Seriously could listen to this song for hours.
Listen here Foster Grants…you should accept the ‘cute slut next door’ look as a compliment to the band and stop with the melodrama. I’ve searched my entire life for one of those type of women actually.
I’m actually pretty surprised they were on SNL in the first place…should I be? HAIM is a toughy to swallow for most…they are straight up hook filled, geeky power pop yet they have this weird razor edge to them(or at least make a valiant effort to appear that way). They could sass out like Katy Perry hot if they wanted to I bet, but resort to the cute slut next door recipe. It’s a little polarizing, actually. Nonetheless, you couldn’t take your eyes off them and they went way out of their way to fuck shit up in their own cute way wherever the chance allowed. This, I’m sure, messed with the top 40 ear candy cravers that gave them the chance.
Evidently Sachs Media believes the grunge look is still goin strong…
Defending Kanye West regarding an article dissecting overexposure. How ironic. (see: Matthew Marvin Lingo)
Kanye on Ellen. Consider him officially cooked. Next up…Dancing with the Stars then a Christmas album.
I was actually pretty impressed with her, especially the acting. You could tell with her that whatever she does, she makes it a point to not half ass any of it, and it showed by how well she avoided the cue cards. This woman is a supreme perfectionist. It was almost as if she spent as much time on set as she could leading up to the live show just so she could ace it. She also genuinely appeared to be having fun. Her opening monologue was pure glam and she held it together fantastically while almost constantly poking fun at herself the entire time.
There could certainly be worse guests on a show like SNL and she seemed to be a perfect fit.
Shit! Sorry Tom. My bad.
You’re also missing a Moonface mention. You must have been all caught up in letting us know about Lady Gaga.
I’ve always loved ‘Come Around.’ Song just moooooves. Belongs on this list.
I’d compare him more to Axl Rose…once a phenom out of the gate, now a outdated, psychological hot mess.
Eminem….the Axl Rose of rap.
Listen to all the people now upset about a lack of stream! Seriously, no less than a couple years ago you had to do things the old fashioned way…hear a single, then wait for the album release and get totally jacked up waiting for it.
Throw yourselves back to The Dark Ages on this one…go buy it!
And, if her label hates her, let me guess why…oh yeah, a heroin bust and her naked on the cover doesn’t help her marketing push, that’s for sure.. It’s like Spinal Tap and their “Smell the Glove” album.
I must conclude though by saying that this is a friggin outstanding album and worthy of “blind” purchase.
There was slight worry Siamese Dream was somehow not going to be your number one before I opened this up, but you handled it well, SG.. Well played. Well played. This list is correct.
Great stuff right there…much thanks goes out to you and a great reminisce, Michael. Loved Dark was the Night, as well. I always felt like Late Night Tales comps would be a great extension of this original idea of music benefiting a cause. It is such an incredible avenue to get people aware.
Like was said above…man, I miss that era, too.
I think this stream would work much better synced to either The Wall or Wizard of Oz.
Personally, I’d never criticize a band due to popularity alone. Good for them! Problem is that equation rarely works, especially with a median alternative band still slogging the club scene. There are other contributing factors to me when falling off a band wagon, because if that was the case than we all wouldn’t be Radiohead fans anymore, right? Usually, it just simply comes down to dullness. If a band keeps regurgitating the same sound on every album, its going to get redundant, and in Best Coast’s situation not churning out hooks, because let’s face it they’re pretty one dimensional when you break them down as a band.
But to knock a band for finding a way to make their repetitive sound work would be pretty shallow. It’s not like to pull one over on ya or something and sitting in the corner going, Ha, let’s see if we can do the same thing on this album like we did on the last! They’re just exploiting what works for them.
Look at McCartney or Bowie and their last albums…pretty impressive right? What did they do on those respective albums that we haven’t all heard before in some way or another? Nothing. They just continue to exploit their idea of how their formula works relating to them. Not so sure the Best Coast duo can continue to keep our attention in that way. But bless em, man! Wish them the best…
As Lars Ulrich once said when asked how he felt about being labeled as sell outs a few years back (and I’m paraphrasing), his reply was simply, “Hey man, if we were accused of selling out stadiums for years to come than I’ll take that every day.”
I tend to think this is a creative driven issue rather than a “redefining” issue. If a band like Best Coast stumbled upon a formula that works, then they’d probably be fools to go and shake it up two albums in, and with really not all that much steam behind them to allow them that power. Take for example Beach House…incredible band, right? What have they done that’s so different from their debut up to now? Maybe its the ‘hook’ or the marketing cha-ching, etc. Either way, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel each time your fingers hit a piano, you just have to sustain it.
Radiohead mentioned above isn’t necessarily a good point of argument here because, well, they are massive, and they are afforded abilities to “expand” on their sound much more easily than, say, a Best Coast. That, and they’re, lemme see, how do I put this…um…oh yeah, more dynamically talented.
I think this argument can fully apply to someone like say MGMT, Dirty Projectors, of Montreal or even Flaming Lips because these are bands that deliberately set out to fuck shit up musically, its just that sometimes it doesn’t stick to the walls as much as others. Whats noble is that these are bands that are driven by their own creativity and without care how it translates to popularity. Best Coast sets out to make pop songs so if it sounds the same to them all the time, then so be it. They just want to pay their bills I’m sure.
Ok, I just got up and walked around to let some steam off…I feel better now. I’m sorry Ryan, I’m sure you are a good person, I’m positive you are, and gosh darnit, people like you, and I’m sure you love what you do and your knowledge is wide beyond your years. I praise your insightful music banter and continue sending you my best wishes on your journey to become the next Lester Bangs and look forward to future debatable musical topics with you, I hope. That being said, it’s still is burning at the core of my being with a fiery rage that rivals Smaug’s cave.
The fact that Ten is off the grid here, and not one song is present from an album that clearly helped defined an alternative movement, makes this a far more disturbing issue than simply what lies on the surface regarding its absence. This is a internet-based-music-publication issue and the lack of talent taking the time to develop lists like this is a potentially severe problem in regard to future credibility on SG’s behalf. This is just sickening to me. I smelled it a little with your U2 list last week, and now it reeks.
This is like making a Nirvana list without Nevermind, an REM album without Document, a Radiohead album with The Bends, Beasties without Paul’s Boutique. Unfathomable. How old are you Ryan, like 12? Did you just scan over their iTunes library and look for the songs that had the most stars & plays, and forget to page up to their debut?
Simply put, Metallica glamorized heavy metal and transcended the genre. You have to go back to Iron Maiden, Blizzard of Oz, Dio, Megadeth, Slayer, before or around them to get the seedy side. Respectfully, they were all good bands, but there was a crucial moment in Metallica’s growth (right after Master of Puppets, although they hung on tight for …And Justice For All) where they realized that they could make ALOT of money if they could just polish their metal sound to make it accessible to the muscleheads that wanted to feel ballsy. They did it, and did it very well.
Great NYTimes article on her today as well..
They are not married, they’ve just unfortunately procreated. Nothing about Kayne is genius and I wish the world (and he) would stop tossing around that word so nonchalantly.
Genius is François Englert and Peter W. Higgs “for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle
Genius is Alice Munro, a Canadian writer, who won the literature prize for work that explores the relationships between men and women, small-town life and the fallibility of memory
Kayne blabbers about paparazzi and lays down cool beats. He is a intermittent poster child for pop culture.
Please call Carlos, tell him to meet the boys in a NYC studio, and make an Interpol record.
PS I didn’t think that rap mixtape was laughable…at all.