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for realz this is the truth. john lydon has done great stuff. and he's a dick. my wife bought me the new Metal Box reissue 4xLP in the metal box as an anniversary present this year and it's the greatest. I only ever had shitty limewire mp3s and the cassette when i was a lil'un. turns out - really worth it to have this one on vinyl, the thump is strong.
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March 27, 2017 on John Lydon Supports Donald Trump, Nigel Farage, Brexit
the US "...had swing so far to the left..." in what universe, dude? we don't even have a viable left-wing party!
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March 27, 2017 on John Lydon Supports Donald Trump, Nigel Farage, Brexit
aw man thanks for writing this piece! my favorite 10,000 Maniacs is some of the weird, dubby/dancey stuff on 'the hope chest', but they have a lot of solid tracks. nearly all of their singles are fabulous. it should be noted that part of why they are no longer a band that gets attention is that Robert Buck is dead. he was the architect of lots of their melodies & arrangements. I saw 10,000 Maniacs in a small church at Union college in Schenectady in I think April or May of 1992. some kind of un-anounced show that I somehow got wind of. it was, I thought, a great, intimate and fun performance. they did mostly stuff from in my tribe & blind man's zoo, but started the show off with a bunch of slow-burning songs that ended up being a bunch of 'our time in eden', but they were pretty undeveloped by that point. natalie merchant spent the first half of the show just sitting a piano. then when they started doing faves, she got way into it and is actually a much better dancer than one would guess....ran into my dad there, he borrowed $5 from me. the show got totally savaged in the local music press, 'natalie just wasn't in the mood to please everyone' and crap like that. i don't blame her for just not wanting to deal with the public anymore.
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March 23, 2017 on There Was No Girl As Bold As You: The Overlooked Legacy Of Natalie Merchant And 10,000 Maniacs
I thought the issue was that while a sample was originally cleared, the one that appeared on the track was just slightly too long. like, a fraction of a second too long. and yes, it was very, very costly to the verve.
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March 20, 2017 on Premature Evaluation: Drake More Life
man, he should make a generic duet ep with hannah diamond
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March 20, 2017 on Father John Misty Shares Generic Pop Songs, Returns To Twitter
a face in the crowd is my fave tom petty
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March 14, 2017 on Premature Evaluation: Spoon Hot Thoughts
i'll upvote that sentiment, in anticipation of there being a band that comes in their wake and catapults them upward in public knowledge & esteem the way Nirvana did the Pixies. also, S-K h a v e to be experienced live, all of their albums except the Woods are sterile exercises comparatively. they can really light it up live. I don't hate Tom Petty, but I can't bring myself to just outright love him either. glad he apologized for all of those confederate flags from the 'southern accents' tour tho...
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March 14, 2017 on Premature Evaluation: Spoon Hot Thoughts
based on the comments here I have to revisit 69LS disc 1, apparently. 2 has always been the jam for me, despite the 1st 2 tracks being, uh, difficult, it then goes into like 20 great songs in a row...but for me on the whole here, Holiday is the greatest of the great
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March 13, 2017 on Stephin Merritt Albums From Worst To Best
I think if any band succeeded in their own version of a 'Where the streets have no name' and won, it would be 'Plainsong'. Granted it never attempts the momentum build of 'Streets...', but there is no more beautiful song in all of rock.
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March 9, 2017 on U2’s The Joshua Tree Is 30: We Ranked Its Tracks Worst To Best
hmm, I find them a bit of an apples to apricots comparison, despite the Irishness, ummm, but the Pogues were truly great, for sure, and U2 never recorded anything as hard as 'Cotton Fields'. in fact, few bands have ever recorded a song that heavy, no matter how many Marshalls or active pickups or chained power-amps they might have had at their disposal, and if I recall correctly, there's not an electric instrument on 'Cotton Fields'...
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March 9, 2017 on U2’s The Joshua Tree Is 30: We Ranked Its Tracks Worst To Best
seems easy to imagine 'the big music' rumbling in the back of Bono's brain while penning some of these songs...
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March 9, 2017 on U2’s The Joshua Tree Is 30: We Ranked Its Tracks Worst To Best
not one of those bands, none, zero, can do with an audience what Arcade Fire can do with 'Wake Up'. I find the idea that they were supposed to be, all by themselves, on some level no one else could ever reach to be quite dubious in the first place though. I've seen the National and Spoon both open for Arcade Fire. I probably like more individual Spoon songs and National songs than Arcade Fire songs. and in terms of a live show, Spoon and the National would score higher in terms of 'degree of difficulty'. but neither of them could have gotten up on that stage after Arcade Fire with any hope of playing something that out-rocked 'Wake Up'. just no way.
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March 7, 2017 on Neon Bible Turns 10
there's a great album in Rattle & Hum if you cut a few of the more ham-fisted tracks and the live stuff. side 1) Desire -> Hawkmoon -> God Pt. II -> Love comes to town side 2) angel of Harlem -> Heartland -> van Diemens land - All i want is you that would have been a killer 8 tracks 2 sides no filler U2 does it again!! album they could have accompanied that with a free EP of live tracks (live under a bullet blue sky), and the movie, people would have eaten it up, I think.
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March 3, 2017 on Pop Turns 20
oof, I don't like any part of this song. damn that was unpleasant.
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March 2, 2017 on Lorde – “Green Light” Video
not sure the original vocal of 'red hill...' can be improved upon. he's gonna still hit those notes? no, he's going to have a brass band covering up the non-hitting of notes. ugh. I have zero hope for the new album not blowing. but some people actually liked 'songs of innocence', so what do I know?
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February 19, 2017 on U2 Will Release New Version Of “Red Hill Mining Town,” Rework Songs Of Experience With Steve Lillywhite
hehe she wants to go over *everything*, should be a fun get-together
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February 13, 2017 on Grammys 2017: Adele Accepts Album Of The Year, Says Beyoncé Should’ve Won
i guess i'm the only one who likes that pic!??!
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February 1, 2017 on Beyoncé Is Pregnant With Twins
just a note of clarification - Bright Lit Blue Skies is a cover. original by the Rockin' Ramrods (1966). a very good cover, tho
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January 31, 2017 on Mac DeMarco – “This Old Dog” & “My Old Man”
yeah that's great. so great. wow.
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January 23, 2017 on Father John Misty – “Pure Comedy”
and certainly, top 5 U2 songs reach higher highs, but 50 best tracks is a contest few bands could survive against REM
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January 11, 2017 on Watch Three Members Of R.E.M. Reunite In Athens, Perform “Superman”
oooh fun! U2: 1) surrender 2) the unforgettable fire 3) a sort of homecoming 4) red hill mining town 5) new year's day REM: 1) good advices 2) gardening at night 3) shaking through 4) finest worksong 5) voice of Harold
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January 11, 2017 on Watch Three Members Of R.E.M. Reunite In Athens, Perform “Superman”
yeah, it may well have had more genuinely great songs than any other album that year, and that run from track #2-7 is pretty amazing, let alone Black Ballerina which is somehow simultaneously disturbingly problematic and musically astounding, and Picture Me Gone & Dayzed Inn...all great. I like Goth Bomb too. great stuff. great freakin videos too! then there's the rest of it, hehe. the rest of it I find aggressively un-enjoyable.
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January 10, 2017 on Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood – “Tears On Fire”
just curious, but since the Quietus gave their #1 slot this year to Årabrot - the Gospel, I gave it a listen and have really like some of it. but I haven't seen it on any list anywhere else, metal-specific or otherwise. are they not considered metal? or was everyone else not nearly as blown away as the Quietus was?
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December 15, 2016 on The 40 Best Metal Albums Of 2016
any chance of a new Fiona Apple this year?
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December 15, 2016 on The 101 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2017
i'm ok with that, I think. 'Holiday' is all Merritt and the vocals and come on, it's so good. but 5 'Holidays' in a row would be a more challenging thing to get through I'm sure.
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November 18, 2016 on Hear Five Songs From The Magnetic Fields’ 5-Disc Album 50 Song Memoir
ok I'll say it - please make some fun/cerebral/abstract dance/electro music, Michael Stipe. or anything even close to along those lines at all. I'll give ya' a listen.
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November 15, 2016 on Michael Stipe Says He Wants To Return To Music
also Tribe was great, and just as poignant. that second song in particular was super-interesting, I'm excited to give it a good listen.
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November 13, 2016 on Watch A Tribe Called Quest Perform, Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton Cover Leonard Cohen On SNL