HartfordTheWhale

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This is the worst poster. The lineup is also not great.
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April 14, 2015 on Glastonbury 2015 Lineup
On another note, I remember the first time I heard this album and will tell that story now just because. I was working at a giant, flagship Borders music section in Boston. We would receive boxes and boxes of albums before they were released (to be played in the store's overhead speaker. This would never happen nowadays because internet) and the music staff would fight over what they got to take home. I ended up with stacks of CDs every other week or so, and in one of those stacks was Alligator, without any official album art work, by a band I'd never heard of. I played it at some point out of curiosity and did not like it. I found it to be morose and I thought Berninger's voice was off-putting. Also, I was 20 and didn't know what good music sounded like. But there was something about the music and the sound that made me want to listen to it again. And when I did I liked it a little more. After about a week of this I decided that not only did I not NOT like this album - I loved it. And that is how I came to love The National. Also, it's become a prevailing theme in my music-life that many albums I end up loving I actually don't really like at first, but for some reason am drawn to repeat listens. The end.
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April 13, 2015 on Alligator Turns 10
Still my favorite album by The National. It's got a distinct messiness (dare I say "drunkenness?" Will I admit that the level of "drunkenness" in an album can win me over? Yes.) that will forever hold a place in my cold, drunken heart.
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April 13, 2015 on Alligator Turns 10
This guy is a straight up star.
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April 12, 2015 on Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – “Sunday Candy” Video
I noticed that in the top 5 articles right after posting. Oh well.
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April 7, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Waxahatchee Ivy Tripp
People seem to really be digging the new Young Fathers. I haven't given it enough time, but it seems to be the type of thing SG would be talking about, so I'm surprised I haven't seen more mention of it around here.
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April 7, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Waxahatchee Ivy Tripp
Agreed. Also, Undun is one of the most underrated hip hop albums of all time.
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April 3, 2015 on Game Theory Of Thrones: Watch The Roots Recap Last Season In Under Two Minutes
Goddammit these songs are awesome. http://myreactiongifs.com/gifs/thumbsupcomputerkid.gif
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March 31, 2015 on Watch Future Islands Debut “The Chase” & “The Haunted” In The UK
I'm thinking you're probably not going to do another feature on current bands with "Beach" in their name. DON'T PLAY WITH ME, SCOTT! But seriously, I'm surprised SG wasn't up on Horsebeach when it came out last year. Solid album, sounds very much like Wild Nothing, but less nostalgic.
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March 27, 2015 on Know Your Beach Bands
What about Horsebeach? They're great! Does it not count because it's one word? It definitely counts.
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March 27, 2015 on Know Your Beach Bands
I still can't get over how good that song is. Now I have to re-burn the TPAB and find the perfect spot for this one. I'm thinking somewhere around tracks 7 and 8. Thoughts?
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March 26, 2015 on That Kendrick Lamar Song From Colbert Hasn’t Been Recorded, Won’t Be Released
I totally agree. It's really not as out-there as people are claiming. I said it in another comment, but there are plenty of tracks I've been blasting in my car. After a few listens, it really comes together.
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March 25, 2015 on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly Tops The Album Charts
If we're gonna talk about great slacker-songwriting accompanied by perfect pop sensibilities (that's what we're talking about, right?) then we should all be talking about Happyness, too. I know that actually came out last year, but to honor its American release, I really think it should be getting more play, because it's a spectacular debut album that deserves to reach more ear holes. So for all of you out there who really like Barnett, give Weird Little Birthday a listen. You can thank me later. Also, wanted to throw in here that, try as I might, I can't STAND Action Bronson. I love the song "Baby Blue," but really only because of Chance the Rapper's verse. It seems to me that some really awesome production is wasted on this guy's weak verses and monotonous delivery. "The only thing on the menu is white snake and underwear sauce?" "I got so excited I shit my pants?" What is this, middle school? I don't get it. The Earl Sweatshirt album on the other hand...
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March 24, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
A nice write-up, but let's just forgo the extra language and implications here and get down to it. This album is capital-G Great and will be on our year-end lists.
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March 23, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell
I'm still convinced that this whole band is a joke that I'm not in on.
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March 19, 2015 on Stream Death Grips The Powers That B, Disc 2: Jenny Death
Well then we've done our job. In all seriousness though, it's nowhere near as inaccessible or hard to follow as Pynchon.
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March 18, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly
Good write-up. I get the sentiment, though I don't 100% agree with it. Is GKMC a more approachable, maybe more classically "enjoyable" rap album? Yes. But TPAB is fascinating and enjoyable on its own terms - lyrically, musically and thematically. To me, it's like comparing a well-written and thoughtful thriller (think John Le Carre) with something willfully obtuse that can still be enjoyed for it's lyricism and adventurousness (think Pynchon). That said, I think there are plenty of songs on here that can be blasted out of the car windows, and as a whole I don't think it's as "insular" as I expect it will be labeled. Also, I was assuming that the "Lucy" you referred to is actually "Luci," as in Lucifer. He spends a lot of the album trying to keep negative forces out of his life.
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March 17, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly
I like "nefarious sauce" and will be using it from now on. If only I could think of an instance in which it could be used... "I'm reading Oliver Twist and man, that Fagin is nefarious sauce." Nice.
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March 16, 2015 on Surprise! Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly Is Out Now
I wish I could give you multiple downvotes - one for calling this album "weak" without explaining why, and another for use of the phrase "____ sauce," which I mean, come on.
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March 16, 2015 on Surprise! Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly Is Out Now
This made me cackle.
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March 16, 2015 on Surprise! Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly Is Out Now