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Good point, although someone new to the National really can't go wrong with any of Alligator, Boxer, or High Violet.
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April 10, 2013 on The 10 Best National Songs
Actually...now that I think about it, I can't reduce my list past these 14 (which incidentally does not include Daughters), in no particular order: Terrible Love (alt) Fake Empire Afraid of Everyone Secret Meeting Apartment Story Bloodbuzz Ohio Squalor Victoria So Far Around the Bend Mr. November Sorrow Slow Show The Geese of Beverly Road Racing Like a Pro Abel
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April 10, 2013 on The 10 Best National Songs
Daughters of the Soho Riots absolutely belongs on this list, along with Abel and the Geese of Beverly Road.
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April 10, 2013 on The 10 Best National Songs
Agreed. I audibly gasped when I opened my email and saw a message with "R.I.P. Jason Molina" in the title.
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March 18, 2013 on R.I.P. Jason Molina
I'm in the same boat (having trouble getting into PV). It's an interesting observation about the sequencing, too... Sometimes when I'm having trouble getting into an album, I'll hack up the track order and re-arrange it in a different way (or just listen to certain songs individually before listening to the whole). It's how I came around to Ryan Adams' 29, for example. Having the slow, 8-minute "Strawberry Wine" in the #2 spot was throwing me off the album for the longest time. Once I started listening to the tracks out of order, I was able to appreciate them individually, which later extended to the album as a whole (including, by the end, "Strawberry Wine"). Now it's one of my personal favorite RA albums, but it took a long time to get there.
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March 18, 2013 on Deconstructing: Frightened Rabbit, Macklemore, And The Perils Of Earnestness
What happened to the sad pop songs? (Seriously - radio used to have them. Where'd they go?)
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March 15, 2013 on Deconstructing: Frightened Rabbit, Macklemore, And The Perils Of Earnestness
Absolutely. Maybe it's because Winter was my point of entry for FR, but I don't understand the distaste for that album. It's got "Swim If You Can't See Land," for chrissakes!
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March 15, 2013 on Deconstructing: Frightened Rabbit, Macklemore, And The Perils Of Earnestness
This post deserves so many more upvotes. "Risk" - man, you nailed it. I have to say, every time Mumford and Sons come up on this site, it makes me uneasy. Part of that is because I truly don't think they're as bad as Stereogum commenters like to pretend (and part of THAT is because - and this always gets me downvoted, but whatever - there is an awful lot of groupthink going on here). So I feel like I have to defend a band I don't actually like. But I can't say I dislike them either - it's just that, for whatever reason, their music doesn't click with me. And maybe that's enough. Maybe we spend too much time convincing ourselves that the "MUSIC ISN'T VERY GOOD" (as Hartford said a few comments above) when really it's just "THIS DOESN'T CLICK WITH ME FOR AN UNKNOWABLE REASON." I dunno. But I really dig this "risk" thing, and that's what I meant to say when I started typing...
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March 15, 2013 on Deconstructing: Frightened Rabbit, Macklemore, And The Perils Of Earnestness
I probably would have gone M.I.A., PSY, and Grimes in the 1-3 spots, but still a very good list.
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December 11, 2012 on The Gummy Awards: Your Top 10 Music Videos Of 2012
I wonder if Jack and Tom would be up for some kind of competition. A battle of wits to settle once and for all: Who is the Bigger Asshole? We could come up with categories and have the guys submit their reasons why they (or the other guy) deserves to win. I'll start: Who is Trying Harder to Look like Johnny Depp? Who has Spoiled More Surprises? ...other ideas?
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December 6, 2012 on Jack White Addresses Lady Gaga Drama
Just to clarify, I wasn't necessarily directing that last line at David, although I can somewhat see why it might appear that way. However, what he stated was not a fact; it's an opinion - albeit an opinion that was stated AS a fact. But, hey...it's December in music-land.
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December 6, 2012 on Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Albums Of 2012
I'm shocked by that, too. I'm still working on my list, but I started writing it before the big sites/publications began publishing theirs, and just assumed Grizzly Bear would be near the top. This is what I wrote about Shields: "It's likely to rank highly on most lists, and the comments section for those it doesn't will likely be filled with complaints that it isn't higher." Oddly enough, neither of those things have happened. I'm really surprised. Shields is probably my favorite album of the year.
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December 5, 2012 on NPR’s 50 Favorite Albums Of 2012
We're assuming another video won't get filmed before Dec 21...
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December 5, 2012 on M83 – “Wait” Video
Sorry Dave, but if you don't see the age-related dismissiveness in Tom and Michael's lead-in summaries, then I'm not sure what else to tell you. While it's easy to say they're, you know, not making good music anymore, some of those albums have been highly praised elsewhere. So to claim that they don't "deserve to be anywhere near the top of anything" is a bit over the top. I'm just tired of the usual smugness and condescension that people seem compelled to throw around during year-end list time.
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December 5, 2012 on Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Albums Of 2012
Definitely thought you wrote "Rick James' cooch." I think I need glasses...
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December 5, 2012 on Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Albums Of 2012
Wait, you were being sarcastic?! //switches upvote to downvote//
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December 5, 2012 on Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Albums Of 2012
Oh, good. Another Stereogum writer doesn't think older musicians shouldn't rank highly on a Best Of list.
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December 5, 2012 on Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Albums Of 2012
It all makes sense now!
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December 5, 2012 on Jack White Addresses Lady Gaga Drama
For all that social technologies have pretended to bring us closer together, they've really only served to keep us farther apart. It's kinda like what Arcade Fire were saying in "Deep Blue": Hey Put the cellphone down for a while In the night there's something wild Can you hear it breathing? And hey Put the laptop down for a while In the night there is something wild I feel it, it's leaving me
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December 4, 2012 on Win A Limited Edition Death Cab For Cutie Vinyl Box Set
If that's his point, it's dumb. I can't get into rap. I've tried, it's just not my thing. That doesn't make me a bigot.
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December 4, 2012 on Uncut’s 75 Best Albums Of 2012
Really. It's not possible for rock's elder statesmen to continue recording good music? That's ridiculous.
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December 4, 2012 on Uncut’s 75 Best Albums Of 2012
Man, I just don't know what to think about eels' new stuff. E is probably my favorite songwriter; I really think some of his stuff is just genius. But I couldn't get into Tomorrow Morning (to be fair, I didn't really give it a chance), and this song seems quite literally no deeper than opening the window to smell the peach blossoms. I realize that not every song a guy writes needs to be as gut-wrenching as "Dead of Winter," and the girl in this video is adorable as hell, so that's good. I'm glad E has found a brighter place, too, so more power to him...
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December 4, 2012 on Eels – “Peach Blossom” Video (Stereogum Premiere)
Why the hell would it "void" the list? It's an opinion; it's as valid as yours, which clearly believes Apple belongs on a list. This shit drives me crazy every year - remind me why we all need to have the same list?
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November 29, 2012 on NME’s 50 Best Albums Of 2012
No. Pitchfork and Stereogum didn't "discover" this band in 2010 because they weren't playing chillwave. From what I've heard (because I don't actually listen to them), M&S isn't sufficiently hip, they don't have enough reverb, and they don't have random blips and whorls. If M&S weren't an earnest folk-pop band and instead sounded more like...the King of Limbs...they'd have been "discovered" by the tastemaking music blogs. I read Stereogum every day, and every day I wish people would break away from the fucking groupthink that leads one person to pick a popular band (maybe next week will be Dave Matthews Band), and a legion of followers to click thumbs up and say, "Yes, I too am so much better than people who like DMB." Let's have a little perspective and self-reflection, and not just do the whole mutually masturbatory bitch-sessions, okay?
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November 24, 2012 on Deconstructing: Phillip Phillips, The Lumineers, And The Mumford-ization Of Pop
It's always interesting to see how a community that prides itself on being different from the mainstream can also be so single-mindedly smug.
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November 24, 2012 on Deconstructing: Phillip Phillips, The Lumineers, And The Mumford-ization Of Pop
We should do a list of Stereogum lists...
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August 17, 2012 on The 10 Best Wilco Songs
Exactly. The kind of person who's talking (and talking and talking) while you're thinking, "If only I had two nails...I could press them into my temples...right here...and this would all be over."
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August 16, 2012 on Billy Corgan Says Soundgarden, Pavement Came Back “Only To Make Money”