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I spent an hour or two one day last summer trying to make a ten song album out of FIoE because 1. I’m a jackass and 2. I thought (as I’m sure others have) that the biggest problem with the album was the excess (not necessarily filler because there are some pretty intriguing ideas on the songs I left off the final list). If you get a chance and haven’t already mangled the album yourself here is my “First (and Final) Impressions of Earth”:
1. Ask Me Anything
3. Heart in a Cage
4. Juicy Juice
5. Vision of Division
6. Evening Sun
7. Red Light
10. Ize of the World
Because Tom trolled you into doing so. Nothing against Mrs. Cyrus (she is more talented than her critics give her credit for being) but in my opinion, you really could have linked to any of Wild Beasts songs in this argument. However, Tom doesn’t like “art rock” (he thinks they are pretentious), so I don’t see anyone convincing him otherwise. Very sad because I wholeheartedly agree with your statement about them being one of the best (singing, writing, playing, and performing) and more creative bands going at the moment.
Their name appears a bit odd on first sight but usually, a few “big” names from the minor leagues (independent and emerging previously independent rock acts) have been in the Roots Picnic rotation. I believe that ?uest is especially likely to fill those spots with popular bands from Philly as Man Man was on the bill one year. Also, if you saw when the War on Drugs played Fallon in support of the last record, ?uestlove showed some brotherly love by playing with them (my point being that he is very aware of them). Other acts that ?uest has championed in the past and played the festival are Tune-Yards, St. Vincent. Vampire Weekend, Grimes, and (the strangest choice) Ariel Pink.
A Beck x Father John Misty tour would be amazing! I’m disappointed, though, that there was no mention of Shia LaBeouf playing drums or that he was also on SNL to promote his album Morning Phase.
Hot damn! I’ve been frantically searching for this for the past hour and of course, I can depend on you guys to help me quench my thirst first. Such a glorious first single (amazing how their music has gone from pitch black to primary colours to the limits of the rainbow in the sky to a place over the rainbow that only the inventors of Crayola, Judy Garland, Pink Floyd, Jerry Garcia, and Jimi Hendrix have ever experienced). I can’t wait to get Luminous on Cinco de Mayo.
I’m the other way around because when I found out about Portishead (had to of been the summer of 2007) and went to purchase a CD by them, my record store only carried the self-titled at the time. I’m pretty sure it is right behind Return to Cookie Mountain for most played CD in my car.
I’m completely on your side. When I commented, you had -2 because people give downvotes for opinions they don’t agree with rather than for others being dicks. I am against the 60+ minute rap album overload that I guess became prevalent with the rise of the CD.
Booooo, don’t downvote him. Seeing as how Oxymoron is Q’s major label debut, it seems like they could have cut a few tracks here and there to make the album stronger as a whole (I probably would have voted for those listed as well and opted for a different track listing in general). I’m not saying Q should have kept the album gritty the whole way through because that’s not his (or really any rapper’s) complete persona.
I would say that in a way, it is implied that him being signed to Interscope doesn’t have influence on the way he creates an album as to my ears it is basically a continuation of Habits and Contradictions with better rapping and more raw beats (not necessarily better or worse although on the whole, I prefer the ones on H & C more). Much respect that they didn’t follow the approach that “concept album” worked for Kendrick, that will be the blueprint from now on for TDE releases.
I do agree that “Hoover Street” and especially, “Prescription/Oxymoron” are next level, though. Can’t wait for Geoff Barrow to get word, if he hasn’t already, that the latter includes a Portishead sample. Miles better than whatever The Weeknd was trying to do.
I don’t believe that leaks are necessarily happening earlier. In terms of highly anticipated releases by bands on independent labels, I usually expect an album to leak a month ahead of schedule (at the earliest) and I just assume that the leak most likely coincides with when that record was forwarded to journalists and/or college radio stations (After working for one for a few years, I expect they are the biggest culprits). Also, I would wager that labels and artists consider the previous correlation when deciding on when and who to send promotional albums to but are maybe less hesitant about it affecting record sales in a negative manner when weighing, for example, the additional promotion that could come with DJs at a college station falling in love with an album, playing it non-stop on the radio, spreading word of its awesomeness by mouth and social media, and eventually promoting the hell out of a show when that artists comes through that town/city/state. I might be wrong but that’s my take, and I guess that it’s pretty obvious that I miss being a college DJ…
From my perspective, I feel as though the music gods are rewarding me each new day for not following through with my New Year’s resolutions. New albums from Wild Beasts, St. Vincent, Liars, Little Dragon, the Horrors, Kevin Drew, and Damon Albarn are honestly enough new releases to get me through a year. But now that I’ve been spoiled, I’m almost certain that there are releases from Outkast, TV on the Radio, Interpol, and Radiohead in the not so distant future. I’m not the one who knocks…on wood, but I will just in case.
God, that singing, those synthesizers, that syncopation, those swells; “Sweet Spot” must be a substitution for “Sensual Seduction: The Sequel.”
I can’t wrap my head around why these guys aren’t more popular everywhere. I guess they’re too sexy. Their records toe the line between masculinity, sexuality, and sensitivity in a way that only Queens of the Stone Age and Arctic Monkeys are, in my opinion of modern “rock” bands, comparable. I agree with the above posts and hope that the release of “Present Tense” and “Singles” by Future Islands will catapult both bands into the stratosphere of sex for other lovers across the world.
What you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.
Using my jump to conclusions mat, the only outcome that makes sense to me is a Drake and Queens of the Stone Age mash-up diss track?
Options: 1. Started from the Bottom…Like Clockwork 2. My God is Wu-Tang Forever 3. Keep Your Eyes Peeled: Worst Behavior 4. Wack as Fuck Everything (which goes on to become the standout single on a landmark album in American history noted for its brash and oh so brave satirical matter which leaves no stone unturned or ego unshattered and effectively ends discrimination amongst citizens of different gender, age, class, politik, orientation, and geographical isolation.
Controversy must be your middle name! Let me give it a try:
King Kendrick > Stephen King > King Joffrey > Kings of Leon
Getting back to the subject of this post, I want to know more about this John(ny) fellow. First she’s asking him to marry her on her first album, probably in a sarcastic manner, and now she’s contemplating the meaning of his past and future actions (once and future king?). Maybe there are multiple johns and the lyrics are all innuendo? Whatever the case may be, St. Vincent is 3/3 so far and I can’t wait to purchase her album and Present Tense (Tangent: Wild Beasts who just slayed Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball: http://player.todayfm.com/Wrecking-Ballwith-a-twist (No comment on her taking Lana Del Ray’s throne but I will say that this is the best possible result from the world’s current obsession).
Let me give that game one more go:
Jonny Greenwood > Lil Jon > Johnny Football > John Mayer
You know, just as much as I do, that everyone would be curious to hear a super group consisting of Annie Clark, Taylor Swift, Jessica Simpson and eventually Katy Perry on a record entitled Songs about John that once and for all takes the gloves off and goes for the jugular.
I’m constantly dumbfounded by James Franco’s ability to totally transform from role-to-role whether he is playing himself, a slightly different version of himself (Franco was the bomb in Flyboys), or Riff Raff. Give the man a goddamn Oscar already!
It’s totally fine if you don’t know that John Congleton helped produced her last three albums (that’s including Love This Giant) or for that matter who John Congleton is. He is more known for his engineering but I promise you that he is doing a fan-fucking-tastic job with St. Vincent and it would appear that she agrees (to my ears it sounds like he is continuing to work with her on the new album as well).
Check out Congleton’s list of album credits on allmusic or just type his name into npr to read a profile on him. His work is pretty subtle but his production, mixing, and engineering share similar qualities that I like in the work of Steve Ablini and Dave Sitek. I could try to explain that a bit further but I (would probably sound dumb and) trust that your ears work enough to not worry about comparisons and just listen to some damn good music. I recommend all of the aforementioned St. Vincent albums (of course) the new Black Joe Lewis album, the new Thao & the Get Down Stay Down album, the new Anna Calvi album, and Lisbon by the Walkmen.
Agreed. Music blogs and publications love Drake because he makes Donald Glover sound like Chuck D…I’m just joking, I’m not joking, I’m just joking…jokes and jokes and spaghetti! I realize that they don’t like the way he presents himself (he didn’t do himself any favors with the way he reacted to “the score”) but I’ll take Gambino’s depressing existential crisis over Drake’s depressing narcissistic crisis everyday of the week excluding Blue Monday.
My guesses are: 1. Something to do with him not starting his music career from a place of relative anonymity (he has a bunch of connections, just check out Royalty’s featured artists). 2. The first releases he put out were very indebted to Lil’ Wayne, Kanye West, and Drake (if you have listened to everything he has put out up until Royalty he was brandishing his influences too much). 3. The seriousness with which he has decided to pursue his musical career at the expense of other avenues in which he could easily excel (primarily Community comes to mind, but dude is pretty great at stand-up and comedic writing in general). 4. I’m pretty sure that he is the only rapper on Glassnote Records (if you aren’t familiar with that label I think that they are technically independent but the roster includes Phoenix and Mumford & Sons so they are most likely very stable, rising, and polarizing).
But yeah, I would say that although he seems to be popular enough to where being shunned by some of the bigger music blogs isn’t going to hurt his career, I’m still pretty disappointed as well. From a rapping and singing standpoint, I honestly enjoyed because the internet more than Nothing Was the Same or Yeezus. His production team is getting a better but I wish that he would stray form those Bonfire-esque stadium drum beats (those are pretty corny, especially live and I’m mad that Kendrick followed suit from the way his band approaches some of GKMC).
To comment on the inclusion of Chance but not giving him a verse, no harm in that, it’s his album. I (and probably a bunch of other people outside the loop) didn’t know who Chance was until he stole They Don’t Like Me from Gambino in Royalty. I’m not going to talk like Chance owes anything to Glover because dude is talented enough to where he was eventually going to attain the status that he currently has, but Glover did a huge favor by taking Chance across the country and exposing him to people that don’t frequent music blogs and such. I hope that he keeps his trend of being the only artist that raps on his studio releases.
Rant over; you’re still the best, Tom!
Adding my two cents in the hopes that it will help propel this article to be one of the most commented/viewed and at least one person who hasn’t before will take a chance and be exposed to the simultaneously beautiful and ugly (meant as a compliment) but always thought provoking music of Lou Reed. The Velvet Underground & Nico and White Light/White Heat were essential to the development of my appreciation for music outside of my normal listening habits as I had the backtrack to get to his catalog upon learning his immeasurable influence on many of my favorite musicians/bands. Those two albums are just scratching the surface of his genius but they were enough to expand my mind. I’ll never forget being a dumb ass “musician” attempting to replicate his “Ostrich Tuning” without realizing the tension and limits of certain strings on the guitar. However, I learned my lesson, continued on that path, and I owe my thanks to Lou the Legend.
O’ Reilly, you’re such a good troll. I can’t wait to read your review of your least favorite album from your most favorite band. It ‘s old kinderhook to be mad.
Hey man, woman, or demon, I hope that you (and only you) get a kick out of my above letter. Until we speak again, va te faire foutre!
Finally, someone around here understand me! Two questions: 1. Where have you been my whole life (Seriously, when my mother got cancer and I decided to move back in to help out and see her depart and we decided to spend two of her precious hours watching SNL/Here Comes the Night Time…where were you, God (I haven’t told you this yet, obviously because we haven’t spoke in a while, but you killed it on Yeezus)?)? 2. Why are you so hard on yourself (You only posted less than thirty times about your unconditional love for Arcade Fire, however, I’ve always felt that as long as you aren’t hurting anybody but yourself, you should do more of the things that cause you the most joy.)?
I don’t speak for everyone, but if I did, I would say, “We accept you for who you are.” A great man once said, “Half a truth is often a great lie.” He was probably lying but I’m not lying when I say that you bring a much needed viewpoint to this website, you should posts here more often, and my mother has cancer. I’ll be real gone until next year but please, stay for a while.
Nicotine, Valium, Vicodin, Marijuana, Ecstasy, and Alcohol,
Dammit, I’m not as clever as I think I am, and I got ethered in one sentence! Back to the drawing board…