what the deuce is happening between 3:13 and 3:29? boof.
Kinda reminds me of Foo Fighters “Big Me” video..in a good way. Ariel rules!
“Doesn’t everyone else have time to go on tour and play experimental music to 20,000 who thought they paid $110 to hear their favorite songs? fuck soundgarden for giving the fans what they want. the world needs more selfish spoiled brats like me, who get to play their experiments in front of an unsuspecting crowd”
I think he was condemning soundgarden for releasing a new album in 2012,
but again…like, who the fuck cares? if people don’t like it then people don’t like it…it’s not threatening. I think he’s butt hurt that soundgarden were all able to come back as the original line up and keep shit going
and that cornell still has his hair. smashing pumpkins basically will NEVER be back as the original lineup for various reasons
there has been an obvious resurgence of 90s bands capitalizing on their vintage appeal with reunion tours and shit, and these tours sell out, so it’s definitely a viable operation, but I’m not going to cast any judgement past that observation.
This is a really great list; clearly very thought out and well written/selected. It really made me feel good about my favorite band, The Cure. I had a couple minor disagreements but nothing worth sharing. Overall, the choices were poignant and fair. I basically feel bad for the future generations of listeners who don’t really have bands like The Cure to rely on for on-going, borderline psychotic catalogues. I guess Ariel Pink will fill that role since no one else has the balls to go out on a limb and risk sounding crazy instead of always sounding “relevant” and “cool.” Either way, Robert Smith is The Cure, something that should be fairly apparent by now.
Into it. Artwork isn’t spectacular, but whatever…solid rock song.
I’m forced to assume this is a joke, otherwise it’s just embarrassing
Uh, I’d say it sounded like they fucking nailed it, on network TV…which often doesn’t go nearly as well for even seasoned veterans.
Time traveling amazing shit
Changing my mind with more listens…this song is really great. I guess comparing anything to “Round and Round” just isn’t fair anyway. I can’t wait to hear “Mature Themes” and this song is getting better with each listen.
Great track for sure, but still, sadly, wondering if a song like “Round and Round” can be topped. Keep in mind this is coming from someone who thinks that some of the songs from his earlier catalogue were already better than a song like “Round and Round,” but I think it’s fair to say that it’s a hard song to surpass.
Jim, yes, we definitely were at the same Girls show and Thurston & Kurt Vile show too. I didn’t get to see that Grizzly Bear show unfortunately. In terms of that Thurston/Vile show, I though Kurt Vile was really great. I didn’t know to expect him as a one man show that night (not including the harp guest player which kind of blew my mind too, hah) because I just read “Kurt Vile” and assumed “Kurt Vile and the Violators,” but I was damn impressed by his solo performance. That man has a fucking real natural talent. Also, I found it somewhat amusing/odd that he didn’t perform any songs from that most recent EP “So Outta Reach.” Strange and gifted musician. HEY STEREOGUM WRITERS: FIND OUT WHAT KURT VILE IS UP TO PLEASE! hah.
I got to see Girls live twice, and I thought they were great both times. The first time was a little weird; It was in September 2011 and they played a theater venue in Boston that was seating only which I don’t exactly consider to be the most ideal way to see a rock band, but whatever, they played well. (I’ve heard about bands like Grizzly Bear playing phenomenal sets at seating only venues, and I’ve seen Kurt Vile and Thurston Moore that way too, but realistically, it’s not exactly the norm for most bands). When Girls performed everyone was standing up anyway and I also just thought it was an awkward room to play in; utterly dead silence between songs, which allowed for some loud-mouthed bros to vocalize their stupid “that’s what she said,” jokes in attempts to communicate with the band.
The second time was at Terminal 5 in NYC this last January, and it was a 3,000 capacity sold out show. Very different experience altogether and this time they had their backup singers in tow. It was very apparent that Girls had become a wildly popular band and I heard several people saying, “wow, I really didn’t even know that many people knew about them.” Even though I knew Girls were at that point already very popular in indie rock, I couldn’t help but agree that I was surprised by just how popular they had become. Girls still had a way of seeming like a personal and “secret” treasure of a band, despite their massive online media coverage. Chris Owens came out wearing a denim skirt, which was pretty hilarious and appropriate for him, if you know anything about his constant effeminate proclivities, and the show was basically perfect and awesome. During the song “Die,” the entire crowd was jumping up and down like it was a Rage Against the Machine show (forgive this dated reference, ha). Both of these shows I mentioned ended with an encore performance of “Jamie Marie,” with Chris performing alone on stage until being joined at the last minute by the rest of the band, and at both shows I remember thinking to myself, “well, even though this is his ‘job’ and he’s used to doing it, it still takes legit courage and confidence to stand in front of this many people with just a guitar and a microphone.”
Ok, so this is just way too long of a comment already, but I think what I’m getting at is that this band had achieved a very high level of critical acclaim and success from “Father, Son, Holy Ghost,” and I can’t help but wonder if there was/is much room for them to top that. Like, really: can most bands generally surpass this level of indie success? I’m sure on some level it’s got to be a tiny bit nerve-wracking to record a follow up album once you’ve accomplished that much, unless you’re in one of those bands that just keeps going endlessly with no regard for artistic integrity. I won’t name names. I think Owens’ decision makes very good sense, and if you haven’t had a chance to see Girls, don’t get too bummed. They will most likely come back in 3-6 years and make loads of cash playing sold-out reunion shows. From a business perspective, this was probably the most logical decision they could have made, and now we’ll get a chance to hear some material from Owens that we might not have otherwise heard had he maintained his role as the singer/songwriter of Girls.
This song is a JAM..saw them rock it several times live and hearing it now as a studio recording is very satisfying. Well done, concise rock track.
Well, if he dies soon (hopefully never!) John Malkovich would be a great candidate for the bio-pic. Unfortunately, I love Jens’ older material and this is just starting to border on lazy/boring. I don’t know…I feel like he may have just set a higher standard for himself too early in his career.
The cover art alone for “Mature Themes” is already better and more creative than probably any other release of the year so far. I also love the titles of these songs – classic APHG cracked out weird, witty word play. Even though Ariel said in some interview that they’ve left their lo-fi qualities in the past, “Baby” basically sounds like it could be an awesome “Before Today” B-side. Hyped for this album.
Such a sick video and song, can’t wait for this album. Twin Shadow & Ariel Pink – best in flashback/nostalgia based indie rock.
Now let’s see Kanye and Justin collab on a shoe design
It’s really hard to see the font that “Ryan Adams” is printed in on the cover of this box set and NOT think of Nirvana. Probably not an accident either. I dunno..something just makes me think he still has a little crush on Kurt..
It’s funny…I guess they didn’t necessarily need to make a more “pop” sounding album like Merriweather to get to a point where they would want to record stranger songs again, but my guess is that this time around they probably felt more of a reactionary impulse in the writing process. In that sense, I wouldn’t be surprised if the songs are “weirder” sounding on the new album than they naturally already would have been before they got all the pop culture critical acclaim and Beach Boys comparisons. Let’s face it – even though Merriweather was more accessible, it is by no means a normal sounding album.
Sounds like a very natural progression from “Gemini,” if not a little prettier now. Kinda sleepier sounding than I’d hoped for in terms of a leading track/preview, but it definitely seems like those great melodies from “Gemini” are being fleshed out and orchestrated really nicely. Anyone else notice the dominant melody closely resembling “O, Lilac” in a slightly different key though?
I think HRO reported on this bullshit “song” pretty well. http://hipsterrunoff.com/altreport/2012/06/grimes-and-kreayshawn-collab-write-worst-song-world-did-it-melt-ur-ears.html
Also, I guess you’d have to be pretty blunted (Grimes) to think that collaborating with kreayayatioinshun (however that shit name is spelled) would be a good idea aside from the obvious and shallow “perk” of attaining instant gratuitous attention.