Comments from honestpolitiks

Heh, “Cureated”

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August 4, 2015 on It Looks Like Frank Ocean’s Album Is Imminent

Yes. I do read the intro. And I’m gutted.

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July 24, 2015 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

I really want to overreact to this, but I don’t know how.

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July 15, 2015 on Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Change Name To JR JR


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July 10, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Envy Atheist’s Cornea

To be clear, I am aboard that train.

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July 9, 2015 on The Week In Pop: The 10 Worst Crimes Against Music On Owl City’s New Album

Yes, a Tove Stryke shoutout!! And also, Owl City’s shtick is a potential contagion. It’s the worst of the monogenre (or just awful, pandering music if you’re not aboard the monogenre train).

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July 9, 2015 on The Week In Pop: The 10 Worst Crimes Against Music On Owl City’s New Album

All of Swish. Yeezy season approaching.

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July 4, 2015 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

The guy is killer on the wood block. Some call him “The Human Metronome.”

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June 24, 2015 on Watch Alden Penner And Michael Cera Debut Songs From Their Canadians-On-Mars Concept EP In Brooklyn

I’m personally putting that Cayucas album on repeat. There is nothing revolutionary about it, but the lyricism is evocative. It’s bittersweet and beachy, making it a fantastic album for driving through the countryside or along the coast.

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June 23, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Bully Feels Like

Some of my favorites this year so far:
FJM–I Love You, Honeybear
Courtney Barnett–Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
The Staves–If I Was
The Wombats–Glitterbug
Passion Pit–Kindred
Kendrick Lamar–TPAB
Milo Greene–Control
Tove Stryke–Kiddo

I would like to note that, despite its general dismissal, that Wombats album is full of some woozy, synthy bangers that sound like a spent party kid realizing that he’s been living in a mirage. As for the Tove Stryke, I’ll hawk that album for a long time.

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June 16, 2015 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2015 So Far

Look, there’s Koz. Posing as part of a fictional lineup that almost certainly contains a Beer Commercial Lead Guitar.

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June 11, 2015 on Cameron Crowe Flop Aloha Has A New Eddie Vedder Song Sung By His 7-Year-Old Daughter

This is a fantastic week for new albums. This one, Donnie Trumpet’s Long Band Name, Flo + the Machine, and Sun Kill Moon seem to be getting all the headlines. Rightfully, they are–though I can’t say I’m too into Koz and his stuff (even without all the recent controversy).

It’s so fully packed that some albums that I would label as “Very Good-Great” are not quite getting the looks they might deserve. For example, that Holychild album is one of the most fun albums of the year. If you’re looking for a summery sing-along, that’s it. They know what they are, and they’re extremely good at delivering the best of that bratty pop. Algiers has also put out an intriguing album–it’s dark, but it has this driving energy to it. It drowns blues and gospel elements in growling guitars and driving punk drums. I love it.

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June 2, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Jamie xx In Colour

I’m cool with Bethany Cosentino and all, but she’s not an “icon.”

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May 12, 2015 on Read A Conversation Between Bethany Cosentino And Molly Ringwald

I always forget that Ahhhhhnold isn’t the governor anymore. It would have been a fun photo op.

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May 12, 2015 on Watch California State Senate Honor Kendrick Lamar

Yeah, I agree. Still, it would be nice if they popped up the ‘Gum every once and a while. For the good of the people.

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April 7, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Waxahatchee Ivy Tripp

I think they were even on Patrick Carney’s label at one point, so that might explain the whole Black Keys connection. However, I don’t necessarily think its a bad thing. You can hear Carney on Brass, and it gives them a different feel. There’s more structure there, but it doesn’t restrict them too much. But, put them with a top-notch producer and you might get something truly special (maybe even a Danger Mouse type?).

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April 7, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Waxahatchee Ivy Tripp

I will register my support for both Lord Huron and Royal Bangs. Those are good bands, and they’re somehow flying under the radar critically. I guess there is nothing “buzzy” about them. Though I imagine Royal Bangs plays a banging live show.

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April 7, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Waxahatchee Ivy Tripp

They both are extremely connected to my home state (South Carolina), so this makes sense. Well, I’m not really sure where Beam is based, but he grew up just outside of Columbia in a little town called Chapin. His origins are a well kept secret in the area. Band of Horses are based in Charleston I believe (though they go all over the place).

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April 4, 2015 on Iron & Wine And Ben Bridwell Announce Covers Album Sing Into My Mouth

Yeah, I love “Shampain” too. But, I think an argument can be made for any song on Family Jewels.
“Are You Satisfied?” sets the tone for what I’d regard as one of the more ambitious pop albums in recent years–the string section flourishes and the shimmering self-examinations sort of make me shiver. Shampain reminds me of MGMT a little (not lyrically–it’s all a precusor to the Electra Heart style in that respect). “I Am Not A Robot” is the infinitely remixable single. “Girls” is some cutting feminist societal criticism of superficiality. “Mowgli’s Road” is the song that throws the whole kitchen sink in there and still comes out sounding right. “Obsessions” dances from cabaret bombast to personal confession. “Hollywood” is in my opinion the funniest song on the album, and you can see the lyrical beginnings of her cynical alter-ego Electra Heart, with lyrics like “puking American dreams”.
The latter half of the album does not let up, either. “The Outsider” is a paranoid breakdown in the face of towering self-expectations. “Guilty” continues this theme, but it deals more with the shame involved in her rise. “Hermit The Frog” is the most ridiculous song on this album from the outside–but it really makes sense as a reflection on her breakdown. “Oh No!” comes back to the main theme of her ambition–but it comes off as a sarcastic dismissal of the consequences as minor obstacles in her continued rise. “Seventeen” is the origin story of the album, with allusions to her father and her disgust at him as the symbol of a society that just does not understand her brashness. “Numb” is a fitting end to album drenched in big emotions and grand ideas–the title says it all.
Some might say that was far too many sentences of praise for an album with somewhat mixed reviews. Frankly, I don’t care. I love this album.

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March 22, 2015 on The Week In Pop: Sam Hunt Brings Hip-Hop-Informed Country To SXSW

Annie Clark x The Knife: Strange Deep Cuts, Mercy!

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March 19, 2015 on St. Vincent Allegedly Destroyed Chilean Artist’s Paintings With “Knives And Violence”