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Here’s Why I’d Hate A Guns N’ Roses Reunion

Last spring, a largely unrecognizable band calling itself Guns N' Roses did a nine-show residency in Las Vegas. At that point, six years had passed…
Michael Nelson | November 18, 2015 - 9:59 am

Abbath – “Winter Bane”

When people talk about "True Norwegian Black Metal," they're talking about Mayhem, Darkthrone, and Burzum (and to a lesser extent, Gorgoroth, Satyricon, and maybe Emperor).
Michael Nelson | November 10, 2015 - 5:30 pm

Adele’s 25 Is Out In Two Weeks But No One Knows If It Will Be Streaming

Adele's "Hello" came out only 13 days ago, but you've probably heard it more than a hundred times already, even if you haven't consciously sought…
Michael Nelson | November 5, 2015 - 1:58 pm

MSG Wants To Throw A Music Festival In The Same Queens Park Targeted By Coachella Organizers

In late September, news surfaced that AEG, the production company behind the Coachella and Firefly music festivals, was aiming to bring a similar festival to…
Michael Nelson | November 2, 2015 - 12:20 pm

Stream Horrendous Anareta (Stereogum Premiere)

The Philadelphia death-metal trio Horrendous released their debut album, The Chills, in January 2012. I was editor of the metal blog Invisible Oranges at that…
Michael Nelson | October 26, 2015 - 11:13 am

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Also the version of "Man Of Constant Sorrow" that closed "Rhinoceros" two weeks ago was by Blitzen Trapper. Per this thread, it might never be released, but somebody posted it on YouTube.
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November 24, 2015 on White Denim – “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” (Mickey Newbury Cover)
Haha yeah, I was just being a pedantic stathead snob. I shoulda hashtagged it as such. It's a situational thing anyway and subject to many more factors than just: "This is what Bill James or Nate Silver once wrote, I think." I just don't get many opportunities to talk baseball on Stereogum.
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November 20, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Adele 25
I believe in the DH and I don't trust anyone who feels otherwise.
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November 20, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Adele 25
Sabermetrics-wise, you generally want your BEST hitter to bat in the #2 spot, although few managers embrace that approach because it's still seen as non-traditional (the same way many managers still embrace the role of a 9th inning closer rather than using their best short-relief pitcher in a potentially higher-leverage 8th inning). I believe the optimal lineup has your best hitter batting #2, your second best hitter batting cleanup, and your third best hitter batting #3.
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November 20, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Adele 25
Hahaha. TOUCHÉ! You know there were rumors at one point that it was going to be a triple album. I'm sure he's got WAY more than enough songs for two more.
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November 18, 2015 on Here’s Why I’d Hate A Guns N’ Roses Reunion
Well, I think they'll all be back individually (and NYC sold out btw!) but who knows if you'll ever see another show like that. From where I was standing on the floor at Webster Hall, I could see all the bands watching all the other bands from the balcony -- like, I would look up and see Kerry McCoy watching intently while Trib and Envy were playing; or I'd look up while Deafheaven were playing and see some of the Trib guys staring mesmerized, etc. I kinda feel like they're all just on the road together and witnessing this surreal brilliance every night, and they're all like, "Jesus this is amazing. Fuck. We gotta be even BETTER." So you've got three bands who were great to begin with, all pushing each other to new levels of greatness. Like, if you're Envy or Deafheaven, how could you watch Tribulation walk on stage to a cold room and play that set and not feel like you had to fucking BRING IT? But yeah I'm in the same daze, and it's the best feeling.
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November 6, 2015 on The 10 Best High On Fire Songs
Same. I'd seen Deafheaven three times and Tribulation once, so I knew what to expect to some extent. But even so, both bands were operating on whole new levels last night. Tribulation were on some real rock-god shit; they were just owning it. But I had no idea what Envy was gonna be like, and I was absolutely spellbound -- it felt like the room was an ocean and they were the moon conducting the tides or something. Deafheaven have always been an unreal live act, now they just have more songs -- and the new songs are more intense live -- and are playing to bigger audiences in better rooms. And it suits them! I dunno if I could pick a favorite. "Gifts For The Earth," maybe? But they were all 100 for me.
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November 6, 2015 on The 10 Best High On Fire Songs
Dude, yes. That show was fucking magical. Every set was a 10/10 and they all felt like gifts from god. I don't even have words. My expectations were astronomical, and somehow, those expectations seemed flat and unimaginative compared to the show we got. I was absolutely blown away.
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November 6, 2015 on The 10 Best High On Fire Songs
Oh man, no need to thank me, I'm glad you enjoyed it! I'm so stoked for that show in NYC tomorrow.
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November 4, 2015 on The 10 Best High On Fire Songs
Yeah, go see High On Fire no matter what. They might be the best live band in the world, objectively speaking. Every time I see them I feel like I'm witnessing a reincarnation of the Jimi Hendrix Experience or something. Not an exaggeration.
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November 4, 2015 on The 10 Best High On Fire Songs