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Reminiscent of Chairlift’s Evident Utensil video.
Love Vampire Weekend, but will Rostam ever put out a solo album?
I really want a video for Vowels = Space and Time.
This is a really cool video.
Do you think the Grammys will give him Best New Artist next year?
I really liked ‘All We Grow’, but it seems that with this new EP S. Carey’s songwriting finally matches his knack for beautiful instrumentation. Can’t wait to see what he’s brewing for another full-length.
If Pitchfork gives the 2012 Camry anything above a 7.0, I’ll be shocked.
Quick, someone make a mash up of Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill and Santi’s The Keepers!
I went through a heavy J-Pop phase in high school (still hold Utada Hikaru and Shiina Ringo close to my heart), but I haven’t kept up with any Asian pop since.
If anything, this collection of tracks shows that Korean producers are getting a much, much greater variety of styles from their soundboards than American producers. When I go out dancing with friends all the tracks, the Katy Perrys, David Guettas, Flo Ridas, etc. all sound like they came from the same factory. It’s fun to dance to, but after a half-hour I’m pretty bored.
I don’t know if I’m rushing to my nearest Asian import store to buy any of these kids’ singles, but as much as Koreans have borrowed and re-interpreted 30+ years of American pop music, it’s time our big-name producers start borrowing back.
Also, that Bad Girl, Good Girl song/video is great.
Really enjoying this snippet. Based on Coffman’s other collabs and contributions, we can put her in the ‘can do no wrong’ category, right?
I’m pretty sure this is going to be excellent.
I’ve never purchased any of Whitney’s singles or albums, but her sheer ubiquity in the ’90s was impossible to escape. Fortunately, she had some superb songs and talent to justify that ubiquity. She was a major part of the cultural fabric when I was growing up, and she’ll be missed.
This is not a dig at Kate Bush (whose music I love), but maybe Lana should take a cue from Kate and just bypass the live performances, make haunting pop singles with provocative videos and call it a day.
Second this. Callahan’s music isn’t showy, but the songwriting is stellar and he has a knack for arrangement; there’s real beauty in the sparseness of those tracks and the rumble of his voice.
Kate Bush is one of my favorites, but she has long been guilty of ugly, on-the-nose cover art. With a gorgeous album like this didn’t come in such a laughable package.
I listed Destroyer – Kaputt for best album, song, and video.
When indie bands and solo artists start making serious ass-shaking pop/dance music, then we will no longer need Beyonce. As much as I love the more pop-dance acts in the indie scene (Lykke Li is the first that springs to my mind), none of them come close to making bombastic, all-inclusive dance music. That’s why we pay attention to our Beyonces, Rihannas, and The-Dreams, because they’re filling out a musical niche that indie artists are either unwilling or have yet to try to fill.
Wonder when indie artists are going to get off the disco fixation and do more interesting riffs on R&B than just adding tons of reverb like How to Dress Well. (BTW, I’m actually fine with How to Dress Well, but I’m not going to start a party with any of their tracks)
To each his own, I suppose.
Good list, first off.
But I’ve been wondering why Childish Gambino hasn’t been covered in a lot of places. He’s blown up quite a bit in the past year from his album Culdesac and EP, and he just signed with Glassnote Records (Phoenix, Mumford & Sons) to release his follow-up LP Camp later this year. His live show is stunning, with Donald Glover backed up by an outfit that hews far closer to an indie rock band than a DJ.
With many major blogs covering alt hip-hop, I’m just surprised I haven’t seen his name thrown around more often.
Blueprint is so good. Having only discovered it this past year, it’s still very fresh in my mind. When I think about my top albums of 2011, I have to keep reminding myself that it’s 10 years old.
Cover art aside (I don’t think Kate’s ever had a good cover), I’m really hoping this one is good. Couldn’t get around the production on Director’s Cut, her voice sounded so separate and distant from the rest of the instrumentation.
I think this song is gorgeous. It’s too early for me to pass judgement on her, but this song is beautiful just on its own merits.