Eric Capossela

Comments from Eric Capossela

It's up on NPR. It's a good, slow burner.
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July 19, 2016 on Album Of The Week: Connections Midnight Run
Considering 3 of my top 6 or 7 aren't even on this list, it might be time to ask myself: "Self, why are you even here? These are not your people" Btw, they are Woods, Kevin Morby, and Ty Segall (to round out the list, Radiohead, Anderson Paak, Bowie, Car Seat, and some others).
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June 15, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016 So Far
It's ok for youngsters to write about The Strokes, but the writer was 5 or 6 when Is This It came out. I won't speak for undermythumb, but I think the point is this: Someone who was 21 or 22 when Is This It came out is going to be a different kind of Strokes fan than someone in preschool at the time. The now 35-year-old Strokes fan is going to get more excited and expect more because they have more invested—15 years worth of listening, as an adult. So it's okay to get Ryan's take (it is an opinion piece after all), but it's a very different take than someone who's been a fan since the beginning. That's all. Opinions and such. Also, there's a bit of a discrepancy in the article. The writer says Angles and Comedown Machine are "Great" and "underrated" (I agree), so why wouldn't you be excited about future releases when you considered a band's last two albums "great"?? That's weird, no? To expect that a band is ALWAYS going to follow up a "great" album with a piece of shit? Super-cynical. Anyway, I do get excited about new Strokes. And this EP is very good. And they're still one of my favorite live shows.
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June 3, 2016 on Past, Present, No Future? Struggling To Love The Strokes In 2016
I had trouble too. Had to google it and find a link that way
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May 26, 2016 on The Strokes – “The Threat Of Joy”
Hey Bulldog, Paperback Writer, and Rain are 3 of the best basslines of all time
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May 5, 2016 on Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Dark Necessities”
Surely Pitchfork can now review more than 5 albums a day with all them Conde Na$ty budgets? More isn't always better, but with album reviews? I'd probably read 10 or 15 a day if they were there. Leaving out several worthy albums a week simply because the 5-a-day thing has been established is not a good reason. imho, of course.
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March 30, 2016 on Album Of The Week: Black Mountain IV
It's the Strokes album I listen to the most. Is This It is maybe a bit more cohesive and more of a singular statement, but Room on Fire plays like a great pop album. On a side note, whenever I hear the Cars' Since You're Gone, I can't help but think the entire Room on Fire album was inspired by it. Especially the drum sound.
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January 4, 2016 on First Impressions Of Earth Turns 10
Stretch Music is amazing. In my top 5
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December 1, 2015 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2015
Mine too. It almost seems like people haven't listened to it in months and have forgotten how great it is. It's easily the most consistent album I listened to this year from top to bottom. Even if something is telling me that Kendrick's album is better (more "important"?), I just didn't listen to it as much as I did Currents. And that should probably be the mostly heavily weighted criteria when putting together these EOY lists. If you liked something on first listen but didn't go back to it often, is it really your favorite album of the year? That said, I have been listening to a lot of Art Angels, so it's up there.
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December 1, 2015 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2015
pop structure + zeitgeist-tapping + popularity = pop, no? If not, then what? Nevermind reads more like pop than punk for me. It was never really a divisive record. I was listening to a lot of Beatles when it came out and I didn't find it particularly jarring. It was fresh, but seemed a natural progression. Bleach and In Utero on the other hand . . . (fwiw, In Utero is the Nirvana album I listen to most)
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November 25, 2015 on Justin Bieber’s Stylist Explains His Controversial Nirvana T-Shirts
That photo next to the headline "Inside Her Real World" is just so perfect. Kim's real world is all about ill-fitting undergarments and sailing. That's all we need to know! No, really, bras and yachts . . . Rolling Stone through the 90s not only encouraged my love of music, it was the reason I got into the magazine industry. I actually don't have a problem with this as a magazine cover, I guess, but I do have a problem with it as a Rolling Stone cover. Not all pop culture is worth covering . . . Also, what happened to music and politics? When Rolling Stone dies mercifully in a couple of years (maybe less?), it will be at the bottom of the heap. I'm genuinely saddened by this. "Rolling Stone: The Magazine of Irrelevant Cultural Happenings, Bruce Springsteen, U2, and Questionable Journalism"
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July 14, 2015 on Sinead O’Connor Says Music Has Officially Died Because Of Kim Kardashian
See them again. I saw them on the Innerspeaker tour and it was totally meh, but saw them again a couple of months ago at a festival and it was somewhat mind-blowing. 10x better than the first show in every respect.
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July 9, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Tame Impala Currents
And then you realize Help!, Rubber Soul, and Revolver were all released within 12 months and it blows your mind. A more recent example: Ty Segall has released approximately 96 albums over the course of 5 years and they're all good to great.
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January 28, 2015 on War On Drugs Frontman Speaks At Length About “Unhappy Old Dude” Mark Kozelek, Plans “A Lot Of Recording” Next Month
Nocturne would also be in my top 10 of the decade so far. Good call!
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November 21, 2014 on Stream Ariel Pink pom pom
My review: "It's a middling pop album and does not warrant in-depth analysis. To do so would be missing the point, as all good pop music is escapism. An escape from things like in-depth analysis, and the stressors of real life." I'll read 10 reviews analyzing Diamond Dogs or Bringing It All Back Home before reading one analysis of Thriller or, in this case, 1989 (and I have). Obviously you'll disagree with me regarding analysis of pop, but for me every word written about a pop album takes something away from it. P.S. Don't ask me why I picked Diamond Dogs and BIABH. Actually, you can ask. Answer: I've been listening to a lot of glam Bowie and electric Dylan of late. That is all.
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October 28, 2014 on Premature Evaluation: Taylor Swift 1989
It's very Black Saint and the Sinner Lady at times. Which is of course a very good thing.
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October 14, 2014 on David Bowie – “Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)”
Suck it and See is a great album. I'm with you there. I like Humbug, but if I had to rank their albums, it's probably still last. Just goes to show how consistent they've been.
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August 21, 2014 on The 10 Best Arctic Monkeys Songs
Watermelon is worthless. Too much water, not enough melon. And those weird white seeds . . . don't even get me started on that shit.
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August 6, 2014 on Tom Petty Albums From Worst To Best
Unless of course it's satellite radio and you're listening to the VU station. Maybe you're right about people still finding them avant-garde, but I don't. And believe me, that is NOT a knock on them. They're one of my 10 favorite bands ever.
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July 11, 2014 on Yoko Ono & Yo La Tengo Glastonbury Video Goes Viral For All The Wrong Reasons
this isn't avant-garde. Avant-garde is (and has always been) a relative term. What was avant garde in the 60s is no longer shocking. The Velvet Underground were even considered avant garde for a while! Ha! These days I put on a VU record and it sounds so normal that people barely notice it.
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July 10, 2014 on Yoko Ono & Yo La Tengo Glastonbury Video Goes Viral For All The Wrong Reasons