HartfordTheWhale

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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
Me going to work after listening to this album... http://i.imgur.com/dcOBuVk.gif
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March 16, 2015 on Surprise! Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly Is Out Now
Fucking yes.
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March 14, 2015 on Kendrick Lamar – “King Kunta”
I've got a few from the early 00's that I can pull out - The Kills opening for Bloc Party in a small club, Kings of Leon touring for Aha Shake in a small club, LCD Soundsystem touring for SOS in a small but jam packed place (also, the MSG final show!), the Black Keys touring for Rubber Factory in a small but also jam packed place, sneaking backstage at a Roots concert and meeting QuestLove. My glory days. Also, for relevance, I saw Radiohead at the fucked Field Day Festival in 2003. One of the best performances I've ever seen - I think they felt bad for the crowd with all the shit that happened (concert was supposed to be a full weekend, amazing line-up, 2 days before the show the permit was pulled and moved from a camping field to fucking Giants Stadium and only one day, everyone had to re-purchase their tix, the weather was cold and rainy, when Beck was coming onto stage he was hit with a wooden board by a stage-hand and had to go to the hospital). Other notes about that show - it was one of Elliott Smith's final performances and I MISSED HIM. I'll never forgive myself for that. I also missed MMJ playing a side stage. Did catch Bright Eyes, Blur and the Beastie Boys before Radiohead though, so that was cool.
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March 13, 2015 on Check Out The Insane Guest List For Radiohead At Irving Plaza ’97
I want to be best friends with that guy.
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March 12, 2015 on Watch Sharon Van Etten Move A Superfan TV Anchorman To Tears
Oh, I missed that. Well don't I just feel like a boob. But also, a live album is definitely not an album.
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March 12, 2015 on 30 Essential Radiohead Non-Album Tracks
I think what you're all trying to say is that this interview is the worst and Meredith Graves sounds like the worst. Done.
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March 11, 2015 on Meredith Graves Interviews Her Dad About Radiohead
No mention of "True Love Waits" in either the article or the comments? For shame.
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March 11, 2015 on 30 Essential Radiohead Non-Album Tracks
Usernames come and go, Brad. But Hartford? The Whale? They beat Vancouver once, maybe twice in a lifetime.
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March 11, 2015 on Sufjan Stevens – “Should Have Known Better”