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Nice little Thursday streaming treat! Love these guys although they’ve definitely tamed down a bit since their first few albums but for some reason, I don’t mind at all. I can actually understand Graham a little better now it seems. ‘Fourteen Autumns’ is definitely a good place to start if new to them. I’ve always thought of them as a blend of Arcade Fire and Frightened Rabbit for some reason.

If Pitchfork and Stereogum are the definition of small potatoes, then load me up with starches. Hopefully there’s plenty of room on Billboard and Variety for ‘craps player.’ He can comment on the Hot 100 singles..

 +1Posted on Oct 20th | re: Stream Yusuf (FKA Cat Stevens) Tell 'Em I'm Gone (4 comments)

I need to understand something, (and this is in no way, shape or form meant to be ignorant) but why is “Cat Stevens” always next to Yusaf Islam’s name whenever there is a song released by him or an article written that involves him. I get that he changed it for Muslim reasons, etc…much respect… but for God’s Sake, the man changed his name in 1978! It can’t still be the ‘ole “Who is Yusaf? Oh yeah, he’s the great folk singer, ya know, the ‘Cat’s in the Cradle’ dude.”

I thought this pic was Austin Powers remaking Whiplash…not gonna lie, I was kinda psyched.

 0Posted on Oct 16th | re: Viet Cong - "Continental Shelf" + Debut LP Details (4 comments)

I LOVE the Cassette EP…vibe comes off like early Talking Heads mixed in with a little Wolf Parade.

 +1Posted on Oct 15th | re: Album Of The Week: DJ Quik The Midnight Life (54 comments)

Allo Darlin’s new one is such a great Fall album..

 0Posted on Oct 15th | re: Wilco Reveal Tracklists For Rarities & Greatest Hits Comps (9 comments)

That was Jay Bennetts song, I believe. And, we all know how that whole thing turned out

 +8Posted on Oct 14th | re: You Can Finally Pay For U2's Songs Of Innocence Today (12 comments)

Be careful young man….you may on that same lunch break twenty years from now with a free Arcade Fire album in your clutches.

 0Posted on Oct 14th | re: You Can Finally Pay For U2's Songs Of Innocence Today (12 comments)

Bravo Eggy…bravo. It’s so easy to lob in random comments in an effort to be cool. I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a Motorola store? I hear all the cool kids take their lunch breaks at Verizon…

With much respect, I am very similar to you and I gotta tell ya, I love following all the great personalities that make up the Stereogum comment board. We are a nation!

My mirepoix started with a scuffed up Stones ‘Still Life’ cassette and the sly punk of Talking Heads, then mixed in with a little garage dust of The ‘Mats, Beastie Boy brat rap and ultimately the band that changed the course of my listening joy, The Bends and Radiohead. I’m very proud to love this group of bands.

But…it was that anthem rock of the 80′s and 90′s that started my love affair and one I will never forget or disrespect. It was the air splits of David Lee Roth with the fret tapping of Eddie. It was the bridge between Waters’ Final Cut and the unavoidable baton pass to Gilmour. We’re talking Born in the USA, REM’s Murmur, Back in Black, Mr. Brownstone and yes, Boy and subsequently War…The Unforgettable Fire among so many others. The power of arena rock grew in front of my eyes. I remember the smell of a coliseum, the scalper we met in the hotel I knew by first name still today.

Ya know, (and I apologize for the sports reference) its like that athlete in the twilight of his career. You wanna see that last shot to the gap that he stretches into a double, or the scramble away from a sack before firing a bullet in between tacklers…but you cannot expect it at some point. You just have to let it pass on and covet what memories were given to you while never forgetting what it meant to you as you were living it.

We’re all cynics, I get that, and there’s no better avenue to stroll down with that disposition than with the the internet as our vehicle, and I know we live in different times. Vinyl is dead. The cassette is a memory and the joy of Tuesday mornings and running to the record store to grab Neil Young’s ‘Freedom’ or reading Loders Rolling Stone review of it are long gone..

Keep it up blochhead, I’ll keep reading.