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 +6Posted on Aug 21st | re: The 10 Best Arctic Monkeys Songs (57 comments)

Gripe time:

Not enough Favourite Worst Nightmare – that album is killer all the way through.
Likewise, too much Whatever People Say… – excellent album, but there are plenty of other deserving tracks from subsequent albums.
Needs more “Pile Driver Waltz,” “505,” and “Snap Out of It.”
I’ve always thought Humbug and Suck it and See were under appreciated, but I know I’m in the minority there.

Ok I’m done now.

 0Posted on Aug 20th | re: Album Of The Week: Pallbearer Foundations Of Burden (21 comments)

I agree, Stereogum. Weak week for music, but no complaints with the run we’ve had lately. Plus, Cymbals Eat Guitars coming soon. And Merchandise. Better stop writing about those ones for a bit.

 0Posted on Aug 19th | re: Album Of The Week: FKA twigs LP1 (44 comments)

Couldn’t agree more. It’s an “interesting” listen, but not particularly a fun one, and it definitely starts to wear you down by the latter half. Really compelling stuff, but I wish there were a few more tracks like “Two Weeks” for balance.

 +2Posted on Aug 18th | re: Interpol - "Ancient Ways" (15 comments)

Interpol – TOTBL
Arctic Monkeys – Whatever…
Bloc Party – Silent Alarm
The Killers – Hot Fuss

Though the margin that separates 1-4 is razor thin for me.

It’s funny how Arctic Monkeys have managed to grow into a new, bigger sound over time, gaining commercial appeal without losing critical acclaim, while the others have tried the same but have succeeded in only one (or none) of those areas. I think it comes down to good songwriting and song craft, which Arctic Monkeys have always had while the others have shown major inconsistencies.

 0Posted on Aug 16th | re: Stream Cymbals Eat Guitars LOSE (4 comments)

Some of these songs are just absolute mind-blowers. “Jackson,” “Place Name” and “2 Hip Soul” alone would be enough to warrant consideration for AOTY. Pumped to see them for free next week in CT.

 +1Posted on Aug 6th | re: Merchandise - "Green Lady" (Stereogum Premiere) (5 comments)

I put this album on in my car for a friend and his head nearly exploded. True story.

 +6Posted on Aug 6th | re: Album Of The Week: Kix Rock Your Face Off (121 comments)

“I’m diving in deep, and I’m leading with my face.”


But seriously, I’m not going to give this album a listen, so it could be really good with a really bad song, but…. god this song is bad. Like “bar-band-at-the-local-bro-bar” bad.

 +1Posted on Jul 29th | re: The 10 Best TV On The Radio Songs (86 comments)

Wait, scratch that, one complaint – “Tonight” is the most beautiful song they’ve done a deserves a spot on here (preferably over “Second Song”).

 -1Posted on Jul 29th | re: The 10 Best TV On The Radio Songs (86 comments)

I found Nine Type of Light AND Dear Science to be patchy and a little underwhelming, so I’m surprised to see so many tracks from them on here.

But yeah, “Halfway Home” and “Province” are absolutely amazing songs, so as long as those are on here I can’t really complain.

 +2Posted on Jul 29th | re: Childish Gambino Thinks He's Better Than Drake, Kendrick (50 comments)

A-men. I liked Because the Internet a lot and was totally confounded by the negative response it elicited from most indie bloggers and critics – if anything, it tried to move the genre into a weird, interesting place, if not always successfully. It does seem like everything CG’s done since then has come with a wave of derision. I think he probably doesn’t pass the “authenticity test,” and is therefore pushed to a status lower than his peers, but if that’s the case, I don’t get why Drake gets a pass. Do I think he’s better than Drake or Kendrick? Probably not. But is his music worthy of a bit more consideration and respect? I think so.

As for this whole thing, my gut tells me it’s a self-conscious ploy to put himself in the ring with the weight class he thinks he’s in, but you never know.