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J Mascis really knocked it out of the park this week. Anyone who liked Kurt Vile’s last few records (and Dino Jr, obviously) owes it to themselves to check it out.
I don’t hate Deafheaven, but all the hype just reminds me that I still haven’t heard a post-metal album better than Panopticon.
I’m not really sure what he means by The World Is A Beautiful Place being “the first band big enough to fill” some sort of punk/hard rock “void” in indie rock. Whenever, If Ever is a fine record, but that void is non-existent, and as such, it seems weird to refer to The World Is… of all bands as some sort of poster children for a supposedly underdog sound.
I used to find myself agreeing with Pitchfork fairly often but these lists have just confirmed for me that our tastes have been going out of alignment for quite some time now. They confirm that Pitchfork are primarily interested in art-pop or indie-pop or whatever you want to call it, and to a lesser extent hip-hop and radio pop. There’s not a single hard rock, punk, or metal album in the top 25. And the only metal album on the whole top 100 is Sunbather. Give me a break.
For all the supposed hype around an emo revival, not a single emo album on the list unless you want to include Waxahatchee and/or Cloud Nothings under the emo umbrella.
Roads is up there on my list of saddest songs of all time
One of my favorite M83 songs. There’s a fun skate video set to this song where dudes do tricks in slo-mo and stuff explodes, you can find it if you search for “Fully Flared M83″.
I don’t understand why more artists don’t just sell mp3 files, either on Bandcamp or on their own website. I don’t want them tied to Spotify, iTunes, Google, or Amazon or any other third party software. I just want a zip file full of mp3s that I can play using any media player I want.
Just yesterday I was trying to buy the new Trash Talk album. Their website only offers vinyl and iTunes, the Odd Future website only offers CD. This is not an album I need to own on vinyl, and I have no use for CDs. Now instead of giving them money, which I wanted to do, I’ve downloaded the album.
“There is no quick fix and there’s no solution to this”
There are solutions, though. Always-on sousveillance for police officers and independent third-party investigations anytime a police action results in a death. There are a bunch of precincts starting to do these things already, we just have to keep pushing legislatively to get them implemented nationwide.
My tastes in metal tend less toward “epic and atmospheric” and more toward “riffy and restless” so Take Over and Destroy kills it this week for me.
Big ups to Prex. I’ve found so much cool shit there…