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 +1Posted on Nov 5th, 2013 | re: Album Of The Week: Cut Copy Free Your Mind (42 comments)

I thought the same thing after the first listen, that it wasn’t much of a step forward for them… but after a few more listens, it makes me so, so happy. It makes me happy in a way that few other albums this year can. I can’t wait to listen to it again. So maybe they don’t need to evolve.

 0Posted on Oct 21st, 2013 | re: Chutes Too Narrow Turns 10 (21 comments)

I saw them live at CMJ about a week after this album came out. I’d been listening to the CD on repeat on the trains all week, and was feeling like the album was a pretty huge deal. When I got to the Sub Pop showcase, though, the hall was half empty. I guess most CMJ attendees were off seeing bands with more buzz, and those few of us crowded up front for the Shins were there because those songs really meant something to us.

 +1Posted on Oct 18th, 2013 | re: The 5 Best Videos Of The Week (5 comments)

Tom, I like that you are broadening the scope. Music videos stopped being something we waited to watch on MTV and became something we clicked on a long time ago, and they are certainly only one of the many types of things we click on to experience music now.

That said, I don’t care for cellphone videos. I prefer to experience something for the first time at a higher quality. I didn’t want to hear the new Dismemberment Plan songs for the first time from some crappy cellphone recording, so I waited for music videos and studio versions. I’d be bummed to see cellphone videos in the countdown. I guess I’m saying, I just hope that “5 Best” continues to mean “Best” and not just “most sensational”.

Yeah, if the bracket was on Stereogum, it would have had opposite results across the board. Grantland has some great music writers, but their readers… are funny.

 +1Posted on Sep 11th, 2013 | re: Disclosure, Savages, Bowie Make Mercury Prize 2013 Shortlist (15 comments)

I just checked out Rudimental, and I’m not surprised I hadn’t heard of them. They’re massively British sounding Drum-and-Bass, which isn’t really popular here in the states.

 +2Posted on Sep 9th, 2013 | re: Arcade Fire - "Reflektor" Interactive Video (11 comments)

The interactivity is neat, but I think as a video the regular one is superior. I didn’t mind listening to the song twice in a row though, because it’s great!

 +2Posted on Aug 19th, 2013 | re: Premature Evaluation: Earl Sweatshirt Doris (13 comments)

True. Funny how the two best Odd Future albums are the two that sound the least like Odd Future albums

 +1Posted on Aug 17th, 2013 | re: Earl Sweatshirt Doris Comment Party (64 comments)

I just think dynamics, like breaks and drops, take rap beats to the next level. I feel like the beats on Doris kinda just plod along in one mode. And melody, though certainly not necessary, felt especially lacking. But again this is just a first impression.

 0Posted on Aug 16th, 2013 | re: Earl Sweatshirt Doris Comment Party (64 comments)

Kinda disappointed after one listen. His rapping is great, but… I feel like he hasn’t written any songs here. The tracks lack melody, dynamics, structure, etc. the things that make rap songs great. The whole thing is a little shapeless and mushy.

 0Posted on Jun 13th, 2013 | re: Let's Shortlist The Song Of The Summer 2013 (298 comments)

My pick is Lana Del Rey – Young and Beautiful. It’s more maudlin than sunny, but summer songs can come in all moods. And it gives me the feels. Also:

Mikal Cronin – Change
Kurt Vile – KV Crimes
Daft Punk – Doin’ It Right
Kisses – Huddle

But I’ll probably vote for Get Lucky in the end.