Comments from HartfordTheWhale

Welp, I made two mistakes there. 1) yes, I meant the latter. 2) The most heavily peated Scotch typically comes from the Islay area, not the Highlands. It was a busy day at work, my brain was fried. I hear a lot of Nick Cave, Joy Division and the like in the music. But I also hear a lot of the early-mid aughts post-punk sound of Interpol and even Bloc Party in the sonics. I guess my point (or my opinion, really) is that these guys synthesize their influences incredibly well. Add that to the fact that they put together just plain good music and you've got a recipe for success. I like that each song builds into itself slowly and ultimately reveals a nice melody under all the noise and ugliness. I also tend to love singers with that kind of delivery, so that helps. I totally get the Iceage comparison (another great band), but I think these guys are spectacular too, and I think this album is really great - one of my favorites this year. And I love me some Speyside, but in the colder months there's nothing better than a peat-monster.
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October 2, 2015 on Stream Protomartyr The Agent Intellect
Obviously this is a reply to inthedeadofknight and not the ramblings of a crazy person. Or it's both.
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October 1, 2015 on Stream Protomartyr The Agent Intellect
I'd say that Nick Cave is an old, delicious but divisive peaty scotch from the Highlands and this is a high-ABV American Bourbon. The former obviously took inspiration from the latter but turned it into something different and great - maybe not as great, but still great - and they both burn but in their own distinct ways. In other words, this album is super awesome and I'm deflecting the shade you're throwing.
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October 1, 2015 on Stream Protomartyr The Agent Intellect
Still one of my favorite gifs of all time. "I'm not a rapper - so stop RAPPIN' at me."
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October 1, 2015 on Ottawa Sun Responds To Mark Kozelek With Its Own Diss Track
And as if on cue, it leaks.
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September 29, 2015 on Protomartyr – “I Forgive You”
This is my #1 most anticipated album for the rest of the year (unless, somehow some way we end up getting Radiohead or The Wrens which, I mean, come on). I've been listening to their last album nonstop and everything I've heard off of this one sounds even better. Can't wait.
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September 28, 2015 on Protomartyr – “I Forgive You”
I'm just jumping in to reiterate everyone else's comments. This is a fantastic piece of writing, Michael. I never got into Sunbather, despite the rave reviews, but this write-up single handedly got me super pumped for New Bermuda. I'm listening to it now, and man is it good. I think the way Michael described the music shifted the way I went into the album, and it's made a huge difference.
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September 24, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Deafheaven New Bermuda
Vile, Holter, CHVRCHES, Adams, Drake. What a week for music! Also, has anyone else listened to the Girl Band album? There are moments in that one, like the build up in "Pears for Lunch," that make me want to ram my head through a fucking wall.
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September 22, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Chvrches Every Open Eye
Nice. I thought I was the only person who thought RAM was mediocre.
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September 22, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Disclosure Caracal
Am I the only goddamned person in the entire goddamned world who DOESN'T think that 1989 is "a shining, laser-guided new-pop masterpiece, a personal vision rendered with blockbuster scope and virtuosic panache" or that "Tay-Tay" is the next messiah of American music who "has verve and wit and playfulness" because she talks about her own experiences (as if no other singer does that) or even that Mandi Moore was an "honest-to-god pop-star" because she had one awful hit about "missing you like candy?" I feel like I'm taking crazy pills! With that said, I'm really digging this new Ryan Adams album.
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September 21, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Ryan Adams 1989
I'll preface this with the fact that I LOVED "Wakin' on a Pretty Daze" - one of my absolute favorites of the last few years. I like this one a lot, and it's been growing on me, especially with the fall creeping in. The line in the P.E. that gets me, though, is this one: "On paper, the lyrics are almost laughable, but delivered in Vile’s Philadelphia drawl and matched with one of his transcendent riff-based grooves, they’re poetry." The first thing I said to my brother when he asked how it was is, "It's really good, but some of the lyrics are so cheesy they made me cringe." Seriously, I love his nonchalant, thrown-off lyrical style, but some of the lyrics on "b'lieve..." go way over the line into cornball territory. As soon as I accepted this and decided to get over it, the album really opened up for me. It's no "Wakin'..." though. Also, I really miss the rambling guitar solos.
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September 21, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Kurt Vile b’lieve i’m goin down
Was just in SF, go to State Bird Provisions if you can. Some of the best food I've ever had.
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September 19, 2015 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
TL; DR Style over substance is usually frowned upon but in LDR's case for some reason always forgiven.
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September 18, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Lana Del Rey Honeymoon
I'd rather just listen to Ryan's versions, the way god intended.
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September 17, 2015 on Ryan Adams Announces 1989 Release Date
For me it's a back-and-forth between this and the Telekinesis album (which, for the record, has a totally confusing description here. His other albums might be "core-value indie rockers," but this one is definitely more introspective and synth driven...).
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September 15, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Ought Sun Coming Down
Totally totally agreed.
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September 15, 2015 on Deerhunter – “Breaker” Video
Great album, a big step up from Monomania (which, to be fair, I also liked a lot, but found to be kind of one-note). Take Care and Ad Astra are the two breakouts for me, but I love me some autumnal Deerhunter.
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September 15, 2015 on Deerhunter – “Breaker” Video
+1000 for the Jon Kitna reference.
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September 12, 2015 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Odell Beckham Dinosaur Jr. HI! My name is...WHAT? My name is...WHO? My name is...chicka chicka TOM BRADY. (too long? probably too long.) Kansas City Chief Keefs Deandre Jon Hopkins Watt's the Story Morning Glory? Roger Goodell Sucks Ass That last one has nothing to do with music. I just wanted to say it. This is fun!
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September 11, 2015 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
This album definitely hits me in that soft spot for mid-nineties jangle rock. It's a grower for sure, especially the lead singer's various affectations, but the songs are so loose and unpredictable that it ends up being a really fun listen.
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September 11, 2015 on Stream Ought Sun Coming Down