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You’ve gotta love a record store with “Dusk at Cubist Castle” on vinyl out on display.
Seriously. If you aren’t really up on Sonic Youth I could see mistakingly calling it a Jaguar or Jazzmaster but Stratocaster????
I didn’t hear Parquet Courts until this year but I’ve retroactively put it in the top 2-3 for 2012. Agree with above, if you’re counting it towards 2013 and it didn’t make the top 50, you’re nuts.
After several weeks, I’m lukewarm on about half of the album but damn if this song isn’t one of the best of the year. Awesome track and beautiful video. Count me in with the shed a tear group.
The key to this story is “I got into this giant argument with the head of Zappos.com that he’s trying to tell me what I need to focus on.” Can you all seriously not see the head of Zappos who’s some idiot billionaire meeting Kanye at some party and getting in his face after a few drinks and telling him to do this or that. Kanye just made a poor effort at trying to get the guy back.
“Reflektor” is amazing. Just a killer dance track. “We Exist” is completely forgettable and at 5:44 is waaaaaay too long. “Flashbulb Eyes” isn’t that great either but at 2:42 goes by quickly. “Here Comes the Night Time” is awesome and is one of the best tracks on the album. The movement through the different sections is a lot of fun. I think “Normal Person” sucks pretty hard but a lot of you like it so maybe it will grow on me. The lyrics are cringeworthy with the whole “I’ve never met a normal person before, how do you do.” Plus the melody and guitar line is annoying. “You Already Know” is a decent little upbeat number I guess, but would be the worst song on any of the their previous 3 albums. “Joan of Arc” would be a great 3 and a half minute track. They drag it out over 5 minutes unfortunately, but it’s still a catchy, enjoyable song.
i like “Here comes the Night Time II” as the vastly superior 2nd half of the album starts. “Awful Sound” is a slinky little vamp that even at over 6 minutes is gorgeous all the way through. “It’s Never Over” keeps up the more subdued 2nd half. Regine finally shows back up after trading verses on the title track. The synths are cool and even though it’s also long, it’s a cool track. “Porno” again is long but it’s good. I guess the complaint for this stretch of songs 9-11 is that they tend to drag on depending on your mood. I’m enjoying them, however. “Afterlife” follows and is the best song on the album with possible exception of the title track. I just love it. “Supersymmetry” closes out the album on a mostly forgettable note. “Afterlife” should have closed out the album IMO.
That “Normal Person” song was pretty weak. Big drop off from “Afterlife” and “Reflektor.”
Yikes, Death Metal on acid. Sounds like a risky proposition.
Incredible album. Anyone wanting to get into YLT should start here. “I Heard You Looking” is a sensational closer.
Love this, wish it went on longer. Fade is nice but takes the mellow side of YLT a little too far. The 2nd half drags too much. Their best albums are the ones that vary between the quieter stuff and the burners.
“Mirrors” sucks BTW. I’ve never been happy to hear that shitty song.
The Liars did dance-punk better on “They Threw us All in a Trench…”
I never heard the album, only the singles which I didn’t care for. The video swinging the fucking sword around, the whole thing just rubbed me the wrong way. They’re begging their audience that the only way to enjoy them is ironically which is kind of bullshit.
This was an average album and really lacked the hooks to make it great. To think this was the Pitchfork #1 of the year is crazy. Here are 18 albums better than Echoes that came out in 2003.
Wrens – Meadowlands
YYY’s – Fever to Tell
Postal Service – Give Up
Radiohead – Hail to the Thief
Sufjan Stevens – Michigan
MMJ – It Still Moves
Strokes – Room on Fire
Black Keys – Thickfreakness
White Stripes – Elephant
Shins – Chutes Too Narrow
Unicorns – Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone?
Deerhoof – Apple O’
M83 – Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts
New Pornos – Electric Version
Caribou – Up in Flames
Menomena – I Am the Fun Blame Monster
Yo La Tengo – Summer Sun
TV on the Radio – Young Liars
Awesome write up. Thanks so much for this. I love The Meadowlands like very few albums in my life. It’s such an amazing album and is easily my favorite of the 2000′s. I bought it off Amazon based on Pitchfork’s love back when it came out and I still listen to it regularly. “Hopeless” is the greatest, most joyful 5 minutes of music you’ll ever hear.
My buddies in Black Tusk just released their new video and it’s awesome. Put it on your list next week!
Saw them on Jools Holland a while back and loved this other song they did. Check this out.
Greatest existing American Rock and Roll band? Top 10 All-Time American Rock and Roll band??? Really?
Also, “some of the sharpest and most exhilarating Modernist-Primitive rock music produced since a certain Canadian first pointed his beloved hearse at the Pacific Ocean.” What does that refer to? Neil Young’s “On the Beach” album cover? I feel stupid for not knowing.
I love “Heavy Pop” as well. Have you seen this?
Watch this and tell me “Irene” isn’t their best song.
Blame the Beatles and the Velvet Underground.
1. Number of the Beast
2. Peace of Mind
4. Seventh Son
5. Somewhere in Time
No idea after that nor the pre-Dickenson era.
Honorable mention to “Live after Death.” One of the greatest live albums of all time. In fact if that was the only Iron Maiden album you owned you’d be ok.
Carry the Zero is the best song on the album!
Jesus, Geogaddi. What an album. You can really go down the rabbit hole on that one. Years ago when I was getting into it, I was reading up in forums on all of the number theories and Satanism in the samples, etc. I can’t remember any of the details today but still whenever I listen to that album it creeps me the fuck out. Gyroscope, The Devil is in the Details, A Is To B As B Is To C. I seriously can’t listen to those songs alone late at night.
Thank you. I feel like I’m the only one that didn’t fall in love with Halcyon Digest. I say this as a huge fan. HD is just not close to the greatness of Microcastle, Weird Era Cont., Cryptograms and the EP’s.