Dan Johnson

Comments from Dan Johnson

At least this makes me feel somewhat better about my own 1998 battle of the bands performance.
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July 5, 2016 on Watch Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon In A High School Battle Of The Bands From 1998
I hate to be all negative, but... is "Sound Of Silver" the last great New York album? I mean, there's kind of a "New York" genre that runs from the Velvet Underground onward through the Dolls and Television and Sonic Youth up to the Strokes, etc. I really feel like this album is the end of the line and the epitaph.
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June 22, 2016 on Read An Excerpt From The New 33⅓ Book On LCD Soundsystem’s Sound Of Silver
So what you're saying is that Pearl Jam should've just brought a class action lawsuit?
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June 18, 2016 on Ticketmaster May Have Free Tickets For You Right Now
I approve Lou Barlow's new hairstyle.
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May 25, 2016 on Dinosaur Jr. – “Tiny”
These are all the parts of the 90s I wanted to forget but which are actually the 90s.
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May 20, 2016 on Bringing Down The Horse Turns 20
Sounds like Trump has found his Vice President.
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May 11, 2016 on London Fest Drops Azealia Banks For Racist Comments About Zayn
I agree on Anohni. Even Fuzari had the good sense to not do 10 political songs in a row :-p
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May 8, 2016 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
Legitimately amazing song. Indie rock lives!
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April 15, 2016 on The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
I was all set to defend "Community of Hope," and then I actually listened to it, and I was like... meh. I don't get the sense that she made the same imaginative leap like she did with "Let England Shake." I think the only way to make a defense of the song is that it's somehow about seeing a crummy situation and feeling bad but not really being able to do anything about it. Not that I'm saying I would make that defense.
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April 11, 2016 on Premature Evaluation: PJ Harvey The Hope Six Demolition Project
Hopefully universal health insurance will cover Bonnie Bear's hair plugs.
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April 2, 2016 on Watch Justin Vernon Speak At A Bernie Sanders Rally In Eau Claire
For some reason the beard scares me. Very Lord of the Rings.
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March 26, 2016 on Michael Stipe Will Make His Debut Solo TV Performance On Fallon Next Week
The bands you list (Titus, etc.) are all great, but for most, their best album is probably behind them. At this point they're all trying to do an "Automatic for People," not a "Murmur." Not quite as exciting. As a depressive caucasian bro, I have to admit that depressive caucasian bro rock is kinda having a bit of a rough patch, and that makes me depressed.
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March 18, 2016 on Sorority Noise And Pinegrove Save Indie Rock At SXSW
I think the Thurston reference was included because (1) he was the official guitar god at the time and (2) in the 90s he embodied a sort of unapproachable cool indie shtick that SK was trying to subvert or sidestep. See also: "You're No Rock n Roll Fun." SK was really earnest and almost desperate to connect in a way that conflicted with the reigning ironic ethos of 90s indie.
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March 15, 2016 on Call The Doctor Turns 20
I remember writing a page-long review of this album in my high school newspaper, lauding it with all the horrible teenager metaphors I could muster. My (mostly male) friends thought it sounded like crazy ladies screaming and murdering their instruments. I think they might have been afraid that maybe Sleater-Kinney would murder THEM.... And here we are, 20 years later.
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March 15, 2016 on Call The Doctor Turns 20
Albums usually tend get forgotten over the 5-10 year time span. That's just sort of how things work. The album is no longer the shiny new thing, people move on to other stuff (which I guess now is arty hip hop, R&B, weird electronic things, whatever it is Grimes is doing, etc.). Then people tend to unearth the album again at the 10 year mark, at which point there's sort of an initial decision about whether it's canonized or if it was overrated at the time. And then at about the 15 year mark you really start to see people filtering, and at 20 years the game is basically up (unless there's some sort of weird revival a la disco punk). It may well be that in 2024 people look at Embryonic as a great Flaming Lips album on par with Clouds Taste Metallic and Soft Bulletin... BUT TIME WILL TELL.
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March 11, 2016 on Bat For Lashes – “In God’s House” & The Bride Details
This is correct. 2009 was basically peak indie, and now all our indie natural resources are used up.
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March 11, 2016 on Bat For Lashes – “In God’s House” & The Bride Details
I'm guessing "untitled" refers to "title" in the sense of property. Like "title" to a house. Obviously "unmastered" refers to "master" in the sense of a slave owner or boss. So "untitled unmastered" is basically: not property, not owned.
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March 4, 2016 on Premature Evaluation: Kendrick Lamar untitled unmastered.
At what point will Kendrick officially be the greatest rapper ever? He's getting pretty damn close if he isn't quite there yet.
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March 4, 2016 on Premature Evaluation: Kendrick Lamar untitled unmastered.
I think more to the point is that she doesn't really capture the essence you get from Nina Simone.
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March 3, 2016 on Watch Zoe Saldana As Nina Simone In First Nina Trailer
Yes, "insane" is hyperbole. Don't mean to hurt anyone's feelings here.
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February 19, 2016 on Ye’s The Boss: Is The Life Of Pablo Kanye’s Born In The U.S.A.?
This article is insane. The premise seems to be: take a random Kanye comment, and interpret it (to death) until it makes sense. I mean, is this an exercise in old school Derrida-style deconstruction or something?
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February 19, 2016 on Ye’s The Boss: Is The Life Of Pablo Kanye’s Born In The U.S.A.?
The phrase "defecating on your microphone" has always stuck in my head in a really disturbing way. Every time I hear it, I think of a microphone sitting on the floor, with shit all over it. So gross. THANKS LAURYN!
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February 13, 2016 on The Score Turns 20
Also: Chicago was the best city for music in the 90s.
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January 29, 2016 on Millions Now Living Will Never Die Turns 20
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! How about we just name them Rostam and the Vampire Weekend?
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January 26, 2016 on Rostam Quits Vampire Weekend
Yes to “Fortunate Son” at #1. It has to be one of the most inspired covers I've ever heard. It's kind of hard to remember now, but indie rock music was pretty apolitical back then, for better or worse (I mean, maybe there was a political subtext sometimes, but it was pretty buried). Sleater-Kinney was the exception.
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January 18, 2016 on Sleater-Kinney’s 10 Best Cover Songs