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Beyoncé of course saw my tweet and thought, "un uh, tell em' BOY BYE!" And, that's how I paid for my student loans...in my dreams...
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July 20, 2016 on 21 Savage Is Rap’s New Bad Guy
He is quite the phenomenon to me, too. I would be hard pressed to find another critic (of anything) whose writing (save for the hyperbole) I love but whose tastes I kind of despise. There's definitely common ground here and there but yeah, the way Tom confidently dismantles certain music/artists and champions others use to make me question my ears every once in a while. I said, "BYE BOY" to Tom for like a week, though, when he said there was too much jazz and not enough rapping in his TPAB PE. I'm also still a little pissed about his idea of "art rock" but I'll always be a huge fan and wish I could argue with him about music and other shit in the rl.
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July 20, 2016 on 21 Savage Is Rap’s New Bad Guy
Fuck, I'm so jealous. I really want to see BSS and Liars live before I die. I'm crossing my fingers that US and NATO will hold off on WWIII for another few years.
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July 19, 2016 on Pitchfork 2016 Was Our Great Antisocial Music Festival
At least your subjects and verbs are in agreement; mine, not so much. Am I still asleep or have I been dead all along?
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July 19, 2016 on Pitchfork 2016 Was Our Great Antisocial Music Festival
Yep, while reading through I was thinking that Tom missed out on Girl Band. Might have been too early in the day or he just avoided them. They were on "Band to Watch" and at least two of their videos has made "The 5 Best Videos of the Week" honors so I know he knows who they are. I wasn't there but I enjoyed the webcast; it was a top notch laugh. Their performance and the sound quality was great but for whatever reason (amateur hour?), the camera work for their show only relied on a perimeter camera so there were these dramatic zooms of the band and mosh pit. I'm super excited for whatever comes after "Holding Hands with Jamie."
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July 19, 2016 on Pitchfork 2016 Was Our Great Antisocial Music Festival
Wow, would ya look at that cover art?!? http://pitchfork-cdn.s3.amazonaws.com/content/WILD-BEASTS-MEDRES-2000x2000%40300DPI.jpg 2016: the gift that keeps giving.
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May 24, 2016 on Wild Beasts – “Get My Bang” Video
Speaking of rock and roll and losing hearing, I'm about to go see White Reaper in an hour (because of your insistent recommendations) and I will blame you if I don't lose mine. I'll send an update if the Reaper doesn't also take my life and soul.
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March 7, 2016 on AC/DC Singer Advised To Stop Touring Or “Risk Total Hearing Loss”
I would guess MP3 if we're speaking from a digital POV. From a physical POV, I would vote CD (in a digipak) because of sound quality, lifespan, mass/space used, cost and potential for recycling both when no longer wanted/needed. Obviously, Occulus Rift and other VR technology is going to make everything obsolete. I'm hoping that by then all of the comic book movies will have been released and I'll be dead.
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March 7, 2016 on Kanye West Says The CD Is Dead, He Isn’t Making Any More
Yeah, a majority (probably 65%) of my CD purchases over the last decade of my life (I'm 26) have been of music from local and regional bands. Got to support the locals with the show/t-shirt/CD (or cassette if we're feeling frisky) trifecta!
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March 7, 2016 on Kanye West Says The CD Is Dead, He Isn’t Making Any More
You're right that they could have easily fit both parts of "Summertime '06" on one CD but I would argue that it is a perfect mirror of CD as vinyl with the convenience of better sound in a more efficient manner (eject 1st disc, put 2nd disc in the player, and Voila). Also, because it is classified as a "double album" why not actually separate them into two physical discs where each disc is not only a cohesive idea in and of it self but also give the listener a breather? "Summertime '06" was definitely my favorite CD that I bought last year and will never leave my car "album rotation."
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March 7, 2016 on Kanye West Says The CD Is Dead, He Isn’t Making Any More
I would think that GOOD, Def Jam, and DONDA helped front the bills for most of the above, and a few (maybe naive, maybe beholden, or maybe smart) people took pay cuts/IOUs because of the fact that they were going to be credited on a Kanye West album. I just assumed that, his last tour, and his fashion adventures was where the $53 million in debt came from seeing as how he's been working on the album on-and-off for what, three years? The services of studios and songwriters definitely aren't cheap, especially at his level on an hourly basis, on a monthly basis, on a yearly basis.
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March 7, 2016 on Kanye West Says The CD Is Dead, He Isn’t Making Any More
Untitled 2 (Get God on the Phone?) when I first heard it (not only broke me out of the spell from below of "Doing It to Death") took me back to the dreary-hypnotic-this is wrong but at the same time it's so right nihilistic feeling of "Vice City" from Black Hippy last year. The first time I heard "Vice City" I was just like that was cool but what just happened? You know the feeling when you don't understand something and are intrigued and want to know why it feels so weird. Because I lived in that "Vice City" Follow-The-(Money)Flow Rabbit Hole for like all of the Fall and Winter, Untitled 2 was just fucking perfect from the get-go. It is very Radioheadesque and very Schoolboyq and I was like whoever did the beat for "Vice City" had to do the beat for Untitled 2, and sure enough, Cardo committed the crime. It really is like the sequel to "Vice City" in the beginning of what happens after you can't keep up the excess and makes me think of "Broke" the 30 for 30 about all star athletes losing everything a few years removed from their leagues...(runonrighton) until Kendrick goes Super Saiyan at 2:22 dead-eyed stone cold Kenny Griffin Jr. braggadocio. The same why I went fucking wild during Freestyle 4 (basically what Tyler the Creator and A$AP Rocky did during Tyler's reinterpretation) I went even crazier this morning on the way to work and almost lost control of everything. What a way that would have been to go...Anyway... TL,DR: Just like "Vice City" (The song), I'm going to play Untitled 2 the ****out and still not get tired of it because I just bought a new coat, I might go broke...I can't stand myself.
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March 4, 2016 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
It made it in top 5 videos but I would say that both the video and song itself deserve both honors. The first time I listened to it, I was doing work so I wasn't able to watch the video at the same time. My real-time reaction was "Wait are they going in a more electronic direction. This is great but I wonder what Jamie's gonna-uh oh... (mouth drops) HOLY ****YES, THAT RIFF AND TONE!" I was thinking what does it remind me of and I It's like a Michael Jackson cover by The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Arctic Monkeys but no other duo, shit, no other band could pull this off. Then I watched the video and saw the nods to Jackson and thought more about the lyrics and I believe they nailed the sociopolitical nature of it all. I haven't been able to get that chorus out of my head all week. If this is the album opener...*********************! TL;DR: "Doing It to Death" actually deserves the (overused around these parts...*ahem* TOM) adjective, "Badass." LONG LIVE The Kills (My favorite Duo that isn't "New Zealand's 4th Best Parody Duo"); I'm stoked about Ash & Ice!
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March 4, 2016 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
I'll concede that point, but to paraphrase Emily Dickinson, "The heart wants what it wants..."
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February 15, 2016 on Richard Hell Reviews HBO’s Vinyl
I wouldn't be able to cut those songs because for me, they not only add tension to the album but THEYGETMEFUCKINGHYPED! I toyed around with placing "Feedback" five songs in and "No Parties in L.A." five songs from the end as mirror tracks because those are the songs where Kanye specifically compares his life to one Pablo or another. The thing I wanted the most was Kanye dialing back time with "No Parties" after "I Love Kanye." I also tried to set "Waves" up directly in the middle because I think it is an interesting song for Side A to end on but finding the narrative I thought he was going for, getting close to equal time for each side, and accommodating the starting and stopping points of certain songs (Famous and Low Lights) pushed me away from that idea.
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February 15, 2016 on Kanye Begs Mark Zuckerberg For Money In Latest Tweetstorm
Yeah, after his work on the Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire, I'll follow Terence Winter to Hell and back. Also, I'm in agreement on Juno Temple--she might be my biggest British crush. I would feel weird if we weren't the same age (Killer Joe doesn't help) because she kind of looks too young but at the same time like she's totally going to blossom out of it into perfection.
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February 15, 2016 on Richard Hell Reviews HBO’s Vinyl
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February 15, 2016 on Animal Collective – “Golden Gal”
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/27/Music_Madonna.png It's not necessarily a bad thing but Art Angels very much reminds me of Madonna's collaboration period with Mirwais Ahmadzaï (Music, Die Another Day, American Life, Confessions on the Dance Floor). Besides one or two songs, it sounds like stuff that sort of already happened a decade ago.
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February 15, 2016 on Kanye Begs Mark Zuckerberg For Money In Latest Tweetstorm
Although, I will also say that I like the jarring feeling of the sequencing being representative of Kanye's mindset during the period of his life being documented.
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February 15, 2016 on Kanye Begs Mark Zuckerberg For Money In Latest Tweetstorm
The best that I've come up with is a mixture of the last three track lists and I believe that it works in both CD and LP forms: Side A (Symmetry in Waves and Bad Habits) 1. Ultralight Beam 2. F.S.M.H Pt. 1 3. F.S.M.H Pt. 2 4. Famous 5. Waves 6. Low Lights 7. High Lights 8. Freestyle 4 Side B (The Life of Pablo) 1. I Love Kanye 2. No More Parties in L.A. 3. Feedback 4. Fade 5. FML 6. Real Friends 7. Wolves
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February 15, 2016 on Kanye Begs Mark Zuckerberg For Money In Latest Tweetstorm
Christmas comes early! Maybe there is a god...or some cosmic being dishing out karma (where is The Universe so that we can ask the questions that won't get answered but nonetheless, are fun to ponder?). About that last sentence, I'm also conflicted over whether or not you want to make him known to future generations in teaching about inhumanity/behavior of a sociopath or just stop giving him the attention he so desperately craves and bury his ass (although I know it is evil wishful thinking, I couldn't resist the entendre). Hopefully we won't have to hear/read about him and his endeavors in music (punch through wood) for the time being while he's dwells on being scum in other facets of life. I'm curious to know whether or not this will have a positive effect on the price of Daraprim, but I'm not holding my breath as if he was replaced, the person up next probably holds similar ethics to be working with him at all.
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December 17, 2015 on FBI Arrests Martin Shkreli
When Victoria and Alex started the song with that feedback, I thought that the Legendary Bird, My Bloody Beach House, was going to make an appearance, and I had my own premature evaluation. I was momentarily taken aback as I had quickly packed all of my shit and was ready to ascend Mt. Vesuvius. Instead, a siren called to me, took my hand, and I found my being submerged in familiar, yet uncharted territory. Where were we going? Then I remembered...Stratocaster dum dum not Jaguar or Jazzmaster...you had encountered a rare bird after all, Slow Beach/Dive House...and the journey had just begun. Stay thirsty my friend; stay until the end. Thank your lucky stars; they'll take care of you.
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October 17, 2015 on Watch Beach House Perform “One Thing” On Colbert
That's also a very good point. To Gryffindor!
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August 7, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Dr. Dre Compton
My best western guess would be that the hip hop world takes exemption when it comes to producer-rappers, especially those of legendary caliber like Dr. Dre (he's a goddamn doctor!) and Mr. West. Drake has obviously been in almost everyone's cross hairs since his inception to the point where most were (and are continually) looking for any and all reason(s) to pounce. Guessing (and probably bullshiting) again, I think that maybe his untouchable status and cockiness finally struck a (relatively...ok very small) collective nerve more recently. Maybe it's some form of American pride (or pie, which I believe offers more pleasure than beef (too sweet?(freedom fries on fleek?( flow so weak? (maybe I'm meek?)))))? What was the catalyst, Lester Holt? Sucks that we'll most likely be dead 50 years from now when the government finally opens the vaults, and the truth about 311 will still remain a butterfly in the wind. TL,DR: In a nutshell, that comment was why I don't... comment. I go off the rails. If you're reading this, it's too late: nothing was the same. Take care, take care; thank me later.
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August 7, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Dr. Dre Compton
Great write-up, Lebron Tom! I haven't had a chance from work to listen just yet but this (RAOTW?) PE makes me psyched to dive in over the weekend. One quick sortofrelated question: you (and a few other early reviewers) alluded to Kendrick taking shots at Drake in the "Mr. Meekseeks hasn't given up yet" article and I wonder if anyone else thought of "King Kunta" when the first allegations of ghostwriting were made? Besides the lines about ghostwriting (and shammin' bars), Kendrick also throws in a line about starting from the bottom. Maybe a bit of a stretch because of everything else he talk about in that song but maybe a little foreshadowing? I'll refrain from going any further of subject. The only shitty thing about 2015 is that 2016 can't possibly live up to it, right? Can't wait to hear 2016's diss track. Fingers crossed!
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August 7, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Dr. Dre Compton
I've always been an apologist for "The King of Limbs" (as I have been for "First Impressions of Earth" (but more on that connection a bit later)) so there is no need to defend the album for me. I don't believe that you need a percussion background to appreciate Radiohead morphing from a rhythm first, melody second band for the first half of the album but I believe that this informed my listening approach and love for TKOL. From my perspective of enjoying the first half, and like everyone else, being floored by the absolute beauty of the second half (I probably sound insane but without playing versus, I would put "Separator" in my top five Radiohead songs). I'm going to cut my self way short of what I usually do when I feel passionate about an album on here (bore everyone and myself to death) and jump to why I'm replying to Inthedeadofknight. Like Ryan, I collected the other songs from "The King of Limbs" sessions (my most level-headed purchases from amazon) and made a super cut including those singles and "These Are My Twisted Words" (the song that I believe foreshadowed TKOL). The reason why I brought up FIOE is that I took the opposite approach a long time ago (surprisingly, these are the only two album track lists of my collection that I have changed). Although I very much appreciate the brevity of TKOL (and I appreciate the "bloat" of "Hail to the Thief") here is my alternate track list: 1. The Daily Mail 2. These Are My Twisted Words 3. Bloom 4. Morning Mr. Magpie 5. Little By Little 6. Staircase 7. Feral 8. Supercollider 9. The Butcher 10. Lotus Flower 11. Codex 12. Give Up the Ghost 13. Separator The rhythms and grooves that open and close songs are more of a link for me than a cohesive concept, but I also liked the idea of the actual track list operating as a suite of four songs linked or "two EP's". So, I kept the groupings of the first three and final four together within the album but chose to use "Feral" as the central track to operate as an intermission between two sides (makes more sense as a CD than vinyl track list). The choice of opening with "The Daily Mail" and new album length almost turns the album into a sequel of "Hail to the Thief" in terms of themes presented throughout and maybe is a bit too nail on the head with Yorke's intended choice for the name, "The King of Limbs." I'm probably just full of shit, though...ha, if anyone checks it out, let me know what you think!
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March 10, 2015 on In Defense Of The King Of Limbs
Dammit 2015, you're gonna draaaaain my bank account. Oh well...What a way to introduce a new album!?! If you told me that the outro was produced by Daft Punk as a remix of the previous five minutes, my gullible ass would have believed you.
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March 10, 2015 on Tame Impala – “Let It Happen”
Don't mind my pessimism but the new layout seems to be designed in a way to generate more clicks. Maybe my poor, old operating system and Firefox browser aren't meant to interact with the new site in an optimal manner. However, there appears to be many users that now have everything blown-up on the homepage and beyond. To my eyes, the site now looks like a poor man's spin.com, while the previous incarnation was original, simple, and much less bright white. I guess you can't please everybody (and we're all (underpaid) critics). If it makes you (Gum Crew) happy (then why the hell am I so sad?), congratulations, live (long), love (A$AP), and prosper.
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February 21, 2015 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments + Redesign FAQ
You have some great points. He doesn't have to prove anything to me because he obviously has many fans like you that can differentiate between his lyrical material.To my ears in most of his songs when he isn't speaking on a relationship between a love interest or ex, he is almost always constantly in a stream-of-consciousness mode that involves: being the best, money spent, me/my crew against the world, fake rappers, phony people, putting on for Toronto, love for his mother, conflicting feelings for his father, and future plans to be even better than the last album. A few of those listed could also be the primary topics of a few other popular rappers at the moment (and the past) but with Drake there is a constant rotation that seems to overlap over the course of his songs and they all blur and flow from song-to-song into...conversations? I think that the beat selection is more diverse and adventuresome on the other albums before this one but he seems to be less all over the place and to have a better sense of space. He also seems to be rapping more. I don't have a problem with him singing, I just believe that he is better at rapping and should show it. I also hope that he tops Take Care in your mind, because that would be great for everyone's art.
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February 13, 2015 on Drake Drops Surprise Mixtape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
Haha my first exposure to Radiohead was by music video as well but it was "Knives Out" and the result was the same, I was scared. Thorm Yorke and also Bjork (who both ended up collaborating on the first movie that made me cry "Dancer in the Dark") were probably the only artists that I can remember being terrified of as an underclassmen in High School. Thanks Michel Gondry and Lars Von Trier!
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February 13, 2015 on Silent Alarm Turns 10