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December 6, 2016 on Stereogum’s 100 Favorite Songs Of 2016
"Finish him!" 11. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree 12. ScHoolboy Q - Blank Face LP 13. The Avalanches - Wildflower 14. Kendrick Lamar - untitled unmastered. 15. Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam - I Had a Dream That You Were Mine 16. Mitski - Puberty 2 17. Anderson .Paak - Malibu 18. Saul Williams - Martyr.Loser.King 19. Nicolas Jaar - Sirens 20. Kanye West - The Life of Pablo 21. Preoccupations - Preoccupations 22. Charles Bradley - Changes 23. Deakin - Sleep Cycle 24. Junior Boys - Big Black Coat 25. Childish Gambino - Awaken, My Love! Tomorrow is Bleak but Bright: Chance the Rapper, Jamila Woods, Noname, Saba, Joey Purp, Adia Victoria, Margaret Glaspy, Car Seat Headrest, Exploded View, Fat White Family, Gallant, Kelsey Lu, Moses Sumney, Kaytranada, James Blake, Vince Staples
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December 4, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016
My cream and red Braids' t-shirt that is a print of all of the lyrics to Deep in the Iris is my favorite band t-shirt. They've blown away the headliner (Baths, Toro y Moi (my hometown heroes), and Purity Ring) of every bill I've seen them play. There are certain bands like Braids (Ava Luna comes to mind and I'm hoping this doesn't happen to Weaves) where you would think the power of their live performance would be able to propel them to a HUGE audience, but I think that it is just the nature of our digital/streaming age where they are helped and hurt by everyone having all of the music and getting more every week that they and many other bands don't get the attention that we think they deserve. It'll be a shame if Braids don't get the call to the majors, but if they do, I know that they'll be amply prepared.
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December 3, 2016 on 25 Great EPs From 2016
Ha, it's interesting what the untouchables are for different Radiohead fans (and those of other artists). On my hypothetical HTTT edit that I made below, I was going to say cut "Go To Sleep" and leave "Backdrifts" (because both I like the latter more and it flows into "Where I End and You Begin" better) but I have a feeling that in a fan survey, more people like "Go To Sleep" than "Backdrifts". I do stand by my opinion that even though its a perfectly fine song (with a fantastic groove), "A Punchup at a Wedding" probably drags the sequencing of HTTT the most and that might just be do to its placement more than its actual tempo or length.
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December 2, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Mr. Gruff the Atheist Goat and Saturnian on Status Ain't Hood last month brought up the point that if Kendrick Lamar made To Pimp A Butterfly during the Obama administration, imagine what he would make during the Trump administration. I'm thinking as oddly prescient as Radiohead have been throughout their career and besides A Moon Shaped Pool being an appropriate swan song to exit, what might they come up with during and after Brexit and a Trump administration?
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December 2, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
This is an interesting version of HTTT. I did the opposite for TKOL (primarily for road trips), although, I do like it for its relative brevity. Having two versions of everything would be nice. For this "HTTT Alternate Tracklist", I was surprised to see that "The Gloaming" made the cut (a song that I didn't "get" until hearing it played live in '08 where Colin's bass both anchors and drives it) and "We Suck Young Blood" didn't, but overall, I dig it on first listen. My criticisms would be that "2+2=5" probably works best as an opener (either side A or B) or the closer (side B), and I wouldn't have dared touch the original sequence of the final three songs ("Scatterbrain" might be my favorite penultimate song of all time. Bird up to RJ). My opinion on the length of HTTT changed over the course of a few years from thinking it was too long to feeling like it had to be as long and messy (my favorite word of 2016 (and a fair description of my writing style)) as it was to 1) be an outrage reaction and reflection of the complex times and events that influenced it and 2) match the perfect artwork made for it. The one song I wouldn't lose any sleep over cutting is "A Punchup at a Wedding". If I were to make a similar edit to the original side A sequence, it would pain me but I could live with cutting "Backdrifts". Then, you have a 46 minute HTTT. To reach the 45 minutes or less classic LP time, you could also cut "I Will" which does flow into "A Punchup at a Wedding" ("I Will" into "Myxomatosis" has a very cool jump cut feel), is kind of like a coda to "You and Whose Army?", and as the reverse to "Like Spinning Plates", sort of belongs more to Radiohead's Kid A/Amnesiac phase. I guess those cuts would be like the Hollywood Compromise version of HTTT, and it still sounds damn good to my ears (I might be too easy to please when it comes to Radiohead) TLDR: I love thinking and talking about sequencing too much like all you other music nerds. Just have a look at my history (please don't) where I've shared edits for First Impressions of Earth, The King of Limbs, and The Life of Pablo. I guess that I accepted Hail to the Thief before becoming a tinkerer of tracklists.
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December 2, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Holy fuck...can you picture people LARPing after rolling on a combo of rando festival drugs? I imagine it would look something like this: http://www.newcontinental.net/UserFiles/Images/field%202.jpg
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December 2, 2016 on This New EDM Fest Is Also A Renaissance Faire
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December 2, 2016 on This New EDM Fest Is Also A Renaissance Faire
You're right that he has always done that when singing even in his earlier years. I wrote it off as being apart of his improv and theatre-kid background. And you're right that it works very much to his advantage on this new album because it was in the nature of those who strongly influenced the album. Dammit, you're such a wise man.
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December 2, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Do you remember the Ok Computer/In Rainbows Golden Ratio Theory? God, being a Radiohead fan in college made for fantastically strange times. I had the honor and pleasure of taking the first Radiohead course my university offered and that spring semester coincided with the release of The King of Limbs. So, everyone wrote 10+ page papers analyzing that album. I imagine it was like a Stockholm Syndrome for some but I genuinely loved TKOL when it was released and still love it in the present tense.
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December 2, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
What is Childish Gambino's "over the top bullshit"? I'm not really a stan, just a fan, and he (nor anyone for that matter) doesn't needs my defense, but I'm curious.
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December 2, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
"The ghost of Mandela, hope my flows they propel it/ Let these words be your Earth and Moon, you consume every message/ As I lead this army, make room for mistakes and depression/ And with that being said my nigga, let me ask this question: When shit hit the fan, is you still a fan?" -Kendrick Lamar, A Mortal Man
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December 2, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
This guy fucks! http://imagizer.imageshack.us/a/img923/8574/YAkRKx.jpg
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December 2, 2016 on Stream Childish Gambino Awaken, My Love!
Thanks for taking a trip back to go forward, Gambino. It's love at first listen for me. Awake, My Love! sounds like CG is conjuring and channeling black spirits both dead and living, both familiar and foreign from the past, present, and future to deliver messages that his idols, peers, and progeny have and will continue to send: really love one another, know your true enemy, fight the power & fear & hate, empathy is the key to understanding, our survival depends on imposing but not insurmountable obstacles, and keep chasing the stars. Lyrically, the album is primarily bleak and a mirror of our times but not too in your face (with the aforementioned ideas being littered in the few moments of levity throughout the album) with Gambino's voice singing (not rapping) and constantly shifting shapes and altered states while the music tries to be the escape to get high and fly away like so many funk and soul classics of the late 60's and 70's (there is one interesting stylistic detour from the throw-back amalgamation that plays like California English: Part 3 (and is appropriately titled "California")). The dark clouds finally lift in the final one-two punch and it's gorgeous and Gaye. So, yeah, I hope that this artistic breakthrough/leap/evolution/whatever is the first step in a new old path forward for DG. He and his crew has revitalized some fantastic vibes and sounds on this album in times of despair similar to those faced by many of the spirits on this album and their ancestors before them. Like Glover on the final song, I know that it's going to be tough but I'm optimistic and ready to fight for the future.
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December 2, 2016 on Stream Childish Gambino Awaken, My Love!
Understanderable, that's how I usually am.
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December 1, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016
@dansolo Agreed on her performances. I'd only ever been an outside admirer of Beyonce so while I've definitely helped destroy dancefloors to her singles over the last decade, I still haven't fully watched her self-titled "visual album" (I'll check it out this month) and I honestly might not have watched Lemonade (I'm a proud owner of 2 versions (great decision by Bey)) if it didn't air on HBO. My first viewing was on a whim with my black parents (funny that my dad might be the biggest fan I know) so, despite the Formation video and her superbowl performance we were blind-sided by the direction of the project and that was an unforgettable first experience for me. I was blown away, especially with the inclusion of the Warsan Shire poetry, but for the reasons given, I get why you (and other fans) might not have been as impressed. My little soapbox was aimed more at people who feel that Lemonade is overrated but have only heard the music (sorry again smizzbomb if that doesn't include you). In their defense, maybe Lemonade should have been released in "visual album" format only like Endless. But then in defense of critics paid to make lists, it's sort-of part of their job to have watched the " visual album" and it's tough to divorce the images and full narrative from the music once you've watched it.
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December 1, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016
@smizzbomb Because Lemonade is both a "visual album" and an "album album", it's tough to judge for a list of just albums (kind of like including a short film in an image competition). It is probably the album I've listened to the least of my top twenty, but watching and hearing the "visual album" is my #1 favorite art experience of 2016. So, my compromise was to place it at #3 on my list. If you did a survey (please don't) of how a person was first exposed to Lemonade and whether or not he/she has experienced the "visual album", I think that you'll usually be able to predict how a person feels about it. I could see Lemonade venturing into the realm of pretension for some people, still, but it's a trip worth taking before calling it overrated. I apologize for making my assumption if you watched it before making your comment.
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December 1, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016
If I was held under duress at this very moment, my top ten would be: 1. David Bowie - Blackstar 2. Solange - A Seat At The Table 3. Beyonce - Lemonade 4. A Tribe Called Quest - We Got It from Here...Thank You 4 Your Service 5. Frank Ocean - Blonde 6. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool 7. Angel Olsen - My Woman 8. Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition 9. The Drones - Feelin Kinda Free 10.Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker With an honorable mention to my most played album, The Life of Pablo, and its choose your own sequence + updates adventure. If anyone wants to see my symmetrical lists (I doubt it) let me know.
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December 1, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016
http://cdn2-www.musicfeeds.com.au/assets/uploads/dronesfeelinkindafree_2_1-300x300.jpg Imagine if Damon Albarn's younger brother was kidnapped by Nick Cave, mentored, and eventually left to fend for himself in Perth. 20 years into his musical career after six albums and a curated ATP show (with MBV, GY!BE, Einst├╝rzende Neubauten, & Swans headlining), he and his band release (to my naive American ears) the Australian version of Hail to the Thief...and it's even more lyrically and melodically messy and glorious. Feelin Kinda Free by The Drones is a cocktail of beauty and ugly that sounds like a band reacting to the last sixteen years of world history by meeting the challenge head-on and biting back. The album is on the edge of my top ten, and I wish that it got more attention. I honestly might have missed both the album and band if they weren't featured as a cameo in Courtney Barnett's "Elevator Operator" video earlier this year (really makes me think about all of the books, music, movies, and art that I'll never experience and appreciate that which I do). Thanks, Ms. Barnett!
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November 29, 2016 on Album Of The Week: Worm Ouroboros What Graceless Dawn
Yo, shut the fuck up, Ass-Kicked. (I can't just leave an opening like that for anyone else to come in an destroy me)
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November 10, 2016 on Run The Jewels – “2100” (Feat. Boots)
Let it out, man. Even though I agree with different points from each of you, I've got anyone's back who wants to vent. All I've done for the past year for therapy is use Stereogum (basically my AA) to rant about politics because I've been locked-in and stressed-out for the past three years to an unhealthy degree. It does seem like an odd forum choice but like everyone else here (I assume), my obsession with music exceeds everything else. I realize that I've been insufferable when most people here would definitely rather this be an escape from all of the bullshit, and I do apologize (went off the rails a few times), but I also appreciate no one ever just straight up saying, "Yo, shut the fuck up, Ass-Kicked," even though I'm sure people (myself included) have often thought it. My post-election resolution is to not talk about politics here for a VERY long time (out in the RL, you better believe I'm going to be engaged more than ever before) but I still support anyone who does (and of course all other miscellaneous topics) because sometimes you need a place to rage and I believe this community to be exceptional.
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November 10, 2016 on Run The Jewels – “2100” (Feat. Boots)
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November 9, 2016 on Donald Trump And Rap Music
While you are right that the DNC deserves the lion's share, the reason I save most of my blame for the 4th estate is that if instead of colluding with the DNC they (I guess the gatekeepers who have the most power is who I'm referring to) actually exhibit the ethics of old adversarial journalism days, there is no rise of Trump (who it was actually revealed was aided by the DNC pushing him, Carson, and Cruz to the media) and Bernie isn't completely sabotaged. One important observation of the leaked emails was that the DNC and "Clinton Wing" of the Democrats is entrenched in QUITE the DC bubble, so hopefully the elected officials of the "Progressive Wing" will lead the reflection process going forward.
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November 9, 2016 on Moby Writes Letter To America: “What The Fuck Is Wrong With You?”
Stay strong, Tom. I'm hopeful like you that not only is Trump not Mike Pence (who is probably the next president when, not if, Trump gets impeached) but he isn't Ted Cruz (who I now see with less a path to presidency than before). Power, intolerance towards marginalized groups, AND religious fervor is what really scares me and Trump is surrounded by it but my hope is that these "leaders" going against their "morals" to attach to his ship is going to publicly backfire and sink the whole damn thing out at sea.
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November 9, 2016 on Donald Trump And Rap Music
I joked (not really funny but you have to cope somehow) with my friends that the real Cubs' Curse was that because HRC was a fan, we can't have both a Cubs World Series Win and a HRC presidency (kind of like a deal with the devil). I also jokingly predicted the night of Chicago's win that Trump would win Ohio as a result of Cleveland losing (I know my humor sucks). So, the Curse continues?
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November 9, 2016 on Miley Cyrus “Accepts” Donald Trump In Tearful Post-Election Video
It's a tough consolation that she might end up with the popular vote. For all my talk on here (and I did ALOT), in the end, I did listen to y'all, Animal Collective, Bernie Sanders, and my parents and voted for HRC. I didn't want to but the guilt got to me. I do believe that introspection is needed by the Democratic Party more than scapegoating, though, which is why I don't regret defending third parties, throughout this cycle. I know it's seen as naive and idealistic but I guess that's who I am.
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November 9, 2016 on Watch Killer Mike Explain Why Trump Won On The Real
Yep, Greenwald is definitely the journalist I would have to thank the most in my lifetime for helping me to "wake up."
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November 9, 2016 on Moby Writes Letter To America: “What The Fuck Is Wrong With You?”
Agreed. I am optimistic, though. The same as with the Brexit vote and the Democratic Primary, I compare the way millenials voted in the general election (Hillary landslide with 504 electoral votes vs Trump's 23) with every other generation and I am hopeful. Stay with me, I eventually get to my point in a roundabout way. Despite my views and the way I voice them here, I do agree that to get anywhere on many of the problems we face, it takes time and compromise. I am of the opinion that Trump and his movement are a symptom of larger problems in the U.S. and reflect the failure of our flailing institutions and not only complacency but also arrogance and neglect of the people by our leaders. There is PLENTY that has already been said and is known about how the "Conservative Party" ( a history of racial and corporate-first politics and more recently the absolute recklessness of obstructionism (lead primarily by racial politics) after our last financial collapse ) put in motion last night's results even before some of us where born. However, you can't ignore the actions of the "Liberal Party" which has more recently fought for the same power (corporate and oligarchical) by ignoring principles that put people first. I'm not talking about purity tests. You can make a Venn Diagram (please don't) and find legit overlapping grievances that have lead to "revolt" from the "right" (Tea Party and Trump movement) and the "left" (Occupy, BLM, and Sanders movement). It's very unfortunate that disillusioned and hurting people (primarily white working class) have been swept up and taken in by leaders (Trump, really most of the Republican Party over the last few decades (who let's face it have similar feelings to Trump on the inside but have the ability to outwardly suppress these feelings), Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson, and many other rising leaders across Europe) keen to further exploit racial politics and make it a game of US vs THEM. The way that globalization has been used across the "west" for decades to gradually exploit and marginalize the middle and poor class is essentially the biggest problem but the people (aforementioned leaders) who have honed in on the problem before the tone deaf "elites" (and their surrogates who Dan Davis mentions) don't, IMO, hold the solutions. Although, "Clintonism" and the EU were a part of rising inequality problems (a raft drifting further out to sea as a storm gradually grows more violent is my analogy), the voting patterns (and overwhelming support of leaders like Sanders and Corbyn) I talked about above are signs to me that my generation and younger are aware of inequality problems and that Donald Trump and UKIP (among others) are NOT the solution. I'm optimistic that in four years, (if it doesn't kills us) we will be stronger when the people on the "left" and "right" continue to learn empathy and sympathy, the people on the "right" who do have legit concerns recognize their false prophets, the "Conservative" and "Liberal" parties and leaders reflect on their failings, and our larger media structures do their fucking job to inform the people over chasing money (left-side) and brainwashing people (right-side) (In the blame game, I'm all in on the "corporate media").
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November 9, 2016 on Moby Writes Letter To America: “What The Fuck Is Wrong With You?”
Yep, that's our "democracy." Wouldn't it be something if the U.S. had Ranked-Choice Voting (I see you making moves, Maine)? Then, you wouldn't have to worry about a "spoiler." Just like the Commission on Presidential Debates, though, the two major parties will never give up that power to the people. They would rather risk someone like Donald Trump becoming the President which, IMO, should tell you all you need to know about them.
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November 8, 2016 on Animal Collective Endorse Clinton, Urge Fans Not To Vote Third Party
@Mr. Gruff I get what your saying in regards to compromise over Gore being someone who would address climate change but didn't Nader essentially run the way Bernie ran this year primarily against Wall St. and corporation domination/against inequality more so than for environmental justice? Also, I don't think the war part you included is fair as I highly doubt that any voters had the prescience to think that something like 9/11 could not only happen but it would be the catalyst for an even bigger farce and tragedy led by W. Bush., Cheney, and PNAC. @a.j.howard09 I'll concede the point that there are still "Southern Democrats" but how do you explain the "191,000 self-described liberals [lost] to Bush, compared to less than 34,000 who voted for Nader [in Florida]" that Jim Hightower noted weeks after the 2000 election? I still stand by the idea that it's on the candidate to win the votes of the people. Yeah, it's cliche but actions speak louder than words. Also, despite not sharing a similar political outlook, I will always love Animal Collective and I cherish both of your opinions on politics and music.
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November 8, 2016 on Animal Collective Endorse Clinton, Urge Fans Not To Vote Third Party