Steven Spoerl
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 0Posted on May 23rd, 2014 | re: Guerilla Toss - "Drip Decay" Live Video (Stereogum Premiere) (2 comments)

I’m only showing the Great Hall and Adelaide Hall postings as well- but I don’t think the online NXNE schedule has been finalized yet (not 100% sure on that, though). In any case, there are a lot of venues I want to be at on the 20th and I’m definitely catching GT at least once. Really enjoyed the edits for this video, definitely looking forward to seeing them live.

 0Posted on Jun 13th, 2013 | re: Let's Shortlist The Song Of The Summer 2013 (298 comments)

That entire Mikal Cronin LP is basically just summer distilled into a slab of wax. If I had to pick 3 off of it I’d go: “Weight”, “Shout It Out”, and “Change”. Waxahatchee’s “Coast to Coast” as well. I don’t know if Palma Violets’ “Best of Friends” counts simply because it’s been around so long but if it does- then that one too.

Some smaller personal picks:

The Hussy – She Don’t Belong to Me
Big Eyes – Nothing You Could Say
Warm Soda – Someone for You

 +1Posted on Apr 21st, 2013 | re: Coachella 2013 Weekend 2: Friday's 5 Best Things (5 comments)

In regards to Grinderman:


 +1Posted on Apr 10th, 2013 | re: The 10 Best National Songs (198 comments)

Keeping this simple:

This is a good, respectable, list. I agree with several of the choices and love all the songs on it.

I made my list for fun.
Here it is.

10. Mistaken for Strangers
9. Slipping Husband
8. Conversation 16
7. Mr. November
6. Slow Show
5. Runaway
4. About Today
3. Secret Meeting
2. Fake Empire
1. Bloodbuzz, Ohio

 +1Posted on Feb 13th, 2013 | re: The Veils - "Through The Deep Dark Wood" (4 comments)

Way into this. Really excited for this record. Got to interview Finn a while back while they were still working on it and from a smattering of the subject matter he mentioned will be on display here (ornithophobia?!), I think my excitement will be justified. This is a really good start, at the least. Dude’s a great songwriter and I still give Nux Vomica frequent spins. Would love to see ‘em live.

 +1Posted on Dec 26th, 2012 | re: 2012 In Review: The Year In Instrumental Music (22 comments)

Some astounding instrumental releases from 2012 that didn’t get mentioned yet:

Matthew Bourne – Montauk Variations
Dave Stapleton – Flight
The Caretaker – Patience (After Sebald)
Nils Frahm – Screws
Earth – Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II
Thomas Bel – Innerly

 0Posted on Dec 22nd, 2012 | re: The 5 Best Videos Of the Week (18 comments)

This contradicts my “You can’t fuck with John Hawkes” rule now that the SIgur Ros video with him and Elle Fanning exists. And that rule is unbreakable.

Plus, I still get chills shot down my spine when I’m driving around at night and “Dead Flag Blues” comes on.

Maybe it’s best utilized in post-rock type settings?

 +4Posted on Dec 22nd, 2012 | re: The 5 Best Videos Of the Week (18 comments)

2 comments on the Killers video:

1. Every time he re-emerges from whatever shadowy lab he spends his time toiling away in, Brandon Flowers looks that much closer to being a robot.

2. THAT DRUMMER’S FACIAL EXPRESSIONS. Seriously, watching him in that video reminds me of why I can’t watch the LotR trilogy anymore: my friend invented a game called “Elijah Wood watching goat porn” and every time there’s a shot of his face, you’re supposed to imagine that’s what he’s doing. I think it applies here as well.

 +3Posted on Dec 22nd, 2012 | re: Stereogum's Top 40 Rap Albums Of 2012 (98 comments)

Adding a few others to this list o mine: Robert Glasper Experiment – Black Radio, Big K.R.I.T. – 4Eva N A Day, and Aesop Rock – Skelethon.

Related: I can’t have been the only person who was expecting to see Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, and Fiona Apple in the top 3 slots because fuck specifics.

 +2Posted on Dec 21st, 2012 | re: Stereogum's Top 40 Rap Albums Of 2012 (98 comments)

My top 2 hip-hop releases were both incredibly expansive and fairly brilliant (and, as far as i can tell, got glowing press when they did get press) but neither made the list.

There was the enormous hip-hop collective experiment that Geoff Barrow produced, the Quakers s/t and the score/soundtrack that Plan B did for Ill Manors. Both were 2xLPs I think as well. Sad to not see them crop up on more lists, this one included.

Ah well. Glad to see a lot of my other favorites on here, though,