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Neither can I. #Yourenotalone

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July 23, 2015 on Wilco Thank You For Downloading Star Wars And Recommend 17 Recent Albums To Buy

I’m glad I’m not the only one. The energy is great and the ideas are cool but the melodies are generally so simplistic that I find it hard to really embrace as anything other than a punkier version of Elvis Costello…

That said, this is one of those things I’m bound to get into in a few years and feel really stupid about.

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July 20, 2015 on Stream Titus Andronicus The Most Lamentable Tragedy

Despite what he’s been saying, these new songs really sound like Vernon hasn’t lost a beat in writing songs for Bon Iver. Just excellent stuff – I’m really hoping for a Wilco-esque surprise drop.

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July 19, 2015 on Watch Bon Iver Debut Two New Songs At Eaux Claires Festival

I get that – see my point a few comments below (supposed to be a reply to graduation). I guess it’s that, to me, the ‘persona’ seems trite and boring and breeds what is, in my opinion, trite and boring music. Bowie, M.I.A., FJM always struck me as performers who are exaggerating true parts of themselves to say something interesting (in the least) and profound or intelligent at their best. LDR’s thing, on the other hand, seems curated entirely for aesthetic purposes.

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July 14, 2015 on Lana Del Rey – “Honeymoon”

That was a reply to graduation above. This keeps on happening and I have no one to blame but myself.

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July 14, 2015 on Lana Del Rey – “Honeymoon”

If I thought the music was any good, I’d probably be into the whole thing, but I see the music as a direct extension of her persona – contrived, shallow and boring. Whether or not you think this persona is “real” or something she’s trying hard to cultivate and convey I guess is up to you. I see it as the latter.

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July 14, 2015 on Lana Del Rey – “Honeymoon”

This song is boring as all get-up and the lyrics are pretty standard sophomore-in-H.S. fare. I still don’t get the love for LDR and I don’t think I ever will – especially the shrugging away of perceived inauthenticity and the general acceptance of her whole schtick, as if its shallow or naive to want a semblance of sincerity in your artistry.

Downvote away.

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July 14, 2015 on Lana Del Rey – “Honeymoon”

My assumption was that this was actually what was happening. It makes so much sense. Too much sense?

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July 14, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Jason Isbell Something More Than Free

So people are really not getting that this was a joke?

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July 14, 2015 on M.I.A. – “Broader Than A Border” Video + Matahdatah Details

I’m with you, Lobster Man. I liked Lonerism but thought it was inconsistent and didn’t get the “masterpiece” status bestowed upon it by the taste makers. This one is super solid all the way through. I also really wanted to type Lobster Man.

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July 12, 2015 on Stream Tame Impala Currents

Yea, “Sparks” is the best song on the album. Great song.

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July 9, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Tame Impala Currents

Illegal torrent downloads. I don’t do it, but a friend of mine does. What a jerk, right?!

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July 9, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Tame Impala Currents

Having heard the new Beach House, I can say that you should expect to hear a lot more of the kinds of calls for evolution we heard after Bloom was dropped, and people will be kind of disappointed. I’m all for sticking with a distinct style, so I don’t think they need any kind of evolution – the melodies just aren’t as gut-punching front-to-back. That’s a P.E. by the way. The songs could open up for me in the way that some of my very favorite albums have (see my above comment for my position on albums that I really like right away).

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July 9, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Tame Impala Currents

On another note, I see a bunch of folks online who’ve listened to the whole album complaining that there are too many synths and it’s too far a departure from the band’s rock roots, to which I say, “Have you NOT been reading anything about the band? Have you completely avoided all of the singles up to this point? If so, are you even a fan of the group?”

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July 9, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Tame Impala Currents

I’ve listened to this probably 10-15 times already – at first I thought it was really good, but I’m generally wary of albums that I like a lot right off the bat because that usually means I’ll get sick of it quickly. I thought the songwriting on this one was maybe too straightforward (compared to Lonerism), but the catchiest songs have really stuck with me, and some of the others that I initially considered to be filler have grown on me. At this point, I’d be surprised if it didn’t end up as one of my top 10 for the year. Good stuff!

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July 9, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Tame Impala Currents

I put on live shows almost daily at this point when I have to do writing or anything that I can’t listen to podcasts while doing. I jam out at my desk – my boss probably thinks I’m losing it. Love ’72, but ’74, ’77 and ’83 are the business.

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July 8, 2015 on Alex Bleeker Reviews The Grateful Dead’s Fare Thee Well Shows

Your comment is similar to mine below…I wonder if it’s an age thing? Are you “new-dad” age? Maybe it’s a want to slow down and appreciate things that don’t necessarily have set beginning-middle-end points but are allowed to meander and can coast on “vibe” instead of intent? I don’t know what I’m talking about.

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July 8, 2015 on Alex Bleeker Reviews The Grateful Dead’s Fare Thee Well Shows

For some reason, without any encouragement or catalyst, I got really into the Dead a few years ago and now listen to them almost religiously during the summer months. This coming from someone who, up to that point, thought they were one of the most overrated, ridiculous bands ever. Not sure how it happened.

Anyways, I only listen to live shows (I’ve never actually listened to a Dead album), and I think that’s because the vibe that I get, even from the recordings, is that of the community and pure joy of music that I think most groups/concerts/festivals are missing nowadays. Also, the music makes me think of sitting barefoot in the grass at an outdoor venue in VT, which is pretty much my ideal thing. My point is that I’m extremely jealous of those who got to attend these concerts – even if they paled in comparison to those from the60’s, 70’s and 80’s, it would’ve been nice to experience that thing for real, instead of vicariously through old bootlegs.

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July 8, 2015 on Alex Bleeker Reviews The Grateful Dead’s Fare Thee Well Shows

Here’s a hard one – best music for 4th of July BBQ.

I’m thinking:

Grateful Dead live @ Barton Hall ’77
The Roots – Come Alive
Dr. Dog – anything
White Denim – D
Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls
Sam Cooke early stuff
Alvvays
The Strokes – Is This It?

Thoughts?

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July 3, 2015 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments