mitch cumstein

Comments from mitch cumstein

“I don’t even think of Britpop as very guitar-y”

Then you’re not very familiar with Britpop.

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April 24, 2014 on Grayscale Confessions: Damon Albarn On Life, Technology, Everyday Robots, And The Legacy Of Britpop

Great write-up on the individual albums, as long as Bono Drag isn’t in the running (the obvious place to start) I’m fine with Southpaw Grammar at the top. The songs that bookend that album are so epically great that they overshadow the ones that fall between them. Both “The Teachers…” and “Southpaw” really are anomalies in Morrissey’s catalog – but they also may be his two best songs.

My personal rankings:

1 – Southpaw Grammar
2 – Your Arsenal
3 – Viva Hate
4 – Vauxhall and I
5 – Kill Uncle
6 – Years of Refusal
7 – You are the Quarry
8 – Maladjusted
9 – Ringleader of the Tormenters

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December 14, 2013 on Morrissey Albums From Worst To Best

As long as Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) is no.1 I am happy. I would still have liked to see (Antichrist Television Blues) and Haiti on there somewhere.

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June 6, 2013 on The 10 Best Arcade Fire Songs

MBV is easily the album of the year so far for me.

Also, why do you have to be on Facebook to enter the contest?

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June 4, 2013 on Stereogum’s Top 25 Albums Of 2013 So Far

I love Sci-Fi Lullabies but I will argue that disc one is indispensable while the second is merely great

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June 2, 2013 on The 10 Best Suede Songs

First off, I have been impressed with Stereogum’s excellent write-ups on Blur and Suede recently. I love that the Britpop movement is given it’s due here and its one of the reasons I love this website.

That being said, Suede were a great singles band. You could easily grab 10 songs from the 1st two albums and Sci-fi lullabies and there would still be notable omissions. I can’t argue with no. 1 and I love seeing “Europe…” and “…Flash Boy” on the list. Still, I would have made room for “So Young” “Animal Lover” “Chemistry Between Us” “Together” and “He’s Dead”

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June 1, 2013 on The 10 Best Suede Songs

This is easily my favorite Blur album.

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May 10, 2013 on Modern Life Is Rubbish Turns 20

Definitely “Second Edition” aka “Metal Box” I am also partial to “Album” although its a bit of a departure into hard rock territory (that’s not as bad as it sounds). “Flowers of Romance” is pretty great too and fits into the first three albums trilogy.

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April 19, 2013 on The 10 Best Public Image Ltd. Songs

As a huge PIL fan I thought his was an excellent write up. The list, eh, not so much. I agree that some of PIL’s mid 80s output was plagued by dodgy production but there are some gems, and “Don’t Ask Me” is certainly not one of them (and I’m also not a big fan of “…Love Song”

I can’t argue with the top two slots but “Poptones” is the obvious omission here. I would have also found room for “Fishing” or “Home” from Album. Oh, and I’ve always had a soft spot for “Seattle” and “Save Me” from Happy? I’m just thrilled that you included “The Order of Death”

My top 10:

1. Public Image
2. Death Disco
3. Poptones
4. Home
5. The Order of Death
6. Seattle
7. Fishing
8. Save Me
9. Ease
10. USLS 1

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April 18, 2013 on The 10 Best Public Image Ltd. Songs

Great write-up. One the best debut albums of all time. As an American college-age kid in 1994 this sounded like music beamed in from another planet. Thank god for Suede and brit pop in the 90s….

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March 29, 2013 on Suede Turns 20

Debut is still the Bjork album I find myself listening too the most often.

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February 25, 2013 on Björk Albums From Worst To Best

The real story is what’s going on with Travolta’s hair.

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February 24, 2013 on The 2013 Academy Awards Videogum Video Pizza Party

So far this is both the worst and most entertaining Oscars telecast I’ve ever watched.

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February 24, 2013 on The 2013 Academy Awards Videogum Video Pizza Party

I don’t know, this is kind of a strange list, but I guess it would have been quite difficult to put together.

I probably would have swapped out “The Teachers…” for “Southpaw” (or just had them both on there)

I would have also found room for “Tomorrow” ” Lucky Lisp” “Billy Budd” “Picadilly Palare” and “Alsatian Cousin”

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February 22, 2013 on The 10 Best Morrissey Songs

“Only Tomorrow”alone is worth the wait – god, what a great song

But really, the whole album is sounding great to me now.

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February 4, 2013 on Download My Bloody Valentine m b v

Deserters Songs > Soft Bulletin

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January 16, 2013 on The Flaming Lips Albums From Worst To Best

The Smiths are the kind of band that would show up all over my favorite songs of all time list but would be hard pressed to make my best albums list – kinda like New Order (and I’m a huge fan of both).

That being said, Meat Is Murder is probably their best proper album.

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January 8, 2013 on The Smiths Albums From Worst To Best

not sure i understand the love for “spanish bombs” ….love seeing “clampdown” on here.

“white man…” should be no 1 and you’ve gotta find room for “hateful” and “all the young punks” but it’s a solid list nonetheless

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December 9, 2012 on The 10 Best Clash Songs

Ok, suggestions for new best of lists:

echo & the bunnymen songs
new order albums
u2 albums
trail of dead songs

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November 15, 2012 on Ween Albums From Worst To Best