Velvet Underground Covers
he dropped the motherfuckin'? but without that it's nothing...!
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October 25, 2013 on eXquire – “Cherry Raindrops” Video (Stereogum Premiere)
Bonnie and Dawn also didn't call their album 'Foreverly'... eughhh...
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October 23, 2013 on Q&A: Billie Joe Armstrong & Norah Jones Unveil Duets LP + Hear “Long Time Gone”
Man this guy's on fire later. Except when he's covering I'm on Fire.
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September 26, 2013 on Watch Twin Shadow Cover Tori Amos’s “Silent All These Years”
For a second there I thought you meant the Sudanese-Australian rapper Bangs had made this video. Might've been a little bit different http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmJbJs-9ST0
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September 24, 2013 on Autre Ne Veut – “Ego Free Sex Free” Video
damn you geo-blocking.. I just want to know if this is an updated version of the Lifter Puller track 'Let's Get Incredible' with slightly different lyrics.. anyone?
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September 13, 2013 on The Hold Steady – “Let’s Get Awesome!” Video
This album is unbelievable, and this whole article has made me appreciate it even more. and on a side note, I don't think I've ever heard guitars sound more perfect than they do in the opening bars of Everyone Choose Sides. And the way Charles sings 'I've walked away from more than you imagine / and I sleep just fine' absolutely floors me. Every freaking time.
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September 9, 2013 on An Oral History Of The Wrens’ The Meadowlands
definitely the best of the tracks released so far from Kiss Land, but I'm a huge sucker for The Zone so I guess I was always gonna like it.
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August 20, 2013 on The Weeknd – “Live For” (Feat. Drake)
I'm sure one day Miguel's gonna jump on a track and it's not going to be amazing, but it sure as hell doesn't look like it's happening any time soon
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August 20, 2013 on Janelle Monáe – “Primetime” (Feat. Miguel)
they already made that documentary. It's called The Carter.
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August 14, 2013 on Eminem – “Survival” (Feat. Liz Rodrigues)
this has nothing to do with Marina Abramović, you can't just telephone in a grand artistic statement and avoid any responsibility. Abramović puts herself through her art and inhabits it, for a much longer period than she expects any of her audience to do. You can try to say that they are challenging expectation of music and live performance all you want, but at the end of the day, all it is is a dick move aimed at people who actually care about and respect what you do. It's Death Grips laughing at their fans for liking them in the first place. Fuck them.
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August 7, 2013 on Deconstructing: Death Grips’ No-Show Live Show And What We Expect From Concerts
You are not music. I would have to say that this is though.
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August 6, 2013 on Bill Callahan – “Expanding Dub”
Not a bad list at all, but Tecumseh Valley really needs to be on there
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July 18, 2013 on The 10 Best Townes Van Zandt Songs
He definitely doesn't sound like he cares, but I don't love it.
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July 10, 2013 on Titus Andronicus – “I Love It” (Icona Pop Cover)
I guess you could say the lines between porn and art are becoming blurred
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July 8, 2013 on Why Is YouTube Allowing Nudity In Justin Timberlake’s Video, But Not Robin Thicke’s?
Fair point, but I think at least the women in Blurred Lines were allowed to have a bit of personality which the women in Tunnel Vision definitely didn't have. Not that that makes it miles better or anything, but at least they seemed to have a little bit of control of the situation, whereas in Tunnel Vision they were little more than props. And on Kanye, it's hard to take anything he says seriously since he's such an asshole. Sure what he says is distasteful, but we're hardly put in a position to agree with him. His whole world view seems to leave him feeling depressed, alone and empty so he's not exactly 'glorifying' misogyny, he's kinda just showing how shit it leaves him feeling. Maybe it's a bit tenuous, but at least it's not as in your face as Tunnel Vision or Blurred Lines
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July 7, 2013 on Justin Timberlake – “Tunnel Vision” Video (NSFW)
I've been feeling the same way about these clips. I mean, I love boobs as much as the next guy but this is really just blatantly using women as props for the guys. At least in the Robin Thicke clip the women looked like they were actually having fun as opposed to just writhing around looking sexy... Not saying the Blurred Lines clip is much better, it's still the same sort of glammed up sexism that Terry Richardson peddles as Arrrrrrttttt.. but at least it was kinda light-hearted.. maybe I'm getting old and boring, but using women in art solely because they are hot and/or topless doesn't really do it for me anymore. Sigh.
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July 5, 2013 on Justin Timberlake – “Tunnel Vision” Video (NSFW)
I've gotta second 'Headlights Look like Diamonds', not my favourite or anything but it's definitely a top tenner. Same with Neighbourhood II.
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June 12, 2013 on The 10 Best Arcade Fire Songs
Paper Bag definitely deserves the top spot. No question.
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May 23, 2013 on The 10 Best Fiona Apple Songs
I think Criminal should be a bit higher, but Paper Bag definitely deserves the top spot? No love for Hot Knife though? That song is fun as hell.
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May 23, 2013 on The 10 Best Fiona Apple Songs
Although I like the later Bonnie Prince stuff, it absolutely has nothing on the earlier Palace material. Beware and Lie Down in the Light are both great albums, but they are way too high on the list, and Arise Therefore and Days in the Wake are insanely low on the list. And if you're going to include Wai Notes, why not include Hope as well (which is much better)? My top ten would look more like this: 10. Joya 9. Master and Everyone 8. The Letting Go 7. There is No One.... 6. Superwold 5. Ease Down the Road 4. Arise Therefore 3. I See A Darkness 2. Viva Last Blues 1. Days in the Wake
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May 12, 2013 on Will Oldham Albums From Worst To Best
As someone who's only really listened to Boxer and High Violet and has always meant to have, but never actually have, gotten into older National stuff, this list is pretty spot on for me. But that's because I wouldn't consider myself a massive National fan, nor would I ever feel qualified to make a list of their best songs.
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April 10, 2013 on The 10 Best National Songs
The woman yawning at 0:06 about sums this up
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September 18, 2012 on Watch Lana Del Rey Cover “Blue Velvet” For H&M
Oh ok. Ryan McGinley actually took the photo. Carry on then.
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July 24, 2012 on Bat For Lashes – “Laura” Video + NSFW The Haunted Man Cover