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I think the types of kids who would’ve been into Limp Bizkit and Korn at the turn of the century are now into really horrendous metalcore like Emmure and Of Mice and Men. I’m basing that entirely off of the t-shirts I see angry-looking white kids wearing.

“I challenge you to go to a real music store that sells actual CDs this weekend…”

That’s more of a challenge than you realize

 +4Posted on Oct 29th | re: Album Of The Week: Run The Jewels RTJ2 (113 comments)

Have you guys seen the “bonus packages” in the RTJ webstore? The Show and Tell package:

“Run The Jewels will fly to your town and accompany your child to show and tell at his or her school on an agreed upon date (and in the United States) where we will answer any questions the children have about marijuana, rap music and global politics. Run The Jewels will also read the story of your child’s choice to the class as well as take a picture with your child and his or her classmates. We will also provide personal bully protection for 24 hours as well as write and record a song with your child. El-P will explain the true nature of the world and teach your child how to curse and smoke (if desired), killer mike will teach your child how to fight and organize local community action.”

If only I had $25,000 and a child.

 +7Posted on Oct 29th | re: Album Of The Week: Run The Jewels RTJ2 (113 comments)

We the goddamn reason for Ritalin
In the back of the class, twitchin and fidgetin
Dead wrong, we never got along
We laughed at the kids that was active participants

 +5Posted on Oct 29th | re: Album Of The Week: Run The Jewels RTJ2 (113 comments)

Yep, and I even meant it, too!

 +3Posted on Oct 28th | re: Album Of The Week: Run The Jewels RTJ2 (113 comments)

This is the album people wished Yeezus was. Kanye made a legitimately grimy-sounding album but the lyrics were all just skeevy bullshit about screwing various women. This album sounds equally grimy but with lyrics to match. Vicious, nasty shit about killing cops and starting prison riots. Hardcore hip-hop is back.

 +15Posted on Oct 28th | re: Premature Evaluation: Taylor Swift 1989 (163 comments)

Stereogum actually premieres a lot of underground music. I wish it got higher billing.

Just now, Stereogum premiered a stream of an album by a band called Glish. I’ve never heard of them, but the write-up starts with “Glish have probably made the best shoegaze record of the year”. That’s awesome! Shouldn’t the best shoegaze record of the year get higher billing than a link doomed to fall off the front page in 30 minutes? Shouldn’t the best shoegaze record of the year be a featured story?

I wish Stereogum would be more of a hype man for truly underground bands, give those Stereogum Premieres a more prominent place on the home page. Does a review of the new Taylor Swift record really deserve to sit in the top spot of Featured Stories while the “best shoegaze record of the year” languishes in obscurity?

 +3Posted on Oct 28th | re: Luna Announce Reunion Shows (4 comments)

Awesome! I absolutely adore Luna, they are criminally underrated. I really hope they make it to the US as well.

 +8Posted on Oct 27th | re: Premature Evaluation: Taylor Swift 1989 (163 comments)

I don’t hate pop music. I like Robyn. I think Hey Ya is the song of the 00s. I still jam to Aaliyah and TLC. But I can read about pop anywhere. I read Stereogum for the discussion in the comments, and to find out about new independent artists that aren’t getting coverage elsewhere. Stereogum introduced me to bands like Fear of Men, Tigers Jaw, Tryptikon, White Lung… some of my favorite releases of the year.

I used to read a website called Idolator because they had a decent balance of coverage of left-of-center pop music like Miguel and Ida Maria, as well as alternative music like Animal Collective. But then they switched over to pure bubblegum pop coverage, and now I’ve just looked at Idolator for the first time in probably 4 years and it is just embarassingly bad. I’m not trying to make a slippery slope argument but I just really, really don’t want Stereogum to turn into Idolator.

The turn of the millennium was just such a dark time for popular rock music.