HartfordTheWhale

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So we're going all-in on the "bonkers" thing, huh?
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February 21, 2017 on Stream Dirty Projectors’ New Self-Titled Album
"Fascinatingly bad" is a perfect way to describe this, though I lost interest verrrry early on. A few songs came on in a shuffled playlist and I couldn't make it through ANY of them because they were, to me, embarrassingly unlistenable. I promptly took it off of my iPhone.
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February 21, 2017 on Premature Evaluation: Sun Kil Moon Common As Light And Love Are Red Valleys Of Blood
Anyone else up on Archive.org? It's a nonprofit site that collects and shares free audio, video, etc. materials, including an insane amount of soundboard recorded concerts. Adams is one of the many musicians who allow the recordings, and he's got hundreds of shows posted dating all the way back to the 90s. Annnyways, this concert is on there and it sounds great! Annnyways, peep the link below - the show is available for stream or download. May I also recommend the MMJ and Grateful Dead collections? THOUSANDS of shows, it's incredible. https://archive.org/details/RyanAdams2017-02-18.earlyshow.aud/02.wav
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February 20, 2017 on Watch Ryan Adams Debut A Prisoner Outtake At Brooklyn Acoustic Show
Hey me too! http://gifrific.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Step-Brothers-Did-we-just-become-best-friends.gif
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February 17, 2017 on Premature Evaluation: Dirty Projectors Dirty Projectors
Chance was always corny, maybe, but Surf and Coloring Book took that to a whole new level, which made them both hard for me to love the way I LOVED Acid Rap - what I consider to be one of the best hip hop albums of the last decade. Yes, he talks about god too much and it makes me uncomfortable, which probably says more about me than it does him. But he's also made a big effort to get away from the "immature" stuff, mostly, which unfortunately happened to be the stuff I loved most about his style; the drugs, self-doubt and loose, seemingly thrown-together and unpolished quality his songs had. From a less analytic perspective, I just think songs like "Favorite Song," "Acid Rain" and "Everything's Good" are just unbelievable tracks, and I find it hard to believe he can reach those heights without that kind of youthful, caution to the wind attitude, and yes, a little bit of depression or doubt.
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February 15, 2017 on Is Chance The Rapper About To Get Corny?
I got pretty bored pretty quickly. I like his style and sound - I'm usually a sucker for that type of 80s-rock-meets-oughts-indie vibe that he did so well on Heal, which to me kind of sounded like a rougher, more bar room ready version of the War on Drugs - but I found the songs on this one to be less compelling. I should qualify that *I* found it underwhelming, but it is by no means a bad album. I might return to it when the weather warms up and see how it plays when I can actually enjoy the outdoors for more than 15 minutes at a time. I feel like Showalter's music needs ambiance.
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February 14, 2017 on Album Of The Week: Jidenna The Chief
Anyone else listen to the new Strand of Oaks yet? Very underwhelming.
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February 14, 2017 on Album Of The Week: Jidenna The Chief
I can roll with that, but I'd switch Gold with Ryan Adams.
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February 13, 2017 on Premature Evaluation: Ryan Adams Prisoner
I'm still in the disappointed phase with this one. For some reason I haven't been able to listen to it all the way through and I have very little interest in returning to it. That said, I still have a feeling it'll grow on me when I decide to get back to it, so that's something to look forward to. My main problem with it, though, are the lyrics. MAN some of them are cheesy. I mean, Adams has always teetered on that edge, but some of this stuff jumps into the abyss seemingly on purpose.
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February 13, 2017 on Premature Evaluation: Ryan Adams Prisoner
"St. Vincent tribute album." THAT's the description I've been searching for! I liked the album and all, but something kept nagging me about it, and there it is.
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February 10, 2017 on Dirty Projectors, Fleet Foxes Frontmen Discuss The “Both Bad And Boujee” State Of Indie Rock Today
Ummmm...Priests, Cloud Nothings, Ty Segall, Japandroids, White Lung, Preoccupations, Pup, Protomartyr, etc. There's tons of indie stuff that shreds out there.
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February 10, 2017 on Dirty Projectors, Fleet Foxes Frontmen Discuss The “Both Bad And Boujee” State Of Indie Rock Today
"I think people give up too easily on the search." This a million times. There's tons of really interesting stuff out there that I'd still classify as "indie rock" (and rock is what we're talking about here, right? If they're covering indie-everything than I don't think any of their points make sense.). I mean, Joanna Newsom is still making music. Future Islands continue to slay. Bon Iver is pushing his sound forward into interesting territories. Tame Impala rocks. Preoccupations, Andy Shauf, Happyness, Mitski, Pinegrove - all lesser known (outside of these circles) musicians making interesting or moving stuff that are exploring new areas of "rock," or at least making it sound vital again. I've never bought into the "indie rock is over the hill" argument. You just need to look for it and keep an open mind.
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February 10, 2017 on Dirty Projectors, Fleet Foxes Frontmen Discuss The “Both Bad And Boujee” State Of Indie Rock Today
Singles is one of my favorite albums of the past 10 years, so I'm thinking you're wrong...
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February 10, 2017 on Watch Future Islands’ Stunning Tonight Show Performance
That was great, but the mixing was pretty bad - vocals were too up front and the rest of the band just blended together in the background.
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February 10, 2017 on Watch Future Islands’ Stunning Tonight Show Performance
If "Bagbak" is an indication of where he's going, consider me super duper excited. Though, to be fair, I'd be super duper excited without it. Point is, I'm excited.
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February 7, 2017 on New Vince Staples Album Coming “Very Soon”
One of my favorite albums ever, with one of the best songs ever ("Velvet Waltz")! http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j347/tullmann1/Chris%20Farley/Excited.gif
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January 27, 2017 on Perfect From Now On Turns 20
Needs the car speakers experience!
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January 24, 2017 on Album Of The Week: Migos Culture
I don't even get this attitude other than the inevitable backlash to the hype. This album is maybe just a *little* sonically different, but I'd put it on par with the others.
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January 24, 2017 on Album Of The Week: Migos Culture
Sorry, but Priests put out the best album of the week, and one of the best rock albums of the year for sure. Also, shouts to Japandroids - I know they got a P.E. but I think it needs to be said that anyone claiming that they left their old sound behind or whatever is just plain wrong. NTTHOL rips, and it's got at least 3 of the best songs they've ever done.
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January 24, 2017 on Album Of The Week: Migos Culture
Tribe, Vince Staples, Isaiah Rashad, Frank Ocean, Tyler, Jamila Woods. That's a pretty solid hip-hop R&B lineup.
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January 9, 2017 on Panorama 2017 Lineup
I'd go with: 1) A great record 2) A great record 3) A great record 4) Garbage 5) Hot ass-juice 6) Actually kind of ok 7) Meh, who cares anymore?
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January 5, 2017 on The Shins – “Name For You”
I'll say it. I'm saying it.
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January 5, 2017 on The Shins – “Name For You”
Are you saying that Room on Fire and Antics were "respectable sophomore efforts?" In my mind they're equals to their predecessors and, depending on my mood, superior. My mind is often a bedraggled mess though, so take that for what it's worth.
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January 5, 2017 on The Shins – “Name For You”
Antics is a classic and El Pintor was excellent and criminally underrated. Just saying.
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January 5, 2017 on The Shins – “Name For You”
Wincing the Night Away > Chutes Too Narrow > Oh Inverted World. COME GET SOME.
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January 5, 2017 on The Shins – “Name For You”
*Fingers crossed that the Mighty Mighty Bosstones get an AOTW nod in 2017 too*
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January 3, 2017 on Album Of The Week: Dropkick Murphys 11 Short Stories Of Pain And Glory
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December 25, 2016 on Stream/Download Run The Jewels RTJ3
As always, we're the best. http://new4.fjcdn.com/thumbnails/comments/Guy+sure+love+playing+with+himself+_562eae0d9efc989611fb87599439a303.gif
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December 19, 2016 on The Gummy Awards: Your Top 10 Albums And Songs Of 2016