Comments from Hellephant

Couldn’t agree more. Whatever anyone thinks of leaks, it’s so refreshing in recent years to have a chance to form your own opinion about an album without the reviews coloring the first listening experience. This was especially true for me for this album, as it immediately struck me as excellent (and still does), but reviewers just slammed it. Hard to understand.

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July 28, 2015 on Download Twin Shadow’s Demos Mixtape Night Rally

First lyric video ever? Subterranean Homesick Blues? Or if that’s somehow not considered a video, for predating MTV, how about The Talking Heads’ (Nothing but) Flowers? You trolling bro?

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March 13, 2015 on Out Of Control On Videotape: The 10 Best Radiohead Music Videos

Had to be Shellac. Maybe their best album, and that is REALLY saying something.

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September 16, 2014 on Album Of The Week: The Juan Maclean In A Dream

This is exactly right.

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August 12, 2014 on The Afghan Whigs Albums From Worst To Best

Freaking incredible. “Chambers” sounds like modern-era Cure, but better!

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August 11, 2014 on Stream Cymbals Eat Guitars LOSE

Sound Check (Gravity). C’mon.

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July 2, 2014 on The 10 Best Gorillaz Songs

No, I totally agree — *has* to be w/sax.

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April 16, 2014 on The 10 Best Galaxie 500 Songs

Ladytron + better songwriting – cartoonish icy gothiness + outsized M83 melodrama = awesome/Chvrches

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September 24, 2013 on Album Of The Week: Chvrches The Bones Of What You Believe

Holy shit, thanks! I’d never heard of Baby Dayliner, but I instantly love them/him. I guess I’m a sucker for nearly self-parodic over-emotive singing. That’s what you get for being a Morrissey / Scott Walker / Jarvis Cocker die hard, I guess. And yes: Majical Cloudz is *amazing* — Impersonator is feeling like my album of the year, and I adore the new National and Daft Punk albums. And maybe it would’ve made more sense to say that the Diamond Rings sounds like Welsh, combined with the skinny guy from They Might Be Giants circa “Birdhouse in Your Soul.” The singer from Merchandise fits into all of this, too….

But yeah: Baby Dayliner!

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May 24, 2013 on Album Of The Week: Majical Cloudz Impersonator

I can’t be the only one who thinks he sounds like the guy from Diamond Rings, but I never see that.

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May 22, 2013 on Album Of The Week: Majical Cloudz Impersonator

“The Real Thing” is the best Dandy Warhols song ever.

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April 20, 2013 on Premature Evaluation: Phoenix Bankrupt!

It’s bullshit without “Leave Me Alone” or “Procession,” their two best songs (not necessarily in that order).

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January 25, 2013 on The 10 Best New Order Songs

Best Album: A. C. Newman — “Shut Down the Streets”

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November 21, 2012 on The 2012 Gummy Awards: Vote Now And Enter To Win An iPad With Retina Display

“Ugly new *houses.*” And I believe that the “Bigmouth” backing vocals are pitch-shifted Morrisseys.

Smiths fanatics of the world: unite and be pedantic.

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September 28, 2012 on Strangeways, Here We Come Turns 25

Coincidental resemblance to the title of A.C. Newman’s “The Palace at 4 AM”?

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May 24, 2012 on Beat Connection – “The Palace Garden, 4am”

Lou Barlow is spinning (round and round) in his … chair (BECAUSE HE’S STILL ALIVE).

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January 5, 2012 on Ryan Adams Covers Ratt Acoustic

Only one other commenter mentioned the latest Dodos album?!? I don’t understand the lukewarm reaction to that album at all — the musicianship is phenomenal, and the vocal melodies are some of the best I’ve heard in years. Neko Case is great on it, too. I think that it blows Visiter away, which in comparison to No Color sounds meandering and demo-ish (except for “Ashley,” which is unbeatable).

Best of the year, and certainly the most listenable, especially when its blasting while you’re driving with the windows down on a gorgeous day.

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June 23, 2011 on Stereogum’s Top 20 Albums Of 2011 So Far

The Vanishing Point Breakin’ 2 Days in the Valley Girl Next Door in the Floor … Cool as Ice Pirates of the Caribbean

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September 3, 2009 on Best New Party Game 8

The Air Up There Goes the Neighborhood

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September 2, 2009 on Best New Party Game 8

Next Friday the 13th Warrior

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September 2, 2009 on Best New Party Game 8