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Fuzzy pop? Try… Asobi Seksu, Belly, Eternal Summers, Fear of Men, The Feelies, Luna, Lush, Pity Sex, The Posies, School of Seven Bells, The Sundays, Tigers Jaw?
Some of those are a bit more on the “rock/shoegaze” side but I still feel comfortable calling them “poppy”.
So underrated. One of last year’s best records.
Hilarious, when Stereogum writes about racism or sexism or what-have-you, everyone says “Lighten up” and “People are too sensitive nowadays”. When Stereogum takes a sarcastic dig at a crappy band, everyone starts frothing at the mouth.
People’s priorities are messed up.
I think there’s a difference between a musician suggesting the best-sounding way to hear their work and a performer telling everyone in the audience what to do. I don’t appreciate being turned into a hivemind.
I hate hate HATE when performers tell the audience what to do. Put your hands in the air, when I say this you say that, everybody jump, everybody dance, everybody stand, do this, do that. No. Shut up. Let me enjoy the show how I want. I refuse to do anything a performer tells me to out of principle.
Pac was much more of a singles guy. His only great front-to-back album is Me Against the World. I mean, I absolutely adore All Eyez On Me but I’d still cut it down to like 12 songs.
Pretty sure they played everything except My Body is a Cage.
Pac and Biggie were absolutely essential for getting me out of my adolescent “I hate rap” phase in college. I’ve probably listened to All Eyez On Me a thousand times. But it’s true that I don’t listen to them much anymore. Hip-hop is in such a weird and interesting place right now that I just don’t have the time for nostalgia.
Whereas I have plenty of time for Arcade Fire nostalgia because (in my opinion) “indie rock” is boring as hellllll nowadays.
My favorite album of the 00s is Boxer, but I discovered The National when they were opening for Arcade Fire on the Neon Bible tour, so in a way, Arcade Fire win regardless.
I think a lot of Stereogum readers, myself included, are in the right age bracket (that is to say, in their 20s) that when this album came out, they were going through a process of musical and self discovery. This album is tied to memories of high school or college or just growing up. I love Ready to Die, but it came out when I was a little kid and so I don’t really have parts of my identity tied to it in the same way. Go check out the comments thread for The College Dropout 10th anniversary, from earlier this year.