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August 26, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Have you watched High-Rise yet? It's a bold British descent into madness (that probably pairs well with The Lobster). I had forgotten that Portishead's cover of "SOS" was recorded for that movie but it was deployed perfectly and it hit me like a sledgehammer two weekends ago. I didn't think to look at the time (movie made me crazy) but Geoff Barrow is doing score work for the next films by Ben Wheatley (High-Rise's director) and Alex Garland (Ex Machina's director (for which Barrow did the score)). We'll at least get new music by him this year and next year, and we might not be too far off from hearing new music from the full band. I wouldn't put it past 2016.
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August 26, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
I'll listen and nag if you do the same for Feelin Kinda Free by The Drones. I think with Frank and Vince doing what they did this week, the next month and a half looking the way it looks (HOLY SHIT!?! I just looked at a 2016 fall release calendar for the first time), and room for surprises, we might as well be fighting the Battle of Thermopylae. If we start planting seeds today and water them every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, we might be able to fuck up some (commas and) lists by year's end. Shall we?
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August 26, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
That's how I feel about sex with your mom... PSYCH!!! ...but seriously, though psychedelic rock on psychedelics is heaven on Earth.
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August 26, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Also, sad fact: Blonde's cover photo was taken after David Ayer called Frank to tell him that Jared Leto got the other part he wanted.
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August 26, 2016 on The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
Word on the street is that the scene in question was Frank's audition tape to be the Human Torch in Fant4stic. Legend has is that he went full method.
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August 26, 2016 on The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
This song does sound more like the Vampire Walkmen combination that I was expecting when it was first revealed that the album would be equally credited to both Rostam and Hamilton. However, I don't think that Hamilton's voice with this instrumental and production sounds that far removed from the territory that The Walkmen explored on their "Pussy Cats" cover album. Reading up on that period of recording, releasing, and touring "A Hundred Miles Off" and "Pussy Cats", it's interesting to think about what The Walkmen's potential direction might have been if those albums were more successful/better received. I didn't know of The Walkmen until "You & Me" (maybe the ideal starting point), so I love both of those albums. I could imagine that those were strange detours for fans who were there from the beginning, though.
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August 26, 2016 on Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam – “When The Truth Is…”
Yeah, Blonde not only $ounds like a million buck$ but given the time potentially $pent making it, the mu$ic video for Nike$, and what $mizzbomb $aid: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CqVtDFHWAAEmxnv.jpg $hit add$ up! Or are you trolling? Dammit, you beautiful bastard!
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August 24, 2016 on Will Frank Ocean’s Blonde Switcheroo Get Him Sued By Universal?
Yes and no. I would guess that J. Cole's fan base is much more diverse (both hip-hop heads and average listeners but also all races, and (key) a pretty even gender split) than Tom or many people give him credit, but I do think that having the ability to both produce and rap competently gets J. Cole influence among peers, Hip Hop critics, and more traditional taste makers (DJs and OGs). Another point that might be necessary in decoding J. Cole's popularity is that up to him, I don't believe that North Carolina has really had a huge break through artist in Hip Hop since Petey Pablo (whose success was a flash in the pan). Little Brother should be who people think of when they think about NC Hip Hop but I don't think that they ever got the national attention (from casual fans of Hip Hop) that the deserved. IMO, if Little Brother's career started either five years earlier or five years later, I think they would have had a national audience for what they were doing. Everyone knows that timing and luck can be crucial for success. In a way, J. Cole started his career in that perfect time period when blog power was starting to warm-up and over saturation didn't seem to have occurred yet. Even though J. Cole's generation of rappers still had traditional means of publicity (radio, magazines, and TV) I think that they were the first that really started to make the shift to utilize blogs, websites, and forums (remember that Facebook was just blowing up) to get their mixtapes out and make connections with other rappers, audiences, and scenes across the U.S. So, I would say part of J. Cole's success is being from a state without a huge Hip Hop identity or scene attached to any one city. He is sort of an ambassador and off the top of my head, he has steered clear from making any enemies. Also, J. Cole spent his college years in NY so when the time came, I'm sure he was able to navigate the biggest East Coast scene/city and earn his Jay Z cosign. Timing helped, but it wouldn't have mattered if he didn't put in work to build a following in his state and adequate skills. Dammit J. Cole, there's an old saying in Tennessee - I know it's in Texas - probably in Tennessee that says fool me once, shame on - shame on you. If you fool me we can't get fooled again.
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August 24, 2016 on J. Cole Is One Of Rap’s Biggest Stars. Why?
Yeah, my newest TLOP edit since Saint Pablo came out is Side A: Ultralight, Father Pt.1, Pt.2, Famous, Waves, Low Lights, Highlights, Freestyle 4 Side B: I Love Kanye, No More Parties, Feedback, FML, Real Friends, Wolves (original version), and Saint Pablo. It's only 50 minutes long, so I've listened to it and AMSP (my bridge running music like Danny Brown) too many times.
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August 24, 2016 on J. Cole Is One Of Rap’s Biggest Stars. Why?
I agree with the overall group consensus on J. Cole as a rapper but I'll try to help a little in demystifying his appeal. The thing that a lot of people don't realize (or forget) about J. Cole is that he is also a producer (in the Hip Hop sense in that he writes, plays, and records his own beats). While his production isn't off the walls or gimmicky like you said he doesn't have a bad ear for hooks and I think he succeeds more when he goes for raw rather than smooth. Overall, I would say his sound is influenced by 9th Wonder (his fellow North Carolinian), Dungeon Family, and early Kanye West (before 808s & HB) but it's relatively conservative. The Kendrick connection is that J. Cole produced "Hiiipower" (which is kind of like Black Hippy's mission statement) from Section.80. He also helped produce the Janet Jackson single he appeared on last year. In the grand scheme of rapper/producers, I don't know if he quite has the vision, flare, or originality to be a Dr. Dre, Q-Tip, RZA, Kanye West, Havoc, or El-P. The fact that he has the skills, though, to be in the double threat category (I can only really think of Big K.R.I.T from his "generation" who also does both and actually has a similar southern career arc (Why is K.R.I.T so underrated?)) and it's still relatively early in his career means that audiences and his peers have respect for his hustle and potential. No, I never expected to find myself defending J. Cole today, but everybody get's one. Now back to Blonde!
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August 24, 2016 on J. Cole Is One Of Rap’s Biggest Stars. Why?
http://cdn.pitchfork.com/features/9337/aca1a630.jpg Duck Sauce would like a word with you.
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August 21, 2016 on Barbra Streisand Is Getting iOS 10 To Correct Siri’s Pronunciation Of Her Name
Damn, Silas...you were quicker on the draw. *Bows down and dies*
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August 21, 2016 on Read Kanye West’s Poem About McDonald’s From Frank Ocean’s Magazine
I can totally envision an episode of VH1 Storytellers where Kanye performs this "poem" acapella before unveiling that it was the catalyst for his next song...Wolves.
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August 21, 2016 on Read Kanye West’s Poem About McDonald’s From Frank Ocean’s Magazine
That would be interesting if it became like a Kid A vs Amnesiac situation. I actually think that y'all might be perfect together, though, because I believe that the two releases are meant to complement each other. After listening to Blonde on repeat (and having a good cry), I was embarrassed by my harsh and selfish reaction to Endless. In my haste, I was too focused on the capitalistic aspects of releasing a collection like Endless before all of the pieces of the puzzle were given to us. As it appears (divorced from context), Endless could just be a meditation on "the process" (strive for perfection, inherent obstacles, etc.) while also being a commentary on consumerism (consisting of demos and fragments, but especially the winking inclusion of Wolfgang Tillman's song). I think that Endless fulfills both of those aspects but over-shadowed is that it's probably most meant to be a palate cleanser for not only us, but more importantly for Frank before further baring his being and soul on Blonde. I still see the tone on some of the songs on Endless as jokes (like you said it shows his playful side) and that is fine because I think that this candid look into "the process" not only helps to alleviate the pressure of the build-up behind a release meant to follow-up Channel Orange, but it also acts like a trust exercise with his audience. I believe that ultimately, the one-two release of Endless and Blonde further illuminates the transparency, fearlessness, and importance of Frank Ocean.
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August 21, 2016 on Frank Ocean Blonde Comment Party
NP! http://mrwgifs.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Troy-and-Abeds-Cool-Handshake-On-Community.gif
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August 20, 2016 on Frank Ocean – “Nikes” Video (Feat. A$AP Rocky)
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August 20, 2016 on Frank Ocean – “Nikes” Video (Feat. A$AP Rocky)
Yep, speechless. Sorry for being a jackass about Endless. We're close to spectacular.
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August 20, 2016 on Frank Ocean – “Nikes” Video (Feat. A$AP Rocky)
That is the beauty of a band having a discography like Liars'. There is enough difference in each project that I really feel any album could be hailed as being the best, despite the fact that this might be dependent upon when that person became a fan. That is also how I feel about Paul Thomas Anderson's filmography. Ultimately, I think that is the real sign of the master artist(s).
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August 20, 2016 on Watch St. Vincent Shred “The Star Spangled Banner” In An NFL Promo
Man, I love WIXIW. Mess was a great dive deeper into that zone, but I'm curious to know in what direction they plan on going next. Do you have a ranking for Liars' discography? Without revisiting, mine would be 1. Sisterworld, Drum's Not Dead, WIXIW, Liars, Mess, They Were Wrong, 7. They Thew Us. However, I would say that the top three would probably rotate with each other and 4-6 would also rotate with each other. I don't think that their first album is bad but I was a fan of The Rapture and LCD Soundsystem for a few years before I got into Liars so by the time I heard it, even though the bands are stylistically pretty different, I liked what those other bands were doing with that "dance punk" sound more.
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August 19, 2016 on Watch St. Vincent Shred “The Star Spangled Banner” In An NFL Promo
Cool, now we know which John she was talking about in "Marry Me" http://speakerdata.s3.amazonaws.com/photo/image/843370/18hgli8d2ks8qjpg.jpg
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August 19, 2016 on Watch St. Vincent Shred “The Star Spangled Banner” In An NFL Promo
Dammit, it was Hugh "Jesus" Jackman from the Fountain watching Rogue One in all it's glory. This puts me past my five comments in a thread limit but *fingers crossed* third time? https://66.media.tumblr.com/18efff6524b3ce696740eb56556ab1d6/tumblr_nw4pgfIXe11rvzbdgo1_500.gif
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August 19, 2016 on Frank Ocean Releases Visual Album Endless
REALLY DOE...for real, though, it might be something like this: http://i.imgur.com/yCMwVpu.gif
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August 19, 2016 on Frank Ocean Releases Visual Album Endless
I imagine it will be something like this: http://i.imgur.com/YnHG3gu.gif
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August 19, 2016 on Frank Ocean Releases Visual Album Endless
Haha don't mind me, a healthy dose of self-deprecation is how I survive. I'll be fine after the election. Probably not...but that's Hip Hop. https://67.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lp4lle8qpN1qf11o7o1_500.png
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August 19, 2016 on Frank Ocean Releases Visual Album Endless
Yeah, they did say both. I was trying to comment on the fact that after a build-up like the one for Frank's new music, once there is word of anything (especially a visual album), people are past GO to devour it and rave. I wasn't trying to be cynical. Honestly, I was primarily reacting to Twitter and a review from The Guardian that called it "brilliantly confounding." I should have just agreed that it's an interesting teaser or kept my mouth shut. Not only do I talk too much, but my opinions don't matter.
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August 19, 2016 on Frank Ocean Releases Visual Album Endless
@beatbox You are correct! Endless is a troll combination that includes an old but still good cover, teasers (demos and pieces) of the real deal, scraps (misdirection of songs) probably recorded just for this video, a few meta jokes (at both Frank Ocean and Apple's expense), a few "subliminal" jokes (at Drake's (and I'm sure other people's) expense), all set to a crisp video of multiple Oceans building a staircase. Albeit false, it's a pretty genius (sinister) marketing move to both capitalize on the hype for new Ocean music and get people on board the Apple Music train. Of course, the joke would have been better if there was no follow-up announcement of the other (real) album arriving shortly afterwards. Apple and Ocean probably didn't want to take the risk of people being pissed at being played which is the right move for a "stunt" like Endless. For a hypothetical recent comparison, Endless would be like if Wild Beasts (a very popular version from an alternate reality) didn't release any singles in advance of Boy King but instead recorded a video for Boy King Trash (a slightly cleaner and LP length version including some dry parody of Coldplay) renamed it, and released it as an unrelated project days before the release of Boy King in addition to Boy King's linear notes (an alternate eye-popping parallel version with features from Beck, St. Vincent, Laura Marling, Angel Deradoorian, & King Krule and production from Richard Formby and BOOTS) Like cast said below, you can't forget that Ocean is a part of Odd Future. However, once the straight-faced reviews of Endless (like the PEs at NME and The Guardian) and rabid raves by regular folk (I'm sure that reddit and our social media feeds won't disappoint) start rolling in, get out the popcorn. I'm genuinely curious to know if Frank Ocean gets two albums in the top 200 via streaming before people start to catch on that it's a fake-out. TLDR: IT'S A TRAP!!! If you can resist FOMO, wait for the realness and don't fall for Endless (that includes you, too, fearless Stereogum writers). There are some nice (song @ 32:30), funny (songs @7:50 & 10:50), and wtf (full circle song @ 38:20) moments but trust me that analyzing Endless is a waste of time.
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August 19, 2016 on Frank Ocean Releases Visual Album Endless
My bad https://media.giphy.com/media/L4TYWQn8rALRu/giphy.gif
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August 12, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Just ventin' on a (blockhead) Friday night before going (blochead) dancin' with friends. By the way, I apologize (blochead) for forgetting to tell you about White Reaper. They were fan-fucking-tastic! It was them, this band they were on tour with called Acid Dad (named after an encounter with you?), and three SC bands, E.T. Anderson (I think you would really dig them), Semicasual, and fk mt. I was enjoying DuClaw's Sweet Baby Jesus porter (had to pull you back in with beer) all night and the venue, Art Bar, was serving signature pizzas in honor of each band. White Reaper stole my soul and sent me dancing into the black abyss that is my current life. Thanks, blochead!
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August 12, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
TLDR: Fuck, I did it again. Where was Mr. Robot when I needed him the most? P.S. Has anyone started The Get Down yet? I'm pretty excited about it, especially after Vinyl teased that they would be including the transition from Disco to Hip Hop before being put down (R.I.P Vinyl--You could have been a contender, you could have been hailed as the start of the Romanaissance but you wanted to be everything and nothing) but I'm hesitant b/c of Baz. I can't start it until next week, so I'll take both good and bad news.
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August 12, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments