homesickalien

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For some inexplicable reason, I really want to like Taylor Swift. I really do. But, then I see that tweet above, or a shot of her white-girl dancing to Kanye at some Brit awards show, or rolling her eyes at something that a TV camera catches by accident, and I say to myself....NO. I guess it centers around one constant which is if I let her in, then the next thing I know I'm reading People magazine in the checkout aisles and DVR'ing Vanderpump Rules. So, I stay away....now where's that Courtney Barnett disc of mine...
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March 25, 2015 on The Week In Rap: Earl Sweatshirt, Action Bronson, & Major-Label Rap’s Age Of Weirdness
I actually think the recorded sound on this is a ton bigger and better 'sounding' than her EP. It actually kinda scared me at first listen because of that whole backyard twang angle which she uses almost as another instrument which I thought would sorta diminish her sounds unique personality. And, I also think that 'flattened' guitar sound you may have heard was a totally premeditated effort on Courts behalf. This is a really fantastic album. Ton of fun to listen to, as well.
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March 24, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
Logical choice...another perfect example of an artist who was able to sounder bigger yet still maintain their irresistible charm after their previous release. Lower Dens, Kendrick & Laura Marling and even Earl share the same progress... Strap in people...the landslide of 2015 great releases is about to kick into high gear just in time for summer starting this week
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March 24, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
I like The Go! Team as a dark horse for AOTW, ya know, just to keep us on our toes...
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March 23, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell
Top 5 at year end...as automatic as the Spring snow melting. This thing is devastatingly beautiful.
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March 23, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell
You'll have 30 days to return all evidence of any Blurred Lines copies to the local Town Hall. At that time, you'll be shamed and forced to sing, "What's Goin On?," at the top of your lungs while they publicly humiliate you for actually purchasing the song in the first place.
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March 19, 2015 on Marvin Gaye’s Family Now Wants Money From T.I., Too
He had to have meant Lionel Richie. Gotta be a typo. Or, he just poked the wrong bear.
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March 17, 2015 on British Fans Petition To Keep Kanye West From Headlining Glastonbury
Moving forward...throw all parallels, comparisons and arguments in defense of Good Kid, MAAD City out of your heads. Clearly, his intent with this album was to introduce another direction, at least for the time being. I bet Frank Ocean does the same thing with his impending next release. These two obviously don't like to sit still for very long.
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March 17, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly
Outstanding assessment, Tom. Great article. Along with the aforementioned Tupac, I hear tons of Prince circa Sign 'O the Times and also some Chuck D at his most preachy. There's also a lot of D'Angelo and Shabazz Palaces which I'd imagine coincides with Flying Lotus' involvement as an overall inspiration throughout the album. Sags in the middle and dare I say, it's a little too long.. Good Kid does seem so much smaller after a few times listening to Pimp a Butterfly, too. It's not an easy listen, at least based on its first runs through. Must be heard in one sitting...if you come in and out of it, it'll be even more difficult to absorb. One thing is for sure, this kid is way beyond his age and his ambition is impossible to ignore. It demands the respect of repeat listens before any opinion is concisely made.
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March 17, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly
Can it really (or should) be called a "Farewell" tour? Prolly should just be "Its Been a Fun Three Years" tour...
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March 16, 2015 on Foxygen Announce Farewell Tour
This is really good. There's a sheen over these songs, a smooth filter different from MADD City that makes these tracks feel...bigger. And, that is next level shit for this talent.
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March 14, 2015 on Kendrick Lamar – “King Kunta”
Kill the President with Drugstore?
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March 11, 2015 on 30 Essential Radiohead Non-Album Tracks
Tellin' you guys....Kimye will be the end of 'Ye as we know it. Embrace the past.
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March 11, 2015 on Kanye West – “Awesome”
I'm not going to agree that its their worst, but it was surely an album where, as a band, at their most simplistic form, I guess? Personally, I think the rub with this album was that it never got taken as seriously as others because there was zero anticipation that went along with it. Poof, it was upon us and for awhile many possibly thought was that this was just the boys muckin around in the basement on few late nights and decided, fuck it, let's release it. The intriguing thing about KoL (and Thom's solo stuff along with it, now) is that I don't think there's a Radiohead fan out there who knows what we can expect to hear with their next album. Will it be an extension of this, or will they travel down another path...and that's what allows them continue to carry this indescribable clout.
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March 10, 2015 on In Defense Of The King Of Limbs
Praying their next release has a fraction of the teeth this album possessed.
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March 9, 2015 on Q&A: Radiohead’s Philip Selway Remembers The Bends
Well, let's do some PK4 math. Assuming FourFiveSeconds is not on the album, let's argue some averages. I'll put Wolves at 6.8, Only One at 6 and All Day @ 8.8. Factor in the that one 'blow your mind' seven minute deep cut centerpiece a la 'Blood on the Leaves,' 'Runaway,' 'Big Brother, 'Gone,' @ 9.5, a couple tracks that result from a 'whining Kim Kardashian pouting to him to put on some radio single/girls night out Billboard candy' @ 6.3's, the token collaborative tracks with said rapper of the week @ 8.0's. Scatter in a solid jaw-dropping track 6 that we didn't see coming. but lifts the album off @ 9.1, and then eventually the almighty self absorbed closing track that ties himself and God together as the basic evolutionary disciples of music and opinion @ 7.5. I got it at 7.6
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March 2, 2015 on Kanye West Announces New Album So Help Me God
Before summer for sure. .. us east coasters need to get the snow off our grills first
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March 1, 2015 on Kanye West Announces New Album So Help Me God
Maybe I'm missing something, and I'm certainly not defending the man here, but wasn't his last album cover a blank CD?
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March 1, 2015 on Kanye West Announces New Album So Help Me God
And you believed him?
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March 1, 2015 on Kanye West Announces New Album So Help Me God
Since the world of advanced iTunes Radio pre-listens, NPR First Music, surprise releases, Spotify's sneak peeks, or Christ, even the fact bands dropping three, sometimes even four songs prior to the album "release' came about, it's sucked all the anticipation out of getting jacked up for a bands new music. I must admit, it's actually curtailed my impulsive purchasing habits, which is kinda, really sad, and in an emotional way, not a "Man, that's just sad' sucks sorta way. I know you can make the case that streaming has deflated the whole art of "old school" listening habits, but still, this must be adding to some of that financial hit artists are feeling these days. Its just another example of society wanting everything as quickly as possible, and I'd imagine album review publications and premature evals are feeling like they need to constantly chase the dragon's tail just to get their opinions in before the public already has their thoughts and logged in a bunch of listens. Here's the best example. We crave to chew up so much internet info these days that if you wanted to you could basically find the screenplay, fanboy teasers, and plot leaks for the next Star Wars, the most anticipated movie of the last 20 years or so. Is that what we really want, or wouldn't be nice to just sit in the theater on that Friday, dig into some popcorn and relive your past for 2.5 hours with a smile on your face instead of knowing every trick that was coming before came around the corner? Sorry, but we need to get back to the element of surprise. That countdown to a release date is as important to me as the material itself.
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February 26, 2015 on Friday Is Officially The New Global Record Release Day